I love taking parts of it home with me, seashells, sea glass
or rounded stones.They are reminders of
family time, carefree days of just being together hunting for ‘treasures’.We may find the perfect piece, or none at
all, it doesn’t matter.The fun is in
the hunt.Walking up and down the beach,
toes at the edge, eyes on the beauty in and above the ocean, and hands juggling
finds or ready to snatch up something pretty in the water.
A day spent with salty kisses and sandy toes is a good
day.My little bowls of shells here and
there throughout my house transport me back to those days and puts a smile on my face.
Today I am joining Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesdayand the class BeStill 52.The assignment in the Be
Still class was something tallish with a printable in the background.My images were tweaked in Lightroom and
textured in PS Elements with Kim’s texture tuesday.
The day my computer was given the virus I went to Trader
Joe, I had to get out of the house.I
got my favorite marinated mozzarella and an evergreen wreath.The cashier made the mistake of asking how my
day was going.I let it all out, the
short version, and then apologized for complaining.He told me it was ok, to go ahead and vent if
I needed to.I told him thank you, it
did help to let it out.I made it almost
to my car when I heard behind me someone yell, “Excuse me, ma’am.”I turn
around and the cashier was holding a bouquet of flowers.He handed them to me and told me he hoped my
day got better.I cried.
I guess there really are good people still out there.
I am still keeping my Winter Gratitude List (check out this postif you would like to know more
about my list).It is helping me find
reasons to like winter a little better.For the sake of brevity I am going to share my five gratitude favorites
from the past two weeks:
– when snowflakes land on them you can see the individuality of each and every
– I just really like icicles.
– they brighten up my home.
the snow seems to act as a natural sound buffer absorbing noise and creating a
Holiday Gatherings – reconnecting with family
Why are you grateful for winter?
Today I am joining Kim Klassen’s Friday Findsand also the class Be Still 52.My images were
textured with Kim’s texture wednesday.The class assignment was – square, from above
and two sides.My Finds this week were
kindness and a beautiful bouquet at Trader Joe, the rose above was part of that
‘If the only prayer
you said in your whole life was ‘thank you’, that would suffice.’
The first Thanksgiving was in 1621.The Pilgrims were having a feast to celebrate
their successful first corn harvest.Remembering the hardships of the first pilgrims in America helps me to
be even more thankful for all I have today.
There were a lot of courageous people who founded America.I can’t even imagine all they
went through, the bravery and tenacity they must have had.Oh how I would love to sit down, with my
daughter beside me, and talk to a pilgrim, hear first hand how they lived their life.We have so many conveniences today that would be ‘hard to live without’,
but the pilgrims made a life without them all.I take so much for granted…
This Thanksgiving I am thankful for all the people who made
America a country, the soldiers, pilgrims, political pioneers and the early citizens.I am also thankful for clean water that flows
out my faucet, fresh fruits and vegetables in the winter, a furnace to heat my
house and my car, things the early pioneers could only dream of.
My thankful list would not be complete without being
thankful for my family.I love you all, each and
every one of you.
Today I am joining Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday.I used
Kim’s Lightroom preset lightly2 and
her textures gift and wednesday on my winter berries.
I am also grateful for you.Thank you for stopping by and saying
‘All seasons are beautiful for the person who
carries happiness within.’-Horace Friess
He was early.A
visitor who appears regularly whether invited or not.A visitor I hope comes late and leaves
early.A visitor who’s stay is as
welcome as a tax auditor, yet not quite as dreaded as the neighborhood
skunk.Yes, old man winter has arrived.
Winter is my least favorite season.
I found a quote this week that made me stop and think about
my relationship with old man winter.
interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be
hopelessly in love with spring.’-George Santayana
I have been hopelessly in love with spring, as well as
summer, and have fallen out of love with old man winter some time ago.I find him cold and somewhat harsh.But George (whoever he is) has a point.Being grumpy all winter because it isn’t
spring, or summer, is silly.I need to
find the good qualities of winter and celebrate those, be grateful for each
season as it comes.The seasons will
change every year whether I like it or not.If I find beauty and gratitude in each winter day it may just help me…
dare I say… fall back in love with old man winter.
I have decided I will not complain about winter this year
(my husband is laughing so hard he just fell off his chair while reading this).I am challenging myself to find at least one
thing each day to be grateful for about winter.I will post my findings every Friday through winter (minus a few days
because of holidays).
I would love it if you joined me and told me why you are
grateful for winter in the comment section below.No need to think of seven items (unless you
have seven you would like to share), just one will do.Together
we can be happy about winter.If you are
already happy about winter, maybe your enthusiasm can rub off on those of us who aren't feeling love for old man winter.
Gratitude List #1
I am grateful for:
#1Not having to mow
#2The way the snow
glistens when the sun hits it just right, it looks like someone sprinkled
#4The sound of snow
crunching under my feet.
#5Sitting by a warm fire
inside or out.
#6How the snow
reflects the sunlight bringing more light into the house.
#7How beautiful the
trees look when the wet snow is clinging to their branches.
Maybe it won’t be as hard as I think…
Today I am joining Kim Klassen’s Friday Finds.All my images
today were taken with my iphone.My leaf
image was textured with Kim’s texture benjamin.This week I found winter beauty in my
backyard and 7 reasons to be grateful for winter.
something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it’.
‘This is my invariable advice to people: Learn
how to cook – try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above
all have fun.’-Julia Child
‘…no one is
born a great cook, one learns by doing.’-Julia Child
real stumbling block is fear of failure.In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-heck attitude.’-Julia Child
I was searching for baking quotes and came across a number
of quotes from Julia Child.I remember
watching her show when I was little.Hearing
her voice now brings back good memories and puts a smile on my face. She was more than a great cook, she had plenty of good advise to take to heart. Her advise wasn't just
about cooking, it applied to life too.
I don’t bake much anymore.I use to, but now time, calories, and the mess deter me.I do enjoy a good pecan pie now and again.Maybe
in Julia Child’s honor I will make one today… or go pick one up and savor each
The assignment for my class Be Still 52 was to create an
image with butter and an egg.I used my
bright Fiesta dishes and a Lemon Crunch Loaf bought from my local grocery
store.(The crunch part is the large
sugar crystals sprinkled on top.)
Today I am joining Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday and Be
Still 52.My image was textured with Kim’s
textures waterfront 7 magic and gift.
little things in life… for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the
life is short.Each moment you have is
precious.Treasure every second...’
in the moment, that’s enough.Each
moment is all we need, not more.'
‘There is no such thing as an ordinary day…
each moment is extraordinary.’
I have had a busy week or so.My daughter, Megan, and I took a road trip to
meet the newest member of our family, my brother and sister in law's new baby, Ryan.It truly is a time to cherish.I forgot how tiny newborns are.Everything is precious, little toes, coos and
actually anything he does is precious.We
held him, kissed him, and of course took pictures.
After that little adventure, my husband, daughter and I took
a road trip to Tennessee to visit some of my husband’s relatives.His mom made an early Thanksgiving feast, it
was delicious.We spent a lot of time
outside.There is nothing better than a bonfire
in the fall, the crackling, popping, and conversation around the fire. Why is it so much fun to throw rocks in a lake?
I found some interesting little flowers at Trader Joe, they were in
a mixed bouquet.The flower guy had no
idea what kind of flower it was, he even looked it up in his book.I call them cute.
We managed to escape the snow in our part of Ohio, we just
have cold temperatures.I can do without
snow for a few more weeks.My heart goes
out to everyone having to dig out of deep snow this week.The stuff is pretty, but can be inconvenient.
Today I am joining Kim Klassen’s Friday Finds.My images were
textured with simple and touch of 1.My Find is remembering to cherish the
seemingly small things, because those small things add up to create my big wonderful life.