Head First


Dive in, head first

feed the hunger, quench your thirst

Nectar sweet, taste divine

luscious treats from the vine.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014





My cucumbers are exploding with blossoms out in the garden and the bees are having themselves a delicious little banquet.

As am I…


So crisp and refreshing on a hot summer day!


May your day be filled with crisp, refreshing things too.  Dive in head first and taste all of the wonderful things this life has to offer!  :D


✿~Peace & Love~✿

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It’s the Simple Things


“It’s life’s simple pleasures that my heart truly treasures

a daisy so bright and sweet.

A stroll through the garden on a warm summer mornin’

and the earth beneath my feet.”


© Julie Rehnelt 2014




I found this little sweetie blooming in the garden this morning.  I didn’t plant it so I’m not sure how it got there or what it is ~ probably just a weed, but its bloom reminds me of a daisy.  I adore daisies, their simple beauty is so charming and refreshing to me.  <3


I hope you’re feeling refreshed as a new week begins, wishing you joy in your heart and light to shine on your path.


✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Growing Things Make Me Happy

Every day I am amazed when I go out to the garden and see everything that is going on out there, it truly is such a joy and a delight to me, and I’m so thankful to have my little area here to grow things.  <3

It’s all doing so well too, and I’ve got the pictures to prove it. ;)


Starting with some of the lovely blooms going on out there…

Lilies.  In pink…


And in yellow…


And the Hosta are just starting to bloom…



And it isn’t just the flowers that have lovely blooms, my veggies are also getting in on the act.  I think these blossoms on my jalapeno plant are so pretty too…


And its babies aren’t babies anymore, these are just about ready to pick…


Also just about ready to pick are my cukes.  I found these two little gems hiding underneath a couple of giant leaves…


And though these tomatoes won’t be ready yet for quite some time, they are coming along splendidly…


My green beans are also coming along splendidly.  There are gazillions of them out there!  I don’t have a picture of them though, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.  ;)

There are also gazillions of mushrooms popping up everywhere because of all the rain we’ve had.  I found this little fellow growing in the pot with my peas…


Mushrooms are so cute!

My peas are still struggling and now it’s getting a bit late in the growing season for them, but I did get a few sweet tastys out of them, and maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised and find this later batch I sowed will do well.  Always best to think positive!  :D

Even when it comes to “weeds.”  There are lots of clover blooming all over…


I don’t care if it’s considered a bit of a nuisance in the lawn, I adore clover.  Its scent is so sweet and so are its cute leaves and little blossoms. <3


Growing things make me happy!

It’s going to be a gorgeous day and I don’t want to let it get away, so I’m off to spend it outdoors.  May your day be filled with what makes you happy, and with peace and love.


~Gardening is my therapy~




Let it Ride

Ah, how I love riding my bicycle, it’s my favorite form of exercise ~ pedaling, gliding along, free, the wind in my hair…

I’ve strayed quite a bit from riding it regularly though since moving back to the city.  Mostly because it’s not as relaxing to ride it amidst all the crazy traffic, but also because my knees have gotten so bad that they’re really pained afterward.  Not to mention I’ve been busy with other things and just haven’t made it a part of my regular routine.  But that’s all about to change…

I hope.

I did some riding last summer looking for a route on the city streets with less traffic where I could ride comfortably, and I did find some quiet side streets, but the scenery wasn’t all that great.  Where I really want to ride is by the water.  The Mississippi River is only 4 blocks from my house, but there is a busy street that runs along it, so even though it’s by the water, it’s anything but relaxing with all the traffic.  There’s a bike path on the other side of the river, but I’d have to go up a monstrous hill over a bridge that would kill my knees, and walking my bike up over it would be worse, as walking hurts my knees even more.  So I’d most likely need to put the bike rack on the back of my truck, throw my bike up on that, and then drive over it.  Bothers.  If I have to use my bike rack (which is a hassle all in itself) and drive someplace, I’d rather drive a bit farther and ride my bike around the Lake of the Isles.  It’s round, so there’s no backtracking (I hate backtracking, just ask my sister), it’s flat, so there’s no knee killing hills, there’s a designated bike path, so there’s no traffic to contend with (except to drive there), and it’s a lovely area.  I used to take my daughter there in her stroller when she was a baby and walk the dogs around it every day.  Ah, such precious memories.  <3

But ideally, I’d really rather set out on my bike directly from the house, and not use the gas to drive somewhere to ride, so I’m going to keep looking for a bike path to hook up with that runs along the river ~ or maybe find a bridge to cross with less steep of a hill.  I’ve also been thinking more about riding my bike to run short errands instead of driving as well, and I bought a little basket to attach to my handle bars to use for carrying things picked up on small errands.  Of course, there I’d definitely have to contend with traffic in coming and going, but I wouldn’t be out riding for pleasure at those times anyways, so I’d just deal with it.

What is hard to deal with though is my painful knees.  I had to bring my bike into the bike shop last week to have my back tire fixed, and I got to talking to one of the guys there about my knees, he suggested a different style of bike that might be easier on them ~  Fuji’s Barnebey 7 LS.  It’s not the most attractive looking bike, but I took one for a test ride and it rode like a dream, and didn’t pain my knees at all.  But whoa was it ever expensive ~ over $400!  I don’t know about you, but I don’t have $400 just laying around to spend on a bicycle, and it would be difficult to justify, especially when I already have a bike.   But I really want to incorporate riding my bike more often into my life, and with these knees… I need one more suitable.  So I am contemplating trying to rearrange my funds a bit to see if I could come up with the money.  My birthday is only a month away, so maybe I could hint around to a few family members to help.  ;)

Regardless, I’m going to keep trying to get out there on my bike, even if I have to overly pace myself as to not injure my knees.

“Try, try, try.  Let it ride.”  


I snapped this photo of my bike in front of a cool mural that’s painted on the side of a building down the street from our house while out riding with my daughter the other day…


Looks like a nice flat riding surface with no traffic.  If only there was a lake or a river painted next to it…  ;)


✿~Peace & Love~✿

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I’ve Got My Eye On You



Is there anything more adorable than a soft, fuzzy, sleeping kitty?  Or should I say a half asleep one?   She was sleeping all snuggled up next to me on the loveseat, but when I grabbed my camera to snap a photo of her, she’s like… “What are you doing there?  Don’t try anything sneaky, I’ve got my eye on you.”


My kitties and I are having a lazy Saturday here, and it’s much needed as it has been a very busy and somewhat stressful week for me, and I’m pooped.  It’s been raining off and on today, and we’ve just had a mild thunderstorm pass through.   Purrfect for relaxing…


Hope you’re enjoying the day, whatever you may be doing ~ or not doing.



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Sunlight On My Petals


Sunlight on my petals

kissed warm by golden rays

basking in the radiance

of a hot summer day.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014




I actually snapped this photo in the morning, just as the sun had risen high enough in the sky to start burning away the coolness of dawn.  I loved the way this particular bloom seemed to be trying to reach out from the shaded area up against the house to try and catch the sunlight.

I feel we would all do well to try and do the same… to reach out from the shaded areas in our lives and let the sunlight shine on our petals.  :D

May this week ahead be filled with lots of sunshine and joy for you…


✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Floral Fireworks


With floral fireworks

not a sound doth they make

but their beauty speaks loudly

in quiet bursts of grace.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014




I noticed the top portion of my magical double-headed Monarda blooming yesterday, and couldn’t help but liken it to fireworks with it being the 4th of July.  :D


✿~Peace & Love~✿

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