1. Great post Brenda. I like the things you post about. I think of your blog as a lifestyle blog. I get tired of decorating blogs. I think that is why I started to accumulate so much stuff. Now I need to do a huge cleaning out. I enjoy your blogging style. You are real and you show ideas for home decorating along with your stories. Keep going on this direction. Merry Christmas. Karie

  2. Great post Brenda and so true. I try really hard not to wallow in regret too. And I whole heartedly agree that children should learn to entertain themselves. My daughter (26 now) used to love to play with old costume jewelry, she would sit for hours and get all tangled up in the super long necklaces. She also played OUTSIDE… a lot! There were no electronics like there are today. I think it's so sad when I see children glued to a cell phone or video game and that's their only source of entertainment.


  3. I just love reading your posts Brenda. You have such a gift for writing! You make the "regular" stuff of daily life interesting, entertaining, comforting and thought provoking. So cool! Thank you for sharing your great gift with all of us.

  4. Lovely post, Brenda. Living in the moment and practicing mindfulness is hard to do! I have some books on that and the Buddha's teachings and at the very least it helps you to pay attention to your mind more and catch yourself when you are living in the past or the future ( which seems to be almost constantly when I pay attention to the never-ending yakking of my 'monkey'mind! 🙂

  5. I do have regrets, and they have been wise teachers. Dwelling on regrets and not moving on can be a huge roadblock in life. But regret itself can be an excellent tool for examining one's behavior and motives and for looking for ways to change and have a healthier life.

  6. I wish I had a dollar for each time I said "if only I'd stayed at home" that icy morning that I fell and broke my ankle after taking my daughter to school. Mine broke in 2 places at the end of the tibia and once in the fibula. Hardware still remains after all those years and yes, the pain. Especially after a lot of walking and weather changes. Everyone said why on earth did you get out that day? Well, daughter had a test and she was on crutches herself after having had knee surgery and I couldn't very well expect her to walk down the hill to the bus! Oh, and of course our school was the only one in the area to be in session that icy day! Well, it is what it is and regrets…I've had a few…as the song goes. Waste of time in the long run. Kind of like worrying…doesn't change a thing!

    I quite agree that children are given way too much and need to learn to entertain themselves with what's available. I know some kids that are unbelievably spoiled and can't imagine what they'll be like when they are adults and find out that everything they want isn't handed to them.

    Stay warm and stay well!

  7. Great advice Brenda. Live for today and embrace what will come tomorrow. I feel the same as I get older it is so much better to enjoy today and forget about what happened in the past. Just gives us so much more peace in our lives. Glad little Miss Abi is doing so well. Hugs to you, Abi and Charlie. Enjoy this week as we head on down to the big day.
    Merry Christmas.

    1. She started limping again today. But I tried to skip one day of pills because it was giving her diarrhea. Guess I'll have to call the vet and ask how long she can take it.

  8. a rich imagination can help us throughout our life. and the best place to learn it is childhood.
    you have said it beautifully here.
    I can never get enough pictures of those adorable room mates of yours!

    1. I skipped one day of giving Abi a pill, because it seemed to be upsetting her stomach. And today she started limping. So back to the meds we went.

  9. You are so inspiring and thought provoking. To me living with regret is akin to living with worry all the time. You have to let it go or it will eat you up. I learned that a long time ago. Except maybe now I regret having so many things I need to part with, that's why I'm looking forward to Jan and your thoughts on clutter. Let me give you a big laugh and thoughts on falling. Last night its' literally 1:30 and and I'd let my lab out to go to the bathroom, but she kept barking incessantly, so I put my robe on and tennis shoes and set out to get her. I went to the side of the house and forgot that due to the rain the ground was so soft. I sunk in about one foot and face planted myself right in the ground! Then proceeded to say bad words. Sometimes we just can't control our falls!

    1. I won't laugh because I know it hurt like hell! Not to mention the dirt and mud you probably had to pull out of your eyelids.

  10. I agree that children base all their entertainment on electronics these days. My 15 year old depends a lot on his gaming military computer. When we lose power way out here he gets in a ruffle. Same thing with the 9 year old grand she is always with her ipad, I try to pull her in the kitchen to bake or craft. Im always at them. They just don't know what they are missing. I wrote the first of my Childrens series on a typewriter and loved it. Now I admit I do use the computer. So glad little Abi is coming along. I have two also a black lab and a small black mixed breed they are inseparable many think that the lab is the mom. Regret is a stale word to me try not to dwell on it. I know what you mean about your ankle in the cold weather, I broke my tailbone after being crashed from behind and when I travel to ct. or NY I make sure I have a good stash of Aleve. Stay warm! Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

    1. I'm so glad my kids are grown and we didn't even have the internet when they were growing up. Now they'll have to deal with that with their own children as best they can.

  11. People are very good at giving advice.
    I slipped on the ice about 7 years ago,I stood up and attempted to get in the house and went down a 2nd time
    You should have heard the advice and wisecracks I felt like the world's biggest doofus
    What's done is done and can't be undone…

    1. When you feel yourself going down, it's an instant in time. You don't have enough time to make decisions. You react and then live with how you reacted. You may have reacted differently another day. But who knows?

  12. yes we can't regret what is done – you just learn to live with it. I so agree with you about today's children – so many planned activities – let children be children and play all these play dates 🙂 I just don't understand how child raising has come to this

  13. Nice of you to help out the manager.
    No do overs in life but we can move forward with the experiences we have gone through.
    I injured my ankle just like you said you did. I was coming down the steps on a bleacher fast nothing to hold on, at the bottom there was some rocks or bumpy concrete. My ankle went one way and then the other. I was a lot younger then. I broke it and really sprained it. I was out of a cast 10 days. I got everything done for Christmas. Then two days before Christmas I fell I thence. More fractures and admitted to the hospital. Took forever to heal. Like I said I was a whole lot younger then.
    So no ice for you.

  14. My dad always used to say…I zagged when I should've zagged! Ain't that the truth! There are no right nor wrong decisions in life…only the ones we make at the time with the knowledge we possess at that time. So my philosophy is…why bother wasting time stewing about it. I'm anxious to see what you are doing in your apartment! 😉

  15. Well said Brenda! I can't live with a head full of regrets. Sure I have some but I accept my life and move on. There is so much joy still here to experience! Glad Abi is doing better! Hugs.

    1. I think with age comes wisdom. We realize that time is not infinite. And we'd better just put it aside and soldier on.

  16. Absolutely right Brenda, no do overs, you can only learn from them. The weather and activities is a major player in how your ankle feels, painfully I'm sure. I have arthritis in my left hip and I'm done for the day with the physical chores. I have a dog on my lap and the other in her bed on the couch too:). Relax and view the changes in your dining room while you are resting. Stay warm with your sweet pupsters, Kathleen in Az

    1. You're so right about the weather and activities! It's hard for me to be too still for long. Wish I was wired different sometimes.

  17. I sure do enjoy your posts, and I also think of your blog as more of a lifestyle blog than a decorating blog. I think you can still post decorating ideas by sharing pictures you find of rooms or vignettes that belong to others. And I like the idea of yours to have readers post pictures of their decorating dilemmas, or even their successes.

    As far as regrets go, I think most of us in middle age spend time with that subject. It is pretty interesting how the mind will conjure up something that happened a very long time ago and torture you with it. I have learned to say, "well I did what I thought was the right thing to do at the time, and I have learned a lot since then. And I am not going to think about that!" And I make myself change the subject and think of something more interesting to get my mind off of it.

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