At the top of Bray Hill, Valentia Island, 2011. Photo-Ed Lyons

“When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.” -Unknown

“When you don’t feel like doing anything, just do something.” – Lisa Lyons, on a sleepy Monday morning 😉

Yes, it’s Monday. And regardless of how I feel, how tired I am, etc……this is the only chance I have to live this day. So I am writing, and looking out my kitchen window. The sun is very bright. Good thing. Yesterday’s snow is melting, yet glistening. Good thing. I have a warm house and had food for my breakfast, and lots of good Irish tea. Good thing.

Thanks be to God, who puts up with my tired, unmotivated self, and lets me begin to see something good and true in the day. Very good thing.

However you are feeling this morning, be kind to yourself. And I am praying that your day goes as smoothly as it can, that you have good tea at your disposal, and a fair view to look upon. Also, that tonight’s sleep will be better than the last. 🙂 Love, Lisa

Good Morning

“Do you wish me a good morning,
or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not;
or that you feel good this morning;
or that it is a morning to be good on?”
~Gandalf, The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
You and I can ponder on this for a while, or maybe not, or maybe just for a brief moment.  Whatever path your feet are upon today, may God smooth your way.  Slainte, Lisa

New Born Day

“The innocent brightness of a new born day is lovely yet.”

-William Wordsworth


“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”  – Lamentations 3 :23

Your day, brand new, given to you, all wrapped up by God.  Enjoy seeing what’s inside.  Slainte, Lisa

Conundrum conundrum

I am stuck and need help.  I have been rather fixated for the past day on the word “conundrum.”  It’s one of those words that I really like, and I have on occasion tried to use, but truthfully, I really can’t wrap my mind around the full meaning.  Here’s good old Webster’s words of wisdom:

: a riddle whose answer is or involves a pun
a: a question or problem having only a conjectural answer
b: an intricate and difficult problem
OK, all you readers…I got meaning 2.  It’s meaning 1, the riddle with the pun answer that kind of boggles me.  I looked “conundrum riddles” up on google, and mostly just found a lot of silly jokes with word pun answers.  Is that all there is?  It feels like it should be something more, something deeper, you know…more of a conundrum.  🙂
The best thing I found was a passage from Alice in Wonderland from Lewis Carroll:
“Why is a raven like a writing desk?”[…]

“Have you guessed the riddle yet?” the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.

“No, I give it up,” Alice replied. “What’s the answer?”

“I haven’t the slightest idea,” said the Hatter.

“Nor I,” said the March Hare.

Alice sighed wearily. “I think you might do something better with the time,” she said, “than wasting it in asking riddles that have no answers.”

So maybe that’s what the conundrum is; we can’t really figure out what it is or what it really means, and that is the perplexing part that makes it the conundrum.
If any of you are conundrum experts, please write and share your wisdom with me.  🙂   Slainte, Lisa