Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Ritual to you too.


Today is Halloween, not one of my favorite holidays, but Halloween does start our end of the year holiday parade. And if nothing else, I like seeing Halloween show up on the calendar because I know the other holidays near and dear to me are on the way. Holidays could also be spelled rituals.

A rite is "any customary observance or practice". Whereas a ritual is "an established procedure, religious our otherwise", meaning that it is repeated with regular occurrence.

You know, like a holiday!

I believe we create and sustain rituals to remember the past and guarantee the future. Rituals and holidays allow us to bring up the past for review and enjoyment. And usually, the memories are sweet or at the very least, comical!

And that is what builds families, the commitment to be a part of something larger than just yourself.


It isn't always easy to make the journey to attend. Sheesh, it isn't always easy to be the tribe host, either. But once the ritual has passed for another year and you look back, it really wasn't difficult. All it really was, was commitment.

Families do change. People marry and move away. Job transfers happen. Babies are added, and older family members are suddenly no longer there. So whenever possible, make the journey, it will always be a great view when looking back!


So, Happy HallowThankfulChristNewYear Everyone! May your journey be safe and full of wonderful views on the look back.

It's a new week, I hope to see you again.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Is this a debate or are you arguing with me?

Deciding to "write" is a blessing and a curse. Having to write in order to meet a deadline is upon first inspection a curse. But if you break it down, having a deadline (even one self-imposed) means you must get the task completed. This gives the opportunity to think and if needed rethink, then edit and finish.

Which makes this an opportunity to learn about yourself. In the quiet of your own working space without debate or having to defend your thoughts. Some folks love a good debate, I am not one of them. I hated it in school and for some reason never took to it in later years. I equate it with arguing and yet I know that arguing and debate are not the same activity. They only seem like it.......
Ironically we think we know ourselves when we reach our mid-thirties, but all we really know is our habits and preferences, which is very different from our true self. It has taken me a long time to learn that learning about our true self, takes a lifetime. And I suppose it should. Because we are not the same person in the morning that went to bed the night before. Each new day offers the opportunity to be the best new you, that you can be.

We wake up privileged with all the knowledge from the day before. Whether we put it to use or not is a very different issue, we still wake up privileged. Unfortunately, the word privileged has become tainted in recent years by being attached to the idea of one having money. But below you will see the definition I found to support that we all are privileged.

priv·i·leged
ˈpriv(ə)lijd/

adjective
  • having special rights, advantages, or immunities.
  • having the rare opportunity to do something that brings particular pleasure.
I do not see the mention of money in the above definition. So it seems safe to say anyone waking up after a day of living and learning, is, in fact privileged.


Knowing yourself is one of life's greatest riches and one that you will take comfort in for the rest of your days. And unfortunately, I must also be the spokesperson for some additional bad news. The rest of your days are limited. Yep, we all are going to die. I would take that last sentence back, but then I would be a liar, and I don't think that it would be a good idea to become a writer and a liar on the same day.....


Which brings us to the issue at hand.

What is it that you want to do? And, what are you waiting for?

Now remember you will be different tomorrow. But you will not wake up ready.

I don't know if there really is a state of ready, where one embraces the opportunity and succeeds from that point on.

But I do think there is a state of willing, where one starts right in and continues to work hard toward success.

And I think that is a great tool to have in your tool chest.

It's a new week, I hope to see you again!

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Old and new from far and wide, October 2016

Hello, we hope your week is going great on this first day in October. Take a look at what friends and other blogger are up to currently or have done in the past. So much information from older posts on just about every blog, today I am sharing these.....

Photo courtesy of One Good Thing.

I love this round up of uses for Pickle juice. I can tell you that we don't pour ours down the drain....

Photo courtesy of Maple Hill Farm.

Thrifty plant markers for your garden.


Photo courtesy of an Unknown Source.

I have not tried this formula. But from the many different suggestions I have found on the internet and have been told by friends, it is certainly worth a try....

Photo courtesy of Thrifty Fun.

If you grew garlic in your garden, this article will show you how to braid it for long term storage. 


And I will leave you with this thought to ponder.....


This final October 2016 version concludes a year-long series in celebration of other bloggers. I hope you have enjoyed this series as much as I have, in presenting the wonderful ideas and recipes.  

Thank you for visiting such a busy backyard, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

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