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Are you a good cook?

How are you at cooking up happiness?

Well, here’s a great recipe for happiness

Let go of what’s  gone, be grateful for what remains & look forward to what’s coming

happy people

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one. So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. wordsPlate
  2. Watch
  3. Cable
  4. Accident
  5. Lamp
  6. Company
  7. Number
  8. Pan
  9. Charity
  10. Clock

 

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Dinner
  2. Tick
  3. Charge
  4. Pain
  5. Light
  6. Friend
  7. House
  8. Pot
  9. Collection
  10. Countdown

 

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

Paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.

reason for the seasonIf I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse.

Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way.

Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of LOVE will endure.

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I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, so today I’m going to give you another one. So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

1. Autumn

2. Snow

3. Boots

4. Bulb

5. Faith

6. Pet

7. Injection

8. Volume

9. Car

10. Weight

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

1. Leaves

2. Cold

3. Shoes

4. Light

5. God

6. Tigger (our 17 year old cat!)

7. Pain

8. Deaf

9. Dirty

10. Diet

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing these, as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

I sometimes just pick some really random words and just try this myself just to see what my answers are – I know that really does sound sad, but I often find it illuminating to discover what is occupying my subconscious…I’d urge you to try it out for yourself.

Why is it that when you go shopping and there’s only one item of something you want left, it’s always at the back of the top shelf that you can’t quite reach

Why are some people always late regardless of how much earlier you tell them they’ve to be there?

Why does toast always land butter side down when you drop it on the floor?

I’ve never understood how you can be too tired to sleep – isn’t that just a contradiction?

Why does it always rain when you forget your umbrella?

Why are dogs said to be “man’s best friend”…what about other human friends!

When you’re in a hurry to print off some last minute notes, why does the printer always run out of paper

Why does it always rain when I go to Edinburgh?

Why do birds always “attack” newly cleaned cars?

and finally…

Who stole the summer this year?!

When you lay clothes down on the bed for two minutes while you do something else, why does the cat always find them and lie on them?

Why do we always think the grass always greener on the other side?

When you have a power cut, why is it that the torch you see every day in the cupboard, suddenly isn’t where it#s meant to be!

Why does the cat always decide to go sleep on the bed just before you’re going to bed?

When you drop your toast, why does it always land butter side down?

Why does the weather always seem to be better (i.e. drier), when we’re working, and then pouring when we’re not!

When you’re tired and just want to go to bed, why is it the phone always goes and it’s someone who wants to talk for ages!

Is there always a right way and a wrong way to do everything, or just a right way and an even better way?

Why does the car only ever break down on wet days?

No matter how much ironing we do, why does the ironing mountain never seem to shrink?

Why do we keep clothes that are now too small for us, just in case they fit us again some day!

When we forget something and struggle to remember it, why do we always remember it ages later when we’re not even thinking about it any more?

Well today my hubby reached the big  5 0 !

Before I go any further I must point out that I of course am much younger than my husband! 🙂

My life was in the balance last week when I passed on some photos of hubby from the past to work, so they could celebrate hubby’s birthday with him last Friday – we’re both off this week so they wanted to celebrate his birthday with him beforehand. My fears were unfounded as hubby took all the posters/pics in good humour so my life was safe for the time being…but for how much longer?!

Hubby has already picked out his special birthday present so all I had to do was get a few surprise things for him so he had some presents to open on his big day! So what did I get him? Well I got a few sensible things for him – I’m sorry but I had to – but I did however do something silly and bought him something silly…

Those of you who know my husband will probably know that he likes his food, and in addition to that, that he can be a bit messy/clumsy sometimes. For sometime now I’ve been kidding him on that I’d get him a pelican bib, like babies have to catch the food he drops…well I did, I found him an adult sized pelican bib!

So that was the something silly, but what did I do that was silly? Well again on the same theme as my other surprise for him. i.e. food/eating related, I bought 50 bars of chocolate or tubes of sweetie and wrapped them up individually for him. So whenever he wants a sweetie, he can open one of the little presents I got him and have a surprise seeing what kind of sweetie he’s got this time!

As my hubby is originally from Alloa, and a lifelong Alloa Football Club supporter, I also bought him a few bits and pieces of their things. Do you think he’ll like them?: Mousemat, pennant, keyring

To my husband, happy 50th birthday!

How many times have you heard someone say, “Don’t worry, be happy”?

So on that note, here are ten things that make me happy (in no particular order):

  1. Spending quality time with family or friends
  2. Getting into bed when it’s got fresh bedclothes
  3. Going on holiday
  4. Chocolate (particularly Mum’s chocolate cake!)
  5. Listening to good music
  6. Good health
  7. Snuggling into my lovely super-soft dressing gown
  8. Doing something that is appreciated by someone else
  9. Watching a great tennis match
  10. Listening to our cat purring when he snuggles up beside us on the couch or bed

So, now I’ve told you ten things that make me happy, do any of the same things make you happy? What ten things would be in your list?

From the list you identify, which of those things are within your control to do? Of those, how long has it been since you did them? Is it time to make yourself happy by doing one of the things on your list again?

Go on, be happy!