At the first light caress of autumn’s gentle hand

I blush


© Julie Rehnelt 2014




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Caterpillar Crossing


My daughter and I recently found a new trail for riding our bikes called the Mississippi River Regional Trail.    It’s a lovely paved combined bike/walking path that we’re able to pick up just a short distance from home, only having to ride about 2 miles on low traffic city streets to get to.

This past weekend we went riding a bit earlier in the day than usual and it must have been an active time of the day for caterpillars, because they were out crawling all over the place, we had to keep our eyes focused down on the path to avoid running them over.  It was really something!

And it was really fun.  We stopped a number of times along the way so my daughter could “play” with them.  Any opportunity to enjoy nature up-close is always a fun thing for us.  :D

And as often as we’ve done that over the years, we’ve never come across the likes of this guy before!  The biggest caterpillar either of us have ever seen…


It was so freaking huge!  And really amazing!


After we got home we wanted to find out what kind it was, and after a bit of internet research came to the conclusion that it’s the caterpillar of a Leafy Spurge Hawk Moth.


And take a look at what a gorgeous moth it is…

Wow, just beautiful!  And apparently it’s a daytime flying moth, so maybe we’ll get the chance to see one on one of our bike rides sometime.


We also came across this fuzzy little guy…


Which we think is the caterpillar of a White Tiger Moth.


And this one…


A Wooly Bear Caterpillar.  So cute!


All along the trail they have these signs posted…


But clearly one must also take care even while on the trail.  Maybe they should add a “Caterpillar Crossing” sign.  ;)



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Sky Gazing

The other night when I went to let the dog out, I noticed some wonderful storm clouds rolling across the sky off to the west.  It was just before sunset making the stark contrast of the light and the dark clouds even more prominent, not to mention, vibrant and colorful!  Even in knowing that my camera probably wouldn’t do them justice if I tried to take pictures, I went and grabbed it anyway and snapped a few photos…





I do love me a good thunderstorm, and unfortunately this one just passed on by, but not without a crackle or two of lightening.  When I uploaded these onto my computer, I was a bit disappointed that I wasn’t able to catch how cool this next cloud formation looked with the way dark and the light clouds swirled around and into each other (it was a sort of interesting yin and yang look ☯), but I was absolutely tickled that I happened to catch a little spark of pink lightening in it…



Whether day or night, cloudy or clear, I love gazing up at the sky.  There’s just something about looking out into infinity that is deeply moving to me.  Having that sense of being so small in comparison to the vastness of the universe, but of also feeling intimately connected to it all at the same time simply astounds me and fills me with awe and wonder.

Hope you experience little moments of wonder today.

And joy!  <3


✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Let Your Love-Light Shine Through


Illuminate the darkness

let your love-light shine through

to those who may be lost

wandering the forest alongside you.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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“To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations”




I know… my inner nerd is showing.  But when I uploaded this photo to my computer from my camera and saw the antennas of this butterfly I immediately thought of that line from Star Trek.   :D

That’s just the way this weird brain of mine is wired I guess…


✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Butterfly Ballet


Dancing in the summer sunlight

savoring sweet nectar along the way

grace on wings performs

in this butterfly ballet.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014






Thought I would share the rest the of photos I snapped of those lovely Monarchs I came across while out riding my bike a few weeks ago.  It truly was like watching a ballet, such a beautiful spectacle!  <3


✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Birthday Roses, Painted Toeses and Cakes That Sometimes Flop

It was my birthday last week and I had a very nice, laid-back, and relaxing day, spent with three lovely ladies who mean the world to me ~ my Mom, my Sister, and my Daughter.  <3

With no real specific plans for the day beforehand, we all just let everything unfold naturally, and it unfolded quite nicely.  I appreciate my family so much, and their willingness to just go with the flow, especially since they’re all more of “planner” types (myself included) when it comes to things like birthdays and special occasions.  I was feeling a bit indecisive about what I wanted to do for my birthday this year.  Sometimes I wish someone else would just plan everything all out and surprise me.  However, with my being a bit intuitive <insert family inside joke about me being psychic>, surprising me isn’t always the easiest thing to do.   Although… my daughter did surprise me with a few things… one of them was decorating the house with wonderfully festive crepe paper streamers.  When I woke up and went downstairs to get my coffee in the morning, I was so surprised to see the living room all decorated, I really was not expecting that at all, what a delightful thing to wake up to on the morning of ones’ birthday!  She’s such a gem!  <3

As I said, I was feeling a bit indecisive, I had several different things floating around in my mind that I might like to do for the day, but one thing I knew I wanted to do for sure was go out to lunch at my favorite restaurant.  So we did that, and of course it was delicious!  Italian cuisine… pasta… need I say more?  :D

Afterward I thought it would be nice to go over to Lyndale Park Rose Garden and be amongst the lovely roses there.  I had done that on one other birthday a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it, so off we went.

Here are a few photos I snapped there…






It was a bit too hot outside for all of us, so we didn’t stay long, but it was lovely there just the same, and the roses smelled absolutely heavenly!


One of the other things I thought I might like to do on my birthday was go and get pampered a little, it had been a while since I’d had a pedicure, so the four of us all went and had one together.  Here’s a picture my sister snapped of our painted toeses…


 And gosh, the massage chairs they had there were so amazing!


Not quite so amazing was the cake my daughter tried to bake for me.  Twice!  Ever since I was a little girl my favorite cake has been angel food, the kind with the pretty confetti sprinkles inside.  Every year my family attempts to bake one for me, and every year it usually flops.  I don’t know what the heck the deal is, how hard can it be?!  Pretty hard, apparently.  ;)



My daughter felt so bad and was determined to make me a cake, so she decided to make me a miniature angel food cake out of clay.  I was out on the patio in the morning writing in my journal when she came out there and surprised me (again) with this adorable little cake…


My actual birthday cake this year (an edible version, anyway) ended up being just one slice of Lemon Creme Cake (my 2nd favorite) that we picked up at Olive Garden…


Yep, just one slice, but that’s all I really needed, and it was sooo yummy!  :D


It was a bit of a different kind of birthday celebration for me this year, but in all it was a very nice one, and was filled with lots of love, with joy, and with beauty!  I’m thankful for another new year of life. <3

Oh, and I’m also thankful for the new bicycle that my family all pitched in together and bought for me as an early birthday present that I mentioned in an earlier post. I’ve been out riding it nearly every day, and loving it so much!  My sister decorated the handlebars of it with bows for me on my birthday just to make it extra festive and took this picture of me with it…


I’m actually off to go out and take a little spin on it right now…


Hope your week is off to a great start, may it too be filled with lots of love, with joy, and with beauty…


✿~Peace & Love~✿

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