…of overflowing…

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Drinking From My Saucer

Never made a fortune & it’s probably too late now.

Don’t worry much about that, I’m happy anyhow.

Along life’s way I’m reaping, better than I sowed,

I’m drinking from my saucer, ’cause my cup has overflowed.

Loonies not the riches, sometimes the going’s tough,

Loved ones all around us, makes us more than rich enough.

Thanks be for many blessings, mercies so bestowed,

I’m drinking from my saucer, ’cause my cup has overflowed.

J.P. Moore-adapt.

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Fine Festive Friday & weekend overflowing with peace, hope, joy & love!

Blessings!

…of skin & wear it…

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Cheers to the ‘GoogleDoodle’ today that smiles CANADIAN women’s rights activist & reformer!

Henrietta Edwards—life be celebrated, joy we live!

Memorialized as part of the ‘Famous Five’ of Canadian women’s activists, she is the one holding the teacup in this statue on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill.

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Kudos to all with determination, perseverance & dedication to improving humanity’s plight! Our world is a better place through their efforts. Those that have gone before us in such causes can too oft be vaguely remembered or acknowledged.

“With the help of a mouse tanning salon” researchers at UBC (University of British Columbia) have apparently accidentally stumbled upon “the secret to wrinkle-free skin”.

Something about inhibitors of a ‘Granzyme B’ enzyme & an extra-cellular matrix.

For some of us, this voyage of discovery has perhaps happened too late & we’ve missed the boat, so to speak!

Cheers to whatever the condition of your epidermis or wardrobe this fine festive season thematic Thursday—may it smile cheers that sing:

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‘Tis the Thursday before Christmas–

Step out & glow!

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…’tis the season–running, flitting/flying, arrangements…

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Staying put … sparrows in February at Hoxne in Suffolk. Photograph: Graham Turner

“Where do sparrows go in winter?”…”How was your weekend winter running?”…”The off-centre centrepieces that will get the dinner-table conversation flowing”…

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Cheers to ‘Ikebana’…the Japanese art of flower arranging that “can provide festive sparkle with a modern feel.”

‘Tis the season indeed of arrangements for festive occasions, travel & generally feeling on the run keeping it up with it all.

Wintry weather can play a role in some of the festive friendly ‘chaos’ & excitement of the Yuletide too.

Cheers to a Winter Wonderland of Wednesday merriment!

May the ‘symmetry’ of your running, flitting/flying, arranging day smile delightfully askew!

…of colour & driven to abstraction…

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As the supposedly 1st painter to produce purely “abstract works” is honoured in today’s google doodle, the idea of expressing emotions through colour and likening the process to the composing of music is celebrated!

Some Kadinsky works:

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Interesting to note that in 1912, Kadinsky in his book, “Concerning the Spiritual in Art”, expounded that “colour can provoke a rich, sensory experience within the soul of the viewer.”

Cheers to rich sensory experiences!…

Have you ever tried to express your ideas or emotions “using colours or lines without attempting to create a realistic picture?”

That’s apparently the definition of ‘abstract art’.

If you’re like me when it comes to things visual or drawing, I wouldn’t know how or where to put the first line, yet if you put a few voices together or musical instruments collectively, it just seems innate to me how to express a myriad of emotions with range & tone & text.

“Gifts” we’re told from a very young age. We all have them in a manner of many things!

Just think of those in your midst that you admire!

The variety of talents can be astonishing!

Instinctive or learned, inherited or acquired, ingrained, cultivated, driven….

In the midst of festive season busyness, cheers to wee moments of pondering, contemplation, ruminating or musing that sings—driven to abstraction!

A festive season Tuesday!–soak it all in!

Absorbed.

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….of chorus!…

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Carol singing Sportsman Inn at Lodge Moor, west of Sheffield

…”Village pubs packed with locals giving new life to traditional Yuletide songs”…

Some might quip–a “Yorkie” tale of a Yorkshire terror, but across the countryside, fueled by pints of ale, “full-throated renditions” of carols & songs of Christmases past, cherished and sung for generations are echoing among the land in truly festive season form!

Cheers to merry merriment resounds—another round!…”O tidings of comfort & joy!”…

‘Tis the week before Christmas!

That week where things wind down & wind up for people travelling to be be with family & friends for the holidays.

Exams written, papers done for secondary & university students, concerts sung, plays performed, recitals given, buffets indulged in, office deadlines met, purchases made, parcels wrapped, culinary capers exercised….the lists, checked twice, go on!…

Whatever it is your juggling this fine festive season Monday, may a smile—I’ve joined the chorus!, be your song!

Of course.

Great day all!

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…of heartwarming…

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“Visualize Your Way to A More Relaxed Holiday Season!”…”Perfect eggnog”…”Ten Things to Love About Winter”…”Why Artificial Aromas Can’t Compete with Real Food Smells”…

Something about an ‘Aromafork’, a fun way to experiment with flavours, but its vials of fake
strawberry, banana, and almond smell less than genuine! “Would you be happy opening a molecular gastronomy kit on Christmas morning?”….

Enough said!…

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A myriad of things are going on in Vancouver this festive season weekend. From office Christmas parties, to seasonal concerts, the Nutracker ballet, carol cruises, & live theatre!

Cheers to a fine festive weekend that smiles taste! see! smell! hear!

Heatwarming!

…of feelin’ it!…

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“Anything but turkey: 26 ways to shake up your holiday dinners”…”What kind of tree trimmer are you?–nine new Christmas ornaments for every style”…”Learn to regulate your emotions to win like an Olympian”…

How about a pastel glass macaron Christmas tree ornament? Would that fit with your style?
Or maybe a solid walnut bauble?…

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In the slim & trim of holiday dinners, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without turkey in there somewhere, at some point,…..agreed???!!…

I think we’d all agree that sometimes, emotions can get the best of us!

Do you embrace opportunities and find joy in the challenge?
Can nervousness get the best of you or does it ‘psyche you up’?

An Olympian suggests “redirecting attention, relaxation, self-talk, & imagery” can be learned strategies to regulate our own emotions!

Me thinks, all well and good, but sometimes a “let it flow! let it flow! let it flow!” to nostalgic thoughts and things that remind us of what’s truly important in life, can be enriching and get us more in touch with our own humanity.

We can tend to get on the treadmill of the motions of daily life all–too–often without pause, to our own inner being…

So…

Yes so…, (it’s trendy to start a pronouncement with so these days!) (enragingly, so!) : )

With your ’tis the season java jolt or time-for-tea or happy hour libation, take a minute to consciously be in touch with your inner you & good or could be better, just acknowledge for yourself—

Feelin’ it!

Cheers to a keepin’ it real kinda day!

…of bureaucracy, weather & out-of-control…

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“Internal costs at Veterans Affairs jump while death, disability funding unspent”…”Mental health patients need a spectrum of services, officials say”…”No place for torture in society”…

Is it just me, or do headlines like these not somehow scream let’s nix some of our out-of-control bureaucracies & return to a more compassionate world where care for one another is paramount?!…

Is that really too idealistic? I like to think–NOT.

Vancouver’s sudden mild temperatures (13-15C) and abundance of rain and an anticipated “king tide” for today has seen the city works department place 30,000 sandbags along a low level road near Locarno Beach to deal with anticipated flooding in the low-lying area.

Wednesday will be a day that shouts–stay dry!

Days and weeks and situations can often make it seem like things are out of control.

I have a friend that says her day to day task in her workplace is to manage the chaos!…

Cheers to a wonderful mid-week Wednesday that sings—“all is calm, all is bright!”

If all else fails, take time for tea—delight!

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…the gallop…

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…”A-List Doctor can show you how to party (healthy) like a rock star”…”Five steps that can help you win the battle against aged related weight-gain”…”Toronto TV-lovers attempt to set world viewing record”…”15 fun & original toys for the little ones on your list”…”24 cookies of Christmas: Day 8’s sweet surprise keeps it easy–no bake!…”75 book ideas for Christmas, for everyone on your list (and we mean everyone!)…”Hospitals look to horses to help with the healing process”…

Cheers to the plethora of headlines that at this time of year can sometimes be overwhelming and scream—NAY!!!…

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of all people below as if they really are fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. ~Charles Dickens adapt.

Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year — and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority. ~W.J. Cameron

Instead of being a time of unusual behavior, Christmas is perhaps the only time in the year when people can obey their natural impulses and express their true sentiments without feeling self-conscious and, perhaps, foolish. Christmas, in short, is about the only chance a human has to be themself. ~Francis C. Farley adapt.

In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it “Christmas” and went to church; the Jews called it “Hanukka” and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say “Merry Christmas!” or “Happy Hanukka!” or (to the atheists) “Look out for the wall!” ~Dave Barry, “Christmas Shopping: A Survivor’s Guide”

“It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!… Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!” ~Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

No matter how carefully you stored the lights last year, they will be snarled again this Christmas. ~Robert Kirby

Let Christmas not become a thing
Merely of merchant’s trafficking,
Of tinsel, bell and holly wreath
And surface pleasure, but beneath
The childish glamour, let us find
Nourishment for soul and mind.
Let us follow kinder ways
Through our teeming human maze,
And help the age of peace to come
From a Dreamer’s martyrdom.
~Madeline Morse

Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles. ~Author Unknown

Cheers2 a ‘festive season’ full of smiles—enjoy the gallop!!!

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….of objects & objections…

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“Canadian Embassy in Cairo closed due to security concerns”…”How not to act old even when you are”…”A great name tells you more than just what the company does”…

All in a day’s headlines!…doesn’t that last one just kinda sorta sing—you’re the Apple of my eye?!…

Apparently “the digital evolution is upon us” and financial companies are racing to bank on biometrics that will soon see us able to “pay with our finger” and “access an ATM with our eyes.”

All in an everyday transaction!…

A bizarre question of the day in the media asks–do socks and forks have feelings?

That’s right, buying stuff, we’re told, will make us happy but they’re asking, but how happy is our stuff?!!!….

“The greatest trick consumer capitalism ever played was to convince us that buying stuff would make us happy – and then, when it didn’t, that we should buy books on getting rid of it, or storage units to keep it in, so we’d have space for new stuff to replace it.”

A Japanese author (Kondo) has written a book insisting that our belongings have feelings and deserve to be treated like living things. “You should designate a place for each possession, because “have you ever thought what it would be like to have no fixed address?” Caring for objects in this fashion “is the best way to motivate them to support you”. Sure, discard things – but say a proper goodbye first,” she says.

“Maybe we should all snap out of treating objects like people”, says the media article author. “But until then, wouldn’t it be better to do it respectfully, Kondo-style, rather than lusting after things, then kicking them out the moment they fail to thrill? (A person who behaved like that towards other people would be a slimeball.) That’s what I think, anyway. And having consulted them, I’m pleased to report that my socks agree.”

Cheers to an objective second Monday of December!

Remember, it’s festive season!

Enjoy the festivity!

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