After a very busy weekend away, it was nice to return home on Sunday afternoon. Fortunately, we had taken some time to tidy up before we left. Nothing worse than coming home to a giant mess.
Shortly before we left on Friday, I had received an exciting package. A little while ago, I won a big giveaway over at The Closet Intellectual. One of my prizes was Tabetha's beautiful handmade fox pillow. Because she is such a darling, wonderful person, Taby also sent me not one, not two, not three, but four owl pillows.
I adore owls and I will cherish this sweet, handmade family of four. My daughter has tried to claim one or two, but I have told her that, while each one represents one member of our family, they are to stay together for now. Check out Tabetha's original contest post to see the other great prizes I won. I don't believe in saying, "I never win anything." I have won plenty of things just by trying and believing it can happen. Change your attitude and see what happens. That being said, I don't buy lottery tickets...but maybe I should.
One area that I didn't manage to fully clean before we left was my mess-magnet kitchen counter. I bragged about getting it cleaned up in this post not so very long ago. Unfortunately, clearing it off just makes it more attractive to family members looking for a spot to dump random stuff. That includes me. That's my notebook on the right.
Of course, when you return from a weekend away, there's always laundry to be done, and a mishmash of items to be put away, like my daughter's entertainment paraphernalia and the booze we didn't end up drinking.
Monday saw the other three off to school/work and me enjoying a quiet cup of tea before starting my own writing work.
Jolene took some time to chill after her busy weekend climbing those mountain steps.
I am trying to get back into reading "Simple Abundance" daily. I have been reading it for years, but I am inconsistent with it. To help me along, I have one copy upstairs, one copy downstairs and one at my parents' house. If you don't have a copy, you should really pick one up. Look for it a secondhand stores and library book sales.
Today, declare to the Universe that you are open to receiving all the abundance it's waiting patiently to bestow. Each day offers us the gift of being a special occasion if we can simply learn that as well as giving, it is blessed to receive with grace and a grateful heart.
"Simple Abundance" April 9th entry