Thursday, 26 January 2023

Celebration

 Last year, a friend of mine gave me a beautiful book to help me focus on blessings. Helen knows how I love poetry, so the combo of verse and blessings were perfect for me and I appreciated both the thought and the gift.

And the title of Bless the Space Between Us intrigued me.

The book is full of inspiring, insightful messages, beautifully written. Words that touch the deepest of emotions and calm the most troubling of times.

One of my favourites, that I return to regularly, is "For Celebration"... and as today is my husband, Andy's birthday and we are celebrating together, as a family, it seemed like a perfect gift to pass on to others.

As the words help us appreciate the many blessings, we share in our lives, I thought I would share this special poem with you ...

 

 Many, many, thanks Helen. 

... and many, many thanks to John O'Donohue
 
Here is a photo of some of my many blessings... 


Thursday, 15 December 2022

Who knew....

 so many surprises this month...

some welcome and some not so much!

First of all, the welcome ones. Murphy and Rosie came to stay.

Hallowe'en in Canada ...

A couple of angels!



    

 and Christmas in Scotland. 

 We have even made it cold enough for our Canadian visitors with the temperature dropping below freezing. Brrrrr!

 Tree up but loads of things to do before Santa comes...

 However if  I remember the Christmas story correctly, the angels always arrived early...

 "Super delighted" with my double surprise, as the Canadians say...

Question - what do  I, say? 

Answer - They are "Awesome"!


 Now to the unwelcome surprise. I took a tumble and have manged to "jigger" both knees. You will be acquainted with that well know medical term  - "jiggered".

Right is worse than left but both are challenging my moving around and of course interfering with shopping... and with Christmas looming I shall have to do a special letter to Santa (Andy) to help me out.

I may decorate my elbow crutches with tinsel to cheer myself up. Alternatively Christmas pudding earrings have always made me smile in the past. Not real ones of course...

... thank goodness there are children around to help me watch the mega number of Christmas movies on TV and work at embracing the spirit of Christmas with wishing you

                                                "Peace and Good will to all!"

Tuesday, 15 November 2022

Words of advice

 

Well... 

while searching for inspiration regarding an Aloe Connections monthly newsletter, I came across this advice. Strange though, as I wasn't aware that I was needing advice, but then when do we ever!

 There is no name attached to the words of wisdom, but there is a sense of someone who has been there, done it and proudly wears the T-shirt.

It also helps that the background picture is calming...

So what about words of advice?

I have always been aware that unsolicited advice is never welcome and even when solicited, it can be challenging to swallow. 

As a physio, back in the dark ages, my advice was often sought and sometimes even taken. Nowadays, my advice is rarely sought, but when it is, a whole new relationship develops. The one with myself, as advice is always personal due to one's own experience!

Invariably, I have to quote Dame Maggie Smith who famously said " My dear, I never give advice, I only have opinions!"

Now maybe that would be a great quote for a T-shirt...











Thursday, 27 October 2022

Chaos reigns


... with soooo many changes in our personal world just now, it is hard to keep up. The result is that writing is taking a bit of a back seat due to other life's commitments.

However, here's my October offering of an inspirational quote that is a favourite of mine. It always helps me put everything into perspective...

Here's to appreciating more of the invisible, even in the midst of chaos.


Tuesday, 13 September 2022

Seas of Change


Do you notice how sometimes change can come insidiously, as in little by little, by almost imperceptible alterations? 

One example being the wrinkles that time etches on the face or perhaps the pounds that miraculously gather around the waist!

And then there is the other type of change. The tsunami! 

 The sea of change that alters not just one's face but alters the whole face of life as we know it... and brings what seems to be a hundredweight of challenges with it.

For some, this is when a health diagnosis hits home. For others, it is when war, famine, poverty and/or pestilence - the whole four horsemen "thingy" come riding into their own backyard.

Over the past week, changes in the UK's political scene preceded major changes in Britain's Monarchy.

We exchanged one male Prime Minister, Boris Johnstone for a female leader in the form of Liz Truss. A change that was perhaps considered inevitable... however when two days later another change that was also considered inevitable, happened, it still came as a surprise, a shock that resonated around the wolrd.

The tsunami of change that Our Queen, Elizabeth had died and naturally her successor Prince Charles, was now King Charles III.

There has been much said about Queen Elizabeth's life and works, and her remarkable reign. She was an amazing monarch, with inspirational qualities and her life is deserving of all the praise that is being showered on our memories of her. 

However I don't intend to dwell on the past or indeed what the future holds for any of us, in this blog. My only thought at this time is to recommend paying attention to the seas of change that are all around us. 

They carry us forward and require us to play our part in whatever way we can. When such a state of change happens, such as the rocking of the establishment, the changing of the guard, watch out for all the reflections of change in your own lives and like Elizabeth,  rule steadfastly and sail safely through... wherever the tide takes you.





Friday, 19 August 2022

Visitors

It was wonderful last week, to be able to have visitors to stay... and not just any old visitors but family, in the form of Andy's cousin Maggie and her husband Mark. 

My in-laws, yeah, but they have always felt like family to me.

They came to Scotland from Canada for an extended stay, taking in the Western Isles and all that the Scottish weather and hospitality could offer. 

Over the years, we have spent many fun times with the Scurfield branch of the family. They opened their homes and hearts to us all, allowing us a glimpse of what their family and by association, Canada had to offer!  

There were road trips, boat trips, water parks, theme parks and  many, many interesting family meals!


... and who could forget our trip to Niagara Falls!








We can never thank you enough. The welcoming hospitality began with the matriarch, Aunt Maggie and her husband Uncle Jim and is continuing with their children... Jamie, Evelyn and Maggie... and including partners Giselle, Todd and Mark. 

"Grazie mille" to you all.

The previous photos were taken in 1991 and Aunt Maggie is still on matriarchal duties!

Here are some snapshots of the recent family reunion in Largs...

Extended family in extended room!

    Inside - table for two?

Maggie and Robin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outside - where will we go? 

There are four choices in Largs... up the hill...

Kenny and Marks
or down the front...

Natalie and Maggie



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                        

 

 What about out to the pencil?

Are Mark and Maggie Vikings?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Or there is always a welcome visit to the Anchor Bar...


Then... waiting for the sunset.

Clan gathering



 

 

 

 

 

 

Well worth the wait...


Thanks for including us Maggie and Mark, in your trip's itinerary.  We loved having you and even the sun smiled when you visited us in Largs...

Saturday, 16 July 2022

Flourishing

 Last week was a busy week for me...

Usually the highlight of my week is swimming, but last week saw me driving to Loch Fyne, with a school pal from Oban High School to meet up with another. Then a few days later Andy and I were on the Arran ferry for a day trip to the famous island to meet up with family ... and then a couple of days later we were travelling to Edinburgh to attend a Garden Party. 

No, not the official Queen's do! But it was still a right "royal" affair.

This week has been back to the usual programme of events - swimming, shopping and staying close to home, however it has given me more time to ponder. Something I can highly recommend.

So what is there to ponder about when all around seems to be chaos, with foolish decisions being made on the right, left and centre stage! 

Well first of all, let me show you our garden. 


It is one of a pair of window boxes, although it is "hanging out" on the balcony, so window box is not quite right... pedantic, moi!

... and when I hang out on the balcony with my morning coffee and drink in the view as well as the caffeine, I can appreciate (ponder) the meaning of the word flourishing. 

My take on it is, "growth without expectation of the outcome". It seems that some things, like plants and people, circumstances and environments just can't help themselves. They grow vigorously, in ignorance of external pressures, just happy to express their nature in all its glory.

Now to another flourishing pair. 

 I thought you would like to see a few photos of a wonderful example of flourishing. 

Two children delighting in having fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 and enjoying the awesome beauty of a rainbow...

I challenge you not to smile with them. We all need to find something, anything, to smile about...