• Life Day By Day

    What sparks joy?

    What sparks joy in your life? What sparks joy are three magic words that according to Marie Kondo, an organisational expert, will change your life. Years ago, I wrote about surrounding our lives with things we love. Beautiful ornaments, crockery, comfortable cushions, a vase of roses, crystal glasses or even chooks! I recognised that I feel happier when I have a home full of things I love. It sparks joy! But what about the gifts we receive? Do you find there are some gifts you have that have never seen the light of day! What do we do with gifts we have no place for or the gift that does…

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    A walk amongst the roses

    A walk amongst the roses in our garden tells me something about life. You can brush up against some roses and all you experience is their beauty and their fragrance. With other roses you have to be careful as you may get hurt by their thorns! A quote by Pablo Picasso is a good way to look at the world. It says, ‘You can complain because roses have thorns or you can rejoice because thorns have roses’. Even some people who are a little abrasive have other attributes that can endear us. We just have to look past the thorns, handle them with care in order to see the beauty…

  • Life Day By Day,  Live Simply to Simply Live

    The Rose

    The rose is a beautiful flower and many roses have a delightful fragrance. Years ago, I read a great quote about the rose. It said, ‘A rose does not preach, it merely spreads its fragrance’. I am reminded of the beauty of the rose as Mother’s Day is celebrated this Sunday. In many countries, including Australia, Mother’s Day is held on the second Sunday of May. This tradition began in 1908 when Anna Jarvis an American woman first held a memorial service for her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis. Anna Jarvis wanted a day set aside for mothers to be honoured given her belief that a mother is the person who…

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    Still tidying up

    It does not seem to matter how I approach organising my home as at the end of the day I am still tidying up! If you are still tidying up at the end of the day or the end of the week, don’t despair. It is a normal part of life. It is better to be tidying up then letting all the clutter gather around you. When I was growing up my paternal grandmother, aunts and later an uncle all lived in the same rambling Queenslander at Cannon Hill, Brisbane. Verandah on three sides. My sisters and I loved exploring when we stayed there on school holidays. There was always…

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    Hands

    Hands tell a story about the person. This is why so many artists like to include the hands of the person in their work. Hands are unique, just like the person. Take a look at your hands and then look at others. How are they alike and how are they different? Every healthy hand has four fingers and a thumb. It is our hands that enabled us to make our way in the world. We took our first step by hanging on to a piece of furniture while we learnt to walk. Our hands helped us do things as simple as buttoning a shirt to putting on a sock or…

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    A Daughter’s Reflection

    On the 8th April I wrote on the subject title ‘Living to die’ and now I am writing a daughter’s reflection on the passing of my mother, Valma Jean, on 13th April 2019. My mother was 92 years old. On my last post I wrote about my sister Christine and I spending time with our mother, 9-12 hours a day. We did this not because it was our duty but because we loved our mother. My other siblings, Trish, Debbie and Michael also spent time with our mother in between work and family commitments. Christine and I concluded by Wednesday 10th April that our mother was in the active phase…

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    Living to die

    Living is such an important part of our lives, but do we think for a moment we are living to die? We do all the regular things, the things we are familiar with, birth, growing up, partners, starting a family and so the cycle goes on. We are born and we to continue living until we die. Death is an event that none of us can escape. You may be the worlds smartest person, the worlds richest person but you are living to die! My intention is not to sound morbid, but once again I may be touching on a subject that many or most want to ignore. That is,…

  • Life Day By Day,  Live Simply to Simply Live

    Tidying up

    How much time do you spend tidying up and putting things away? I seem to spend a lot of my time putting things away. If you are doing the same, don’t despair this is a good thing! I realised that having a place for everything and putting things back in their place keeps our place tidy. But there is more I can do! Therefore, I was pleased to hear about the KonMarie method. I am reading ‘The life-changing magic of tidying up’ by Marie Kondo. Kondo has had an interest in tidiness since a young child. The London Times said this about her “[Kondo] has positioned herself as Japan’s preeminent…

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    Standing in solidarity with New Zealanders

    Last Saturday 16th March 2019 I put on my paua shell ring and in doing so I was standing in solidarity with all New Zealanders. This act of standing in solidarity with New Zealanders followed the abhorrent attack on two mosques by a white supremacist, a citizen of Australia, living in New Zealand. The day before, Friday 15th March, fifty people were killed, and many were injured. This act of violence in a community, in a place of worship, should not happen. It is a place where people should feel safe. Earlier in the week I was preparing for an interstate holiday. In deciding which jewellery to take, I came…

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    SHOE LACING AND OTHER THINGS

    Shoe lacing Have you ever decided to clean your walking or running shoes, taken out the shoe laces and then wonder how to lace your shoes? I did it again this week. I took out the laces and later thought ‘Oh no’ where do the laces go! Fortunately I have more than one pair of walking shoes, I worked out a long time ago that running is not healthy, so I walk! Even then I was not sure I had laced my older shoes the correct way. So I went online for advice. I found that the Adidas website most helpful. They offer advice on how to lace your sneakers,…