100 days of happiness - or how to feel tickety-boo

Today marks the start of Lent.   Traditionally in my family, Lent marked the time when we decided to  give up something "bad" for 40 days (until Easter), like chocolate or alcohol or cakes or…..  Some of the things I gave up for lent in the past I've never started again - like milk in my coffee.  Others, it just lasted (barely) for those 40 days -  like chocolate - which always seems to want to come back.


Occasionally, instead of giving up something "bad" for lent, we would take up something good instead.  And that's what I'm doing this year - along with my sister.  Maybe we can persuade our parents to join us too this year?????

My sister, Mary gave me the idea.  We are starting "100 days of happiness".  The first 40 days will be our lent "take up something good" commitment.

100happydays

The idea is that every day for 100 days you take a photo of something that made you happy that day. It can be anything - big or small. … from a photo of a person that you had lunch with, to a photo of a comfy cushion that you relaxed on when you got home after a busy day…... Just something that made you happy.  You can chose to share your photos however you want or not at all. Mary and I are going to post ours on Facebook so I may include them here, as my blog posts on Facebook.

The philosophy behind 100 days of happiness is one that I live by:   - you get more of what you focus on.  By focussing on good things in the day, you notice more good things.  Its one of the key ideas behind feeling tickety-boo!  Not everything needs to be perfect but by focussing on the good things, you can feel happy and tickety-boo.



So will you join me?  Can you spare a couple of minutes a day to focus on something that made you happy?  It doesn't matter if Lent means nothing to you, why not start 100 days of happiness with us now.  You can sign up at the link and lets share some joy. Lets be happy together for 100 days…and more.

Be Happy!
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Imagine Your Perfect Day

Happy New Year!

I hope you celebrated last night - with memories of the good things in 2013, and plenty of hopefulness for 2014.


As we all know, while the New Year is a good time to look forward and plan, making New Years Resolutions invariably don't work.  So instead, I'd like to suggest something else to try.

Take some time today to imagine your perfect day.


Think about it in detail:
  • what time do you wake up
  • how do you wake up...with the voice of loved one, or the sun shining in the window or ...
  • what do you have for breakfast
  • who do you share your day with
  • what activities do you do
  • what is the weather like
  • what do you smell
  • what do you see
  • what do you touch
Think about it, using all your senses ....what would make your perfect day....all those tiny pieces...making choices that make you feel good ....or maybe its simpler than that and just one thing makes it a perfect day.....

Here's how mine starts out:  Woken, not before 8am, by Johnnie with a big smile on his face, bringing me in my glass of warm water with lemon. I can smell the citrus. In the background, I can hear Harold (parrot) singing along to his favorite breakfast TV show - Curious George or the Cat in the Hat.  Johnnie goes off to the kitchen, and he is singing too.  The sun is shining in the window and I get up to see birds and flowers in the garden......


Then when you have the whole day in your head - that's what you should think on throughout the year.  You should try and incorporate more and more things that make up your perfect day, into everyday.

What  a lovely thought....we go to make everyday a perfect day.


Yes, everything can be Tickety-boo. We are going through life, looking for ways to make life better by focusing on the good things because "we get more of what we focus on".  That way, life doesn't have to be perfect, but it can be Tickety-boo!

May Everything be Tickety-boo for you in 2014.

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Everything is tickety-boo

Here is this week's list of things that made me feel like everything is tickety-boo:


  • I saw the movie About Time and so got to watch Bill Nighy for two hours!  I  love Bill Nighy- definitely something about him - but I also enjoyed the movie.  The conclusion of the movie is that everything is tickety-boo.  It is my perfect movie!
  • I bought a new coat and absolutely love it.  Really unusual.  Not really practical at all - its linen, not that warm, not waterproof - but just one of those items that you love :-D
  • the Northern California fall - we are still in the mid 70's in the afternoons, the rains haven't started, the vineyards are golden and red and brown and it is just gorgeous.  I'm making the most of it as next week I go back to England.
  • laughing at Harold, our pet parrot, who has had trouble adjusting to the clock time change this week.  His "cocktail hour" - when he gets a cashew nut everyday and we come in to be with him - is always at 5pm and he just didn't get why we were keeping him waiting an hour!  We've had a few noisy hours between 4 - 5pm this week but hopefully he is slowly adjusting!  His internal clock is just too good!!!!
  • Having a great final Food as Medicine class with lovely ladies.  We've been meeting for 9 months and its been wonderful to get to know them and see the amazing changes they have made.  I'll miss them - we've had a lovely time.  They are all inspiring.
  • having the neighbors round - albeit for a "water" meeting as we share the same well - but still, it was nice for us all to get together and catch up on more than our water system!
  • eating gnocchi for the first time and loving it
  • the smell of roasting quince and cloves permeating the house
  • eating the last of this years pears...they've lasted so well and are still so delicious.  Only one left..
  • enjoying a new truffle recipe - rosehip truffles.  

 I hope your week has been tickety-boo too.  Keep looking for those positives!

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Everything is tickety-boo

Here's this week's list of things that made me realize that everything is tickety-boo:

- Enjoying an evening out listening to Jon Batiste and Stay Human  - and bumping into friends there
- Wonderful evening of art and music at Grace Cathedral - Seeing the Voice: State of Grace, by artist Anne Patterson, composer Paul Haas and the men and boys choir.  A beautiful evening for the senses.
- While on my walk, watching a white kite hover over its prey, then dive and successfully catch it
- Seeing 9 white pelicans on a small pond, busy fishing
- Having a meeting with a beautiful person
- Catching up with family on FaceTime
- Two good classes this week
- Getting a new book and loving it: Farmacology, by Daphne Miller
- Enjoying a new easy lunch recipe - a few times this week. I'll post it here this week
- Getting excited about our trip back to the UK in a few weeks


Hoping you are feeling tickety-boo.  If not - trying writing down good things about your week - however small.  Once you start, you'll think of lots!
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Everything is tickety-boo

Here is a list of the good things in my week, that make me realize that everything is tickety-boo:

 -  I saw and heard Bryn Terfel last Sunday at the Green Music Center.      He sang so beautifully, it made me cry.
-  Back singing evensong at Grace cathedral, San Francisco this afternoon (that's where the stained glass window photo is from)
-  The lovely fall weather
-  Seeing a pileated woodpecker a few days in a row near our home
-  Getting back into my walking routine
-  Getting a new pedometer to accompany the above
-  Two good nutrition and cooking classes
-  Creating a new recipe and loving it
-  Good discussion at book club
-  Enjoying blue sweet potatoes!
-  Saw Macbeth from the National Theater live with Kenneth Branagh
-  Loved "Captain Philips" with Tom Hanks - very gripping, but I just wanted to give him a hug.

Hope you had a good one too.
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Everything is tickety-boo

This week has been a little more challenging in terms of gratitude and feeling tickety-boo!  I came home from Florida and seemed to bring with me a nasty non-seasonal influenza virus! It's laid me low all week - so I've been doing little but sleeping and coughing.  However, I've had plenty of time for think about things that made a difference to my otherwise not so good week - so here are the things that reminded me that everything is still tickety-boo:

Cough, cough!

  • phone calls, texts and emails from family showing their love and care
  • a snuggly duvet and enveloping pillow
  • a new pair of pajamas that made me happy to be wearing them
  • a caring hubby
  • not thinking about food or having to decide meals
  • soaking in a warm bath
  • a good movie to pass the time
  • cooling on the throat watermelon
  • turning the corner and beginning to feel better!
  • hearing that my nephew passed his driving test
  • my first trip out of the house after 5 days and how exciting that felt (cabin fever???)!

I hope you've been feeling tickety-boo this week. And I know I'm going to be feeling even more tickety-boo next week :-D

By the way, I'm struggling with my blog and photos and wonder if any of you know an answer.  Blogger won't let me upload any new photos.  I've tried to check on picasa but it won't let me see my profile or change anything either.  Have any of you other bloggers had blogger photo issues and have any suggestions?
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Everything is tickety-boo

I'm on vacation!  Just been in Vail, Colorado for a few days with friends enjoying the mountains and now I'm flying down to Sanibel Island, FL to spend some time with family and enjoy the sea and sand.

So EVERYTHING is tickety-boo! I'm having a wonderful time. Hope you are too, wherever you may be.x
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Everything is tickety-boo

Here is this weeks list of the things that made me feel tickety-boo:



  • friends birthdays and spending time thinking about them, even though we couldn't celebrate together
  • being home alone for a few days and enjoying the peace, but then having hubby come home after his golf vacation
  • talking regularly to a friend. Although our conversations are trying to resolve an issue together, I appreciate that us working together on it, means we are spending more time chatting together.
  • a fun party in the city
  • enthusiastic students at a fermented foods cooking class
  • learning new techie things!
  • picking a fresh nectarine off the tree and eating it while it was still warmed by the sunshine
  • eating our first figs of the season from our tree. It's quite rare for us to get early figs - our main harvest is  September/October, so this was a lovely sweet treat.
I hope you've had a week of feeling tickety-boo too.
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Everything is tickety-boo!

Sorry I haven't been blogging lately.  The photos here may well explain!  Little Evelina has been staying with us - along with Craig and Chui.  Evelina is such a sweetie - and you can tell just how sweet she is by her fruity outfits:

miss watermelon



miss strawberry

And miss peachy!

When you are with her, she makes you feel like Everything is tickety-boo!

Hope you have someone in your life that makes you feel tickety-boo too :-D
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Everything is tickety-boo

Here's this week's list of things that have made me feel like everything is tickety-boo:


  • Spending time with Adam, Lexi, and little grandson Max.  We've had such a fun time this week.  Max's little smiles and giggles make everyone feel tickety-boo!
  • Sitting by the pond and watching the swallows fly
  • Singing in a new and very friendly group
  • Hearing that a client is in remission from her cancer
  • Remembering childrens' songs to sing to Max
  • Making fresh carrot juice
  • Receiving a lovely outfit for Max from our friends
  • Seeing a pileated woodpecker fly right in front of me
  • Watching Harold (our parrot) react to Max.
  • Having shoe envy for Max's array of shoes that look like cars, dogs, etc!
  • Swimming with Max in his bumble bee wetsuit!

As you can tell, it's been a great week here with lots of wonderful experiences with the family. Hope your week has been full of tickety-boo moments too.
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Everything is tickety-boo

It's that time of the week again: time for my list of things that I am grateful for that make everything seem tickety-boo:

Photo by glness

  • seeing a colorful hot air balloon fly overhead.  It's funny that such a sight is so calming - yet when you are in the balloon - it's not really calm at all - it's exciting and exhilarating!
  • mothers - and not JUST because it's Mother's Day in the US today!
  • our first outdoor swim of the year
  • John, my hubby, who's birthday it was on Thursday
  • hiking by the ocean
  • having the support, encouragement and enthusiasm of a friend who is helping me find venues for my classes
  • getting excited about family visiting soon - little Baby Max!
Max in his first car!
  • receiving such delightful emails from a new jewelry customer
  • buying and planting new veggies for the raised beds
What things have made you feel tickety-boo this week?
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New Tickety-boo health coaching website launched

I launched my new tickety-boo health coaching website this week! Yeah!


I hope you'll take a moment to go and check it out.  It tells you what's involved with cancer coaching and health coaching; the benefits of cancer coaching; what types of programs I offer; ideas on how to keep laughing when times get tough;


inspiration for family and friends; how I got into cancer coaching; lots of resources; and my blog also posts there, plus other stuff that I hope you'll find interesting.

I'm excited and working at the moment to find a good location to run some group classes in Sonoma.

I'd love your feedback...feel free to drop me a line with your thoughts on my new site.  Thanks for taking the time to take a look.
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Everything is tickety-boo

It's that time again for my weekly post where I share with you the things that have happened this week that make me feel that "everything is tickety-boo". 


Tickety-boo is more than just a feeling, it is a state of mind.  It doesn't mean that everything has be wonderful, just that you look for the good in your life and focus on that.   It's all about valuing the good things around you.  A way of looking beyond difficult things and appreciating the often simple, little things that make a difference.

As I write my "everything is tickety-boo" post each week, I hope you'll get the idea and take time to think about what has happened to you this past week and how it can help you feel tickety-boo.


  • not having to drive into the city twice, or even once, this week
  • the sunshine and heat - we've had days in the 90 degrees this week 
  • getting my "500 mile" badge from fitbit - in recognition of having walked 500 miles so far this year! I wonder where that could have got me if I'd kept going in one direction?
  • harvesting our first lettuces, cilantro and greens from our new raised beds :-D  Gosh, lettuce is so flavorful
  • seeing a great horned owl in the vineyard while it was still light - and seeing two stellar jays dive and shout at him to go away!


  • enjoying new cookbooks
  • catching up with friends
  • feeling supported by my book club buddies
  • a friend and my neighbor commenting on how well I look
  • enjoying the colors of a blue tailed skink as he scuttled by me

Hope you've been feeling tickety-boo this week too!  Anyhow good wildlife sightings?
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Everything is tickety-boo



It's that time again for my weekly post where I share with you the things that have happened this week that make me feel that "everything is tickety-boo". 

Tickety-boo is more than just a feeling, it is a state of mind.  It doesn't mean that everything has be wonderful, just that you look for the good in your life and focus on that.   It's all about valuing the good things around you.  A way of looking beyond difficult things and appreciating the often simple, little things that make a difference.

As I write my "everything is tickety-boo" post each week, I hope you'll get the idea and take time to think about what has happened to you this past week and how it can help you feel tickety-boo.



  • being touched by movies - laughing and crying.  This week was the Sonoma International Film Festival so I took a few days out and watched some wonderful movies. 
  • realizing that something I'm doing just isn't working out for me so deciding to not participate anymore
  • thinking the rain maybe be over - or nearly - and now it's time for sunshine
  • getting excited about family coming over to visit in May and June
  • having a lovely dinner at a friend's house
  • dehydrated carrot ribbons.  Tried this today and they are yummy and crunchy and crispy.  A nice little portable snack.  And because the ribbons are so thin, they dehydrate very quickly.
  • seeing all the California poppies flowering. While they flower all summer long, they are always at their brightest at this time of year.
  • my parents finding a new home for themselves
  • singing all day at the cathedral and sharing lunch with the choir
  • smelling the flowering lilac by the gate and thinking of my friend Janet who loves lilac

I hope you've felt tickety-boo this week, and have been noticing all the wonderful things around you. I wonder what will make us feel tickety-boo this coming week?
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What's in a name?

"Tickety-boo Health Coaching".

You may be wondering what 'tickety-boo health coaching' means....what is this blog is all about?   Well, allow me to elaborate.

Tickety-boo is a British word - now also commonly used in Canada.  It means things is going along just fine.....things are all tickety-boo. I think it has a nice ring to it and a sense of fun and ease.  It's a happy little word that makes you want to smile.  It doesn't mean everything is perfect, just that you have found a way to enjoy the positives in life.

So what about the "Health coaching" part? What is that all about? Health coaching is a way of guiding others to find the motivation to make changes that will improve their health.  The relationship between a health coach and their client is a supportive partnership where we can discuss topics such as:what is troubling most about a certain health condition; what would the person most want to change; what support do they have; what obstacles are there, etc, etc.  Health coaching focuses on the special issues and concerns unique to the individual person that are preventing them from leading a healthier life.

The simple goal of Tickety-boo health coaching therefore is to help you feel tickety-boo!


In my area of health coaching, I specialize in helping people with cancer and helping people improve their lifestyle to prevent cancer.  This includes diet (e.g. what should you eat during chemo or radiation therapy), what foods help with side effects of cancer and therapy, what exercise is good, ways of relaxing, guided imagery, biofeedback, spirituality, etc etc.

As my blog progresses, I'll tell you more about how we can work together and how tickety-boo health coaching can help you.  I'll be coaching people one on one and also running a variety of educational community programs.  I will also implement an e-coaching program too, for people who don't live local to me in Northern California.  All this to come soon.

But for now, take two minutes and watch this little video to help you understand just what feeling tickety-boo is all about. I bet you'll be singing along by the end of it!   It features Danny Kaye singing a song entitled "Everything is tickety-goo" from a movie called "Merry Andrew". 

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