Perspective – and buttons

Good morning lovelies!

Hope that everyone is starting their SONday off to a good beginning. I hope that you are able to do something you love, with SOMEONE YOU LOVE.

I’ve been home for a few days with some “issues” that all I’ll say, but it seems that we are on an upside!

I am easily bored (a good thing for those stories that pop in my head, but they haven’t been talking the last few days.)  While I’ve been home, I asked Gene to help RE-hang some pictures that weren’t where I wanted them and he was gracious to want to help.

I had another project that added some fun, and memories…

I was bored with our bedroom, but not ready to dole out a bunch of money when I don’t have a clue what I’d want. I ran out for a few minutes yesterday because Gene saw an outfit in the Belk sale flyer that he wanted me to have – I will say he has good taste because it’s really cute 🙂 but while I was in the store, I thought about – ONE FRIVOLOUS, NOT NEEDED thing, so I ran to bedding.

I found these adorable pillows and… they were on sale… and I had a coupon! WINNING! So I brought them home with me – just a subtle little change went a long way, but…

I woke up this morning thinking about buttons. If you read Sweet Surrender, you know that there was a button story and I decided to do some digging. You know how every time you buy a shirt, etc, they attach extra buttons – I went through those and some buttons that I’ve saved from Alis’s sewing box and this is what happened.

BEFORE:

And then… I sewed buttons on one of the pillows:

   behind is one of the new pillows I bought. I found buttons that picked up the color scheme of the new pillows and this is what I ended up with.

After:

Such a small thing made me so happy.

Sometimes that’s all it takes – one small thing to change your perspective.

That my focus right now – SMALL CHANGES. So many things in my life seem to need a tweak – small is doable and you can see almost instant results. Plus it keeps me occupied and away from the TV.

What’s a small change that you can make that will help you turn something little into something NEW?

I always love hearing from you!

If you’re reading this – I <3 you, B

 

Turn the news off! Read a book! Have a conversation!

OMGeee…

I just can’t. The news is so full of…. BAD STUFF. I want to turn the cable off. I know this “stuff” happens, but we are bombarded with BAD from every direction. Gene likes to read the news on his iPad and sometimes he will read something out loud. I asked him to stop. It’s everywhere – I see it. I know what’s going on. It’s just too much. Everyone has their opinion of our government – of our current events – of their religious beliefs. I GET THAT. Stop bombarding us with it.

At this rate – we will all be on zoloft, or xanax, or some other anti anxiety medication just to get through a normal day. MAKE IT STOP.

I want some GOOD NEWS.

I’m listening to books on CD in the car. I’m trying to read (AND WRITE) to occupy my mind. I’m reading a book each morning called The Miracle Morning to see if I can self-help my way to better day. I’m trying to put the earphones in and listen to music when Gene is watching the news.

Post a link in the comments and tell us what you’re reading. I’m looking for romance. I’m looking for a STORY that will capture my attention so I can turn away from all this insanity.

I want to see some book responses… GO…

New friends

The other day, I posted about “An old friend” – today it’s about NEW FRIENDS.

I posted on Facebook last night that I participated in my first book club – that’s not true, but I want to explain. In the past, a group of my local girl friends did an “Evening with the Author” but I don’t think I really thought of it as a book club. I thought of it as time with people I loved.

My brother, Charlie introduced my books to someone he worked with and she, Cindy contacted me to talk about The Face in the Mirror with a group of her friends. I didn’t even know Cindy, but I left our Facetime encounter with NEW FRIENDS. I enjoyed talking to these ladies who knew nothing about me about a piece of my heart – and then I let them in on some of the things I’m working on. I LOVED IT! We talked and laughed and talked some more.

All because of a little story in my head.

I hope that I get the opportunity to do it again.

If you’re reading this, I <3 you! B

An old friend…

Greetings all,

I spent the day with an old friend today. Several actually – Mitchell, Renie and the characters that became The Face in the Mirror. It was a nice visit. I started reading around 10:30 and finished at 7:40 (with a break here and there to run a sweeper, laundry, etc). I’m doing my first book club on Tuesday and I needed a refresher on this story.

It’s funny… When I finished writing the story of these old friends I moved on to new friends. I didn’t forget about Renie and Mitchell, I just made new friends that took my time and space in my head. I realized as I read this story again that I’d missed them. I’d read something and think – I WROTE THAT! One of my favorites was a line about an unlikable character who I described as a “debutante wanna be with a redneck pedigree.” I laughed out loud! I felt proud of Renie and Mitchell’s story.

If you haven’t read this one, I hope you’ll give it a try.

If you’re reading this, I <3 you

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