Thursday, 12 January 2017

Sucker Punch

I have not posted this week due to dealing with a situation that is taking up all my time and energy.  😞 Hopefully I will return to posting again next week. 

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Ringing in the New Year

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier.'  ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

A new year comes with the promise of gifts as yet unopened.

In the New Year turns my mind to I improvement. Improvement of self, of home of life. Do you feel this way at the start of a new year?

Going to bed earlier is something I want to do this year.

My new year's resolution is perhaps one of the simplest though one of the most difficult to keep - to enjoy life. Someone shared the comment on my blog last year that time spent doing what you love is never wasted. According to researchers the body has a chemical response to joy.

 In order to keep my energy levels up so that I can pursue pastimes I enjoy I intend to go to bed early enough to give me 7 to 8 hours sleep a night and to walk for around 30 minutes four to five times a week.  Aches and pains and an over active mind can stop me falling asleep. A light snack before going to bed helps many drift off to sleep. For me a glass of milk or a cup of chamomile tea can help. Milk is said to speed tryptophan to the brain where it is converted to serotonin. Years ago a work colleague gave me a going to sleep tip that works really well, when sleep is avoiding me. I close my eyes and just watch the patterns behind my eyelids at play. Try it, it works for me and it might work for you too. I also spray my pillowcase with a lavender scent to help me drift off to lavendered sleep.

Do you have any New Year's Resolutions? What are they?

Wednesday, 4 January 2017


"Life is constantly providing us with new funds, new resources, even when we are reduced to immobility. In life's ledger there is no such thing as frozen assets"
~ Henry Miller

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

What Sherri Did - December 2016

Try to live an authentic life that feels true to yourself - which means living as yourself, not as an imitation of anyone else, and not the reflection of yourself in anyone else's eyes.

~Maria Shriver

For me living an authentic life is living a life that expresses my values. Is that what living an authentic life means to you? Life can be so busy that it is easy to become distracted and it is good to have this space as a reminder of what being authentic means to me in this consumer mad world.

In General

We have been doing some maintenance and re-painting inside and outside. The guest bedroom walls have been repainted. I wish I had remembered to take a photo of before we started. Anyway the walls had a purple over pink sponge effect before and now they are a nice restful beige - the colour is called Romantic Chintz. Don did most of the work, though I helped with some of the cutting in. It has been hot weather for painting. Don also took down the light fitting and updated it by spraying part of it black. We also fitted a new curtain rod. I moved some decor items out of the room and others in.

Repainted guest  bedroom

Don also finished painting the window sills in the main bedroom, as he didn't get them done when he painted the walls in that room.

As I write Don is outside painting the front gates.

I have been doing lots of de-cluttering, and have said good-bye to clothes and books and other sundry items I am no longer using.

Same room, different angle.

What I have been reading

This month I managed to do a bit more reading than I have for a long time.
Before the War by Fay Weldon
The Golden Door by Kerry Jamieson
The Hot Flash Club by Nancy Thayer, - I first read this book about 10 years ago and I held onto it because I knew I would want to read it again.

Here it is again from a different angle, you can just make out the built in
wardrobe at the left of the photo. The doors have been painted the same colour
as the walls
Best of the web
Considering retirement? Them maybe living a life on the sea might be something that interests you.

Here is an article that explains what your choice of plaid says about you. (I think mine says "doesn't like to iron in the hot weather.")

So, stagnating wages growth is not just an Australian problem, Britain is experiencing it too.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Happy New Year!

My New Year's wish for all of us is that our ships come home full of treasures in their holds. 
Treasures of health, happiness and everything that brings us joy untold. 

Happy 2017 !

Friday, 30 December 2016

Jubilee Park

"The year of the Jubilee has come;
Gather the gifts of Earth with equal hand;
Henceforth ye too may share the birthright soil;
The corn, the wine, and all the harvest-home."
~ Edmund Clarence Stedman.

This photo is looking out from our pergola straight the across the  (brown)
lawn and behind the keyhole garden to Jubilee Park.

As I have mentioned previously, I turned 50 this year. Prior to my birthday my husband asked me what  I would like for my birthday. I didn't want any more jewelry. In fact I didn't want any thing extra in the way of personal possessions. I already have enough to look after, thank you very much. 

However I did want something to mark such a landmark birthday. A big party to celebrate my birthday did not appeal to me. Though nice, I felt that a party was too transitory a thing for my 50th birthday. 

I pondered and I thought. I thought and I pondered. Then I hit upon an idea. A very whimsical idea. For my birthday I wanted a park! No I didn't want to visit a park. I wanted my own park. One with trees and lawn, just like a public park only smaller. 

This photo was taken from the middle section of Jubilee Park looking toward
the east. 

I explained my park idea to my husband. I informed him we already had the perfect spot to turn in to my park. And of course I already had a name for the park. It was to be called Jubilee Park. Yes really, in honour of my Jubilee. Because believe it or not I have worked long and hard to make it this far. 

This photo was taken from the southern side. Yes that is a clothesline.
It was there before we bought the property. Whoever installed it made darn sure
it wasn't going anywhere. I am trying to grow wisteria up and over the structure.

This is a landscaping project that will be a few years in the making. Once finished it will be a cool, relaxing place to sit and connect with nature. 

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Resolutely Set

"In my humble opinion, astrology itself works because enough people believe it works. We create our own reality." ~ Yasmin Boland"

For those amongst us who like to set New Year's resolutions, an auspicious time for doing so is said to be arriving today, the 29th December, during the period of the new moon.  And just in case you are wondering,  I do enjoy reading my horoscope, and in addition to my sun sign I also know my rising sign and moon sign. 

 I also enjoy arranging quiet little ceremonies of personal significance. So I have decided to spend some today conceiving my New Year's resolutions and for visualising how I would like 2017 to roll out for me.

Creating a vision board

Other good ways of setting our intentions can be to use a vision board or by drawing what it is you want to bring into your life in 2017.  If you are really creative you may want to sculpt an image that envisions what you desire

Another method I have used in the past is to write a future story, that is, describe in detail what your life is like when that 'thing' or 'achievement' is present. A future story needs to be written in present tense as if it has already been achieved.

All the cutting and pasting to make a vision board can create a bit of a mess.
However it is an enjoyable, creative activity.

These processes can be very useful in clarifying your intentions. They can also help with  keep your goals/resolutions/intentions  in the foreground while you go about your daily routine.

I will also be searching out a couple of key affirmations that I can use for 2017 to help keep me focused on what it is I want to bring into the New Year.

Are you intending on setting any New Year's resolutions or goals?