Saying Yes! to Less in 2015

Meet rosemary, the best evergreen shrub for those not so gifted with growing plants of any kind.

 

I went to the front yard, snipped a healthy handful of stems from the perennial rosemary bush, stuck them in water to keep it fresh until it was time to cook dinner and guess what? Continue reading

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Peace and Good-will to All People

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of  peace on earth, good-will to men!”
–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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May you have a blessed week and see you in 2015.

Cheers! xoxo Sun

SUNDAY POST : Reflection–On 86,400 seconds

 

Today each of us received a miraculous gift.

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“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today,” as William Arthur Ward shared his reflection on this priceless gift from God. He goes on to write, “Have you used one to say “thank you?”

Time is the unseen force that we make fervent attempts to save, hurry along, or slow down. In trying to break bad habits, one way to discipline myself to be ever so grateful for the 86,400 seconds per day, I write at least five things I am most thankful for at the end of each day. Sometimes I discover the next morning that in my tiredness, my thank you list looks like an awful mess, I mean seriously, just a ragged line to represent my thank you for my blog community?!?

Nevertheless, I believe no matter how illegible the gratitude words look on the paper, I know at least my heart wrote it, and my eye-hand coördination made its best attempt as my brain decided to check out to, “drift gently down the tides of sleep,” as Longfellow wrote so long ago.

Again, coming back to the subject of reflection, by the way, it is the Sunday Post theme for this week; I have to tell you how obsessed I am with you, blogosphere.

In fact, I am so obsessed that during our church sermon, I only had one thought; how I could work the sermon message into my blog post!

What the heck or WTH for some of us!!

However, guess what? The sermon was a perfect springboard towards the main reason most bloggers,(of course the pastor did not use the word bloggers, ha ha) like myself, find a more abundant life once we arrive into the blogosphere.

Truly, a key to abundant living is community. Within a community, as we have in WordPress, we find three points that can help bring to light a more exuberant and stimulating outlook both in our personal and blogging life.

However, before I go on, I want to take you back to the 86,400 seconds we received as a gift today and use a great portion of these seconds to tie in the three key points about community. I will also highlight some fantastic, stupendous and wonderful blog friends that, like any great actor would say, without an audience, it does not matter how well the performance.

“The audience gives you everything you need;” as Franny Brice once wrote…“They (audience) tell you. There is no director who can direct you like an audience.

For this reason, let me give you the three keys I learned from my Sunday church sermon about community and apply my gratitude to a few friends who bring abundant life to this blog.

Three keys to abundant living:

1. Encouragement

We all need to be comforted, inspired, entertained and motivated to feel enriched in the routine of everyday activities.

These  four lovely bloggers are each different in what/how they create but in the one way they are all similar. They all are consistent when it comes to encouragement. We all know the enormous time it takes to keep our own blogs afloat and looking fine, but somehow they always find the time to visit and share a bit of their time and wisdom with others.

Unfortunately, confession time; I have not always carried on in their good examples.

Here are the dynamic four:

Caddo Veil
If you need anything, go here. Caddo Veil has spunk, words to move you, faith to share with you, laughter, and she has awesome cyber parties with lots, and lots of good food…and spiked drinks. J

>Thank you for all the blessings and support you have given me, dear, sis-Caddo! You are a bright star in the blogosphere.<

Angelswhisper
If you need a dedicated friend, one that rarely ever misses reading and sharing in your posts, Angelswhisper is your answer. She writes with the help of her Little Binky, an awesome sweet little kitty!

>My heart-felt thanks to you, Angelswhisper, and Little Binky! You bring the angels to life here in the blogosphere.<

Babyjill7 aka Marilyn Griffen
Marilyn taught special education for many years and she brings her own unique way of posting out messages to her readers. I will not let it out because you should run over to her place and give her a big, HEY, and find out her unique style.

>Marilyn, thank you for reading and sharing abundantly when you visit…I really appreciate you kindness and thoughtfulness. The blogosphere is a better place with you here.<

Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge
Philo Mouse is the one to go to for any unusual news happening…one can learn so many new things here and if you love German Shepherds, like I do, Philo Mouse can fill you with some fab doggy stories.

>Thank you Philo Mouse for your consistent visits that I truly appreciate! The blogosphere is much more creative with all your fun ways you use your words.<

2. Accountability

“I feel we are all islands–in a common sea.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

In this vast common sea, blogosphere, we all have our islands (blogs) and sometimes it is hard to get motivated to put together a post. It takes time and effort. Belle of the Carnival had such a wonderful idea for keeping herself accountable by asking her audience, “You have one question for me?”

Hope you run over there and ask her the one question!

>You rock, Darcie! Thank you for keeping the blogosphere so entertaining!!<

Another way to keep posting consistently is committing to one or more blogging challenges such as Jakesprinter‘s SUNDAY POST : Reflection.  Every week there is a new challenge and you are not limited in how you want to share your theme’s interpretation.

In addition, Jake puts out some creative graphic art even if you decide a challenge is not right at this time.

>Jake, no words can describe the awesome good you are doing here in the blogosphere! Thanks for pushing us to become better bloggers with your weekly inspirations!<

3. Passion

Again, all the bloggers mentioned above can fit in this category because they all create, in their own way with passion and style.

Still, if you have not visited Mirth and Motivation, this really should be on your blogging bucket list. Elizabeth is master at creating extensive and well put together posts with emphasis on motivating us in a positive way.

>Elizabeth, I know you have heard me a billion times, so here is one more: THANK YOU!! The blogosphere is all the wiser with you here.<

Last but not least, From the Heart of Arindam. Folks, here is a passionate young man, er, single, if any of you ladies would like to know, who simply writes from his beautiful heart on a variety of subjects and, is working diligently to publish his first book. Check it out!!

>Arindam, you are what all of us should strive to become: reflective, filled with goodness and hard-working. Your contributions make the blogosphere so much richer. Thank you!<

To sum up my Sunday reflections, remember, we graciously get 86,400 seconds per day and of course, we will spend a vast amount of those seconds in gratitude.

Right? Of course, right!

Let us thank not only the Divine one who blesses us with this gift, but to those in our own community. In my case, in this, oh, so lengthy post, (sorry…just wanted to make sure my 86,400 seconds was well spent) my deepest gratitude to all the bloggers who have made my life overflowing with abundance by your encouragement, accountability and passion for what you do.

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In reflection, who would you like to use your 86,400 seconds to thank?
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Enjoy other Sunday Post entries:

 

So Much Passion and Random-ness Going On Here!

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Hey all you charming, sun lovin’ peeps! Not much is happening around here, (except a lot of passion and random-ness) and you know I am feeling those lazy August summer days.

Well, seems like the perfect time to plop down in an air-conditioned room and dream up on words like, say, passion.

Seems like such a strong word and at the same time a very good word to ponder:

passion…dictionary version >a strong liking or desire or devotion to some activity<… well, you know my current passion, as I suspect is the same with you if you living a blogosphere type of existence, is none other than, …writing and blogging! Oh, yeah!

Here are a few really random thoughts:

Everyday we should wish for something to happen in the Universe: creative and fun-loving August days for every artist and an endless supply of pistachio ice cream!

With such a short post, you wonder how I can say I have loads of passion for writing and blogging. I wonder myself, hehe,  so now we are even.

I am off now to scale my couch for some serious couch napping workouts.

Do carry on, my sun lovin’ and, oh, so charming peeps!

Now, how about it, what is your current passion and that one wish you are dying to throw out into the Universe?

Hide n Seek, Anyone?

SCENE 5, TAKE 1:

Hey, you want me to come over? Yeah? Okay, I will be over in a sec…

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Shuffle, shuffle…varoom, varoom…

I’m here!!

Hello? Anyone home?

What is that? Did you say come on inside your home?

Okay, (looking and looking) how?? Where is your freakin’ door?

What?? I have to get creative and find a way to get inside your home?!? You say I have to play, Hide n Seek?

But I do not have time to play Hide n Seek!?!

CUT!

The above Scene 5 may seem like a weird thing if you happen to find yourself unable to get into someone’s home that lacked a proper door to enter in. It happens, every so often, unfortunately, when visiting blog sites that omits a HOME tab option to click on and without it seems much like a visit to someone’s personal home where the entrance door is either non-existent or hidden.

Has this ever happened to you?

Are you happy when you arrive at a blog site and you cannot find the latest post because the HOME tab option is not available?

This is not a complaint, just a bit of wondering why some blog sites lack a home tab option to click into their home page if you happen to find yourself on a single post from the blog.

Is is part of the their blog theme where the HOME tab is not available?

I am just throwing questions out simply to understand.

You see, occasionally I will use my email as a way to check into blog sites that leave a ‘like’ or better yet, a subscription to my blog.

As you know, from the email way of navigating over to a blog, when you check on a blog site, you usually land on a single post usually not the most recent post. Since I prefer to read on the most recent posts, I will quickly scan the blog page for the HOME button. Usually this button is an easy find, but as you guess, on the days when time is as precious as a drink of fresh water during a severe drought, a few blogs have a creative game I have appropriately named as the Hide n Seek to find the Home Page game.

When I land on such a blog game, some of you know how competitive I can become, I quickly sprint frantically with my little computer mouse, in search of the next best hints. Usually it is either a monthly calendar or the most ‘recent post’ button.

If I quickly find either of these prized items, I am like, “oh, yah…what now, huh? What now??”

Jazzed and pumped, I feel my quick actions with the computer mouse has now put me ahead in this Hide n Seek game. However, a few Hide n Seek games do get the best of me and I know it is time to raise the white flag and admit defeat when my computer mouse, no matter how hard it races over the blog page, fails to find a HOME tab option, a most ‘recent post’ option or a monthly calendar.

I am so done. The game is over, baby. All I can do is click wherever and hope it will take me to the most recent post of the day.

Listen, this is no biggie and no hard feelings to those blogs who purposely leave out the HOME tab option. I had a rather long day today and coming over to play the Hide n Seek game on a few blogs got the best of me and well, I just had to let my thoughts out.

All I want to know, for those who omit, on purpose, the HOME tab option on your blog site, uh, WHY, exactly??

My apologies ahead of time for unloading about this topic.

Thank you.

Just so you know, if you are into borrowing images or ‘whatever(s),’ to bring over to your blog, AJ’s Mom has a short “THINK” before you leap post…promise, it will only take a few minutes and maybe prevent the “how-come-no-one-told-me-about-this” before!
~Happy blogging!! 🙂

SweetJellyBean.com: Beauty, Blog Tweaks

This post has been marinating in my phone’s Drafts section for a day or two now. So while it’s still morning, I thought to crack on this (before little one wakes up) — and as they say, “the early bird catches the worm.” Time difference in consideration, I know that for some, it might not be too early anymore. But I hope I would still catch you with this post.

I wouldn’t have known about this topic if it weren’t for Brittany at creativityarise.com, who shared ‘Bloggers Beware’ post on her blog and linked up a story with it. So thank you, for spreading this to your blogger brethren.  After reading the story, I’ve just been itching to share this with you. Plus, I really like a good chitchat with you guys on this matter, because the paranoia vibe is all over me right now.

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