Trailer Pick of the Day – Toile de Jouy

Posted by Rebecca

Toile de Jouy is described by Merriam-Webster as”an 18th century French scenic pattern usually printed on cotton, linen, or silk in one color” on a lighter background.  Well, here’s a little Toile de Jouy, 20th century trailer-style.

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Rebecca Knabe

Be Happy!

Posted by Rebecca

We all can use simple tips, doable suggestions and new ideas on how to have a happier life.  In an article, that was recently published here, and is finding its way around the internet, you will find 21 ways to improve your own happiness.  Here’s a rundown:

1. Appreciate Life

Be thankful that you woke up alive each morning; develop a sense of wonder towards life.  Focus on the beauty of every living thing.  Make the most of each day.  Don’t take anything for granted.  Don’t sweat the small stuff.

2. Choose Friends Wisely

Surround yourself with happy, positive people who share your values and goals.  They help you to feel good about yourself, and are there to lend a helping hand when needed.

3. Be Considerate

Accept others for who they are as well as where they are in life.  Treat them with respect.  Be kind, generous, and helpful, without trying to change the other person.  Try to brighten the day of everyone you come into contact with.

4. Learn Continuously

Continue to learn about your current career, hobbies, and interests; and try new ones.

5. Creative Problem Solving

Don’t wallow in self-pity.  Instead, get busy finding a solution.  Don’t let the set backs affect your mood, instead see each new obstacle you face as an opportunity to make a positive change.

6. Do What You Love

Some statistics show that 80% of people dislike their jobs!  No wonder there are so many unhappy people running around.  We spend a great deal of our life working.  So do what you enjoy.  If you can’t change your job, make time for the hobbies and interests that you love.

7. Enjoy Life

Take the time to see the beauty around you.  Take time to smell the roses, watch a sunset or sunrise with a loved one, take a walk along the seashore, hike in the woods.  Learn to live in the present moment and cherish it.

8. Laugh

Don’t take yourself too seriously.  You can find humor in just about any situation.  Learn to laugh at yourself.

9. Forgive

Holding a grudge will hurt no one but you.  Forgive others for your own peace of mind.  When you make a mistake – own up to it – learn from it – and then FORGIVE yourself.

10. Gratitude

Develop an attitude of gratitude.  Be grateful for your home (no matter how tiny or trailer-y it is), your work and your family and friends.  Take the time to tell the ones you love that you are happy they are in your life (you will be thrilled to know you’ve made someone’s day!).

11. Invest in Relationships

Always make sure your loved ones know you love them even in times of conflict.  Nurture and grow your relationships with your family and friends by making the time to spend with them.  Don’t break your promises to them.  Be supportive.

12. Keep Your Word

Honesty is always the best policy.  Every action and decision you make should be based on honesty.  Be honest with yourself and with your loved ones.

13. Take Time to Relax

Learn to relax mentally and physically.  When your body and mind is rested you will have more energy and function at a higher level.

14. Mind Your Own Business

Concentrate on creating your life the way you want it.  Take care of you and your family.  Don’t get overly concerned with what other people are doing or saying.  Don’t get caught up with gossip or name calling.  Don’t judge.

15. Optimism

See the glass as half full.  Find the positive side of any given situation.  It’s there – even though it may be hard to find.  Steer clear of negative thoughts.  If a negative thought creeps in deal with it as best you can, and then replace it with a positive thought.

16. Love Unconditionally

Accept others for who they are.  Don’t put limitations on your love.  Even though you may not always like the actions of your loved ones, continue to love them.

17. Persistence

Never give up.  Face each new challenge with the attitude that it will bring you one step closer to your goal.  You will never fail, as long as you never give up.  Focus on what you want, learn the required skills, make a plan to succeed and take action.  We are always happiest while pursuing something of value to us.

18. Be Proactive

Accept what can not be changed.  Happy people don’t waste energy on circumstances beyond their control.  Accept your limitations as a human being.  Determine what you can control, and focus on that.

19. Self Care

Take good care of your mind, body and health.  Get regular medical check ups.  Eat healthy and work out.  Get plenty of sleep.  Drink lots of water.  Exercise your mind by continually energizing it with interesting and exciting challenges.

20. Self Confidence

Don’t try to be someone who you’re not.  Determine who you are in the inside – your own personal likes and dislikes.  Do the best you can and don’t second guess yourself.  Learn to love yourself.

21. Take Responsibility

Happy people know and understand that they are 100% responsible for their life.  They take responsibility for their moods, attitude, thoughts, feelings, actions and words.  They are the first to admit when they’ve made a mistake.

These are great reminders that can easily fit into our own lives and personalities.  Of course these won’t fix clinical depression, but I bet they would be a great supplement to whatever therapy or medication a doctor recommends.  And these suggestions certainly can’t hurt.  See what you can do to make a happier you!

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Rebecca Knabe

Boston, MA

Posted by Rebecca

Did you know I was born in Massachusetts?  I was born in Falmouth, on the Cape, but left for Canada when I was 2.

I’ve returned to Falmouth once – in 2010 – and to Boston twice – in 2010, and last April when my brother ran in the Boston Marathon.  Like everyone else on Monday, I watched with much sadness as the news unfolded about the terrible events that took place.  It’s hard to understand why anyone would do something like this, and pointless, really, to try.

But I do have hope in humanity, and hope in the future.  And because I’m one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, I believe that God will fix the pain caused by trauma like this.  I’m not going to use this blog as a forum to express my beliefs, but if you have any questions about my optimism for the future, just send me an email and I would be happy to answer them.  Or you can visit our official website here.

This attack on the city, and on the runners and their friends and families, has left me nostalgic and remembering the great times I have spent there.  So I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos of the city that’s just down the road from my birthplace….

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Rebecca Knabe

Weekend Away

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At this time two weeks ago I was road-tripping to the San Francisco Bay Area with my dear friend, Monica.  We visited her sister-in-law and our friend, Alaina, who moved there from Reno a couple of years ago.

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It was a fantastic weekend of catching up, shopping, eating and movies.

We didn’t really do any sight-seeing – we were too busy enjoying each others’ company – but I did get some fun shots of the Bay Bridge on our way into the city.

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If you are ever in Burlingame, just south of San Francisco, you must try this superb Burmese restaurant that Alaina took us to, called Mingalaba.  I had never tried Burmese food before (Burma – or Myanmar – shares a border with Thailand), but I love trying new cuisines.  We had an amazing meal full of new and old flavors like curry, coconut, and tea leaves.  It was such a treat, and I will be back!

Rebecca Knabe

Tiny Yard, Big Bounty

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My good friend, and former roommate, Natasha, moved next door a few months ago.  It’s a great arrangement – kinda like roomies, but each with our own tiny places.

We do have separate yards, but decided to combine our produce efforts.  So we went half-sies on seeds, starter pots and dirt; and spent last Sunday night planting.  If things turn out right – I’m hoping her green thumb dominates my much-less-than-green thumb – we should have enough fruits and veggies to last us through the summer and beyond.  There will be tomatoes and lettuce and cucumbers and squash and strawberries and herbs and broccoli….  Oh my!

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I’m feeling pretty optimistic because I was able to grow (for the first time in my life) quite a few tomatoes and herbs last year – so much so that I still have homemade pesto in the freezer.  And this year I’m hoping that my tiny garden will give me an even bigger bounty!

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Rebecca Knabe

My Brother and I – Now and Then

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My brother recently visited for 6 days.  His first time seeing the Pink Trailer in real life.  How exciting for him!  😉  In addition to our race, Liam and I did some sight-seeing around Reno/Tahoe, and enjoyed a lot of time just hanging out.  We haven’t had the opportunity to spend time, just the two of us, since he was a baby.

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Liam was born when I was 15.  Our mom died 8 months later.  I loved spending time with him back then.  I used to drop him off at daycare on my way to school, and pick him up after.  I would get dirty looks from grouchy old ladies at the grocery store who thought he was mine.  He’s the closest thing I’ve ever had to my own baby.  Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my control, we only lived together until he was a year and a half old.  So I really treasure the time we get to spend together, like this past visit.

Here are some photos of his time here….

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We drove partially around Lake Tahoe on our way back from Modesto, CA.  It was beautiful as always.

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We explored some old casinos.

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Found some new downtown artwork.

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Enjoyed spring blossoms.

And even though Liam is a 23-year-old grown up now, he will always be my baby brother.

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Rebecca Knabe

Modesto Half Marathon

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My brother, Liam, and I completed the Modesto Half Marathon in California two weekends ago.  We rose in the middle of the night; running before the sun was up and before the temperature was too balmy.  It was great to run a race together – although we weren’t really “together.”

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Liam is more than twice as fast as me.  He came in 6th out of about 1,250 people.  He also came in 3rd for his age group, and received a medal.  I came in around 950.  He set a personal best time of 1 hour 19 minutes.  I barely missed my personal best with 2 hours 49 minutes – my previous best is 2 hours 48 minutes.  If only I had known how close I was….  I would have picked up the pace at the end….  Maybe forcing myself to be less distracted by the older guy running alongside me, wearing a wool ski hat and a large overnight backpack for the duration of the race.

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The race was interesting.  It is, very possibly, the flattest course of all time.  The only change in elevation is the overpass you use to get across the freeway.  My favorite parts of the course were running through the pretty, old downtown neighborhood, and then later when we ran through lovely orchards with blossoming fruit trees and fully stocked orange trees here and there.

Other than that, the course was quite monotonous.  However, the organizers seemed aware of that, and put lots of effort into pulling together an organized and fun event.  The finish line had tonnes of free food and drinks for the racers, free massages, free photos, and live music.  In fact, there was lots of live music throughout the race course as well.  But Liam didn’t get to enjoy any of it.  Apparently, if you are too fast the bands aren’t ready for you, and you have to zip by in silence.  Just one more reason to maintain my sloth-like pace….  😉

My favorite part of the race was around mile 11, when I caught sight of Liam holding this sign for me:

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Despite the poor choice of the word “your,” I will take his support and sweet sentiments any day.  We ran along, side by side, for the last two miles.  Him, talking non-stop; me, just trying to stay upright and moving forward.  It was great.  I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Rebecca Knabe