"let your boat of life be light, packed with only
what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, someone to love and someone to love you,
enough to eat and enough to wear
and a little more than enough to drink:
for thirst is a dangerous thing"

Thursday, 25 July 2013

it's just another day....

July is slowly slipping past and I have been a bit out of blogging of late.  No real reason, not too busy either, just a nice winter hibernating time.  Our week in Knysna also got me on track with reading again - I am definitely an "all or nothing" reader - 3 books in a week or 1 book which I read slowly for a month (or two). I have been carrying my latest book around with me and find that if I have to wait for a delivery instead of fiddling around on my phone or counting boxes, I get into the car and read a couple more chapters. Maybe I should get really jacked up and have a blanket and a flask of tea as well.

So sorry for the neglect.  A few things I know you will like.

How true is this?

It sums up perfectly, for me, the difference between being in your 30's and being in your 50's.  There are many perks in growing older and one of them being that you don't really worry about silly things anymore.

How beautifully put together are these words?
If you love oysters, I suppose.  I do.  I must find a Hemingway novel to read again. About travel and bullfights and wine and oysters.

How funny is this Pinterest page?  This lady has labelled her "board" - "My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter".  She has given her a name - Quinoa - and then has taken all those sometimes cute, often pretentious pictures that people post on Pinterest of their children modelling and she made up her own little story.

Take a look at the page first - here.  Really funny and I love the names that she has given all her imaginary daughter's imaginary friends.  Quite scary too to see how these beautiful children are turned into fashion icons and exploited.  If you are on Pinterest - follow this board, you won't be sorry.  

A few classics:-

Sometimes Quinoa is too cool for school, so she doesn't go. Wouldn't be fair to the other kids.
"If you're going to wear an oversized coat, wear oversized glasses to balance it out." - Quinoa
One thing about Quinoa's friend Günter and his ill-fitting Burberry sweaters, he knows where he is going in life. Quinoa respects that.

And then something special and sensible:-

Life isn’t supposed to be an all or nothing battle between misery and bliss. Life isn’t supposed to be a battle at all. And when it comes to happiness, well, sometimes life is just okay, sometimes it’s comfortable, sometimes wonderful, sometimes boring, sometimes unpleasant. When your day’s not perfect, it’s not a failure or a terrible loss. It’s just another day - Barbara Sher

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