Welcome - If this works out, then this will be a blog of positive thoughts, fun and inspiration. I welcome your input and invite you to share things you find inspirational. However I reserve the right to post only things that fall within the intent of the this blog.

May your day be filled with love, laughter and happiness.

If you would like to share something here then please email me at thehalffullglass (
at) amnet (dot) net (dot) au

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Smell Of Sunshine

I love the smell of sunshine. This morning when I awoke while it was still dark (5.20 am) I woke surrounded by the smell of sunshine. My recently washed sheets and bed cover still smell like sunshine - that lovely smell of spring which bathed them while they dried on the line. Then I put my dressing gown on, and that too still smells of sunshine. I really love that smell, so much so I never ever dry my sheets or linen in the clothes dryer. What smells do you love?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday Citar - Loss

Tabitha @ Fresh Mommy hosts the Sunday Citar meme - pop on over and have a look.
I am sure she would love you to join in too.

For those of us who have recently suffered loss.

When he shall die
Take him and cut him out in little stars
And he will make the face of heav'n so fine
That all the world will be in love with night

William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

If every tear we shed for you became a star above;
you'd stroll in the Angel's garden, lit by everlasting love

- Author Unknown

Fly, fly little wing
Fly beyond imagining
The softest cloud, the whitest dove
Upon the wind of heaven's love

Past the planets and the stars
Leave this lonely world of ours
Escape the sorrow and the pain
And fly again

Fly, fly precious one
Your endless journey has begun
Take your gentle happiness
Far too beautiful for this

Cross over to the other shore
There is peace for evermore
But hold this memory bittersweet
Until we meet

Fly, fly do not fear

Don’t waste your breath, don’t shed a tear

Your heart is pure, your soul is free

Be on your way, don’t wait for me

Above the universe you’ll climb

On beyond the hands of time

The moon will rise, the sun will set

But I won’t forget

Fly, fly little wing

Fly where only angels sing

Fly away, the time is right

Go now, find the light

Beautiful lyrics from a
song by Celine Dion written after the death of her niece from Cystic Fibrosis

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sunday Citar - Pain

Tabitha @ Fresh Mommy hosts the Sunday Citar meme - pop on over and have a look,
I am sure she would love you to join in too.

Last Sunday I hurt my back making the bed, this Sunday I am still in a lot of pain, so I was off in search of quotes to share.

Pain is deeper than all thought; laughter is higher than all pain ... Elbert Hubbard

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional ... author unknown

We cannot learn without pain ... Aristotle

So how can I relate to these 3 quotes, well:

Today I will try and laugh more, after all on Friday when I looked after my littlest grand-daughter, we had so much laughter that I almost forgot my pain.

This week I will not wallow in my pain, I will acknowledge that it is there but I will refuse to suffer.

I will learn my lesson and not made the bed anymore ... well maybe, I will be more careful when I make the bed, I know I have had a bad back for years and have got lax in looking after it.

So my friends, I wish you a lifetime free of pain, and if for some reason it occasionally still pops into your life, remember to laugh. xxx

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sunday Citar - Hope

Pop over and have a look, I am sure she would love you to join in as well.

Let me share 3 quotes about hope.

Never let go of hope. One day you will see that it all has finally come together. What you have always wished for has finally come to be. You will look back and laugh at what has passed and you will ask yourself ... 'How did I get through all of that?' ... author unknown

When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always be worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they
have to get better. ... author unknown

Hope never abandons you; you abandon it ... George Weingberg

My life philosophy is to see the glass as half full, to be optimistic. To acknowledge that no matter how hard things are in any given moment that there are always others in a worse position than yourself. Oh yes I do occasionally throw my own pity parties ... but I try to limit them for they do me no good at all.

Some people might call me naive but to lose hope, to lose joy, does that not mean you lose the will to live. We all need to grab life, to hang on, to move forward, one day at a time.

For without hope, there is nothing but despair.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sunday Citar - The Persistence of Yellow

Tabitha @ Fresh Mommy hosts the Sunday Citar meme.
Pop over and have a look, I am sure she would love you to join in as well.

This week for my birthday, one of my work colleagues gave me a beautiful book - The Persistence of Yellow ... "a book of recipes for life" by Monique Duval.
Today I will share some of the writings with you ... and some of my yellow photos ... enjoy.

Oh and the book is of course subject to copyright.

On Tuesday she woke up and realised she had forgotten the definition of the word "Impossible". She decided it must not have been important #230 (Tuesday was my birthday this year ... and so I no longer have the work Impossible in my vocabulary!!)

Once upon a time, a girl prayed for true love. Her prayer was answered. She learned to love herself. #30

There is a quiet wind voice inside of me. It's the same voice inside of you. Delicate and persevering, it lead us towards each other. Across desert sand, traffic noise, solitary sky. I found your little house by the sea. And I never wanted to leave... #189

and from the back cover ...

And suddenly, the clouds parted and she realised what she had been following.
She saw it there in the distance like a house with wings and a candle burning in
every window: Her heart. So, of course, she had to enter.
Once you follow your heart, and then find it, you must open the door.

THANKS to my friend (and colleague) L for knowing that this was the book I need in my life right about now xxx

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sunday Citar - Belief

Tabitha @ Fresh Mommy hosts the Sunday Citar meme. Why don't you join in?

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent - Eleanor Roosevelt

It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not - Anonymous

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light
from within - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

So this week will you allow your light to shine?

Will you achieve all you are capable of achieving?

Will you let people see the light within - the love, the joy, the happiness, the strength?

Throw off the shackles that bind, the ones that we ourselves impose and just SHINE!!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Citar - No Regrets

Tabitha @ Fresh Mommy hosts the Sunday Citar meme. Why don't you join in?

It seems there are many translations of the lyrics of this song, made famous by the brilliant Edith Piaf, but these are the ones I like best.

No! No regrets
No! I will have no regrets
All the things
That went wrong
For at last I have learned to be strong

No! No regrets
No! I will have no regrets
For the grief doesn't last
It is gone
I've forgotten the past

And the memories I had
I no longer desire
Both the good and the bad
I have flung in the fire
And I feel in my heart
That the seed has been sown
It is something quite new
It's like nothing I've known

No! No regrets
No! I will have no regrets
All the things that went wrong
For at last I have learned to be strong

No! No regrets
No! I will have no regrets
For the seed that is new
It's the love that is growing for you.

So I think we should all live our lives to the full, trying not to hurt anyone, trying not to make mistakes, but acknowledging that we are indeed human and so the likelihood of us being perfect is small. So acknowledge and learn, but do not regret, as more often than not, the hurt or mistake was not intentioned - it was just that we were human.

Have a great week.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Looking Out My Window

As I sit and work, play and blog at my desk I often look out the window. There sits a climbing rose, large and gnarled, sometimes looking a little worse for wear (nearly lost is a year back). This beautiful rose shades the room from the harsh summer sun and protects it from a lot of winter rain.

But it is more than that, there is something eternal about this rose, like it has always been there and always will be.

It is a source of happiness for me, a source of food for the various birds that come and feed - either on the roses themselves or on the small grubs that can be found on the branches. Today I also realised it is a source of nesting material for some of the birds as well. There I spied a New Holland Honeyeater, collecting small dried twigs in its beak and it went back and forward for ages. I also noticed this same little bird rubbing its beak in between some of the branches and wondered what it was doing. Well it was collecting spiderwebs to help bind its nest together. Now as the afternoon sun is setting, there is a soft light filtering through the leaves.

I hope that there is something outside your window that you love as well.

Soon we need to replace the fence upon which this old rose leans, I hope it survives the trauma for I would be lost without it outside my window.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunday Citar - Rainbows

It is a wet Winter's day here in Perth, which made me think of rainbows, those beautiful things that remind you that sunshine does exist even on the wettest and grayest day.

The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears ... John Vance Cheney

The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you do the work ... anonymous

The true harvest of my life is intangible - a little star dust caught, a portion of the rainbow I have clutched ... Henry David Thoreau

and finally the one that I live my life by

Life is like a rainbow. You need both the sun and the rain to make it's colours appear.

And of course my favourite rainbow song - enjoy.

May your week have lots of rainbow coloured moments - for even in the darkest times, there is the possibility of a rainbow - you just have to look. xxx

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sunday Citar

Tabitha @ Fresh Mommy hosts the Sunday Citar meme - Lucy @ Diminishing Lucy regularly joins as well - so this week I thought I would follow the wonderful Lucy's lead and join in as well.

Dost thou love life?
Then do not squander time,
for that is the stuff life is made of.

Benjamin Franklin

Wise words Benjamin. So often we spend time on unimportant things, or imagined hurts or even real ones. This week I am going to attempt to focus only on the positive things in my life, I will work wiser and love and play harder - for this is the time in my life for me to do this.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Things That Make Me Smile

Yesterday while I was driving down to pick up my eldest daughter to take her to visit her Nanna who is very close to leaving this earth, my heart was heavy. Along the journey I happened to spy something that always makes me smile and leaves me with a happy heart.

That things was about 30 odd pelicans soaring on the thermals. I love pelicans. Large ungainly birds on land, they are so light and beautiful when airborne. They float on the air, soaring higher and higher in larger and larger circles. So graceful, so majestic, so beautiful. I love pelicans, on land, but especially in the air. I knew that the day would be okay.

That night when driving home I got to experience another thing that makes me feel good - a full moon rising yellow and round. By the time I was nearly home I got to see the start of the partial lunar eclipse. The moon is always soothing to my soul, a full moon even more so.

Simple things, but things that make me smile. I hope you have simple things in your life that sometimes just appear to remind you that it is not always the big things you need to have in your life.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Heaven Sent Indeed

Last night I was privileged to watch Australian Story on ABC 1. I don't always remember to watch the 30 min show, but when I do remember I have never been disappointed. Last night was no exception. If you missed it last night, I urge you to watch the repeat on Saturday at 12.30 pm, or go to the link to download. Hope this link works for you.

Peter is the "harp specialist" - the nickname his daughters used - he plays the harp for terminally ill patients in the hospice and to babies in the Special Care Nursery. He is Australia's only thanatologist.

Peter wanted more from his life than being a successful business owner, he wanted to give back and wasn't sure how, until one day he saw an ad for a course in America. His beautiful wife and daughters helped Peter make it happen.

This is a family of beautiful and generous souls, they inspire me with their love and support for each other.

Watching Peter talk of the journey he is on, made my breath catch in my throat. Here is a man that is so sensitive, so caring, so giving - how wonderful that he is there for many as they pass from this life. I will be honest and tell you I shed a tear while watching him talk.

Whenever a baby is born in the hospital he works in they now play a few notes of Brahms Lullaby - in the future they may also do a similar thing when a person dies. It is a reminder for all the staff and other who know that birth and death are all part of our journey.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Random Acts of Kindness Challenge - Deep Fried Fruit

Like many of us Leanne from Deep Fried Fruit sees RAK as an event that should happen without prompting and without talking (or blogging) about it, as it just is something you do. Love you Leanne - how I wish that was true for all mankind. So pop on over and read this post, you'll be glad you did.

I love that Leanne regularly tops up expired parking meters - while I have only done that on occasion I have whenever possible given my parking ticket (you know the one you leave on your dashboard to show you have paid to park there) to someone else if it has lots of time left on it. I love seeing the surprise on other driver's faces when I offer it to them.

I hope that you feel as inspired by Leanne's post as I do.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Random Acts of Kindness Challenge - PPMJ

The wonderful PPMJ from Pink Patent Mary Janes is the first blogger to take up my challenge and post about a Random Act of Kindness on her blog. Like most of us, PPMJ doesn't normally post about them - she just does them. How I wish I had a friend that lived closed by just like her.

Have you taken up the challenge and not let me know - I would love to share your Act here. If each one of us did one Random Act per week imagine the change we could make in other people's lives.

Join in before the end of May for your chance to win just check out the original challenge post.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

If I Were ...

If I was a month, I would be July

If I was a day of the week, I would be Saturday

If I were a time of day, I would be sunset

If I were a planet, I would be Earth

If I were an animal, I would be a lioness

If I were a direction, I would be West

If I were a piece of furniture, I would be a bed

If I were a liquid, I would be milk

If I were a gemstone, I would be an opal

If I were a tree, I would be a frangipani

If I were a tool, I would be a clamp

If I were a flower, I would be a rose

If I were a kind of weather, I would be a breeze

If I was a musical instrument, I would be a piano

If I were a colour, I would be aqua

If I were an emotion, I would be love

If I were a fruit, I would a pear

If I were a sound, I would be the tinkling of temple bells

If I were an element, I would be fire

If I were a car, I would be a V8 turbo

If I were a food, I would be chocolate

If I were a place, I would be the ocean

If I were a material, I would be silk

If I were a taste, I would be hot chocolate

If I were a scent, I would be cinnamon

If I were an object, I would be a book

If I were a body part, I would the eyes

If I were a facial expression, I would be a smile

If I were a pair of shoes, I would be slippers

I have seen this on a number of blogs, the latest being Nicole's at the Life of Use

Why don't you join in too?

Friday, May 7, 2010

Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway - Will You Enter?

A few weeks ago I issued this challenge. Thank you to the lovely people who said they would take up the challenge of bestowing a random act of kindness. (For some reason a few of my comments ended up not appearing and I have no idea why as I got the emailed version).

So I am asking, have you made it happen, have you shared your smile with a stranger? Have you shared a random act of kindness with someone?

No? Well here is some incentive to all of my cyberfriends - if you do, and if you share your story with me and let me post it here then you go into the draw to win a Jurlique Love Balm. A delightfully moisturising lip balm with a hint of tangerine, just to keep your smile beautiful.

Will you take up the Challenge? You have the whole month of May to enter and share. The winner will be chosen randomly by the Random thingy. Email me your post to thehalffullglass@amnet.net.au

Julique have not sponsored this giveaway, I have just found their Love Balm and love it so much on my lips that I decided I would buy another one and share.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Some Sunshine and More

I have been a little remiss in blogging about some awards I have received for this blog. I suppose it comes down to feeling like I am 'blowing one's own trumpet' - which is not something I am normally comfortable in doing. However, the 2 lovely bloggers who passed these awards on should be thanked publicly and I apologise for my tardiness.

Melissa @ Suger Coat It has awarded me the Sunshine Award.

Sarah @ Just Me has awarded me the One Lovely Blog Award.

I thank you both for your generous comments about this blog. I enjoy popping in and reading both of you so much, so if anyone who reads this hasn't made the trip - I encourage you to do so, you won't be disappointed.

For the Sunshine Award I need to list some things that make my happy:

Spending time with:

My family
My 'sisters'


In Nature:

Blue skies with wispy white clouds
Butterflies flitting around my garden
Pelicans soaring on the thermals
Bird song in the morning especially magpies carolling
Looking out my study window at the beautiful climbing rose given to me by a friend

I need to pass these awards on, it was hard to narrow down the list, but choosing one blogger for each award, I am sending these to:

One Lovely Blog Award to Rianna at The Last Doll Standing - truly a beautiful blog tended to by a beautiful soul, always filled with lovely things.

The Sunshine Award to Tanya @ Meaningless Meandering from a Madmother - this mad mother has the most generous heart - reaching out just when she knows you need her. Thanks for always being there.

I always struggle with handing out these award type things, as all of my readers mean the world to me and all of you deserve to be awarded in some way or another.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

It's All In The Way You Look At It

As you know this is my blog where I try and spread my philosophy of seeing the glass as half full. I have said before it is not always easy to do. Today I have struggled, but I have got there - well almost.

Last night my son was assaulted and robbed. He was walking from the train station after finishing work and catching the train home - around midnight. He was minding his own business when he saw a person approaching from the other direction. This person asked him for a cigarette, there was a small conversation and then as he walked away was king hit from behind. He was knocked unconscious and then kicked in the head by the low-life, who then stole his bag that contained his wallet, his iPod, his house keys etc.

So where is the half full glass in this, well it is not immediately obvious, but here goes:

1. there was a witness who frightened the person away, called the police and ambulance and stayed with my son and reassured him as he started to regain consciousness.

2. my son was not badly hurt, yes he has concussion and is very sore, but he did not end up on life support, with a brain injury, or worse dead. There are no broken bones. Too often lately I have read about young men being king hit and dying, either immediately or their family having to turn off their life support.

I could focus on the horrible thing that has happened, and it has been hard not too, but I choose to give thanks and see the glass as half full. I still have my son, who I am sure will be scarred not only physically but emotionally for some time to come. But he is still here with us. He remembers none of the attack apart from someone asking him for a cigarette as they walked up to him in the dark.

Sure I feel like railing against the injustice, he was minding his own business, he didn't ask for the attack, but holding on to the initial anger and hurt I felt will not make my son feel safer in the world, nor will it turn back the hands of time. Putting that aside and being there for my son, supporting him in a positive manner, that will help him.

I would like to thank the good Samaritan, but my son doesn't know his name, or even which house he came from as he can't remember exactly where he was only the street. But should he ever remember I will try and personally thank this man for this kind heart. I will contact the police and see if they can pass on a message of thanks for me. How easy it could have been for him to just turn a blind eye. So while there is injustice, there is also kindness.

It is really all in the way you look at it.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Re-issuing The Challenge

Way back when I started this blog nearly 12 months ago I set a challenge, I got no responses. That is not to say that nobody took up my challenge, just that no-one commented. So today I am re-issuing that challenge. Will you take me up on it, will you let me know how it went for you? It is still something I try and do every day.

What Would You Do?

I love this You Tube clip - not just because of the fact that The Sound of Music is one of my all time favourite movies but because being a people watcher I love to see the unsuspecting public and their expressions.

Look for them rather than watching the dancers - there is some pure joy, people caught up in the experience. Some even dancing on their own.

There are also a few others that just walk on by with little to no acknowledgement of what is happening. Maybe even annoyance.

If we don't take the time to grab little moments of joy, random moments bought to you by someone else - think of what you may be missing. Look around you every day and always try and find the joy.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter Cakes

I have mentioned before that a great place to go for a laugh is cake wrecks, well you just have to go and check out their Easter cake selection - there are pages of them and you need to go through them all - I have laughed so much my back is hurting. There are some nice ones, just after you start but Page 2 just got me past the point of giggling into raucous belly laughing.

That's one way for me to work off all the Easter chocolate.

Let me know what you think. Here is one to wet your appetite.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Light It Up Blue

Today is Autism Awareness Day, some of my blogger friends and some of my family, deal with Autism as part of their life journeys.

To show my support and love for them and for the every day ups and downs that Autism brings to their lives, no matter where on the Autism Spectrum they or their loved ones fall, here are some beautiful blue things including my favourite things - butterflies, interspersed with my life philosophy - seeing the glass as half full.

No matter what presents life gives you, find the blessings as there are
some even if they are hidden deep.

Rejoice in the butterfly, for they turn from ugly caterpillar to beautiful creature in their life journey, can we not all find something in that message?

On the bad days let your mind drift like the dandelion seeds across a blue sky, to times when things will be better, for it is nice to believe that there is an end to where you are now, you just need to let go to find it.

Find your inner beauty and wear it with pride, for true beauty comes
from within, more often than not through hardship and the choices you make to survive.

Enjoy the rain, for like tears it washes your cares away.

It is easy to focus on the negatives, try to look beyond, for there is beauty all around you.

Need help in Australia - the links below are a starting point

Autism ACT
Autism Tasmania
Autism Queensland
Autism WA

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sharing Some Sugar

I'm Sharing Some Sugar ' cause we can all do with a little extra love with Sunny Side Up as she and her family deals with the damage from the Melbourne hail storms, her video as the storm was happening is amazing.

It is still raining in Melbourne and looks like it is going to be wet for a few more days, so hope this little bit of sugar cheers you up just a little bit.

Hugs from Perth xxx

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Another One To Make You Smile

I don't know if you have already seen this. Being Me shared it on her blog Sunny Side Up and now I can't get it out of my mind. I don't think I will ever be able to listen to this song again without flashbacks.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Just To Make You Laugh

Check out this blog - you may already have found it, but today was my first visit and I am still smiling.

How Do You Choose To Live Your Life?

Image : fotosearch.com

There are always days when the glass is empty just as there are always days when the glass is full to overflowing, but I believe it it how you see the glass in the bigger picture that counts the most - half empty or half full - pessimist or optimist - victim or survivor - you have the choice in everything you do.

Of course, I am not saying that you will never have a down day if you choose the 'half full glass' outlook on life - we can not be happy with our lot all the time. Sometimes you may have a job you hate, but have to stay with it as you have a family to support. Or maybe something bad has happened of late that has knocked you for six. The bills may be piling up and threatening to topple over and crush you. Or maybe you are, like me, quite often in pain through arthritis.

But I believe that even with these things happening, you have a choice.

My choice - 'half full glass' - for even on the worst day, I give thanks that I am alive - for is that not the one good thing you have each and every day? None of us know how long we will walk this earth, so give thanks that you have been given another day. A day that may be full of surprises and possibilities, take the time in each day to find something that lifts your heart, find joy in the rain, find warmth in the sun, find solace in writing in a diary, find friendship in cyberspace, enjoy the smell of your hot coffee, stop and smell a rose, smile at someone else just to share the joy, and love yourself - for you are a unique human being - there is no one like you anywhere else and isn't that an amazing thing.

Embrace each day and live it as if it is your last, for one day it will be - that is the one certainty all of us can count on.

So what do you choose?

Hugs from Perth on this bright sunny Sunday xxx

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Happy 101 Award

Alliecat from In A Beautiful Pea Green Boat has passed this award on to me for this blog and another award for my other blog. Thanks so much Alliecat for thinking of me.

Happy 101 requires me to write 10 things that make me happy, so here goes, in no particular order:

Spending time with my grand-daughters and my family

Snuggling with my hubby

Flowers especially Roses and Frangipanis - their sweet scent wafting in the breeze

My 'sisters' - you will need to read the links in my other blog to learn about my sisters

Spoiling myself at the beautician - facials, pedicures, manicures - love being pampered

Having straight hair (it is normally curly) after visiting my hairdresser - it is a whole new me

Driving my car - pure bliss

Reading a good book or two or three - often have more than 1 on the go at once

Blogging - including writing my own 2 and reading all the others I come across in cyberspace.

Now I will pass this award onto just a few blogs that make me happy and inspire me.

Melissa @ the things I'd tell you

Donna @ 5by40

Madmother @ meaninless meandering from a Madmother

Pink Patent Mary Janes

Friday, January 22, 2010

Loving Life - This Quote Is One To Live By

There comes a time when you have to stand up and shout:

this is me damn it! I look the way I look, I think the way I think, feel the way I feel, love the way I am a whole complex package. Take me .. or leave me. Accept me - or walk away! Do not try to make me feel like less of a person just because I don't fit your idea of who I should be and don't try to change me to fit your mold. If I need to change, I alone with make that decision.

When you are strong enough to love yourself 100%, good and bad - you will be amazed at the opportunities life presents you.

Copyright 2000 Stacey Charter (found on thinkexist.com)

And to that end a link to Vanessa Amorosi's great 'This I Who I Am' - enjoy

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sharing Some Sugar

There is a star out there in cyberspace and her name is Melissa, she is one gutsy lady, truly beautiful on the inside and out, she is a wonderful mother and wife and even though I have never met her face to face, she means a lot to me - I know weird huh?

Now Melissa suffers from bi-polar, she won't mind me saying that as she is quite open and honest on her blog, she also is diabetic and in 2010 she is taking back control of her life.

As part of her mission she has been blogging daily in January about the things she is grateful for. For the past few days Melissa has not blogged because she has been really sick and I miss her - so today just for you Melissa I am 'Sharing Some Sugar' 'cause we can all do with a little extra love - especially when we are sick. Hope you feel better soon my love.

So if you would like to Share Some Sugar with someone you think needs it - feel free to use the little blog image I made this morning.

Hugs from Perth xxx

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Letting Light Into Your Day

There is a study that some people get winter 'blues' (or Seasonal Affective Disorder) from the lack of sunlight, grey skies, etc - particularly people who live in the northern hemisphere where they have long periods of night.

I wonder if even in more temperate climates, closer to the equator were sunshine is not a problem whether by living with your curtains/blinds closed all the time it can have the same effect.

The first thing I do when I wake up is open the blinds in all the rooms, open windows and doors, even if it is cold and raining (obviously not if the rain is coming in though). At work, it is the same - the blinds are always opened when I walk in every morning, in fact our whole end of the building has the same philosophy.

Surrounding ourselves with light seems to make sense if we want to feel happy. How do you let the light into your day?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Some New Year Inspiration

Two quotes I would like to share, hope you too find them inspirational.

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Years Day

Edith Lovejoy Pierce

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives ... not looking for flaws, but for potential.

Ellen Goodman

Let us all overlook our flaws for none of us is perfect and embrace the potential for happiness we all have within. Here is our chance to write a whole new book, well at least a new chapter in our lives - I'm going to make this chapter of my life filled with love and laughter what will your chapter be filled with?

Sunday, January 3, 2010

And So The Year Begins

Well Day 3 of 2010 - are they to be the teens or the tweens given that we traditionally say being a teenager begins at 13?

How has your year begun? Mine has started really well. We welcomed the New Year/Decade with 2 of our closest friends, got to bed about 2am which is way late for us, but had the most wonderful evening full of good food, good friends/new friends, and lots and lots of laughter especially at midnight when I was really tired and kissed my hubby on the check instead of on the mouth!!

Yesterday was my Mum's 78th birthday and I celebrated by going shopping for manchester/linen and got some beautiful new towels - 2 x turquoise bath sheets and 2 x sunshine yellow bath sheets with a bath mat, plus some new bed sheets - I don't like shopping but I love buying linen especially towels. We also got an awesome chocolate and raspberry mousse cake to take to Mum's in the afternoon - yummy - and obviously no calories. It was a great evening with my kids and grandkids coming along to celebrate with Mum.

This morning I woke up to a hot blue sky - so I can see it will be a day indoors for me to keep cool.

If the year has started this well it can only one hopes keep getting better. Hope your New Year is treating you the same.

Hugs from Perth xxx


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