Saturday, December 17, 2011


Christmas Tree at Shopping Centre today.

Welcome to Saturday and much later in the day than I had planned, but it has been a busy day for me.

The girls and I did a movie today at Marion - George Clooney and Ryan Gosling in "The Ides of March" and it certainly felt strange being the only three in the movie theatre at 9.30 on a Saturday morning.   Although it was early we all managed to have an ice cream and enjoy the movie.  The day was warm and dry when we went in and during our session it had rained .

Lunch at Spargo's and then some shopping and boy oh boy do I know why I shop early - it was like a zoo. There were children crying and screaming and buzzers going off, canned music playing and above all this there was a children's choir on the steps with their conductor helping them to sing Christmas Carols.  We had lunch out and then a little later on had coffee and cake.   It was very nice.

I didn't need anything really, but of course I spent money didn't I?  I bought a book for me, and to share on this blog with you.    The book is called "Moments of Stillness"  by Sister Stan and I plan to share one of the thoughts from this book each day here.  The book offers simple reflections to help us focus on the many gifts and blessings  that surround us each day.   I was very pleased to find it - and particularly so because the price had been reduced.

So, starting from today"

A Moment of Stillness:

"Living in the now  is an invitation to awake our soul
to stop
to listen
to choose a different way  to proclaim harmony and wholeness."

The weather has been very strange and my outside Christmas tree copped a lot of very heavy rain and has raindrops hanging from the branches.   It looks rather nice and I am hoping that it will come through the storm okay and dry well.

I am "Transplant Aunt" to beautiful little Tayden who has been helping decorate his family Christmas tree and appears to have a dose of "tinsilitis" too.

My sweet little guy has been suffering teething issues and keeping his Mom awake and now he has two little teeth in the bottom gum line and is much happier.

This afternoon has seen black skies and lights on since about three and heavy falls of rain., those people planning outdoor celebrations and weddings for today would be very disappointed, but the weather is something we cannot do anything about and must accept with good grace.

This time next week for us in Australia we will be getting children off to bed and putting out drinks and nibbles for Santa because he will be on his way - I do miss the excitement and wide eyed wonder of little children - but sometimes think I get excited enough to several of them.

I am thankful for so many things as you know and last night I spent time talking with someone who helped chase the clouds of melancholy away, heard me out and cried with me and then made sure I was okay and treated me with great dignity and respect.  It was a special time and I needed that shoulder to cry on.   We all do and I am learning that tears are healing and I am sure there will be more for me.  The whole experience of ill health, facing my own mortality, waiting for results and then waiting for an organ to be available, plus the surgery, recovery and Stevens Johnson  has taken it's toll of me and although I am alive and well and loving my life, there are some things to be faced, dealt with and accepted.   With the support of someone who has been to the edge too - I am getting there and we are going to be fine.   I am ready to fly and shedding the tears helped.   Thank you Joe.

While you are so busy with Christmas - please be sure to be kinder than you need to be - to think of those who cannot find joy at this special season and take time to hear their story and support them.   I know several friends for whom this Christmas is going to be difficult and I wrap them in love and tie the package with the ribbons of friendship.

Sending love and hugs to you and thank you for visiting the Musings from My Heart - a contented heart today.

Love and hugs,


Joe said...

This is an extra beautiful post!

Anthony said...

This is my first visit to your blog and your comments and pictures are wonderful. Anthony