October 11, 2013

Flowers, Quotes, Cookies and...Randomness

White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies have always been high on my list. 
I thought I'd treat you to a bit of a random post today...positive randomness I love. 
Summer memories never fade away...
I grow herbs in small pots outside my kitchen. They stay neighborhood cat free...they don't have much to do with them!
{Photo of Bruges taken on my Brussels trip three years ago. Bruges is a charming little town in Belgium.}
{It really feels like Fall outside!}
{Be the person your dog thinks you are.}

I firmly believe that it's really useful to get exposed to randomness from time to time...try new things, travel, talk to people, search for new friends. The more we are exposed to randomness (and take the opportunity), the wider our perspective becomes and the more confident about our own ability to deal with life's challenges we become.
All too often, I found myself spending more time exploring the unknown, thinking, exposing myself to interesting things, taking in new experiences. Somehow randomness fires inspiration. Eventually.

I'd love to hear, do you seek out randomness to stay stimulated? Or do you tend to go the routine route?

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx


P.S. I've finally reached the fifth step today. Yipee!

78 comments:

Sandra said...

I stalled on the first photo when I smelled those cookies.. yum... and i like all your random shots especially the church view and that sweet face at the end.. i would so love to become what my dogs think i am and what they are.. kind, loving, forgiving, never holds a grudge, doesn't yell back if i raise my voice.
I am totally routine minded in what i do... but i love doing different things, but my daily life is by the clock.
that cartoon at the end is me completely. anything new i try to learn, i go through the I can't do it as the first step and I won't do it as the 2nd and on up until i complete it.
when i learned photo shop i did the first two steps over and over and when i waned my real estate license i would cry and say i can't learn this... but i DID.

ΑΘΗΝΑ said...

I don't search for new things often.Most times when I tried to change my routine the things got worse so I prefer to do what I do usually.

Crissi said...

Oh, I like cookies! The dog is so lovely,☺
nice weekend
Crissi

Kelly said...

I like your idea of randomness in this post - especially that first photo of the cookies. Yum!

I tend to let myself get in ruts, but then randomness seems to find ME and put an end to the rut!

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Betty, Happy Fall to you.. Love the photo of the church... NEAT!!

I'm a cookie lover --and would rather have cookies than cake or pies.... YUM.

Love the diagram of the Steps... That is neat... I did that with losing weight... Now --I can say that "Yes, I did it".... BUT--I need to be careful not to go back down those steps again... ha

Hugs,
Betsy

Lynn said...

I am all about randomness - so love this post. :)

Barb said...

Oh, what lovely photos. I wish I had one of those cookies on this snowy day in CO! I'm going to show your steps to my Grandchildren - a good reminder for us all. I'm in the throes of remodeling - complete randomness!

Trac~ said...

Hello my friend! Hope all is well your way. Is that your beautiful dog? My mother's husband has a pillow that has that same quote about being the person your dog thinks you are! :) I've missed chatting with you and have been sad you've not had time to stop by my blog and say hello lately. Please stop by when you get a chance! Big big hugs my BBFF!!! Have a wonderful weekend. PS - pictures are lovely as usual! xoxoxo

Gail Dixon (LaBelle) said...

Oh, dear goodness, white chocolate is my weakness! A lovely collection of photos here, but the one I paused to admire the most was the butterfly on the glass. Love that!

Sylvia K said...

I love your random shots for the day, Betty, and I particularly love your doggie!! Such a cutie!! Oh, yes, and I'll take a plate of cookies, too!! Fun post! Hope you have a great weekend!!

TexWisGirl said...

i LOVE the tiny butterfly perched on the water glass. and i really, really like the bokeh shot!!! nice bunch of beauty, betty!

Susan Deborah said...

Dear Betty, hope you're doing well. Randomness is definitely fun than the expected routineness. I loved all your expressions through the pictures. The butterfly one was simply beautiful to behold.

I have reached step five!

Take care
xoxo

Joy always,
Susan

It's me said...

I wish i could smell your cookies !! enjoy this weekend darling...i am hal away your steps,...love Ria...x !

Magia da Inês said...

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Um show de fotos!!!!

°º✿✿°•.¸Bom fim de semana, repleto de alegrias e saúde!!!
Beijinhos¸.•°♡彡
¸.°º✿♫ •°
°º✿✿Brasil°•.¸

Dennis Evans said...

Does white chocolate actually have any real chocolate at all. I like it, but it's just creamy sweetness. I seem to be a routine person.

Our photos said...

Beautiful Photos and White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies is yummy!
Greetings, RW & SK

sky-blu-pink said...

Beautiful randomness! Love the butterfly!

barbara l. hale said...

Whoa! Those cookies look great! Wonderful batch of photos today. Yes, fall is in the air.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Ooooh yummy cookies! I'll take one (or three) please :)

That photo of Bruges is lovely. Looks like a great place to visit. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

marijke said...

I wish I could take my bike and have a cup of tea with you together and have a taste of this delicious cookies Betty. But I think when I arrive (that will be weeks and weeks ahead)before I arrive, the cookies are not there anymore. (lol)
What a fantastic photo of the butterfly on the glass, very, very special.
Have a great weekend Betty.

Linda said...

I liked the artsy look of the third photo, but the shot of the butterfly on the glass is magical.

Cloudia said...

Yes! Serendipity rocks and so do you.


Aloha

Mari-Pi-R said...

Las galletas tienen muy buena pinta y por los ingredientes seguro que están muy buenas.
Un feliz fin de semana.

Tamara Camera said...

Such gorgeous photos. The pink rose almost looks edible! I seek out randomness. Road trips, conventions, weird stores, whatever. I think you can probably see that in my photography! I do love a routine thing during the week, although it doesn't really mesh well with me. I guess I'm more random than routine at heart.

dianne said...

Those cookies look delicious, I really enjoy cranberries and the town of Bruges looks so beautiful.
Gorgeous photos all of them and your cute little dog, I love the randomness you have chosen.
I like randomness, I like to explore new places and see what I shall find.
A great post as always dear Betty, have a wonderful weekend!
hugs and kisses
xoxoxo ♡

Riot Kitty said...

My brain works in random ways, so I suppose that's just the way I'm wired.

How did you get the butterfly one?!

Now I want white chocolate, btw. I have never had that combination though.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Betty, Your cookies look delicious! Bruges looks like a lovely place to visit. I am always trying, congrats on reaching the 5th step. Cute puppy dog! Enjoy your weekend!

rainfield61 said...

Oh yes,it is really cute.

Hilary said...

I agree - we need to open ourselves to randomness - the fun that follows is always worth it!

Mersad said...

That dog is so cute. Almost looks like my maltese Beni.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Jobi and Fisher said...

I am a little more random that I think I should be, but it seems I always end up there. I might as well enjoy the ride! Outstanding photo of your sweet dog here.

Leovi said...

Yes , delicious photos, I especially like the third with paper boats ! The sixth , with the window is an abstraction very interesting! A hug !

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Well, life is just alot of randomness strung together to appear it has some order. :) Love your post today. xo

Brian Miller said...

wow...some beautiful shots...love the paper boat summer memories....the other that really jumped out at me was the tree tops bathed in such brilliant light...

thanks for dropping over today...smiles.

Terri Buster said...

Lovely church and of course, the cutie at the end isn't spoiled, right? What a sweet face!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I like randoms! Well done.

Cheers from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Diane AZ said...

Really fun post Betty, I love your pictures and thoughts about randomness!

magiceye said...

Delightful captures all!!

Rajesh said...

Great captures. I too love those cookies.

Lowell said...

Lots of good stuff here; fun to look at and some thoughtful material, too. Food for the body and for the mind!

And some nice artsy work!

Merci!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

The effects of that fading picture are spectacular. Thanks for your inspiring words about the inspiration of randomness. I go random all the time =). I like your positive take on it. It does lead us to unexpected creativity.

Be well, dear friend.
xoRobyn

Mandy Southgate said...

I agree with you - randomness is a good thing! Isn't Bruges lovely? I visited in May but have somehow never blogged about it yet.

Pantherka said...

Superb pictures, great job.

Łucja-Maria said...

Hello Betty!
I am delighted with your wonderful blog.
I admire your great photos ...
Thank you very much for visiting.
I send greetings and wish you a nice week.
Greetings.
Lucia

tinajo said...

Lovely and fun post! :-)

Gringo said...

Well, the cookies were too tempting so I moved on quickly, I hovered a bit over the great shot of the butterfly, and yes, the fifth step is the most important!
Thanks for joining my blog, and nice to link up!

Angel Corrochano said...

El mundo se compone de pequeñas cosas y las das toda su importancia en tus fotografías.
Permíteme que me quede con las galletas ;-)))
Saludos

....Petty Witter said...

Great to be back visiting with you. Isn't it wonderful that we are able to share a cookie even if it is a virtual one. x

Cezar and Léia said...

Bruges is an enchanting place, isn't it? :)
Love your pictures and thoughts, you always prepare beautiful and interesting posts!Thanks for sharing!
Léia

AmyLK LK said...

such beautiful pictures! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. those cookies look YUM!

sylvi said...

Kauniita kuvia.
Ihana ruusu.
Kiitos vierailusta blogissani♥
http://sylvi-elmluonnossa.blogspot.com/

DeniseinVA said...

I love your randomness!

Ercotravels said...

Beautiful set of your photos! such nice quotes..

Christa Mavropoulou said...

τι νόστιμα μπισκότα Μπέτυ!!!Μου΄ρχεται να αρπάξω μερικά μέσα από την οθόνη-))
Η σκυλίτσα σου είναι πανέμορφη,αν και δεν κατάλαβα την ερώτηση...για τα μαλλιά?
Και φυσικά όλες οι φωτογραφίες σου....μαγεία-)
Πολλά φιλιά!

Leovi said...

Wonderful butterfly on the rim of the glass!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I made those cookies fairly recently. They are tasty!

TheChieftess said...

Yep...those cookies look so good I can smell them!!! Love your random shots...very eclectic!!! And a randomly good idea!!!

Catherine said...

Gosh...now I need to go bake some cookies! Yummy!!! I like that little cartoon - so true!
And I simply love the little butterfly on the water glass. Perfection!
xo Catherine

Lola said...

Love those cookies - such a great, fun post & blog!

George said...

I really like randomness, and this post is just about perfect as far as I'm concerned. I must say that the cookies look delicious.

Giga said...

Przypadkowości nie do końca lubię. Lubię coś sobie zaplanować i wykonać. Zaplanowane było na przykład zobaczenie Brugii i byłam tam. Przypadkowo można było zrobić zdjęcie motyla. Pozdrawiam serdecznie.
Randomness not really like it. I like something the plan and execute. Was scheduled for example see Bruges, and I was there. Incidentally, you could take a picture of a butterfly. Yours sincerely.

Birgitta said...

Such great and special photos! Like a lot!
Have a wonderful weekend you too!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I never had that combination of white chocolate and cranberry, they sounds (and looks) yummy. Lovely photos!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I never heard that combination of white chocolate and cranberry, that sounds really good. I really like your photos!

Ann said...

All the images are beautiful, I love the chapel in fall with the golden colors. Your chart is really neat, a friend of mine a few weeks ago said "when you say you'll try, its the same as a well planned lie". Thanks for visiting.
Ann

Bob Bushell said...

Wow, there are loads of pictures and all them are superb. I love the little dog.

Karen said...

Wonderful shots, and a cute dog!

MastHoliday said...

Beautiful set of your photos!! love the dog..

Ashley Newton said...

I love your photographs, especially the dog.

Btw. email me when you get a chance, ok?:-)

Georgia said...

Mmmmm...those cookies look yummy!
and I love your randomness!

erieri said...

Bonjour. i like your photo.It's very beautiful and very dynamic.
A bien tot.

yonca said...

Amazing pics! I love the smell of rain too xx

Pat Tillett said...

Great post and photos! Loved the cookies. I want cookies!

Hilary said...

Oh Betty, these are such lovely photos. I love the butterfly on the edge of the glass... that's an incredible moment you've captured. You've managed to make me drool with those cookies, feel the wind with that sheer material and want to nuzzle a puppy with that last shot. Your randomness is magic.

Rui - Olhar d'Ouro said...

Fantastic pictures Betty!!!

Kiran palwasha said...

These pictures attracted me lot. I love the nature photographs.

michael said...

really like your pictures, Betty :-)

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