Sunday Thoughts ~ July 19, 2020

“That place where wildflowers wrote summer stories.” ~ unknown

autumncottageattic: “ mysimplehome ”

Good morning, beautiful souls.  Summer is marching along and our hillsides in West Virginia are bursting with wildflower bloom.  They turn an ordinary trip to the store into a sweet sight-seeing adventure.  To me, they are a sign of hope and one of the ‘simple things of life’ I enjoy.  

“There are butterflies here.  Watch how they dance from wildflower to wildflower in a nectar~fuelled trance. 

Fluttering, fitting, lightly they live. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to have wings and think only of wildflowers.” ~ Ellis Nightingale, Wildflowers 

speakingofnature: “As summer advances more wildflowers become available to feed the butterfly population. Here an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) nectars at a favorite of many butterflies, the Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa). ” Eastern Tiger Swallowtail enjoying Wild Bergamot.

“Where hope grows, miracles blossom.” ~ Elna Rae

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we… see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places~and there are so many~where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.  And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory…” ~ Howard Zinn

Dear friends, while each of our lives and our communities is unique.  We are all struggling to deal with the virus and the non-ending bad news.  However, I know we are also struggling to keep life as safe and normal as we possibly can, for ourselves and those we love.  And, there are different things that help each of us cope.  Whatever that may be for you, stay with it.   


May, little snippets of beauty greet you at your every turn.  Notice them, they are there just for you. 

Stay well! 

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“The Amen of nature is always a flower.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.






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22 thoughts on “Sunday Thoughts ~ July 19, 2020

  1. Sandra, as always your Sunday posts are a balm to my soul. I love seeing the butterflies flitting around, they are oblivious to what is going on in our world. They are just feasting on sweet nectar. Which reminds me of all we have to be grateful for even during these times. Wishing you and Michael a beauty-filled day. Thank you for spreading beauty and love my friend ♥️

    1. Many thanks, dear Pam. Wishing you and your lovely family a glorious day. Stay cool and well, dear one. ❤

  2. Oh Sandra, these wonderful and inspiring quotes and your own perfect words really are a brightness to any day as we walk these new and uncertain paths. I am calmed by just looking and reading here. Happy Sunday and new week to you.

    1. Dear Jeanie, so many thanks my friend. You are a treasure. I know you are being careful, but please continue to do so. We need your many beautiful talents in our world. Have a lovely day and week ahead. Enjoy your lake!

    1. Dear Maristella, I am happy you enjoyed the post and that it brightened your day. Hope this finds you well, my friend.

  3. Beautiful pictures. They are calming in troubled times.
    We are having numerous cases among people we know now.
    Thankful our governor mandated masks.

    1. Thanks so much, Bonnie. I have thought so much about you and Pam – both in Alabama. I know things are not good there. They are not good here either. WV is a much smaller state, but we are certainly seeing our share. We are only 50 miles from Morgantown, where our Univ. is located. They have over 700 cases in that county and the students are due to return to campus in August.

      I am thankful your governor mandated masks, ours did as well. Wishing you a lovely week ahead, Bonnie. Stay well.

  4. Happy Sunday, Sandra! Your blog is always a place of peace and calm. Thanks for your comforting words and beautiful photographs and quotes. May you mr week ahead be filled with peace and blessings! Take care, sweet friend!

    1. Shannon, thanks so much. I am pleased you enjoy visiting with me. Wishing you a lovely week. Stay well, my friend.

  5. My dear friend, your publications are always a balm for the spirit and a meditation on the simple things that are, perhaps, those that bring us closer to God.
    Beautiful words, beautiful images that calm the soul in these difficult times and the worst … we do not know how long they can last. Faced with this, it offers us beautiful, relaxing and wise moments that leave us happy.
    Thank you dear Sandra, a hug

    1. Dear Dolores, thank you so much for your lovely and kind words. These are difficult times we are living through and I do believe beauty is a great help for all of us. Wishing you a lovely week. Stay well, dear friend. ❤

  6. I really loved those lines by Howard Zinn. So true. I’m writing that down in my notebook. Thank you, Sandra, for your uplighting post today. It’s a balm in these troubled times. Wishing you a beautiful day. Brenda xox

    1. Good morning, Brenda. I also love the words by Zinn. They were comforting to me. Wishing you a wonderful week and thanks so much for your visit. Stay well, my friend.

  7. What a beautiful Sunday post, Sandra. This post is like honey to my very soul. At this uncertain time, we can all use a beautiful reminder about how healing nature is, and how beautiful. Thank you for the beauty, the inspiration, and the gentle push to keep going forward with hope. I hope you and your loves have a blessed week ahead. xo Lidy

    1. Dear Lidy, thank you for your very kind words. We are certainly living in difficult times and beauty is a comfort to us all. Wishing you a lovely week and stay well, dear one. And, thank you also for your visit.

  8. Beautiful photos of lovely things that speak into the soul. Nature reminds us of God’s presence and his care of each one of us. It’s always good to store up beauty in our thoughts and minds for those days when life isn’t all we want. Have a wonderful week!

    1. Dear Lorrie, so good to see you. Thank you for your lovely comments. For me, nature is truly a healing place. It is almost as it is a safe place from our crazy world. Beauty is something that is good for all of us. And, you are right it is “good to store it up in our thoughts and minds.” Wishing you a lovely week as well.

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