Cool Perfection

 

IMG_5139The third scorching day in a row required me to be out on the sidewalk in my jammies taking this photo at 5:15 AM. This beauty has attracted a lot of attention with it’s perfect cool apricot perfection. If you walk by, take a moment to enjoy its gifts.

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Fire and Ice

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Hoo boy, it was hot yesterday! Today, more of the same.

The sunlight on red Japanese Maple leaves above yellow-orange Icelandic Poppies is my reward this morning. Life is duality; light and dark, joy and sorrow, and even in the garden, fire and ice. Our personal experience of that duality is what determines our position on the continuum between them, so, today I will use air conditioning!

Ordinary

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I taught my first class in weeks last night, and what a welcome return to routine it was. An ordinary day is a blessing we often forget about when we seem to have nothing but. Students were happy to return, and Jules, the yoga cat, was happy to see them again. During relaxation I gazed out the French doors at the scene on my patio, making a mental note to take this photo because I loved the arrangement of blossoms and their color against the green backdrop. It wasn’t until this morning that I saw the clothesline in the background. At first I thought it ruined the photo, but now…I see that it is a metaphor for ordinary life. What could be more ordinary than laundry, and what a perfect reminder!

Old Friends

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Precious memories were created and remembered yesterday. That happens every day. Walking through the gardens at Tower Hill with a friend from high school, the kids racing past on their way to the next photo op. Mixing the old and the new creates a tapestry of my life, and deepens my own reflection: I am many-faceted, and so are you.

Beauty

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When my grandchildren become ten we plan a trip together to the destination of their choice. My oldest granddaughter wanted to see the Eiffel Tower and ride the Chunnel. Traveling overseas just once before, naturally, I was a bit nervous. Giverny was my antidote to that apprehension. Beauty can be found everywhere around us, and some gifted souls arrange that magnificence in such a way that breathing in its aura, standing amongst the plants and structures, brings peace to every cell of one’s body. Monet was a master in the garden as well as in front of the canvas. We spent the day drinking in the timeless beauty of his creation that surrounds his home. Both garden and house, filled with color and delightful vistas, entice the visitor to spend more time within them. I could have spent days there.

Creating beauty soothes us as well, so, today they will devote some time to creating beauty. In the art room, in the garden, in their rooms, wherever the muse takes them….for creativity is the soul of existence.

December Enlightenment

There’s been entirely too much time since the last post! Ah, me. September was a time of getting back to ‘normal’, after a kidney summer and the Scotland trip with this year’s 10 year old kidney. Unpacking, catching up, sorting through photographs. Then, not too long after I returned our Slovakian son Dan came for a visit. He was an AFSer in the mid 90s. A couple of days afte Dan flew home, the Arizonz kidneys arrived for a week of fun. Their cousins came up for a weekend, which we packed with as much fun as possible.

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Making brownies and a visit to a dairy.
Family time is precious. The boy got to show off his stormtrooper costume we made for him

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and on their last night here we enjoyed a meal together at my favorite gluten free restaurant, Burton’s Grill.

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My knitting projects have gotten less than the usual attention since I’m having some RSI issues, but I am working on socks a bit.
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I had the guts to throw out a sweater project that just wasn’t coming together. It was a brave act and I did feel badly for a day or two, but what a relief it is to not have to struggle to make it right.

I’m starting quilts for the kidneys when they’re here.
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And I’m working the Pay-It-Forward projects. I can’t show photos of those as they are surprises!. My new project is ‘365’-a photo of my garden every day made into a rememberance book for when we no longer live here.

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I’ve been posting more in Instagram (the link is to the right), and decorating.

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Now that the holidays are upon us, I am busy writing for my free course “December EnLIGHTenment. It gives me such pleasure to gift this to students and friends. If you need some joy and magic this season, let me know and I’ll put you on the list.

Blessings to all.

Best Day of the Week

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New sock yarn…yum!

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Yellow to go with the blue for this tank top.

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Herbs to plant.

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And books to read.

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And my sweet girl hiding in the sofa.

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It’s been a good day. Nothin’ better than that!

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cloudy light in the garden today

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magnolia time

yellow magnolia

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