Wednesday, July 31, 2013

In the everyday of daily life...

When at times it all seems overwhelming, or frustrating, or lonely, or impossible, I pray for you...

...that once in a while,  you are given the gift of a warm welcome, when you arrive at your destination.

...and that you are given friends who are there when you hurt, when the pain is unbearable (... like a bee sting) offering their condolences and genuine care.

...when you just need a buddy to brighten your day, one will be there waiting and wanting to play.

...and may you discover that there are those who do look up to you, do admire you, and  do think that you are so "cool"!
...and when you really need someone to run too, in the midst of your play...

... that someone will be there to hug your cares away.

...and when the journey is difficult and tedious, there will be someone to lead you, someone you can share the task with, because two is better than one, at getting it done.

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 In the end, we all need each other.  We are family and friends, and being there for each other

 through thick and thin, is what makes life easier and happier.

"It's not the gifts that can be bought

 That become life's little treasures;

 It's gifts that come from the heart,

 The ones that can't be measured.

 It's gifts of friendship tried and true,

 That become life's gifts of gold;

  These gifts of kindness can't be bought

  For they're to precious to be sold." 


Yes, this is what I pray for each of you today!

Monday, July 29, 2013

The End of July

What I like about the end of July...

...when your neighbor can't tend her garden for a week and offered access to it, and this is what you come home with:)

...when I sit down to the dinner table and am served a salad like this, prepared by our daughter.

...when cooler and drier days permit time to enjoy the screened in porch.  Time for dinners with family and friends...

... time to sit and enjoy a game of Checkers, even if you are three years old and have not a clue as to how to play.

...when there is time to relax after the sun has set, and the fireflies outside the screen, are in abundance.

... and when there is time to swing until your heart's content.

Yes, there are simple blessings, but I am so thankful for them.

Oh yes, and I am thankful for each of you too!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I am aware that it is a silent rule in blogging, to not blog about something twice.
But today, once again, I visited the quaint little flower cottage, on a quiet country road.
And as it is every time I visit, it was the most enjoyable time in the beautifully manicured gardens.
I looked in the side window of the small cottage, and saw some colorful, flower arrangements for sale.

I walked through each path in the gardens, treasuring the solitude.  The only interruption was the motor of a distant tractor in another farm.  After I was there for about 10 minutes, the owner appeared.  It was so good to see her again.  I appreciate her warm, gracious spirit.

I walked into the old fashion room, with the rusted wood stove and freshly arranged flower arrangements on the table, the countertops, and the sink.  I forgot how artistically talented this dear owner was.

The design and colors were coordinated perfectly.

Simple, airy, and so pretty!  I found it difficult to make a decision as to which one I wanted to buy.

Walking through each carefully formed garden path, the aroma of roses filled the air.  I was in my glory.  For some reason, times like this always remind me of my dear grandmas.   I breathed a prayer of thanks to each of them, for instilling in me, my love of flowers, and the appreciation I have for each and everyone of them.

I noticed an old wheelbarrow planted full of various plants and flowers.  What an attractive way to use something old and rusted.

She proudly showed me her "David Austin" roses.  So delicate, so fragrant, and so gorgeous!

Rows of sunflowers with their heads pointed toward the sky, lined the one side of the garden path.

With the skills of an artist, the owner went about her arranging skills.  She knew what she was creating and with a steady pace, completed her tasks.

Everywhere I turned, different colors of roses appeared.  For some reason, this soft coral color was one of my favorites.

Truly, butterflies and bees were everywhere.  They too, steadily went about their duties.  Who trains them?  I watched in amazement.

The owner and I walked into the old barn.  She wanted to show me, where it is she does her arranging.  That morning she had completed the flowers for a summer wedding.  She said, "she likes when she has wedding orders".

I walked into the barn and found an old wooden, long table filled with all colors and varieties of flowers.
I thought to myself, that I would have loved to see the finished products, before they were taken to the wedding.

Every color of zinnias were growing in the large field.  What fun to see their brilliant colors.

The old wooden outhouse fit with it's surroundings.  I could not stop taking pictures.

Even looking up, gave me a view worth capturing.
I found myself thanking God for His amazing handiwork!  I love that He shared it all with us.

I left with this elegant bouquet of roses for my kitchen island.  I pick up a whiff of rose every time I walk into the room.

Since sharing beauty is one of the reasons that I blog, I just had to share another visit with you all today.

I do wish I could take each and everyone of you to this country treasure.  I know you would find it as intriguing and as relaxing as I did this afternoon.

I do appreciate your visits here.  I hope that I have not over shared flowers the last few weeks, I can't help myself.  I my mind, it is better artistry than any museum I've visited.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My gift to you this morning.
A small flower gallery, just for you.

Taken from the pots in the front of our home last evening.

The next few dated pictures were captured by my uncle, in the state of New York.

Too gorgeous and colorful not to share.  Would you agree?


Just a little something for you today, because every day needs it's touch of beauty.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 22, 2013

So much emphasis is put on the outside today, in our world.
How you look?
What you wear?
What you eat?
What you can't wear?
But, my theory is, that no one anywhere looks bad when they smile.
A "smile" is an instant cosmetic.  An instant facelift.  An instant spirit lifter.

No matter what the age, a smile on a face reflects love and joy,

It reflects grace, kindness, and care.

It reflects inner beauty which in turn, creates real outer beauty.

It reflects happiness and contentment.

It reflects fun and enjoyment.
Oh, I am so fully aware, that there are many times, smiles just do not come.
There are times when life and it's circumstances are too sad or heavy, to smile.
But, when it is possible, share one of your smiles with those around you.  You never know how
much of an impact that smile may make on someone.
I am so thankful for the many times, when one little smile made all the difference.


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