JOY IS SOMETHING WE HAD A LOT OF AS A CHILD………WELL I DID!
AS WE GET OLDER THAT JOY MIGHT SEEM TO FADE AWAY……..
WHY IS THAT?
IS IT BECAUSE FAMILY AND FRIENDS DO NOT FOLLOW THROUGH and we are disappointed?
Or because we AGE………and do not feel all that perky each and every day?
Or perhaps WE get STUCK in routines that do NOT bring JOY!
I USE TO HAVE EXCITEMENT UP UNTIL A FEW YEARS AGO.
ABOUT EACH AND EVERY HOLIDAY.
IS IT BECAUSE I HAVE LIVED THROUGH 61 YEARS of those holidays……..and they aren’t up to my EXPECTATIONS anymore?
Maybe the world has become too materialistic?
Who should WE BLAME FOR THAT?
There must be people to BLAME?
Seems that is what WE do today as a SOCIETY!
Let me give you an example……….MY ITALIANS BIRTHDAY.
The restaurant knew it was his birthday as they said,” HAPPY BIRTHDAY”
on arrival plus it was s surprise party in a private room!
Could not miss THAT FACT!
AT dessert time he picked the CHEESECAKE.
THE WAITER Delivered.
( I had this problem with MY MOTHER turning 92!!)
IF ANYONE DESERVES TO BE SUNG TOO ITS A person who has HIT 92!!
NO EFFORT WHAT SO EVER……………I didnot make the reservations but would assume the person who did had stated this fact!
WE HAVE A BIRTHDAY TO CELEBRATE!
A NOTE IN THE RESERVATION BOOK SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOTED.
SHALL WE BLAME THE RESTAURANT?
Or OURSELVES who should have jumped in with ENTHUSIASM?!!
JOY should be something you have EVERY DAY!
I use to have my cell phone say,” OH JOY YOU RANG” if I couldn’t answer………….
MY cousin who has since passed now LOVED THAT!
Every time we spoke she would say OH JOY!
IT JUST STUCK WITH HER!
JOY, JOY, JOY IT’s GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU would be another good one for the answering system!
I am so TIRED of the MUNDANE and ROUTINE ANSWERS…….
HOW ARE YOU?……….FINE.
I realized years ago before I knew I was an EMPATH that people really didnot want to KNOW HOW YOU WERE?It was just something YOU said!Like an internal voice with no curiosity or compassion.YOU NOD and continue walking………if you did tell them how you were they were caught off guard!And did not know how to respond…….
I think this might be MORE OF AN AMERICAN THING!I find it still happens TODAY!
ONWARDS TO FINDING JOY!
THAT DAY I POSTED THE SALMON LASAGNA BLOG POST I HAD QUITE A BIT OF JOY!
TWO of the three girls I was with I had lost track of………in less than 24 hours two of my OTHER FRIENDS on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM had identified them and gone to school with them!One had gone to High School and shared a boyfriend at that time (different years) and then roomed with her in collage!
AT the same college I went to the year before in Southern California!
The other one and I wasn’t even sure I had spelled her first name correctly was recognized by my cousin as a girl she too had gone to school with and then her husband recalled her to be one of his soccer friends girlfriend.You will all be HAPPY to know I spelled her name correctly which just amazes me!As we never kept in touch after three months of SEMESTER AT SEA!
Then we have 24 hours PLUS added to the timeline and another message pops up from one of MY GARDEN FLOOZIES from this past year stating HER BROTHER was on SEMESTER AT SEA SPRING of 1981!!!
I even found his photo in my photo album!
OH MY GOSH I FOUND THIS TO BE SO EXCITING!
JOY ~ JOY ~ JOY!
It was just a FLUCK; I thought of it and had that photo of the FOUR of us hanging out under my desk and I thought why not ASK people if they might know of them!Now I know all of these people who responded as the gal on Facebook and I and THE ITALIAN worked together over 30 years ago in Northern California at GUCCI!AS I said, my cousin recognized the second gal……….at this time I am waiting to be CONNECTED SOMEHOW VIA SOCIAL MEDIA WITH THESE WOMEN NOW!
WHICH BRINGS ME GREAT JOY!
JUST HOW SMALL THIS WORLD REALLY IS!
Let’s EXPLORE how you too can FIND JOY in your HOME!
Do you take pills or vitamins daily?
Find a little dish or bowl that gives you pleasure to look at………I use silver nut vessels that I found monogramed with a K which works with our surname!
I put the pills in there then work my way through during the day.
I also use wine coasters as my coffee coaster!
I COLLECT these TOO!
My coffee cup is an old hotel French sauce cup.
I love cupping my hand around it in the morning to feel the warmth.
THAT SAUCER WAS SENT RECENTLY TO ME via London!
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!
By THE FABULOUS MISTER NICK COX & FABIO OF PERIOD PORTRAITS.
IF YOU OR A FAMILY MEMBER IS IN NEED OF a few NEW FAMILY MEMBERS SEARCH HIS WEBSITE
AS IT HOLDS MANY MEN AND WOMEN and CHILDREN FROM A TIME LONG GONE!
I PROMISE THEY WILL BRING JOY!
HE SHIPS WORLDWIDE AND IF YOU TELL HIM LA CONTESSA SENT YOU I BET HE CAN DO A SMIDGE BETTER ON THE PRICE!
BUT HE IS VERY NICE.
A LOVELY MAN TO DEAL WITH…….
HE ALWAYS BRINGS ME JOY EACH DAY WITH HIS INSTAGRAM POSTS!
IT’s VERY IMPORTANT YOU SEARCH OUT THE PEOPLE WHO BRING JOY
NOT THOSE WHO JUST GO THROUGH LIFE ON AUTO~PILOT!
YOU CAN SEE WHO IS EYEING ME TO MAKE EYE CONTACT SO I WILL UNCROSS MY LEGS AND MAKE HIM A LAP!
THEODORE THE BOSS OF THE FOUR LEGGED BEASTS in OUR HOME!
How about when YOU receive gifts in the mail with REAL OUTSIDE GARNISH.
!BETTER THAN RIBBON!
AND IF YOU DO RIBBON YOU SHRED A PIECE OF MATERIAL TO CREATE IT!
NOT THE STORE BOUGHT TYPE!
I HAVE SOME FABULOUS FRIENDS!
( see red upper back!)
How about meeting someone for the FIRST time from INSTAGRAM!
THATS REAL JOY!
I CAN TELL YOU FIRST HAND I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY A FEW TIMES AND NEVER ONCE HAS IT BEEN A DISAPPOINTMENT!
How about TREATING yourself to a BOUNTIFUL BOUQUET OF GREEN VEGGIES TO ADORE?
Then you can still EAT a few after it starts to DROOP!
A Big Bang for YOUR BUCK!
How about discovering your new puppy has a paw print on one of her NIBBLES!
CAN YOU SEE THAT?
Told my SON its our way of identifying her if she was ever STOLEN or LOST!
How about getting a box in the mail from a shoe company telling YOU are one of their TOP CUSTOMERS!
NO FREE SHOES
but a water bottle, cap and hand written note!
MADE ME SMILE ALL DAY AND I AM STILL SMILING!
BECAUSE THE NOTE IS HAND WRITTEN!
Made me want to go BUY those BOOTS I have my eye on!
These two women are YOUNG and had a GREAT IDEA six year ago!
I imagined they had their kids writing these notes over the winter break!
AT THE KITCHEN TABLE!
THE ITALIAN WASNOT SO OVER JOYED WHEN I WAS BUBBLING OVER WITH EXCITEMENT TELLING HIM WHAT I GOT IN THE MAIL TODAY!
HE WANTED TO KNOW HOW MANY I OWNED!!!
SOMEHOW I DODGED THAT QUESTION!!!!!!!!!
GIVE ME A HIGH FIVE!!!!
Let’s NOT GO THERE!
PUPPY MISS Betty did NIBBLE A FEW!!!
Don’t worry a special shelf was made for THE COAST & KOI SHOES!
TO BE UP HIGH and out of VIEW from PUPPY EYES!
NO CHANCES WERE TAKEN WITH THOSE BEAUTIES.
I ONLY Wear FLAT SHOES…………that STORY was told recently!
A few Blog Posts back!
BETTY BEING AFFECTIONATE with her HOUSEMATE!
ANIMALS ALWAYS BRING JOY!
(WHERE DO I SIT?)
NO HUMAN WILL ADORE YOU AS MUCH AS AN ANIMAL WILL!
Well, maybe NOT SO TRUE……….read this little story One of MY READERS SHARED with me in a personal email!
MADE ME CRY when I READ IT!
These two had parted for some time and had gone on with their lives……….
Then a MIRACLE HAPPENED!
“Thank you so much : ) Her manicurist calls her Blake… she resembles the actress Blake Lively (married to Ryan Reynolds)… and, best of all, she has a beautiful heart. We were very-very lucky. I was 38 when she was born and my husband was 47. Her 30th birthday is this week, on the 13th, and Joe turns 34 on January 31st. When we were going through the black hole part of our garage (the boxes and boxes she has stored with us since college) the very last box we opened was her ‘Memory Box’ from college and at the very bottom of the box there were a few photos from New Year’s Eve 2012 when they were together, along with a card he had given her, which she had kept. It was the most romantic card with a long hand-written note… the last line was, “I know we will grow old together.” I will never forget as she held the card in trembling hands and through her tears slowly read aloud what he had written… long ago, forgotten at the bottom of the box. The sunlight coming in from the open garage door was on her left hand, and her ring was sparkling like fireworks… it was utterly magical, as though their being together for the rest of their lives was destined to be, written on paper… and in the stars.”
“There was one small thing that has been preoccupying until today… the ring box was not found after he put the ring on her hand Christmas Eve. Everyone looked high and low and it seemed to have disappeared. No one would have mistakenly thrown it out, so it has been a real mystery. We had left the Christmas tree up until today…as Bob was carrying it outside through the garage the ring box fell out of the tree!!! Neither Joe nor Devyn remembers doing this, but both admit it could have been either one as they were floating all night, and where best to tuck a special box but in a Christmas tree : )”
“The house is very quiet, but we are so happy that she is, at last, with her true love…”
NOTE THE SIGN TO THE RIGHT!!
CREATE JOY DAILY YOU CAN DO IT
1.Call people just to say hello!
2.Write an old fashioned snail mail letter.
3.Set a nice table even if its just YOU!
4.Take time with your skincare.THIS IS IT!WE MUST TAKE CARE OF WHAT WE HAVE NOW……..ENJOY the PROCESS..
5. Speak to others waiting in line give a compliment or make conversation.
6.Use baskets instead of plastic or paper bags for your groceries!.This brings me GREAT JOY!
7. Collect something!ANYTHING but always be on the look out!
8. Plant those SPRING bulbs in the winter as they will be the FIRST BIG SMILE ON YOUR FACE COME END of WINTER!
9.Put a note in your husbands lunch box or briefcase!I have been known to put directly into the sandwich!
10.Call a LOVED ONE during the day just to say HELLO!My Mother would call me daily when the Boys were small.My Italian well he calls me at least twice a day as he is driving from job site to job site.This way you can tell them what you have done because if YOU are like me by dinner time you will have forgotten the SCOOP of THE DAY!!!
BE WELL…………….AND SEIZE THE DAY!
AND FIND THAT JOY!