January 6th CUDDLE UP DAY

 

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Many of us are experiencing extremely cold temperatures and dastardly weather so I thought it was rather interesting to note that January 6th is CUDDLE UP DAY

Cuddle Up Day is an opportunity to snuggle up to someone on a cold winters’ day or night. Chances are it’s cold outside. So, cozy up to a special someone, and enjoy some warmth and love. This day is enjoyed by both young and old.

This day is a great opportunity to:  cuddle with your cutie, snuggle with your sweetie, hug your honey.  And, of course, you do not have to cuddle up with someone……

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  • Cuddling up in your easy chair is a great idea, even better by the wood stove or fireside.cuddle chair by fireside
  • Cuddling up with a pet is always rewarding.cuddle dog by fireside
  • Cuddling up to a stuffed animal is quite secure and comforting.cuddle stuff animal snuggle
  • Cuddling up with a good book is enjoyable.cuddle read a good book
  • Cuddling up by the fireside is warm and cozy.cuddle popcorn fireside
  • Cuddling up with a hot cup of tea or coca is relaxingcuddle steaming blue mug

However you chose to spend Cuddle Up Day, stay warm and relax – you deserve it.

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“Come cuddle close in daddy’s coat Beside the fire so bright, And hear about the fairy folk That wander in the night.”

Robert Bird

 

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2018 New Year Musings

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New Year Musings

We all get the exact same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them.” 

 Another New Year welcomed, and suitably rung in with all the glitz, glamour and fireworks we seem to ascribe to the event.  I have often thought of the New Year as being a bit like an Etch-A-Sketch.  We draw and write all over the year and then on Dec 31st, we flip it over, give it a good shake and start with a blank screen.   

I don’t make resolutions per se.  I do make wishes that I try to turn into something that I can do something with or about over the course of the year.  Call them goals or resolutions if you must but for me it seems to work.  Whenever I start off a statement with “I resolve to…” I am heading down the path of disappointment. That only took me 65 years to figure that out about myself. 

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When I look back on the year past, I do so with an eye on accomplishments and things that went right; perhaps in an attempt to duplicate success.  I don’t spend a great deal of time lamenting what didn’t happen or what I wished I had done – for me that serves no purpose.   

For things I would like to accomplish in the year. I do write them down and post them somewhere where I can see them and be reminded of them.  This process works for me as I need a constant reminder to stay focussed and not get too sidetracked with things that seem like way more fun but are not as rewarding (financially or emotionally).  Fun is important, don’t get me wrong, a short trip to the casino does wonders to lift one’s spirits. 

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This approach over the last 20+ years has lead me to where I am today – living the life I love, doing what I want and following my heart’s desire.  So, when it comes to your goals be creative, be daring, work towards that dream you have in your heart and start on the road to those goals (aka resolutions, wishes, statements of intent whatever you want to call them).  Don’t procrastinate or try to make them perfect, just get started and see where it leads.   

Flip over the Etch-A-Sketch with 2017 on it, shake it good and hard, then start off with a blank screen and get busy wishing.

A new year is like a blank book. The pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself.”

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Valentine’s Day Musings

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Valentine’s Day is not a big deal for me, yet I do consider myself fortunate to share my life with an incredible man.  Somehow way back our souls found each other and like Velcro we have been stuck together ever since.  Enjoyably so I might add which is important when you spend 24 hours a day 7 days a week with someone, it’s good to enjoy their company.

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We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird.

And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible

with ours, we join up with them

 and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness —

and call it love — true love.”

Robert Fulghum

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Personally, I find this to be one of those over-the-top celebrations with cupids, chocolates, flowers, hearts, cards and raised expectations.  Perhaps over the years I have come to accept the fact that my dear husband does not celebrate days like this (well, he also forgets birthdays but that is for another post) so I am fine with this being “just another day”.

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We still laugh every day at something, talk like friends do about everything, never go to bed angry or disagreeing about something and we can argue like the best of them even over things like how to shovel sheep manure.  And even after 35 years of marriage we still discover things about each other – I just discovered he dislikes whistling, big time.

I don’t need a special day to tell him how much I love him.  Okay, I’ll admit I will probably make him heart shaped French toast and I did decorate the Hoosier cabinet with two joined hearts but that’s it.

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I stitched this for my parents many years ago as an anniversary gift as I was so taken with the quote, it has become one of my favorites. This framed piece now hangs in one of my guest rooms.

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“Love does not consist in gazing at each other,

But in looking together in the same direction.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 

This is more a day to celebrate all those you love, parents, siblings, friends.  Pick up the phone and call them and let them know how important they are.  There, I feel better now – Happy Valentine’s Day to you and all those you love.

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