It is not the beginning of the year but summer might also be a good time to establish a new habit. In fact, come to think of it ANY time is a good time. I have to admit that I tried to install a new habit several times a year (for instance: drink more water!) but I failed. The only habits I tend to keep are: declutter your surfaces and shine your sink (thank you a lot fly lady and Aby!!!)
So off to new habits: Last week I was reminded by an email from Jessica that reminded me of sending more letters. And with letters I mean rel ones. Remeber snail mail? So on Saturday I announced to my family that Sunday would be our new day for letter writing. We sat down after tea and everybody wrote at least one letter or postcard. They don't have to be long and elaborated (that would be too much for the children). Sometimes a nice card or a sweet ephemera and some nice words will do the same. It is just a way of giving something very valuable: time.
We tend to write a lot of emails, we twitter, send SMS's, comment on blogs. But remember how it feels to have not only bills in the mailbox but colorful envelopes and picture postcards? I love it! And I remeber all the wonderful postcards my uncle sent to my grandma when I was a child. He travelled the world and sent a postcard from all the places he has been. Sometimes he just sent "Greetings" and his name but my grandma who never travelled could have a piece of the world flying into her kitchen via a picture postcard. And when I was a child I set down on the floor with the box full of cards and sorted them by continent and country and decided where to go as an adult. And when I travelled as a student to Brazil to learn the language and to finally see the Corcovado my grandmother told me that this was my favourite postcard: the one from Rio and as a child I kept asking me and her: "How does uncle Hans find his way from the airport to the Corcovado without knowing the way and without speaking the language?" And you see: I did not travel a lot as a child then... My uncle died some months ago and so did my aunt. And now my cousin is trying to find the boxes with all the old postcards because my grandma gave it to him before she died so he could see where he has been during his business life. And now I would love to see the postcards again I played with as a child and which had such an enormous impact on my way of seing the world!
Because I remebered this so vividly I started buying postcard for the children whenever we went to another city or country. I just wrote the date and with whom we have been there and what we roughly did. So they can see where they have been later in their life.
But now back to the new habit: We managed to write 14 postcards and letters this Sunday (the five of us - jakob only "dictating" his, of course). Wow! That was an outcome. And seeing this pile on the window sill to be posted makes them want to write again this Sunday:
The other habit is this: Try a new recipe every week! And again I started Sunday. I have so many yummy treats pinned on my Pinterest that I had to try some. And me, being a breakfast person tried out this: Bacon, egg and toast cups (by Martha, of course).
(Image by Marths Stewart Living)
It was delicious and I will have to prepare it for guests. So you can make large quantities of bacon and eggs without standing in front of the pan and get rooked. There is even time to have a morning shower in between frying the bacon and taking the cups out of the oven: perfect I'd say!
I don't know what I will try out this week but I will keep you informed about the outcome!
And you? Are you already thinking to whom you could write a few lines or how happy you were last time you got some nice snail mail?
Hugs to you!
Ps: Talking about postcards: I just found a lovely postcard download on Kellie's blog 74 Lime Lane:
Isn't it just lovely? You can find the download here.