Month: July 2015

Adolescence, Vegetarianism and Stoicism

Leave a comment
Family / Life / Love

Hello from a rain-soaked Crabtree Cottage. You’d be forgiven for thinking it was mid November in Leitrim today. Only thing for it is to keep busy! I’m still practising the art of stoicism and all in all it’s going well. Acceptance is a funny old thing really. My eldest is in her teens and up until now I hadn’t realised that I was having trouble accepting that she is really coming into her own. Although I […]

Tiny little update

Leave a comment
Home / Humour / Life

Hello and welcome to those of you who are new to the blog. Just a tiny little update on how practising stoicism is going for me this week. Quite good really. How do I know? Well, when I was confronted by an overzealous mammy subtly  letting me know that my commitment to motherhood in no way reached the dizzying heights of hers I calmly smiled, nodded and mentally checked my to do list while she wittered […]

Change

Leave a comment
Hobbies

It’s all change here at Crabtree Cottage at the moment. Do you ever find it to be so? Once one thing changes it has a knock on effect  on something else and so on. The kitchen clear out was the start of it, and it has spread out the door and down the hallway resulting in a lovely airy room for my books, work stuff and stock pile of yarn. It has also resulted in […]

Practicing Stoicism in downtown rural Ireland!

Leave a comment
Family / Life / Love

Good evening all. Just thought I’d let you know how acceptance and self-control are going for me. Actively acknowledging that some things are out of my control has made a huge impact on my day-to-day living. I no longer spend huge amounts of time obsessing over what I’ve said and how I’ve said it and how someone might interpret it. I can only be responsible for myself and my own thoughts and actions. I’m aware that […]

My Adventures in Stoicism

Leave a comment
Family / Life / Love

To stay tucked up in bed reading and listening to the wind whistle through the trees or get up and get the day started, that was the question. The answer? I got up and jumped straight into the day. I did have a lovely cup of tea in bed first while reading a chapter or two of Donald Robertson’s book Stoicism and the Art of Happiness. What is Stoicism? A philosophical tradition founded in Athens by […]

Morning Musings

Leave a comment
Family / Life / Love

Good morning and welcome to those of you who are new. This morning I am sitting in my new space, gazing out the window and listening to the birds sing. The house is extremely still and quiet and I am just enjoying the moment. Virginia Woolf was right about having a room of your own! There’s something lovely about opening a door to room of your own. I have managed to furnish my little hideaway […]

Saying Goodbye to the Weekend

Leave a comment
Life, Love, Family

Monday came round all too suddenly here at Crabtree Cottage. More decluttering went on over the weekend with the loss of nine black bags of clothing and bedding. Yes I said nine bags! I’m so glad to see to the back of them and feel lighter for the loss as does the house. I’ve cleared out a room that was used to store my youngest’s vast collection of Lego and the ever-growing mountain of ironing. […]

Good Morning From Crabtree Cottage

Leave a comment
Family / Life / Love

It’s a quiet morning here at Crabtree Cottage. I thought I’d make some soda bread before  the  weekend madness begins. Had everything ready for off when I realised I couldn’t find the measuring cup. As the kitchen is extremely tidy and clutter free since the  big clear out last week I can only assume that my little measuring cup has been placed with the to go pile and is no longer with us. It had […]

I’m Still Here

Leave a comment
Life, Love, Family

Hello, I’m still here, I’ve been missing for some time. I’m decluttering at the moment. The head and the house. I think they are inextricably connected. I’m still practising mindfulness. Some days better than others. I’ve just purchased a a copy of  Stoicism And The Art of Happiness by Donald Robertson. A recommendation from someone who’s opinion I value, so I’m looking forward to settling down in a comfy spot and losing myself in the pages. […]