Frivolous Friday: Clue, Scones, Seven Million Ants & Keeping a Journal
It’s Frivolous Friday!
Thought I would share some of the fun I squeezed in this week (in between all my portrait sessions and retouching work.)
Yep, this happened #1:
Just before I moved into full “house lock down” last weekend, I went to see a production of “Clue” at the Grand Tea Room – we enjoyed High Tea while watching an amusing murder mystery take place in the room around us.
It was a fun adventure and at the time we didn’t realize it would be our last outing for what may be months…
The food was amazing! When things get back to normal I definitely recommend you go enjoy their High Tea!
The attention to detail and quality of everything was just amazing….
(My fav was Professor Plum’s Goat Cheese, Plum Sandwich and Miss Scarlet’s Strawberry Salad – but I gobbled it all~)
And how clever were their desserts…?
But. Here’s what happened next:
I was too full to eat my desserts so I asked for a little to go box to bring them home…
I’ll admit that I felt pretty smug that I was going to have the best morning coffee break EVER. Yum!
Well…here’s the bad news: somewhere between 10:15pm when I got home and 5:00am when I got up the next day
about 7 million ants found my precious dessert box sitting on my kitchen counter.
Not only did I lose my desserts, I also spent an hour cleaning up ants…and they were in such a frenzy they were crawling up my arms and going crazy…..eek and waaaaaa….!
I forgot to take a photo of the cookie and scone devastation or the 5 inch wide ‘ant freeway’ running across my whole kitchen floor and up to the counter top,
but I did remember to get out my camera the next day when the ants appeared again in my spice cupboard trying to slurp up one teeny drop of honey on the lid of my honey bottle….eek!
I knew right away what to do and ran to the store for the best ant solution on the face of the earth: Terro Liquid Ant Bait
All you have to do is just put out a trap and the ants go on a feeding frenzy for about 12 hours – while you watch amazed. They eat and most importantly, they take the poison back to their nest.
The next morning every single ant will disappear and they won’t return again. Whew!
(But I’m still mourning my desserts because they won’t return again either….waaaa…I can’t begin to tell you how desperately I needed a scone!) 😉
Yep. This happened #3
I listened to a podcast that suggested that keeping a journal can help you process the experience and feelings of a stressful event.
Ever notice that after you tell a friend about something stressful, that you feel better?
This is a proven fact!
Journaling can be a great stress reducer through organizing one’s thoughts, clearing one’s mind and facilitating problem solving. – by writing a narrative you will lower your stress.
It can also help you find meaning and bring peace…
So I thought I would start a little journal of what it was like going through the Covid 19 scare.
Because I’m visual and a photographer – I knew my journal had to include photos so I did a little searching and found an app called “Collect” it allows you to add photos and journal entries for each day of the year.
It’s beautifully organized in a calendar format – so you can easily pop back to any day you want to see what you were thinking about.
You can type in just a title or write paragraphs – whatever you want. (The app also gives options to export photos for later printing – something that social media doesn’t do)
This is a little screen shot – so you can see what it does in case you want to try it too!
A couple other things I liked about this app is that you can do multiple albums so each of your kids could be compiling their own separate journal,
and you can use the microphone to dictate your story.
I started my photo journal six days ago — here’s one of the photos I posted to my journal:
These are the guys that share my office with me and six feet of separation isn’t really working.
They enjoy crowding and are in charge of general household happiness, help remind me to take breaks and are pleasant to have around because they are quick with a smile and a wag !
My post from yesterday was this beautiful hedge of daisies – I spotted it on my walk and it was such a joy to see the sun shining on it. It was great to get outside after so much rain – this was the highlight of my day!
Here are a few ways that keeping track of our thoughts, feelings and experiences can reduce stress and lead to a more balanced life:
Journaling serves as an emotional release and forces you to check out on everything else and focus on you.
It’s one of the best ways to clear your mind and get in touch with your thoughts and feelings.
It forces you to focus on internal awareness of the present and process thoughts and emotions in the here-and-now.
By gaining this focus, one might be better able to obtain clarity around what is most important to them and reduce their stress.
Journaling can reduce stress by helping one get rid of negative thoughts.
Journaling has been shown to improve physical health.
Journaling helps with problem solving. One of the best ways to set goals is to write them down on paper along with your hopes, plans and ideas.
Writing down your problems and being able to reflect on them can inspire you to think and write about possible solutions.
There are no rules when it comes to starting or maintaining a journal. It’s important to find a routine that works for you, whether it’s once a day, once a week or once a month.
So what do you think?
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