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

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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.



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Amazing pictures and quotes! Have a lovely and blessed Sunday!

bonnie morgan

Very uplifting and enjoyable. You brought beauty that warmed my heart today. I have a sweetheart running rose that is about to bloom that was a cutting from my grandmother’s yard that is bringing anticipation of something living on from another’s life.
The bluebird is so beautiful and all the flowers brought joy. The quotes are uplifting also. I will want to reread. I wish I could pin your images.

Rita C at Panoply

Beautiful, Sandra. I enjoy your words and accompanying photos of gardens and nature unfolding, but especially how they provide lessons in patience. Am I one of the few who is enjoying this downtime? Why do so many feel the need to always be moving in high speed? I’ve had to learn patience a number of times in my life, perhaps that is the difference. We live in a world where the majority demand instant gratification, and a lesson in patience is a good one, indeed. Let gardens and nature be our teachers. Have a lovely week.

Pam Richardson

Good morning Sandra. What a delightful and uplifting post with lovely quotes and beautiful images. I love the first picture of the geraniums in that lovely pot with butterflies. Wishing you a joy-filled day my friend💗

Penny Carlson

Thank you for the beautiful pictures and words this morning.


Yes, my heart needed a little lifting and this helped! I’ve turned to Alexandra’s words this week too, Sandra, and found comfort and wisdom in them. Even wondered if she were okay and visited her website. I don’t want to lose anymore of wise minds to this virus! Your closing quote is wonderful. Especially since every morning now does seem such a reward.

Your pictures are lovely. That sweet little bluebird!

Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

Good morning, Sandra! Your words and beautiful photographs are always such a comfort and bring such happiness. I adore flowers and bluebirds. My husband and youngest son have been busy building bluebird houses from scrap lumber we had from a previous project. I know they are building more than bird houses. Together, they are making wonderful memories. Yesterday, I was able to enjoy some gardening, and it was wonderful. Our weather has been very rainy, and yesterday was filled with glorious sunshine. Thanks again for your inspiring posts. They always bring joy and peace. Happy Sunday, sweet friend!

maria dolores velasco vidal

dear friend, between rains and sun we walk every day. “Walking” is just a way of speaking because we continue in our houses without leaving.
Spring is beautiful even though it is raining and sunny in my city, yes, they alternate in silence.
I love everything you show … the quotes are very beautiful … and wise.
The Sanskrit proverb is fantastic. Thank you for displaying floral and literary beauty.
Blessings dear friend


This is exactly the beauty I needed this morning and this afternoon. Thank you, Sandra. Perfection.

sandi magle

Lovely photos, truly artwork and the dear quotes. I do believe we just need to breathe. We have been retired and have already slowed down our lives. My children are learning, I can see it in their texts and their calls. It’s the children missing school that is so hard…and those who need to graduate—again, we just need to learn to breathe. Hugs, Sandi

Brenda @ It\'s A Beautiful Life

This was lovely, Sandra. Uplifting thoughts and gorgeous garden photos. It’s going to be a good week when we can tuck so many beautiful images in our hearts.

Heart hugs,
Brenda xox