Nurt Thurs :: June Flowers

a corner in my garden

It is the month of June, The month of leaves and roses, When pleasant sights salute the eyes and pleasant scents the noses.

Nathaniel Parker Willis

Hello, my friends!

I hope you find some time to enjoy the outdoors, it’s so pretty out there! Flowers, birds, butterflies, lots of dragonflies …, Nature is having a party of colours and scents. We all deserve a load of fresh air after the lockdown.

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Nurt Thurs – Moments of Joy

Inner peace. Many things happening in the world right now, we need to find pockets of joy here and there to keep our inner peace.

  • I’m walking around my neighbourhood early morning and trying to find ordinary beauty in each corner.
  • Taking care of my plants: potting and repotting, watering, talking to them, yes! you heard it right! I like to talk to them.
  • Watching the sunset in the evenings after all the chores of the day are done.

Hope you can find moments of joy during your day.

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Simplicity

Mother’s Day flowers

Hello my friends, hope you are doing well. This time of quarantine is making me reflect on many things. I’ve been up and down in relation to my feelings. Some days of stress, others of calm, others of nothing only going with the flow. I know for sure, is that I’m settling into the new routine of working from home. Sharing the space with my husband, having lots of coffee/tea and popcorn in the afternoons have brightened my day and I’m being more productive than we all day in the office.

Stay home office space

The weather is getting more spring-like these days and a run at the closest park is always a moment of joy. Now is the season of tulips, and they are everywhere. I never get tired of taking photos of them. 

Never ending beauty

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

Lao Tzu

Stay safe!

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Nurt Thurs :: Expression

Refreshing and creating

Expression is the essence of thought.

Tony Calderone

We all need fresh air from time to time, to open up our mind and let our feelings surface. It’s like that say: Thinking outside the box!

Expression is the mystery of beauty.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

There are so many rules and directions to be followed for each task at any moment. We get lost in the middle of them. Where is the creativity in all of this?

To express one’s inner self so that others can understand you, is art. If your expressions are elevated and beautiful, it is good art.

Anonymous

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Nurt Thurs – Let go

“You must learn to let go. Release the stress.

You were never in control anyway.”

Steve Maraboli 

I’m feeling overwhelmed these days. I’ve many things to solve/check but the world has stopped. Online services have slowed down and phone calls aren’t answered. I’m still working full time from home and I’m trying to be as efficient as when I’m at the office. I get frustrated when I’m trying to do my job and I depend on another person/institution that isn’t doing the expected job. I know most of the employees are working from home, but at least try to do your best, if you can’t answer or solve the problem at that moment at least send a message acknowledging that received the email or the call and will take care of it later.

Sorry for the outburst, this week has been tough. I should learn with the quote above and let go!

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Nurt Thurs – Baking

Chocolate cherry cake

If baking is any labor at all, it’s a labor of love.

A love that gets passed from generation to generation.

Regina Brett

I’ve been baking a lot these days, so much that my older son asked me to stop baking or we will be too fat to go outside when the stay home ends 🙂
I enjoy baking and trying new recipes, love the smell in the kitchen when I’m baking. My mom used to bake a cake every Saturday afternoon when I was a kid. I remember that my brother had already moved out, but on Saturdays evening he would stop by to have a piece of cake. I guess I got the baking gene from her!

Bread and pizza dough are my weakness in the kitchen, I can’t bake them. I’ve tried many recipes but they don’t work. I’d love to have fresh bread from the oven these days and I tried one recipe I got online this week, but the dough didn’t rise! I want something simple, nothing fancy, only a piece of bread to spread some butter on it and enjoy with a cup of coffee. Please, share with me if have a simple one.

Softness that melts in the mouth

 I got the recipe for this delicious chocolate cherry cake from IG @silviacollocaofficial, it’s super easy to make, and interesting that instead of butter and milk we use olive oil and yogurt!

It’s all about a balancing act between time, temperature and ingredients:

That’s the art of baking.

Peter Reinhart

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