Category: Feel GOOD!

Rain!

I’ve enjoyed the rain today! After the snow of the past few days, it seems to have gone slightly warmer around these parts, and I have just checked the temperature  – it is now zero degrees. So it is warmer!

I was waiting at a red traffic light after shopping this afternoon, and was watching the raindrops landing onto the windscreen. Each droplet spread out like a little multi point star, each one a tad different from the others. They brought to mind the Emoto experiment I mentioned on 20th November, and I realised just how much good the rain does for us. Not only was it watering all of the plants and gardens around the town, but it was also helping to clear away all of the snow that had settled as well.

I remember once walking to my parents house, which is about two miles away from where I live. It wasn’t raining when I set off, but I could tell that it was on it’s way. Nevertheless, I set off, on foot, with the frame of mind that I may miss it, but if not, I’ll only get wet, and I can soon get dry again. I was about half-way through my walk when it started to rain. A few more steps, the heavens opened, and I was caught in one of the most torrential downpours I have ever been in! I was soaked to the skin in a matter of minutes. But, I didn’t mind. The rain was fresh and refreshing. It was actually very invigorating being out in it. I found myself  thanking the weather because I felt that the rain was doing it’s ‘thing’ for me, to help me to feel refreshed and to feel good. I really felt at one with the elements that day. When I got to my parents’ house, I was soon dry. The skin on my face felt so much smoother than it usually does, and I had a rosy glow in my cheeks, which indicated that the rain had done me some good.

Today’s rain wasn’t as strong as that, but I still enjoyed it. One thing I missed with the rain today, but I think I only notice this when it rains in summer after a long hot period, is the fresh smell. I love the smell of the rain. Another reason why I like it!

Most people tend to complain about the rain, and I used to myself… but we couldn’t live without it. The weather fits in very nicely with the Law of Allowing. We can’t do anything about it, so why should we complain when it is not doing what we think we want it to? Allowing the rain allows us to focus on other things to feel good about. Complaining about it blocks our feel good path, so all we see is doom and gloom ahead of us.

I prefer the feel good route myself.

December already?

White Rabbits for December! (And with the current weather, very white!)

Where oh where has this year gone? It only seems like two minutes have passed since we were struggling with the snow in January, and now here we are at the other end of the year, yet pretty much in the same predicament!

OK, it isn’t as bad as January here (yet), but today, well this morning, I can honestly say I have never seen snow like it. We were literally in the middle of a white out. I’ve heard of this phrase before in a documentary about Iceland, and could imagine what it would be like there, but never in a million years did I think I would imagine it here – let alone experience it! I was looking out of the window in work as the snowfall became heavier and heavier and heavier. Within five minutes I could only see just outside the window, the distance had been replaced by white. Eerie begins to explain it. Luckily, it didn’t last that long, and everything started to fizzle back into view again. It was like watching a TV picture where the receiver was just slightly out of range of the transmitter. At least I’ve experienced something new again today! My brother, on the other hand, experienced another strange phenomenon (…) with the weather – clear blue sky, sunshine and snow – it was probably being blown in from that white out I was in the middle of! The snow certainly is a interesting topic of conversation at this current time…

Other news. I recently entered a limerick writing competition. Today, I discovered that I have won! Very pleased I am, and I’m now looking forward to receiving my prize, which is a piece of original artwork! I’ve been advised that it may take a short while to reach me due to the weather, but hey! I won! Not that I’m gloating or anything, but well done me! 😀

I’m going to have a good night’s sleep now. That is my reward for new experiences and winning ways. It was either sleeping or cleaning the bathroom. Even more proof of my rock’n’roll lifestyle! Rock’n’rollers must sleep or clean their bathrooms occasionally too, so I’m not that far off…! 😉

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There’s snow business like snow business!

It was forecast.

It was predicted.

It has arrived.

Woke up this morning and everywhere was covered in snow. Well, frozen snow to be exact. It must have snowed during the night, stopped, and then froze suddenly. The worse thing about this is how slippy it is in parts. Not in all places, but in a few. Usually where I decide to tread! I have to adopt that special walk when walking on a slippery surface – you know the one – back straight, legs tense, arms wide and tentative steps just in case. Touch wood, I haven’t slipped as yet, well on foot anyway – I did slide slightly when I was driving earlier.

We had a light snowfall yesterday. I would say it was more of a snowglide more than a snowfall. Small snowflakes drifting slowly downwards, some dancing around as they gently cascaded from the clouds. When they landed, they didn’t settle, but slowly dissolved away. I think they were performing – putting on a show to remind us how graceful and calming the weather can be, if we take the time to sit back and watch it.

In other parts of the country, the weather was putting on a completely different show. Snow again, but this time accompanied by crashing thunder and flashes of lightning. The snow in these parts, I believe, could only be described as a snowfall, and then a snow-wall as roads started to become blocked.

I’ve never personally witnessed thunder with the snow, but I did see a streak of lightning once, in a very heavy snow shower. Again, I thought the weather was putting on a show, as the lightning flashed as soon as I looked out of the window, another example of being in the right place at the right time to witness it.

The last time we had snow, we came to a standstill. Today, even though everywhere was frozen, it wasn’t as bad. We have been forecast heavy snow for tomorrow. I wonder what show we’ll get to see then?

I like to see everywhere covered in snow. Fresh snow, deep and crisp and even. Everywhere seems fresher, brighter, and strangely warmer. Obviously not tropical, but warmer. I suppose it’s relative. Another thing I notice when snow has settled, everywhere goes just a little quieter. I think I’ll put this down to people not liking to drive in the snow, and when they walk, they use the special snow-walk I described above. You definitely can’t talk and walk with the snow walk – concentration is a must!

I wonder if we’ll have a white Christmas this year? There’s always something special about a White Christmas. We’ll see…

Shh… I’m thinking!

I’m thinking ‘Shh’ is a funny word!

Actually, I wasn’t when I typed the title to this post, but I was as soon as I typed it!

Thinking of funny words, one of my all time favourite words is ‘phenomenon’! Not that it is particularly funny in itself, but it always reminds me of the song “Mahna Mahna”. I was a passenger once in one of my cousin’s car, with my cousin and his wife when I mentioned the word ‘phenomenon’ and we promptly sang the song, in its entirety, three times, replacing ‘Mahna Mahna’ with ‘Phenomenon’. To this day, I have no idea why I mentioned the word (it might have been the movie, but I’m not sure!). It was a fun ride though!

Singing in a car… I don’t do it very much nowadays, since another motorist beeped and waved at me while I was singing along to one of Shakespear’s Sister’s songs whilst waiting for the traffic lights to change from red to green. I wasn’t only singing – I was performing in my car! Shoulders bopping, arms reaching, air punching, chair-dancing in fact – I’d completely lost myself in the music, and if the other guy hadn’t beeped I’d probably still be there now. He was in the car beside me – not behind me – and I could tell that my dancing had impressed him. He gave me the thumbs up, and a huge smile. I smiled back and had to carry on dancing as the track hadn’t finished, but as soon as the lights changed to green, I quickly drove away. Chuckling. That’s another favourite word of mine. I chuckled as I drove!

When I started this post, I wanted to say that I am having a bit of a quiet day today, and nothing is coming to mind to write about, and usually in the quiet moments some kind of inspiration appears. I hadn’t even managed to type this when I thought that ‘Shh’ is a funny word… and look where that led me!

I’m sure there is some kind of chain reaction that occurs when we think. Tiny little sparks of randomness strike against each other, and make larger sparks, and before we know it the sparks have become such a huge thought that we need to somehow use it (them?) in whatever we are doing at that moment. And in use it, I mean either do something with it, or forget about it. I didn’t want to forget about my amazing mobile musical performances (which I had forgotten about until the sparks) so I added them to this blog. Which was meant to be about me thinking.

Oh, it is. I like it how things link together. Adds more evidence to the ‘everything is connected’ theory.

And that is something to think about! Only not today…

 

Laugh out loud!

…Or ‘Lol’ as it is evolving into!

What a great way to feel better! Laughter helps with any situation, at any time, if even for the shortest of instants. Life is too short to be serious all of the time, and I deliberately go out of my way to make my life as un-serious as possible. Not that I make myself into a joke or anything – but maybe I do. It doesn’t matter anyway (this comes back to the opinion thing; what anyone thinks is only their opinion, and it isn’t personal to me)!

I love lolling around, I really do! OK, this isn’t exactly the correct use of the term, but I love lolling and laughing out loud. Sometimes, I even do both together – now there’s a special treat to try! Lounge around watching a really funny movie – feel good on two levels! It really is amazing – and good exercise for the stomach muscles too. That ache you feel after laughing uncontrollably isn’t a bad thing – it’s just your body’s way of saying those muscles aren’t used very much – get more practice in!

I love it when I’m involved in one of those contagious bouts of uncontrollable laughter that stem from the most trivial – and perhaps not even remotely funny – event. Something sets someone off laughing, someone else can’t help but join in, and before you know it, you too are clutching your stomach shouting “Stop! Stop! I can’t take anymore!” but secretly hoping it will continue because it feels good. You are connected to everyone else in that moment.

I remember several years ago, I visited a pub with my brother and two friends. It was a Sunday night, and it was very quiet. We got a table on the balcony area of the pub, and there were only five others in there – one girl working behind the bar, a couple stood at the bar, and another couple sat in the other corner on the balcony, under the television. I mistakenly named a song ‘The ballad of Michael Caine’ rather than the correct title of ‘The ballad of Tom Jones’ (by Space featuring Cerys Matthews), and one of the others came up with the line “Don’t throw those bloody spears at me, boyo!”… and that was all it took. I laughed. More a kind of a random high squeal was coming out than a laugh sound, but I glanced to the person who had said the boyo line and he was slumped forward, his shoulders shaking back and forth uncontrollably. That was how he laughed. His laugh made me laugh. And my squeal made him laugh. We were feeding each other. I remember the couple under the TV saying something like “Someone needs to grow up”, but unfortunately that was the wrong thing to say. They made me laugh more. My brother and our other friend who were watching on in a kind of stunned silence crumbled – tears streaming down their faces. And, yes… they made me laugh even more. So now, I was squealing, one friend was shaking, and the other two were crying with laughter. As I came up for air, the girl who was on the bar was on the balcony collecting glasses. Well, she should have been… she was lying across one of the sofas, on her back, mouth wide open and laughing. The couple under the TV had now joined in too – and so had the couple at the bar. Everyone in the place was in fits of laughter. Ooh, that hurt. But what a night!

Whenever we meet up, we very often refer to ‘laughing Sunday’ as we called it.

It probably reads as though it is one of those events that you had to be there to experience it fully, but it was fun! I’d recommend it to anyone!

I also like it when I get a fit of the giggles in places where I shouldn’t. You know that you shouldn’t be laughing, but as hard as you try to keep it in, it just bursts out! I was at the cinema one night (again with my brother), unfortunately I don’t remember the movie, but before the movie began a girl tripped over the arm of the aisle chair in the row in front of us and stumbled into her seat. Her stumble was a classic comedy trip, she even laughed herself, but being polite, I tried not to laugh. In the corner of my eye, my brother was also trying not to laugh, but at the time I glanced toward him, he glanced toward me at the same time… and we laughed. He had to go outside into the corridor to gain his composure. Goodness knows how the girl felt in the row in front, but I’m sure she was laughing too. We weren’t laughing at her, I hasten to add – it was just unfortunate that she was involved in the situation we both found hilarious.

Like I say, I love a good laugh. It is definitely recommended to bring on better feelings! Lol!

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