Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Simple Pleasure - Depression Glass

pink depression glass

Depression glass is colored translucent glassware that was given away or able to be purchased at a small expense during the Great Depression.  I have a few pieces in my collection.  I have always adored the pink and green pastel shades.

pink depression glass

My favorite piece is my grandmother's pink cookie jar.  I have fond memories of getting goodies out of it as a child.  It was given to my sister when my grandmother passed away.  I was young and not collecting yet. When I bought my first home my father bought it from my sister, and gave it to me as a housewarming gift.  It has double the meaning and memories from two special people who are no longer here.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Simple - Food - Summer Pasta Salad

I know some of you have already pinned this on Pinterest, but if you are like me you pin things and it takes a while to try them out.  This recipe gets a thumbs up.  It was easy, healthy, and yummy. It has become a summer simple pleasure. Thanks to Skinnytaste for posting it!

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Spirit - Why I Do Yoga

People think I do yoga because I'm a calm person.  That couldn't be farther from the truth.  I can be a bundle of anxiety and nerves, and just generally uptight.  Letting go is not my thing. Yoga brings these qualities into my awareness, and gives me a small area of practice before taking it to the real world. You have to notice things about yourself before you can change them. Yoga also helps since some of the areas I need to work on is getting out of my head, letting go, and relaxing.   Maybe yoga is not your thing, but I bet there is an area of you life where you could notice your reactions and habits - maybe your golf game, your thoughts while you run, your interactions with your kids, or whatever works for you. If you are interested in learning more about yoga here are a few of my favorite websites.

Style - Stage Your House For You

My husband and I just put our house up for sale.  In the weeks before we listed my husband did some quick projects.  I have also been keeping the house a little cleaner and have been buying fresh flowers in case of a showing.  I'm sure that everyone who goes through this process says the same thing - "Why did we wait."  and "We should do this all of the time."
How about you, what are you waiting for?  Stage your house for you!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Simple Pleasure - Sitting in the Sun

Only a person from Wisconsin, or some other area of the world with frozen tundra, can truly appreciate a warm summer day.  This past winter in particular seemed extra long.  So when you finally get a gorgeous day like today, you just want to soak it all in.  In my dad's final weeks before he died, he asked quite often for us to put his wheelchair outside in the sun.  He would close his eyes and say, "Oh that feels so good."  I love how my dad could appreciate such a simple pleasure during those last difficult days.  Here's to hoping it is sunny in your part of the world.  If it is - take a moment to enjoy it.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Simple Style and Spirit

As I stated in my profile this blog is an experiment in finding a creative outlet in a time of transition.  This blog is about reconnecting with the things that make my life a little fuller. As I was brainstorming about this three categories emerged -

  • Simple Pleasures
  • Elements of Style
  • The Spirit of Yoga
A goal is to make three posts a week - one for each category.