Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pretty Maids

Along the garden's edge, there is a row of zinnias and sunflowers, they really are "pretty maids all in a row."

Each morning as I walk the dogs, I see those flowers.  Usually there are butterflies and bees buzzing about too.

I love the vibrant colors, the happiness if you will of those flowers as they face the morning sun.  If I am tired or grumpy, they always cheer me up.  Nature has that ability, to lift our spirits and remind us of the beauty that is everywhere if we open our eyes.

I keep fresh flowers in our house almost 365 days a year.  Those rare days when there are none, the house seems empty and a little drab.  My mom and my grandmother Mamie taught me to love flowers, to grow them and understand how important they were to the human spirit.

Tonight, I am grateful for my pretty maids all in a row...I am humbled by their beauty.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Affirmations

Affirmations...I believe they work.  I occasionally teach yoga classes using positive affirmations with each posture.  I taught my afternoon class using affirmations today.  We are bombarded by so much negativity that I think anything positive we can put out in the universe will help.

One of my favorites, do a simple twist and repeat the affirmation..."I let go of my past."
It is easy to wallow in the past, to cling to it and relive every moment.  There comes a time when you have to let go to move forward.

Another of my favorites, a forward fold..." I let go of stress".  Hard to be stressed when you are in a forward fold.

The nice thing about doing a class with positive affirmations...once you move through that posture and repeat that affirmation...it sticks with you.  I have done thousands of simple twists, yet each time I do them, I think about releasing the past...about letting go.

When I do my smart vest, when I walk the dogs...I have several positive affirmations that I repeat to myself.  One that I repeat daily..."I am healthy and well."

I hope your Monday has been a good one and that you have experienced something positive today.
Before you go to sleep tonight, think of one thing to be grateful for and say a positive affirmation.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Surprises

Life is full of surprises, life on the farm is full of surprises.  We had a surprise rain shower this afternoon.  Sam and Jordan had come over for our usual Sunday walk in the woods, it began to sprinkle...soon there was a gentle rain falling and we walked through the woods giddy from the refreshing coolness of the rain.

Rick had to make a grocery run into town after our walk.
I stepped out on the back deck, another surprise...three of our hens were enjoying themselves in our lounge chairs.
They seemed rather perturbed that I interrupted their Sunday afternoon rest.

Another surprise, a thunderstorm moved through after dinner dumping an inch of rain and dropping temps down into the 80's.
A few minutes ago, Rick yelled for me to come to the back door, a doe and a buck were eating apples as a warm fog spread across the back field.

A  day filled with surprises, simple ones but really good ones.  I hope your Sunday gave you a few nice surprises.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Hot Sunset

Usually our sunsets are most colorful in the fall and winter months, but this one a couple of days ago...
it was 97 about the time this was taken...was quite beautiful.

I love the play of shadows against the color.

My wasp stings feel better, now they itch like crazy.  At least the swelling has gone down...and the meningitis has subsided.

We found Rick a new truck...just like his old one.
He is a happy man.

Hope your Sunday is a peaceful one.
Goodnight, sweet dreams

Friday, July 24, 2015

Magic

I walked out on the deck last evening, and saw a beautiful sunset and a moon rise at the same time...a very magical moment.

A tough few days...on Wednesday I had 11 wasp stings on my feet.  The stings caused the worst episode of meningitis in a year...still feel it today.  UGH!

But, I saw the moon rise and  the sunset and I am a lucky woman.

Happy Friday, hope your weekend brings some magic your way.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Wind

"The pessimist complains about the wind;
the optimist expects it to change;
and the realist adjusts the sail."  -William Ward

However your wind blows, I hope it takes you where you want to go.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wasps and Cookies

It was a wonderful day with Jordan, complete with chocolate chip cookies.

There was a bit of a glitch...I had an encounter with several red wasps...about 6 stings on left ankle, about that many on right foot.  Yes, feet are swollen and they HURT!

But, we had fun and Jordan a had a story to tell his mom about my wasp dance.  I am so grateful they got me and not him.

Yep, those cookies were yummy and they do make wasp stings feel better.

Rick came home from work and became the wasp slayer...
Goodnight, Sweet dreams