Category Archives: qualities of life

thanksgiving

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so many things to give thanks for … having my daughter home and her lighting up the room with her wit and love of life … being able to host the meal yesterday with turkey, stuffing and all the traditional extras, gathering around the table sharing laughter and tears … being blessed with a warm dry house protecting us from the bitter mid-western winter … dear friends to meet with as the weeks ebb and flow, learning and growing together …

i often start the day with giving thanks for where i am right now; at this moment, in this place, no matter how i am feeling. being present and acknowledging that i do not need to know the whole picture to be at peace with what is going on in my life on this very day. it is not always easy to remember to do this, but my desire is to be more aware of intentionally doing it.

i also want to give thanks for this pull in my heart to move outside of my comfort zone; to explore other avenues and learn things i know i am not so good at, but still have interest in. i would also love to get back to doing more craft or art type projects, things that i can put together or make with my hands, small and personal bits and pieces … and what better time to stay in, cozy and warm, then winter.

giving

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it is chilly again today. blustery and snowing. i am tucked up warm looking forward to the coming days. this last week was full. we gave our sofa (that was gifted to us two years ago) to somewhere that needed it more then we did. so i have been doing a bit of rearranging in preparation for the holidays.

we also completed a dozen shoeboxes for operation christmas child that we had started putting together before my daughter went off to school. we have done these on and off for the past eleven years. today is the end of collection week. so much fun to think of the children being given the boxes each year and their shining faces when they open them up.

i am excited to have my girl home for a few days, relaxing and catching up. wishing you a lovely thanksgiving day; may it be joyous, calm, renewing and happy! x

today is a new day

this little space has not seen me for over a year …

i have wanted to visit time and again, but other matters were more pressing…

sometimes often, you just must put one foot in front of the other and move forward…

today was the day that kept pressing me to post…

just put something on the page…

just make a step…

i have been thinking of this little space a lot…

i have been part of an amazing photo workshop by christina greve

i love taking pictures…capturing moments…

it slows me down…makes me focus…

i love how i feel composing an image…

i am also taking a class on blogging

holly, fiona and nichole have been so generous with their knowledge…

i am feeling the pull to post again…

i am a dreamer and a ponderer…

i ponder how this will all turn out…

i dream how this will all turn out…

i ponder if anyone will ever visit…

stay true and be yourself…

i read this time and again…

i want to be an encourager…

i want to create a restful space of solace…

i want to connect and make a difference…

one small step at a time…

x

 

 

 

 

 

inspiration rx …

I very recently came across Miss Tristan’s beautiful blog ‘Besotted‘. A calming, curated collection of loveliness. I then happened upon the Inspiration Rx series started by Michelle to coincide with the beginning of a new learning season. I couldn’t help myself but do all the prompts in one sitting during some quiet time I had a couple days ago.

prompt one. emerging

comfort … warmth … security

this is the safe place i know

nurtured … protected … embodied

this is the safe place i grow

changing … expanding … unfurling

where i was can not contain me

stepping out … being bold … trusting

emerging stronger than i was before

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prompt two. muse

color …

you are warm on my face as i sit here

with eyes closed you are dark grapefruit pink

the more i relax, as my head tips back

your color becomes lighter

as a plump pink rose in the summer garden

as my eyelids gently open

my lashes filter the blinding bright white i see

above me is the most perfect blue

cool, clear, crisp, calm

in gradiating tones as it moves away

from the brightest of glowing white

my gaze lowers to the grounding grass

tones of green

refreshing, resplendent, redolent and rolling

in natures perfect harmony

9.13.13

 

prompt three. tranquility

draw a deep breath

expel all your worries

calm your heart

make weightless your woes

quiet your thoughts

dwell on thanks giving

be at peace with

who you are right now

9.13.13

 

I am looking forward to continuing these prompts, I am enjoying them very much. I seem to be in the learning mode, as I also enrolled to be part of  a photography workshop given by Christina Greve which began today. I am looking forward to learning much. Wishing you a lovely week.

 

 

growing up…

 

 

Today I emailed my daughters photograph (digital only please) to go into the yearbook. I have never had to do that before, but then again she has never been a senior before. Time passes so quickly and it makes one wonder how your life moves from having that little dependant child hold your hand or want ‘up’ to being so independent and spreading wings. It seems to go in a blink.

The weather here has turned blustery and cold, we even had our first snow yesterday. I am feeling a bit pensive, so wrote a little haiku to sum up my thoughts. Lots going on with plans and preparations. We are undertaking more house renovations in hopes of the majority being completed by spring. I am also still deliberating as to the direction I would like this little blog to go…as pooh-bear would say…think-think-think. Wishing you a lovely cozy weekend. x

 

priceless…

one jar classico four cheese pasta sauce…$2.26

one box vermicelli pasta…$1.08

four glasses of milk….$0.58

dinner and conversation with my lovely teenage daughter and three of her dear friends before rushing out the door to see a movie together tonight…

absolutely  priceless…

ten small pieces…

We all have a backstory; a series of events, choices and experiences that have led up to create the life we have now. Each completely unique and singular, but so often sharing highs and lows, victories and defeats, joys and sorrows that connect us inexplicably to the humanity of this world we live in.

Here are ten small pieces of my backstory that you may not know…

..I vividly remember a story being read aloud in class when I was in 2nd grade that made it very clear to me that I liked the idea of making spaces look and feel better…the beginnings of my love for interior design.

..At 16 I applied to be an AFS exchange student to Australia and was crushed when my application was not accepted. I still knew someday, somehow I would travel overseas.

..I used to know how to ride a unicycle, play the piccolo and juggle.

..In college I did travel abroad, as an exchange student to northern Wales and loved every minute of it.

..At 22 I spent a week in Ireland totally on my own exploring and traveling by train. It was after this I realized I never wanted to travel alone again as I had no one to share things with.

..I have been to the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy…I like Ferraris.

..I have bartered for hand-knotted rugs in a middle-eastern souk.

..There are 28 different teas in my tea drawer…I like tea.

.. One third of my life has been spent being a mom to my lovely daughter.

..I am an idealist and a dreamer that loves daisies, sunshine, peacefulness and lazy days.

There are many more pieces to my story, but thought I would share these with you today…

being…

These words came to me early yesterday morning before I was fully awake. I used to have many thoughts and musings in the wee small hours of the morning, but for the last two years those glimpses have rarely been present…until very recently. They started again only last week and I am so glad they are with me again.

Nearly two years ago I wrote about these musings in a writing assignment titled ‘between the dark and the daylight’ for the writing group I belong to.

Here is part of what I wrote then…

“Toward early morning my dreams fade in and out and this is the time I am so often captured by some inventive or intuitive thought. The perfect way a letter should be started, or the best way something should be written. The most sensible solution to a design problem I may have been having. The perfect words to relate something to my daughter, that during daylight hours just does not become clear no matter how much I ponder it. This time of the morning is sublime. I revel in how clear all the answers seem to be. I so often wish I could somehow download my brain at that very moment and capture all the insight. Alas, this is never an option. If I am very fortunate I can capture one small part of all the creativity my mind has so generously laid out before me. It takes incredible concentration and fortitude to get my thought onto a piece of paper. Just like swirling wisps of the candles extinguished flame, so are my wonderful musings in my early morning dream state.”

That was just as it happened yesterday, I had to struggle to get the words onto a piece of paper before they escaped my mind. I am not exactly sure what they mean, but the words seemed so powerful in the dreamy consciousness I was in. I think they are words to reassure me… that at whatever pace things are going, wherever I am at or however I see things for the future, I am being enough at the moment.

Do you have these awakenings in your early morning hours? xx