All the earth sings with the dawning of a new day

The flowers dance and the trees clap their hands in applause

Everything the light touches comes alive

With color, with joy, and with purpose.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014



And may it be as such with you also…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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This Post is Brought to You by the Color: Orange

Does it sound strange to say I’m craving orange?  Not as in citruses, but as in the color orange.  I’m sure it’s autumn being just around the corner that has something to do with it.  :)

So if you don’t mind, I’d like to share some orange with you…


Having none growing in the garden, I went out and got myself a small pot of mums.  There were so many lovely colors to choose from, but I picked the orange shaded ones.  So warm, bright and cheerful!




And Look… my bell peppers have finally turned orange!



I also have a few small scraggly tomatoes that are still hanging in there trying to ripen on the vine.  Orange is probably all the further they’ll be able progress before it gets too cold.



And speaking of cold…with these cooler autumn temps, what is more cozy than a nice warm (orange) fire out on the patio?


And with no mosquitoes!  :D


Still waiting for the leaves to change in my area, but little hints of color are definitely starting to show.  Found this lovely while out on a bike ride the other day…


  It’s not orange, but it has orange in it.  ;)  I absolutely adore Sugar Maple trees and their stunning combination of autumn colors!  <3


And I love the changing of the seasons.  Every single one.   I’m so glad I live in an area where the seasons have such an obvious change as they go through their cycles.  I find myself sort of  craving the changing seasons and all that they entail as I sense their approach ~ even the colors… autumn gold, winter white, spring green, summer, well summer is really a kaleidoscope of colors isn’t it?!  I’m so thankful for eyes that see!

Do you ever crave certain colors?  Or is it just me?

I did a little reading about the color orange and here is a bit of what I  found…

“Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.

To the human eye, orange is a very hot color, so it gives the sensation of heat. Nevertheless, orange is not as aggressive as red. Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity.  As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite. Orange is the color of fall and harvest.

The color psychology of orange is optimistic and uplifting, rejuvenating our spirit. In fact orange is so optimistic and uplifting that we should all find ways to use it in our everyday life, even if it is just an orange colored pen that we use.

Orange brings spontaneity and a positive outlook on life and is a great color to use during tough economic times, keeping us motivated and helping us to look on the bright side of life.

With its enthusiasm for life, the color orange relates to adventure and risk-taking, inspiring physical confidence, competition and independence. Those inspired by orange are always on the go!

In relation to the meaning of colors, orange is extroverted and uninhibited, often encouraging exhibitionism or, at the very least, showing-off!

The color orange relates to social communication, stimulating two way conversations. A warm and inviting color, it is both physically and mentally stimulating, so it gets people thinking and talking!”


Sounds about right to me!



May your day be filled with orange!  And with…


✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Heart of Stars


When you make a wish upon the heart of stars

beauty and love are fulfilled.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014



Because of my tendency to over spiritualize everything, and as a way to relieve stress, my daughter and I have been joking around a lot lately about seeing certain things repeated everywhere.  I keep seeing stars and hearts in everything (as in the above photo, for instance), and I’m like “What does that mean?”  Um, well, maybe it means absolutely nothing.  Maybe I’m drain bramaged.  Or maybe I just have stars in my eyes.  And stars in my heart;)

Either way it’s beautiful!

May your day be filled with beauty too.  And with…


✿~Peace & Love~✿

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For Environmental Reasons



for environmental reasons…


This sign was posted in a grouping with two other signs in reference to not feeding the water fowl at a local pond/park.  But when I saw these bright little lovelies growing amidst the bottom portion of that set of signs, all I could think was how fitting it was that they were springing up and surrounding those particular words…

Go nature, reclaim the earth!



It wasn’t the best lighting that day for taking photos, but here are a few I snapped of the water fowl that those signs were referring to…




They were quite shy and wary of my presence, clearly indicating that other visitors to the park were adhering to the instructions on the signs.  I completely understand the “environmental” reasons for not feeding them, but one of the fondest memories I have of time spent with my Dad as a child, was going to the park and feeding the ducks, so it makes me a bit sad at the same time.

But these young little ducks were sooo cute, and I had a wonderful time sitting there watching them, even if I couldn’t feed them.  I did quack at them though.  ;)



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Moon of Love


Moon of love shining so bright

you’re a magical, mystical, wondrous sight!


© Julie Rehnelt 2014




You know how I always say that I can’t photograph the moon to save my life, but that I just can’t give up trying to anyway because I love the moon so much?  Well, during the last full moon I gave it yet another try, I just couldn’t resist, it was looking so amazing, and the way the clouds were drifting past its lovely face all mysterious-like really added to its allure.

Well, of course… it was another fail.  Without the correct type of camera (not to mention a tripod for steadiness), I guess I expected that, but I can’t truly be disappointed about this particular one “not turning out,” because I’m just tickled how in its discombobulation it ended up making a heart shape!  <3

Even though I can’t photograph it properly… the moon still loves me, and I’ve got the picture to prove it!  ;)

Hi Moon!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Awaiting Autumn…

It’s an absolutely gorgeous autumn morning here in Minnesota!  The air is cool and crisp, and I’ve got pumpkin spice scented candles burning while I sit here drinking my coffee, it’s so cozy!  <3

I haven’t noticed much in the way of leaves changing colors in my area yet, but I have been noticing other fall colored beauties here and there to enjoy while I wait.  :D

I came across these lovelies just yesterday at a local park.  I have no idea what type of flower they are, but I’d say they’re pretty near a perfect example of autumn colors.  I adore their yellow edges!


And the Goldenrod is profusely abundant right now with its tiny bright yellow stars bursting open…


There are ripening red berries everywhere for all the little creatures to feast on…


And my eyes are feasting on the orange shades of these beauties of my sister’s that I’ve been plant-sitting this past week…


Not to mention also feasting on the chubby orange carrots I pulled from my veggie garden last week too…



Speaking of the veggie garden… it’s winding down significantly.  I yanked up all my cucumber vines last week so it’s looking pretty bare out there.  But I’ve still got my bell peppers growing quite nicely, just waiting now for them to turn yellow…


And I’ve got tons of tasty jalapenos to pick…


I’ve let all of my herbs go to flower now, and the bees are really enjoying my basil…



Even though it’s a bit sad to see the vegetable garden coming to an end, it’s been a wonderful growing season and I’m so grateful for all of its goodness.

Autumn is my most favorite season of all, and I am filled with joyful expectation as I await its arrival…

May you be filled with joy today as well!


✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Garden of My Heart


In the garden of my heart

may Love always be in bloom.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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