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Friday, March 25, 2016

Joyous Spring Surprises

In several of my recent blogs, I have written about working in the winter garden to welcome in the treasured first blush of spring.  

At times, I have felt that the long days in the garden, cleaning out beds and pruning trees and bushes, seem endless.  

Today, after an afternoon of light garden work, I was reminded that the cool winter days of cleaning and pruning were well worth the labor as I enjoy these spring surprises, which give one's soul much joy. 


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Welcoming in the Gifts of an Early Spring

Today I am enjoying the splendor of a relaxing Sunday afternoon in the garden.  I am quietly reminding myself to take in the gifted moments of an early spring season and to enjoy the burst of nature's surprises.

These treasured surprises from an early spring garden after much needed rain, for me, is like having a birthday party with lots of gifts and each one you open is a greater surprise.

This is one of my favorite times of the year.  It is a time of new beginnings awakening, after the winter slumber-- a burst of hope filled with much peace and joy.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Garden Joy After A Rain

Last night we were blessed with a much long awaited rain that is so needed for our drought region.

After receiving rain throughout the evening hours, I woke up to a garden refreshed and revitalized from this gift from above.

As the day progressed from a cold and cloudy morning to a bright sunny afternoon,  I found such joy in watching the garden, refreshed from the rain, dancing with the soft cool breeze.  

Though some days I find myself tired from the on-going care and maintaince of a garden,  I was reminded that it is well worth the many hours spent laboring in the garden to enjoy the simple pleasures nature like today.

Believe in Your Dreams

Today's Thought is a simple reminder to Believe in Your Dreams.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Simple Moments

Simple Moments 

Lately, I have read several articles about people traveling on amazing journeys, trekking through rivers, lakes, oceans, jungles, glaciers and more in the hopes of finding an experience of a lifetime. 

I, like many, am very thankful to be able to travel in far away places and I have had some amazing experiences of my life. I am often reminded, when I slow down and take a moment to be present and to be more aware of my surroundings, I am able to experience the simple gifts of life. It brings me great joy to watch nature's performance in the garden, share in conversation with family and friends or just take a moment to watch a sunset.

So as we all continue to chart out our next great journey,  may I encourage you to just take a moment and experience the simple gifts of life in front of you.