Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Mid-Week Rejuvenation and Sharing About Myself

Hello everyone!  A very warm welcome to you all! 
I thought I would take some time to share a little about myself for those of you who are interested.  I love to read, and my preferred books are non-fiction, books that inspire with positive things such as: Bringing Out the Best in People by Alan Loy McGinnis, any book by Lise Bourbeau, as she focuses on health, both the mental and physical health, and easy crockpot recipes with a few ingredients.  

I love colour, as I suppose you can see in the art I share here on my blog, and my favourite colour is forest green.  I love tea, homemade chicken soup, vegetable soup, roast chicken and roast lamb.  For myself these are comfort foods.  I love so many fruits and vegetables it would be hard to list which ones I like.  :)  My favourite holiday is Christmas, hands down.  I love the colours, snow, decorations and usual kindness...and especially the kindness that most give, and receive, at this time.  This may sound strange, but even though I love the decorations at Christmas time, I don't decorate my own place...except for a small tree, fabric and red, with little gold bells on it, about a foot to two feet high. That is it!  I also love tartan/plaid, Gingham and toile.  I love things from the Victorian era as well.  

The cold weather and wind make my eyes tear.  It wasn't always like this, this only started to happen in the last ten years or so.  

I love music...especially from 1900 to 1940's, but I also love oldies and disco music!  I love the sounds of nature and even have CD's with this type of music. I like soft jazz and instrumental as well.  As you can see, I have a wide range of tastes in music.  

I love to cook!  I have to say, though, that even as much as I love cooking, my presentations are sorely lacking.  However, and any of my friends who have come over for dinner and tasted my food have always enjoyed the company and food I cook, so for myself, what is most important is the flavour and the enjoyment of the company.

I cannot wear wool.  Although I have no known allergies, wool tends to make me itch (however, no rash occurs, thankfully), so I opt for 100% cotton...and I absolutely love polar fleece, and I have a couple of jackets like this.  I find them warm and comfortable.  Interesting, though, even though I love polar fleece and do wear it as a sweater or jacket, I don't wear it as a my nighties are plain cotton.  

I don't "collect" anything.  I guess this comes as a surprise, as most people collect something...magnets, key chains, whatever, but I just don't.  I am a minimalist, and I have very little furniture and things.  I have always been this way, but I suppose it comes from growing up in a poor household.  My father worked hard to make ends meet and to feed his family, my mother and I, and he always taught me to appreciate what I have...and so I do.  My friend, whose name is also Linda, gave me a $25 gift certificate for a dollar store here in Montreal, for my birthday last month, (she knows how much I love this store), and from my reaction and grateful response, you might have thought she gave me $1,000 or something like that.  This is how I am, I just appreciate the person and the love and thought that goes behind it. I don't judge others who have a lot or those who have very little, because I look at the heart of the person.  The poorest person can sometimes give the most, because this person gives from his/her heart, and isn't that really what love is all about? We should never take for granted what we have, because it can all a minute!  

I love thrift stores and dollar stores, in some cases for myself it is like taking a walk back in time, and I enjoy doing this.  I also love taking long walks in nature.  

Well, I guess this is enough for this post, and for any of you who are interested in learning more about me, please feel free to do a search in the upper left hand corner of my blog for "myself" or "my family".  And I do hope that I haven't bored you.  :)  Thank you so much for listening.  Love and hugs to you all.

The videos I have selected for this post are:

Hinterland Who's Who - Loon

Giant African Land Snail

Lawrence Welk Pennsylvania Polka

Full House - The Final Scene

You Were on my Mind - The We Five

For the following, I am providing the link sources beneath each photo.  You just need to click on the images to see a larger view.

Love is a positive effect.  Love can never have a negative effect, only a positive effect. - Ziggy Marley

Love yourself.  It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out. - Jenn Proske

Share joy, not negativity.

Just because I can't explain the feelings causing my anxiety, doesn't make them less valid. - Lauren Elizabeth

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. - Thich Nhat Hanh

6 + 3 = 9  But so does 5 + 4 - The way you do things isn't always the only way to do them. Respect other people's way of thinking.

No matter how things look right now, know that God is still in control of our lives.  Stay in peace, and believe that He will always be with us in all directions.

Friendship comes in many forms...

Learn how to:  have fun without drinking.  Talk without a cell phone.  Love without conditions. Dream without drugs.  Smile without selfies.

Whatever you do, never run back to what broke you. - Frank Ocean

Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil. - Jerry Garcia

Take a deep breath.  Get present in the moment and ask yourself what is important this very second. - Greg McKeown

When you make friends with the present moment, you feel at home no matter where you are.  When you don't feel at home in the now, no matter where you go, you will carry unease with you. - Eckhart Tolle

Before taking on your day, listen very closely, the morning stillness has something to tell you.

Thank you all so much for visiting me here!  I always appreciate and enjoy reading your kind thoughts, which you are always welcome to share!


  1. Hi Linda, I enjoyed your post and learning more about you. You sound like a fabulous and well balanced person. I also like the uplifting videos and graphics you share on your blog. Stay warm. I see snow has hit Alberta. Do you have any in Montreal yet?

  2. Hi Linda...thanks so much for popping over to my blog and leaving me a little love! ;-) So nice to read about you and so super to have started an inspirational blog! ;-) We all need a little life sometimes! ;-)

  3. Your a 'Diamond'.
    Love the the sayings..!
    The whole Blog is very special...!
    Love It..! :).

  4. Hi Linda, I am so much happy to know about you. You are also a nice person like your lovely collection you always put in your blog. I am really happy. God bless you...

    I would like to tell you that i love collecting Match Boxes.. ha ha ha ...

  5. A beautiful blog Linda, as we get to know you a little better. Dear greetings from Edward.

  6. I see you are new to blogging. Welcome to this wonderful world. Hope to read more from you.

  7. I just love finding out little things about people. We have so much in common. I read every spare moment, and all nonfiction....gardening, cooking, nature, travel guides.
    So great learning about you! Have a great week

  8. Hello Linda, it is nice to learn more about your. I love the colors and lights at Christmas too. The sounds of nature are awesome. I do not like the cold and snowy weather. Great post, I enjoyed the loon video. Have a happy day!

  9. Videos fantásticos.
    Um abraço e boa semana.

  10. Nice knowing more about you. And though I don't comment on all your blog posts, I read all of them. I like what you post but just am flummoxed as to what to comment on them.

  11. Nice quotes! The gigant snail was terrible! ;) I'm glad the snails in my garden is not that big ;)


  12. Hello Linda, I loved this post, and I am certainly not bored! It felt like chatting with a friend. I think you have an amazing ability to ‘recognise’ yourself. I find it really difficult to write about myself but after reading about you I think it only fair to share some of the things I do and don’t like. I love thrift stores/car boots/antique markets. I also love Christmas decorations and Christmas time in general. I hate getting the boxes down from the loft, but I do it every year and will keep doing it for as long as I can. My husband puts lights up outside, and I decorate inside – from top to bottom! Like you, I love to read and non-fiction books are also my favourites. I love music from the 40s & 50s, and know all the words to the ‘old’ songs as sung or played on the piano by my parents.
    Unlike you, I love collecting and still have many of the things I collected as a child – matchbox tops, autographs, buttons to name just a few. I don’t like jazz (sorry). I don’t like cooking – but I do like to eat and sit with friends over a nice meal (prepared by someone else!)
    Thanks for all the shares; I’m going to look at them after leaving this comment, Barbara

  13. Aw! I loved learning about you. Rock on! I'm a minimalist too. My husband is constantly remarking about how we need this or that, and I just make do with what's in the house. *shrugs* If I didn't have the kids around, I would totally do a single tree and call it good...but they have traditions and expectations, so I get out the decorations--but they're not over the top. A few garlands and bows etc.

    Hey, it's not cold in Florida you know. ;)

  14. I enjoy learning about fellow bloggers. The meme which spoke to me is the one with the lupins, share joy! That you did!

  15. A wonderfully uplifting and interesting post. Thank you for sharing so much about yourself and your life. I enjoyed the videos and the posters also, very much. Christmas will be here soon and I'm sure you are looking forward to that. We have just a small tree, also, as we have no children at home.

  16. I enjoyed getting to know a little more about you. I am the opposite to you at Christmas I over decorate a little but it is certainly a great season.

  17. je te remercie pour les informations Linda

    belle citation de Ziggy Marley


  18. Enjoyed learning more about you and it is amazing how much we are alike. Enjoyed all the videos. Great quotes. Have a blessed day mu friend. Madeline

  19. Interesting to know a little more about you ! My favorite color is red, and I don't like Christmas at all, used to love it as a child, but not now anymore. I also hate November and December and usually wake up in March, lol !

  20. Thanks for sharing more about yourself. And I love the videos you've posted of the old tv shows.

  21. We have so much in common! I love cooking, I'm very interested in health and I looooove reading:) Actually it's more like a job for me, cos I teach literature. I love any classic or modern fine literature. I'm followin you and will be happy to visit more often, greetings form Poland:)

  22. Well, pleased to meet you again, Linda! Be happy and healthy! ☺

  23. Thanks for sharing more, Linda- I also go for forest green as a colour.

    That snail is huge!

  24. I can see that your preferred reading helps you to remain positive! My favorites of your messages today were the sketches in stillness ones ... very Zen ... I try for that state through meditation and yoga....not always easy to clear my mind and listen to that stillness.,

  25. Wonderful post and I have loved reading more about you, we have much in common except I love music of the 50's and the 60's. As for wind and cold in the eyes that has also happened to me in the last 10 years!! Eye makeup is a problem!!
    6 + 3 = 9 But so does 5 + 4 - The way you do things isn't always the only way to do them. Respect other people's way of thinking. Something I need to remember as I am very set in my ways!!! As for learn to talk without a cell phone, mine is generally left by the computer and is always forgotten. It only gets used in case of an emergency (when I remember to take it!) Nothing annoys me more than people who speak and play games in a restaurant!!
    Have a great day Diane

  26. I have learned so much more about you today. I love that things don't mean all that much to you. They shouldn't either. It's what is in your heart that is the most important.

    Have a fabulous day Linda. Big hug. ♥♥♥

  27. I am a thrift-store-aholic! Funny, I don't go to garage or yard sales, but let me into a charity store, and I'm in my element! Haven't been to a mall in forever, but just about every Saturday you can find me checking out the resale shops.

  28. Nice ! A lot of 'Linda' !

  29. Linda, I'm with you on the roasted chicken and a nice lamb roast! So many people don't like lamb that we don't try to serve it for company. Unlike yourself, I do love good bread...and therefore a nice sandwich! A roasted chicken sandwich with mayonnaise and Tabasco is hard to beat...

    We have a Christmas closet right off our living room. It's packed with almost all of our decorations. We agree on decorating though...and we don't usually roll out the full scope of our collection. Love seeing others though...

    I really like soft jazz, old time swing and rock and roll from the 50's and 60's. I couldn't remember the We Five but I sure did recognize their only hit song when I played it!

    My wife and I both love loons. We used to go fishing in the upper peninsula of Michigan as well as in Western Ontario. There is nothing like the loons calling in the early morning or at sunset!

    Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  30. Wind makes my eyes tear, too. Also, when I talk long, my eyes begin to tear. I have no idea what that is!
    I don't collect particular thing, either. I buy necessities and things for kitties :-)
    Happy Wednesday!

  31. Hi Linda! That Pennsylvania Polka was very jazzy, it was fun to see the dancers. Kind of like the first generation of "Dancing with the Stars". I did watch the clip of the last Full House. How fun that they are all together again now too!
    I enjoy learning more about you, I think I mentioned that before. Thanks for the insights! I have to always carry around Kleenex with me, but not for my eyes. The cold air makes my nose run :)

  32. Coucou Linda, tu es une très belle personne!!! Bise, bonne journée tout en douceur!

  33. loved learning more about you!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to cook!!! I love to experiment and create my own recipes (that I never write down, so we never have the same thing twice lol!!!)....I also like to start with a recipe that I find and then change it up. catchatwithcarenandcody

  34. You mentioned being a minimalist because you grew up poor. So did I, and I'm just the opposite. My garages are full of boxes and boxes of books and dishes and my closets are stuffed with clothes. I do, however, buy my books from library used book sales, my dishes from yard sales and Craigslist and thrift stores, and my clothes from thrift stores or if new, always greatly reduced in price. Wish I could be more like you, but I love having "stuff".

  35. I enjoyed your "about me" stuff at the top-I love my polar fleece too! There was a lot of things I really enjoyed about this post but the one quote that was especially meaningful was the "Sketches in Stillness" with the Eckhart Tolle bit. I am working hard on making a new mental habit of telling myself I'm good enough just as I am instead of beating myself up and cartoon spoke right to that! Thanks for the smiles and encouragement :o) Happy Wednesday!

  36. "Normal people don't just wake up in the morning and say I think it'd be a good idea to run for President of the United States.

    Jon Huntsman, Jr.

    I'm with you Linda. Very normal. I like griiled chicken and crusty slow roast lamb.
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  37. We are very similar, Linda. Even down to thte wool! Sorry I have not replied to your email yet. I just have some things going on. xo

  38. thank you Linda. I was glad to read your text and to see the Videos :-)

  39. so good to get to know u better. I love the fact that you were so excited about the 25.00 dollars and I too can relate - whatever someone gives me means a lot - and i love dollar stores and thrift stores also. I can't wear wool either. Pretty much I wear only cotton. love the quotes and art today.

  40. Lovely post again and as always, friend L ... and thank you for sharing, well ... YOU ... as it makes a huge and positive difference in peeps lives, including me ... smiles ... Love, cat.

  41. Hi Linda, I enjoyed this post very much and admire you for having the courage to share like you did. Christmas is my favorite too....take care!

  42. You are such an inspiration, Linda ♥

  43. My favourite books include Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom and The Joy Luck Club. Christmas is coming...real soon!

  44. Hello Linda! I enjoyed my visit here! : ) I love the dollar general dime store type places as well as regular dollar stores...I am like a child in those places! That is so fun, a dollar type store gift card! I think that is great!

    I love the 40s music too, and our entire family (daughters ages 23 to 34) get the biggest kick out of Lawrence Welk show! My mom is 86 and calls it the Lawrence Welch show! lol We usually remember the program on Sat. evenings.

    I will be back to see your great videos you take the time to choose.

    Your Christmas tree sounds wonderful and I don't blame you a bit for having a small one, it's nice like that.

    You take care now, until the next time!


  45. "6 + 3 = 9 But so does 5 + 4 - The way you do things isn't always the only way to do them. Respect other people's way of thinking."
    I like this!

    It is always so nice to read a little more about you.
    I too love Christmas, only a few more weeks to go!

    All the best Jan

  46. I prefer non-fiction too, and I used to enjoy cooking when I had the time. Now... you might not have realised, but you are a collector - you collect happy images and videos, and even better, you share them with the world!

    1. Hi Monica, thanks a lot, I never thought about it that way! :)

  47. Linda, it's nice to learn more about you.. I like that you don't judge others on having money or lack of it... I wanted to let you know I am back to blogging, I needed a short break which took a little longer than I thought...

    I really like this quote:
    Love is a postive effect. Love can never have a negative effect, only a positive effect. xox

  48. Interesting and enjoyable to read, Linda.

    I share your tastes in soup and your sentiments for Christmas. In fact, I call one of the rooms in my house "the room where it is always Christmas." Among the elements which make it so (to me) is a small, artificial tree on which the lights are always on, day and night, and many of the ornaments date to my childhood, and two strings of "always on" lights encircling a window to the outside. I guess it is a safe zone for me.

  49. It's so nice to know about you Linda. I love Christmas too. The season just makes me happy. It is also a season for everyone to celebrate unlike Valentine's Day is mostly for couples etc. I also love gingham. I collect them in every colour. As they saying here goes, loving something always have a positive effect.

  50. Very interesting learning more about you, Linda. Thank you for sharing. I too prefer non-fiction; sometimes it feels like a bit of a lonely genre, as most of the reviews I see on other's blogs are about fiction. Chicken soup sounds delicious. I like how you are a minimalist, and I'm sure we'd have a great time together thrift shopping! I love seeing what I can find at the thrift shop. There is always so much variety, and the prices are hard to beat!

    Enjoyed the clip from the Lawrence Welk show. The accordion playing, and footwork of the dancers for the polka is great. When I was a little girl one of the neighbor ladies, whom we called Grandma Doris, used to watch Lawrence Welk all the time. She lived in a bright pink house, and we called her the candy grandma because she always had treats to hand out.

    Good quote about the lesser of two evils still being evil.

    Have a great evening, Linda. Thanks as always for another delightful post.

  51. I always love it when you share a bit about yourself. We have a lot in common. You love to cook, and I love to eat. And, as for presentation, it's nice; but I'd much prefer a simple tasty meal without all the fuss. Doug and I don't decorate for Christmas, either; although we do enjoy seeing other people's decorations. That was a very touching scene from "A Full House." I love loons, too; so I enjoyed that video. And that snail! My word! I'm glad they live in Africa.

  52. I used to collect video games, now I sell them after I'm done with them. Makes the hobby much cheaper as you can finish a game before it lost the value you paid for it.

  53. Eine wunderbare Post !
    LG Margrit

  54. Oh Linda, you'd never bore me! I love learning more about you and finding yet more similarities between us.
    I enjoy thrift stores and pound stores (which I guess are the same as your dollar stores) never know what you are going to find there.
    I have to admit, though, I am a collector of hats of all kinds...from dressy ones to winter ones and peaked caps. You'll hardly ever see me without a beloved hat! lol

    Lots of Love xoxoxo

  55. Amazing is the video of the waterfowl. I have this whatsoever 2 views lol .... The enormous snail's really great !!!!!! The music mete the polka was so cheerful that I have here are moving behind the PC hahaha .... You always put those beautiful movies :-)
    Text spells I've taken a few;-)
    Warm regards, Helma

  56. Hello Linda! How are you doing? Loved reading this post :-) I too love colours, and I love to cook :-) :-) Cheers to you, all the way from India!!

  57. That's so nice to know about you Linda ! You have such qualities and character, which I really appreciate in other people!

  58. Thank you for letting us know more about you, Linda!!!
    I love color, too...and I truly love earth tones!

    Always an uplifting post...thank you~

  59. Oh that wasn't boring at all! I loved learning about you, and it seems like we have a lot in common. Sure wish we lived closer - I could see us being great friends. I love Christmas and nonfiction books and I love colorful things too. I'm also an HSP, and strangely enough, I also try to wear only 100% cotton as well, as most other materials make me itch, cause red spots (like tags on shirts-I'm looking at you!!) and sometimes even mild rashes. (I wonder if that's an HSP thing?) You seem like a very special lady. : )

  60. Always liked the call of the Loon,very evocative of wild places. We get them here in winter on the lochs before they return to Iceland in spring to breed there.
    Had a rough knit wool jumper once I really liked the look of but it was incredibly itchy, even with a thick tee shirt under it.

  61. You and I share a lot of loves in common lol

  62. I so enjoyed getting to know you better, dear Linda.
    We have some similarities :-)
    Bless you~~

  63. Un grand merci pour ce magnifique post. J'ai eu énormément de plaisir à lire. Je me reconnais dans la majorité des choses...incroyable. Comme vous, la fête de Noël est ma préférée mais je me limite à peu de décorations. Je suis minimalist aussi, je donne tout le temps des choses que je n'utilise pas même si elles sont jolies et neuves. Comme vous, j'aime les Pulls en laine mais ça me gratte et me fait éternuer donc j'ai opté pour du cachemire et 100% Cotton. J'adore cuisiner et la cuisine est une vraie passion mais la décoration de mes plats laisse à désirer...hahaha....Bref Linda, je pourrais remplir un Km de cet espace pour commenter tous les points communs que j'ai avec vous. Pour conclure, ça me fait plaisir et j'aime le fait que la gentillesse est ce que vous aimez le plus car pour moi c'est la qualité que me séduit et m'émut chez une personne. Merci pour avoir partagé ce joli post. Je reviendrai avec plus de temps pour lire le reste sur vous et votre famille. Bisous

  64. The giant snail reminded me of all the strange animals I saw while in Africa. The millions of fruit bats darkening the sky every morning still remain my most vivid animal memory of Africa.

  65. Thanks for sharing yourself with us.

  66. I enjoyed this post so much, Linda! I confess, I was feeling little blue tonight, and this picked my spirits up. I've been frustrated by being disconnected from my blogging friends ~ Thanks to my lack of easy internet connection in recent weeks. Like you, I love color, especially red with blue as a close second ~ but really I love all colors. And like you, I don't like to wear wool because I find it itchy ~ and I love my polar fleece! The food I serve is lacking in the presentation side ~ and our family's biggest concern was always more basic, as in "Did you get enough to eat?" But flavor was always big! I'm sure anything you served would be wonderful! I really enjoyed the loons. My closest Ojibwa friend, actually Metis, once told me how to cook a loon, and I never forgot. He said that you boil the loon in a pot with two rocks, and when it's done you throw the loon away and eat the rocks." He was a great tease! I wouldn't look at the slug video though ~ slugs really creep me out! "You Were On My Mind" is one of my favorites! Tonight while I was online in the library, there was a C&W band playing in the great room next door. I din't know about the dance, or I might have suggested going to Terry. They played all kinds of great music. But they stopped playing at 9:00 pm. I guess this is a retirement place and people call it a night early. I'll probably leave the library after this comment to you, because it's a little spooky when everyone is gone. Thanks for tipping me off about this post in your comment on mine. And thanks for always being so supportive! You have no idea how much that means! Sending you love and hugs!

  67. Hi Linda! So nice getting to know more of you! I love chicken, tea and soup too! And, you are so right, it's the heart of the person that counts, nothing else! It's funny, in the past year, I have donated so much of my things, it's not funny! Living a more simple life is better! "Things" don't make you happy!!! And, sometimes, when you have a lot around you, you don't appreciate things as much!
    My mom loves forest green too!
    Another great post my friend!
    Big hugs!


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