Monday, May 30, 2011

Things I'm NOT Doing Today



One thing I'm NOT doing today is blogging. Alas and alack... but there you have it. I have some other writing projects that I want to focus on today and if I even come near my site, I just know I'll be swayed to focus here instead of there. I'm taking the liberty of sharing a posting I did about 3 years ago... 

Sometimes when I fret about all the 'things' I'm not getting done, I'll joke that maybe I should put that on the list of things I'm not doing! Which, if you think about it, could become a most freeing kind of list.

Let's see, here's what's on my 'not doing' list for today. I am not:
  • washing the kitchen floor.
  • hurrying to finish a gazillion unrelated errands.
  • running my finger along the piano keys to check for 'you know what'.
  • cleaning out the freezer, the refrigerator, or the pantry cupboard.
  • doing tomorrow's jobs today.
There, now I'm free to focus on -- and enjoy -- the projects I do have planned for my day. I can live my day free of guilt and filled with the beauty of anticipation instead.

Whatever you do today, I hope you make it beautiful!
Brenda







Saturday, May 28, 2011

Giveaway Iris Bookmarks

Photo by Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life, 2011


In my previous post I mentioned that I purchased a bottle of this lovely fragrance from Crabtree & Evelyn and if anyone wished a spritz of the Iris eau de toilette, I'd be delighted to spray some fragrance on a bookmark and send it to you.

Playing on FotoFlexer -- an easy and instant online photo editor -- I used my Iris photo in two ways:  One with photo corners (above) and one in a poster style (bottom).

If you'd like a bookmark (with or without a spritz), just e-mail me your address and choice, and I'll pop it in the mailbox.

Just because.... no special reason... except that it's a joy to share life's simple pleasures with you.



 Giveaway Bookmark Choice #1


"WHEN"
we lift our hands in praise and worship,
we break spiritual jars of perfume over Jesus.
The fragrance of our praise fills the whole earth
and touches the heart of God.
~ Dennis Ignatius


Giveaway Bookmark Choice #2


"IT HAS BEEN SAID..."
A feminine woman should wear her fragrance
so that it can only be lightly caught upon the air
as you pass by or come in close for a hug.
~ Unknown




 Giveaway Mini-Poster Style Choice #3

Created by Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life
"SIMPLE PLEASURES"
Giving Thanks for the Gift of Fragrance


"Creativity is inventing, experimenting,
growing, taking risks, breaking rules,
making mistakes, and having fun."
~ Mary Lou Cook



And today we've had fun!
Wishing you a beautiful weekend,



Giveaway with Spritz now closed


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Simple Pleasures: Fragrance

Photo by Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life

Just a few days ago a very dear friend came with a package all prettily wrapped. It was something she bought for herself, but felt she wanted to give to me instead ... a beautiful bottle of Iris eau de toilette from Crabtree and Evelyn.

It was funny how that all came about ... because a couple of weeks earlier my sister and I were at a function, and as it happened, a woman had to slip past us on a very narrow pathway. When she walked by, Sis and I looked at each other and both agreed ... what a treat it was to smell the soft but very feminine fragrance she was wearing.

That's when I realized it had been a while since I had allowed myself the luxurious 'simple pleasure' of wearing fragrance. Being more aware of people with allergies, I tend not to wear it as freely as I once did. But I miss it.

And then, almost as if God heard my heart's little sigh (which by the way He did), there was my dear friend handing me this lovely fragrance, saying she felt I needed it.

Photo by Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life


The simple pleasure of slipping the bottle out of its box each morning to spritz a little has been delighting my feminine heart ever since.

Technology hasn't figured out how I could send you a whiff through cyberspace, but if you'd like a spritz of this, I'd love to send you a little splash on a book mark. Just e-mail me your address (you'll find my link in the profile) and I'll send you a simple pleasure.

Wishing you a beautiful day,





Today, we're linking with:
Meri's Musings for Share the Joy Thursday


Click here for more about the Spritz/Bookmark Giveaway.






Sunday, May 22, 2011

Simply Sunday: It's Still Safe




Originally Posted June 2010

Miss Kitty loves to go outside. She's not as timid as she used to be, but I've noticed she still appears to be more at ease exploring the 'great outdoors' when she sees the garden door open. She'll often come and sniff the frame and when I ask if she wants to come back in, Oh no, I'm just checking that there's still a safe place to run into should it be necessary. Then she wanders back out.

Of course, like many of us who venture out into the wild, wild wood, she encounters her own kind of 'dragons'. They seem to be quite friendly, but for her these neighbor felines spells 'Danger, Danger'.

It got me thinking; sometimes God calls us to come out of our familiar spots into a place that isn't always comfortable for us. We may step out, one toe at a time, and we tend to keep a watchful eye on the door, in case 'there be dragons out there'.

I think the Psalmist must have felt that way many times, because he sure journaled a lot about it. If you read through the Psalms, they are full of comforting reminders that there is a safe place for us to run into.... That Safe Place is sometimes called a high tower, a mighty fortress.

It might give us the courage to step out into the unknown if we remember that He always leaves the door open for us -- we can run back anytime we feel the heat of dragon fire.

Oh by the way, here's a snippet from the Psalmist's journal: The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into him and are safe (from Psalm 18:10).


May you find that safe place today.




Saturday, May 21, 2011

Saturday Sightings...



Spring has truly arrived at last.  Our yard is filled with birdsong and the garden is starting  to fill with the splendor of the season. Here are a few sightings today...














 






It was great fun to log on this morning and find a large pile of comments waiting for moderation.  It turns out the comments left during that recent Blogger 'mishap' have now been restored.  It was a nice surprise.  So thanks!


The most beautiful view is the one
I share with YOU!
~ Anonymous


Enjoy your weekend
Brenda
xox







Monday, May 16, 2011

Can't Come Out and Play




It's the most beautiful morning here where I live in northerly Alberta.  Sunny skies, birds filling the world with cheery songs, trees finally leafing out in that brilliant, fresh green.  Not to mention enjoying what's popping out in gardens and natural walkways.

I've got new ideas for postings, but there have been other needful calls on my time and energy at present so we'll wait to unveil them until another day.
  
In the meantime, I wanted to wish you the BEST kind of week and remind you of those immortal words by Anne Frank:

"How wonderful it is that nobody
need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world."


Live it beautifully this week!

Hugs,
Brenda,
xox





Sunday, May 08, 2011

Simply Sunday




 
I have been thinking about the quote the bishop of London
used in his address at the wedding of William and Kate last Friday:


"Be who God meant you to be,
and you will set the world on fire."
~ St. Catherine of Siena


Just imagine it ~
If every person lived the life they were destined to live
that would be like 'heaven on earth',
don't you think?


Happy Mother's Day!







Saturday, May 07, 2011

Small Treats




One of the secrets to a happy life
is continuous small treats.
~ Iris Murdoch


Treats this week so far:

1.  Nibbling a couple TimTam chocolate biscuits
during a break from house chores.

2.  Reading a favorite author, Jan Karon;

3.  Freshening up the guest room
for a brief visit from Mom.

4.  Watching the arrival of new flocks of birds
and hearing their spring songs in our neighborhood.

5. Uncovering forgotten books on my own shelves
that beckon yet another read.

6.  Clearing out a small patch of clutter
and finding a long-hidden treasure.

7.  Finding a few books that I no longer feel the need
to keep -- so I can pack them up and take them to
our cozy secondhand bookstore and get credit to buy new ones.

8.  Discovering there were still a few photos
of Miss Kitty on my camera...
That was the BEST treat this week so far!


Wishing you a beautiful day,



Friday, May 06, 2011

Playing Along with Friday Fill-Ins




 



Haven't played along with Friday Fill-Ins for a while. Thought it would be fun after a busy week. To join, click on the graphic for the information. The BLUE is my reply to the prompts given:

 
1. Right now Doc Martin ...is my favorite TV show (or movie) because... the zany characters make me laugh. Is there a sane one in the bunch? Hmm... do I relate because I'm a little zany myself? 


2. Go to page 45 of the book you're reading or the book closest to you; go to the 6th paragraph and make a sentence out of 7 words from it. I'm currently reading In the Company of Others (Jan Karon).  From page 46 (not enough paragraphs on page 45), here are the words I chose: warm, sent, rhubarb, tart, still, fragrance, trip 
"The fragrance of the rhubarb tart, still warm from the oven, sent him on a trip towards the kitchen."

3. I am... always amazed at just how much joy is available when we remember to give thanks in gratitude.


4. As our neighborhoods start to green up, it will be wonderful to go for ...long walks.


5. Take some time to... poke in the garden and see what's coming up new.


6. My poor, neglected office/study ...needs a bit of... tender loving care, not to mention some hard-nosed throwing out of papers.


7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to... hanging out companionably with hubby.  Tomorrow my plans include... taking Mom out for the day in honor of Mother's Day, and Sunday, I want to... turn my heart heavenward and remember His Goodness.

 








Thursday, May 05, 2011

Around...




The quickest of notes to say that, yes, I'm around here somewhere.  The week has sooo many jobs that require my attention I can't really get near my blog.  Believe me, I keep casting longing glances towards you all.

I've had sooo many comforting words from friends online and off -- I wanted to thank each of you for your kind and caring thoughts about Miss Kitty.  It means a great deal to me.

We'll be finished with those jobs soon and then we'll be back......... miss you......... stay beautiful!









 

Monday, May 02, 2011

A New Day... Still Remembering




It's a new day... a new week... a new season!  Joy mingles with sorrow today, but it is good.  It would seem that the good Lord, in tending to the comfort of this sheep of His, has sent me feathery comfort through the songs and chatter of the many birds who are busy in my backyard on this beautiful spring morning.

Missing my little Kitty, I am greatly cheered to hear their pretty songs and cheeky whistles. She would have loved poking around the garden on such a day.  She was usually not one to chase after birds, she chose objects nearer her 'size' -- butterflies and bugs -- but she certainly enjoyed watching their movements from a sunny spot in the garden.  And there was nothing like a snooze on the lounger on the deck.




 
Wishing you joy and peace....
and heart hugs to those who may be in sad places this day!