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Carry on luggage- the struggle to travel light

I've found this person has pit a lot of work into keeping this info up to date. Some airlines have begun to charge for carry on luggage, so keep an eye out for that as well.

http://travel-made-simple.com/carry-on-size-chart/

Tough days

You know the days, the days your eyes won't open dispite your commanding them to? The days when everything you thought was together is all over, and falling apart? Those are the days to remember you are not alone. You are not the only one to have tough days, and the sun is still shining out there somewhere.

Everyone has tough days. You can plan, minute by minute but things still come up in this universe of ours. None of this means that there is something wrong with you. This is just the universe doing its thing.

These are the days you feel like giving up, throwing in the towel, saying enough is enough. But what if it wasn't? What if this was just a blip on the road to open your eyes to a new idea, a new perspective? We are all so busy seeing what WE are doing in our own little corners, like squirrels burying nuts in autumn that we lose big picture focus. We tell ourselves this is dumb, this is getting worse, I will never end up where I want to end up. That's when we need to remember this one quote:
"Forget all the reasons it won't work and believe the one reason that it will." Author Unknown ( this guy is sure reponsible for a lot of quotes, eh?)

50 things that matter...

This too was an early email that I received that seemed so worthwhile that I have saved it for very many years. Again, I have no record of the author but hats off to them for taking the time to put this together. It is worth the read regularly to remind us what really matters.

1. Listening enough to care and caring enough to listen.

2. Being a dreamer but not living in a dream world.

3. Saying "It doesn't matter" and meaning it.

4. Being a positive influence in any way possible, to as many as possible, for as long as I possibly can.

Anonymous notes to parents by child

http://www.hrs.org.nz/fostercare/Files/Don't%20Spoil%20Me.pdf

Don’t spoil me. I know quite well that I ought not to have all I ask for, I’m only testing you.

Don’t be afraid to be firm with me. I prefer it, it makes me feel secure.

Don’t let me form bad habits. I have to rely on you to detect them in a early stage.

Don’t make me feel smaller then I am. It only makes me behave stupidly "big"

Don’t correct me in front of people, if you can help it. I`ll take much more notice if you talk quietly with me in private.

Don’t make me feel that my mistakes are sins. It upsets my sense of values.

Don’t protect me from consequences. I need to learn the painful way sometimes.

Don’t be too upset when I say "I hate you". Sometimes it isn't you I hate but your power over me.

Don`t take too much notice of my ailments. Sometimes they get me attention I don't need.

The day you invite company over

Why is it that the day you invite company over is the day you find a million small jobs you meant to do?
You wipe the kitchen counter and encouter the shack of paper you've "bin guna" deal with for quite some time. You hear the time management professor in your ear whisper touch each piece of paper only once, and wonder how all this paper made it to your house, nevermind your counter, uninvited. There's a card for a comedy show I thought we MIGHT want to attend. Information I MIGHT want to look through from an organization we belong to, make that 2 small stacks from 2 organizations. A flyer that MIGHT have something useful in it... And on it goes. The game I was making but ran out of sticks, bought more sticks but never finished the game. A random screw, a zipper pull I might need one day, amongst a miriad of items that just didn't quite get put away, either because they have no fixed address yet or something distracted me along the way.

I take a deep breaths, grab an armload and wander thru the house like a foraging bumble bee searching for the sweet nectar of a home for stuff and sweet freedom from the burden of my random possessions that take time and energy to look after.

In my mind is a battle: No it must be useful to someone. I can't possibly throw it away. What if I need it?

Ok now I'm sounding like a hoarder.

Rainy Day Wondering and Wandering

Rainy days
They give us time to pause
To consider
To plan
To breathe

Then to move to action

If we don't have to go to work, we can pause a moment in bed to consider
What are we doing?
Why are we doing it?
Is it part of our plan or are we just going through some motions, or "shoulds" that we've burdened ourselves with.
Who does this matter to? What part does it play in our plan? Is it the best approach, or would something else work better?

Have we decided what we want, even long term, or are we just blowing in the winds of life? It's chilly. I need a blanket...
What life DO we want? Have we talked about it? Have we talked enough about it? Is it time to revisit it?

There is a time and a place for going with the flow, no doubt. Life is full of shoulds that are always given to us. We must cope with those. But in the busy work, are we losing connection to what really matters?

This is where a list can help. Write what matters, and the steps, baby steps you are prepared to make to move in the direction of your big picture, your dream, your hope.
Sometimes, even little things we want to change may require many other little things to fall in place, no to be put in place , by US. Other things can go next to our priorities. Often, they can be postponed indefinitely if we really look at them.

So my daughter said this on Facebook, and I replied.

I liked what she said, but I wanted her to know that we didn't need to take on Herculian tasks to get the job done.

She said: "If you have not been watching Cosmos, you should. Tonight's episode made me feel even more powerfully, that we must stop sitting around saying how much we want change, but to be catalysts for change.

Never be afraid to make use of existing knowledge

http://creativewithkids.com/printable-kids-packing-list-with-pictures/

Whe you see great content don't be afraid to copy the URL and paste it here so you can find it again! Above is a great link to keep to help your kids know what to pack as it includes pictures.  Keep it handy, and find other good links to save here.

Being prepared in a storm...

Do you have a safe spot in your home for a storm situation? I recently realized I had everything but it was scattered all over the house. We live in an area that is fairly blessed with seasonal average weather, but from time to time we experience severe winter storms and in summer, threatening thunderstorms that bring tornado warnings... We had such a warning just last week. As my Neighbour and I were heading into the Big City my husband phoned and said, get into the basement together, there's a tornado headed for Little Town!

So we reluctantly turned around and headed into our basement. It's nicely finished and comfy with a family room, and we had a few years ago decided that for nice steady temperature, peace and quiet, and more space, we'd move the master suite downstairs as well. Going to the basement was no hardship...

But then I started to think... Ok meds are in the ensuite. Check. Bottled water in the garage, ran and got that. Flashlights and candles and (old style, straight to the wall, no electricity required) phone were all up in the upstairs back closet, so I ran and grabbed that. Also, the back up electricity and surge protector device was upstairs in the office so I grabbed that and cords for the cell phones as well... And my new laptop! And the radio that required batteries was in the back closet too, and batteries stored elsewhere...

Spring storm!

There is nothing like a blustery looking day to make you fly through mowing the lawn in the hopes of being done before the rain hits... The big black clouds tease you into thinking the rain is finally going to fly. Just in case, I set the sprinklers up and turned them on. Sure enough, less than an hour later, the rain begins to fall- for about 30 seconds. So I continue to water. Moving the sprinklers around is relaxing for me. It makes me feel good to know I am giving all my my plants what they need. And if it does rain all night long, there's really not a problem. Except for the water bill if you leave the tap on all night! So I'm going out to shut mine off right now...

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