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

hyssopandbee: “Very early irises! This one’s ‘Earl of Essex.’ ” Iris, Earl of Essex

“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

 

Images:  via tumblr, M.S. Lambiotte

 

 

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Pam Richardson
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Good morning Sandra. What wonderful sentiments and beautiful images for this lovely Sunday. If I have learned anything from this crisis, I hope it is to take nothing for granted. It has been the most beautiful spring, but I think my eyes are more open to soak in its loveliness. Wishing you and Michael a joy-filled day♥️

Rita C at Panoply
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Happy May to you, Sandra. I have always been attentive to details of nature, but my awareness is definitely heightened for the luxury freedom allows us, something we should never take for granted.

jeanie
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I, too, have taken to noticing things more, valuing them more intensely, being aware. I think this is a good thing. And gratitude is front of mind, each and every day. Your words are the most articulate, thoughtful expressions of the gift of this plague. We need to grab our gifts where we can find them.

Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
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Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
Happy Sunday, Sandra! Such a perfect and beautiful post for this morning. Coming from a family of cattle ranchers and dairy farmers and an agricultural community I have always realized the hard work and dedication that goes into this line of work. I have witnessed my own father putting in such long hours. I have taken for granted that we could just go to the grocery store and get whatever we needed. We have been ordering our groceries online, and the wait to pickup curbside is usually a week with many of the items ordered not available. After trying for… Read more »
Maristella
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Thank you for this beautiful post and encouragement in these difficult days. I live in a poor and violent country,it makes all things worse…Praying God all the time to save the world and people that I love.Blessings.

Penny Carlson
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Beautiful post. I couldn’t agree with you more.

Brenda @ It\'s A Beautiful Life
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Oh Sandra, you’ve raised the topic well this morning. Like you, I have been tried to be appreciative of the many good things in our world, but maybe not always well enough. And now, in the midst of these strange days, to think about our food sources being troubled, it makes me much more aware, much more appreciative, and much more careful not to waste and be careless with what we do have. We’ve been enjoying some lovely strawberries this week. And I have thought of those who spent their life energy picking this fruit for us to enjoy. Lord,… Read more »
bonnie morgan
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Such a beautiful post of gorgeous images and quotes but your thoughts about appreciating all that goes into our food supply and not taking things for granted is very timely. Appreciating all the people that serve has come to the forefront during this crisis. May God bless and protect them all. May we always be thankful for every blessing. Every day is a gift!
Our weather is gorgeous. So pleasant and beautiful! I am feeling very blessed even though I wish there could be normalcy and we could see and hug our friends and family.

maria dolores velasco vidal
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Friend Sandra, I love what you left in your publication and the authors’ quotes, always interesting. Strawberries are beautiful and I will also tell you a bit about the problem of being able to pick strawberries accurately and also others like asparagus. The problem is that for the strawberry harvest it seems that the workers from France come to Spain and the problem is that the borders are closed by the virus, so the farmers cannot collect the quantities that are only in the strawberries. This is a great loss for everyone. We are already reducing the number of infected… Read more »
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