Loving my new shopping bag - a gift from Jennie.
Have you received, or given, any gifts lately?
Why not give someone a surprise gift this week?
Just for fun.
I did a little happy dance when I saw the friendly bus go past my house yesterday for the first time since I came home from Venice.
There has been a service, much reduced and not coming as far as my house. It means such a lot to me (my eye condition means I can no longer drive). It's my independence and my link to the rest of the world and the sight of it was a symbol of the return to normal, to being able to go places!
(Recycling bins of course.)
I did appreciate all your suggestions, but after reading a story about someone who hoarded old shoes, I went through the house binning all the things which once sparked joy but were now sparking regret/anxiety/guilt/sadness/nostaliiia/uncertainty and indecision.
Out went the shoes the boots the sandshoes and the slippers. The dying plant. the old breadboard which goes black when I cut fruit on it, the dusty wreath, an old bag with an inkstain on it, the packaging from the new juicer (the old one blew up!), another pair of shoes which I never really liked, some old tired underwear (is there anything sadder than old tired underwear?) and everything in the fridge past its sell by date!!
Something else which feels really good is spending some fun time with Mary from Washinton DC - long time commentator on this blog. Mary blew into uk on storm Brendan and if the next storm allows and the ferries are still running we meet tomorrow for a Scottish cities trip!
Meantime here is my own little bit of cherry blossom. Prunus subhirtella 'autumnalis'. Photographed mid-December and hanging on through the recent gale force winds.
..to make the most of my winter.
Keep garedening. Pruning, tdying, weeding, raking, pottering - not leaving it all till spring.
Keep moving. The gardening eill help. It's all too easy for me to hibernate and barely move!
Travel (big plans afoot!)
Think up a really good word for 2020.
I'm taking a blog break and leaving you with some recent magical Autumn moments. We have had some lovely days....I hope you have too!
When did you last have a fun day out?
I mean a whole day with nothing else to do but enjoy yourself...
We started with coffee on the roof terrace of Harvey Nicols in Edinburgh for the view overlooking St Andrew's Square.
On the way back down through the store we fantasised about glamorous gowns
..and crazy shoes!
We visited three galleries - The Scottish Gallery, Open Eye and the National Portrait Gallery ( where we also had lunch) and took a refreshing late afternoon stroll through the Botanic Gardens.
and finished with an hour's people watching while sipping healthy cocktails!
Where will you go for your fun day out?
I will be back to Edinburgh before The Festival ends... (26 Aug).
If I sit on the edge of the bath with the window ajar I am on a level with the swallows' nest and I've been spending more time than I perhaps should watching the SIX baby birds...I think they may leave the nest tomorrow, and I might get some work done!
I also bought a fun scarf.
It's summer after all.
..at least three books at once! Do you do this?
I'm getting behind with Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life which I said I'd read, and review, one chapter a month, Gretchen Rubin's Better Than Before about making and breaking habits has just come through the door and is tempting me away from Michelle Obama's Becoming which I am rushing through for book group which is tomorrow!
I ordered Becoming a bit late (do you find that if you don't pay for Amazon Prime deiiveries take a lot longer than they used to?) so to get a start on the content I started listening to interviews with her about her autobiography.
In this interview (25 mins 36 seconds in) with Oprah they both get very giggly about some major experiences they have had which they found themselves reacting to with an inner Mm,mm,mm! I found it pretty funny and quite endearing and began to think of some things which have happened to me to which I can only respond Mm,mm,mm!
Can you think of any such moments?
Now promise you won't laugh when you look at this link (okI know you will! I laughed too.).
No, I will not be sitting in the snow half naked any time soon, or anytime ever.
How I came across this I have no idea - things often just find me. Intrigued and super-sceptical I watched a few videos and Ted Talks and eventually thought I'd give the breathing a try. Deep breathing is good for you, right? I felt pretty good after just one round and began to do just one round most mornings. It only took a minute or two and I felt energetic and ready to go after it. This was around the same time I began to finish washing my hair with a cold rinse (which I mentioned a few weeks ago). That perked me up a bit further and seemed innocent enough.
Then one morning after my lovely warm shower I turned it to cold and timidly put my hands and feet under it for a few seconds. It took me about three weeks to stand fully under the cold water and ACTUALLY LIKE IT.
I love it.
I joined the free mini class then unsubscribed easily and wasn't bombarded with unwanted emails. I do it on my own in my own time now. A new habit.
I just have to try this one out!
Dr Michael Moseley suggests putting a chocolate in your mouth and keeping it there for a full 10 minutes, concentrating on the taste and savouring it, putting all other thoughts out of your head.
My friend says that is impossible as chocolate melts at body temperature so it would not last that long. In the interest of science I feel obliged to test it :-)
For more sensible and serious advice from Michael Moseley there are lots of videos of his BBC TV programmes and talks on YouTube
Re yesterday's post How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint When You Fly is a BBC video that encourages us all to make tiny changes...
I spent a lovely afternoon with Grace (regular commenter on the blog who lives in Paris).
We both grew up in Glasgow so especially enjoyed the exhibition Glasgow In Print at the Glasgow Print Studio.
A leisurely lunch at Rogano's (could be in New York said Grace) to catch up since we last met was delightful. Grace is off to climb Ben Nevis! We will be rooting for you and you must let us know if you get to the top. No pressure then :-)
Meeting some of my blog friends has been one of the greatest pleasures of Live Simply Simply Live and I did need to get away from the big studio clean up for a bit...
Don't forget to arrange a change of scene, however brief, if things get a bit intense.
I was once tall in Venice too..
PS Don't miss Lucille's latest post.
I'm going over there now to view it again..
for a few hours this morning with blue skies and rolling mist on the loch..
However it soon clouded over and it was still pretty cold, so I went to Edinburgh as I had planned to see the last day of the Elaine Pamphilon exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery.
I am still mulling over the interesting comments on yesterday's post - thank you so much.
An artist seeking a simpler life - (but not too simple!)