There are a lot of things to ask for or hope for during this time of year. Peace on earth always comes to the front, health and happiness follow close behind. I have found as I get older that things have lost their glitter for me and connections with people are more valuable. Yes like most Americans I would like to be more comfortable but sometime there is never and end to how much comfort is enough. There is always more to get.
I would love to travel more, spend more time with my grandchildren, donate more time or financial help to animal shelters and shelters for battered women or those caught in human trafficking.
This is also a time of year when for some of us it has turned from a joyous time of year to a stressful time or darkness due to loss of relationships or just change in general.
I like to evaluate my days more frequently now since I had a mile marker birthday this year. Time is fleeting. I want to condense my time into a capsule rather than a glass of water.
Do you make resolution or plans on how to start the new year? I always do. It helps me with goals and growth. My health has been on the top of the list after struggling with some areas that have caused me to slow down a bit. This year I am going to add focusing on guarding my heart because it takes time to recover from an injured heart.
I hope to post every week next year at least once a month for sure. I started using essential oils last year and they have been a big help for me with my emotions and my immunity. I will share some of my recipes and experience in the weeks to follow.
I will leave ya a pic of one of my favorites…..Liberty and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happier healthier New Year!
I don’t know where my love for water began. I love to be by a waterfall, spring, lake and ocean. It makes me feel good. I was such a fearful child; it took me forever to learn to get in the deep side of a pool. Maybe that is where it began. Jumping off the high dive was freeing and an accomplishment for me.
In my early adulthood I went to Colorado and loved the COLD mountain streams and oh yeah, I forgot I also love snow! One year we were out there and decided to stay an extra day because the drive back had turned into a very poor road trip due to the time a year we went. JANUARY HAHAHAHA ! We turned back and stayed one more night in Colorado and I awoke to a beautiful carpet of white the next morning surrounded by all the evergreen and the mountains.
My greatest thrill though was visiting the Emerald Coast in Florida fifteen years ago. When I saw this beautiful white sand all over the ground on a very hot day I think my mind could not wrap what I was seeing at first but my emotions did. It was like having winter and summer to enjoy at the same time. I cried. It was just the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I’ve gone back many times. My eyes and the feel and smell on the beach just unwinds my clock and I could set there for hours. I don’t have to get in the water I just need to be by it and hear it. If you have never traveled much, as myself, and would love to see beauty…. I would choose this for you.
I have turned some of my photos into watercolor shots because it adds to the feel for me describing the beach and what it means to me. The bottom photo is a project I have yet to complete. My office area is beachy and this is something I want to hang in there. Take a map and stitch a red line from your home (which is above) to your favorite destination. My heart belongs to the sea.
One of my many favorite things to look forward to after winter are our city markets.
I am tryin’ a couple of new ones at the present. One is an all organic market and another has a few vendors with pesticide free produce and organic. Always lookin’ for the freshest quality ingredients I can find. My mission was to bring back some more Goliath tomatoes which have been the best I have had so far. Since it was snowing still in May here( which I never remember it doing) the tomatoes are a little late. I also scored with some delightful beets, corn, mint and pattypan squash. I am going to use some of the mint in ice cream after steeping it and the squash came home with more understanding on bees and their importance. Of course there was a lady selling some flowers that could be used to replace the pansies since they are getting to hot now. Twas’ a lovely day!
A begonia to replace the pansies
I asked the man why my squash had blooms but not fruit. He explained to me the bee has to travel from the female to male areas and in the case of the pattypan, I guess because of their location, sometimes one is missed.
One of the newest members to my garden
My other new member to the garden
A sneaky visitor while shooting
Dainty little things that have been hiding under the foliage
I love to watch these day by day unfold their beauty.
Quietly waiting for attention
An every changing greeting at the front entrance
Hidden in the woods
Out of the darkness into the light
Tractor tire swing
The lacy queen
Dusty road wind chime
Far from the city
Pretty in pink
Do you see the creature pointing to the entrance to the country shindig?
Another day sneaking away