Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
The story of the wise men
After Jesus was born, wise men came to look for Him, from an area which is now in either Iran or Saudi Arabia. Although they are often called the "Three Kings", the Bible does not say how many there were, or that they were kings. Three is only a guess because they brought with them three gifts.
Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh
They were certainly men of learning - probably today we would call them philosophers or scientists. They had seen an unusual new star in the sky, and knew that it told of the birth of a special king. (The star they saw was probably a exploding "supernova" and is known from astronomical records.) They followed the direction of the star and eventually found the place where Mary, Joseph and Jesus were staying.
To bring honour to the child, they brought rich gifts: gold, frankincense (a resin which burns with a beautiful smell), and myrrh (plant oil with a very strong sweet smell). These gifts tell us in pictures three key things about Jesus:
Gold: a gift fit for a King
Frankincense: burnt in worship of God
Myrrh: a sign of mortal human-ness - it was used to bury the dead
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Our Christmas tradition is to buy each child a decoration every year (and after many arguments with my siblings over the years I write them down in a book each year - which in itself becomes record of Christmas - when the older boys moved out they took their with them for their tree - I also buy one for the family - so there are still some left on our tree !! This year we get to buy one for our Granddaughter Harper and continue the tradition my mother started.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
So in this world of technology is the Christmas Card dead? I love to receive a handwritten note from a friend or a client, I think it brings us all a little closer. To think that in this world where communication really is as simple as the tapping of a few keys that someone takes the extra moments to write something and mail it - well there is something very special about that.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Hmmm as the title suggests i need to make our Christmas cakes (yes cakes plural my lot love them) I have already made the ones for the client gifts and they will start making their way to the recipients in the coming days.
Feasting has always been a big part of every celebration throughout time - but just where did the idea of the Christmas Cake come from ? Read on......
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Christmas for me always begins with buying the Bon Bons for the Christmas table - the tree can be up the presents can be bought but it just isn't Christmas until I have those Bon Bons.
The bon bons for me "set the scene" - this is when the present wrapping, table setting colour scheme is decided and announced to the family ( and yes they do think I am nuts - but as he song says "A little bit crazy is alright").
I have been known to buy Bon Bons and then see some I like better and buy them and change the theme for the year....resulting in a storeroom that may or may not hold a stash of Bon Bons from "Christmas past".
I looked this year - well I opened the door of the storeroom and none jumped out at me so I bought these.....
Saturday, November 30, 2013
- Put up the Christmas Tree
- Visit Santa
- Go gift shopping
- Make wrapping paper
- Draw Christmas pictures
- Watch a Christmas movie (the old ones I watched when I was little, You know the animated ones with Rudolph saving the day)
- Listen to Christmas stories and then draw a picture of the story
- Donate a gift to the wishing tree
- write Christmas cards
- Email Santa
- Play Christmas games on the computer (see links below)
- carols by candlelight
- Christmas concert
- listen to carols
- make a Christmas decoration
- make the Christmas cake
- make Christmas cookies
- Christmas window art
- Make grandparent presents
- make a hand and feet reindeer
- make Christmas gift tags
- wrap Christmas presents
- make a Christmas table centrepiece
- share the story of Christmas, track Santa on santa tracker (maybe midnight mass, still up for discussion)
- share the joy of Christmas
Sunday, August 18, 2013
But now a few months has gone by and I realized that one of the other benefits of being a "magic 0" number is that you really care a whole lot less about what other people think of you.
I have been preoccupied with a little dilemma this week and during a conversation with an aquaintance he said to me - so you make a decision if its the wrong decision you make another one. Very true and that is what I did ......and then....I realized....
The down side of being 50 is that I don't have too many bad decisions ( or good ones for that matter) left - now for a moment that was a little depressing but then it hit me -
make the decisions faster
be more fearless
care less about what others think of them
- like Nike said Just do it!!
Not a bad creed for the next 50 years .......
until next time
Friday, August 2, 2013
Saturday, June 29, 2013
One of the things I promise myself I would do more of is sewing. But I confess it hasn't really happened so far..... I bought these fabric to make a baby quilt for a close friend just before her 12 week appointment - tomorrow is her baby shower and they don't look much different.
So is sewing like riding a bike ? Can you just jump on the machine and whip up a baby quilt in no time flat after being away from he machine for almost eight months - I am about to find out !
Wish me luck and send good sewing vibes my way.
Until next time
Angela aka daisymum
Sunday, June 23, 2013
I am a lot less manic than I used to be and now have a weekly checklist - where I track where I am and how I am going... It looks like this....
Contacts with my mentors - goal 3 per week - this week
Family time - 4 per week -
Me time - 3 per week
Focused energetic work time - 4 session per week
Exercise - 5 times per week
Learning time - 2 session per week
Sewing time - I session per week
Couple time - 3 sessions per week
At the end of each day I tick off the things I can categorise as being done - the trick is in each of these activities I have to be present in the moment not marking time waiting for it to be finished so I can move on to the next thing.
This week I have done well - as long as walking to the bottle shop for a bottle of red to have with dinner counts as both me time and exercise - and as I write the rules - it does.
See the one thing I realised was that you can't wait until everything is perfect to do something sometimes you need to shut your eyes to something to open your time for another.
Like today the house really could have done with a once over but as the shopping was done yesterday by the family while I was at work, and there was no rugby today I chose to take an hour off and have a coffee with my sister in law - some very definite me time. Then I came home grabbed the kids and my husband and took them (kicking and screaming) to the beach for a walk - I am ticking it off as family time because nobody said they had to enjoy it - I make the rules remember?
So I have finally found the elusive balance - it isn't about balance at all it is about doing - even if that means doing heaps in a day - and as one of my favourite people on the planet Mat Steinweide said today in his video blog ( mentor contact ) if you don't have enough time create some get up earlier!
Balance is about attacking every day like you won't get another one and not missing the chance to tell the people you love that you love them or are proud of them or need them. Cramming in that 15 minute walk - taking one of the kids with you and ticking it off as family time and exercise - or going alone and ticking it off as me time and exercise.
You see balance is in your own head if you think you have it - you do. Your thoughts are powerful - but a checklist might help until you get your thoughts in order!
Until next time
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
I am sitting here with a biog smile on my face for the lovely life I ad before I went back to fulltime work!
Do I miss it - yes some elements of it really tug at my heart strings, the garden the freedom to sit and sew all day if that's what I wanted to do. But most of all I miss sharing my achievements - my baking, my home grown this and that - my sewing projects. Now my version of "sharing" is dropping off the local Newspaper with my work stickers on the front because it has an article about how I sold a home in 7 days and another article about vacant land that I am quoted in.
How my life has changed - for the better? After reading those first few posts I am not so sure.
Until next time