Buuusy weekend. So I didn't get to play with my new slice, because I had older brother and 7 year old nephew to stay for the weekend. We bought Theo his first bike. Such a clever boy - by Saturday evening, he was riding on on his own. I was so sad when they left on Sunday afternoon...
Had such a great weekend - planning a trip to Italy in October with my friend Leonie, and then scrapping with the Scrap Addicts on Saturday. We also visited Scrap-a-doodles factory outlet in Pretoria - a MUST-see for all serious scrappers.
I LOVE to travel and I travel a LOT, both for business and pleasure. In 2010, I did 24 flights and was away from home for 52 nights! I therefore scrap a lot of travel pages.
Boston USA is once of my favourite cities, and my love of the city is reflected in this layout. As usual, I like to add lots of photo's to my layouts, and I always tell the story through journalling.
The lacy edge below the photo's is done with a Martha Stewart punch
Labelling done with a Brother P-touch office machine
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absudities no doubt crept in, forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day, you shall begin it well and serenely" ***Ralph Waldo Emerson ***
Just as there is a natural rhythm and routine in nature - night turns into day, winter into spring, so too is there a natural rhythm in a large part of our lives. This is usually around ordinary day to day tasks such as shopping, doing chores, making meals, working at a career, bedtime, taking care of our family and so on. In the frenzied busyness of our lives, creating routines to manage the endless number of tasks and chores each day helps to restore a measure of order and control, and may take away some of the guilt around the things that don't get done. The idea is to find a daily/weekly/monthly routine that suits you by listing all the things that need to be done. Creating morning, evening and weekend routines helps me to get through the craziness of everything that I need to do.
Routines create a small piece of calm in our busy lives, so that by the time you turn off the light and drift off to sleep each night, the bulk of your daily / weekly chores are done. Try it, and you may just begin the new day serenely.
Taken from my unpublished book "Whispered Comfort"
It has been raining in Johannesburg for several weeks now. I love it.
I ignore those people who moan and complain about the endless rain.
Yes it's wet and soggy but it's also gorgeously cool and soothing. And the dams are full. This is Africa remember - a VERY dry country. I welcome the rain as a blessing.
I have been 'forced' to relax on the couch with my kittens and some popcorn, and catch up on some of the movies on my PVR - total COMFORT. Some favourite movies have been 'Everyone's fine' (Robert de Niro), Stuart Little 2, and Mighty Heart (Angelina Jolie).
"Just living is not enough, said the butterfly. One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower" ***Hans Christian Andersen***
This little verse is so reflective of how I am feeling right now - positive and excited about 2011, but also reflective of last year and where I am right now. I love setting goals for each year (call them resolutions or intentions or whatever); my view is that even if I only achieve half of my annual goals, I'm still better off than having set no goals for the year. Case in point - one of my 2010 goals was to create a blog and voila! Done - success - yay!
Right now, I'm mulling over 2011 travel options (Italy or Israel?), moving more and eating less (see http://www.cathyzielske.typepad.com/), maybe taking some cooking lessons, trying out new restaurants and balancing things just a little bit better than I did last year. And finding regular ways of enjoying sunshine, freedom and flowers.