In Returning and Rest

Hello friends, and welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope you are all enjoying the remainder of the summer in good health.

For me, this summer season was a time of soul healing, and in turn, a beginning of healing for my body, as well. As St. John put it in the salutation of his 3rd letter to the early Christians, that we prosper and be in health even as our soul prospers. That is something to meditate on, for the soul is the seat of our thoughts and emotions, which determine, for the most part, the well being our bodies and most every other area of our lives.

The above image carries a verse from Isaiah that I was shown during prayer time at the very beginning of the season. I took it to heart. The desire to create had completely left me during the last months leading to the end of a disheartening eleven year job, so I took the Isaiah verse and the tender Love that embodies it and wrapped myself in it like a small cocoon. Praise and thanksgiving became my daily bread. One day, while perusing Pinterest, the urge to create came over me, and I decided to try one of the many (many, many, MANY) “one of these days” ideas I had been saving over the years. (As I delighted myself in the Lord, He gave me the desires of my heart – Psalm 37:4)

Happily, I’ve been…

Eating healthier…

Creating again…

AND


Enjoying the simple and lovely things in life…
with, as I wrote many times over the years in my nightly journal, “the blessing of full time-leisure time to do the work of my joy”.

I hope to share many of my new projects and recipes over time and perhaps they’ll inspire you as much as they have me.

Thank you for strolling by today and visiting me on Leisure Lane.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Until Next Time, May Happy Days Abound!

In April 2010, I launched Leisure Lane. It was a place to gather and share some of my “talents”. Though it didn’t turn out exactly the way I had hoped, I’ve met some lovely people along the way, enjoying the many talents around the world and in my own “neck of the woods”, and for that I’m grateful.

However, Leisure Lane has seemed to come to her season of winter; a quiet repose has settled around her and a stillness that echos only the wind through her trees. I’m not sure where to take it from here…truthfully, I’m not sure where to take me from here. I really don’t know what direction my life is going at the moment, and my last few posts are evidence I have nothing of any real interest to share with you. So, I am taking an indefinite break from blogging and internet media until I am able to discover something of more significance in myself that’s really worth sharing. I hope to occasionally hop over to visit some of my blogger friends who are always creating the most lovely things.

Thank you for your visits, your comments, and your friendships. It was a good run for the most part, and I don’t regret one moment of it. May your days be blessed, may your life be fruitful, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Love,

Marianne ♥

P.S. No need to leave a comment, as I won’t be back to check them in the near future. Thank you.

Turning Over a New Leaf – Literally

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Welcome to Leisure Lane, friends, and Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers out there.

When we decide to start life anew, there’s usually a decision to turn over a new leaf, as well – usually a whole tree load, like beginning a new exercise routine, or deciding to eat healthier, rest more, etc. – you get the idea. For me, it was all of the former (again), AND to stop eating off the indescribable “yunk” (yuck and junk) that was in the over-the-counter lipsticks. Even some of the so-called “natural” brands still have some less than desirable items in them. Not that I’d completely rule out those brands, but, if I can get something better, I will.

I came across 100% Pure products a few years back and promised myself “one day”. You know how that goes . Well, that one day came, and I hopped over to their website for some orders. Let me say that 100% Pure is not paying me for this post or in any wise knows of me, except for my orders.

What drew me to their products was the fact that they REALLY are 100% pure! Their products are fruit pigmented and you can read all the ingredients for each product as listed on their site. The pigments are strong and last a long time.

I haven’t tried all of their products, but they are always offering specials, which is how I got the above products free, which were being offered if you spent a certain amount. Even the mascara is pigmented naturally  – the one that came in the free offer was their Blueberry and is pigmented with blueberries. You can even smell a hint of them. And even their containers are sturdy and pretty! I can’t bring myself to throw them away!

The free products came in this sweet makeup pouch.

With a delightful lining.
(apologies for the blurry photo)

They are pricey (but no more than the big brand department store), and I will say that some of their colors don’t perfectly match the swatch color on their site, so it may be hit and miss; but their return or exchange policy is very easy. But so far, I like their products immensely, so it’s worth it, in my opinion.

If you want to research them more, there are many personalized swatch and review Youtube videos out there. That’s how I did most of my research, while waiting for the right time to purchase.

Well, I just thought I’d share. If you’re interest in checking them out, you can click here on 100% Pure, and it will bring you to their site.

Thank you for strolling by today, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

O Happy Days!

Hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying a lovely weekend. Just a quick note to let you all know I no longer work at the job I had. God’s mercy is new everyday! Now I am free to go and serve the Lord – to pray more, to find more, to be more! I look forward to spreading my wings as God leads with new direction.

Thank you for your constant encouragement and patience. I appreciate every person who has visited Leisure Lane – both friends and casual acquaintances – you have made this journey more loving and tolerable. Always remember to stop and smell the roses – you never know what inspiration may come from it.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Clover All Over

Hi, everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope you are enjoying a lovely spring day.

Well, if you aren’t allergic, don’t underestimate the beauty and simplicity of clover. It’s all over and makes for a quick, easy, and pretty small bouquet. You can also add some colors with yellow, blue, or other colored wildflowers growing around your yard. I picked these yesterday, before the yard received a mowing.

When my sister and I were little girls, we would pick clover and tie them together to make crowns for our heads – does anyone else remember doing that?

I hope you enjoyed this little post. Delight yourself in the Lord and the day, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

I Heart Cinnamon and Sugar

Hello everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane, where ANYTHING is possible – really!  I ♥ cinnamon and sugar, and had to share this with you. I just made myself a cup of tea, and once in a while I like to add a little mixture of cinnamon and sugar. I keep a mixture of it in a small container. Today, when I made the tea, I decided to put some of that good stuff in it, so I took the tiny little spoon/scoop that is attached to the container, scooped out a bit of the sweet mixture, and dumped it into the tea….Look how it landed! A sweet heart shape that let me know God is always on my side. I had been talking to him a bit earlier before making the tea. I hope this gives you hope that God is on your side, as well. He is always listening, loving and ready to answer us at every moment.

Back to the cinnamon sugar mixture – I used maple sugar instead of white sugar…yum.

Thank you for strolling by the lane. May you be blessed today and everyday, and…

until next time, may happy days abound!

 

Marianne

It’s a Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful Day!

Hello everyone and welcome to Leisure Lane. Today I am over-the-top happy because after nearly 3 months of (and I exaggerate not) dark, overcast, gloomy skies, the SUN is shining! Yes, the sun…the glorious sun. It should last for a couple of days before going back to gray. So, while I was outside soaking up some of this glory from heaven, a song came to me and I’d like to share it with you. I hope you are enjoying a sunny day, wherever you are.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

A Beautiful Day

Come and join me and say,
“It’s a beautiful day;”
The clouds disappeared,
And the sun is all cheered.
There’s no worries in here;
My mind is all clear…
It’s a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful day.

There’s no time for a funk,
I don’t want all that junk,
That the world tries to give,
I’d much rather forgive.
But we can all sing,
And get into the swing…
Of a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful day.

Cast your cares over to the Lord
And before you know it, you’ll be restored.
Just put your burdens right in His hand,
And sing hallelujah all through the land.

Let the cool breezes flow,
With my get up and go.
Don’t mind if I dance,
Or friskily prance.
Can’t hold it back now,
I’ve got my hand to the plow…
It’s a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful day.

There’s no time to waste,
Now that the sky is all chaste,
And the sun’s all ablaze
I just have to give praise.
I don’t know about you,
But I know this is true…
It’s a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful day.

It’s a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful daaaay!

 

Marianne Coyne©March 19, 2019

This song came to me outside in the sunshine, after months of dark, overcast weather.

 

Every Day Is a New Day

Good day, everyone and welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope you are enjoying a wonderful New Day!  Back in mid-January I wrote a little song that came to me as I sat down to breakfast. Well, as you can imagine, breakfast had to wait a bit while I wrote it down. I’d like to share it with you in hopes you, too, can experience a new day any time of the day when we count our blessings. It seems to put things into perspective, giving us a new lease on life. Enjoy the poem/song and your new day, and many blessings to you.

Every Day Is a New Day

Every day is a new day.
Every day is a chance at Life.
Every day is a new day
To put behind you all your worries and strife.

And remember all the blessings that God bestows,
They’re the only things that matter, O heaven knows…
Today is the day, it’s a new day
To begin your Life.

Every day is a new day.
Every day is chance in the now.
Every day is a new day
To acquaint yourself with all of the WOW.

Just remember all the blessings that God bestows,
They’re the only things that matter, O heaven knows…
Today is the day, it’s a new day
To begin your Life.

Marianne Coyne
January 16, 2019

 

A Midwinter’s Spring Cleaning

Hello everyone! I hope the new year is being good to you, so far.

Believe it or not, we are seeing trees begin to bloom in the area. What!? Yes, trees beginning to bloom in this, so far, very mild winter we are experiencing here in coastal Texas. So, I’ve been taking advantage of some necessary “spring” cleaning. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like clutter, and a “little birdie” is telling me some really good things are about to happen. So, cleaning and uncluttering is a must to let in the good about to manifest. Also, by “behind the scenes” happenstance, the rest of my Knittington Fairy cards are in a new tea room that opened recently in our town. It’s a wonderful place and a co-owner loved the fairies. I’m keeping my heart opened for good things to begin to find my work. And with prayer, I’m keeping opened to God to be led on the perfect path for me.

As you may have read in a previous post, I have semi-retreated from the job I have, so I’m only working about 2-3 days a week. That has done wonders for my well-being and energy level.

What about you? Are you having some good feelings about 2019? And what is your weather inspiring you to do? I’d love to hear from you.

Well, that’s all for now. Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Novellas are Making a Popular Comeback

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Hi, everyone. Hope you are enjoying the beginning of this new year with good health.

Allow me to tell you why I love writing shortstories and novellas. I can pack a lot of story into a short amount of reading time, which allows the reader to relax with a good story (and their favorite cup o’) without having to take too much time out of their busy schedules to finish it. I believe novellas are seeing a popular comeback. I’d love to hear what you think about the subject.

Thank you for stopping by Leisure Lane, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

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