Flowery Friday

 

I recently received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from a dear friend of mine and thought I would share a few photos I snapped of its loveliness with all of you on this Friday.  There’s nothing quite like fresh flowers to cheer and refresh…

 

 

Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend filled with beauty and joy…

  

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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February Fog

 

The road ahead shrouded in mist

I venture deeper into that mysterious unknown

unafraid

soothed by the stillness 

of a February fog

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2017

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Snapped this with my phone through the windshield of my car as I was driving down the road this morning.  Don’t worry, I was being completely safe, there were no other cars in sight.  🙂

I love the fog, even with as dreary as it seems.  I find the stillness and mysteriousness of it incredibly soothing.  We don’t get fog here very often, so I’m always delighted whenever we do and make it a point to get outside and enjoy it.

May you find things to enjoy today too…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude

 

A solitary crow sulks on barren branches

on a gloomy morning without a sunrise

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2015

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I had this one in my drafts from back in 2015, so it’s probably cheating a bit to use it for this week’s photo challenge, but it came to mind as I was out driving my mom to an appointment earlier this morning, because it’s very dreary weather here today.  Funny thing is, I rather like it.  The entire city is shrouded in a heavy mist, I love it.  So odd for February.

I’ve always thought of solitude as a state of being peaceful in aloneness, but in studying the definition a bit more,  I’m not so sure.  Some of the other words synonymous with solitude include –  emptiness, isolation, loneliness, and even quarantine, it’s not until way down the list that I see peace and quiet.  I guess it all depends on what one’s interpretation and perception of things are…

 

May you interpret and perceive today as being lovely

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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WPC: solitude

Music Monday

 

 

Heartbeat

I’ve seen the sun disappear before my eyes
Just above the highest tide, but falling to the ocean line
And all I see is smoke, enough to make me choke
The world feels broken down

Counting the lines, the years are screaming louder now
And all the trees start falling down, the brightest lights are burning out
So I will run though fire to reach the other side
And turn this life around

And when the moment’s dead and gone
With every star I’m wishing on
With every right and every wrong
The lonely nights that take us all
For all the stones I’ve ever thrown
Another break against the bone
Close my eyes I’m not alone
And let the heartbeat take me home

If there is love raining down on everyone
We can break away and run like we did when we were young
And we could make believe this is all we need
To live for only here and now

So if the moment’s dead and gone
With every star we’re wishing on
With every right and every wrong
The endless nights we sang along
For all the stones we’ve never thrown
We can save these broken bones
Close our eyes, we’re not alone
And let the heartbeat take us home


Written by: David Cook / Andy Waldeck / Crix Reardon

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Shadows of the Beauty Inside

 

The light reveals

shadows of the beauty hidden inside

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2017

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I’ve come down with a slight case of spring fever, so I did what I always do around this time of year and bought myself a little pot of spring bulbs to grow indoors.

As I was sitting with my coffee and journal this morning I noticed that against the light that was coming in through my window, I could see the hidden bloom developing inside one of the daffodils, and a million metaphors sprang to mind.  Well, maybe not a million.  😉  My phone couldn’t really capture it though so the photo is mediocre, but I wanted to share it anyway.

 

Wishing you light and inspiration today, and as always…

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Brain Surgery

I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately as to what career path I should take, and last night I had a dream that I was performing brain surgery.  Apparently, I had become a neurosurgeon?   But I had no clue what I was doing and faked my way through the whole thing.  It felt so wrong.  I was so happy and relieved afterward that the guy was okay that I held his face in my hands and cried.  Even though it all turned out okay, I think it’s safe to say that there’s no future for me in neurosurgery.

Other things happened in the dream too that give me cause to ponder and reflect on, but what I come away with in the end, is that I should do something that feels authentic to me.  Something that I am equipped for and gifted at – unlike brain surgery.  There’s a no-brainer.   😉

Ever since my divorce back in 2011, I’ve been wondering what I should do with my life.  Thankfully, I’ve had an income from my divorce settlement, so I’ve been able to take the time to try and figure that out.  But the interesting thing is…  that while I’ve been wondering what I should do with my life, I’ve realized that I’ve already been doing it all along.  Living each day, being open, listening.  And I’m so grateful for all of the experiences that I’ve had over these past 6 years – even the sad ones, because I’ve grown so much through it all.  But the time is nearing that my settlement will go down to an amount that is no longer sufficient to support me financially, so I will need to find a job.  It’s exciting and daunting at the same time, and I’ve been thinking a lot about what to do.  What to do, what to do?  I might need brain surgery after thinking so hard trying to figure it out.

A few of you know, but I haven’t shared here publicly yet about the total knee replacement surgery I underwent this past September.  The recovery has been really slow, gosh what an ordeal it’s been for me, like seriously, wow, but the surgery went very smoothly and I haven’t had any complications, so for that I am truly grateful.  I’m scheduled to have my second knee replaced at the end of February, and my hope is that once I’ve recovered, I will have more job opportunities available to me with two fully functioning knees.  The sky is the limit really, and I’m completely open.

Well, open unless it includes performing brain surgery.  😉

But hey, maybe the meaning of my dream was more about how I can do anything – even brain surgery.

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Frozen Falls

 

The melody of rushing waters

never ceasing

Nature’s flow persists

through winter’s frozen falls

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2017

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A good friend and I took a little road trip this past weekend in hopes of finding these falls completely frozen over, because how cool would that be?  But to our surprise, and delight, they were not.  We enjoyed them much more being only partially frozen.  Listening to the beautiful and refreshing melody of rushing waters was an extra lovely sound to hear to in the middle of winter when nature usually sleeps.

 

Wishing all of you a melodious and refreshing week!

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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