Opening The Door To – Maison De Jardin

She Opened the Door

“To all who knew, loved, and followed Sandra’s inspirational posts over the years:  This was her very first blog! “Sunday Thoughts.” She was so excited. I remember her asking, “Do you really think I should do this? Do you think people will read my posts?” I found it as I was going through her years of writings.   It was dated, January 29, 2017.

And now…, please join me as we take the first step into “Where InspirationBlooms” – Mike

In her own words…

Good Morning Everyone:

Thank you for visiting this morning!  If I appear a bit nervous, that is because I am.  This is my first post on my own website.  This is a WOW Moment for me!  Do take a moment to look around the site.  There is a brief note About me, my Welcome to the blog and a special Events section.  I will do my best to stay abreast of special happenings around our country and keep this section updated.  Also, there is a Contact section, should you want to contact me personally.  And, you will also see names of some wonderful books I have recently read, along with several lovely blogs I follow (click on the blog, to go directly to the site).

There is so much I want to say and so many things I hope to inspire.  I want this blog to be special for you – something you look forward to in our crazy world, a source of inspiration.  Susan Branch tells us, “It’s a toxic world but you have the power to protect yourself.  Feed your life from the well of sweetness.”  Those are certainly some thought provoking words.

What is in this “well of sweetness?”  For each of us, the answer will be different.  For me, it is:  Beauty, my husband’s laugh and his crystal blue eyes, nature, the morning, the laughter of children, the voice of my dear friend Janet, good design, all flowers – especially peonies, great books, lovely poetry, gorgeous fabrics, good wine and food, all things French, the smell of rain and fresh cut grass, the feel of the earth in the spring, beautiful music, hearing from you,  and my list goes on and on.  How about you?  Write me – tell me.

Personally, I believe the love of beauty lies in each of us.  I believe it is truly in our hearts – even if we do not know or recognize it.  Often, a moment of grace opens our eyes to beauty.   Beauty is everywhere, in everything and in everyone.  It inspires us, moves us forward, enhances our homes and therefore makes life sweeter for ourselves and those we love.  It holds power.  And therefore, by being open to and aware of beauty, we can change our world.  Because, beauty and grace make us a kinder people.

So, won’t you join me on this journey.  Together, let’s create beauty, scatter joy, share ideas and inspire one another to be our very best selves.  Let’s strive to change our own little corners of the world.   And then dear friends, let us stand back and watch – The Ripple Effect of Beauty.  It will happen – I just know it will!

“Beauty hath strange power. “– John Milton

Live well – See you soon,


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Photo: tea green just 4 me flower arrangements/ – Pinterest



7 thoughts on “Opening The Door To – Maison De Jardin

  1. estimado amigo, mil gracias por mostrar a Sandra a través de sus escritos. No tengo la menor duda de su valía para todos los que la hemos leido, valorado y amado.
    Desde el primer momento que llegé a sus letras me fascinaron sus palabras y pensé: Esta mujer es muy especial…y por Dios!! que no me equivoqué.
    Todos sus trabajos los iba coleccionando ya que eran ingeniosos y se notaba salidos del alma…Si, amigo, eran totalmente auténticos, dictados por su alma buena.
    Ella sigue estando entre nosotros, porque todos los que amamos la recrdamos y la releemos.
    Un gran abrazo, querido amigo y mil gracias por seguir mostrando a tan hermosa alma como es Sandra.

  2. While I don’t remember Sandra’s first post, there are several things that are unforgettable about her. As my peonies and iris begin to bloom, I do think of her and how she loved them so. Also lavender. I wonder what she would think of this year’s assessment of winter damage we all sustained from Christmas week’s arctic blast? Knowing her demeanor, she would take it all in stride, knowing you would be alongside her to make corrections in the garden, Mike. Keep those memories alive. It’s good to hear from you today with this memory.

  3. Thank you Mike. This means so much to me that you are keeping the memory of Sandra alive with all of her readers. I felt like Sandra and I had been friends forever. My peonies are blooming and I thought of her and how much she loved her peonies. She truly was a gift with her wonderful way of writing and sourcing gorgeous photos to share with us. May God bless you as you navigate life without the love of your life. If possible, I hope you will continue to keep her blog up, so we can continue to visit.

  4. I was so happy to see this post in my mailbox today. Sandra’s beautiful posts are missed so much, and I think of her often. Her inspiring words of wisdom left such a lasting imprint on many of us. I also miss her visits to my blog as well. She always left the sweetest and most encouraging words. Although, I never met Sandra in person I felt that she was a dear friend. Take care, and may God bless you.

  5. Thank you for sharing this lovely post. I think of Sandra often and miss her. I look forward to seeing pictures of her peonies and hearing about how you are. You are in my prayers.
    The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:14

  6. I especially love her garden and nature posts in tune with the seasons.
    Simply beautiful!

  7. Thank you, Mike, for this lovely remembrance. It’s wonderful how someone can touch the lives of so many in such a positive way, and Sandra certainly did. She is in my thoughts many times and I always send up a heartfelt “thank you” for the way in which she brought peace & joy into my life. I miss her. I think upon you as well, Mike, and pray days are getting better. My best to you, Bobbi

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