Happy Mother’s Day to all !
Happy Mother’s Day to all !
Happy Easter and Passover everyone!
Hope you get to enjoy some of these classic Peeps during the weekend 🙂
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Thank you to all of my readers!
This was a most exciting report to read, (aren’t stats always more fun to read than calculate!? Ha!).
Anyway, I just want to say THANK YOU. I appreciate you stopping by this site, whether to read just one post or all of of them…..
The most thrilling statistic in this report, which was so surprising, (and deeply humbling!)) was the fact that you, (my readers!) hail from 84 different countries and yet, somehow, found and clicked on martinisandbonbons.com to read a post!! WOW!!! I’ve gone global!!!! That put the perfect finish to 2014!
From NYC – I wish you all a HAPPY and HEALTHY NEW YEAR wherever you may be!
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.
Stop. Pause. Think.
The day-to-day for many, if not for most of us – is typically filled with what we experience as moments of: “RUSH, stress, frustration, no-time, confusion, overwhelmed“.
During such moments, it is extremely hard to feel any sense of gratefulness, let alone give thanks or demonstrate any expression of appreciation.
Most of my days are such a whirlwind, that in a typical 24-hour day I probably spend more time venting, pushing, planning, absorbing, strategizing, and working, that I end up feeling anxious and exhausted. At that point, the mysterious, angelic precursor to gratefulness that we call “patience” is pretty much nil. Actually, not unlike a stick of dynamite at the end of a fuse just lit by an amped-up animated Roadrunner.
Perhaps you disagree.
Perhaps that doesn’t describe you, not even in the slightest.
If that’s the case, I’ll be honest, that’s awesome and I’m both happy for you and jealous of you, and so you can skip reading this post as you are obviously way more evolved than myself and the rest of us … However, I digress.
I am 99% sure that at no point in my near, (or far), distant future will I be admired for the personal “virtues” that encompass “patience”, “grace”, “acceptance” and/or “quiet reflection of thanks”. I can also pretty much guarantee that any such virtues I may actually have will unfortunately bear no resemblance to those of say, Mother Theresa’s.
Thus, I’m ashamed to admit..
that my feelings of gratefulness and of thankfulness tend to fall to the wayside.
A LOT. And on many, MANY, days.
So today – “THANKS-GIVE-ING” DAY …
if you are reading these words and realize your days are eerily similar to mine..
Then, let’s do this together.
STOP. PAUSE. THINK.
There really is something – somehow, somewhere – to be grateful for. Even if you have to start small. Very small.
For example, I’m grateful that I get to say the word “cornucopia” on Thanksgiving without having anyone look at me like I’ve officially lost my mind. It’s a fun word. I LIKE that word. It’s great that we have it. COR-N-U-CO-PPPP-IIIIIA . Try saying it out loud. The letters roll right off the tongue. Such a fun, yet under-used word!
See how easy it is to be grateful?
Make a daily list.
by Thanksgiving 2015 – let’s see how much our lives have improved
(if anything, at least we will FEEL like they have improved!)
Enjoy tomorrow, have a wonderful Thanksgiving day!
(and thank YOU for reading!!)
Cornucopia. Cornucopia 🙂
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Ah, it’s here ! It has arrived !
Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé !
Created in France, in the province of Beaujolais (Burgundy region), this affordable red wine is released around the world on a yearly basis, always on the third Thursday in November. Knowing when something new is about to be released always generates some anticipation and excitement. In fact, it’s become a family tradition of sorts!
( “Have you tried it yet?” “No, not yet! But I heard it was a good year, something about the grapes not freezing! Going to run over to the liquor store and grab a few bottles ! Some for tasting now and some to bring over for Thanksgiving!” “OK honey, but don’t taste too many at once!”)
It’s also always fun to see the new labels as they are redesigned each year. I then transition from self-proclaimed sommelier into self-proclaimed professional art critic and discuss how pretty the label is this year and what a terrific use of color they utilized. (Note: I’m pretty sure my wine rating, label analysis and color interpretation sound more and more professional and knowledgeable with each glass of wine tried :). )
Trying the Beaujolais Nouveau always makes for a merry time, though I may need to go to France for its launch one year. The region hosts a five day festival called Les Sarmentelles. Five days of drinking wine and winning prizes? Now that sounds like a great time to be had !
Have a great day all !
Great Beaujolais links: