Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Twelve thoughts for Twenty Twelve

This is my 599th post, so my next post will be the 600th (I did the math myself, you know) and it will be properly celebrated with a giveaway for which the prize yet has to be created. I have an idea about what to make, so it shouldn’t take more than a few days.

The holidays have finally left our house. Usually I’ll clear everything away on the morning of January 1st unless we have company staying. Well, my parents left yesterday afternoon after a few days here (which was absolutely lovely (the visit, not them leaving, duh)), and now the holidays are officially over. The annual bling gifts from husband’s previous boss are safely boxed up which is good as they have snatched my favourite vest/jacket-garments more than once.

What I will miss is my new favourite table cloth inherited from mother.

It has been in my family for almost 50 years, just like me, which might explain my infatuation with the orange ladies.

I thought I might leave you with some thoughts while I watch the rain, letting my mind wander through the endless possibilities in my empty studio.

1. Small glitches make good stories.
2. Few things in life get 10 times better if you get 10 times more of them; quilts and grandchildren do (just assuming the last one.-).
3. Finding someone to care about besides yourself, whether it is a goldfish, a person or a group of ladies at the senior centre, can improve life way beyond your expectations.
4. Choosing to judge others by their best qualities rather than their worst makes your life more pleasant – and theirs.
5. If life is all about presentation, it might be an idea to look at the content.
6. Love is a fresh produce; it does not refrigerate well so you’d better enjoy it right now.
7. If you feel crappy, do something nice for someone else.
8. You should say “oh well, never mind” and let something go every day. No, I don’t mean health or personal hygiene.
9. Getting stuck is no problem as long as you know where to look for the key.
10. Holding on to bad stuff stops you from replacing them with good; flowers really do grow in manure.
11. Screaming at someone on the top of your lungs is fine – as long as you do it when you’re alone.
12. Principles are easy until you have to make difficult decisions.

See you back here for the 600th!


  1. It couldn´t be said better. You´re so right. Thank you for putting it in writing. That table cloth is really beautiful. Oh, and your post number 600 is very exciting!!

  2. Very nice post Nina Lise. Inspirational. And, I love your table cloth too. What a treasure.

    I hope you and your family have a very Happy & Healthy New Year.


  3. I try to accomplish #8 quite often. My middle daughter taught me that one by doing it herself. Sometimes it is hard, though.
    I hope 2012 is filled with all good things in your life - especially good health.

  4. I like #4 - and #11 is something I do often!!
    Do you have a picture of the tablecloth in it's entirety??

  5. You are a very wise woman. Thank you for the 12 on 2012... all true and hard to do.
    Hugs to you and Happy New Year.

  6. Congratulations on your 600 post,must be great.

    Happy New Year.

    The holidays leave our house after January 7.This week will be very busy,we are waiting the Wise Men.

  7. Fantastic list, I was laughing and nodding all the way, I particularly like the produce analogy. Congrats on almost 600!!! Beautiful tablecloth, you must truly cherish it. What stories that cloth must hold! xox Corrine

  8. Morsom post;med dine 12 idèer/utsagn:-)
    Og GRATULERER med 600 poster,flott altså og litt av en bragd!

  9. Nina, what a great post- I love them all- they are an excellent way to live.
    I love your bling and your tablecloth- I guess that I am a bit of a bling girl LOL
    Congratulations on reaching 600 posts. That is a wonderful accomplishment.
    Regards, Anna

  10. I like #4, too. Thanks for those thoughts today!

  11. Beautiful thoughts to live by. Wow, 600 posts and I have enjoyed each and every one of them. Lovely tablecloth made more beautiful since it has been in the family for 50 years.

  12. Thank you for the thoughts! They were all - well - worth a thought. Thank you also for your blog and congratulations on reaching 600 posts!

  13. Many good thoughts. What a special tablecloth.