Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Joyous Heart




Daughter Shakira sent us a lovely and heartfelt Valentine
card. (see above). I'm sure she was thinking of her Dad and
I sitting on the porch swing. That was my first thought.
Comfortable, happy, in love. Many might object to putting
a title or tag to a certain day and then spending a lot of money
proving their love. I don't think it's about extravagance at all.
This day is to share love and affection certainly, but it's also
a way to show friendship and kindness. A card, a phone call,
a plate of cookies can be a worthy expression straight from
the heart to someone you care about.

ROSES ARE RED
VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
YOU MAKE THE WORLD BETTER,
BY JUST BEING YOU.
                                                     ~Veronica Dearly




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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Observing Nature's Cold Season



In winter, you feel the bone structure of the landscape.
                                                              ~Andrew Wyeth



Cloudless sky. The red barn stands
as shelter, protection from the burrowing
depths of the cold.




Dark trees stand stiff as soldiers against the
dirty grey of the sky. The water unmoving
quiet, bleak, cold.




Winter reminds us that everyone and
everything needs some quiet time.
                                    ~Katrina Mayer




The ice along the edges of the pond gives
the only hint of why I was shivering in this
biting cold of the day.




Beauty stands out even when the temperature
drops.



So when you're cold from the inside out
and don't know what to do,
remember love and friendship, and
and warmth will come to you.
                                   ~Stephen Cosgrove






                                   

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                                                        LOVE IS LIKE A CABBAGE                                                                                                                           
                                                   
                                                     
                                                      My love is like a cabbage
                                                      divided into two,
                                                      The leaves I give to others,
                                                      The heart I give to you.
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Remember Valentines Day, Feb. 14th
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Friday, February 3, 2017

February Arrives




February doesn't hold a lot of interest for me. A couple of things
stand out. My son-in-law has a birthday... love you Mark,
Valentines Day happens on the 14th, it's a short month, yippee,
and groundhog predictor of Spring's arrival, Punxsutawney
Phil, let us know we will have an additional 6 weeks of winter.
Hmm, how to take that. I'm standing neutral. Yes, prefer the 
green, the budding, the baby birdies in the nest…I long to put
my hands in fresh turned dirt and feel the joy. But, I also
appreciate the time during winter to take stock of where I'm
at inside my house. I like the quiet time to read, to plan, to
do a few craft projects and odd organizing tasks that always
seem to be on my list. Grandson Ethan takes the top of my
list so all things will be adjusted accordingly. So down this
seasonal road we'll continue, checking off the days until we
come to that birth-awakening, rejuvenating place called Spring.



I believe in process. I believe in four seasons.
I believe that winter's tough, but spring's coming. 
I believe that there's a growing season. 
And I think that you realize that in life, you grow.
You get better.
~steve southerland



Valentines Day, remember friends. Coming up!!
It's a card, it's a kiss, it's a dinner out! It's a phone call, it's
a visit, it's a flower! It's coffee for two, it's a movie, it's happy
hour! Most of all it's you thinking of someone else and making
them happy!!!

PS. Yes, an extra post this week, hope you can stand it. LOL!!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tuesday With Five


Hello friends, I know you haven't seen me quite so often.
I've missed working on my blog but my life's journey has
brought me new experiences and shuffling my time has
been an adjustment. Spending time with my grandson 
is a blessing and every moment I can share with Ethan
I will take and give thanks. I'm also posting on Instagram
daily wandering through the different galleries of like-
minded people and find this enjoyable as well. Spring
will be here before you know it so planning for my garden
is going to be foremost in my schedule. Thanks for the
understanding and enjoy five ramblings. Hugs go out
to you all. (insert big red heart and a smile) See you soon.


Happiness is a blooming Hyacinth. The intoxicating sent is
amazing and can be yours just by visiting your grocery or
big box store. I found several pots of bulbs that had about
4 inches of green top growth and a tiny flower cluster inside.
I placed the pots into decorative containers and put them in
front of a bright window taking care to avoid direct heat and
sunlight. January is a perfect time for blooming and they 
will last for about a month. I find the purple color to be my 
favorite, then the pink. It's best just to toss the bulbs into the 
compost bin after flowering as most forced blooms have used 
up their energy and will not bloom again.



You might remember this. My word power board has a
word I particularly like and I'll give the definition and show
a picture, offering my interpretation.  Anyway, I felt inspired 
to create this board after seeing something similar somewhere 
out in social-media land. And, I'm pretty impressed with my-
self that I figured out (using Pic Monkey) how to finger-draw
these arrows. Ok…
FEEL GOOD, 
adjective. [feel-goo d]
Informal definition from Dictionary.com, intended to make 
one happy or satisfied. 
Simple right? Well since real life isn't always simple or good, 
maybe by doing these 4 things I will promote the intended 
good feeling. For example… exercise for me involves walking
and gardening. Walking a specified time helps me mentally
because I'm a clock watcher, and gardening includes all 
aspects of yard work. So when I can be outside doing 
something, I am a happy person...ergo I feel good. I could
have put lots of sub arrows of things that always make me
happy like Sam (the Pug), grandson Ethan, coffee, wine,
hubby Ron, reading, etc., I feel these would fit into my
positive thinking topic.. another example, if i've spent time  
with my grandson, I purposely think positive thoughts of  
that experience and that makes me feel good. Make sense?  
How about this, the topics are purposeful expectations for 
yourself. WOW!!! I need to move on.



Something simple.
Coloring makes me happy. Deb Strain inspirational coloring 
books are available on Amazon and the craft stores. 



Thoughts of spring are on my mind. Hydrangeas look a little
drab and brown when compared with summer's colors added.
A little winter texture not so bad right now but really want its
true beauty. What do you think?



This outdoor wall sculpture was a gift from my husband
many years ago. It hangs outside year-round, and I still
love it as much now as when he gave it to me. Just a little
reminder Valentines Day will soon be upon us. Remember
your honey.



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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Reflections On A Cold Day




"It's not what you look at that matters; it's what you see."
                                                                      Henry David Thoreau

We have crossed over from last year, entered the new one 
perhaps full of hope, perhaps fearful of what might be. Our 
thoughts perhaps being influenced by social media. I hope 
not. Nothing remains the same. Seasons change, we'll add 
another year to our lives, we'll experience countless 
moments of events that will shape who we are. Others may 
provide your inspiration, but you must find your strength
within yourself to go on. 



"Your mind is a powerful thing. When you filter it with
positive thoughts, your life will start to change."
                                                              Gautama Buddha

Are you a naysayer, a whiner, a doubter of all things?
Well I can guarantee you won't get far with that
attitude. Embrace hope, love, and most importantly
embrace faith.




"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart."
                                                     William Wordsworth

Start a journal.  A journal is your own private place 
where you can record your thoughts, dreams, goals,
just whatever you want to share with yourself. This
can be a tremendous stress reliever as well. 



"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and 
doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity
keeps leading us down new paths."
                                                     Walt Disney

And so the year, your year, my year begins…don't
think resolutions, think possibilities….

Have a great day!

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Winter Solstice and Xmas Countdown




Earth >Northern Hemisphere >United States >Ohio 
>Wednesday 5:44a.m. EST

Today gives us the winter solstice. Husband Ron is overjoyed. 
He actually called me on his way to work to remind me about 
this very important happening, astronomically speaking. Hmmm!
Ok, what does all this mean? December 21st is the shortest day 
of the year (2016), for anyone living north of the equator. 
This day gives us the least amount of daylight and officially 
marks the season of winter. The good news, and what makes
hubby happy, the amount of daylight will start getting longer 
each day as the sun starts its steady climb toward summer. So
yes to cold temperatures, yes to snow, Ron sees the positive,
more daylight! Moving on...



Let's enjoy the beauty of winter and snow and herald the glad
tidings of Christmas.


The comfort of our homes beckons as we decorate and celebrate.



We recognize the significance of Christmas as we celebrate the
birth of Jesus.



May your Home be warm, your Holidays grand,
& may your Heart be held gently in the Lord's hands.



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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Snow Has Arrived




Ok here was the morning temperature:



That blast of Arctic air moved right over the Miami Valley region
yesterday. While I actually enjoyed the snowfall and shoveling my 
3 inches was easy, the cold was a little harder to feel good about.
Sam (the Pug) is visiting and he needs his morning walk, so brrr



I have to admit the snow makes the Christmas decorations look brighter. 



And Sam (the Pug) likes it for a bit…



It is quite beautiful and makes us all want to cozy up indoors..




So we say yes to the season!!!!





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