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September 30, 2016

September Favorites 2016

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    This past week I have been burning through my energy trying to finish things.  As such I figure I'll finish the month out short and sweet with a list of things I really enjoyed .

September 29, 2016

Things I Love Thursday: Singing Along To a Ukulele

A collection of items arranged as a collage on a small wooden table.  Words written on cut out white paper reads: Things I Love Thursday.  Assorted items in collage include: A mint and white teacup and saucer filled with crystal stones, a quartz pendulum, and a plastic macaroon.  A walnut, two (2) red hearts, a snail wearing a black beret, two (2) strands of stone beads (purple fluorite and green aventurine), a bottle of purple nail polish, a pink rose, a silver colored seven pointed star candle holder, a small tan tea pot, a note pad in summery colors with the image of a popsicle on it, and a decorative pen.

    Last night was fabulous.  We had friends over for the family night of of our multi-faith study group.  There was food.  There was tea and Turkish coffee.  There were singing bowls.  There was a ukulele.  We even sang an alcohol alphabet song.  It was all wonderful and pleasant.

    This week has been filled with events and busyness.  I have been prepping for events and cleaning.  and then other times I have been cracking at crafting and writing.  This weekend is a convention and I am doing some prep for that.  I will be going as my steam punk character Zazzle at least two days.  I am looking forward to that.

September 25, 2016

A Simple Sunday

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    Hello there.  I figured I'd just drop in and say hi.  Yesterday was a busy day at home.  We had friends over for a day of gaming and sushi.  Sushi was delicious.  Games were fun.  There were two big loses though.  Pandemic Legacy and Betrayal at House on The Hill.  For those who have played Pandemic, we pulled an epidemic card on the first turn and a second on in that first round.  We even had a chain reaction outbreak in that first round.  It was pretty terrifying.  As for Betrayal at House on The Hill, the trader won.

    Today I am taking things slow.  I am cleaning.  We used a lot of dishes yesterday.  I am reading.  It is nice to sit down and read.  I often forget how relaxing that is.  Though I do live with a toddler and I need some quiet when I am reading.  I also plan on updating my date book today and planning out the week to come.

    At the moment I have a cup of tea and a kitty that wants in my lap.  How is your Sunday going?

Lilian A. Brennan

September 22, 2016

Things I Love Thursday: Autumn is Here

A collection of items arranged as a collage on a small wooden table.  Words written on cut out white paper reads: Things I Love Thursday.  Assorted items in collage include: A mint and white teacup and saucer filled with crystal stones, a quartz pendulum, and a plastic macaroon.  A walnut, two (2) red hearts, a snail wearing a black beret, two (2) strands of stone beads (purple fluorite and green aventurine), a bottle of purple nail polish, a pink rose, a silver colored seven pointed star candle holder, a small tan tea pot, a note pad in summery colors with the image of a popsicle on it, and a decorative pen.


    Good morning.  Today is the first day of Autumn this year.  Or spring if you are in the southern hemisphere.  What are you looking forward to?  I love Autumn and all the decor that goes with it.  I love the pumpkin flavorings, the spice, the cider.

September 15, 2016

Things I Love Thursday: Try a Gratitude List

A collection of items arranged as a collage on a small wooden table.  Words written on cut out white paper reads: Things I Love Thursday.  Assorted items in collage include: A mint and white teacup and saucer filled with crystal stones, a quartz pendulum, and a plastic macaroon.  A walnut, two (2) red hearts, a snail wearing a black beret, two (2) strands of stone beads (purple fluorite and green aventurine), a bottle of purple nail polish, a pink rose, a silver colored seven pointed star candle holder, a small tan tea pot, a note pad in summery colors with the image of a popsicle on it, and a decorative pen.

    Gratitude list have made a big difference in my disposition.  Depression is something I have dealt with since childhood.  Being grateful is not going to fix that, but it is one tool you can use to get better control in your life.

    In my experience taking not of things that make me happy, no matter how small or how often it is the same thing, helps me to not forget that there are good things in this would. People can tell us all the time that there are good things.  But our brains have a tendency to remember all the negative and forget the good.  The negativity and the bad stuff is almost like a fog that tries to conceal the good and the happy.

    By actively taking time to remember the good things we are building a habit that can help us cut through that dismal fog like a hot knife through butter.  

September 8, 2016

Things I Love Thursday: Astronomy

A collection of items arranged as a collage on a small wooden table.  Words written on cut out white paper reads: Things I Love Thursday.  Assorted items in collage include: A mint and white teacup and saucer filled with crystal stones, a quartz pendulum, and a plastic macaroon.  A walnut, two (2) red hearts, a snail wearing a black beret, two (2) strands of stone beads (purple fluorite and green aventurine), a bottle of purple nail polish, a pink rose, a silver colored seven pointed star candle holder, a small tan tea pot, a note pad in summery colors with the image of a popsicle on it, and a decorative pen.

    Howdy and I hope the week has been good to you!  Here is my weekly gratitude list!

September 6, 2016

5 Books I Want to Read or Finish in 2016

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    One of the things I love is reading.  But it takes me a lot longer to read than other people.  I often have to read a sentence five times over just to decipher what it actually says.  I have dyslexia and because of this I have always needed a lot of time to read.  When I originally started this post I went through the books i have and the ones I am in the middle of reading and came up with a list of five books I would love to finish reading this year.

September 3, 2016

Lessons In Baking: Read the Comments

    Okay folks.  Story time with pictures.

    So my friend spotted a muffin recipe on Facebook and thought I'd like it.  The ingredients sounded tasty.  Bananas, quick oats, wheat flour, honey.  mmmm

    The annoying part is that we kept being short one ingredient or another when I was hoping to make them. So I finally got to make them this morning.  Here is what they looked like going into the oven.

Batter in an orange silicone muffin pan ready to go into the oven.

September 1, 2016

Things I Love Thursday: Being Productive

A collection of items arranged as a collage on a small wooden table.  Words written on cut out white paper reads: Things I Love Thursday.  Assorted items in collage include: A mint and white teacup and saucer filled with crystal stones, a quartz pendulum, and a plastic macaroon.  A walnut, two (2) red hearts, a snail wearing a black beret, two (2) strands of stone beads (purple fluorite and green aventurine), a bottle of purple nail polish, a pink rose, a silver colored seven pointed star candle holder, a small tan tea pot, a note pad in summery colors with the image of a popsicle on it, and a decorative pen.


    Howdy and welcome to Thursday!  This week seems to be much better than last.  I have had fun this week and I feel productive.  I have created things with clay and started studying again.  I hope your week is going well.

    Now on to the round up of things that made me happy or smile this week.  Here goes.

September Goals & Try-Its

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    Due to traveling and other factors I didn't really set goals last month.  I feel like I wasn't as focused as I'd like to have been.  Clear goals may have helped me to keep on track.  But that is okay.  I have goals for September.  A basket of frogs that need eating.

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