Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Living in the moment... and savoring the time.

1. I read here four creative activities to try this month. They were-calligraphy, make your own cookbook, dance or learn a new type of dance, and letter writing. Which activity on the list appeals to you most? Will you add it to your August? 
I love to dance - free form! ha  And I don't cook much so making a new cookbook is a waste of time. Calligraphy is cool - but I don't have the patience.  So, for me - I think letter writing is something I could tackle - or should I say 'enjoy' to do more often.  In general I think I do not send out enough cards to people the old fashioned way. Snail mail.  I should do it more often.    Will I?   It's doubtful.
2. Bertrand Russell is quoted as saying, 'To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.' Agree or disagree? Explain. 
Hmmm.  Not sure if I 'get' or agree with this statement.  If there is something you want, but don't have, but it's on your mind, then it can take away from feeling happiness.  But, we have to remember that what really matters and what are the real treasures of life...they are not things.  So,  I think if we concern ourselves and spend too much time thinking about the things of life and not the people and moments of life then we will not experience true happiness.

Did I answer this?  lol.  
3. August 17th is National Thriftshop Day...are you a 'thrifter'? If so, tell us about one of your best or favorite finds. 
I used to enjoy finding a bargain or a great deal at a thrift store. Around here we have quite a lot of second-hand stores and it is fun to browse, and to look for that 'special something.'  But, lately I have been in another mindset: that of down-sizing and getting rid of things.  So, I have only gone to thrift stores lately to drop off items.  Once we move into our smaller house and I see what, if anything, I may need, then I will shop in a thrift shop again. 
4.  On a scale of 1-10 (with 1= almost none and 10=loads) how would you rate your sense of wanderlust? What kicks your wanderlust into high gear? 
I don't have a big desire to travel, or to explore new places, or to wander aimlessly... so I will go with a 3.  I used to want to see more of the world, and I am glad that I got the opportunity to travel to the places I did go see.  But, now, I enjoy being right where I am, and enjoying the beauty that is right here in my own backyard. 

5. Has life felt more like a marathon or sprint so far this month? How so?
Summer months in general seem to go by quickly.  August has especially gone fast so far.  It's half way through the month already!  What?   How did that happen?  I love warm weather and summertime so I feel like the season sprints...and then the winter months come along and it's a slow marathon during those months.  
As I have written here before, I usually start getting the 'after summer blues' in September.  Thankfully, here where I live September is still a lovely month weather-wise and with the vacationers heading out it is a much calmer month. Less people, less traffic, more space on the beach, more room in restaurants.  But,  I would be happy to jump right from the end of October over to the beginning of March.   If only... 

6. What do you need to get a jump on before fall officially arrives? 
It's kind of a broken record because I have said it before.... but I would love to get a contract on the house we are selling.  That sure would be nice!  Then I could get moved over to the smaller place, and be forced to get rid of the leftover stuff.   
7. What's the last thing you did with friends or family where you lost track of time? 
Well, last Saturday hubby and I, along with my cousin Kay and her man Bill, went out on our boat.  We stopped in Georgetown for dinner and had a nice time.  Then we hopped back on to the boat as the sun was setting...which was beautiful to see!!  But, we left from dinner a little too late because halfway through heading back, we ran out of nature's light - and had to use a flood light on the boat to find our way back.  We also have a GPS that leaves 'electronic bread crumbs' to follow and stay on the path.   The river winds and when it's dark it is really hard to see the banks.  Thankfully the GPS kept us on track!  We made it back and didn't run aground anywhere.
8. Insert your own random thought here. 
So, how many of you reading this pay for a DVR or whatever it is called from the cable TV company?   Do you watch TV on your own time - by taping shows and then watching them back later?  I went to my cable company this morning to set up cable for the new house and was given it as an option for $12 more a month.  I passed... thinking I watch enough TV as it is, and I really can't see myself sitting down the next day watching an 'old' show.  My daughters do it all the time though.  In fact many times they tell me not to tell them what has happened on "The Bachelorette" or a game... because they haven't seen it yet.    I guess I'm old school because I figure I can watch it when it's first on...or I can just go about my life not really needing to watch.   Plus, I can pull things up on my computer if I really, really want to see it.   Just wondering...  do you tape & watch, or watch as it airs?? 

Have a great week!!


  1. I love when you asked, "Did I answer this?" on number 2. I felt the same way! LOL Have a great day!

  2. If I didn't have DVR capabilities, I'd be one lost lady. I love it!

  3. I loved our DVR, but we're on the bare minimum package here at the apt so have been without for a while. I like watching programs I DVR when the regular programming is crummy. There's so many options now when it comes to viewing I'm sure it's one more thing that will overwhelm me when we finally move in and I have to get that all set up. We paid someone to wire the whole house and I think that includes setting up our internet and TVs. It requires a professional now-ha!

  4. Whew ... a kindred soul! I embarrassed to admit, I'm clueless about DVRs and 'streaming' television. What with the endless rate hikes, hopefully my DH will elect to opt out and 'cut the cord.'

    Isn't Pawley's Island where the amazing hammocks are made? You're comment about October-March made me laugh out loud. I'd be happy if our Phoenix temps were ONLY those enjoyed October-March.