Cozy Little House https://cozylittlehouse.com LIFE IN A SMALL APARTMENT IN THE CITY Sat, 23 Jan 2021 15:58:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 A Little Girl In A Sleepy Town https://cozylittlehouse.com/2021/01/a-little-girl-in-a-sleepy-town.html https://cozylittlehouse.com/2021/01/a-little-girl-in-a-sleepy-town.html#comments Sat, 23 Jan 2021 15:58:16 +0000 https://cozylittlehouse.com/?p=225630 In a flat windswept town small enough to be called sleepy, a little girl lived in the countryside within a big fenced yard that encircled the property. There was a tall heavy gate that had...

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In a flat windswept town small enough to be called sleepy, a little girl lived in the countryside within a big fenced yard that encircled the property.

There was a tall heavy gate that had to be opened to get outside the yard. And beyond that a two lane highway with cars whizzing past.

Three dogs and numerous cats kept her company. And she spun stories and made the pets characters during play.

Then she turned six and had to go outside the gates to an elementary school a few miles away. It was hard to imagine life beyond the big gate. A place she had to go five days a week.

That’s when everything changed.

It was there among all those children that she realized how different she was.

The children were loud and this made the little girl cringe. She didn’t like unexpected noises.

These children played on the outdoor equipment and raced one another. They played hopscotch and marbles and jacks. Their voices outside were unrestrained and loud.

Mostly she stood in a place backed up to shadows where she could watch them.

She wished that she’d never had to walk through the doors to the little brick school.

Going to school spoiled everything. It took away what she knew and relied on. Laid bare a truth she’d rather not have questioned.

It made her realize that really old ladies like her “mama” weren’t really parents. They were grandmas or great-grandmas.

This was apparent when she watched the children being picked up by much younger women with belted dresses and pretty shoes. And sometimes men dressed up for work.

Relatives sometimes came to visit and brought their children. They had two parents, but she had thought maybe that was an anomaly.

Once she went to school it all began to unravel. She realized that she was the anomaly. The one who stood out from the others.

Like hornets gathering in a nest, questions began to fill her head and she wondered if she dared to ask them.

Her “mama” didn’t like her asking questions. It made her angry and she would gaze up above the little girl’s head to some other place and time.

And so she was a quiet child, never causing trouble because that meant being noticed. She didn’t like people looking at her. It made her face feel too warm.

From an early age she yearned to be invisible. Then she could walk through town like a ghostly presence. She could see them but they couldn’t see her.

And then no one would have questioned who the small child was walking between the two old women.

Instead of looking at her she wished they could look straight through her to the other side.

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What I’m Listening To, Reading & Watching 1/22/21 https://cozylittlehouse.com/2021/01/what-im-listening-to-reading-watching-1-22-21.html https://cozylittlehouse.com/2021/01/what-im-listening-to-reading-watching-1-22-21.html#comments Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:29:45 +0000 https://cozylittlehouse.com/?p=225588 I am listening to a new-to-me piano artist and her music is beautiful. This CD is called Porcelain. I know it looks like the top of the plastic cover is broken, but it isn’t. Apparently...

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I am listening to a new-to-me piano artist and her music is beautiful. This CD is called Porcelain.

I know it looks like the top of the plastic cover is broken, but it isn’t. Apparently they wanted the cover to look perhaps like broken porcelain?

The artist is Helen Jane Long. In Porcelain, there is a bit of cello by another musician, as well as some guitar and violin. But it’s just the right amount to create a moody ambiance to her piano music.

Here is the Amazon page where you can see her other CDs. Here is her website where you can read more about her if you wish.

From Her Website:

Helen Jane Long has a very signature sound yet remains undefinable. The impact of her piano music on the world is evident by the fact that Helen Jane Long is the highest streaming female pianist and composer in the world.

Born and raised in Hampshire, Helen was playing piano by ear aged four.  

Her ability to recreate the sound she heard quickly became one of the cornerstones of her composing career as she taught herself to play many instruments in quick succession.

In 2006, three days after sending in a demo to Warner music, she was offered a record deal and released her first album, “Porcelain” (2007).

What I’m Reading:

I’m reading “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate. The book swings back and forth between 1939 and the current day.

A family of children is swept up by the notorious Georgia Tann, an American child trafficker.

It is heart-wrenching.

Georgia Tann:

(July 18, 1891 – September 15, 1950) was an American child trafficker who operated the Tennessee Children’s Home Society, an adoption agency in Memphis, Tennessee.

Yes, this ugly truth did in fact happen.

Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth.

As I’m reading this book, I wonder how close I actually came to being part of all that when I was six weeks of age. Read more about that here.

What I’m Watching:

A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car.

No. of episodes: 44 (list of episodes) No. of seasons: 4

What are you listening to, reading and watching?

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Who Is Amanda Gorman? https://cozylittlehouse.com/2021/01/who-is-amanda-gorman.html https://cozylittlehouse.com/2021/01/who-is-amanda-gorman.html#comments Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:30:37 +0000 https://cozylittlehouse.com/?p=225531 If you watched or saw any footage of the president’s inauguration on January 20, then you probably saw 22 year old Amanda Gorman read her poem, “The Hill We Climb.” She was the youngest poet...

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If you watched or saw any footage of the president’s inauguration on January 20, then you probably saw 22 year old Amanda Gorman read her poem, “The Hill We Climb.” She was the youngest poet selected for the honor.

Amanda is a graduate of Harvard University (2020). She was named the first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, when she was just 19 years old.

It’s hard to believe, but this young woman dealt with a speech impediment until 2-3 years ago. She said she overcame it with a musical about American history. As recent as her college days she was still struggling to say the “R” sound.

So she would listen to the song “Aaron Burr, Sir”, which is packed with R’s. And she would try to keep up with Leslie Odom, Jr. as he was performing his amazing rap.

She told herself: “If I can train myself to do this song, then I can train myself to say this letter.”

This lovely, beautiful and poised young woman performed magnificently. Everyone was in complete awe of her.

Who Is She?

Afterward on social media, everyone was asking about this talented young woman. “Who is that young woman?” they kept asking.

She said the ring she wore while reading her poem Wednesday was gifted to her by Oprah Winfrey. It depicted a caged bird in honor of the late poet Maya Angelou.

As soon as she began speaking, her voice lilting and so beautifully earnest, I thought to myself: A star is born.

You could detect no traces of a speech impediment.

Her Dreams:

Which just goes to show you that if you want and believe in something strong enough, you can overcome your fears.

She had already been asked to perform at the inauguration, but when the insurrection on the Capitol occurred Jan. 6, she adjusted her poem to further reflect the country.

“I felt that was the type of poem I needed to write and the type of poem the nation and country needed to hear.”

Amanda spoke for nearly six minutes while the crowd sat in complete awe of her.

Amanda Gorman became the youngest person to deliver a poem at a U.S. presidential inauguration, with the 22-year-old reciting her poem “The Hill We Climb” after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as president and vice president.

Gorman spoke for nearly six minutes. 

Poem Excerpt:

Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed
a nation that isn’t broken but simply unfinished
We the successors of a country and a time
Where a skinny Black girl
descended from slaves and raised by a single mother
can dream of becoming president
only to find herself reciting for one

Amanda’s Background:

Amanda grew up in Los Angeles with her twin sister, Gabrielle as well as another sibling.

Their mother, Joan Wicks, is a teacher who raised her children as a single mother. Joan holds a master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University.

Amanda said her mother’s teaching career was an inspiration for her.

Youth Poet Laureate:

At age 16, Amanda was named the Youth Poet Laureate for Los Angeles. The very next year she published her first collection called “The One For Whom Food Is Not Enough” in 2015.

Amanda’s Activism:

Her work focuses on issues such as oppression, feminism, race and marginalization.

She founded One Pen One Page in 2016, a non-profit organization that gives young writers a platform to tell their stories.

Amanda said that she was largely granted free rein over the poem she read at the inauguration. But she was encouraged to highlight unity and hope.

The Biden team also recommended that she stay away from anything that might sound like they were celebrating the end of President Trump’s tenure.

Her Published Books:

Amanda has two new books that she expects to be released with Penguin Random House in 2021.

One of the books is a collection of poetry that shares a title with “The Hill We Climb.” She has also written a children’s book called “Change Sings.”

She said on social media that she wanted the book to be a “children’s anthem to remind young readers that they have the power to shape the world.”

Almost a decade ago Amanda was still a student in Los Angeles. She spent her days reading Toni Morrison and writing in her journals. She dreamed of one day becoming a writer.

Her Future:

I think we’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more from this talented young woman in the near future.

You can find out more about Amanda on Instagram and her website.

The full poem she read can be found here from an article by CNN.

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And With The Light We Begin To Feel Hopeful https://cozylittlehouse.com/2021/01/and-with-the-light-we-begin-to-hope.html https://cozylittlehouse.com/2021/01/and-with-the-light-we-begin-to-hope.html#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2021 16:37:18 +0000 https://cozylittlehouse.com/?p=225504 Yesterday evening when I watched the lighting ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, it wasn’t dark here yet. So I placed a candle where I could see it from where I was sitting and...

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Yesterday evening when I watched the lighting ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, it wasn’t dark here yet.

So I placed a candle where I could see it from where I was sitting and watched the ceremony.

“Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.” – Gary Zukav

I sat here and silently cried during the whole thing, which I think was about an hour.

Few words were spoken, which was appropriate. Because it was about the people we’ve lost that no longer have a voice.

When the lights came on my heart lifted a little.

“Live your life from your heart. Share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people’s souls.” – Melody Beattie

There are already over 400,000 families out there grieving.

They say by mid-February there are likely to be 500,000 dead in the US alone. In one year. In one unbelievable year.

There are so many trying to come to grips with losing a loved one. Who are torn apart inside because they could not even sit and hold their hand.

There was no one there to see them to the other side.

“Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.”― Marianne Williamson

And so I watched the short ceremony with a sense of hope as the lights lit up the darkening sky.

“In time, in time they tell me, I’ll not feel so bad. I don’t want time to heal me. There’s a reason I’m like this. I want time to set me ugly and knotted with loss of you, marking me. I won’t smooth you away. I can’t say goodbye.” ― China Miéville

A couple of days ago I saw this video on Twitter. It depicts a Trader Joe’s store in Oregon, where a manager is trying to keep a group of unmasked people out of the store. They fight him in every way.

You can see elderly people leaving the store, masked, and looking on in bewilderment and fear.

When I watched it I just kept thinking: Why?

Below is the video.

Video of Trader Joe’s manager telling an unmasked group they can’t go inside. It has gone viral.

“A bridge of silver wings stretches from the dead ashes of an unforgiving nightmare to the jeweled vision of a life started anew.” ― Aberjhani

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Lighting Ceremony To Honor COVID-19 Victims https://cozylittlehouse.com/2021/01/lighting-ceremony-to-honor-the-covid-19-victims.html https://cozylittlehouse.com/2021/01/lighting-ceremony-to-honor-the-covid-19-victims.html#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2021 16:22:55 +0000 https://cozylittlehouse.com/?p=225486 The sun is shining and the wind must be blowing a bit, because I hear the three wind chimes just outside the French doors rustling. Yesterday Ivy jumped over from the desk toward the living...

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The sun is shining and the wind must be blowing a bit, because I hear the three wind chimes just outside the French doors rustling.

Yesterday Ivy jumped over from the desk toward the living room floor and knocked off one of my three blue bottles that were on the cupboard.

When she jumps she usually is able to clear objects underneath her.

Losing It:

I watched as it splintered into pieces all over the floor.

I’ve only had three blue bottles and two of them I had to buy on Etsy. I cherished those blue bottles and always had them on display. Now I’m down to two.

Ivy got yelled at, really yelled at, and I wish I hadn’t done that. She went running somewhere in the apartment.

Calming Down & Being Sorry:

After I got it all cleaned up I sat down with Charlie.

I called for Ivy, over and over again. But she wouldn’t come to me.

I realized I’d frightened her and felt terrible. So I got up to find her to try and comfort her.

I petted her and told her it was okay and I was very sorry for yelling at her.

Forgiven, I Hope:

After a time she must have forgiven me, because she came out from her hidey hole and laid down on the couch.

Things, material things, are often important to us and we are stricken when they’re destroyed. But nothing is worth more than my babies.

We can replace material things, but not our precious babies.

Lighting Ceremony:

This evening is the lighting of the memorial for all the COVID-19 victims who’ve died. I’m so glad to see them acknowledged and honored. I’ll probably try to watch it online.

COVID-19 has killed nearly 400,000 Americans in less than a year and infections have continued to mount.

Though Washington, D.C. is at a heightened level of security after the January 6 riots, the memorial will feature a lighting around the the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. 

Remembering Them:

Attending the event will be president-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, along with Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris and husband Douglas Emhoff.

They will all participate to light the reflecting pool of 400 lights to honor lives lost to COVID-19.

This is the first-ever lighting around the reflecting pool at the Lincoln Memorial.

Lights Across The Country:

The Empire State Building in New York to the Space Needle in Seattle are also scheduled to be illuminated.

In addition, hundreds of towns, cities, tribes, landmarks and communities all across the country have also committed to joining the tribute in a national moment of unity.

I will light candles around my apartment in support.

Flip House News:

Oh, I almost forgot. Kendra sold her flip house and is now working on the next one.

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House Cleaning Chores, Etc. https://cozylittlehouse.com/2021/01/house-cleaning-chores-almost-done-plant-watering.html https://cozylittlehouse.com/2021/01/house-cleaning-chores-almost-done-plant-watering.html#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2021 16:09:51 +0000 https://cozylittlehouse.com/?p=225450 It is a gray and dreary day outside. Cold too. It’s been colder this winter than any winter I recall since moving here nearly 10 years ago. There is virtually no wind this morning, which...

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It is a gray and dreary day outside. Cold too. It’s been colder this winter than any winter I recall since moving here nearly 10 years ago. There is virtually no wind this morning, which is a bit unusual.

I’ve fed the babies and dispensed medication. Charlie has decided not to eat his pill pocket treats with his medication in it. So I am forced to ram it down his throat. I just hate this, but I’ve tried those pill pusher things and he manages to evade the pills no matter what I do.

I’ve tried ordering different flavors of pill pockets, but he still doesn’t want them. So though it makes him mad, and sometimes I cry while I’m doing it, I do what I have to to get the job done.

However in the evening before we go to bed he will actually eat the pill pocket with his medication in it. I can’t figure out why he will take it then but not during the day.

Shopping For Seeds:

Yesterday I shopped online for seeds at Renee’s Heirloom Seeds and Johnny’s Seeds. I would just order everything from Renee’s, but she doesn’t have those beautiful gold zinnias that Johnny’s has that I so love.

I kept things in my online carts and will probably switch things up before I actually order. Because I like to think about things and look at my pots outside to figure out what all I need before I actually place the order.

I did get some chores done. The refrigerator is sorted out. And the one closet where I keep my clothing, shoes and most everything else has been cleaned out.

Household Chores To Tick Off My List:

At the back on the outer wall of the closet I saw either mildew or mold. It was dry to the touch. I made sure not to shove anything back against it and will have to get Clorox.

Then I got my granny cart out and wheeled about five heavy loads down to the dumpster. Since much of it was really stuff someone could use, I stacked those things outside the dumpster in full view of the road so someone would see it.

I always feel better after I get these jobs done. You can’t live in a one bedroom apartment and not have to de-clutter and get rid of things fairly often. At least I can’t.

What I’m Listening To:

I am listening to Paul Cardell. It is a 2 CD set.

Today I might start in on the other bedroom closet where Ivy’s litter box is. There isn’t as much to be done in there.

Hulu Shows:

I only have one more episode of Apple Tree Yard to watch tonight. Then I’ll have to find something else to watch for my one hour of TV each evening, because I don’t turn the TV on during the day.

I was loving DCI Banks and thought there were more episodes. But then I saw I’d reached the end and felt a bit sad. It’s like saying goodbye to an old friend when you’ve been watching a show’s series for months.

And two token photos of the babies. They’re having their morning nap right now so I won’t disturb them to take extra photos.

When Ivy closes her eyes and is sleeping you can’t even tell that she has eyes.

Ivy sure likes a soft spot to take a nap. And of course I make sure I provide those soft spots for both of them.

Switching To A Faster Higher Performance Theme:

Oh, one more thing. Last month I had my tech guy switch the platform I was on to a theme that is supposed to be much faster.

Have you seen any change in the last month or so?

It’s not a Genesis theme, if you know anything about WordPress themes. It’s the much touted Kadence theme. It’s supposed to be much faster without heavy Javascript files to load.

I usually do a lot of stuff for my blog myself. But this was beyond my knowledge, so I paid him to do it for me. Of course I want a website with higher performance and that loads faster for readers.

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What I’m Reading, Watching & Listening To 1/17/21 https://cozylittlehouse.com/2021/01/what-im-reading-watching-listening-to-1-17-21.html https://cozylittlehouse.com/2021/01/what-im-reading-watching-listening-to-1-17-21.html#comments Sun, 17 Jan 2021 16:50:52 +0000 https://cozylittlehouse.com/?p=225426 At the moment I am reading “Allegedly” by Tiffany D. Jackson. Every night before bed finds me deep into the plot about this young girl who has been in what she calls “baby jail” since...

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At the moment I am reading “Allegedly” by Tiffany D. Jackson.

Every night before bed finds me deep into the plot about this young girl who has been in what she calls “baby jail” since she was just nine years old.

Allegedly:

When she was nine years old Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly.

All anyone wanted to talk about was the fact that a black girl killed a white baby.

Allegedly.

Mary survived six years in “baby jail” before being sent to a group home. It is nothing like a real home. It is where you watch your back and fear for your life every moment you are there.

Then she meets Ted when she is assigned to work at a nursing home. He too wears an ankle monitor. They don’t talk about the crimes that led them to where they are.

Pregnant & Wanting To Tell The Truth:

At age 16 Mary finds out she is pregnant and realizes that they will take her baby away if she doesn’t convince them of the truth. What really happened the day a white baby died.

She has stayed silent for five years. Now her own baby is a reason to fight.

Momma is someone she both loves, fears but certainly does not trust. Will Momma help her set the record straight? Will she finally tell them the truth?

Author Tiffany D. Jackson

Apple Tree Yard:

I am currently watching “Apple Tree Yard” on Hulu.

I have watched two of the four hour long episodes.

It is a psychological thriller in which a well respected geneticist, Dr. Yvonne Carmichael, (Emily Watson) begins an affair with a man (Ben Chaplin) she’s just met. She really knows next to nothing about him.

They are both married and have to be careful not to have their affair exposed. Until a man she works with somehow does find out.

An Act Of Violence:

Yvonne doesn’t know they’ve been discovered until one night at an office party, when a man she works with manages to get her into a dark office and rapes her.

She knows that she can’t tell anyone or go to the authorities because of what he knows.

The only person she tells is the man she is having an affair with, because she can’t get past the violent act. It’s changed everything.

She can’t go back to work where she will see him every day. So she begins to work from home.

The man who raped her begins to taunt her. He stalks her and sends her flowers and notes. She doesn’t know how to break free of him.

Then a single irrational act leads her to standing trial for murder.


Best Of Yurima:

I am currently listening to “Best Of Yurima” as I write this post.

Yiruma, whose real name is Lee Ru-ma, is a South Korean-British composer and pianist.

He is known for his sold-out shows all over the globe.

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Staying Sane During This Ever Worsening Pandemic https://cozylittlehouse.com/2021/01/staying-sane-during-this-ever-worsening-pandemic.html https://cozylittlehouse.com/2021/01/staying-sane-during-this-ever-worsening-pandemic.html#comments Sat, 16 Jan 2021 16:49:51 +0000 https://cozylittlehouse.com/?p=225396 I know that most of you are itching to get out, have lunch with friends or family, and shop in a store without fear. But it’s going to be quite some time yet before all...

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I know that most of you are itching to get out, have lunch with friends or family, and shop in a store without fear.

But it’s going to be quite some time yet before all of that happens.

We’re near 400,000 US citizens dead in less than a year, and it’s increasing every day. Unfortunately ever more potent strains have been discovered.

So we have to find ways to stay sane while staying at home.

Listen To Music:

I had not listened to music in years until recently. I don’t even turn on the radio in my car because the noise coupled with traffic just makes me feel more anxious.

But on a whim I went to YouTube recently and found piano music, which I was always drawn to. I found musicians I didn’t even know about, but found that their music soothed me.

The melody seems to take hold of me and ease my worries and calm my fears.

Read Books:

Whereas I have always loved a good book, now I have embraced it even more. I spend time perusing the books on Amazon and Good Reads, which I also enjoy doing.

Every night before bedtime I read for at least an hour instead of having the TV on.

Then I either give the books I’ve read to Kasi or donate them to this apartment complex so others can read them.

Plan Your Spring Garden:

This is something I do every year anyway. But now it seems even more important. Gardening in your yard or on your patio is a safe hobby to indulge in and look forward to.

Look through catalogs online, choose which plants or seeds you think you want to plant, and put them into an online cart. There they will stay until you’ve made your final decision.

I plan to start doing that this weekend because it gives me a sense of purpose.

Write Down Your Thoughts:

If you have a journal, write your thoughts and fears down there.

Of course I write everyday. It is an outlet that has always been important to me.

Writing words down seems to cement them, make them more real.

The act of writing has always been therapeutic to me. It gives me a place to put my feelings and rid myself of anxiety.

Cozy Up Your Home:

Naturally your surroundings are of vital importance.

Dig through the closet and bring out decor items you love and find a place for them.

Framed family photos are important to make you feel connected during a time of isolation. Place them where you can walk past them every day.

Move the furniture around and clean up all the dust bunnies underneath, thus killing two birds with one stone. Just changing things up always makes me feel better.

I imagine just the physical work releases serotonin because any type of exercise does that.

Order House Plants:

Did you know you can order house plants online? I didn’t until this whole pandemic thing began. I already had lots of them, so I haven’t had to do that yet.

Woody’s Garden Goods has plants for sale online. I find it fun just looking at their stock. Their prices seem reasonable to me if the plants are already in nice pots. Buying plant pots these days isn’t cheap.

You can even sign up for a monthly subscription box to be delivered to your door at House Plant Box. That might be a fun option because then you have something to look forward to each month.

And of course there’s Amazon. They have live plants as well.

I find that tending to my plants relaxes me.

Exercise:

You can’t go out to a gym, but there are other ways to get plenty of exercise.

Regular exercise can positively impact serotonin levels in your brain. Raising your levels of serotonin boosts your mood and overall sense of well-being.

It can also help improve your appetite and sleep cycles, which are often negatively affected by depression.

Regular exercise also helps balance your body’s level of stress hormones, such as adrenaline. Adrenaline plays a crucial role in your fight-or-flight response, but too much of it can damage your health.

Began A Yoga Regimen:

The practice of yoga melts away all the toxins accumulated in your body from daily stress, tension or anxiety.

Yoga is said to increase resilience, which is the ability of a person to “bounce back” and adapt to stressful or adverse situations.

Individuals with greater resilience tend to recover from illnesses, trauma, and perceived stress quicker.

Benefits Of Meditation:

Meditation is the process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts.

You can use it to increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings. Many people think of it as a way to reduce stress and develop concentration.

People also use the practice to develop other beneficial habits and feelings. Meditation is said to bring about a more positive mood and outlook, self-discipline, healthy sleep patterns, and even increased pain tolerance.

Practice Deep Breathing For Relaxation:

  • Sit comfortably in a chair with your feet on the floor or lie down. Place one hand on your stomach, and the other hand over your heart.
  • Inhale slowly through your nose until you feel your stomach rise
  • Hold your breath for a count to three
  • Exhale slowly, feeling your stomach fall

Do Something For Others:

Doing something for someone else always promotes a sense of satisfaction.

Bake banana bread or muffins, wrap them up and put them on a neighbor’s porch. Then call them and tell them you’ve left a little gift out there for them.

It will make you both feel better.

In Conclusion:

This is a time to be good to yourself. People who are isolated tend to become depressed.

Light the candles, put on some soothing music, and those four walls you felt caged by will seem more like a cozy refuge.

The simple act of making my bed every day gives me a sense of satisfaction.

Cook good nutritious food, even if you live alone. Especially if you live alone.

Anxiety and fear can be paralyzing. It’s all about control. You can’t control what’s going on in the world.

But you can control your own environment to a point. Do things that bring you joy and lessens anxiety.

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New To Me Musician Yurima https://cozylittlehouse.com/2021/01/new-to-me-musician-yurima.html https://cozylittlehouse.com/2021/01/new-to-me-musician-yurima.html#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2021 16:31:33 +0000 https://cozylittlehouse.com/?p=225382 I’ve discovered a new to me piano musician. He is Yurima. He was born in Seoul and began learning the piano at age five. Then he moved to London when he was ten years old....

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I’ve discovered a new to me piano musician. He is Yurima.

He was born in Seoul and began learning the piano at age five. Then he moved to London when he was ten years old.

There he attended the Purcell School for Young Musicians and graduated from King’s College London.

After graduation, Yiruma returned to South Korea and released his debut album “Love Scene” in 2001.

Among his most popular pieces are River Flows in You, Love Hurts, Kiss the Rain, and May Be.

The name Yiruma means “I shall achieve” in Korean.

Yiruma has released 8 studio albums and composed lots of soundtracks for musicals, films and plays.

His music is so poignant and moving that I feel compelled to stop what I’m doing and just listen. I so admire someone with this much talent.

You can listen to him on YouTube here. Let me know what you think of his music.

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Tulips, Books & A Clarification https://cozylittlehouse.com/2021/01/tulips-books-a-clarification.html https://cozylittlehouse.com/2021/01/tulips-books-a-clarification.html#comments Thu, 14 Jan 2021 17:08:30 +0000 https://cozylittlehouse.com/?p=225332 I’m running late today. I took Charlie to acupuncture as I do every Thursday. You have to wait in your car in the parking lot till they happen to walk past a window and see...

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I’m running late today. I took Charlie to acupuncture as I do every Thursday. You have to wait in your car in the parking lot till they happen to walk past a window and see you. So you often end up sitting there quite awhile.

Then I decided to go ahead and stop at the front office and pay my rent for next month. I get paid once per month, so I might as well. So I went into the office to hand the manager a check.

Sharing Books With Residents:

The apartment manager is looking for books for residents to borrow and then bring them back for someone else to read. She said no one so far has brought them back. So she was down to one book in her shelf.

I told her I’d go home and gather up some of the ones I’d read and take them down there. So I did that. I give many books to Kasi to read, but she doesn’t like the thrillers like I do.

I took the manager about a dozen books. Then as soon as I got home they called me to pick up Charlie. So out I went again.

Trader Joe’s Flowers:

Yesterday I went into Trader Joe’s to buy fruit. I had a Shipt delivery earlier in the week. But I don’t like the fruit they pick out.

Everyone at Trader Joe’s has to wear a mask and there is always someone stationed at the door to make sure. They don’t do that anywhere else.

So I feel safer going in there. Plus they sanitize every cart and indicate which one is ready to be used.

Of course it’s hard to walk past the flowers at the front. I picked up red tulips that remind me of springtime.

House Plant Maintenance On My List:

Today I have house plants that need a bit of attention. So that’s something to do and check off my list.

A couple haven’t been doing well. So I plan to cut them back. If they grow back, fine. But if they don’t, at this point I don’t feel it is a huge loss.

And my closets are terribly cluttered with stuff piled up over the past few months. So I really need to get in there and start rearranging things.

Every day I tell myself I’m going to do that. But then I don’t.

Do you do that? Procrastinate about doing certain chores? For me it’s typically cleaning out the closets and the refrigerator.

Clarification:

Kendra wanted me to clarify a couple of things I got wrong yesterday. She has been a realtor for 15 years. I could have sworn it was 20.

Also, she got the chandelier hanging over the dining table at Wayfair. It was the bathroom lights she had commissioned. Again, I could have sworn she said it was the dining room chandelier.

But then my memory isn’t what it once was!

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