Saturday, 2 February 2013

The little things in life

Good luck, I think, is a matter of perception.
On the one hand, you may have the ideal that earning or winning a lot of money is proof that you are blessed with good luck. On the other hand, you may have a modest income which pays the bills, allows you to live comfortably and to you, that is good luck. I tend to fall in the latter category and try to see great achievements in small things.

Recently, my Mum-in-law has been extremely unwell. She is convinced that our family is plagued with bad luck despite the fact she is now making huge steps to recovering from an operation she wasn't expected to survive. Her conviction to this belief is compounded by the fact that I am now having a relapse of CIPD . 'It never rains, but it pours' is her current mantra.

And yet I still consider myself and my family very lucky.

Of course I have grumpy days or, as my husband puts it, I'm wearing my twisty knickers. However I think the attitude to have on such occasions is that it could be far worse.

So, before the muscle atrophy kicks in and I have to push my miniatures around with my nose I'd like to show you and tell you about a few things that make me thoroughly chuffed to be a part of this miniature community =0)

Over the last year I have been inundated with kindness from people, who for the most part, I have never met. These are a tiny selection of the items I've received.





The above scene is a mixture of gifts courtesy of ModernMiniHouses, Call of the Small and Mini Modern







 A gorgeous Peter Tucker chair sent to me by Mini Modern



The wonderful iconic string shelf and folded clothing sent by the very talented Annina

Add to that a swap parcel from Mandy Vlak and Snowfern...gifts from Mona, Neen, Tony and a panoramic book of Israel from the lovely Neomi (because she knows I'm not keen on flying but like to learn about other countries) and I think you'll admit I've been a very lucky girl. But it doesn't end there...
The extremely gifted Brae helps me a out with a 'how-to' of aging a roof because that's the kinda sweet lady she is. The Shopping Sherpa unearths an article for me because damn, if she isn't the oracle on all things. Then last...but not least, the people who take the time out to make a comment on this blog.

It's humbling to think that a lot of cool people give a shit about someone they've never met. I don't think I could ever express how utterly thankful I am in return. If you don't think you have any luck, my advice is to focus on the little things in life.

Have a great weekend
Pepper =0)




44 comments:

  1. It's a beautiful room. I like the sofà.
    Bye Faby

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  2. Oh my goodness Carol, I didn't know you were ill, that you have CIPD!!
    Now I certainly can imagine what you mean with this post. But I have always thought the small things in life are the most important, so I agree with you about that. "Live your life, there are always persons who are suffering more then you", is my motto.
    So good to read you have wonderful blogfriends, who have thought of you and sent you wonderful gifts, enjoy their friendship and their gifts.
    Warmest hugs, Ilona

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    1. Luckily I don't feel poorly, just a lot of numbness.
      You are so right llona. There are so many people who have a tough time of it and show such amazing courage. I am thankful for everything I have =0)

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  3. Oh dear, now I forgot to leave my comment about that gorgeous scene above, I am sorry ;)!
    As usual your color scheme and the furniture is gorgeous, Carol!
    ML, Ilona

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  4. OK, First I didn't know what CIPD was so I looked it up...it sounds awful and I hope it doesn't get too bad or last too long. Secondly, I love that you are so positive. Seriously, I need to improve in that area. You always make me snicker with your witty comments. Thirdly, I would kill to swap with you after you're better. Take care of your nose!

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    1. I almost forgot: I love your scene. The colors are wonderful and such fabulous gifts!

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    2. Ha, I didn't know what the hell it was until I got it. I'd love to do a swap with you as soon as I can use my hands again =0)

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  5. Thanks so much for the compliment! :D I think you're an amazingly talented miniaturist as well, and you offer your tips and tutorials so generously. So, thank you, too!!! I agree that being lucky is all about seeing the small but wonderful things that happen in your life every day. Wishing you improved health and sending lots of hugs! :]

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    1. See...this is exactly what I'm talking about. Wonderful support from fabulously gifted people. Just makes me smile. Thank you Brae =0)

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  6. It's easy to be friends with someone as creative, smart and kind as you.

    Wishing you ALL the best of health and happiness,
    Neen

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    1. Thank you so much Neen. The feeling is mutual =0)

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  7. Dear Carol
    Through you I just found out what CIPD is. I do wish you quick improvement and do pray for you! you are one of the kindest people I know considering we've never met. It would be fun meeting next time when I'm in England when the sun shines and its warmer.
    All the best to you
    Neomi

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    1. Thank you Neomi. It won't be long before I'm back to my old self =0)

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  8. I am new to the mini community, and it IS the small things! I have had my share of health problems, and making minis and the friendships from the other mini-makers does make life better! I am wishing you love and health!

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    1. Hi Linda. Firstly, a warm welcome to the community. I do hope your run of health problems are appeased by the mini making and friendship =0)

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  9. Well, we are lucky because we know you. You've been kind enough to "give a shit" about us and share with us your craft and how uber cool you are. I won't get sappy because I know that's not your style, but I am thinking about you.

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    1. Awww MMC, you'll make me cry. I can get sappy with the best of them...especially when you make comments like this =0)

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  10. Beautiful scene and beautiful sentiments. So, it's true... "Those who bring sunshine to others cannot keep it from themselves." You are the one who is " unwell" as you say across the pond but you are still making us all smile. Thanks for continuing to share the great spirit that you are. I hope your illness doesn't keep you down and out (of commission) for too long. Take care, be well and should that fail just keep thinking those beautiful thoughts.

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    1. Thank you so much S7, what a lovely thing to say =0D

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  11. *loooong hug*

    hope you get well soon. :)

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  12. Hi Carol, You're a really kind person and deserve these wonderful gifts from sweet friends. Your mini scene is gorgeous. I agree with you about the little things. I've noticed that the more I notice the little things and feel gratitude for them, my life just gets better and better, even when cruddy things happen, if you know what I mean. I'm wishing the best possible health for you. xo Jennifer

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. As always, you're very kind =0)

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  13. Hi Carol,
    thank you so much for this post and what you share with us. I'm feeling bad at the moment, but I'm not able to give joy and hope to other people like you do. You're a very giftet person and I love to "know" you and to have been/be part of this miniature community. Hope you'll be better. I have a friend with this illness and I know something about it. Your positive way of thinking could help.
    A big hug
    Petra

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    1. Hi Oese, I hope you are feeling on top of the world very soon. Thinking of you and sending lots of positive vibes =0)

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  14. So glad to read your optimistic and positive post. Of course there's always someone worse off! Counting blessings makes you realise just how many you do have (furiously counting, all fingers, all toes....) My motto is "Life Is Uncertain, Eat Dessert First, luckily miniatures are fairly low calorie :) Miniatures are the reward for making it out of bed each day ;) Sending warm wishes for a good and quick recovery.

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    1. I love your motto. I will always eat my desert first...just in case ha-ha. =0)

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  15. lo primero admiro tu optimismo , y lo segundo , esos regalos son preciosos , seguro que los aprovecharas al maximo

    besitos

    Mari

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  16. I don't quite know what to admire more...your candor or courage. How about both? A wonderful, honest post, really inspirational. Sending you many positive, healing vibes. Your attitude will keep you afloat. Hugs.

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    1. Thank you sweets. At the end of the day you just have to get on with it, don't you?
      =0) x

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  17. Hi Carol, i hope your mum in law continues to make good progress :) and also your CIPD gets better very soon, its true to say that some of the most common things we all take for granted suddenly become very important when we cannot see or feel them again good and bad days work together along side one another to keep a natural balance which sometimes tilts in one direction more favourable than the other this is the time as you say when we consider just how lucky we are.
    A totally wonderful scene full of beautiful items and treasures and a thoroughly great post! Best wishes Tony.

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    1. Thank you Tony. I know you're having your fair share of troubles at the moment so thank you for being so thoughtful in wishing me the best. Take care sweets =0)

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  18. Hello Pepper,
    Wise words indeed! I do hope your mother in law is better and that your lapse will pass quickly! Those items you received really are fantastic. It is great to see good quality modern miniatures.
    Big hug,
    Get well soon,
    Giac

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    1. Thank you so much Giac. Big hug to you too =0)

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  19. I'm sending good thoughts and prayers your way. Remain positive because it truly makes more of a difference than people realize. Keep your friends and family close and continue to cherish the little things because life is about the little things! Love the orange and turquoise!

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    1. Thank you Miss-B, that is the plan. Positive thinking and much chocolate eating. Okay I added the last bit on but hey, dessert always makes me feel better ha-ha =0)

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  20. Pepper, I have been reading your blog for about a year, and I am so sorry to hear of your health struggles. I will pray for you. You have blessed me and so many others with your love of this hobby and your wonderful, and thorough, posts. Please take care, and know that your name is being lifted up before God several times per day. Sweet blessings to you and hugs...warmest hugs.

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    1. Thank you Angie, you're very kind =0)

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  21. What you say is so true! For a some years now I have thought many times that a good healt is the best thing we can wish for. I wish that for you too, that you will get well and can have a lot of fun.
    Hugs from Mona

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    1. Thank you Mona. Huge hug back at you =0)

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  22. you are so true! I saw a saying a few years back that is very applicable I think (translated from Dutch): "some carry their happiness as a heavy load, others their grief as light feathers". And often, the ones with the 'heavy' happiness, really have a lot to be gratefull for, but focus on the things that (in a perfect world) 'should' be better, while people with great burdens find beauty and gratitude in the smallest things and it would make sense for them to feel sad about their situation but they don't. Because they - exactly as you put it - choose to focus on what's there, what's good and worthy of gratitude!

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  23. and I slso meant, but forgot, to say how sorry I am to read about your relapse, that's' tough... I also really hope you can keep making mini's for a long time despite your devestating illness, take care!

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