12 Saturday Ponderings . . .

Jan 25, 2020

Quite quickly it seems the final weekend of January 2020 has arrived. Although the month was full of unexpected [insert thoughtfully considered noun to signifiy consternation]s, it was also full of sanctuary curation which welcomed more cosy, more calm and more infinite sources of continual restoration once the threshold is crossed.

On this Saturday morning, the rain steadily falls and gleans against the windows encouraging the home’s inhabitants to remain, to relax and to just be. In so heeding its recommendation, I stay inside with the boys snuggled beside and begin to type, but as a reminder to myself I have included the picture above as I have promised Norman we would head to the mountain this morning and go skiing once this post is complete (update! We made it to the mountain. ☺️).

1.But first, the classical music is turned on to fill the room and home, and as 2020 began this composition was introduced to me“Le Matin (Morning)”, Symphony #6 by Joseph Hayden (which also includes Le Midi et Le Soir).

2. The Dolly Parton Challenge.

Norman sees the most pic time on TSLL, so I thought I would give him the honors. 🙂 If you are curious as to how this all began, click here, and if you want to create your own, click here.

3. Over the past week and into next, enjoying the Australian Open. Cheering on Coco Gauff. Wow!

4.The importance of regular rest (read a more detailed post on deliberate rest here)

5. Speaking of relaxing, follow @sennarelax on Instagram for stunning Mother Nature shots

Many of the images are captured in Switzerland, but wherever @sennarelax takes his followers, his photography is spectacular.

6. Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature

Whether or not you have had the opportunity to make a trip to Denver, Colorado, to view the new Claude Monet exhibit (running through February 2, 2020), this recent CBS Sunday Morning segment shared more glimpses of what is certainly a sight to see if at all possible, but until we can with our own eyes, enjoy this video. I certainly did.

~View my trip to Monet’s Giverny here.

7. Shop Verishop and shop conscientiously

I was recently introduced to Verishop which is an online destination selling quality products from verified brands without the third-party intrusion. They offer free 1-day shipping, free returns and exchanges and they even have a Responsible Shop which is a boutique within Verishop selling items that are all cruelty-free, sustainable, philanthropic, organic, clean and fair-trade (you can shop by a specific cause if preferred). From clothing to beauty to home, find items you love and shop with peace of mind as well.

~Be sure to check out their sale and save 25% with SALE25.

When I saw they sold Cire Trudon candles, I took even more interest. 🙂

8. ABLEAnother Online Shop that IMMEDIATELY caught my eye for a variety of reasons.

ABLE is an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty. They’re deeply devoted to quality – both in the products they make and the quality of life they aim to provide. They invest in, train, and educate women so they can earn a living, break the cycle of poverty, and thrive. 

Rachel Utility Bag (three different colors)

9. Confession: My Real Reason for going to the bakery

Does anyone else step into a bakery partially, if not largely to simply savor the scent of freshly baked bread as a way to elevate to the tone of the day ahead?

10. Looking to add a pop of color to your winter outerwear?

11. If you like me are seeking change for the better in your life, save this quote and refer to it often.

12. Notes to self: Fill the birdfeeder

In a larger connotation, feed what you love, invest in what brings you joy and step away from that which drains your being. Life is far too short and there is far too much beauty and awesomeness to experience with an open heart.

Wishing you a lovely final weekend in January wherever you call home on our grand amazing globe.


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18 thoughts on “12 Saturday Ponderings . . .

  1. I enjoy all your posts, #9 looks like The Sparrow, and I’m with you, the smell is intoxicating. We enjoyed our morning there last year while visiting friends. Your mudroom is beautiful and I’m sure everything you do will be lovely additions to your home. Enjoy the day.

  2. I enjoy your posts immensely. I like your walks with Norman. My niece and brother live in Bend. It’s fun to see where I’ve been often!

  3. Thank you Shannon . Verishop and Able sounds appealing. Always on the lookout for new sources of sustainable products. Exclusion of a middlemen means you as the customer get a better price. Enjoy the snow with Norman❄❄😊

  4. Shannon – I’ve been so into Classical Music lately, and your recommendations have been great. Thank you for sharing this symphony as well as the Cellist in your previous post. If you haven’t already heard of them here is a couple you may want to check out https://www.brooklynduo.com

  5. Hi! I thought you said that you enjoy a certain brand yoghurt in your workday that keeps you satisfied. Was that you? Thank you!

  6. Thank you! I was intrigued because you said it could “hold” you for a bit. I’m always looking for easy for my work day when I haven’t planned my lunches very well that week. Thank you!!!!

  7. I have family in Switzerland and it really is my happy place. I am definitely going to follow the account you recommended just so that I can get me fix.
    Mind you, where you live looks absolutely stunning also; quite similar actually 😉

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