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Thankful – Dec 2

I was exploring the Advent calendar and this thought popped into my head.

“Just Be Thankful”

Hmm, now that is worth thinking about.

Not just “what are you Thankful for?”

But, are “other people” Thankful for you?

It is my theory that if I am actively being my best person then the answer to that second question should be “yes”.

Remember in my last post, I said the Universe has a way of reminding me that I am just as flawed?

Sometimes being Thankful for someone isn’t meant to be all neatly packaged with a sweet bow and pretty wrapping paper. Like when someone holds the door for you AND says Thank You while looking you in the eye.

Sometimes being Thankful is god awful messy. Like when a person you are close to dies…

You think of all the good, bad and the ugly experiences with that person and yet you are Thankful for having had them in your life. You are Thankful for all the lessons they taught you.

What or Who are you Thankful for?

Life is Short; Make it Count❣

Do Unto Others – Dec 1

Let’s explore the concept of the Advent Calendar.

An Advent calendar was created as a basic daily devotional. Just a way to be extra mindful of yourself and others.

I’d like to point out that a good majority of people have spent this weekend thinking of others as we shopped the frantic “deals”, to be had at every retail shop from here to Amazon.

What does “Do Unto Others” mean to you?

I personally try to do this every day, not just at this time of year. Although, the holiday season makes me want to kick it up a notch.

See, thinking of others helps me cope with difficult people. I ask myself all kinds of questions like: who/what made this person so grumpy? Was it something I did?

Sometimes when we are hurting from physical or emotional pain we throw off serious negativity. Me personally, I can not live there for too long because I really don’t like myself and as you can imagine other people don’t like to be around you when you’re like that either.

So I try to make an effort to brighten that person’s day, if only for a few minutes; with the hope that later in the day when they think of their day there might be a small bright spot in it.

Now don’t get me wrong friends, sometimes people are just miserable for the sake of it, just because they can.

These kinds of people, in my experience, are meant for me; as a reminder or a personal lesson. What I mean is, sometimes the universe likes to remind me that I am just as flawed as the next person.

Are you doing anything special for this giving season? I’d Love to hear about it.

Life is short; Make it count❣

From the Lady Cave: Sharing a Fabulous Book List

I am sharing this book list, partly for selfish reasons (I need to add a few to my TBR 😁) and to hopefully inspire someone else to read some of these.

I am incredibly Thankful for alot of things, people and situations that got me to this point in my life.

Can’t think of a better day to share this than on Thanksgiving Day, which happens to also be my Birthday ❣

Enjoy every minute my friends, make it count!

Here is a link to a post from The Orang-utan Librarian, she has the best lists: https://wp.me/p6boOO-4Ht

So, we don’t have Thanksgiving here in the UK, but that doesn’t mean I can’t share some BOOKISH GRATITUDE! I tried to narrow this down to books that have a special place in my heart or that came into my life at exactly the right time (although of course, most great books feel like that, simply by virtue of being great 😉). Annnd I’m gonna be honest, I ended up with a very different post to the one I started with, because I took out anything too dark. I think I just prefer this to be a *happy place*. Without further ado, here are some of the books I’m most grateful for:

Harry Potter– starting way back when I was 7- this was the first big book I ever read and I will always be thankful that it made me the reader I am today. Yes, I am a stereotypical millennial reader and proud of it 😉

The Hobbit– aside from being mythologically rich and having wonderful characters, this book gave me my love of fantasy- how could I not include it?

Peter Pan– this is another childhood favourite and I’d feel remiss not to include it, especially given how often it inspired me to practice flying as a child 😉 (granted, I never actually achieved my goal, but not for want of trying 😉)

Rebecca– this book always reminds me of my mum, cos it’s her favourite. And I’m always glad that she foisted her favourites on me!

The Idiot– I originally felt like I had no special reason for including this one, but whenever I think about books that have shaped me, this springs to mind. I read this at about thirteen and it just clicked. Not only did it start a lifelong love of Dostoevsky, it taught me so many valuable lessons that I carry with me to this day.

Emma– okay, quick confession, I’d already read Pride and Prejudice when I read this and I think I was too young to get the irony. I’m really happy I read this book, because it unlocked Austen’s humour for me. I ended up rereading Pride and Prejudice shortly after and loved it the second time round! (which was lucky, cos I was set it for school). Then, of course, I read all the others and have never looked back!

Dr Faustus– it just lit up my brain at exactly the right moment- yes I am enough of a dork to include academic inspiration on this list.

Man’s Search for Meaning– part autobiography, part exploration of logotherapy, Frankl’s book may seem a bit heavy on the surface. However, it’s actually the most uplifting book I’ve ever read and my brother was a hundred percent right about getting me to read it!

Mort– I *needed* this book in my life- I just didn’t know it. Fortunately, a couple of my friends did know that I needed to read this and pushed me into it… and I couldn’t be happier that they did! Plus, one of my friends knew exactly which Pratchett to get me started on. So I know you’re not reading this, but thank you.

Vicious– fun fact, I was giving blood for the first time when I read this- and it was the *perfect* distraction! It was simply too brilliant! You simply can’t pay attention to anything else going on when you’ve got Schwab for company! (also, guys, give blood- it’s a great excuse to sit and read and you get free biscuits 😉 )

Grey Sister– ah this is just a pleasure to put on the list. I was in a horrible slump a couple of summers ago and trying to deal with big life changes- this gave me a welcome distraction for a few hours- which I was immensely grateful for, I can tell you!

Carry On– I can’t stop being thankful for this magical book- because it has the power to pull me out of any slump and give me all the *warm fuzzies*!

That was fun- I feel like I should steal more traditions from across the Pond 😉 Hope all my American friends have a Happy Thanksgiving! (and if it’s not to late, the same to all you lovely Canadians!) And, I’m curious, what books are you most grateful for? Let me know in the comments!

HOTH: Crochet Group End of Year Contributions

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I am so ridiculously proud of my little crochet group. We have a few dozen members but only about 10 of us that crochet.

This year has been so challenging for so many of us, but we managed to do 60 lapghans (split between our domestic abuse shelter, senior orphans and Moffitt Cancer center; baby hats for Shaken Baby syndrome Oklahoma; hats, scarves, clothing, food and other items for our Senior Orphans.

Now meet some of the crew:

Our Leader and my Bestie!
A Force to be wreckened with Ms M. She’s 91!
A newby and 2 Hook Sisters: 1 from Boston and 1 from Ohio
1 of the Youngins and part of the sustenance provided by our leader.
Me and the newby admiring all our hard work, all tagged and bagged.
Even though she couldn’t be here, she sent stuff all the way from North Georgia❣

The work tables…

From the Lady Cave – Crochet and other thoughts….

This isn’t about crochet solely, so feel free to insert whatever your hobby is into this message.

I was at my cancer center for my 3 year checkup, all clear for another year!

I just love dealing with the people who work here. They are genuinely nice, helpful and down right courteous.

For the last couple years, I’ve made a point of stopping at the volunteer desk. I crochet and like making hats, so I inquired to see if they needed any. Up until today, they’ve always told me they had a surplus. They had maybe a dozen hats and that was it.

So I sounded the bell of need to my crochet friends. Everyone that can has stopped what they were working on to crank a couple hats out. I even joined a couple new Facebook groups just so I could pass the word; they’ve all had a few people agree to help.

I hate the thought of someone going without a hat if they need it. I can’t stop thinking about “what if I didn’t stop to ask?” even though, each year I was told they had all they needed.

My point is, it never hurts to ask. So if you have a hobby and if you’d like to share it, ask a local charity if you can help.

If we all gave a couple hats, no one would have to go without.

pass it on…

From the Lady Cave: Blinkers

So I was inspired to write a bunch of topics down for my new posts and this was one of them.

While driving to work one morning, it occurred to me that sometimes you need to make a split second decision leaving no time to “signal” first.

This thought led to, “damn, isn’t that true to life?”

I like to keep things fluid, I learned early you really can’t be so rigid with your plans. It’s great to have a plan and general direction but life has a way of throwing debris in front of you.

This debris can be anything from a small object or issue, or a huge life altering event. Hindsight being what it is, for me, you have to expect the unexpected.

This leads to my favorite saying “Improvise, Overcome and Adapt” which then leads to my second favorite “Go where the road takes you; you just never know where you’ll end up”.

I feel like someone needs to hear this today.

Please reach out if you’d like to chat.

Heres some of my favorite pictures I took this past weekend:

If these mountains could talk….

Camera Clicks – Blowing Rock

What an amazing place! This is the first time I’ve gotten to visit here in the fall 🍁🍂

And, if you know me you know I might have a thing for rocks …BIG and small…

Heres a thought to ponder as you check out the next 20 pictures…

What stories could Grandfather Mountain and Blowing Rock tell if they could speak? What have they seen 👀?

Do you know the Legend of Blowing Rock? 🏹