Friday, February 19, 2010
Not only do I work in a city called Victoria (named after the British monarch), but I have joined the Spark People Victoriana Group and I also interact with the Victorian Tea Parlour team.
We enjoy discussing tidbits of historic family lifestyle, clothing trends, olde fashioned recipes and the way things used to be.
Since becoming a participant of these groups, I have reawakened my excitement about the costumes of that era, I have read three Victorian-themed novels and have watched two BBC movie productions, (Emma by Austen, and Nicholas Nickelby by Dickens).
Would I have enjoyed these pastimes if I had not met these buddies on Spark People? Most assuredly not!
Have you reawakened interests in your life due to your membership here?
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards;
they try to have more things, or more money,
in order to do more of what they want,
so they will be happier.
The way it actually works is the reverse.
You must first be who you really are,
then do what you need to do,
in order to have what you want.
~Margaret Young (vaudeville singer, comedienne)
If I am to follow Ms. Young's advice, I have to figure out who I really am. Hmmm.
After that, is the "doing" stage. Yes, I need to be a woman of action and activity.
But do I even know what I want?
If I am to pursue happiness, DO I know what I want? Can Contentment be an roadblock to Happiness? Maybe the question is, "Is my happiness found in being content?"
In my past, I have done many artistic things, I thought, to keep busy. I used to challenge myself to learn different things (not often were they intellectual) but I did enjoy being creative. I'm not very creative at the present time and I am chaffing under the collar about being unemployed and not very useful in my community.
I enjoy my home and I try to be helpful as a volunteer at my spouse's office but I know that I can bring home the bacon also, and so it does chip away at my so-called contentment. There, I said it.
Happy is knowing who I am today and doing what I have to do in order to have what I want.
Are you taking steps forward to follow a similar plan????
Monday, February 15, 2010
If you have the time to watch a short clip, this video will warm the cockles of your heart on this winter day.
Here's a Question of the Day for you: When was the last time you felt such 'joie de vivre' like in the video???
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Today, Valentine's Day, was a celebration that I had been looking forward to for at least a week. Today I took over a laser cut heart shaped card to my neighbour and inside I had written a simple poem. I was exciting to get a birthday card to her WITH a heart on it.
But, as it turned out... today isn't her birthday. Her hubby just calls her 'his Valentine.' I got the day screwed up. The positive to this is that I am early with the card, by 11 days AND we will be getting together later to show her how to use their new wok. Hmmmm, stir fry.
I should round up some veggies and nuts to tonight's dinner get together... even if it won't include birthday cake. (Which is a good thing, when I come to think of it.)
Boy, oh boy I can make some foolish blunders even when I am not wearing my green wig!!!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I had a nice plan for today. After breakfast I was hoping to visit a local tea celebration. It is supposed to be the biggest Tea Festival in Canada open for two days. I went last year and simply loved it.
This morning I seem to have come down with a bug and I have to stay home. I never know when I need to .... be home. (If you catch my drift.)
I could have food poisoning, but nobody else is complaining about food side effects. Just me and my... tummy, yes let's just say it's my tummy.
I have a new book to read, I have lounged in a bubble bath to enjoy the warmth and fragrance. Aaahh the simple things in life. I am home and it is quiet and peaceful, albeit, somewhat unproductive.
I will have to be content to get some dishes washed, a bit of laundry accomplished and use the day to rest and recreate. I am so bone-weary!
Today I do miss visiting the city's tea demonstrations, but aside from that I do realize that taking a day to get well is a luxury that I do not often reward myself with. sigh. Purhaps the day is not really a waste after all.
Imagine if you will, me sitting on a couch, lap throw across my knees with a book about a Victorian gal who wouldn't follow the rules and norms or her time. Maybe I'll turn on an electric fireplace for the ambience, but I will keep the place quiet and placid.
Time to brew some peppermint tea to calm the digestion. Won't you do the same?
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