Apple Pie and Ice Cream

Somedays are just those kinds of days.  Yesterday’s blog talked about it…so to create a sense of calm to begin today with dinner was a fun meal and dessert was, fresh made apple pie and vanilla ice cream.  It brought that feeling of peace, that moment of sheer clarity when you bit into it. This morning, I am beginning my day with apple pie and coffee.

Things are still a mess, but not quite as bad as I thought.  We put some new furniture in its place last night, which cleared up the common space it had been stored in, I made an attempt at re-cleaning the kitchen and living space, which didn’t take as long since it had recently had a thorough cleaning.  I got a few more essays graded, and will do a few more when I am done here.

On Facebook someone replied tackle it one elephant at a time.  That’s what I did.  Today I will do the same.  Which elephant do I want out of the room first?  Clear it out.  I think there’s a bathroom downstairs calling my name, some glass shelving to put into the barrister’s cabinets we installed last night, and some clutter around the house that will get organized into them.  Yes, apple pie and ice cream fixed it all.

It also brought the rest of the energy down.  The boys all settled, my husband sighed in the peace it brought and the whole of the world that was surrounding us seemed to come into clearer, and not so daunting focus.  All because I took the time to spread the peace and love, with a little apple pie and ice cream.

Dinner was this amazing taco pie (Taco Pie Recipe) that was super kid friendly, which meant even the picky eater ate it.  So much friendly, that he, who hates apple pie, even tried that!  He didn’t like it, which I knew was coming, but he did eat a few of the apples with the ice cream.  I highly recommend the Taco Pie if you are looking for a quick and easy new way to have taco flavor.

Today was just about, being.  Sometimes slowing down, remembering the simple things matter, and can help, is really important.  I am off to grade some papers, clean a bathroom and do some organizing.  If I can sneak a trip in to Costco…well that would be bonus.

What do you do to reset the balance when it is too frenetic?  What life is hectic what foods comfort you and bring you back to what needs to be done?

Thank You Notes

 

I was recently reminded that taking the time to hand-write a note of thanks, or thinking of you, is extremely important. Writing connects our bodies to our brains and our brains to our emotions. We often talk of journeying to get our feeling out. Well that shows in what you write.

The act of writing a note to someone, even “have a nice day”, makes you smile, makes them smile and reminds everyone that no matter how bad there is someone who cares. The handwriting, the penmanship, the ink color, all bring the emotions and sentiment to life. A typed email or text message is always loved and a wonderful sentiment, but the feeling behind a hand-written note…the idea someone took the time to hand-write a note, long hand, means so much more.

I try to send “love” notes, as I call them to lots of people. Little notes which say, “hey”. Erin Condren has some great notes which have a fun saying on the front and room to write on the back.

Here is a link:Compliment Cards

I highly recommend sending one or two of these a day. People truly appreciate them. I give them to fellow teachers and to students. The smiles and thank you’s and positive energy are well worth the extra time it takes to pick one and hand write the note on the back.

What about you? Do you like receiving notes? Do you remember to handwrite them as it gives better every and emotion?