The Friday Recliner ~ September 4th

Welcome to Friday Recliner friends – a little encouragement to get your weekend started on a relaxed note and a quiet place to rest a while.

Hows your Friday been?  Rough or restful? Maybe a little of both? For me it was a late start at work, warm weather kind of Friday so more on the restful side and so very relieved not to be feeling so cold. I have a person turning seventeen in my house tomorrow, not sure how that happened, and his wish list so far mainly involves me dishing up all his favourite foods.  Happy to oblige.

First things first though  – – – –

A Good Word

Engage in the now.

Sink into your story.

Its good to be ready for whats next,

but its better to be engaged in whats now.

Abbi Marks

A Good Look

If the weekend was a person? Then let her be your best friend who swings on by with the music up and the windows down and you take off to the ocean.

 Photo:  Ettalong Beach, NSW  by coachnic

A Good Idea

Just because you can doesn’t mean you have to.

from Kendra Adachi 

I make a delicious spaghetti sauce; it’s on the blog and everything. But I always have jars of store-bought sauce around for nights like last night. I needed a break. I needed 15 minutes to read and sit rather than spend it chopping garlic and babysitting the simmer.⠀

Just because you can bake bread doesn’t mean you always have to.⠀

Just because you can do your own landscaping doesn’t mean you always have to. ⠀

Just because you can DIY your own cleaning products doesn’t mean you always have to.⠀

Give yourself permission to be lazy about something when the time feels right, when you need a break, when you want to spend your money or your margin on something different.⠀

Just because you can doesn’t mean you have to. ⠀

Anything come to mind where you can let go a little?

Give yourself permission.

A Good Read

From The Art of Simple

Use the Good Stuff

Here’s a snippet

A few years ago, I read this excerpt from one of Erma Bombeck’s columns, when she discovered she was dying from cancer—it was titled, “If I Had to Live My Life Over”:

“… I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. I would have talked less and listened more. I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded. I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace. …I would have sat on the lawn with my kids, even if it meant grass stains.”

It hit home. I have a bottle of perfume—one that I love—that was a Mother’s Day gift from awhile ago. I’ve used about a quarter of it. I’m not sure if I’m waiting for the queen to visit, an invitation to the presidential inauguration ball, or just some romantic date with my husband. But for some reason, I hesitate to use it, as though it’s a precious commodity; that once it’s gone, it’s gone.  – – –  Keep reading

And one more

This one from Water into Wine  that I wrote two years ago but the message still holds true. Its all a gift – the light coming in my bedroom still saves me, we still get an inordinate amount of pleasure from baby bunnies,  our ducks are no longer with us which we can still feel sad about and that boy who turns seventeen is making big plans for his future and still keeping me up sometimes
Here’s a snippet

Well yes they are.


Two of them in fact. We’ve added a pair of fluffy tailed ducklings to our backyard brood because its spring and we couldn’t help ourselves. They’re growing fast, there are plans for a pond and a bigger enclosure and they make our backyard farm yard feel complete.


It’s a different story

Ducks in a row. Not even nearly. Never have been really – even when I had all the time in the world I didn’t run a tight ship but now throw in:

  • working full time
  • a healthy dose of midlife forgetfulness
  • and a weird sort of inertia that hits me at odd times (that I can only put down to still feeling the loss of my mum)

– – – and right there I’ve got myself a whole new level of hit and miss going on.

But that never did stop a good life from happening.

Its struck me that while I seem to have little capacity to do anything more than go to work, cook dinner and keep the washing machine going that the things that bring us the most joy aren’t always the things we’ve wrestled to the ground with our super human powers and shaken the living daylights out of – – – –   Keep reading 

Till next week friends, have a beautiful weekend – rest up, do something you love xx

Remember you can browse through the  previous articles and posts linked to in The Friday Recliner right  HERE.


5 thoughts on “The Friday Recliner ~ September 4th

  1. Hey, Tracey. I just wanted you to know that since I re-signed up, I’ve been getting both your Friday Recliner emails AND your regular blog post emails. Wahoo!

    Have a beautiful weekend, dear friend. Love, Gleniece

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    1. I know !!! Eth and I were reminiscing about some of his mega birthday parties as a little boy that just seemed to get bigger and better each year and his love of a dress up costume. Oh there’s some good memories there. Thanks for cheering me along friend.


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