Posts Tagged ‘attitude’

Good Monday morning. It’s hard to believe we are in August now, isn’t it? Where did the year go? Have a good day and week :)good day


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Something to look forward to.

Last month my husband and I spent many hours working on our new deck. There used to be a paved patio outside the living/dining room door, and now there is a beautiful timber deck with white posts and cross beams covered with fly wire. Two sliding fly wire doors give easy access to the back and side yard. White pots containing my most-used herbs give the new outdoors room a homely touch.

For the first time ever, I am actually looking forward to summer. I usually spend the cooler months counting down the days towards the expectation of summer misery, which kind of takes the shine off Winter and Autumn.

I used to dread summer and made myself quite miserable about the fact that it was coming. The last few years, I’ve tried really hard not to spoil the cooler months by focusing on what was to come, and I have noticed that I do enjoy the cooler months even more.

This year is different. I actually said out-loud ‘I can’t wait for summer,’ and I was shocked to hear those words come from me. But it’s true… I can’t wait to sit outside on warm summer evenings, and know that I’m not going to be chased inside by a swarm of nasty bugs and mosquitoes. The whole perspective of a summer of misery has shifted. I feel as though there is a sense of proportion in my attitude now. That’s very good!


(c) DJ Stutley 2012

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Good Monday Morning to you all :)

I like coffee. And over the years, I have developed a coffee appreciation that is quite surprising to me. And now I am the owner of my very own ‘pod’ style espresso machine. While I was putting away the boxes of coffee pods, a story came to mind.

Many years ago during one of our extended family gatherings, our hostess went off to fix coffee for everyone. After a few minutes, I went to help. I arrived silently at the kitchen door and spotted her spooning coffee from a can of the most inexpensive brand of coffee on the market, into a labeled jar of the most expensive coffee brand on the market.

I stepped back and watched. When the jar was full, she placed the inexpensive coffee at the back of the cupboard and proceeded to spoon coffee from the jar into all but one of the cups. From a cupboard about head height, she took a small jar and spooned coffee into the last cup, leaving the teaspoon in the cup.

Later that evening, I found myself alone in her kitchen and I just couldn’t resist looking to see what type of coffee she had spooned into her cup. It was my favourite brand – something I had introduced to her only a year earlier.

I don’t mind being served inexpensive coffee when I visit, and I fully understand that some people can’t afford the luxury of expensive coffee. It is the act of friendship and hospitality that flavours my coffee when I am with others, not the brand of coffee. But our hostess was not short of money, and what I did mind, was that she tried to pass off something that was not the real-deal.

You know… coffee is like our attitude. Bad coffee still tastes bad, even if it is presented in bone china or a ceramic mug. And good coffee will still taste good even when it is served in a tin mug or a paper cup.

It’s the coffee/attitude that matters, not the cups… Enjoy your coffee/life! ¬†And have a good week :)


(c) DJ Stutley 2012

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