Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Peace in Turmoil

As the news spreads stories of pain and suffering, I wonder where in the world are the stories of GREAT JOY with LOVE IN ABUNDANCE!  Has society gone so far off the rails?  Take a step back and take a good look in the mirror.  Do you see the image of God?  For we were all, each and every one of us, born in the image of our Creator.

And as sure as I am sitting here, with love and peace in my heart from my soul, I want to know that I can make a difference in this world of chaos through the diverse cultures and issues that seem to be at the heart of it all!

WE ARE ONE!  ALL OF US!  
TOGETHER, AS ONE, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

Psalm 23:6

 

Friday, July 8, 2016

The Pond


The pond lilies are in full bloom.
Since the heat of summer has finally come, the horses are hiding out in the shade.

And as I step closer to try and get a better shot, I see now why the geese and all the growing goslings are also hiding out in the field with the horses... Snakes are not my thing.  But a gorgeous shot all the same! 

Linking up today with TEXWISGIRL for Good Fences!  Pop in to say...ALOHA!



Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

Transformation

What matters most to me, besides my wonderful family of course, is this...

I am true to myself...my true authentic self, where there is Divine Love in abundance.
It is my soul, my spirit, through which the Kingdom of Heaven can be realized here on earth.

I've had this Holy Spirit, even before birth, but it is upon birth into this human body temple, 
that the spirit is exposed.  It is rarely recognized as the indwelt nature bestowed upon
or gifted to all of mankind, due to the nature of the ego that speaks
much louder, demanding attention, thereby putting the true authentic self, 
the soul, the Holy Spirit under siege by humanity itself.  

For some folks there is great darkness that comes with pain and suffering, 
and total despair requiring complete and total surrender.
 
Transformation can only take place when you quiet the mind and go inward to where the soul is lying in wait...awaiting the glorious moment when the light goes on, and the ego self disappears and 
the true authentic self, born in the image of God is visible,
 and the Kingdom of Heaven, here on earth is realized!

It's a beautiful thing!
TUNE IN!
And always, always give thanks!
 
 Linking up today with TEXWISGIRL for GOOD FENCES!
Stop by to say "hello"! 

 PEACE BE WITH YOU!

Monday, June 20, 2016

In The Good Old Summertime

Oh, the last of the gorgeous poppies from Andrea's garden!
And if it's purple, it must be in Nina's garden...

Thankfully, the busy little bee is doing it's thing with my primrose!
And the icing on this cake of the Summer Solstice, is the Strawberry Moon.  Now, if only I had taken a picture of those wonderful tasting new strawberries from the local farm, I would show them.   Some went into a berry trifle, and I just finished off the rest for my lunch.  And some of them were so itty bitty, tiny and cute...but I ate every last one.  Gonna stop on my way home for more!

Yes, with Spring starting out in snow, and the cold windy days lasting right up until a couple weeks ago, we are finally embracing the GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME!  90 degree temps and all!

Stop by to visit a blog friend, Deborah at Temenos of the Blessing Light to see her post about this wonderful day of the Summer Solstice and the Strawberry Moon!

Looking forward to the Garden Tour this weekend at Andrea's!   Aloha Friends!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Sunday, May 29, 2016

In Memory of...


1.  This Memorial Day weekend, we will take part in the local parade and ceremony to Honor those brave men and women who serve this great land of the United States of America!  This is what it is all about this weekend, remember? 

2.  A Dear Friend of ours passed away at the age of 109, just 2 weeks short of her 110th birthday!  We will be celebrating her very long life on her birthday.

3.  I wish that the people of this great land could put aside their personal and political differences long enough to realize that WE ARE ONE!  It doesn't matter to me where you come from, what you look like, what your belief system is, where you live, or whether or not you eat meat.  We all come from the same life force...YES, WE ARE ALL CONNECTED...SO PLEASE GET OUT THERE AND ACT LIKE IT!  COMPASSION, KINDNESS ARE ALL IT TAKES.  Take the ego out of it...it's that simple!  And please do thank a Veteran...not only this weekend, but every chance you get!  I DO!

4.  I always have great plans in Spring for my gardens.  And then the temps rose to 90 degrees, with high humidity, and well, it feels more like the lazy days of summer, and a whole lotta nothing gets done.

5.  Memorial Day is very special for me.  Not only to honor those mentioned in #1, but because it's when my Mom died...and I went into early labor with our 2nd child.   Out of state, 1 month early, completely unprepared for giving birth during the middle of the funeral...  I like to think that Mother met her new Grandchild in passing, for it was a sad day, yet, I was given something joyful to carry me through the mournful pain of her death.  Birth and Death...life goes on!

And you know what... at birth, this beautiful new baby, looked just like my Mom.  God works in mysterious ways!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU DEAR CHILD # 2, AND ALOHA TO MAMA!

Friday, May 20, 2016

TGIF...


1.  We finally have a decent Spring weather day...and my plants are very happy, because I've had to take them in every night it's been so cold.  But no more...

2.  I love going out in the early morning to hear the birdsongs...it's heavenly!

3.  Kids say the darndest things...when a young friend, age 3 was first introduced to her new baby girl cousin, she replied, "What's the point of her?"    Crack me up!  Out of the mouths of babes!  Wonder where that relationship is headed...

4. This is the first weekend in many that I have no plans...and that means I can do whatever I want!
GO ME!!!  I deserve it!  So, a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and probably some of that, if I feel like it...and a lot of that...hee hee!

5.  Before our last child of 3 graduated from college last week, my husband bought me a dozen red roses...to thank me for being the footing that launched those 3 very successful college educations...how sweet is that?  Of course, the 3 kiddies would probably say it was that footing that kicked them in the behind to keep them going!    YES, IT'S ALL GOOD!

Linking up with Nancy for Random 5 and Tex for Good Fences.  Stop by to say, "Aloha"!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tuesday Afternoon


Why did the geese cross the road?



To get to the pond, you Silly Goose!
Oh, the simple things in life...

Linking up today with Kara at A Spirit of Simplicity.

Stop by to say "aloha"...






Friday, May 6, 2016

In the Now

1.  This lovely fence photo is before the rains came and helped put out the massive ridge fire.   It has been raining for days, and days.  And anyway, I LOVE THE RAIN!

2.  The baby little is graduating from college, 1 year early saving me a boatload of moola, and has already landed a job!  TALK ABOUT BEING BLESSED!

3.  A good friend of mine and her hubby, with their 3 young children packed up their entire house in 24 hours, and moved far away for a his job.  I CAN'T IMAGINE PACKING AN ENTIRE HOUSE IN 24 HOURS...YIKES!

4.  Someone gifted me a gorgeous purple orchid that is thriving on my desk!  I CAN'T BELIEVE I HAVEN'T KILLED IT YET! 

5.  This Mother's Day is my oldest daughter's birthday.  How fitting, because she was the first one to make me a MOM!   I CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY ON MY CHILDREN'S BIRTHDAYS!  YEP, 3 MOTHER'S DAYS FOR ME!  And on Mother's Day, I honor my own Mother.

Living in the NOW, on this rainy day!

Linking up today with GOOD FENCES  and NANCY for Random 5 .

Pop in for a visit!

                  
                                                                                                                     
 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Everything Belongs!


When you take the time and make the effort to just stop running willy nilly to and fro, you just may begin to realize that the Universe is having a conversation with you!  And that everything belongs!

Now I have passed by this barn a zillion times, always commenting on how much I love it.  And as the sun was going down on this particular journey, we pulled over just to take in the beauty.  Oh how I wish I could watercolor that sky!

As we sat there, watching the sun fade away, down over the ridge, I was completely and totally engulfed in this glorious moment capturing God's handiwork.  I couldn't even tell you how long we sat there.  I recall now, there was no talking between my husband and I, there were no words necessary.

There was also nothing else present...no lingering thoughts of where we were supposed to be, or where we had just come from, what we were doing, what we have to do next, not even noise from the cars, trucks, tractors that use this country road.  NOTHING!  AND IT WAS PERFECT!

WE JUST WERE! 

 
 COMPLETE AND TOTAL HARMONY!

And as the sun went down on this, my favorite barn setting, on our way to and fro, I smile with the knowledge that I am blessed.  And I am exactly where I belong!
 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fire on the Mountain

The 2nd wildfire up on the ridge in the past 2 years...this one is just as bad as last year's Spring wildfire at over 2000 acres burned.  And while it has gotten very close to some homes, so far all have been spared...including the one on our side of the ridge, not far from our own.  Too close for comfort, I can tell you that. 
There were high winds on Saturday when it started,  making things much worse, as we all were doing rain dances.  The smoke was unbearable, on such a fine Spring day, when we would normally have all the windows open. 




As a new day dawns, it continues to spread, burning on both sides of the ridge.
The fire has made it's way down this side of the ridge, and the smoke is ever closer.  
Oh, those are not low clouds.  The little bit of rain did not completely extinguish, and the smoke lingers throughout the woods.   At this point, the fire has been contained...we need a good soaking rain.  So, if you feel inclined to get out there and do a silly rain dance, GO FOR IT!  And thank you!


Friday, April 22, 2016

Radiant



The other day I had the privilege of performing with my ukulele friends for a Senior Citizens Luncheon.  A lovely event, with the best food.  Don't know that I have ever had Filet Mignon for lunch before, but hey, that with Roast Turkey, Baked Ham and all the perfect side dishes, was an incredible way to spend a few hours away from work.  Yes, I blew off a few hours of work to entertain this group at their ceremonial luncheon to swear in the new officers.  And I certainly wasn't leaving without dessert, even though I did have to take it on the run to get back to work before my coverage expired.




Anyway, on my way out the door carrying my Martin C1K Ukulele on my back, a lady sitting all alone by the door motioned for me to come to her.  I always love to engage the elderly, for they are full of wisdom and some wonderful stories of days long ago.

As I approached this woman, she reached out her hand to say, "You are beautiful.  And not only on the outside.  There is a special beauty that comes from within you that radiates and shines.  It makes me smile!"

Well, I asked her name, told her mine, as we shook hands.  But I could not leave there without giving her a hug and telling her how much that meant to me.  Her words to me made my whole day!

Now here I am always happy to be giving of myself to bring joy to others.  It's who I am, it's what I do.  We go out regularly and strum the ukulele at the hospital, and we do the nursing home circuit, as well as other venues, and I absolutely love it.  And I love it because what I witness first hand by doing something so simple as strumming and singing for these folks, makes this little light of mine shine even brighter.  Some of these residents just come to life and sing their hearts out at the first strum of Five Foot Two, or Bill Bailey.  Those who can get up and boogie, do so, and I for one, am not one to just stand still as I strum Let's Twist Again.  I am still trying to figure out how to strum and do the twist at the same time!

Anyway, I will continue to spread joy, to bring smiles, to radiate my true light from the depths of my soul, because that is its true purpose. It was given to me so that I can share it, in hopes that someone out there in darkness will see the light, and know they are not alone.   I am blessed!

I will conclude with a little strum of...


This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!!!




Friday, April 15, 2016

Vision



There is a little stone church up on the mountain that has an incredible view.
I do not belong to this church, but it is a popular place, and many come to visit just for the view.   It is a popular place for weddings.  Recently at a memorial service for a friend, I captured the stained glass window as it told a story of its own.  

The Stone Church welcomes all seekers. Our motto is, “Open to people, open to God.” As you walk through the beautiful mahogany front door, you will face a stained-glass window based on the words of the prophet Isaiah: “For my house shall be a house of prayer for all peoples” (Isaiah 56:7). On the window are symbols from eight of the world’s major religions, from Christianity and Islam to Buddhism and Native American faiths.  Our community comes from many different traditions – including Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Methodist and Jewish. We are gay and straight, married and single, young and old, and we find common ground in the affirming spirit of this remarkable place.
The simple message here and the spirit that envelops you as you enter this church, is one of unity.  Whatever your belief system is, we are one.   As a seeker, you must have the vision of a seeker, and that vision does not come from your eyesight, but from your soul, where the true spirit lies within all of us!

In this lifetime, I hope and pray to witness the true communion of all the peoples of this great land, where the exchange of thoughts and emotions can be realized on a spiritual level so that peace can truly prevail...for one and for all!
Peace be with you on this fine day!

With much Aloha to one and all!

Friday, April 8, 2016

So This is Spring???

 
Glad to back with Nancy for Random 5 Friday.  
 
1.  This week started out like this.  Yes, snow in April!  The birds and animals are very confused.  The daffodils had a short stay.

2.  We enjoyed a wonderful outing for a concert with the New York Wind Symphony featuring local cellist Eileen Moon of the NY Philharmonic under the direction of Johan de Meij. And the icing on that cake was that our daughter performed with them on clarinet, just as she did at their debut performance at Carnegie Hall.   BRAVO!

3.  I am vowing to tackle at least one pile of "stuff" left behind from each of the 3 littles who made us "empty nesters".  Empty?  Ha! So, I guess that is 3 piles of "stuff".  I am prepared with large boxes for donation, and an extra large trash bin.  I warned them that anything left behind is fair game.  

4.  Hubby has date night planned for tomorrow, though truth be told, I would much rather stay home by the fire with a glass of wine and a good movie.  Yes, more snow is on the way.  


5.  A wonderful friend just gifted me these lovely eggs from her free range chickens.  What wonderful timing, because this morning before work, I had 1 egg left!  I just love how the Universe speaks to me!  
This morning the snow is gone...temporarily...April Fools continues!
   and with TexWisGirl for Good Fences.  Stop by for a visit!

Aloha!


 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Onward

PEACEFUL, EASY FEELING by LR
Linking up with friends for Wordless Wednesday because sometimes silence is best!