Sunday, January 8, 2017

Winter Cheer!

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Yes, I am still alive. 
Not blogging, but breathing 
and with a beating, grateful heart. 
I had a few minutes of solitude today, 
so I took some photos.

Back in November I was eagerly anticipating 
a local art show. I haven't been to it in a few years, 
mainly because when I go I buy something.

This year I went solo, with the sole purpose of buying something!

I'm in love with this.
I love the colors and tones and mood of this painting.
It makes me happy every time I look at it. 

The artist is Maggie Cao in case you're interested.

Having this painting helped with the post holiday blues, 
as I am always sad to see our beautiful tree go.

Here are a few snapshots on this blustery and very cold day.
My neighbor and I walked this morning. 
It was 12 degrees.

Fresh flowers help with wintertime blues, too.

We had a little bit of snow yesterday, just enough to make things pretty.

Flowers and candles and art and books.
And a cozy fire and the smell of something cooking
The noise of my girls.
All these things make a home.

I hope your holidays were merry and bright.
Happy New Year, blogger friends.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Fall Tour (for real)!

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Today is all about the pictures!

Have a great week, blogger friends!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Fall Tour

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I had every intention of posting fall tour pictures, but I started writing, 
and this is what happened.

Every school year I start out with the best of intentions: I will blog in spite of too much to do!

It never happens. 
September hits like a hurricane, and I can't seem to catch my breath, 
no matter how hard I try.

When I work too much, I miss home like crazy.
I love decorating and putzing and arranging flowers and thinking.
I'm an introvert. Not shy. Not a misanthrope, 
but a true, blue introvert.

I need my down time.
I crave time alone.

Today is election day in our country, but I voted last week
so I could savor a quiet morning without the worry of
long poll lines.

The sun is coming up. I've had a donut for breakfast.
My kids are at sleepovers. Husband is still in bed.
I will refrain from turning on the TV or radio during the day.
Instead, I'll take a long walk, say my prayers, 
do some writing and blogging,
and count my many blessings.

There has been too much rancor in this election.
A great many tasteless, mean-spirited, just plain wrong
events have happened, and I fear for our country.
Yes, I have my favorite candidate, but what
I fear more than if the "other" party wins
is the great divide among us.

Truly, there is no "other" party. 
Those "others" are us, our neighbors, 
coworkers, friends, and relatives.
Social media and the noise there make it difficult
to sit on the sidelines, but
lately this is what I've been trying to do.
Engaging in these battles
is like trying to put hornets 
back in the nest.

It will take some time for us to come together as a nation.
The last time I genuinely felt we were 
"one nation under God"
was on September 11, 2001.
I hope it doesn't take another catastrophic event
to make us realize we are all 
brothers and sisters.
We are all human beings, 
God's children.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

"Falling" off the Planet

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Yes, I did fall off the planet, and I don't think I'll be climbing back on in any sort of steady fashion for a while. It's almost Halloween, and I'm still scratching my head, wondering what the heck happened to summer.

Things are good, though. I have some promising things happening professionally, and my kids are off to a healthy start school-wise. Life is busy but good!

Here are a few pictures just so I don't forget how to post! I miss my blogger buddies!

Happy Fall!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Touch (just a touch!) of Fall

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It's coming, I know, but I don't like to rush seasons.
I'm starting fall decorating with baby steps
and a cue from Mother Nature.

Baby steps? Or, do you just plunge right into fall?

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