In a Vase on Monday – good enough when not ‘in the pink’ 

You are enough, just as you are, right nowAnonymous

It’s been minus four all day both today and yesterday in Manchester (Mon 11th/ Tue 12th December 2017), it’s been gloomy but a biting wind. For a change, we swerved the heavy snow, hitting the Midlands instead, there was some snow on the hills that ring the city on Friday Night and during Saturday. We rarely get much more than a smattering of snow, where we live in #Monton, as it’s very flat, near canals and rather built up (the ground is too warm for snow to settle). Not that I’ve seen much of any snow, as I’ve been wiped out by a cold and in bed – my arthritis pain was a bit full on too. As usual My Chap has been looking after me 🙂 Still it could be worse, Cathy who hosts In a Vase on Monday at Rambling in The Garden in the Garden has a Vase of snowdrops and rose hips among rather deep snow this week. There are Northern and Southern Hemisphere contrinbutions so there’s always something lovely.

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12 December 2017 – In a Vase on Monday – rosemary, pelargonium and lavender in the Salford gloom

Today (Tue) I felt a bit better, so I wrapped up well and dashed outside, as I could see pink flowers on a very well sheltered hanging basket, and snipped a few stems. It was the trailing pelargonium (pictured in my blog header), I’ve managed to ‘over winter’ for five years now, along with another pink standard (non trailing) pelargonium. Also I found some lavender and did a little pruning of the rosemary that grows in the front garden and my mini bouquet was ready. I picked one of my mini jugs, partly because it had lovely pink roses on it, but also because I bought it at Bodnant Garden in North Wales in summer 2016. We got engaged there in the Rose Garden 🙂 Reminding me of sunny summer days 🙂

The picture frame and quote ‘you are enough just as you are right now‘ were used as a photo prompt for an Instagram Challenge I’m following from the Blurt Foundation (www.blurtitout.org) for December #blurtmerrycalmness. As it was so cold I took the photo in the porch at the front door; it has been a popular spot for photos recently as it gets the best light and is dry 😉

The photoframe and card represents DAY 7: WORTHY. I think it’s difficult at times to believe you’re good enough, especially if you’re ill and have long term health conditions. I’ve been working on accepting I’m enough. Mindfulness and affirmations help with this too.

You can follow my Instagram @Becinmonton and contributions from other people to #blurtmerrycalmnessyou can get involved too 🙂

Today’s prompt is COMFORT (DAY 12); it’s a picture of our ramen soup we had for dinner but of course, comfort comes from many things, not just physical aspects of life. Ive spoken before about how much IAVOM helps me – how flowers, plants and the great outdoors lift me.

About the Blurt Foundation – INCREASING AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING OF DEPRESSION

Blurt produce a range of resources for people with #anxiety and #depression including these Card Decks – 12 cards in each with affirmations (£8.95 if you buy them seperately). They suggest pulling them out, steadying your breath and reading the cards. These two cards ‘spoke’ to me today…

12 December 2017 – Press pause, You are enough and Believe in yourself cards – produced by Blurt Foundation

I received these cards as part of my monthly Buddy Box from Blurt. they describe the boxes as a Hug in Box. These can be ordered as a one off, monthly, for a friend or send a Random Act of Kindness (Blurt pick someone to receive a box who really needs it).

My December box is due this week – and it will contain The Selfcare Project written by Jayne Hardy, Blurt’s Founder and CEO. The book is published on 14th December and can be ordered on Amazon – Print, Audio and Kindle

The Self-Care Project: How to let go of frazzle and make time for you

I’m really looking forward to reading this book – the blog posts and resources from Blurt are excellent. I’ve written a few times about Blurt before – #blurtfoundation

I’ve got much ‘better’ at self-care over the last few years but there’s always new options and ideas. Selfcare, mindfulness, yoga, affirmations are part of my daily life now. I’m on a journey and I’m not at my destination yet.

Do you have favourite affirmations? What’s your #365daysofselfcare routine? Are you going to join in with #blurtmerrycalmness

By the way, I decided not to include any fuchsias in my vase to give you all a rest from them over the last few weeks, but there are a few flowers under the kitchen window sill. Have a look on #fuchsia to see more 🙂

I hope the weather is OK where you are 🙂

Carpe Diem

Love Bec xxx

*Note: I paid full price for the Buddy Boxes and haven’t been asked to write about them. I wanted tell my readers about the great work Blurt do – and see if anyone want to get involved in #blurtmerrycalmness

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13 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday – good enough when not ‘in the pink’ 

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    1. Bec Post author

      Thanks Keeley 🙂 give me a shout if you want to know more about mindfulness. it’s really helping me. There’s lots of guided meditations on the web and I have some books too. I really must blog about it but I’m far from an expert xx
      Hope you have a lovely Christmas and a great 2018. lots of love Bec xxx

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  2. Diana Studer

    My pelargoniums have to hunker down and over summer. When they get too embattled and leggy, I harvest cuttings, tuck them in, and start all over again.

    Pink flowers in life and on the jug make a pretty pair.

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    1. Bec Post author

      I’ve taken cuttings from my pelagoniums for the first time this year, so I’m hopeful for new plants (our main problem is that we have a tiny garden and no space for greenhouse or cold frame. fingers crossed for next year 🙂 I’ve got lots of pink and purple flowers in my garden 🙂 love Bec xx

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  3. Cathy

    Well done for timing your cold with such cold weather, Bec – hope both are greatly improved! Your pelargonium has provided a lovely splash of sunny colour amidst December’s chill and the other trimmings and jug complement it perfectly. Thank you for introducing me to the Blurt Foundation which I will look into for the benefit of someone I know. I am so glad you are finding it beneficial on your heaing journey. Can I also rcommend Louise Hay ‘You Can Heal Your Life’. In fact I will send you a copy – i buy spares so I can lend/ give them out. I will post it tomorrow (Mon)

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    1. Bec Post author

      I couldn’t believe the pelargonium’s were still flowering though they’re looking a bit sad now as we’ve had frosts a couple of times this week. I love the work of the Blurt Foundation and the Self Care book is just as good as I thought it would be 🙂 I’m reading it at the moment and will read the book you sent me next 🙂 it can this week thank you so much. Yes I’m getting there, it’s a journey and I’m hoping for a really good 2018. Take care lots of love Bec xx xx

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  4. Bec Post author

    I couldn’t believe the pelargonium’s were still flowering though they’re looking a bit sad now as we’ve had frosts a couple of times this week. I love the work of the Blurt Foundation and the Self Care book is just as good as I thought it would be 🙂 I’m reading it at the moment and will read the book you sent me next 🙂 it can this week thank you so much. Yes I’m getting there, it’s a journey and I’m hoping for a really good 2018. Take care lots of love Bec xx xx

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