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Getting Away From False Positivity

Getting Away From False Positivity

  There is something I feel deep down I have to address, and its the pitfalls of the positivity trap.  Now in my last post I talked about surrounding yourself with positive people.  Some may interpret that with a chipper and upbeat kind of temperament.   Positivity Does Not Mean: Make Yourself Feel Happy All The Time   First of all, I’m human.  I have moods that goes up and down and I have feelings.  I would be crazy to tell you that you must be happy all the time.  That’s just not going to happen. Too much of this positivity business has been about making yourself feel happy, even though you woke up on the wrong side of the bed. That’s okay. Focusing on the good things in your life can change your mood.  Not going to say it works all the time, but it does help.  I think we have gotten away from the idea that we will feel what we will feel every given day, and that has to be okay.  You’re going to have an off day / week.  That’s life. But you’re not a failure if you have an off moment in life.  It’s about the ups and downs.  Now with that being said, let’s focus on some ways we can focus on some positive things.   Gratitude   I constantly remind myself, how would I feel if I woke up with only the things I was grateful for yesterday.  It is a great blessing to wake up in the morning, and honestly, that’s it–wake up in the morning! To be thankful from the minute you wake up, and...
Wool Children Knitted Gloves–In the Round and Flat

Wool Children Knitted Gloves–In the Round and Flat

For the past several weeks, I’ve had something on my needles.  I’ve even had the occasion to have several things going on at once (even though that is not my knitting style).  Recently, the weather in my area dropped, and my middle son was caught without having gloves!   There were several prerequisite that was needed to make these gloves a success.  These requirements were that it had to be warm, and it had to fit my middle son’s hands.  He’s a very active boy so asking him to sit still for measurements can be an adventure all by itself.  Eventually I settled on Lions Brand Wool Ease (because they had a sale on wool yarn), and this color way because he just adores green.   There were so many cast on’s that I could have tried with this, but I stuck with the long tail cast on.  Next time I’m thinking about doing the cable cast on (or whichever cast on that is for ribbing).   Something very interesting about these gloves–I was using a pattern (then decided to do my own thing) and ended up making these gloves two different ways.  One glove I knitted flat (my favorite way to knit), and the second glove I knitted on double pointed needles.   So, if you look closely, the top glove has a green string running up the outside of the mitten.  I couldn’t help that, since that was the way the yarn went.  But that glove was the one that I knitted flat, and learned how to sew it up without having a ridge on the inside.  I’m...
Too Much Curisity Is a Vice?

Too Much Curisity Is a Vice?

Last night while preparing dinner, I was listening to podcast. It’s the best time to drown out the noise of the kids playing in the background. It’s when they are quiet I’m worried. Anyway, I was listening to Pints with Aquinas (totally geeking out) and the episode on curiosity piqued my interest. I was curious on what Aquinas has to say about curiosity. Oh the irony! To be curious is to want to gain knowledge, which is not a bad thing. It only becomes bad for these two reasons: 1. It is an inordinate desire for learning. That is—to learn something that (Pardon my French) we have no business learning about. 2. The knowledge gain will with lead to sin or teach us how to sin.   Curiosity Killed The Cat?   I always though about the phrase, “Curiosity killed the cat,” but I never fully understand why. What do we gain from learning about the different gods that the ancient Egyptians worshiped? For a person who doesn’t study world religion and history, outside the Old Testament—the knowege is only to understand why the plagues were done as the were. However, we don’t need to know the rituals they performed while they sacrificed things to their gods. That is information we really don’t need to know. The second point was that the knowledge will teach us how to sin. So let’s talk about a popular topic (it’s really not popular), chastity. A person who was looking to avoid getting in the near occasion wouldn’t even skirt with the idea. However, a person who is curious about it, would try...
Sunday Prayer: Hope

Sunday Prayer: Hope

Dear Lord, Thank You for hope. Not just for things that are to come, but for the expectation that something–anything is coming our way. Sometimes, we take advantage of what we have around us, and we become complacent. It’s not until we take a good look at our surroundings that we see so much possibilities and that alone gives us hope. My hope is that today will be better than yesterday, and, it always is. Its better because You have given the knowledge that only we can make it better or worse. We also know that it can always be worse, so thank You for opening our eyes to that. Thank You for allowing me to see that sometimes we could be our bubble popper; we don’t need anyone to put us down if we’re doing it ourselves. With that being said Lord, we really don’t have a reason to put ourselves down. My hopes for tomorrow is that we continue to grow with our families, and continue to be open to Your words. With Your guidance and help, please help us to keep our hope alive. Amen. Originally published on...
Toy Photography:  The Battle

Toy Photography: The Battle

Well it’s been some time, and I wanted to get back into what I liked.  Also, let’s be honest–the kids found it a blast as well.  So this week, we’ve decided to set up a battle scene.  I liked it a lot, and the kids had fun setting things up for me. It’s been a while since I picked up my camera.  What I enjoyed the most was toy photography–its what I have around, and plenty of.  But since my subject lost his head…sadly (poor Linus), I’ve shelved the idea, and life just went on. Okay, so here are just the battle scenes from our epic (non-moving fight).     “You’re never going to get away with it,” Simba said as he corned off the enemy.  “We are going to stop you, even if it means we fight you!”   “If it is a fight you want, then it’s a fight you’ll get.” Shadow said.  Snarling his teeth at his foe.  Simba and his brother crouched down, preparing to fight.       As the crowed looked on, the tension in the air grew thicker.  The noise around them died down, to silence.  They couldn’t hear anything around them–just the fight that loomed before their eyes.       Simba smirked to himself, as he saw the weakness in his foe and figured out how to use it to his advantage.  Shadow, just imaged pure power that was going to win this battle.   Who….will….win….? *** Overall, I think this was okay for a rusty person, and I love the fact that I’m learning from what I shot. The...
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