Friday, November 21, 2014

Christmas time... being happy... and not letting others steal your happiness away from you...


It's Christmas time...  a time of beauty...  and love... a time to be truly happy...  and thankful for our many blessings... time to spread kindness and good cheer... and peace on earth...  a time to believe...


I am just naturally a happy person...  but it is the simple things in life that make me happiest... I try to spread a bit of happiness through my blog... there are enough sad and depressing things in this old world to read about other places... but I want my own blog to be a place of peacefulness and calm...  a little escape to come to and relax...  daydream a bit... smile and be happy... life is much too short not to be happy...  I am not saying I am Pollyanna...  I have had my share of life's ups and downs... we ALL have...  but I am not one to dwell on the bad things...  rather to be grateful for all of the goodness in my life... like our silly Blue Jay (BJ) who constantly has us smiling with his antics...  squawking loudly at us if his peanuts on his log are all gone...

 
And the covey of Quail who come each morning for breakfast in our back yard...


How can you not be happy when you see the beauty of Nature... and it is there... for all of us...  whether  you live in a big city or a little rural town like me... decorating our home for Christmas makes me happy...  a lifetime of decorations...  a lifetime of memories... a lifetime of love...  this year, I wanted to create a woodland yule log like one I had made over twenty years ago and eventually I took apart...  


These are so easy and fun to make...  just take a log that has been split in half so the bottom is flat...  then hot glue your favorite trims on it...  branches and berries, pines cones and birdies...  I added a wired burlap bow as well... and right now, all of the crafts stores around here have all of their trims, etc for up to 60 and 70 percent off...  mine cost less than $5.00 for everything...


Christmas baking also makes me happy...  my little kitchen is cozy and decorated a bit... ready to make old~fashioned Christmas cookies, pumpkin pies... and other yummies...


I added just a few of my favorite decorations to my corner hutch in the kitchen...  these are newer putz houses...  I decided not to put my vintage Christmas out this year...  from now on, I will do vintage Christmas every other year...  a bit simpler and alot easier on me this year...


I brought out my Old English Rose quilt set I have had for years  and put back in my bedroom for the winter...  love seeing roses inside when outside is cold and covered in white...  I must have flowers... always... especially roses...


A petite Christmas tree sits on my desk... along with a hot cup of tea... and a notebook waiting for me to write my list of things to do... top of the list...  "be happy"...  I want to savor the Christmas season...  spend lots of time with my family celebrating the true meaning of Christmas... and our love for each other...


Several days ago, I received first one, then ending up about fifteen emails from a woman I have never heard of before who found my email from my blog... turns out, she wanted nothing more than someone to "dump" her problems on... mainly her financial ones...  because I am a nice, caring lady, I had emailed her back the first time... telling her I was sorry about all of this...and wishing her well... each email began to drag me down further and further until I had to ask her not to email me any more...  there is a fine line between being compassionate... or being a sap and being used... letting others zap your own happiness...  one of my favorite authors and singers, Naomi Judd, calls these kind of people "vampires"...  not taking responsibility for their own lives... and sucking the happiness out of others...  I wish this woman well...  but will never ever let anyone take away my happiness over life and the simple pleasures that mean the most to me... especially over the internet these days, there are so many scams...  I do believe this woman was trying somehow to get money from me... which of course I would never do... it saddens me to think we have to be so wary of people these days...  but it is the times... so...  I will put this behind me... 
 
 
And continue to post happy things... and wish you all true happiness as well...  look for it in the beauty of Nature... and the simple things in life... for that is where it is found... xoxo...

~HAPPY THANKSGIVING~ 

"Some people are so poor, all they have is money" ~Unknown