Greetings! I am filling in for Wendy this Monday, and as it is my birthday, I thought I would use quotes about gifts. Not just the tangible, wrapped in fancy paper with ribbon and bow. But the intangible, the ephemeral, the ethereal gifts we can give ourselves every day.
“This life is your gift to yourself…Open it!” (anon)
“The greatest gift you can give yourself is a little bit of your own attention.” (Anthony J. D’Angelo)
“Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it. Don’t wait for it. Just let it happen.” (Agent Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks)
image: Lorraine 2017. Please don’t use without permission. Thanks.
“He gathered the boy somewhat close
Evil has only the power we give it.
I give you nothing.
I take back.
~ Ray Bradbury – Something Wicked This Way Comes
“If a man harbors any sort of fear,
it makes him landlord to a ghost.”
~ Lloyd Douglas
“Nature is a haunted house –
but Art –
is a house that tries to be haunted.”
~ Emily Dickinson
*photo of pumpkin and grasshopper by W. Holcombe. please do not use without permission.
Today’s quotes are brought to you by Winnie the Pooh and A.A. Milne
“What day is it?” asked Pooh.
“It’s today.” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day.” said Pooh.
Piglet – “How do you spell love?”
Pooh – “You don’t spell it, you feel it.”
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry.
We shall get there someday”
*Drawing of Pooh and Piglet with dragonfly is by W. Holcombe.
I received a message from Feedbot, that they named Picnic with Ants one of the top 100 chronic illness blogs.
You can see all of the blogs and websites who are honored to be listed in the top 100 here.
This is the introduction from Feedbot explaining their ranking criteria:
“Chronic Illness Blogs List
A chronic illness is a human health condition or disease that is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects or a disease that comes with time. The term chronicis often applied when the course of the disease lasts for more than three months.
These are the Best Chronic Illness blogs from thousands of top Chronic Illness blogs in our index using search and social metrics. Data will be refreshed once a week.
These blogs are ranked based on following criteria
- Google reputation and Google search ranking
- Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
- Quality and consistency of posts.
- Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review”
There are some great blogs listed, so be sure to check the 100 Best Chronic Illness Blogs according to Feedbot.
“Learning to live in the present moment
is part of the path of joy.”
~ Sarah Ben Breathnach
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes you smile can be
the source of your joy.”
~ Thich Nhat Hahn
“Ultimately our greatest joy
is when we seek to do good for
~ Desmond Tutu
*photo of pumpkin blossom taken by W. Holcombe. all rights reserved
I am so touched by the support and compassion I have received after posting about how ill I’ve been feeling recently. Your comments truly helped my mental health. I feel so loved.
I’m happy to say I am feeling better. I just took my last steroid. (If I can help it, it will be my last steroid EVER!) I’m still having some side effects, but the worst seems to have passed. The steroids not only affected me physically, they affected me mentally. A few days ago, I was convinced I was going to die. Phew, thank goodness that’s gone now!
My back is a bit better too. It’s still tight, but I’m having much fewer spasms. I even started some of my physical therapy exercises today. Crossing fingers all of this will get my back better.
I’m very excited that I’ve been able to knit! (I do loom knitting) It’s just that I have projects I really want to finish before Christmas. 🙂 Heck, I’m making a scarf for me, I’d really like to have before it gets cold. hahaha
Again, thank you all for you love and support. I am forever grateful.