The Beauty of Using it Now!

I wonder who came up with the acronym of YOLO?  You Only Live Once

What a great succint way to say ” Do it now”  “Don’t wait until tomorrow”  “Be in the moment.”

I even know someone who named their dog YOLO

There needs to be an acronym for “Don’t save it for a rainy day or the perfect moment”  If you come up with one please share.

I am referring to saving things that are just so beautiful or so expensive or whatever for just the right moment.

Well I can tell you right now that right moment may never come.  I learned that in a rather heartbreaking way when we cleaned out my parent’s house.  There were things in their original boxes because they were “too good” to be used and guess what I did?

The ones I loved I pulled out and starting using because who knows what tomorrow will bring?

This photo is a perfect example of being in the moment.  Last year we were traveling through a rural part of Virginia.  Well maybe not too rural because they had a McDonalds.  We stopped for some iced tea and there beside the restaurant was a field of sunflowers in full bloom.

It was amazing and I insisted we stop and take photos.  My very reluctant hubby gave in because he knew there was no point in resisting me when it comes to photos.  Go Paul.  In any case we took some photos  being very careful not to damage anything and I vowed to come back  next year when I could be more prepared.

Of course I forgot all about it until recently we happened to be in the area around the same time of year and I looked for the sunflowers.


It was now a field of corn.

Had I waited for the perfect outfit, for the perfect time I would have missed it.

Not a huge problem, nothing to lose sleep over but still it brought me so much joy and still does.  More importantly it is a constant reminder not to wait and practice the fine art of YOLO with the little and the big things.

As you might already know the younger generation has no interest in antiques, fine china and all the things we have in our homes and cupboards.  Actually I stopped using my china because the whole family complained about having to wash it by hand.

Then I read about a family whose special needs son had trouble sitting at dinner.  They decided to do dinner by candlelight once a week.  How lovely.  Now I doubted they used the good china with small children but the candlelight alone proved to be a calming atmosphere so the entire family could dine together.

In that vein I decided that since I really do love my china and anything by candlelight I would start using our fine china once a week knowing full well it would be my job to hand wash it 🙂

In full disclosure it hasn’t happened yet because the china is still in storage but when it gets upacked and used  there will be photos I promise.

Look around.  What aren’t you using that you love?  What do you only pull out for special occasions?  Use the Chanel Perfume. Take the trip.  Stop by the old church.  Get the photo.  Make the visit with a cherished friend happen.  Phone a friend 🙂

As I am writing this I am wondering why we never eat breakfast by candlelight especially on those cold winter mornings.  How lovely.  If this breakfast by candlelight starts trending know you heard it here first.:)

Here’s to being in the moment and as always keep triing,


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I was recently published in the book ” So God Made a Mother” ( you can order it here)and I am working on a yet to be named novel.  My six grandchildren keep me young and my very organized hubby Paul tolerates my very unorganized self.  Opposites do attract 🙂

And yes Paul looked at me strangely this morning when I drank my coffee by candlelight.  I do keep his life interesting 🙂



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