Sunday Thoughts ~ Memorial Day

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” ~ Ronald Reagan

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Good Sunday morning, dear friends.  With all the wet and cold weather we have had, it is hard to believe it is Memorial Day weekend. 

However, even though our weather hasn’t been normal and our world seems upside down, none the less it is Memorial Day Weekend.  A special time we have set aside to celebrate and say thanks to all military personnel and their families for the sacrifices they make or have made for our freedom.  Most importantly, a time to honor and remember our fallen heroes. FINALIZATĂ Fugind de destin ai o singură destinație: locul în … #dragoste # Dragoste # amreading # books # wattpad“For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if  freedom fail?” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Even though our celebrations may be smaller, most of us will celebrate in some way, perhaps a picnic at a lake or by the shore or a barbecue for two at home.  But we will always celebrate in some fashion because we are grateful for our precious freedoms.  Simply, part of the “Red White and Blue” which flows through our veins.FINALIZATĂ Fugind de destin ai o singură destinație: locul în … #dragoste # Dragoste # amreading # books # wattpad“For you have been called to live in freedom…use your freedom to serve one another in love.” ~ Galatians ~ 5:13

“The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.” ~ Samuel AdamsFINALIZATĂ Fugind de destin ai o singură destinație: locul în … #dragoste # Dragoste # amreading # books # wattpad“We do not need magic to transform our world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.” ~ J.K. ROWLING

 

The little things we do for others make our world sweeter.   A way of “imagining better.”

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In closing, know I wish you and yours a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.    Hug those you love, heart-to-heart.  And may we all be forever grateful to those who gave their lives for our freedom.

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” ~Joseph Campbell

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

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‘At Table’ ~ A Celebration

“Eating together is shelter in stormy weather.” ~ Chuck Harris

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Good morning, dear friends.  And welcome to ‘At Table.”  I have not written an ‘At Table’ post since we were hit with the dreadful virus.  My reason was, shopping became different and difficult, and locating certain ingredients was as well.  Therefore, I did not want to add stress to anyone in searching for ingredients.  In our great land, who would have ever imagined we would be unable to purchase ordinary items such as flour or yeast?  But, I believe I said in a previous post, “We had all become a little spoiled.”  However, I do believe we no longer take the availability of household goods or precious sweet moments for granted. A huge lesson brought front and center to us all.

Memorial Day is fast approaching and our normal celebrations of this important day may be a little different this year.  We may not be with our usual friends and the hugs will be from heart to heart, but we can still celebrate the meaning of the day and each other.  And, of course, that means good food.  So today, rather than discussing a famous chef and their recipes (much more of this to come), I thought I would share a few of my tried and true recipes.  With the exception of one recipe, the other two are from the “Magnolia State” ~ Mississippi.  I don’t think you will have problems locating any of the ingredients and I do believe you will enjoy the recipes.

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“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” ~ Paul Prudhomme

The folks in Carolina are famous for their barbecue.  There has been a long-standing feud regarding whether the best barbecue is a ketchup-based or vinegar-based.  But I can tell you, “I have never eaten better barbecue than this.”   The recipe was given to me years ago from a friend in North Carolina.

Carolina Barbecue

1 – 6lb. Boston Pork Butt roast

6 cups of Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tbls. crushed red pepper flakes

1 Tbls. Seasoned Salt

2-3 drops of liquid smoke

Coleslaw to add to the top of the barbecue if placing on a bun. 

In one large roaster place pork butt with the fat side down.  Cover with all ingredients except liquid smoke.  Cover with roaster lid or aluminum foil.  Bake at 350 for 4 1/2 hours.  Meat is done when it falls off the bone.  Separate, pull, and chop.  Then place in a colander to drain a little.  In the remaining broth add the liquid smoke. Do not add more than 2-3 drops as it is very strong.  In a large bowl, add the chopped pork and juice to your taste.  

Serve the meat on a plate ~ but it is best served on a bun topped with coleslaw. 

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“It is always wise to make too much potato salad.  Even if you are cooking for two, make enough for five.  Potato salad improves with age ~ that is, if you are lucky enough to have any left over.” ~ Laurie Colwin

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Now,  is there anything that goes better with barbecue than potato salad?  I don’t think so.  The following recipe for Dixie Potato Salad is from my grandmother’s Mississippi cookbook.  Now, I understand potato salad is a personal dish.  However, if you don’t have a recipe which has been handed down for generations, give this one a try.  You won’t be disappointed.

Dixie Potato Salad

4-6 large Yukon Gold potatoes

3 celery hearts, finely chopped ( 1/2 cup)

1 tsp. grated onion

1 and 1/2 cups Hellman’s or Dukes mayonnaise

1/4 cup yellow mustard (I do not use quite this much)

6 hard-boiled eggs (chopped), plus 1 more if you want to slice for the top of the bowl

4 tsp. dill pickle relish-not drained ( I use Wickles)

6 tsp. sweet pickle relish – not drained (I use Wickles)

1 (4 0z. jar) chopped pimientos, drained

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 Tbls. chopped fresh dill

2 Tbls. sugar

1/2 tsp. sweet paprika

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. salt.

Boil the potatoes in salted water for 20 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork.  Drain well and transfer to a large bowl.  Let cool for about 20 minutes or cool enough to handle.  Peel potatoes, the skins will almost slide off.  While the potatoes are warm, add the celery, onion, mayonnaise, mustard, eggs, dill, relishes, pimientos, vinegar, dill, sugar, paprika, salt, and pepper.  Toss with your hands, breaking up some of the potatoes as you go, until mixed well.    If you want to decorate the top, slice the extra hard-boiled egg, and sprinkle with a little paprika.  Cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight.

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“Pie makes everybody happy.” ~ Laurie Halse Anderson

 

Southern Chess Pie

3 large eggs, beaten

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup (2/3 stick) unsalted butter, melted

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 Tbls. all-purpose flour

dash of salt

1 (9-inch) pie crust

Preheat the oven to 350.

In a medium bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, butter, vanilla, sugar, flour, and salt.  Pour mixture into the pie shell.  Bake until the top is golden brown and the center doesn’t jiggle about 1 hour.  Let cool to room temperature before slicing.

 

Note:  This is an old recipe. If you have never eaten Chess Pie you for are in for a treat.

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Dear friends, I hope you have enjoyed your visit ‘At Table’.  Wishing everyone a lovely Memorial Day Weekend and enjoy all the precious moments.   Hug those you love (heart to heart) and pause for a moment to remember those who have served and those who have died while serving our country,  and those currently serving in our military.  

Have a wonderful day and I hope you will try some of the recipes.

 

Bon Appétit,

Sandra

The fondest memories are made gathered around the table.” ~ unknown

 

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Sunday Thoughts ~ May 17, 2020

“The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator.” ~ Louis Pasteur

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Good morning, dear friends.  I hope this finds everyone well and that you have enjoyed a lovely week.
We have actually been enjoying spring these past few days.  Spring often arrives slowly in North Central West Virginia.  And, this is one year it has arrived ever so slowly.  However, the spring flower show is underway and I wish I could cast a spell and extend these gorgeous days which are full of blooms.
Beauty does not linger; it only visits. Yet beauty’s visitation affects us and invites us into its rhythm; it calls us to feel, think and act beautifully in the world: to create and live a life that awakens the Beautiful.  Beauty is a gentle, but urgent call to awaken.” ~ John O’Donohue

“Perfumes are the feelings of flowers.” ~ Heinrich Heine

“Hummingbirds are small angels of fleeting joy.” ~ unknown

“Most of us lead far more meaningful lives than we know. Finding meaning is not about doing things differently, it is about seeing familiar things in new ways. We can see life in many ways; with the eye, with the mind, and with intuition. But perhaps it is only for those who have remembered how to see with their heart that life is ever deeply known or fully served.” ~ Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

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Dear friends, even though, now more than ever, many of us have an abundance of time.  I don’t believe we want to look back on these days and wish we would have savored certain precious moments.  I do not.  Truly, my thoughts are those of John O’ Donohue…

“May you take time
to celebrate the quiet miracles
that seek no attention.”

Wishing you and yours a beautiful day and week ahead.  Stay Well.

“Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

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Sunday Thoughts ~ Mother’s Day

“Home ~ that blessed word, which opens to the human heart the most perfect glimpse of Heaven, and helps to carry it thither, as on an angel’s wings.” ~ Lydia Maria Child

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“There is something so beautiful, so captivating, about a woman who remains positive, even in the worst of times. Who embraces her husband when trouble arises, who hugs her children and softly whispers words of positive wisdom that only a mother can give. Life can be difficult, but a woman who sees the beauty and light even in the darkest of times, should be celebrated. For she is the seed in the soil that blooms flowers.” ~ unknown

 

Good Sunday morning, sweet souls.  I do hope this finds everyone well on this most special Sunday. 

West Virginia is home to the first celebrated Mother’s Day.  On May 10, 1908, in honor of her mother, Anna Jarvis celebrated this day at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.  In 1914 Mother’s Day became a U.S. official holiday.  A day set aside to honor mothers and recognize their contributions to society.  And, can we even think of ‘home’ without thinking of our mothers?

“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s. ~ Princess Diana

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“My Mother: She is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel.  I want to grow old and be like her.” ~ Jodi Picoult

“As a mother, we want to remember all of it. We want to remember the sound their little feet make as they shuffle about the hardwood floors. We want to remember their wild hair and how it blows in the summer wind. We want to remember how they snuggle in when they’re tired and how that makes us feel. We want to remember their little voices.  It’s always the small things at the end of the day.  Living life’s moments.” ~ unknown

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“It’s also what my mother has instilled in my sisters and me so much, that joy comes from the smallest things,“ she says. “And if you don’t see joy in a perfect avocado or in a great conversation or in running into a friend or getting a job ~ if you don’t see joy in a perfectly beautiful tree in autumn ~ then you are missing your chance at happiness. Because if you don’t find it in the small things and you only wait for big moments, then you’ll just not be a happy person.” ~ Jennifer Garner

“A mother’s love endures through all.” ~ Washington Irving

 

Dear friends, I wish all mothers a beautiful and peaceful day. 

And, the same to all those who have loved, encouraged, taught, or had a hand on a little life.  Love and blessings to you all.

And…

May your day,  from beginning to end,  be full of everyone and everything you hold dear.

“It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

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Sunday Thoughts ~ May 3, 2020

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” ~ Paulo Coelho

Good Sunday morning, dear friends.  I do hope this finds everyone well and that you have enjoyed a good week.  

While sitting in the garden yesterday, enjoying a few rain-free moments, I was thinking about the world crisis we find ourselves enduring.  A situation that appears will be with us for quite some time.  At first, my thoughts seemed to be quite scattered, but the beauty of our garden quickly focused my mind on the sound of bird song and the fragrance of the Jessamine.

This crisis has made us think of so many things, hasn’t it?  Personally, I vow to pay more attention to absolutely every detail along my daily path.  Although, I do not believe I have ever taken the beauty of our world for granted or the enjoyment of little things, such as a beautiful bowl of fresh strawberries in the spring.  But what about the farmers who work late into the night, often under adverse conditions, just to bring me this beautiful bowl of sweet berries?  Have I appreciated them enough?  My lovely bowl of berries would not be on my table without them.  Truly, our farmers belong on a pedestal and deserve our utmost appreciation. 

So, you see, what I do think I have taken for granted is the promise of what would always be here.   The promise we would always have our farmers and their farms.  It never occurred to me I might not see a spring without juicy sweet berries, or our stores not filled with the many fruits and vegetables we so enjoy.  It is a promise that holds great joy to see these things arrive in the stores and markets or go with friends to the ‘pick your own’ fields.   A promise I will never take for granted again.  I am wiser now. 

“Sweet May hath come to love us, Flowers, trees, their blossoms don; And through the blue heavens above us The very clouds move on.” ~ Heinrich Heine

But, in the midst of it all, spring is slowly coming to life and moving forward.  The birds are building their nests (everywhere), finches are singing and the doves are cooing’…and the world is about to explode with blooms.  The bees are buzzing and the butterflies are doing what they do best ~ adding beauty to our days.

I do love to hear the chatter of the sweet goldfinch.  They are lovely and happy little birds.

Bees are such hard-working little girls.  We must make every possible effort not to harm them, they are vital to our survival.  

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Butterflies beautify our world and are a precious gift from above.

And…

“Never yet was a springtime, when the buds forgot to bloom.” ~Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

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“April advanced to May.  A bright, serene May it was; days of blue sky and placid sunshine…” ~ Charlotte Brontë 

 

Dear friends, this spring I vow to pay attention to my surroundings.  To appreciate every minute detail and every lovely fragrance the breeze blows my way.  How about you?

 

Wishing you and yours a glorious day on this first Sunday of May.

Enjoy these magnificent spring days!

 

“The temple bell stops ~ but the sound keeps coming out of the flowers.” ~ Matsuo Basho

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

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Sunday Thoughts ~ April 26, 2020

“Outside the open window, the morning air is all awash with angels.” ~ Richard Wilbur

Good morning sweet souls.  I do hope this finds you well. Isn’t it lovely to visualize the morning air “all awash with angels?”  I think so. Even though this morning I see rain. However, I enjoy rainy mornings, so I am happy.  I do hope you are also and are ready to take a wee stroll with me.

“The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“There are places on earth where we can catch a glimpse of heaven.” ~ Anthony Douglas Williams

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“The birds that were singing in the dew-drenched garden seemed to be telling the flowers about her.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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

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“It’s hard not to stand in awe and enchantment with the beauty in which nature expresses herself.” ~ Steve Maraboli

“Go slow, my life, go slow. Let me enjoy the beauty of silence, serenity, and solitude.”‬ ~ Debasish Mridha

Dear friends, thank you so much for your visit.  Know, I am wishing you and yours a beautiful day and week ahead.

And…

May beauty and laughter be yours every day.

 

 

“The spring of the year;… Laughter, because the air is full of apple blossoms.… I remember sounds like that from my childhood, laughter for no cause, simply because the world is beautiful.” ~ Louise Glück

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

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Note:  Regarding the images on this blog, most come from tumblr unless otherwise noted.  Most often, I am unable to determine the photographer or where the photo was taken.  All I can say is the photos are the work of highly talented souls and I would be happy to attach a name if I could locate one.  I find great joy in sharing their work with lovely quotes from my personal collection and am hopeful the two together provide a message of goodwill.   

A Few Smiles For The Day!

“Today is a good day for having a good day.” ~ unknown

Good morning, sweet friends.  Priscilla would like to know how you are doing today.  Now, you may ask, “Priscilla, how did you arrive at that name?”  Well, I will tell you.  When we lived in Virginia, we had two Angora goats, Priscilla and Penelope.  When our neighbor heard we were getting goats he said, “Sandra, goats know absolutely everything you do not want them to do and they delight in doing it.”  True words, and they also have attitudes, huge attitudes. So, since I have experience with goats, I quickly see this goat has an attitude.  Therefore, the name Priscilla.  Because our Priscilla had a ‘huge’ attitude.

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Often, when looking through the web for various things, I come across photos that make me smile, have personality and charm, have meaning or are just simply gorgeous.  So, today I want to share some of my discoveries.  I hope you will enjoy them, and perhaps they will give you a smile or two.  And, please don’t forget to let Priscillia know how you are doing (goats are extremely curious creatures).

 

“Laughter is a bodily exercise, precious to health.” Aristotle

Let’s begin with a few things that made me laugh and smile.  I do believe this cat has lost his mind.  And, I think the chickens think so too.

Taking a walk with friends on a spring morning is a marvelous thing to do.  However, it doesn’t look as though this group understands social distancing.

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Perhaps this lamb is listening to James Brown ~ “I Feel Good.”  He/she certainly feels good.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to leap and twist like that?

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Really, is there anything better than a good mud puddle?  Children don’t think so…but get the hose ready. 

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“Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things.” ~ Bruce Barton

Do you ever read just a few words or sentences and think, “That is great advice, or certainly the truth, or that is sweet?  It happens to me all the time.  Maybe, my enjoyment of reading signs stems from reading road signs when I was young.  They appear everywhere and in the middle of nowhere along the highways in the south.

 Great advice.

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It is our job to protect wildflowers.  They beautify our land and provide food for the birds and bees.  

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Enjoy your bath, we won’t look.

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“In our rushing, bulls in china shops, we break our own lives.” ~ Ann Voskamp,

During these days of this dreadful pandemic, I have thought a great deal about what people lived through, the conditions they dealt with, and how they managed to survive during World War II and previous wars.  I have come to the conclusion we have become incredibly spoiled.  Now, in my opinion, it isn’t necessarily our fault.  It is a condition that has rather evolved.  However, I believe it is something we need to correct.  We truly need to pay attention to the ‘little things’ and be grateful for them.  We need to take the time to know how each other butters their toast.  We can’t learn and enjoy such precious things  if we are in a constant state of ‘rush.’ 

To enjoy the beauty of seeing  wonder in a child.

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Enjoying linens drying in the sun and flying in the breeze.  I certainly miss my clothesline.  The smell of bed linens dried in the sun is a fragrance that can’t be obtained in a bottle.

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A stroll by and through a gorgeous flower market.  We will see them again and when we do, the colors will be more vivid and the fragrances more exhilarating.

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The absolute joy of becoming lost in arranging a lovely vase of beautiful blooms.  Precious moments.

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Or, baking for those we love.

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“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

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“I get the invitation every morning when I wake up to actually live a life of complete engagement, a life of whimsy, a life where love does. It doesn’t come in an envelope. It’s ushered in by a sunrise, the sound of a bird, or the smell of coffee drifting lazily from the kitchen. It’s the invitation to actually live life, to fully participate in this amazing life for one more day. Turning down this invitation comes in lots of flavors. It looks like numbing yourself or distracting yourself or seeing something really beautiful as just normal. It can also look like refusing to forgive or not being grateful or getting wrapped around the axle with fear or envy. I think every day God sends us an invitation to live and sometimes we forget to show up or get head-faked into thinking we haven’t really been invited. But you see, we have been invited ~ every day, all over again.” ~ Bob Goff

Dear friends, I hope you have enjoyed your visit.  And, perhaps, you found a little humor, beauty, or some meaningful thoughts.

Know I am wishing you a lovely day.

And…

“Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” ~ Helen Keller

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Amour,

Sandra

 

 

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Sunday Thoughts ~ Beauty for Weary Hearts

“A land of fragrance, quietness, and trees, and flowers.” ~ John Keats

Good morning, dear friends.  I am so happy to see you and I so appreciate your visit.  By chance, does your heart need a little lift?  For many, I know the current situation we find ourselves in is becoming quite challenging.  Especially for those who may live in urban areas and places to walk or enjoy the outdoors may be limited. 

In her book, Gracious Living In A New World, Alexandra Stoddard tells us:  “In less sophisticated times, when the pace of life was slower, there was a fundamental grounding in everyday life.  We need to find some modern equivalent to feel rooted in our lives today not only to enjoy each day, but to soften the fall when we are thrown by life’s inevitable difficulties and tragedies.”   

Now, when Stoddard wrote these words, she had no idea of what we would be currently experiencing.  However, we have certainly been “thrown by life’s inevitable difficulties.”  And in times of sadness, beauty helps to soften our days.  FINALIZATĂ Fugind de destin ai o singură destinație: locul în … #dragoste # Dragoste # amreading # books # wattpad

“If you get simple beauty, and nought else, you get about the best thing God invents.” ~ Robert Browning

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“Just living is not enough,“ said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” ~ Hans Christian Andersen

FINALIZATĂ Fugind de destin ai o singură destinație: locul în … #dragoste # Dragoste # amreading # books # wattpad“Then I lifted the hook and flung the window open.  Spring came in.” ~ Felipe Alfa

 

Beautiful delphiniums.  They symbolize cheerfulness and goodwill.  But a word of caution, bunnies enjoy nibbling on them.  So, be sure to sprinkle with cayenne pepper, bunnies don’t enjoy pepper with their delphiniums.

Giving someone an iris says, “Your friendship means a lot to me.”

“I’m learning to listen to the silence, to live in a world without unending noise.” ~ unknown

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“We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.” ~ George Bernard ShawFINALIZATĂ Fugind de destin ai o singură destinație: locul în … #dragoste # Dragoste # amreading # books # wattpad“But your solitude will be a support and a home for you, even in the midst of very unfamiliar circumstances, and from it you will find all your paths.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Dear friends, I do hope you have enjoyed your visit and perhaps your heart has been lifted.

Know, I wish you and yours a lovely day.

And remember,

“Yesterday is already a dream, And tomorrow is only a vision:

But today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day!

Such is the salutation of the dawn.” ~ Sanskrit Proverb

 

We will make it through these troubled times, together.

 

Amour,

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Easter Sunday

“The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies.” ~ Kate McGahan

 

Good morning, beautiful souls.  I do hope this Easter morning finds you well and in good spirits.  Easter is such a lovely time.  Even under our current circumstances, it remains a joyful day.  John Paul II told us, “Do not abandon yourselves to despair.  We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”  Inspiring words.FINALIZATĂ Fugind de destin ai o singură destinație: locul în … #dragoste # Dragoste # amreading # books # wattpad

“I think of the garden after the rain; And hope to my heart comes singing, At morn the cherry-blooms will be white, …

And the Easter bells be ringing!” ~ Edna Dean Proctor

“For I remember it is Easter morn, And life and love and peace are all new born.” ~ Alice Freeman Palmer

FINALIZATĂ Fugind de destin ai o singură destinație: locul în … #dragoste # Dragoste # amreading # books # wattpad“Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees filled all the air with fragrance and with joy.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Dear friends, know I am wishing you and yours an Easter-Sunday as beautiful as Longfellow describes.
And…
May peace and love be with you always.

Amour,

Sandra

“The great gift of Easter is hope.” ~ Basil Hume

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Flowers Offer Hope

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” ~ Lady Bird Johnson

Peony, Chiffon Clouds

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Good Sunday morning, dear friends.  I believe with all my heart, the words of Lady Bird Johnson, “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”  When she spoke these profound words, she was giving a talk regarding the war on poverty and the sweetness a few blooms could bring to a sad area.  But today, we are fighting a different war, a hideous war.  The war of the COVID-19 virus. 

Mrs. Johnson had no idea what we would see in our world today.  However, during her travels in some of the most impoverished communities in our country, she noticed the cheer, a single geranium blooming in a coffee can, added to a home in the greatest of disrepair.  The blooming geranium was a sign of hope.  

Now, I am aware everyone has heard more than enough about this deadly virus, so I am not going to dwell on the subject. However, I do want to chat a little about flowers.  Their magic ability to touch our hearts, lift our spirits, the feelings they evoke, and the hope they offer.

FINALIZATĂ Fugind de destin ai o singură destinație: locul în … #dragoste # Dragoste # amreading # books # wattpad“In joy and in sadness, flowers are our constant friends.” ~ Unknown

Peony, Coral Sunset

Several years ago I gave my dearest friend, Janet, a peony for her birthday.  One of Janet’s favorite colors is coral, so I chose Coral Sunset for her.   Coral Sunset is an exquisite peony and an American Peony Society Award Winner.  Now, Janet is not an experienced gardener, but she adores gorgeous flowers and blooms.  Her peony was shipped to her from Oregon and arrived in the fall.  She decided on a location for her beauty, followed the planting directions to the letter, and in the spring her queen bloomed.  But this was the last time for several years she would enjoy the magnificent bloom of Coral Sunset.  You see, the queen was not planted in an area that received enough sun and her feet were often wet.  So, the decision was made to move her to a more suitable location.

Now, while Janet has many wonderful qualities, the one at the top of the list (in my opinion) is patience. Patiently, for the last three years, she has waited for her re-planted peony to bloom once again.  And, sure enough, this year while we are all enduring home confinement, I received a phone call from Janet.  She was screaming on the other end of the phone, “My peony has a bud on it, it is going to bloom.”  You would have thought she was eight years old and just discovered Santa had arrived.

It is said that peonies teach patience, Janet didn’t need the lesson on patience.  But, like all of us at this time, she needs hope.  Flowers teach us that even during our darkest days, ~ we can always be hopeful.  

Peony, Coral Sunset about to bloom in North Carolina.

FINALIZATĂ Fugind de destin ai o singură destinație: locul în … #dragoste # Dragoste # amreading # books # wattpad“We could learn something from flowers. The way in which they so vulnerably open themselves up, knowing how delicate their petals are. Or perhaps the way they simply bring out the beauty in all those around them, just by being nothing but themselves.” ~  Mary Oliver

Most of you know, I am wild about peonies.  As in the past,  I have posted several of the beauties who reside in our ‘Jardin.’  Oh, but there are many you haven’t seen.  So, while we are going through these difficult days,  I thought perhaps I would share a few more of my friends. Friends I look forward to seeing each spring and I hope they will make you smile and lift your spirits as they always do mine. Plus, give you something lovely to tuck away in your heart.

Peony, Abalone Pearl

Peony, Carl G. Klehm

Peony, Douglas Brand

Peony, Moonstone

Peony, She’s My Star

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In closing, I will leave you with an excerpt from the poem, Peonies, by Mary Oliver.    If you love peonies, you will enjoy her words.

 

“…Do you also hurry, half-dressed and barefoot, into the garden, 
and softly, 
and exclaiming of their dearness, 
fill your arms with the white and pink flowers,

with their honeyed heaviness, their lush trembling, 
their eagerness
to be wild and perfect for a moment, before they are
nothing, forever?”

 

The answer is, yes.  I always fill my arms with them and am in awe of every petal.  I believe Mary Oliver knew me.FINALIZATĂ Fugind de destin ai o singură destinație: locul în … #dragoste # Dragoste # amreading # books # wattpad

Dear friends, I do hope you have enjoyed your visit and that you and yours are well.   Know I wish you a beautiful day and week ahead.

And remember…

“Someday we will look back on these days and they will forever remind us to never take the little things for granted.  They will remind us to hug with all our hearts, to pause to appreciate holding someone’s hand, and to live in the moments that we are surrounded by others.” ~ Laura Jones 

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

Images:  JET, M.S. Lambiotte, Song Sparrow Farm