Summer’s treats

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

Have you treated yourself yet this summer?           

If not, today is your day!

1.  Soft serve ice cream in a cone that would get a tiny bit soggy as I licked has been a treat for me since I lived behind a Foster Freeze when I was a child. For special occasions that was the go to treat. After every Chemo Therapy I decided to give myself a little treat for all my troubles. So I gave myself a vanilla soft serve with the soggy cone….YUM what a treat!

2.. This summer I began to water my flowers in the dusk which is a treat in itself, but  I did it so I could stand watch as fireflies lit their lanterns to start the night sky in that magical way. I am always amazed when I see this. That’s a summer treat.

3.  Today I treated myself and an 87 year old woman to a clam chowder picnic at the beach who hadn’t been there in years. That was such a treat!  We both had a blast!

4.  I still plan this summer to treat myself to a Lake Tahoe sun set, a rock on a balcony swing with a new baby, a night of old fashioned board games with my entire family, another yummy vanilla soft serve ice cream on a cone that is a little bit soggy, a day with my feet in the sand, a novel in my hand under an umbrella,…

AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE TREATS THAT ARE IN STORE FOR ME IN THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS OF SUMMER THAT I DON’T EVEN KNOW ABOUT YET.  THOSE WONDERFUL SURPRISE TREATS THAT MAKE SUMMER SPONTANEOUS AND WONDERFUL!

Go treat yourself!

You deserve it.

 

When life seems hard…

So when life seems hard, and you are being pounded and patted and pushed almost beyond endurance; when your world seems to be spinning out of control; when you feel like you are in a fiery furnace of trials; when life seems to “stink”, try this:

Brew a cup of your favorite tea in you prettiest tea cup,

sit down,

and have a little talk with the Potter.

BLACK Sharpee Markers

My wish list during cancer healing grew by the day.

One wish that I wished all my surgeons knew:

When I am sitting in that small room getting ready for the operation which will be taking off or out some significant body part and I am feeling emotional, exhausted, and terrified, and I wished I weren’t there,  I wish one more thing…

When you come in and draw all over my body with a BLACK  permanent marker where you are going to cut me, don’t you think that that would bother me and feel like a cruel joke at this point?

But NO, you don’t even think that it would hurt my feelings, make me feel violated, and scare me to death.

It is convenient for YOU.

And then when I lie on that gurney right before I get put “OUT” and look down under my unfitted robe and see my naked body marked up with BLACK permanent markers, before surgery, and I wish, I plead to God, that I will wake up and this nightmare will be over.

Then I do wake up….

and in place of the BLACK marks

is a huge bandage

and a loss that feels like something inside just died.

The BLACK Sharpee marks are gone…

Do I keep wishing….(sigh)

Hats Hats Hats!

“Decisions Decisions…Which one should I wear?”

I LOVE hats!

Get one that’s got some personality!

(One of my secrets…a hat insert that you wear underneath to hold the shape better.  You can buy them on-line where they sell hats.)

Change the look by adding:

a different scarf tied in a bow or knot,

jewlery (pins, pearls, beads…)

ribbon

flowers/fake or real

head bands,

babbles and sewing notions like rick-rack.

Use your imagination and go with it.

I uh, recommend only wearing one at a time though…♥