"the nicest and the sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple pleasure, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

artsy fartsy January...

the dark dreary days of January are starting to sink in, that with the holiday let down and some other untimely issues, have begun to take us a dark place in my mind.  So in an attempt to entertain myself, 'cause really who else is gonna, I took some artsy photos last evening.

For the last several years during Thanksgiving holiday I plant paper whites.  Always without fail these lovely little flowers are blooming at Christmas and adding some much needed light and joy in the dark January days.  That is until this year.   I splurged and bought my bulbs from an online nursery and they were large...very large, so much in fact, that I needed two containers.  Sadly it took weeks for them to begin sprouting.

 as of yesterday this is as far as they have gotten.   The stalks are finally getting thicker and perhaps a bud or two are forming.
 but for now the rocks and marbles are the most interesting things in the planter.
 they are in their usual place on the counter, in the same planter, and same conditions as in past years.  Roots are spreading and I'm sure one day soon we will be enjoying their petite blooms.
One can never be disappointed to see flowers blooming especially in winter.  So I will put on my patience hat and enjoy the marbles until then.

do you plant paper whites indoors?  How are they doing this year?  And more importantly...how are you doing?  Be safe, be well, be...amazing.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


...a few years ago I discovered a blog called "word365" in which, instead of making New Years resolutions, you chose a word, a guiding word, a word to which you would use throughout the year to ground you, to turn to when you needed strength and guidance.  I believe this word to be given to me by my Lord and in the past few years I have chosen from my heart words that have a deeper meaning to me.  Some of them have helped guide me through some difficult times by reminding me to turn my heart and soul to my higher spirit.  "Nourish" has served me well as I continue to do all I can to take care of my health and to recover from several surgeries.  "Be" was the word for last year and probably not the best choice for me as it ended up being to vague.

I like the idea of not making resolutions that I know I will never keep, at least not for very long.  I have had so many rumbling and tumbling in my head and this year especially I have struggled with choosing the 'right' one for me.  I needed something to enrich my life....maybe "enrich."   I needed something to awaken my creative side, which I miss so much...maybe "create."   I wanted something to help me with something I struggle with often...maybe "perspective."  I just wanted to find peace with the struggles...maybe "Grace."   Of all the words I pondered I kept coming back to one.  One that gives me hope not only for myself but for the darkness of this world...a light...a candle to shine, and this is what the Lord put on my heart;

Imagine.   I hope if you are searching for a 'word' that your heart will lead you to the perfect one for your life.  If you haven't tried this I encourage you to check it out and see what others are choosing and how they are using their word in their lives.   Happy New Year.....imagine what we could do if we all worked together to eradicate the darkness.  Shine on my friends.
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