"I've been letting my mind wonder at night. My thoughts should have a curfew." Am Kidd

Friday, May 21, 2010

Comforting Rituals

Every night, as I get ready to go to sleep I find comfort and peace in simple rituals. A cup of tea in a pretty cup, a love note left on the kitchen counter for my wonderful husband to read in the morning, the soft hum of the dishwasher, the sound of my slippers  as I walk to the window for one last look outside. I love the perfect silence, the twinkling of the fairy lights wrapped over the picket fence. At this time, my thoughts fly across the Atlantic to the other side of the world. I close my eyes and I'm at my son's apartment, I hug and kiss him good night. I pray for his safety and happiness. I pray for acceptance and understanding.  As I make my way back to the kitchen I pass "Titania" my dear fairy friend. There she sits surrounded by flowers and tiny lights, holding a small candle, she is the very picture of peace and serenity. I stop and admire her beauty and I smile.

I head upstairs, pause for a moment outside my daughter's bedroom and force myself not to think of the time when she too, leaves home, so I go into the guest bedroom, plump up a cushion, close the curtains, look around. 

My habits have evolved through the years, and just like our family, they've developed, progressed, adapted, and changed. Tonight, as I get ready to go to sleep, I realize that even though so many things are different, I am still able to find peace and beauty in these simple, comforting rituals.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A brand new look

Hello everyone! Yes, it's me, you are aboard the Purple Caravan :0) Hope you like the new look! I really did not plan it, I was just visiting my friend Paulette at Beedeebabee and noticed her Blog had been re-designed by Karen Valentine. I liked it so much I decided to contact Karen who in just three days was able to not only understand what I wanted, but was also able to create it, and install it all for me! I did not have to do anything! If you are looking for a change in your Blog's appearance you will not be disappointed by Karen. She is talented, friendly, and what's best, she listens!  I hope you will visit her at Valentine Design.  Thank you Karen! 

On another note, I've been enjoying four consecutive days without severe allergies.   After numerous visits to the doctor and many changes in medications I can finally sleep all night and look "human" (no puffy, watery, itchy eyes, no runny nose, etc., etc.) Needles to say, I am very HAPPY!  This total feeling of joy reminds me of something I once read :"It is amazing how much crisper the general experience of life becomes when your body is given a chance to develop a little strength" (Frank Duff) So true!

Hope everyone is having a great week. Please don't forget to stop a while and just BE!

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