A Balanced Life

Any day, every day time-out chats and themes – a coffee (or tea) break – a bit of fun – a dose of chocolate – a sip of sparkling … Come and join in.

Aug 192009

Sunsets are a favourite of mine so when I came across this puzzle I had to give it a go.


Click to Mix and Solve


The fastest time to date is 1.02 minutes. It took me 12 minutes, lol,  but I going to try again because that’s just me – got ot show an improvement. This is just for fun and somthing for when you need ‘time out’. Give it a go and enjoy … let me know how you go ūüôā

If you enjoy this one I’ve put another one up on my EP Designs blog – it’s a Golden Stamen.

Jul 092009


I received this story in an email so thought I’d share it with you….

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each
morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved
perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.
His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After
many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled
sweetly when told his room was ready.
As he manoeuvred his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description
of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.
I love it,’ he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just
been presented with a new puppy.
Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room; just wait.’
‘That doesn’t have anything to do with it,’ he replied.
Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.
Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is
arranged … it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it.
‘It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice;
I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the
parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful
for the ones that do…
Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the new day
and all the happy memories I’ve stored away.. Just for this time in my life.
Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in.
So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank
account of memories!
Thank you for your part in filling my Memory Bank.
I am still depositing.
‘Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.


Apr 192009

I absolutely love sunsets so the result had to be ‘dusk’ for me …

You Are Dusk

You are a naturally idealistic and creative person. You look forward to nights where everything is possible.
You spend most of your energy on play. Work is okay, but the true you emerges after the work day is done.
You’re an offbeat type that doesn’t like rules or schedules. Life’s too short to waste at a desk in a cube.
Whether you spend your night socializing or working on side projects, you like that your time is yours.

Are You Dusk or Dawn?

These quizes are a bit of a giggle ….

Jan 192009

I received one of those emails today titled ‘Dog Logic’. Of course it had lots of cute photos and captions but this was my favourite one. I love pups – aren’t they just gorgeous with their wiggling noses!! It makes me want to pick them all up for a cuddle …. one at a time of course. Isn’t God good to us, to give us such adorable creatures to love and enjoy.

Dec 062008

I’ve been tagged by Therese from Aussie Coffee Shop

According to the rules, I have to post six things that make me really happy … and pass it on to give six more people a reason to be thankful!

Here are my 6 things – they’re not in order of preference …..

1.  Good Quality chocolate

2.  A good cup of Real Coffee (espresso)

3.  Painting and creating

4.  Warm sunny days

5.  Going out with my son

6.  Magnificent sunsets

I’m tagging the following –

Leanne from Roses, Tea and Our Lady

Tania from Out Back

Tricia from Do Whatever He Tells You

Elisabeth from Elisa With Love

Esther from A Catholic Mom in Hawaii

Mrs L from At The Wellsprings of Traditional Life

Nov 242008

This is probably not new to many of you. My son sent to me via email a few weeks back but I never got around to posting it here until I came across it again on this delightful blog A Bit Of Blarney . This continues my fabulous discoveries of more enjoyable Catholic blogs.

A friend sent this to me. It’s been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and fish… all before making a human. He made and provided what we’d need before we were born. These are best & more powerful when eaten raw. We’re such slow learners…God left us great clues as to what foods help what part of our body!
God’s Pharmacy! Amazing!

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye… and YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.
A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All o f the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.
Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.
A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.
Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.
Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.
Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).
Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.
Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.
Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries
Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.
Onions look like the body’s cells. Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

Isn’t this amazing!

Nov 172008

I couldn’t let today pass without posting a huge Birthday Blessing here for my mum.

What would we do without our mums!

Thank you mum for your kind support throughout the years. May the Lord Bless you abundantly and may He grant you your heart’s desires.

Lots of Love,

Elena xxxxxxxx