Lessons From The Garden!

“Flowers respond to something in the gardener’s face ~ Some secret in the heart, some special grace.” ~ E. B. White, “To my American Gardener, with Love”

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Good morning, sweet friends.  I hope this finds you enjoying these autumn days.  We have had lovely weather, although we are in desperate need of rain.  The past few autumn seasons have been dry, resulting in less than our normal magnificent fall foliage.   Our trees are golden, but the vibrant red and orange still have not arrived.  Anyway, I will not bore you with our weather details.

As the autumn season is now with us and it is once again time to put the garden to bed, I want to share a piece from a book that I treasure.   The title of the book is, A Garden’s Grace (see note at the end of the post) and it was written by Nancy Hutchens, published in 1997.  As a child, Ms. Hutchens spent many days with her grandmother, Mamaw Tribby.  Mamaw Tribby lived on a farm in the mid-west and was quite a gardener.  Together, they enjoyed gathering fruits and vegetables, pulling weeds, planting flowers and trees, doing things gardeners do. 

Yes, Mamaw Tribby taught her granddaughter valuable gardening lessons.  And, little did I know that when I picked up this treasured book, Hutchens and Mamaw Tribby would teach me as well.

Last night, there came a frost, which has done great damage to my garden. . . It is sad that Nature will play such tricks with us poor mortals, inviting us with sunny smiles to confide in her, and then, when we are entirely within her power, striking us to the heart. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

The following are the words of Nancy Hutchens ~ When I was a girl it was my job to rake leaves in the fall, just about the time school started, bringing with it activities much more interesting than leaf raking.  I postponed the chore time and again ~ until it was too late.  Big, dry flashes of snow started falling early in November one year and didn’t stop until over a foot had accumulated.  This severe weather continued every weekend throughout the autumn.  All winter I looked out on a yard encrusted with caked and soggy leaves caused by my procrastination.

Mamaw Tribby said this experience should teach me one of the most important lessons a gardener can learn ~ nature waits for no one.  We think we can control her, but all we can do is follow her lead.   As we puttered in her flower beds, she’d say, “People are in awe of nature when they first start gardening and follow all the rules.  The trouble starts when they get cocky and think they can do things at their own convenience.”

I hope you have enjoyed a bit of wisdom from A Garden’s Grace.  Perhaps you have received a gentle nudge to make sure your garden is tucked in for her winter’s nap, a nudge not to let your ‘leaves get soggy.’ And a nudge not forget to gather lovely little things to use in preparing your gifts from the heart (the holidays are approaching).  In thinking of ‘gifts from the heart,’ I find Mamaw Tribby’s words so touching and I hope you will too. Gifts tied with silver ribbon, son are prized the whole world over.  But, through the years, I remember the scent of fragrant, crumbled clover.”

 

“Did I take time out to laugh, to love, to think, to see, to pray”  These are the thoughts that cross my mind at the closing of the day.” ~ Mamaw Tribby

 

 

 

 

Dear friends, know I wish you and yours a beautiful day. 

And. . .

May the week ahead bring you joy.  Stay well!

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

 

Note:  Should you be so fortunate to find a copy of “A Garden’s Grace,”  by all means, grab the book.  Especially if you are interested in gardening.  It is not only a delightful read, it is full of worthy seasonal gardening information.

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What or Who Inspires You?

“Let us see the beauty every day.  And source our lives from its presence.” ~ Oriah

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Good Sunday morning, dear friends.  I hope golden October has greeted you kindly.  It has been glorious in our area.  Truly, a gift from above to look across the ‘hills’ and see glimpses of gold scattered amongst the green and red.   The beauty is awe-inspiring.  

Nature, dressed in her finest wardrobe,  certainly does provide marvelous inspiration for our hearts and souls.  However, Mother Nature is not the only source of wondrous inspiration.  For me, I also find beauty and inspiration in the words, art, and music of brilliant and talented souls.  It is inspirational to learn a new way of doing something ordinary.  In other words, turning the ordinary into extraordinary.  And, here is my big one, “Learning from others.”  We all learn in different ways and from different sources.   Indeed, it is amazing to pause and reflect on what we learn from others.  Words, phrases, and ideas we want to write down and treasure forever.  Because everyone has their own special gifts and we often remember talented people who have crossed our path through these gifts.  So, what or who inspires or “uplifts the spirit within you?”  Please share. 

“And the fruits will outdo what the flowers have promised.” ~ François de Malherbe

Can one really compete with Mother Nature?  I don’t think so.  Especially, when you think of a pretty tree in the spring, dressed in lovely pink blossoms, and in the fall the same tree bears beautiful and tasty fruit.   All these stages are divine.  Created for our enjoyment of beauty and flavor, and to help sustain wildlife.

“I’ll get an inspiration and start painting; then I’ll forget everything, everything except how things used to be and how to paint it so people will know how we used to live.” ~ Grandma Moses

Female Artists in History - Grandma Moses (American painter) 1860 - 19611 Making Apple Butter, 1958 oil on cardboard 30.5 x 40.6 cm.(12 x 16 in.) signed Moses. (lower left); titled Making “Making Apple Butter,” 1958, Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson Moses)

I am not an art critic by any means.  However, I do believe Grandma Moses was successful in conveying how people once lived through her art.  Just as a point of interest, an organization Mike belongs to continues to make apple butter every year, in copper kettles, the old-fashioned way (around 700 gallons per year).  

 

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

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There are many things I love and enjoy doing, however, gardening is at the top of the list.  New inspiration greets me every day.

“Inspiration is the greatest gift because it opens your life to many new possibilities. Each day becomes more meaningful, and your life is enhanced when your actions are guided by what inspires you.” ~ Bernie Siegel

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Learning to cook something new or in a different way can open your eyes to a new world and bring you great joy in doing something wonderful for your family.  Just this summer, Mike gifted me with a culinary torch.  I had always been tempted by one but was a wee bit intimidated to give it a try.  The gift inspired me to try a variety of new culinary delights.  He was ‘most’ happy with his purchase.

“Try to be inspired by something every day. Try to inspire at least one person every day.” ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 

Dear friends, I hope you have enjoyed your visit and received a bit of inspiration.  Inspiration can make all the difference in our lives and the lives of those we love.  As well as our friends and acquaintances.

 

Know I wish you and yours a beautiful day.

And, as you walk along your path this week. . .

Remember, you are unique and special.  Therefore, you have special gifts to share which may inspire others.

Be well!

 

“There are little gems all around us that hold glimmers of inspiration.” ~ Richelle Mead

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Thoughts ~ “Sweet and Simple Things”

“It is a delightful pastime to sit in the pleasant sunshine of autumn, and gazing from this little spot of free earth over such a landscape, let the imagination luxuriate amid the thrilling associations of the scene!” ~ H.T. Tuckerman

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During these glorious days of autumn, it is truly a gift to relish in the magnificent beauty that has been bestowed on us from above.  On this lovely autumn morning, I hope you will enjoy your visit and perhaps find inspiration to savor the “sweet and simple things.” 

“Besides the autumn poets sing, A few prosaic days.  A little this side of the snow, And that side of the haze…” ~ Emily Dickinson

Exquisite beauty is at absolutely every turn during autumn.  Actually, it is during every season, but in autumn it speaks a little louder.  Like a pretty girl wanting everyone to notice her new dress.

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To me, one of the sweetest things about autumn is a little change in cooking.  Such as homemade soup.  Somehow soup isn’t as special when it is ninety degrees.  Oh, but when the weather cools ever so slightly ~ Soups On!  We enjoy soup and of course, have many favorites (I’ll be sending recipes with my next “At Table),  In the meantime, two of our favorites are Cream of Broccoli Soup and Corn Chowder.  Both, promise smiles and second requests.

 

“Chowder breathes reassurance. It steams consolation.” ~ Clementine Paddleford

“Buying a book is not about obtaining a possession, but about securing a portal.” ~ Laura Miller

I love to read anytime, but on a cool autumn day ~ it is perfect bliss.  Especially with the windows open, a pot of soup on the stove, and a cup of tea by my side.  Two wonderful books I recently enjoyed are, The Butterfly and the Violin and The Sparrow in Terezin.  Both are by Kristy Cambron.  A note, if you read these books, read “The Butterfly and the Violin” first.

In closing, I hope this finds you well and enjoying all the gorgeousness of autumn. Making memories doing ‘little things’ you love. 

Know, I wish you and yours a beautiful day.

And. . . 

“May the joy of the simple things, color the canvas of your soul.” ~ Mary Davis

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Remember, your visits are tiny ribbons of love I tie around my heart.  Be well, dear friends!

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

 

 

 

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September ~ “Summer Is Smoldering”

“Anyway it will be autumn tomorrow or the next day;  I can smell it in the air ~ summer smoldering.” ~ J. L. Carr, A Month in the Country

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Good Sunday morning, dear friends.  Yes, “summer is smoldering.”  Autumn will officially arrive this week,  and we will soon bask in all her wondrous glory.  I will welcome her with open arms, as I imagine most of you will too. 

There has been extensive writing about autumn from many of our great literary minds.  Therefore, I will leave most of the writing to them and share with you their lovely thoughts.  Jane Austen describes it best, Autumn ~ that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness ~ that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.” 

 

“There was a certain fragrance to the shift in seasons.  When summer still clung tight to the soil, but winter begged to differ.  It was a mixture that created such vivid colors on the mountainside, as the leaves turned over their last breath to the changing weather.” ~ A. M. Johnson

Have you noticed a difference in the fragrance of the air where you live?  It is certainly different here.  With the weather still quite warm, I love to open the windows early in the morning and feast my eyes on the sights and drink the marvelous smells of the approaching autumn. 

hellocoraco: ““Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.” — Rabindranath Tagore ”

“There was a little smell in the air of mist and damp, the smell that comes with the first fall of the leaf.” ~ Daphne du Maurier

 

“You will find the blue hills with the autumnal shadows silently sleeping on them, and there will be a glory lingering round the day, so you’ll know autumn has been here.” ~ Emily Dickinson, from a letter to Austin Dickinson c. November 1851

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The light does fall ever so softly in autumn.  It creates lovely shadows, to dress homes and buildings, giving them such added charm.   

“I love the simplicity of fall.  A piping cup of tea.  The feeling of cool air on my cheeks.  Life can become complicated, but fall?  Fall never disappoints.” ~ Unknown

 

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To that, I will add a hearty bowl of soup. . .

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Or, a gorgeous array of autumn’s bounty.

 

“Two sounds of autumn are unmistakable. . .the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown along the street. . .by a gusty wind, and the gabble of a flock of  migrating geese.” ~ Hal Borland

Mr. Borland was most definitely correct in his reference to the geese.  Our home in Virginia was one mile from Back Bay and the sounds of the geese were a daily enjoyment for us.  Especially, when they would gather together and chatter about their long trip home.  They always knew their way.  As many times as I enjoyed them, I never failed to be in awe of their beauty and to me, their special song.

 

Dear friends, please know how much I appreciate your visit and I hope you have found a few lovely words or an image to tuck away in your heart.  Perhaps you will remember the words or image on September 22 ~ the first day of autumn, 2021.

I wish you and yours a beautiful day and magnificent autumn.  Stay well!

I ❤️ Autumn!

“And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep, and autumn was awakened.” ~ Raquel Franco

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

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It’s Phenomenal!

“Lavender is known to bring grace and good luck.  Tranquil lavender’s gift to us is peace of mind.” ~ unknown

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Good Sunday morning, dear friends.  I have a rather special post this morning (at least to me it is special).  And after reading the “Farmers Almanac” 2021 winter prediction for our area of  ‘cold and snowy,’ I thought before the snow begins to fly, I should share this bit of summer.  Perhaps you will find it worthy to tuck away in your ‘place of safekeeping’ until spring ~ possibly for your own planting.

Perfumes are the feelings of flowers.” ~ Heinrich Heine, 1797-18

You may or may not remember a couple of years ago I wrote about a new planting of lavender in our garden, around an olive jar. 

                                                   This photo was taken around the second week of May, 2019

This planting was done because we had lost a lovely purple beech tree.  The area was quite sad looking and longed for something lovely.  My vision was to have a small nod to France in the garden.  After all, I had a wonderful olive jar and it was a ‘must-have’ to enjoy something gorgeous, with an intoxicating fragrance, planted around it.  Therefore,  I spent a winter researching lavender.  The information I found was ‘Phenomenal.’

‘Phenomenal’ is a French hybrid lavender known for being cold and heat resistant as well as tolerant of high humidity. There simply are not enough good things to say about this plant.  The bees and butterflies love it, the fragrance is breathtaking, and its beauty is amazing.  What more could one ask of a plant? 

“It always seems to me as if the lavender was a little woman in a green dress, with a lavender bonnet and a white kerchief. She’s one of those strong, sweet, wholesome people, who always rest you, and her sweetness lingers long after she goes away.” ~ Myrtle Reed

As you can see the lavender plants have not only grown, they have thrived. They are almost as tall as the olive jar.  Additionally, this variety of lavender is not fussy.  She requires little water, enjoys poor rocky soil, and thrives in the full hot sun.  Also, the fragrance of this small planting when the warm summer breeze blows is breathtaking.  This is when ‘Phenomenal’ invites her friends and the show begins.  Yes, she begins to dance. Make sure you turn up the sound.  You don’t want to miss the songs of nature.  Visit here.

“Lavender is the soul of Provence” ~ Jean Giono 

While our stand of lavender does not begin to rival the beauty of the magnificent lavender fields in Provence.  I am grateful to enjoy such amazing beauty and exquisite fragrance in our own garden.  To me, it really is ‘Phenomenal’ and my nod to France.

 

Dear friends, know I wish you and yours a lovely day.

And. . .

May the week ahead find you “dancing in the summer sun.”  Stay well!

 

image A lavender field, somewhere in Provence, France.

In dreams of lavender fields, dancing in the summer sun, is where I always find her.” ~ D. Walton

 

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

Images:  Michael Lambiotte and Tumblr

Phenomenal lavender plants are available at High Country Gardens.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Uplifting Power of Beauty

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Good Sunday morning dear friends.  I hope this finds you enjoying a touch of autumn air.  We have actually slept with the windows open the past few nights and what a splendid treat that was.  It is hard to believe that September is with us once again, however, I always welcome the arrival.  September is a month to savor the moments and notice the hidden treasures.

” The world is large  ~ Its beauty indescribable.” ~ Zhuangzi

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As it is a magnificent morning, I thought perhaps you may enjoy my thoughts about by the power of beauty.  And would enjoy a few lovely things I have found.

As many of you know, France is a country that has captivated me by its charms for as long as I can remember.   The French are extremely resourceful and indeed understand beauty.  The home above looks as though it has been kissed by the sun for years, which I am certain it has.  However, it has also been kissed by ochre. 

You may or may not be aware of the Ochre Mines in France.  These pigments were discovered near the village of Roussillon (Provence region) and were mined from the end of the 18th century until 1930.  The pigments were used to color their homes (inside and out) and were also pounded down to use as watercolor paints and sold in the pricey art shops of Paris.  The colors range from deep orange, yellow to brown.  Additionally, the French used the mines as places to hide from the Nazis during the war. Today a single working ochre quarry remains in France, near the village of Gargas.

 

 

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”~ Pablo Picasso

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While art speaks to each of us differently, it holds such uplifting power.  If one too many rainy days has dampened your spirits, take a trip to your local museum and stand in awe of the beauty.  Or, with renewed interest, take a look around your own home at what may be hanging on your walls.  You may see beauty you had taken for granted.  I have been guilty!

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“Some long-forgot, enchanted, strange, sweet garden of a thousand years ago… ~Edna St. Vincent Millay

Is there anything as lovely as a stroll through a garden?  They are most often filled with intoxicating fragrances and exquisite beauty.  Stepping through any garden gate has transformative powers. 

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“If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.” ~ Anatole France

 

 

“The core of beauty is simplicity.” ~ Paulo Coelho

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To me, simple food is beautiful.   Especially when prepared with love.  Many humans have survived on ordinary fare during hard times.  A bowl of soup and a piece of bread was considered a lavish meal. We pray we never see such days again.  I try not to fail to count my blessings.    

 

 

“Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees.” ~ Rumi

Dear friends, in closing I hope you have enjoyed your visit and found it to be uplifting.  Beauty does matter to each of us as it nourishes our hearts and souls.  It breaks the monotony of everyday living and gives us pause to marvel at the wonders.

Know I wish you and yours a beautiful day.

And. . .

A week full of joy.  Stay well!

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“Beauty unites all things, links together flower and star, with chains more certain than those of reason.” ~ Henry James Slack

 

Amour,

Sandra 

 

 

 

 

 

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Better Days!

 

“And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief; . . .” ~ William Cullen Bryant

 

“The sorrow we feel when we lose a loved one is the price we pay to have had them in our lives.” ~ Rob Liano

Good morning, dear friends.  We are a nation in mourning. Today, my thoughts are with the families whose lives have been forever changed by the death of their loved ones.  It is for them, Mike and I offer our prayers and our hopes that in time,  their terrible wounds may be filled with joyful memories only they hold.  And, the memory that their loved one was truly on a noble mission.

My thoughts are also with our troops who were wounded and are now in a hospital in Germany.  We pray for their speedy recovery.

In closing, I am not forgetting those facing hurricane Ida and those continuing to deal with COVID.  

 

 Know I wish you and yours a peaceful day

And. . .

May we all enjoy better days ahead.   

Stay well and safe!

 

“Our only hope lies in the power of our love, generosity, tolerance, and understanding and our commitment to making the world a better place for all.” ~ Muhammad Ali

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

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Hope

“Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it.” ~ Albert Camus

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Good Sunday morning, dear friends.  I hope this finds you enjoying those you love, your sweet home and planning a peaceful day.  

Many years ago, I had the great pleasure of hearing Maya Angelou speak.  It was an experience I will never forget.  She was a wonderful speaker and an amazing lady who had endured much and left us with powerful words to ponder.  So, in lieu of the tumultuous week we have all endured, I thought I would share a few lines from one of her poems which is a favorite of mine ~ On the Pulse of Morning. The poem speaks to the heartache we, unfortunately, see in our world.  Ms. Angelou performed her poem at the presidential inauguration of Bill Clinton in 1993.  

In my opinion, Ms. Angelou was trying to inspire hope, respect for our fellow man and our planet, peace, and unity through her words.  I have not copied the entire poem but it is available here, should you want to read it in its entirety.

 

“On the Pulse of Morning,” by Maya Angelou

For this bright morning dawning for you. 
History, despite its wrenching pain
Cannot be unlived, but if faced
With courage, need not be lived again.

Lift up your eyes upon
This day breaking for you.
Give birth again
To the dream. . . .

Here, on the pulse of this new day
You may have the grace to look up and out
And into your sister’s eyes, and into
Your brother’s face, your country
And say simply
Very simply
With hope—
Good morning.

Dear friends, please join me in praying for a better week ahead.  And especially, offer a prayer for all those who are trying to flee a country of violence and oppression.  Those dealing with the aftermath of terrible storms, involved in fleeing from horrific fires, stricken by dreaded COVID, or all who are suffering in any way.  My heart hurts for everyone that finds themselves in such horrible situations.  I feel yours does too.

Therefore, until we meet again. . .

Know I appreciate your visit and I wish you and yours a lovely day.

And. . .

May peace and joy be yours. ~ Stay well!

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

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Sunday Thoughts ~ Paying Attention

“Paying attention is a form of reciprocity with the living world, receiving the gifts with open eyes and open heart.” ~ Robin Wall Kimmere

Good morning, sweet friends.  I do hope this finds you well and enjoying these fleeting days of summer.   And, just in case you have been busy attending to a multitude of things, I would like to share a bit of summer magic you may have missed.

“The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Rose, Bee On A Flower, Honey Bee, Pollination

Have you noticed many honey bees this summer?  We have seen very few.  There are many plants in our garden they have always visited and enjoyed in past summers, but not this year.  However, we have seen an abundance of bumblebees (large and small), but I do worry about the honey bees.  Where are they?  

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“I’m ready to be inspired, she said & I said that’s not quite how it works, so instead we sat in the garden, breathing & watching the bees until she smiled quietly & said, I forget it’s that simple.” ~ unknown

“So many things become beautiful when you really look.” ~ Lauren Oliver

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There really is beauty at every turn.  Huge spider webs are amazing.  Often, you will see them with their artist still at work in the center.  I am not a fan of spiders but I do admire their artistry.

“We have buried so much of the delicate magic of life.” ~ D. H. Lawrence

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“When the spirit of nature touches us, our hearts turn into a butterfly!” ~ Mehmet Murat ildan

While, not intentionally, we may have “buried so much of the delicate magic of life.”  To me, I believe our hearts melt at the magnificence and beauty of nature.  Sometimes we (should) simply stand in awe at the sight of something we see unexpectedly.  Often, it is like it was just sent for us to see.  And, perhaps, it was.

Spirit, rehearse the journeys of the body that are to come, the motions of the matter that held you. Rise up in the smoke of palo santo. Fall to the earth in the falling rain. Sink in, sink down to the farthest roots. Mount slowly in the rising...

“A red-winged blackbird quiescent as a flower until he’s riled up. . .”  ~ Kim Rodriques

Bluebird, Berries, Snow, Winter, Nature, Branches

“When nature made the bluebird she wished to propitiate both the sky and the earth, so she gave him the color of the one on his back and the hue of the other on his breast.” ~ John Burroughs

We had the wonderful privilege of enjoying these precious little birds at our home in Virginia.  It was a tremendous joy to see them bouncing through the sky, making their nests in the boxes Mike built and provided for them, and then feeding their young.  Anyone who has magic buried in their hearts will melt at the sight of a bluebird.

In closing, by ‘paying attention,’ have you recently noticed a beautiful and unexpected glimpse of beauty?

Dear friends, until we meet again.  I wish you and yours a beautiful day.

And. . .

May your week ahead be filled with kindness and unexpected glimpses of magic.

Stay Well and Thanks for Your visit!

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“Each day provides its own gifts.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

 

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Sunday Thoughts ~ A Gentle Nudge!

“In summer, the song sings itself.” ~ William Carlos Williams

 Good Sunday morning, sweet friends.  I do hope this finds you well and enjoying these summer days.  As always, they seem to pass all too quickly.  The ‘beauty of summer’ is something to treasure.  I always find that the lovely memories of its dazzling beauty helps to keep me warm on cold winter days.  

I am not one to wish these lovely days away.  Although many folks in parts of our country and around the world have and continue to endure many weather-related issues which they would be happy to wish away ~ and rightfully so.  However, I am still not ready to feel those chilly days or see upcoming holiday decorations in the stores. Therefore, I thought I might share a few reminders of this gorgeous season and perhaps give a gentle nudge toward enjoying these remaining days of summer.

 

“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day ~ like writing a poem or saying a prayer.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh 

In the cool mist of a summer morning, it is an absolute delight to walk in the garden and collect a few flowers to enjoy inside. Flowers should always be gathered early in the morning or after the sun goes down in the evening.  This is because the stems are filled with water and the air is cooler.  Once in the house, they bring such joy and add so much to any room they are placed in. 

“I walk the world in wonder.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Ah diamonds, sparkling on the water.  One of my favorite sights and how special it is to enjoy such a wondrous vision early in the morning.  My mom always told me, “Such beauty is the work of the angels.”  I still believe her words. 

“There is a blessing in the air.” ~William Wordsworth

“There is a blessing in the air.” ~ William Wordsworth

“Stillness is the altar of the spirit.” Paramahansa Yogananda

“Stillness is the altar of the spirit.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

“New beauty meets us at every step in all our wanderings.” ~ John Muir

The words of John Muir are certainly true.  And, we must not miss all that summer has to offer.  The lovely season does move along.

she-who-treads-on-water: “Honeysuckles blooming up the stair railings. ” Peaches and Cream Honeysuckle

“I sat me down to watch upon a bank With ivy canopied and interwove With flaunting honeysuckle.” ~ John Milto

“I would like to say to people, open your eyes and find beauty where you normally don’t expect it.” ~  Jean Paul Gaultier

Dear friends, I hope you have enjoyed your visit and my gentle nudges to enjoy the remaining days of summer.  So, let’s take every moment possible and enjoy all the blooms, beauty, fragrance, and sweet times of summer.

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Enjoy a picnic, complete with the sweetest fruit of summer ~ peaches.

Gather wildflowers.  Because as Roland R. Kemler tells us, After all,  “What a lonely place it would be to have a world without a wildflower!”

 Or, simply spend an evening gazing at the magnificent beauty of God’s brushstrokes.

 

Wishing you and yours a glorious day and week ahead.

And. . .

May joy and kind hearts be with you every step of your way.

 

 

“The crickets felt it was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last forever. Even on the most beautiful days in the whole year ~ the days when summer is changing into autumn ~ the crickets spread the rumor of sadness and change.”
~ E.B. White

 

 

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

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