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Tuesday, August 27, 2013


by Mauverneen

Sweet Corn!
It’s the time of year to start harvesting nature’s bounty! At different times in my life I have picked blueberries in Illinois, peaches in Arkansas, cherries in Wisconsin, strawberries in Florida and Apples in Michigan.

Door County,WI Cherry Orchard

Bushels of fresh picked peaches

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Be Happy

“Consider the lilies of the field; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” (Matt. 6:28-30)


In other words “Don’t worry. Be happy.” (Bobby McFerrin)


Tuesday, August 13, 2013


by Mauverneen


It’s Positively Tuesday! Enjoy your day, say no harsh words, think no negative thoughts. Enjoy your lunch – don’t rush through it. Same for dinner. Savor each bite. Sip your wine, or your coffee – taste it and enjoy it.
The glass wasn't always empty
In other words, be nice to yourself. Treat yourself to something you enjoy - Have a cookie, or a milk shake or a glass of wine. Take a drive in the country. Enjoy the sunset - or the sunrise. Stay up late and look at the stars. The Perseids meteor shower is at its peak. 'Shooting stars' are magical. Make a wish.
The night sky

Pick a day (it doesn’t have to be today) but just pick a day for yourself. And be nice to yourself. Treat yourself like company. Use the china, get out the good silver. Who better deserves it?
A lovely Quiche

Stop and Smell the Coffee

"There's an expression in neuroscience: Neurons that fire together wire together. This means that new patterns of thought can actually change the physiology of our brains. So while we can't ignore bad news, we can train our brains to become more alert to good information. When you notice a positive detail in yourself or someone else, or in your environment, try savoring it for at least ten seconds. Most of these observations will be as simple as 'the sun is shining' or 'this coffee tastes good,' but do this a handful of times each day and you'll feel an emotional shift." —Rick Hanson, PhD, neuropsychologist and coauthor of  Buddha's Brain

Interesting isn't it?  Scientific reasons to stop and smell the roses.

A glorious bunch of roses
Right now I’m smelling the wonderful aroma of blueberry muffins baking in the oven. And I know I’m going to savor Every. Single. Bite.

Coffee and Freshly baked muffins
Oh, by the way, today is Official ‘Blame Somebody Else Day’. So, if I eat too many muffins– it’s your fault.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013


by Mauverneen

The world is a peaceful place at 6 in the morning.  Before the traffic noises begin, before the hurrying and the rushing and the deadlines that begin to loom. The birds sing and fly about, looking for breakfast, the deer tentatively creep out of the woods, the flowers turn their faces upwards hoping for sun. Light breezes stir the leaves and the grass as if mother nature herself were passing by.

 Early mornings are full of promise. The promise of sun, the promise of rain, the possibility of new opportunities; aspirations, motivations, resolution and enthusiasm all prosper in that peaceful calm.