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Two Welcome Nudges

November 6, 2008

I have been completely out of tune with Special Moments for the past while – you might have noticed a lack of blog entries. 

Yesterday, my first nudge came from my gorgeous sister, who said she had been checking into the blog to see new entries and was disappointed each time.  It was lovely to hear that people out there like the blog.  I am still a reluctant blogger – it just feels weird.

The second nudge came yesterday morning at work.  (I got a fabulous new job working with children with learning difficulties in a special school in Kilkenny.  I give them reflexology treatments, and to say I love it is to understate how I feel about it entirely.  They are all really special little souls, and it is a privilege to work with them.) 

I was getting my case notes out of my bag, and out fell my Special Moments notebook.  Hmmm.  It has been underused of late – in fact completely forgotten about.  Well, always one to take a nudge, I had a few moments before my first client of the day, so I decided to write that mornings Special Moments in the notebook.  Result?  There had been many Special Moments that morning, and the moments I spent getting ready for my first client became even more Special because I spent them noting the Special Moments I had already had, which made me feel great!

Why, when we know that something is really really good for us, do we forget about doing it?  Why, when I know that something is really really good for me, do I allow myself to forget about doing it?

Hmmmm.  That’s the only answer I have to that conundrum so far.  If I get a better one, I’ll let you know.  If you have a better one, please, please, please let me know!!!!!

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day.



Sunshine – the elixir of life!!!

September 19, 2008

On Wednesday 17th September, here in the so-called Sunny South-East of Ireland, the sun actually shone!!!  I mean really shone – there was a strength and heat in it and it was nothing short of fantastic!!!  We have had clouds and rain and more rain and more rain all summer.  In the few short hours you could feel everything drying up, and the flowers and plants perking up and going “Ooooh, this is lovely!  This feels gooooood!!”

Well around here, it wasn’t only the flowers that perked up – so did I!  I don’t remember having such energy as I did on that day, and I was at home to boot!  I cleaned windows, did some gardening, studied, worked out at the gym, and generally felt absolutly amazing.  We cooked dinner on the barbeque and ate outside (we have only been able to do that a handful of times through this whole summer – very disappointing altogether). 

Yes - we really live a couple of miles from this view!

Yes - we really live a couple of miles from this view!

Then we finished up the day with a family walk in one of our local beauty spots and it was great.  Everyone was in good form.

The last rays of sun through the woods

The last rays of sun through the woods

When you have been without sunshine and then you experience it, you really realise how it helps lift our spirits, and when you feel good in your spirit, life feels great.  YOU feel great.

Wednesday really was a day choc full of Special Moments.  There was a lot of work in there too, but it all felt easy and effortless.

I am really delighted that I had the time and space to enjoy the sunshine on Wednesday!

Wishing you sunshine in your heart and countless Special Moments.



Yahoo!!! I love Routine

September 2, 2008
Waiting for the School Bus - 1st September 2008

Waiting for the School Bus - 1st September 2008

Its the first week in September and in this house that means back to school.  Back to school means that the whole house gets back into routine. 

I work from home, and so does my husband.  We absolutely love that, but in school holiday time it isn’t easy.

So in holidaytime, we have a great time, but by the end I always feel decidedly “muddy” in myself.  Why?  Because I have gotten out of my own routine, and I have let my daily positive habits go.

I am absolutely convinced that feeling good consistently in the everyday is as a result of the discipline of positive daily habits.  They just seem to  help me to keep my perspective positive, and then I feel better and enjoy life more – I experience more Special Moments when I am feeling good.  Back to my favourite quote: “We see things not as they are, but as we are” from The Talmud.

So this week I am in the business of getting back into my routine – oh, and trying to increase my clients, and clear the holiday laundry, and clean my house after a busy summer, exercise the dog (and me) more, and… and… and…

Easy does it… maybe I need to take a bit of time out tomorrow, don’t you think?  Might be too much of a shock to the system to get straight back – should take it easy.  Think I’ll call a friend and see if I can persuade her that she needs to escape for a cuppa and a chat!!!

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day.



Holiday times – Concentrated Special Moments

September 2, 2008

We are just back from a glorious week in Portugal, and it was a week of concentrated Special Moments. 

Now don’t get me wrong – it was not all perfect – far from it!  There were plenty of moments which felt very far from special!!!  That said, though, the magical moments far exceeded those few ‘pressure points’.  It was nothing short of glorious.

Oisin Murphy

Photographer: Oisin Murphy

My best moment was sitting by the pool on the second last day, watching the kids in the water, and I just realised – oh my God – I feel great!  My sparkle, my energy, my enthusiasm, its back!!!  Now that is worth any money.

Here’s to holidays.  I am now a firm believer that we all need a complete break regularly to recharge the batteries, and have a look at your life from a different perspective. 

So, I’m home, we’re back in routine, and I’m scheming to book our next break away!!!

Wishing you countless Special Moments in the holiday moments, but especially in the ordinary every day.



A Proud “Mammy” Moment!!!

July 14, 2008

Yesterday was a very proud day for me.  My second son, Ciaran, 10 years old, was featured in one of our national Sunday newspapers.  The story goes like this:

Ciaran loves books, and he has created a website for kids about books called  Anyway, he decided that he would love to have a review of a book published in the newspaper, so he wrote one and sent it off to the Sunday Tribune.  Well, the doors opened for him!  The editor emailed him and told him his timing was perfect – they were doing a feature on kids books, and they had looked at his website and thought it was great.  She got a journalist to phone to interview him, and they sent a photographer down to take pictures.  You can imagine the excitement!

Then we had to wait for Sunday to see the paper.  I won’t forget the thrill when I opened the paper for quite some time!  There was a fabulous photo of my Ciaran on the front page, and a full-page article on him inside, complete with his book review!!!

Ciaran was absolutely thrilled – his grin was so wide!!! 

If you’re interested, you can see the article at

Not your ordinary everyday Special Moment, but a very special moment all the same!!!

Wishing you countless special moments everyday.



Milestones in the Garden

July 2, 2008

The garden is coming along nicely.  Yesterday, I cut my first bunch of flowers from the garden.  They are so beautiful.  I have a peony, the only peony bloom this year – hopefully next year there will be lots more.  The scent is divine.  I have penstemons and alchemilla mollis and the first of my cosmos.  They are on my kitchen table and every time I see them it gives me a lift.  There is something so nice about cutting flowers from your own garden for the house.

There is lots more to come in the garden.  The annual flowers are only budding up now.  The sweet pea still seem a while off flowering.  My garden seems very late this year, but we have had so much wind that I reckon thats why everything is late.

The vegetable garden is coming along nicely.  Lettuce and spinach are fantastic.  We ate our first potatoes from the garden this week, and they were gorgeous.  Thumbs up from all the kids.  Our cabbage has been destroyed and slugs keep getting the strawberries before we do!  Courgettes, pumpkin, butternut squash and peas all coming along slowly.  I planted tall varieties of calendula in the vegetable garden and they are starting to flower now.  What a fantastic shade of orange.  They give me a lift whenever I notice them.

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day.



Update on the Chicks and Hens

July 2, 2008

Chicks really are like cartoon characters.  They fall over themselves and right themselves shaking their head just like Tweetie Pie, I promise you!

Our two chicks are fantastic.  We had to separate them and their surrogate mother from the rest of the hens, because the chicks were so loud and cheeky we reckoned they would drive the rest of the hens mad.  They are all together again now, and the chicks are fighting for their share of the food, even though their mam keeps a watchful eye and makes sure they get tasty morsals too.

Two of the new hens have started to lay eggs!  We are thrilled.  Hopefully they’ll all be laying very soon, and we’ll have 5 or 6 eggs every day.

Keeping hens is pure therapy – okay, cleaning out the hen house is not fun, but the hubby does that job! 

Watching the shenanigans as the hens fight over food, and the chicks fly into the food bowl and fall over themselves in the process has been great fun – and the eggs are fantastic too.

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day.




My favourite Quotes are from The Talmud

June 3, 2008

There is a quote that is my all-time favourite and it is from The Talmud.

“We see things not as they are, but as we are.”

Its all about perspective, and when I’m not feeling good I have a completely different perspective to the times when I am feeling good.  When I’m not feeling good (I haven’t been in a good space for the past few days), things upset me, and I tend to dwell on things.  My mind goes crazy.  I don’t talk very much, because my mind is so befuddled that I wouldn’t be able to choose which string of thoughts to say out loud!  Most of the talk in my head is negative, and I tend to give myself a very hard time.

So does this lead to Special Moments?  Absolutely not.  And the sad thing is that the Special Moments are still happening – I am just missing them completely.

So its back to basics for me.  Back to the discipline of my Special Moments lists.  It helps me to let go of the busy thoughts and the negative chatter, because it brings my focus back to the positive.

My second favourite quote is also from The Talmud:

“Every blade of grass has its Angel that leans over it and whispers “Grow, Grow”.”

I can just imagine our angelic cheerleaders up there, rooting for us! 

Wishing you countless Special Moments everyday, and a clear mind to enjoy them.



The Perfect Sunday!

May 20, 2008

I had the perfect Sunday this week.  Wait for it:

A lie on in the morning.  Then out to sing with the choir at the First Communion Mass, which was beautiful, and off to the parish hall to help with the teas – that was the sociable bit, and it was lovely to see everyone and catch up.

Then home where we cooked up a lovely big brunch.  After that I headed down to change into my gardening gear.  I was feeling a little discontent at this time.  You know the way – noticing all the things that weren’t done, and not even seeing all the things that were – have you been there?  I wanted to get lots done, but in truth I was exhausted and getting cranky.  When I started to change, the bed was beckoning.  Everyone was busy doing their own thing, so I climbed in – just for 5 minutes, you understand!  Now this is not something I normally do of an afternoon, but it might just become part of the routine!  It was fantastic.  I fell fast asleep for an hour or so, and woke up rejuvenated. 

Out into the garden I went.  While I was asleep – the others had been working!!!  Without me nagging them!!!  The henhouse had been moved into the newly built hen run.  Yahoo!!  At last!!  The hens had to be rounded up to be introduced to their new home – that meant a half hour running around the garden after them, which was brilliant fun.  Then off to move some of my plants to a new bed I am working on, and potting up some annuals that are ready for a bigger home.  Heaven!

Then, to top it all off, there was an Indiana Jones film on at 8, so the kids all showered and got ready for bed, and we all snuggled up to watch Harrison Ford for a couple of hours.  It was brilliant.  The kids are at the perfect age to follow it all.  It was hilarious actually!  Then the kids went off to bed, and we watched another film and drank too much wine – again!

Like I said – the perfect day for me!

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day.



Slow down, you move too fast…

May 12, 2008

Remember the Simon & Garfunkel song:

“Slow down, you move too fast.
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobble stones,
Looking for fun and Feelin’ Groovy.”

Yesterday I noticed a pattern – I am a “Doer” – by that I mean that I am constantly “doing” something.  I measure the day by how much I can achieve. 

So keeping busy and doing things and moving things forward is all very well, but I think it only hides the simple fact that I find it impossible to sit and “shoot the breeze”. 

Yesterday, Sunday, was a beautiful sunny day here.  We have had about 10 days of fantastic weather and that is so unusual for Ireland!  Well, of course, I was in my usual mode of making the most of the sunshine.  Does that mean relaxing and soaking up the rays?  Not at all – it means digging the garden, moving plants around, weeding vegetable beds and… and …. and…  The kids were playing around, but every time they asked me to come and do something I told them I was busy.  Is this stuff of Special Moments?  Not really.  This is the stuff of being like a robot – constantly moving forward and not allowing anything to take you off course.

Anyway, we had a barbeque in the late afternoon and I had a beer.  I was sitting enjoying the last of my beer.  I wasn’t “doing” anything.  Niamh was swinging on the swings, and she called to me to look at her show me how she could make herself go higher all by herself.  She was just delighted with herself.  Now THERE was a Special Moment!!!  I realised with a start that I have been forgetting to stop, pause, and see what there is about any moment that makes it special.

So am I doing any better today?  A little bit – and thats all it takes.  I need to re-train myself to slow down, and to spend some time just doing nothing – maybe its one of the paths to happiness!!!

Wishing you countless Special Moments.

With love,