Friday, June 7, 2019

Half empty or half full?

by Shelby Cox from the Castle Bookshop Mysteries
                                  by Essie Lang

I can't believe it's June already but it must be. The calendar says so. And, the sunny, hot weather has arrived and after out long winter, it's not a minute too soon. Although, if it had waited any longer, it would have missed out.

As we creep up to the summer equinox and the first day of summer, I'm reminded of what my dad used to say -- it's all downhill from there. He meant, each day would be getting shorter until we hit the winter equinox in December. That was his saying, every single year.

Now, his sister, my aunt Edie chooses to start counting from that December date, enjoying the days that grow longer until we're back in June.

Neither one could see the other side of it, or at least wouldn't acknowledge the fact.

Sort of my dad seeing the glass half-empty and Edie seeing it half-full.

I'm trying to be more like Edie. I love the longer hours of daylight, especially with traveling over to the castle on the boat, six days a week. I also love longer hours to sit on the top deck of my houseboat. But I have to admit, those longer, darker evenings can be awfully cozy, especially if you have that right someone beside you.

What about you? Half full or half empty?

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  1. I tend to be a glass half full kind of person.

  2. I try to be like Edie, seeing things as a glass half full. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

  3. Definitely half full. I try to find something good in every situation. Congratulations on the new release! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. I'm definitely a half-full person -- it makes life a lot easier! Thanks for your giveaway, Trouble on the Books sounds wonderful! bobandcelia (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

  5. I'm half full. I like to concentrate on the good things that happen. And when something bad happens I try to remember those immortal words of Igor in Young Frankenstein. "Could be worse. Could be raining." Thanks for the contest. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. I have been half empty many times in life but continue to appreciate and understand the half full when life becomes difficult and I continue to learn and understand why.

  7. Being half full has made dealing with trials and tribulations easier.

  8. I'm a glass half full sort of person. I like to look at things with a positive attitude.

  9. im a glass half full person- helps to deal with

  10. I aim to be a half-full person.
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  11. I'm often half empty because I like to be inspired to do more! lkleback at

  12. half full person

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  13. I'm more of a half-full person. turtle6422 at gmail dot com

  14. I am definitely a half-full person. It is such a happier way to live. Thanks for the chance to win. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  16. I am a half-full person, always lookin for the positive. Thanks for the chance.
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  17. Half- full! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  18. Half-full, I like being an optimist. Thanks for the giveaway! Tari H, barbie17(at)gmail(d0t)com

  19. I am a half-full person. I believe pulling only the positive energy from situations in your life will generate more positive energy
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  20. I am a "half empty" person. I wish I was more positive. Thank you for the give away. kim7corn(at)gmail(dot)com

  21. I tend to be the glass half full person. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  22. I have always been the half-full type of person. It makes life so much more rewarding when you stay positive! Thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome book (can hardly wait to read it!)