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Inspired By Charm

Inspired By Charm


Inspired By Charm

Inspired By Charm

Inspired By Charm

Inspired By Charm

I will be the first to admit my mood is greatly affected by the weather. In all seriousness, I think I have an undiagnosed seasonal affective disorder. Why I live in Central PA is beyond my comprehension. Anyway, I’m quick to complain when mother nature is less than cooperative. Today on the other hand, I am not complaining. I am thankful the sun is shining and I am soaking up every second of it. 

I am thrilled to see green popping up around the yard. Yesterday it rained, and rained, and rained. I was pretty annoyed about that until my mom casually reminded me, “This will certainly help things turn green,” or something like that. How true, right? I think there is a life lesson hidden in there as well. Without the rain (the bad times), we can’t truly appreciate the green (the good times). And honestly, no matter how much we complain about the rain or the bad times, there’s really nothing we can do about them. We just have to battle through and relish glorious days like today.

Today’s mail also brought a couple books. The first is The Book of AwakeningIt came out about thirteen years ago and Oprah made it crazy popular about three years ago. Over the past month I heard people talking about it several times. I’m kind of a self-help book junkie, even though I still haven’t found one that has truly helped. Anyway, this book has a little passage to read every day that guides the reader to ” having  the life you want by being present to the life you have.” Not a bad idea, right? The description goes on to say, “It’s a daily guide for living in hard times and good times, all the time reminding us that the life we’re living is the life we have. Lived authentically, it can – and does – become the life we want.” I’m all about that. So, we shall see. I’ll let you know what I think. Has anyone out there read or heard about this book?

The other book I ordered was Homemade SummerI have a sick obsession with beautiful cookbooks. But to tell you the truth, I never actually use them. (Please tell me I’m not the only one.) Anyway, I fell in love with Yvette van Boven and her cookbooks last year when my sister-in-law bought me Homemade Winter for my birthday. I warn you Yvette van Boren’s cookbooks are not your typical cookbooks. I’m not sure how to describe them. They are cookbooks that allow you to explore cooking and eating on a whole new level. Maybe a little goofy? Maybe a bit of magic? It all depends on how you look at it. Anyway, I’m planning to put all of these cookbooks to use soon, but that’s for another post. 

In other news, I just got back from Goodwill where I picked up this amazing painting for $5. Don’t you love it when you score a bargain? I actually went in looking for some funky glassware and came out with a painting. It seems that anytime I go thrifting of antiquing I never find what I’m actually searching for. So, these days I try and just go with no expectations, hoping to come back with a treasure. Have you found any cool treasures lately?

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  • Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns at

    I love cookbooks! Although I do have many that I never use, I only purchased them for the photos!

    I hope you have a wonderful day!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Oh! I’m so glad I’m not the only one!


  • Serendipity Refined at

    Beautiful images! I share your thankfulness for sunshine here in IL (there’s not been enough of it) as well as a well documented weakness for cookbooks with beautiful photos. I have a shelf full and I’m afraid to admit that there are several from which I have never had a single recipe. xo, Kimberly

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes – let’s bring on the sunshine! I think we all need some. And, it’s time we break out those cookbooks – I have a plan. Stay tuned.


  • Kaara A at

    Love your goodwill find 😉 I’m always most loving and proud of the items I can find thrifting, funny huh?
    I’m with you on the mood and seasonal thing! I feel so much better when it’s sunny, and yet I live in rainy Washington state!
    Have a great Thursday!
    xo- Kaara

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I was thrilled when I found it. I walked out of the store as proud as a peacock!


  • suzieQ at

    Oh Michael, I joke that when I read cookbook, I’m reading fiction, since I enjoy the reading sometimes more than I do the cooking. Don’t get me wrong, I can get into cooking, just not the way I used to and if someone cooks for me, even better! I shudder to think just how many cookbooks I have in my house. I have thought about selling them, just to acquire some space.
    My dream place to live is Hawaii or Tahiti. The rain is a good thing and like all things, in moderation.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha! Love that. And yes – Hawaii sounds magical!


  • Crista at

    Great score on your painting. Can you read the author / painter. Either way it is lovely!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I can’t! No idea.


  • sandra at

    Hi Michael! I love your Blog, your house and YOU! I have been following for a while and I can totally relate to today’s mention of SAD. I live in Vancouver, Canada which as you probably know, doesn’t get all that cold, but it does go very very gray and we get waaaayyyyy too much rain! It’s beautiful here, but it doesn’t do much for my mood either, not to mention my fibromyalgia! EEk! maybe one day I’ll win the lottery and move to Arizona! Anyway, I totally understand where you are coming from my friend! Hang in there – Spring has sprung and that always makes a WORLD of difference!!! Surround yourself with flowers and colors (you are so good at colors) and go for a walk, that always helps me! Keep on bloggin’ and smiling’ cause your followers (makes it sound like a cult! LOL) love you!

    Hugs from Vancouver!


    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      At least we are not alone, right? Thank you so much! It’s really not as bad as I’m making it seem. I just know that when the sun is shining, I’m a totally new person. But then again, aren’t we all?


  • Susan at

    A few helps for SAD-

    LOTS of vitamin D-at least 1000 mg; more if you are deficient. Most people who live above the Mason-Dixon line are. A simple blood test will let you know what’s what.

    A sunlight light-Vellux is the one I use. It’s awesome ( I live in the Pacific NW)

    Exercise every day. EVERY day. Limit empty carbs from wheat/bread/etc.

    Move. LOL, we are going to San Diego ASAP-as soon as hubby has a job there. The air at the ocean has negatively charged ions; this is very GOOD for humans.

    The Artist’s Way is an ah-mazing self help book. It’s 12 weeks of creativity and introspection. It made a huge difference in my life and I recommend it to everyone in any creative endeavor.

  • Centsational Girl at

    I had the EXACT same experience! Walked into a second hand shop looking for (I can’t remember) and walked out with a seascape painting. Similar to yours, rectangular and so picturesque. Great find!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Isn’t that the best. Now I just need to figure out a place to hang it!


  • 10adventuregirls at

    I just started following your blog and love it! I have a painting that looks so similar that was passed down to me. I am also cookbook obsessed and only seem to pull them out when planning parties.

  • Karin Chudy at

    oh Michael, The way your post started off you could have been talking about Michigan. 🙂 My sister and I always say..”why do we live here” and then we get our summer and our fall and are reminded. 🙂
    As for that painting…Its insanely gorgeous and the fact that you got it for $5 is nuts.
    Great job!

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