My Gratitude Journal – March 2017

As I write this post, I feel relaxed and at peace.

A 45-minute early morning walk, joined only by a self-shadow, opened up space to reflect on what has been GIFTED in this season of my life.

This is the first in a series of planned monthly posts for 2017, where I express GRATITUDE for the GOOD in my life, which I failed to acknowledge and appreciate for far too many years.

Gratitude Journal – March 2017

Thus far this month, I have been  abundantly gifted with the GOOD and I am, especially GRATEFUL for:

  • FaceTime with my 8-year-old granddaughter. This is our special time to talk, laugh, listen share and bond.  Despite  being physically separated by more than 2,000 miles for the past seven years, FaceTime keeps us connected face-to-face for the entire year.

  • Dining Room Table which was an unused piece of furniture in our home for more than  seven years.  When the youngest daughter relocated to Florida last summer she:  (1) purchased the house next door; (2) moved from an on-site business office to an off-site home office; and (3) decided our dining room was the perfect workplace because there were too many distractions in her home.  So glad she made this decision for my days are happier and brighter when I walk by the Dining Room Table and know THIS IS WHERE SHE SITS.

  • Healing Garden and it has been my nurturing place for more than five years.  It is now the  learning, sharing, healing, working and bonding place that I, happily, share with the eldest granddaughter.

 

 

Writer’s Quote Wednesday, 2015

writers-quote-wed-20151

Thank you Silver Threading for hosting this event. This week, I selected a quote by author, Sarah Ban Breathnach.

photo 2

A close friend gifted me Breathnach’s book, “Simple Abundance” in the 1990s.  This was during a period in my life when I was in the throes of dealing with a newly diagnosed condition of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Depressed and devastated about having to leave a career that I had devoted tireless hours to building; I wasn’t open to embracing her theory.  Back then, I saw Breathnach and her book only as a popular read within my circle of friends.

Years later, I finally got it; and, since then, I read and re-read the essays in her book to remind myself how important it is to live simply and authentically.  Today, It is my go-to inspirational uplift.

photo 1

 

 

2015: Blogosphere and ME

It’s A New Year

I am excited to begin 2015 focused on:

  • improving the quality of this blog, and
  • uplifting ME spiritually, emotionally and physically.

Blogosphere

Because of the holidays, family member illness, and the death of Hubby’s last remaining aunt, I had to step away from blogging for the past several months.  Life is getting back to normal and I am happy to reconnect with my blogging friends.

photo

This month, January 13, I will celebrate my second anniversary as a blogger.  This blogging experience has opened the door to new experiences, new places and new people both in this country and other parts of the world.

Virtually, via blogging friends, I:

  • traveled to other countries as well as different places throughout the United States;
  • received helpful information on nutrition, meditation, exercise, alternative health care; and
  • entered a new world of books, poetry, religion and music.

Thank you, blogging friends, for uplifting ME spiritually, emotionally and physically these past two years.

Finally, thanks to the information shared in a WordPress recent post,“Make 2015 A Great Blogging Year,” I have the tools to take my blog to the next level.

ME

Hubby, family, friends, and bloggers have all served to improve the quality of my life.  I am grateful.  But, recent acquired self-acknowledgement and self-awareness skills, guided me to the recognition that this responsibility is solely mine.

To improve ME in 2015, I will:

  • Nurture my Healing Container Garden as it brings peace, bliss, and tranquility into my space.

photo 5

photo 1

  • Write daily notes to place in My Gratitude Jar, to express gratitude for the good things in life.

photo 3

  • Seek out those things which serve to keep ME grounded and directed in a positive way.

photo 4

  • Hone my photography skills because it is always good to learn something new and interesting.
IMG_4108
Camera Purchased Two Years Ago – Still a Work-In-Progress
photo 2
Upgraded Camera – Gifted to ME – Christmas 2014
  •  Incorporate healthy recipes into my menus and “go to” the healthy eating cookbooks purchased over the past five years and are never used.
photo 1
A Small Sampling of Healthy Eating Good Books
  • Research and explore different options to address my health issues.

photo 2

photo 1

 photo 2

  • Continue to value and appreciate the love of my life, Hubby, as we approach our 55th Anniversary on April 11, 2015.

IMG_0755

photo 5

  • Remember there are always new things for ME to explore.   

photo 3

2015, Here I Come Ready Or Not!

Photography 101, Day 1 – Home

Today’s Assignment

“To kick of this course, let’s introduce ourselves, share an image that means home, and get to know our cameras.”

I love every inch of my home both interior and exterior.  However, when the Florida weather allows (not too hot), I spend most of my waking hours on our rear lanai.

In this space, surrounded by my Container Healing Garden and the towering green trees of the Rear Conservation Area, I find peace, joy and happiness.

photo 1
My Home – Facing Street
IMG_6368
My Container Healing Garden
photo
Rear Conservation Area

 

 

Thankful Thursday – September 18, 2014

design

Today, I Am Thankful for:

What Occurred on Wednesday:

  • My first-time visit to a dermatologist.
  • The diagnosis of Acne.
  • The newest side-effect of a medication prescribed in June to treat my Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Acne waiting until I reached the age of 72 to enter my life.
  • The topical treatment recommended, by the dermatologist, to correct this problem.

After leaving the dermatologist, I went to the local lawn and garden center to buy new plants.

What I Plan To Do Today:

Pot and add these beautiful plants to My Healing Container Garden.

photo 1

 “Be thankful for the morning light and the moonlight, for it reminds us that the beginning of everyday we are given the gift to shine bright but it is up to you to reflect from that gift and continue to shine through the darkness.  Be the Sun and the Moon of your life.  Please use it wisely.” (Unknown Quote)

Thankful Thursday – September 11, 2014

I Am Thankful Today for:

  • The beautiful flowers and plants in my Healing Garden.

photo 3

  • A wonderful Hubby who assembled my new potting table this week.  It definitely will make what I love to do, potting plants, a little easier.

photo

 

  • The imanikingblog for inspiring me to take part in Thankful Thursday, which I plan to continue weekly.
Health and Wellness Associates

Shared Decision Concept in Your Healthcare

Teri Carter's Library

Where we love dogs, read books, and talk Kentucky politics.

Birthing Rainbows

Sometimes There Are Rainbows After Rain

The Oily Guru

Aromatherapy and life

Natalie Breuer

Natalie. Writer. Photographer. Etc.

Watching the Daisies

Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow

Ramblings of a Writer

Living the Path of Life

scottishmomus

What I See

hometogo232

A place of Love and Security

Social Justice For All

Working towards global equity and equality

Robby Robin's Journey

Reflections of an inquiring retiree ...

WGN-TV

Chicago's Very Own source for breaking news, weather, sports and entertainment.

WARE I'M COMING FROM

BARE ALL: THE TRUTH IS BETTER NAKED.

Atypical 60

A Typical Blog. A Typical Woman. A Typical Take On Life. With An Atypical Twist!

writing for self-discovery

creating a life that fits like skin

Haddon Musings

There are 11,507 stories in Haddonfield; this is one of them.

Share Your Light

You are a miracle - Let it happen

M J Mallon YA Author and Poet

Kyrosmagica Publishing - The Magical Home of Books, Writing, Photography and Inspiration

Cathy Lynn Brooks

Let me tell you Justine's story

willowdot21

An insight to a heart mind and soul.

mindjobusinessdotcom.wordpress.com/

Self Love Enthusiast. Dating Inquisitive. Lover of All Things Positive.

Treat Yourself to a Journaling Adventure

journal prompts, memoir, art, poetry for the verbose and the introverted

Miscellaneous & Recommendations

This WordPress.com site is great for bloggers and readers.

When Timber Makes One Still

"Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to the soul" -John Muir

Reymon de Real Photography

My favorite hobby is capturing the beauty around me.

vanbytheriver

Living Life. Paying Attention.

A Black Rose

A Safe Haven for Silent Voices

Sights & Insights

By Lucile de Godoy

Tourmaline .

Small Scale Fabricated Photography, Toy Photography History, Art Creation Musings

Teaching No Talking

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better" ~Albert Einstein

Life As An Art Form

Quips & Commentaries in Prose and Poetry

Through Open Lens

Home of Lukas Kondraciuk Photography

LEANNE COLE

Trying to live a creative life

Nik's Place

A place for words to chill...

SueBee and Kat

From California to Kansas... and sometimes beyond

Critical Dispatches

Reports from my somewhat unusual life

Nikki Skies

I am a lover of perseverance. I am folklore. I am consistency and contradiction.

Good Woman

Threads of My Life

Expressing my vision

A journey into creativity