It has been a challenge to keep up with the weekly photo challenge this year, but this weeks word joggled my memory. Only a few weeks ago I was laying under a tree looking up through the lens of my camera, for no other reason than to get a different point of view.
Yesterday was the first day of spring for me, because I could walk outside barefoot, in a T-shirt and Capri’s, lay down in the grass and soak up the sunshine. The blue sky was brilliant, an almost unreal color with no clouds in sight. Birds chirping and calling as they flitted from branch to branch, tree to tree.
The first buds of leaves were sprouting up toward the sky, soaking in the rays as eagerly as I was. My Tulip’s heads were shyly peaking out from between their leaves. My cat was ecstatic over the movement of all living things, including me. She romped and performed for me, and she even gave me a tummy massage as I was laying in the grass absorbed in the sound, smell, and texture of new life.
Poetry floated through my head as the soft warm breeze circled my ankles. Too bad I did not bring pen and paper outside with me. I did not even bring my camera, at first. I just wanted to be in that moment and experience all of it’s glory in every cell of my body. As the western sun penetrated my skin sending comforting and loving signals to my brain, new thoughts began to bud like the leaves on the trees. I could not tear myself away from this experience.
The winter is long in New Hampshire and spring is often too short. I went inside for my camera so I could capture a memory, a moment in time when my heart was content with all that is in my world. Troubles will come and go, struggles and stress are unavoidable, but there is always hope. As long as life persists there is hope.
Why is the sky so blue, the grass so green, and flowers so brilliantly colorful? Why can we smell the delicious scents around us and feel the textures of life. The universe functions so beautifully by it’s own design, it is intelligent, it is the essence of love expressed. The mystery, the why and the how is part of the excitement of living. Beyond that, there is no doubt in my mind that the origin of this masterpiece we call life is an infinitely benevolent heart, and an intricately wise mind.
Nature is my refuge, my haven and my heaven.
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I’ve been away, busy, overwhelmed, entertaining guests, and a little under the weather at times. Life has been interesting, ups & downs, wonderful things and immediate concerns rocking my boat a bit. But if the sea were always calm it would be a bit boring, wouldn’t it?
Last week I enjoyed a lovely trip to the seacoast. It was sunny and warm at first, but later became very overcast. I enjoyed both parts of the day for many reasons; I was with family & friends welcoming spring and love was in the air.
I had no idea what I would post for this challenge, but after shopping I came out into a strange world of fog and illumination… I only had my phone camera but I had to capture this… as I began to drive home all I could see were lights everywhere…Illuminated raindrops caught my eye…
perhaps I should not be taking photos while driving, who knows where I might end up… It’s as if everyone is still celebrating, the whole town is illuminated… another corner and another picture… I had to pull over and get out of the car… lost in the lights…they have illuminated my soul…I think I’ve gotten a bit carried away with all this brightness…
but when I pulled into my driveway there was a more realistic illumination.
Under the snow in the cold damp earth there are seeds of new life. Winter hides the secret of renewal. One day those seeds will surely burst with energy driving shoots up to break through the top soil. My heart explodes with thoughts of spring, new growth, and the blossoms that fill the air with fragrance. With this thought I can endure winter, seeing also it’s beauty.
How unresolved my life is right now! There are so many problems hanging in the air that I feel like I’ve fallen into a deep well in the woods. I am confronted with the results of my poor judgment in the past and my limitations in the present. The only thing I have resolved to do is to find gratitude in each day and take one step at a time.
I’m grateful to know that spring & summer will come again. I’m grateful that even in difficult times we can experience love, hope and happiness.I’m grateful that I can still move and do things to improve my life, and that is what I have resolved to do …… to keep moving forward with life, love and gratitude that I can still do something to create change for the better.
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Surprise! On Dec. 24th at 1:00 AM, my daughter came home to NH from her trip to AZ. I made her stand outside the door and wait while I prepared the atmosphere in the living room. A crackling fireplace is something we’ve never had in our house before, but this year thanks to Netflix we had it complete with Christmas Carols!
2012 In Photos
The year of the Dragon began with sunshine and contemplation.
We never escape the winter whiteness in NH.A trip to NYC for a change of scenery.Spring comes slowly…and so does change. It’s a difficult year.The blooming of hope.Beauty offers comfort.Life goes on.We may need to leave here someday….but we can still enjoy what we have for now.A strong & healthy man recovers quickly.Sharing memories with old friends.Saying I’ll love you forever, thank you, and goodbye for now.Taking care of my own health becomes a priority. For the first time in 20 years we celebrate the holidays in our own little home….and cope with winter the as best as we can.
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Seagulls float on the wind, moving neither forward nor backward.Brittle sea-grass appears warm against the cold beach.The wind and wet are no longer appealing as we bundle up and prepare to bunker down. The sun sinks in the west too early and the days feel shortened. The cool nights have their own appeal.
My mother passed away the week before Thanksgiving. In order to give enough time for notifying loved ones, to avoid the holiday and allow people to make travel arrangements, we scheduled the memorial service for Dec. 1st. I think this was the first Thanksgiving I have not celebrated with my parents in 55 years.
I’m thankful for my family & friends, and their love and support during this difficult time.
I’m thankful that my mom is not suffering anymore, and that she is in a better place.
I’m thankful for traditions that bring us back together and keep us moving forward.
A timely post as I have been renewing my commitment to health and well being by going to yoga classes, meditating with a lovely smelling candle, and eating healthier.
My Christmas cactus is also experiencing renewal, especially since it didn’t bloom at all last year.
This is my daily morning renewal, my special blend, and it’s a nice afternoon renewal as well. God Bless the coffee bean, may they prosper and grow forever!
October 29, 2011 was a foreign day as far as I’m concerned. The earliest snowstorm I’ve ever experienced. I’m not a native to New England so some might have experienced this before, but everyone I knew thought it quite strange.
So this was Halloween for us last year – it was so foreign that no one came!
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The view was BIG! From every angle a huge landscape. Sometimes we don’t appreciate what we have enough, until we share it.These were taken with my phone yesterday while showing friends from out of town the local scene.
The old road to Robert’s Cove, as kids we ran down to the lake for a swim.
Another view of the lake from a different hill we used to hike. The island in the middle with the two hills is where my parents had a summer cottage.
There is a long family history in these 3 photos that brought back so many memories. Although I have not lived in NH my whole life, I have visited here since I was a baby. My roots seem to be connected to this lake.
The lake is big, it would take 3 or 4 hours to drive around it. It has many nooks & crannies, coves and bays, islands & rocks. We took our friends on a tour around 1/3rd of it’s edges, the north eastern side, to share our memories and stories. Life is big and that’s why we share it.
This year there are 3 babies. The babies are less timid than the big one, they come out to play in the sun all the time. They’re not afraid of the cats because they can escape quickly.The back wall is only about 30 feet from the house. They watch us and we watch them.