25 September 2017

Three things I like this week

Hello everyone! It's lovely to share my week with you. Isn't it great that we can learn and experience new things every day? Some open new ways of thinking, while others simply make me gaze in awe.

1. Unfurling blooms

Last year, we bought a couple of pitcher plants (Nepenthes) home from the garden centre. We were attracted by the gorgeous markings on their leaves - veins and spots - and were happy to admire them each day. Imagine how thrilled we were to see a flower shoot up on each plant! 

I've been taking photos of the flowers every day as the petals open. They are so subtle and certainly an added bonus for us.

2. Guided meditation

Sure, I've read about this and heard many positive stories about the impact it can have but I'd never tried it. Several weeks ago, the Headspace app was recommended to me so I gave it a go.

I started with three-minute meditations (you can choose three, five or ten minutes) and completed ten consecutive days. They were a great introduction to the process and, after the first five days, I found I was keen for the next day's session. Now I'm doing the ten-minute ones and they are helping keep me calm and focused. 

Will I pay a subscription to access more of the meditations? I'm not sure about that yet; I may continue with the free basics for a while.

Have you tried guided meditation with an app? Let us know what app you use.

3. My Vegepod

Last year I purchased a small Vegepod raised garden bed, set it up, and planted a crop of summer vegetables. Soon after, I realised that I had put it in the wrong spot in my garden. It was too heavy to lift (it is filled with five bags of manure and potting mix) so I couldn't move it until the crops had finished and it could be temporarily emptied.

In August I finally got around to doing just that. It took two of us to position it correctly on the relocated stand and, once that was done, I refilled it and planted.

As I gather lettuce, spinach, spring onions, or chives from it now, I am grateful that the unit works so well in my garden. Our ground is parched because we haven't had rain for over a month but my Vegepod is easy to water and the veggies are thriving. They are protected from possums and insects by the cover and we are the only creatures munching on them now!

What's making you happy this week?  

18 September 2017

Monday motivation

I love Mondays because I try to be by myself, without commitments that take me away from home. Today's motivation is looking through my idea notebooks, where there are so many ideas waiting to be developed.

There is one problem, though. I flit from idea to idea and can't focus on a single one. Is this a form of procrastination or am I scared to start? Probably both in my case. Do you ever have this difficulty? 

Here's how I overcome it: simply make a choice, any choice, and then start writing.

As long as I'm not on a deadline (and I don't have any of those at present), it doesn't really matter what I write but just that I do write. Start and then the words will come.

You may not be a writer but there might be quilt pattern ideas in your notebook or a list of projects for your garden. It doesn't matter what your ideas are. Take the first step. Go on. That's all that's needed to make something happen.

Do you think this approach would work for you if you are overwhelmed by choices?  I'd love to know! 

11 September 2017

My book of the month: September

What if all your secrets were put online? This is the premise of the latest Jack Parlabane thriller (number eight in the series) by Chris Brookmyre.

I first came across this series when I read Black Widow, a ripper of a story that is number seven in the series. After that, I planned to start at the beginning with book one (Quite Ugly One Morning) but didn't get around to it before Want You Gone was published.

It's natural that a computer hacker and a journalist would have a mutual interest to obtain information but it's when they both realise they have a common enemy that they are thrown together. The story moves quickly and there are a few twists throughout the plot to keep the reader surprised. 

Now I WILL go back to start at book one! πŸ˜ƒ

Read more about Want You Gone on Goodreads.

04 September 2017

Spring flowers

David Jones department store is a Sydney institution. Stylish and elegant, the Elizabeth Street store beckons me each year to its spring flower show. It's always worth the trip to the city!

Seeing the arrangements by 30 specialist florists always lifts my spirits and ignites my enthusiasm for gorgeous colours and blooms. Don't miss it!

There really is "no other store like David Jones". 🌼🌼🌼