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The Real Thing

Life has been pretty busy here in the lead up to Christmas, juggling work, family life and various other challenges!, so there hasn’t been much time for blogging.

However I came across these videos recently and wanted to pass on the links. These are special, not only because they tell the Christmas story in a fresh way, but because I came across them on a blog written by someone in the U.S., and when I watched them I realised they were made in New Zealand. So we came full circle. 🙂

The real reason for Christmas:

May you have a Christmas full of love, peace and joy.





Some people are interested in numbers; some are not.

However, today’s date is 12/12/12. There won’t be another repetition of numbers like this until next century, when we return to 01/01/01 (2101). I’m not sure if any of us will be around to see that!

Today we also made it to a century, as our 100th monarch butterfly for the season emerged from its chrysalis (along with numbers 97, 98, 99, 101, 102 & 103).

Last night I played ‘guess the 100th’ and marked one – and then later looked at the chrysalises again and made a second choice – from the seven that were expected today. My second choice was the 100th (a female), the other the 101st (a male), which emerged about 20 minutes later.

The following images show how our century played out.


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P.S. We are in the southern hemisphere, so the snow is courtesy of WordPress. 🙂



Sunday Inspiration, 9th December 2012

Today’s first encouraging thought comes from Melissa Little’s blog The Inner Beauty of a Restless Heart. Melissa’s post ‘Don’t Worry. Be Happy’ struck a chord with me so I asked permission to quote her.

“If you have the mental power to imagine greater things for yourself, you also have the power to make it reality”.

So instead of looking at your life and feeling discouraged because you’re not where you want to be (and like me, you may think you’ll never get there), take responsibility for your life, make some changes and move towards your goals. If you can imagine it, you can make it happen. With God’s help, as John rightly reminded me.

Of course I’m preaching to myself here! 😉

For me the list of things that need to be done (or that I want to do) often becomes overwhelmingly long. This causes a lot of stressful emotions and makes it difficult to even get started. Then I’m really hard on myself for procrastinating, not getting things done, and not reaching the standards I set for myself…

So I was also encouraged recently by another blog post ‘All or nothing, or somewhere in between’ on setting small goals, rather than larger ones which are unattainable in the time frame available. Thanks to Helen of ‘Being, Nothingness and 1000 quilt blocks’ for these words of wisdom from your own experience.

I guess it’s all about priorities, time management, little steps, staying focused and being kind to myself.

What should my priorities and goals be, though? How do I know I’m following the right path for my life?

Today I was reminded of these verses from Proverbs 3. 5-6: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your paths.’

Now to put it all into practice. 🙂


Want to Hear Something Funny?

This week I came across a blog post titled ‘The Hilarity of Real Spam’ by Marsha of Streaming Thoughts: a great critique of the English language skills of spammers. I responded by saying I received very little spam and posted the one example I’d received recently and not yet deleted. “You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it.” Haha – this was on my post about swarming bees (Fake Rain).

I also (stupidly?) commented that I was looking forward to receiving more funny spam. Well apparently ‘they’ were listening, because today there were no less than 40 waiting for me when I checked in to WordPress!

The majority of them were complimentary but had absolutely no relevance to the post or photo they were commenting on. Such as ‘Rattling fantastic info can be found on this web site’, ‘I love your rich post. brilliant contribution. I hope you produce others. I will continue watching’‘Good Morning, I just stopped by to visit your blog and thought I’d say thanks for having me’, and on my post Bees in my Bonnet ‘A fascinating discussion is worth comment. I do believe that you ought to publish more on this issue, it might not be a taboo subject but usually people do not talk about these issues. To the next! Cheers!!’

However this one, on my Friday Focus: Agfa Isoly post, really got me: ‘Next time I read a blog, Hopefully it won’t disappoint me just as much as this one. After all, Yes, it was my choice to read, however I actually thought you would probably have something interesting to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of moaning about something that you can fix if you weren’t too busy seeking attention.’ !!! I’m surprised my husband didn’t hear me laughing from the other room!

To the next! Cheers!! 😀