New month - new habits, new journeys, new discoveries, new realities and new praises. That old saying about the only certain thing in life is change, is so true. I am not a lover of change and never have been - but it happens. I know that all things happen in God's time and there is a reason. We do not always (most never) understand why, but I do believe it is definitely part of the journey that we have to take. Some journeys are fun and easy and others just stink and they are hard. BUT, we have them all happen in life - that is how we grow.
EVERY single morning and EVERY single evening (and many times in between) I thank the Lord for my blessings. There are days I don't feel happy or encouraged - but I am still blessed. NO MATTER what happens in life - we still receive His blessings.
His blessings may not be exactly what we thought on a given day, but we are blessed none the less.
Enjoy the simple things - BECAUSE every single thing IS big and important.
Every morning while reading the paper, I like reading the lighter side of things. I always read "Dear Annie", and there is a column called "Let It Out" - which is just whatever is on readers minds, and the comics and the horoscopes! That is all in one section and it is my light read.
Once in a while those horoscopes seem fitting (not that I believe in them). Last week I had one that read - I would be getting 3 happy surprises that day. Hmmmmm - I did. I got 3 phone calls from people that I don't hear from often and they all touched my heart.
Yesterday - "Don't build, simplify. Shore up what already exists. Get rid of the excess, and you'll be struck by the value that was there inside all along."
OK - this is exactly what I have been trying to do lately. These are sage words for everyone of us - don't you think?
Appreciate what you have, lessen the load, and LOVE what is left. In the process we may bless others with our cast-offs.
I will NOT watch LIVE videos anymore on FB. Yesterday I decided to watch a live Living on a Dime video as it sounded interesting. This is the 2nd time I have tried to watch one of their videos LIVE - and the second time that my computer has completely frozen up. I couldn't do anything.
That isn't going to happen again (to me). Learned my lesson. I even got my old computer out and charged up, as I didn't think I could get the newer one to open.
I finally got my Virus scan to work and did and scan and restart and it took care of the problem. I have had this happen twice watching that same site.
Just be careful what you watch live - fair warning to all.
I have been cleaning, clearing and de-cluttering as you all know. I have come across a few things that I had forgotten about. Isn't that something? We have so much today, that we forget what we have or put it away and are only reminded of it once or twice a year. That truly says a lot about our society.
I was cleaning in the basement craft area and found this pattern I had forgotten I had. It looks cute. It would be cute to make a top for jeans (I don't wear leggings) - but it would be cute with those as well. I think it would be cute sleeveless shorter top too. I may have to work on something this winter. It looks so comfy.
Then while cleaning out the bookcase and closet I ran across some of the books I have that were my Dad's or inspired by my Dad. They are basic organic gardening and self-help books for gardening and ways of living a more organic life. My Daddy was way ahead of his time. He was huge into organic gardening. He took this magazine for years. I have so many of them, dating back into the 60's and they are still relevant today.
These are just full of useful information. I think I have a relative that would thoroughly enjoy grandpa's books - so one day I can pass them on
I bought the Country Wisdom book for my folks back in the mid 70's. The other book I have had for years as well. So much knowledge in them. Great to have around.
I also came across my Foxfire books that had been put away. I don't have a full set, but have several. Those are a wonderful, entertaining and educational read (if you ever get a chance).
AND I learned that I will never be TOTALLY broke!!!!! LOL I came across 2 bathroom size trash cans that I have filled with pennies (tucked away back in a closet). My goodness, I couldn't hardly move them. I guess I should turn them into the bank for cash before pennies are NO more! That is a lot of copper. I also have little stashes here and there, that contain change that has been saved, and one with paper money.
I have a few silver dollars (from my childhood) and a few old $2 bills tucked away as well.
Ack - look how dusty those pennies are! LOL That little trash can is probably 12" across and maybe 15" deep. That's a lot of pennies X2.
I guess being a pack-rat could come in handy some day. Knowledge and money are 2 things that we will always need.
So there you have some random thoughts from me to start the new month. I hope you all have a fantastic month and find some of your own treasures that you may have forgotten along the way.
Thank you for following my life journey. You guys all keep me sane - you have no idea just how much your friendship and contributions have meant to me, especially in recent months.
Looking forward to another month of learning together!