January 6th CUDDLE UP DAY

 

cuddle blanket and hands

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……

cuddle snuggle cats

  • 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.

cuddle cat pair

“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

Bling - sparkle clock

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. 

Make a Wish

 

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. 

NY blog 2018 goals 

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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The Easter Bonnet – Still in Fashion?

Girl in MIrror Easter Hat crop

Just the mere mention of an Easter Bonnet and my memory swells with favorites from my childhood. Sometimes the hat was brand new and sometimes it was a hand-me-down from my older (and wiser she tells me) sister – but it was new to me. I waited each year for Easter so I could show off my latest treasure and I felt like a princess as we headed to church on Easter morning. I think I walked just a little taller and straighter those days to show off my finery.

Easter Family Photo(Yes, that’s me with the goofy grin on the right hand side of the picture)

Alas, I wonder now if the Easter bonnet has gone the way of hand written notes – a thoughtful pastime so seldom now enjoyed. That got me thinking about the tradition of the Easter bonnet – off to do some research on the subject.

Easter Christie Girls

An Easter bonnet represents the tail-end of a tradition of wearing new clothes at Easter in harmony with the renewal of the year and the promise of spiritual renewal and redemption.. Ladies purchased new and elaborate designs for church services, and in the case of Easter, taking the opportunity of the end of Lent to buy luxury items. Easter Bonnets come from European traditions of wearing flowers on a hat to celebrate spring.

Easter Art Fancy Hat

The icy grip of winter gives way to the warm days of spring. The landscape is reborn as Mother Nature adorns it with lush green grass, bushes, budding trees, and colorful wildflowers. A sense of euphoria envelops the people who act out their traditional rites of spring.

Easter Bonnet

In Roman times, young women celebrated this season by wearing wreaths of laurel and olive leaves, intertwined with flowers. Some believe this symbolizes rebirth, hope, and a new beginning.

Easter laurel wreath headband

See more at: http://www.hattales.com/discover/hatstorians/how-the-easter-hat-(bonnet)-evolved/

Now, in a more casual society, Easter Bonnets are becoming harder to find, as fewer and fewer women bother with the tradition. Still, modern Easter bonnets for children are usually white wide-brimmed hats with a pastel colored satin ribbon around it and tied in a bow. It may also have flowers or other springtime motifs on top, and may match a special dress picked out for the occasion. – hey, wait – that’s just what I had as a child of the 50s and 60s.

Easter bonnet verse

I know that in towns large and small you may still find the traditional Easter Parade and all manner of fancy bonnets will be found. Beyond these parades, do folks still buy and show off their fancy hats?

Easter Coke Tray

Easter Bonnets appear in art and on vintage postcards and often referred to in music – all celebrating spring renewal and a gentler time gone by. I shall hold fast to my memories of my favorite bonnet. And of course it meant after church whipping it off as fast as possible and heading to the Easter Egg hunt – I needed something to put my finds in.

EasterChick on Straw Hat with flowersHappy Easter and happy bonnet wearing!