Welcome To My World 🙃

It’s Monday Monday….and that just screams Share Your World over at Cee’s Place……she asks a few questions,,,you give a few answers and there you have it, getting to know me just a little bit better 🙃

Who was your best friend in elementary school? In an earlier blog post, Circle Of Friends, I touched on how moving around so much as a child, I never had the chance to forge many lasting friendships….with that said, I’d have to say my best friend in elementary school was my books….I spent many hours with my animal friends…..

What things could people do for you on a really bad day that would really help you? A smile goes a long way……and I have found that on Really Really bad days, a piece of dark chocolate works wonders…ok the whole dang thing on those Really Sucky Bad Days!!! 😁

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If you could make a 15 second speech to the entire world, what would you say? If we’d all just love and accept one another, instead of always trying to one up each other, what a wonderful world this could be….we’re more alike than different, we all bleed red. 

Would you rather be an amazing dancer or an amazing singer? Dance…I Love to Dance!!! 

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  I’m grateful to the dragonfly who’s path crossed with mine. (S)He reopened something inside of me last week,,(s)he definitely made a lasting impact……..I’m looking forward to some breaks in the rain so I can get some yard work accomplished. 

My Life In Trees 🌲🌳

So, the other day, over at   Share Your World, one of the questions asked was “if you were a tree, which would you choose? I chose Willow….after a few comments, I decided to look for my birth tree and my Celtic tree. I’m following Chris’s lead over at Chris’s Journaling Journey and sharing some info on ‘my trees’.

Find Your Birthday Tree

My Birth Tree is The Pine Tree (Feb 19-28 Aug 24-Sept02)

Pine tree signifies vivacity, inventiveness and life. You are passionate, but are very susceptible to distractions. This makes you not bale to finish things at times. You are always trying to improve your life and can come up with many ways to keep you and others interested. You like sharing whatever you have with others and get along fabulously with like-minded people.  

Pine trees and a pine tree forest, oh the lovely scent! I do believe this ‘fits’ me. 🌲

Find Your Celtic Tree

My Celtic Tree is The Ash Tree

Celtic Tree Astrology: The Ash Ash – The Enchanter
February 18 – March 17

Those born under the Celtic tree astrology sign of the Ash are free thinkers. Imaginative, intuitive, and naturally artistic, you see the world in water-color purity. You have a tendency to moody and withdrawn at times, but that’s only because your inner landscape is in constant motion. You are in touch with your muse, and you are easily inspired by nature. Likewise, you inspire all that you associate with and people seek you out for your enchanting personality. Art, writing (especially poetry), science, and theology (spiritual matters) are areas that strongly interest you. Others may think you are reclusive, but in all honesty, you are simply immersed in your own world of fantastic vision and design. You are in a constant state of self-renewal and you rarely place a value on what others think about you. Ash signs partner well with Willow and Reed signs.

This Is Totally Me. Spot On. That. Is. All.

Have fun and check out ‘Your’ trees and see how close they match you. And if your into books, this is a good one….The Healing Power Of Trees


Fairy Tale Friday….The Elves And The Shoemaker 👞

There are variations depending on the rendition of the story.

A poor shoemaker and his wife need money to pay the rent. He gives away the last pair of shoes he has to a needy lady. He has leather to make one more pair of shoes. He cuts out the pieces of leather, before going to bed, so that he can sew them into a pair of shoes on the morrow. Elves come in the night and make the pair of shoes which he sells for more than his asking price the next day. He uses that money to pay the rent, buy food and more shoe leather. He feeds a poor traveler…….

He has just enough money to buy enough leather for two pairs of shoes. He cuts the pieces of leather for two pairs, and retires for the night. The elves come, again, that night and make two pairs of shoes with the additional leather. He gives away one pair to a needy person and sells the other pair to a referral from the first customer who is immensely satisfied……
He buys leather for three and stays up to find the elves making the shoes. The shoemaker and wife make clothes for the elves the next day, but the elves are freed when given clothes, so they leave, and the shoemaker and his wife never see them again.

Fairy Tale Friday …The Steadfast Tin Soldier ♥️

“The Steadfast Tin Soldier” (Danish: Den standhaftige tinsoldat) is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen about a tin soldier’s love for a paper ballerina. After several adventures, the tin soldier perishes in a fire with the ballerina. The tale was first published in Copenhagen by C.A. Reitzel on 2 October 1838 in the first booklet of Fairy Tales Told for Children. New Collection. The booklet consists of Andersen’s “The Daisy” and “The Wild Swans”. The tale was Andersen’s first not based upon a folk tale or a literary model. “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” has been adapted to various media including ballet and animated film.

On his birthday, a boy receives a set of 25 toy soldiers all cast from one old tin spoon and arrays them on a table top. One soldier stands on a single leg, as having been the last one cast there was not enough metal to make him whole. Nearby, the soldier spies a paper ballerina with a spangle on her sash. She too is standing on one leg and the soldier falls in love. That night, a goblin among the toys in the form of a Jack-in-the-box angrily warns the soldier to take his eyes off the ballerina, but the soldier ignores him. The next day, the soldier falls from a windowsill (presumably the work of the goblin) and lands in the street. Two boys find the soldier, place him in a paper boat, and set him sailing in the gutter. The boat and its passenger wash into a storm drain, where a rat demands the soldier pay a toll. Sailing on, the boat is washed into a canal, where the tin soldier is swallowed by a fish. When the fish is caught and cut open, the tin soldier finds himself once again on the table top before the ballerina. Inexplicably, the boy throws the tin soldier into the fire. A wind blows the ballerina into the fire with him; she is consumed at once but her spangle remains. The tin soldier melts into the shape of a heart. ♥️

Fairy Tale Friday 🐰

This popped up in my newsfeed….as I love the story, a blog post was born and made ‘real.’

A stuffed rabbit sewn from velveteen is given as a Christmas present to a small boy. The boy plays with his other new presents and forgets the velveteen rabbit for a time. These presents are modern and mechanical, and snub the old-fashioned velveteen rabbit. The wisest and oldest toy in the nursery, the Skin Horse, who was owned by the boy’s uncle, tells the rabbit about toys magically becoming Real due to love from children. The rabbit is awed by this idea; however, his chances of achieving this wish are slight.

One night the boy’s Nana gives the rabbit to the boy to sleep with, in place of a lost toy. The rabbit becomes the boy’s favourite toy, enjoying picnics with him in the spring, and the boy regards the rabbit as ‘REAL’. Time passes, and the rabbit becomes shabbier, but happy. He meets some real rabbits in the summer, and they learn that he cannot hop as they do, and say that he is not real.

One day, the boy becomes sick with scarlet fever, and the rabbit sits with him as he recovers. The doctor orders that the boy should be taken to the seaside, and that his room should be disinfected, and all his books and toys burnt – including the velveteen rabbit. The rabbit is bundled into a sack and left out in the garden overnight, where he sadly reflects on his life with his boy. The toy rabbit cries and a real tear drops onto the ground, and a marvellous flower appears. A fairy steps out of the flower and comforts the velveteen rabbit, introducing herself as the nursery magic fairy. She says that because he is old and shabby and Real, she will take him away with her and “turn [him] into Real” – to everyone.

The fairy takes the rabbit to the forest, where she meets the other rabbits and gives the velveteen rabbit a kiss. The velveteen rabbit changes into a real rabbit, and joins the other rabbits in the forest. The next spring, the rabbit returns to look at the boy, and the boy sees a resemblance to his old velveteen rabbit.