Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Autumnal Blessings

On this last day of Summer I am energized and very much looking forward to the glorious days of Autumn.  And my blog friend Deborah at Temenos of the Blessing Light always sends me the best snail mail to ring in the new season.

I mingled a few new fallen maple leaves and some of the goldenrod with her lovely, velvety soft scarlet red leaf attached to gorgeous shiny golden paper with this poem...

fragile twigs
breaking off the scarlet papers
autumn wind

~  Basho

Oh to Autumn and all of its gorgeous, colorful glory!

Thank you Deborah! 


Tuesday, September 13, 2016


In my recent post of Good Vibrations  this PEACE Artist Trading Card (ATC) was being given away to one lucky commentor.  
 And the winner is...after a good shuffle and shake...

Congratulations Laurie...I've got your addie and it's on its way!
Along with a few other goodies!

Thank you to everyone for stopping by! 

PEACE be with all of you! 

Saturday, September 10, 2016


There is nothing more soothing to the soul as a soft summer rain in the early morn.  The sound of the rain summoned me from my sleep as I jumped out of bed to embrace it fully out of doors. My senses are alive as the birds rejoice in song and the trees put out a musical medley as the droplets hit the still green surface of the leaves.  As I walk in the rain, the cool sensation on my skin is the perfect remedy for 90 degree temperatures.

The plants and flowers nod in acceptance of their nourishment.

The bees are busy as the sun comes back around, ever so gently, in complete harmony with its partner in nature to go on duty.

A soft summer rain is glorious in its own right.  It is peaceful and calming and rejuvenating.  It is Mother Nature at work.

And I am grateful!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Good Vibrations

Recently, while visiting a state park that I had not been to since I was very, very young, I came across this wonderful display that was created by a mother and young boy as they enjoyed the cool mountain water on such a hot summer day.  They were very excited to share their natural creation with me as I strolled by.

The good vibrations that are sent out into the universe in this manner will always spark a reaction from an awakened soul.  For this display is the real handiwork of our Creator.  From the wonderful leaves, and shaped rocks, to the lovely family unit of mother with son who created this work of art.  And when you are tapped into the universal frequency of sheer humanity, which is truly just BE-ING, peace and tranquility are there in abundance.  Even in times of stress and turmoil, one can be transformed quite easily with the practice of gratitude and simple abundance.

Just imagine yourself coming upon this wonderful, natural display of beauty as your mind babble continues to badger you about such things that you really cannot do much about.  Snap out of it, and enjoy the beauty of the moment that is NOW!  You may not get another chance.  This I know for sure!

After reading a Random Musing from a blog friend Deborah about the letter V, the word vibrations came to mind, and this photo that I took last month was the one that foot the bill for this post!

Tune in...for we are all connected in such a Very Vibrant and especially, Vital, manner...and who in the world does not like Violets???

And may Peace be with you!

And I will be giving away this PEACE ATC that I created for a MIXED MEDIA MOODS CHALLENGE at
Just leave a comment to be entered. Random drawing to be held on September 11.

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!


"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


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

I am true to 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!
And always, always give thanks!
 Linking up today with TEXWISGIRL for GOOD FENCES!
Stop by to say "hello"! 


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'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 goes on!

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


Friday, May 20, 2016


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'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 thank me for being the footing that launched those 3 very successful college 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 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!



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


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!!!