Thursday, January 30, 2014

Late January Reflections

1.  If you ate way too many of those Christmas cookies and were a bit horrified at the numbers that showed up on your scale when you were finally brave enough to check out the damage done, then I know you're having a blast joining me in shedding those unhealthy, cholesterol-laden pounds.  Sigh. 

2.  These foods can morph into becoming your new best friends.  Truly.

3.  Yes, social media's taken over our lives and is now our default mode in connecting these days.  But when it comes to reaching out to another soul making their way through a season of loss or illness, nothing beats a beautiful greeting card inscribed with loving words of blessing penned in your own hand.  Even if it does cost 49 cents {gasp!} to pop it in the mailbox. 

4.  A warm bear hug, a big pot of nutritious soup, a little tub of gorgeous tulips just ready to burst into bloom?  Delightful mid-winter gifts.

5.  My little visit with Henri Nouwen recalibrates me each morning.  The priceless words he has penned go soul deep, but gently.  Each and every time.  Will you give this a try for one week?





*  Thawing out with Nancy

28 comments:

  1. Oh I agree... nothing beats a handwritten greeting card. Love them!!
    Happy almost February!
    Blessings,
    Beth

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    1. Don't you just cherish those notes and cards? What a dying art ... and 49 cents a stamp doesn't help much either, does it ...

      ;-{

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  2. Hi! Thanks for visiting and commenting. (Don't you just love R5F??)
    I can surely identify with the extra pounds....waiting for the weather to thaw, so I can begin my morning walks again!
    Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. I'm always looking for reasons not to walk ... too hot, too cold, too windy, too dark, too light, too buggy, too busy!

      Looks like it won't be long til I won't have a single excuse ...

      Thanks for coming by from Nancy's this morning, Dianna!

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  3. isn't it nice getting a real letter or card in the mail?! and yes, i'm still working on all my holiday over-eating :( no fun!

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    1. It's become a bit of a rarity ... I'd love to see this dying art come back to life again! And I'm so thankful I saved so many of the special ones that have come over the years ...

      Thanks for dropping in this morning, Tanya!

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  4. Nothing like finding a greeting in the "real" mail. I do love mail call! I'm a big fan of the deli flat breads and only eat whole grain pasta. I should give up pasta and bread completely, but just can't seem to do it. It is definitely soup time and I love to force bulbs indoors -- a start to Spring!

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    1. I've never forced bulbs, much preferring that someone hand them to me with the job already done!

      {smile!}

      Thanks for sharing a bit of your Friday with me, Snap!

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  5. I did enjoy those Christmas goodies - ugh, getting back to eating healthy is not nearly as much fun. I love your mid-winter delights - they really would brighten a cold day!

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    1. Oh yeah, they were all so yummy. But on a more postitive note, looking at the scale is more fun these days than a month ago!

      Thanks for coming by today, Karen. I hope your weekend is fabulous!

      ;-}

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  6. Forty-nine cents sounds like a bargain to me. After March 31st, Canada post is charging 85 cents per letter mailed in Canada to Canada - iif purchased in a booklet of ten. Bought individually, each stamp will cost $1.00. Sadly, this is the truth.

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    1. Oh my ... these postal services are putting themselves {and the greeting card companies} out of business. But I am glad that you took the time to say 'hi' this afternoon, EG. Thanks for dropping in!

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  7. I love getting snail-mail. There's nothing like it!
    I ignored my scale from Thanksgiving through New Year Day :-)
    Have a great weekend.
    Diane @ thoughts and shots

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    1. Yep, my scale went unnoticed during those same weeks! And that's ok!

      I so appreciate that you came by today, Diane. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  8. i love soup - really enjoy it in the cold time. had some last night. wonder what to do this evening. we will see??! ( :

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    1. For sure, Beth! Nothing beats a big bowl of soup these days. Nothing! I just can't get warm around here and that sure helps ...

      Eat hearty, my friend!

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  9. I am working on sending more cards in the mail. Everyone likes a nice surprise now and again.

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    1. Sweet and kind you are! Your family and friends are indeed blessed! And I'm thinking you're encouraging others to think about doing the same.

      I'm so glad you stopped by, Sarah!

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  10. Hi Linda! I really enjoy Henri Nouwen, especially his book on the Prodigal Son. Such a down to earth guy, yet so spiritual. My husband made me pea soup last night. Heaven!
    My neighbor's husband tore his Achilles last week. I brought over a pumpkin bread, Word Find Book and a Sports Illustrated. My husband shoveled his snow.

    He called the next day, and you would think we gold-plated his lawn or something. It really is just little things that mean a lot. Whether a card or a Sports Illustrated, it all means 'I care.'
    You would be an awesome friend. I'm glad I know you through our blogs :)
    Ceil

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    1. Yep ... it's the little things that make a huge difference, Ceil. And your story's a gentle reminder that you don't need wads of money to show someone you care.

      And yes, let's hear it for online friendships. Yay! No, they're not the same as the in-person relationships we cherish, but women like you have been gigantic encouragers to me in my writing journey in recent months. I am so blessed!

      :-}

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  11. I do still love snail mail...I don't send very much. I don't do a lot with Facebook either...mostly email back and forth and blog...

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    1. I'm with you, Rose ... emailing, blogging, and that's it. And often it's more than enough.

      ;-}

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  12. A personal note, card or even a visit is something we should all do more of. xo

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    1. This conversations's sure getting ME inspired ...

      ;-}

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  13. I'm with you--'enjoying' the fruits of my holiday overeating! I'm trying really hard to be good...carbs are my problem, so I'm trying to fit in as much fiber as I can to balance it. Good luck! I'm also trying to get some snail mail to the post office! Maybe I'll succeed today...but there is a bakery right next door...

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    1. Now THAT'S funny!!! Let us know what you end up getting for a morning snack, ok, Brandi?

      ;-}

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  14. I have to admit that I have not been brave enough to get on the scale and look at the pounds. I'm over 50 so doesn't that mean I get to "pass" on such a demeaning ritual? Glad I stopped by today. I appreciated your visit to mine, thank you.

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    1. Ah, it does take bravery, Diane! The things we do to stay healthy and strong, yes?

      Sigh ...

      ;-}

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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