Category Archives: Life’s like that

The Invaluable Advice of the Berenstain Bears

Growing up, I absolutely loved reading. And I’m sure like anyone, there’s always that series of books that was your favourite. For me it was The Bernstein Bears. Every time I’d buy a new one and add it to my collection I’d get so excited, reading it over and over until I’d near memorised it.  The first of the series was published in 1962 and they are still going on today, even though Jan and Stan Berenstain passed away not too long ago. Just to show that the books are indeed timeless! Not only was it so much fun to hear about the lives of sister bear, brother bear, papa and mama bear, but each book started off with some valuable advice. Below are some quotes that even at 25, hold just as true.

1) On fruit, and strangers:  “You can’t always tell from the outside which are the ‘bad apples’”.

2) On not forgetting your manners and warning us future adults of potential road rage “Please and Thank you, help quite a lot…manners and courtesy are just as important away from home—especially on the road”.

3) On the importance of saving money “When little bears spend every nickel and penny, the trouble with money is – they never have any”.  Same holds true of big bears.

4) On the importance of a proper diet “healthy food is good”. Pretty straight forward there.

5) And the age old honesty is the best policy…”No matter how you hope, no matter how you try, you can’t make truth out of a lie…”

Thank you Berenstain Bears!!!

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Seeking Single Sock…

…to spend quality time with in cozy bottom Drawer.

The below socks have lost their other half in a dry tumble while vacationing in the laundry room. Has anyone seen their other half?

But I guess that’s the thing with socks. Somewhere between the laundry basket and back to drawer status, a few tend to go missing. Vanishing, never to reappear. To quote Jack Nicholson in Heartburn “Where do all the socks go?”

In order to try and answer this question, I went on a mission to find the other half of each lonely sock, to forever have matching socks on both feet, to have one sock always comforted and wrapped up in their other, identical soulmate sock. I looked everywhere, under the washing machine, in corners of closets, even in other sock inhabited drawers around the house. I managed to find a few…though some just never surfaced. Below are the single socks that have still to find their other half…have you seen them?



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And then there was Light

Spring has arrived! Fingers crossed I say this with caution as it might be a false alarm. NONETHELESS. I think this fine sunny day deserves some Oh–Land, lemonade, popsicles, shorts, a good book & pair of nice shades. It doesn’t matter if its not that warm yet, but for now, Europe has emerged from the dark ages…Happy Sunny Day 🙂

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Fool Me Once, Fool Me Twice, April Fools is not so Nice

Photograph by Rania Zeidan

Photograph by Rania Zeidan

Here’s a picture of what it looks outside my window on this “spring” day. Ok maybe it’s a bit higher up in the mountains than right outside my window…but the point stays the same, it is still winter! With Switzerland having just had it’s coldest March since 1987 & the UK since 1962! Let alone the rest of Europe which is equally as cold.

If April showers brings May flowers, then March snow just brings more snow.

I wish I could say ‘April fools’, but unfortunately it is a reality. Europe is being frozen over it seems and winter is enjoying its long over-stayed presence with us this year. I guess a few snowboarding & snowshoeing days wouldn’t hurt, though my skin could use a much needed vitamin-D tan.

On days like these, I can’t help but quote my friend Eeyore again…on being optimistic…through times of cold weather…

“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.

“So it is.”

“And freezing.”

“Is it?”

“Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”

You’re right Eeeyore, we haven’t had an earthquake lately. Good point.

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Having an Eeyore Day

“The old grey donkey, Eeyore stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, “Why?” and sometimes he thought, “Wherefore?” and sometimes he thought, “Inasmuch as which?” and sometimes he didn’t quite know what he was thinking about.”

I am a big fan of the wise words of Winnie-the-Pooh and his deranged friends.

So when you’re feeling down, it’s ok to have an Eeyore day where you think about nothing, and everything, or just don’t know what to think about. Commit to it, Live it. Just try not to let it drag on to other days of the week…because at that point you’ve just become an Eeyore, and no one wants to be around a mopey ass all the time.

However, having said that, you can allow yourself a few Sundays a year to just be gloomy confused Eeyore… add some Billie Holiday into the mix and you’ve got yourself a perfect grey-day mood. If you’re going to have a gloomy Sunday, you might as well make it a good one.

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