I am just thinking

Many thought running around this sluggish brain today.  It is commonly accepted that we have about 70,000 (yes seventy thousand) thoughts each day.  Is it any wonder then I get confused?

Do not disturbSo today what am I thinking.

Last week Janet at http://thoughtstomull.com/ awarded me a Versatile Blogger Award.  Thank you for this Janet I really appreciate it and consider it an honour to have been nominated by you.

But I do have some concerns about awards (as do some other bloggers).  See this post from Lenore Diane at mythoughtsexactly.  We do love to receive acknowledgment from our peers, and I don’t even object worry about the part where one has to tell seven, eight or however many things about themselves.  No, what really worries me is having to select 10 or 15 others on to whom to pass the award.  Note – Since there are so many great blogs out there I find it difficult to select only a few.  In the past I have nominated everyone on my blog roll but I guess that is cheating! (This note was added after the post was published and in recognition of some of the comments).

So may I say thank you and graciously decline the award, knowing that I can’t accept it without the obligations that accompany it?  I hope that this doesn’t offend the donor.  That most certainly is not my aim.  I am working on being gracious in all areas of my life.  Some areas are easier than others.

Christmas bellsChristmas is rapidly approaching – only 15 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes and 30 seconds as I write this. Well many of you are a day behind us so you have 16 days etc etc.  Click here for the Christmas Countdown Clock.

I have been reading several posts about Christmas and how we celebrate,  We all have family traditions either of long standing or maybe only comparatively recently started.  One that we have in our family started almost half a century ago when my children were babes.  Each year we would select a gift for a child, wrap it and place it under the tree in a local department store.  This has been done now in three different countries in this world.  And we have carried on the tradition.  I still purchase a gift as do my daughter and family and my son and family.  The object has been to instil in the children (mine or theirs) that there is so much more to Christmas than receiving..

I have blogged about Christmas when growing up in London and Christmas in the southern hemisphere in the summer.  Christmas in the sunshine just doesn’t seem right somehow.  So I stick to the traditions, roast turkey and all the trimmings, Christmas pudding etc etc.  And sometimes the weather performs as it should in the summer and the temperatures soar.  But as our weather is so unpredictable who knows what Christmas Day will bring.

What are the traditions in your family?  I would really love to hear of them.

Yesterday was Thursday but I didn’t do lunches at the Hospice.  Instead I was asked to be part of a seminar for the administration staff.  Of course I agreed when they asked could I do something on Time Management.

Wman surrounded by paperI said “Yes I should be happy to do so” and I was until  I saw the Agenda for the day.  I was allotted 1.25 hours and the session was entitled Managing Multiple Projects, Objectives and Deadlines with a series of sub headings.

The Agenda was only circulated a week before the event so much midnight burning of candles oil went on in this house.

Of course the session went smoothly and was well received but for a little while I was concerned.

“To complain about a lack of time is like a fish in the sea complaining that it has a lack of water”
Judith Baxter
A short time ago I wrote about flat packs.  Some people hadn’t heard the expression before and they and others were kind enough to leave comments.  And for no other reason than I think it’s a great photo I give you…
Flat pack car
Flat pack cat
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13 thoughts on “I am just thinking

  1. 70,000 thoughts a day? I’m assuming that is per personality/voice, right? No wonder it is so noisy in my head.
    I’ve often wondered what it would be like celebrating Christmas in the summer. I suppose if it is all you know – it is all you know, much like all I know is Christmas in the winter. I did spend time in the FL Keys during the month of December one year. That was odd. Colored lights covering palm trees.
    Congrats on a successful time management presentation.
    I like your “just thinking” posts, and I appreciate you linking to my post.

    1. As I said even after all these years I still have trouble with a summer Christmas. Thanks for the kind comments and your welcome to the links.
      You may know that I took your advice and wrote about the tradition I started with my children and it is still continued today.

  2. That is a great cat picture!

    Congrats on the award, even if you didn’t accept it. I like to play along, but always had trouble picking blogs to pass it on to also, so I cheated and offered it up to anyone who wanted to participate. (I don’t display the award badges.)

    A Christmas tradition we have is to get the kids their own Christmas ornament for the tree every year. My parents started that when we were kids and their theory was that we would take them with us when we moved out, but she never gave them up 😉

    1. We did the ornaments with our kids and I had forgotten that. My daughter still does it each year with her boys.
      Thanks for the encouragement re the awards. I have now moved the awards that did show on the blog.

  3. I love the cat photo! I have great difficulty with spatial concepts…I’m generally not good at putting things together without detailed instructions!

    One Christmas tradition I remember fondly that my Grandma used to do in the 1970′s was called the Grab Bag. All her daughters had young families: after opening the gifts at Christmas time, the grandchildren would go to the Rumpus Room, where there was a big pile of brown paper bags in the middle of the floor. We would take turns “grabbing” a bag for our family, until they were all gone (it was fair, because all the daughters had a girl and a boy!). All through the year, Grandma would stock up on paper products, dime store items, and other small essentials that a family could use. She’d save grocery bags, and before Christmas, pack the items in them and staple them shut (in later years, my cousin Barb and I sometimes got to help her…that was fun).

    Wendy

  4. The awards are fun within our particular wordpress family but I agree they can be burdensome with compliance. You may regret the post, however. I am sure there is an “I Don’t Accept Awards” award.

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  6. Yup, I’ve chosen to ignore all the awards stuff because choosing 10-15 new bloggers sounds more like chain mail than acknowledgment of any kind to me…Cynical? Maybe…
    But this said, you deserve the recognition these probably indicated 🙂 !

    1. Sorry Elizabeth – somehow your comment was missed. I found it because I have now received several more awards and wanted to go back to read what I had written about awards. 😛

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