Halloween Is Moving Up

Today I needed to take a trip to Wal-Mart to pick up a few needed items. In order to miss a lot of people I decided to arrive later to avoid a possible crowd of people

When I arrived at Wal-Mart I found a lot of people there. If I didn’t know any better I would have thought it was either Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve. It was neither of those holidays. The crowd was buying Halloween costumes and goodies for school parties and trick or treaters visiting homes tomorrow.

I remember when Halloween wasn’t such a big deal years ago. As years have gone by it has crept up in competition with Thanksgiving and Christmas. Stores go all out with the decorations now when the only thing they use to do was increase their stock of candy.

Maybe it’s because of all the gory, scary movies that have been produced in recent years.

What is your take on the explosion of Halloween?

Life’s Busy Overload

This week has been very trying for me. I didn’t know if I was going or coming or which way I went. I was turning around, meeting myself. The week went south when I cancelled appointments to make new ones. My day started early morning and ended late evening—not getting home until after dark. A vacation where I only sit and breathed is looking good.

Today I came across a book I didn’t know I had titled How Did I Get So Busy by Valorie Burton. She had a list of The Ten Commandments of Self – Care.

  1. Use all of your vacation time every year.
  2. Commit your time off solely to nonwork-related activities.
  3. Take your rest seriously.
  4. Have fun at least once a week.
  5. Eat regularly, preferably sitting down.
  6. Exercise regularly, preferably standing up.
  7. Be fruitful and productive, not busy.
  8. Use technology to gain time, not consume it.
  9. Connect heart-to-heart with the people who matter.
  10. Be let by the Spirit.

After meditating on my situation in relation to the Ten Commandments, I made a commitment to make drastic changes in my life. Another thought came to me was to find the motive for me pushing myself to this point.

How’s your life? Are you on busy overload?

Italy – A Dream Come True

Many years ago I had an elaborate plan for a trip to Europe

I was going to England for fish and chips and a trip to Harrodsburg. Then on to France to collect French perfume and pastries. Next stop would be Switzerland to pick up Swiss chocolates and a Swiss watch. My last stop would be Venice, Italy to ride a gondola and find a cobbler to create an exquisite pair of shoes fashioned for my feet alone. That dream vacation got shelved and was never realized.

A month ago I fulfilled part of my dream trip from years ago. I finally went to Europe but only to Italy. I started out in a little town in the mountains of Umbria called Norcia. Norcia was my home for a week while I attended a cooking vacation through Culture Discovery. It was a full week of cooking and sight-seeing throughout the mountains.

Norcia, Italy

Norcia, Italy

The next leg of my trip was A stop in Rome for two days That was a respite after a busy week in Norcia. While Rome wasn’t my favorite place, I can now say I’ve been there.

The last days of my vacation were spent at the place I longed to go: Venice, Italy. I’d never seen a place that was surrounded with more water than land. It was amazing to take water taxi’s to get from one place to another. I was blessed to be able to take the ride I’ve longed for: gondola ride. It was everything I dreamed of. Thinking about it still puts a smile on my face.

I didn’t find a cobbler but I’ll leave that on my list for another trip.