Thursday, 4 January 2018

Three on Thursday 01/04/2018

Happy New Year, one and all! Hope 2018 is off to a good start for you.

For today's Three on Thursday, I'll share some of my intentions for the year as per Carole's lead.

1. Celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary all year long in ways that force me to think outside the box. This will get my creative juices going apart from writing, though I'm open to "cheating" by receiving some of your best ideas.

2. Lose 7-10 pounds. I've been trying to shed these for some time now, but in advance of our 25th (autumn), or even in advance of my birthday (May), I would really love to be at my happiest, healthiest weight.

3. Travel. We had thought of Hawaii for our anniversary but now we need to save for a replacement vehicle, likely instead. We've never been to the Caribbean, which is probably a less expensive option, and of course there are places in Canada and on the U.S. mainland that we could explore. We'd like to go somewhere we could relax and enjoy the natural beauty. If you have any particular favourites in that vein, I'd love to hear where they are.

What about you? Got positive intentions for this year? Share them in the comments!
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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Three on Thursday

I'm not creative in the handiwork sense - I don't knit or crochet or sew. I've done a couple of paintings that I take some measure of pride in (one from way back in elementary school), but I certainly don't think of myself as a fine artist. I do enjoy photography and think I have a pretty good eye for it. And of course, I write.

At the beginning of the month I said I'd use at least a few Three on Thursday posts to share some favourite tools. Today I'll identify the tools I most frequently use in the kitchen.

1. My Pampered Chef kitchen scissors come in handy for all sorts of things - from opening bags to chopping dates to cutting chicken in strips for stir fries. Don't worry, the scissors are sanitized between uses!

2. My Pampered Chef mini server (or spatula) makes lifting cookies off a sheet or squares out of a pan super simple. The handle came off my original and I didn't follow up in time to take advantage of warranty, but I bought a replacement anyway. I do love it!

3. My Cuisinart bread machine. So great for making home baked bread. I know some would argue that it's not home baked if you didn't make it the old fashioned way - by hand - but using the bread machine is more convenient and the bread is just as delicious. Certainly healthier than buying it from the grocery store!

What are some of your favourite kitchen tools?
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P.S. Photos for today's post are courtesy of Yahoo Images, but I will try to take my own pics and replace them in short order so as to be on the safe side of copyright.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Three on Thursday

In spite of the fact that last week I said I'd use the next few Three on Thursdays to share some favourite creative tools, I'm instead using today's post to share some pictures I recently took. There's a black-and-white 7-day photo challenge making the Facebook rounds and one of my neighbours nominated me to participate. Initially I wasn't too thrilled (more work!!), but it hasn't actually been that arduous. Let me know which one you like best!

This was the first pic I took for the challenge. A parking lot at night with hints of winter on the trees and ground. Technically not black-and-white, I used the "monochrome" setting on my phone.

This picture hangs on the wall of our main bathroom. I think it's appropriate since this is the room we primarily use to beautify ourselves and take care of hygiene and grooming. Also, a good reminder to love ourselves as part of self-care!

Libraries and books - you know I crave them, right? This is one of the aisles in my workplace. There might be better, more important things in life, but certainly access to great literature ranks high on the list. At least it does for me.

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Three on Thursday

I've decided to use the next few (several?) Three on Thursday posts to share some favourite tools. Since many of the ToT participants are creative types (knitters and handicrafters for the most part), I'll start with tools to boost one's creativity.

If you've looked around my website at all, you know I'm a writer. If you know anything about writers in general, you know that we sometimes have difficulty starting and that we can also suffer from writer's "block." Two books I recently purchased help with these by providing writers' prompts. These are both from Piccadilly Press:

1. Complete the Story - 200 pages of opening lines with a full page for writing

2. 500 Writing Prompts - one or two writing prompts per page with space to write. Another book in the same vein contains 300 additional writing prompts, so if you enjoy this and run out...

I find both excellent exercises to start my writing time and get the brain juices flowing.

A third writing tool that covers a variety of topics is:

3. Writer's Digest - both a magazine and a website, there's plenty here to engage the writer and help her improve her craft. If you're looking for more writing prompts, sign up for "The Writing Prompt Boot Camp" newsletter from the main page. You can subscribe to print and online versions of the magazine, borrow it from your local library (hopefully they have a subscription), or spend time looking around the website for articles, resources, competitions, events, etc. But do this when you have lots of time or you'll find you've used up your writing hours and now have other things to do!

What are some of your favourite ways to stimulate your creativity, writing or otherwise?

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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Three on Thursday

1. I'm currently doing a 10-day healthy eating challenge. Today is day 4 and I admit it's never easy to change habits. This is almost like a detox since it requires eliminating so many options: white flour-based foods, oils, animal proteins, sugar (except those naturally found in the food itself), dairy. I don't think I've lost any weight, but I'm feeling better, thinner, if that makes any sense.

2. Life is too busy. The Monday-Friday schedule I developed for myself and talked about on September 28 has gone off the rails. Once again I find myself needing to better manage my days.

3. I just completed Priscilla Shirer's Breathe study which should help with item 2. Last week was a write-off in terms of doing the week 4 homework; I will try to get it done this coming week. I'm very disappointed that I got grease on my study guide, though. I like to take care of my books, especially the keepers, and now I feel like I have to buy a replacement copy and rewrite my notes...

Here are some more Three on Thursday posts. Please feel free to join us in penning your own.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Three on Thursday: A Random List

Been a while since I posted anything here, but I'm going to try keeping up with Three on Thursday (a new effort from the folks who brought us Think Write Thursday). Today we're supposed to produce a random list, but I think instead I'll tell you three things I've been up to during my absence:

1. Travel: visited Newfoundland in August, for the first time in seven years. First trip up the Northern Peninsula, where we crossed over into Labrador and on the island side visited the Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows. An item off the ol' bucket list! 

2. Writing: worked on some personal experience stories I hope will be picked up by Chicken Soup for the Soul or a magazine. Continued working on my novel - revisions and new material as well. Currently taking a writing course through Gale University.

3. Self-Discipline: Time management and clutter are issues I deal with on a daily basis. This fall I decided to take a break from my more personal blog to focus on writing that sells :) and to make better use of my time. I created a Monday-Friday schedule that incorporates all the things I feel must get done. While it needs some tweaking, it's helped with my level of accomplishment. I'd love to hear what works for you in managing time and the stuff we accumulate!
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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Dear Younger Me

Today's Think Write Thursday comes with my last apology for not blogging more frequently. My reality is that it's a challenge to get my novel-writing/revising done, and that writing has to take precedence over all other. So I'm going to own the infrequency of my blog posts.

Anyway, today's topic is to give advice to my five year-old self, my sixteen year-old self, my twenty-one year-old self and  my now self.

Here goes:

5: Hey cutie, enjoy your childhood years. They are fleeting. Already you are beginning to be a writer. Keep singing, making up your songs and stories. Get Mom to write them down or give you a tape recorder (yes, a tape recorder!) so you can remember them. Some of your work is actually pretty good and you'll also want to track your progress.

16: Get over your shyness, hon; it's holding you back. You're as everything as anybody else. Let your personality shine through; it's bigger than you think. Don't let the words and actions of others define you. They put other people down out of a need to feel better about themselves.

21: Academics are important but they're not the only thing. Now that you and your high school friends have pretty much gone your separate ways (at least for the present), you need to build new relationships. Don't hide from people by burrowing your nose in books, assignments and studying. I know you want to do well, but get out more and enjoy life. It's happening all around you.

Now: You've been through a lot since you were 21. Made some mistakes and some good decisions too. This is a challenging stage - sandwiched as you are between young adult children and an aging parent - it's important to find the balance. Re-read that book on self-care and apply some of its strategies. You need to take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else. Keep up those massage appointments, your book club, and meals out with friends; keep reading and writing. Keep eating healthfully and try to get more exercise. Hopefully you've got a lot of years left in you; make them the best they can be.

Dear reader, what would you say to your younger self?