April 15, 2019

Taking it easy in Hong Kong...


Tea time in Hong Kong..



Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening!

Seeing that I am somewhere in between, I thought I might as well cover it all! I am in a rainy Hong Kong at the moment, taking it easy, taking some down time and truth be told...feeling a bit restless. 

I did a really silly thing two weeks ago. I hopped up onto something to take a picture, turned around and "TWISTO"...I ended up with an avulsion fracture to my ankle and a haphazard looking finger... I shall spare you the details...but...it wasn't pretty and the whole experience made me want to go in a corner of a room and bang my head against the wall. I tried to blame it on a full moon...but alas... not a sliver in sight that night. I had to blame myself.

One 15 hour flight from Boston to Hong Kong, a few days of rest and here I am, on the 43rd floor, in our apartment, writing the alphabet on the floor with my injured foot and doing some strange grab and push routine with a towel and my toes. Doctors orders. 

I can walk OK...and better if I wear my very unattractive foot strap...but I still can't motor around by foot the way I normally would in Hong Kong which has me undone at times. 

So I am accepting my fate, listening to my body and taking it easy in Hong Kong and will do the same in Australia later in the week and in Xi'an next week. A woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do! Right?

I have plenty to keep me busy.

Study, Study
I am catching up on two great online courses I started in March. One is a photo editor course;  Lightroom 31 Days with Kim Klassen and the other;  31 Days to Build a Better Blog Course with Darren Rowse of Pro Blogger. Both are informative and well worth the time and effort. If you are interested in starting a blog, fine tuning one or are interested in working with Lightroom, I highly recommend both classes.

Hong Kong Travel Notes
I started a page for our Hong Kong move two years ago (can you believe it has been that long!) and am in the process of transitioning it to my favorite places to Eat, Shop, Relax and Explore in Hong Kong. I have had many requests and it makes sense to put them all on one page. Perfect timing. 

Deep Breathing
A few weeks ago I wrote about the challenge of preparing myself for an MRI that I was extremely anxious about. I tried once and lasted 30 seconds and went back to try again. The advice sent my way from readers was absolutely fantastic and so very much appreciated! It worked! 

If you are claustrophobic and or tend to get anxious before MRI tests I first suggest that you see if there is an Open MRI Scanner in your area. This was a game changer for me.

Other helpful MRI exam tips

1. I stayed up late the night before as suggested by the MRI technician. This was to help make make me drowsy. The technician said it often helps with people who are especially anxious.

2. I booked an appointment for first thing in the morning, again, another suggestion by the technician.

3. I took my doctor's advice and took a mild sedative to calm my nerves an hour before the test. I would definitely do that one again!

4. I used Dr. Hauschka's Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil for extra measure. If you love the scent of lavender, this product is a must!

5. A wonderful friend taught me the square deep breathing technique also known as "box breathing" and it worked like a charm. It's been a little miracle worker when I wake in the middle of the night too. Another one I highly recommend! 

6. I decided what I wanted to think about before I went in for the exam....a book retreat in Paris and postcards were my thoughts of choice. ;)

Before I knew it, I was done! Hooray for me!

Ok...you may be thinking that this woman is a wreck. MRI's, fractured ankle...what is going on or rather, what next?? Let's not go there...and with that thought, I am deep breathing and visualizing a box and 1..2..3..4.

I am not done!

Resting soulfully with Brene Brown and Oprah
I downloaded two books onto Audible as part of my efforts to take it easy in Hong Kong. The first
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and Oprah Winfrey's new book The Path Made Clear. I feel like I am late to the game on Brene. I know of her, have heard a few podcasts but haven't delved into her work. She has come so highly recommended by so many, I reckon I should start somewhere. I find her book engaging and thought provoking and the perfect segue into my "taking it easy" strategy. Oprah is Oprah and I can always relate to what she has to say. It's been a while since I have stepped into Oprah's world...and this book feels like the right way to do it. 

When all else fails...LAUGHTER!
While Mrs. H is resting up in Hong Kong, Mr. H is travelling. I won't even get started on that one...but to just needle him a bit, I send photos of Mrs. H having a case of the sillies. I may be laughing by myself but to be honest...laughter is the only way to manage through the craziness that is me these days!




I just love this little fellow below.
Makes my heart pitter patter....
much like I know it will do 
when I see Cooper, 
our grandson, this weekend. 
He just started walking.
Time flies!




Best wishes to one and all for a wonderful week, 
I will be thinking of you!

Jeanne xx


My Stylish French Box

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April 8, 2019

The First Gathering...Tahilla Farm Retreat



My Vintage Corona


My First Gathering…

I am typing away with this much loved vintage Corona typewriter behind me, thinking about all that has transpired in the past months and days. As many of you helped to shape what has transpired, I thought I would "report in".

I have always known there is a special magic that happens when women talk together. We have been doing that through Collage of Life for nearly ten years. Because of the connections that have been made, Tahilla Farm was found, bought and renovated...and as a result, I am able to write from the "space" that was once a hay loft and now my studio. I feel truly blessed by the constellation of friendships forged through blogging.

March 22, 2019

The latest from my neck of the woods...and yours?




It's been an interesting week in my neck of the woods. 
How about yours? 
My Monday morning started out like this...I beat the sun, 
waking before it woke me up and was lucky enough to catch it rising 
in all it's glory behind our little mountain.

March 18, 2019

Dreaming about....a Book Club Retreat in Paris and My Stylish French Box


From my Paris Postcard stash...Hotel Duc de Saint-Simon
Perfect setting for a Paris book club retreat!

If a little dreaming is dangerous,
the cure for it 
is not to dream less but
to dream more, 
to dream all the time.
Marcel Proust

A book lover's dream....
It's a book lover's dream to wander the very streets that inspired Marcel ProustÉmile ZolaSamuel BeckettAlbert CamusSartreSimone de Beauvoir and so many others. You might step into the Salon at 27 rue de Fleurus where Gertrude Stein mentored Ernest Hemingway, or have a drink at the café littéraires Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore, the long-ago haunts of James JoyceF. Scott FitzgeraldEzra Pound and their fellow The Lost Generation writers.

via Abe Books..full article here

March 3, 2019

Before and after Tahilla Farm and a postcard update


Tahilla Farm 2019


Happy March! 

As you can see from the photo above and below, we still have snow and if the forecast holds true tonight, we will have a bit more. I like to get out in the fields every now and again to photograph the property through the seasons and years. I often think it would be nice to replicate our little fiefdom on the hill in a snow globe. It would come in handy during long hot summer days when I curse those New Hampshirite's who said we would not need air conditioning...because "it never gets that hot in New Hampshire."  I beg to differ...maybe the snow globe will help. ;)

February 25, 2019

The First Time...and a postcard mailing




Snowy day, Tahilla Farm

Sometimes 
I need only to stand 
wherever I am to be blessed.
Mary Oliver


Hello from snowy New Hampshire!

We had some pretty exciting celebrations over the weekend, our little Aussie grandson, Cooper, turned one!