Wild Things

  

Where open skies stretch far as the eye can see

and wildflowers bloom, uninhibited and free

Where the earth is covered in lush hues of green

and the air in my lungs is fresh and clean

Where nature fills my senses and desire roams free 

that is where I long to be

 

My heart yearns for the wild things

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2016

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✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Saturday Morning Reflections: on Butterflies, Birthdays, Blooms & Babies

Warning:  Long post.  But it’s mostly pictures, so it shouldn’t take too much time to get through.  ;)

It’s a wonderfully rainy morning here!  Well, I think it’s wonderful.  I’m sure for some people a rainy Saturday is a real bummer, but I’m finding it the perfect time to sit and reflect…

I celebrated my birthday recently and thought I would share a lot few of the photos I snapped of the 3-day event.  Hey, 3 days is keeping it at a minimum – there’s been times over the years when my family’s birthday celebrations last an entire week.

I started it off at our local zoo.  But not to see the animals (although I would have enjoyed that too), I went to check out their new butterfly exhibit, and it did not disappoint.  It was so wonderful to see all of the lovely varieties of butterflies and to walk amidst them whilst surrounded by beautiful flowers.  I snapped oodles of pictures of them with my phone.

Forgive me for sharing so many, but they’re all just so beautiful, even with my phone camera…

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A highlight for me was when this little beauty landed on my arm!

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Another highlight was watching my sweet little granddaughter enjoy herself, she really loved it there too, and got so excited by all the butterflies fluttering around.  She may only be 6 months old, but she is very aware of her surroundings.

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 I bring her outside to my garden every day when she’s home when weather permits and she loves plants, she’s completely mesmerized by them actually.  I see a future fellow nature lover in this precious little human.  ❤

And I greatly appreciate these humans for coming along too.  Although it was cloudy that day, it was very humid out and it got mighty hot inside that butterfly house, but they were such troopers.

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 Gosh, I love them, aren’t they adorable?  They’re my favorites!  ❤

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The following day I went on a little road trip with my mom and a friend of mine for a picnic by some falls.  Our picnic was very nice, but the falls were a bit of a disappointment.  Plus, we had to hike a great distance to get to the falls, and for me with my arthritic knees, my friend with her broken ankle, and my nearly 80 year old mom who also has limited mobility, it proved to be quite a strain for all of us.  But with a name like “Hidden Falls” what else did we expect?  ;)

The pathway to the falls was lovely even despite our pain…

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Mmm so green…

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I love trees…

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Oh, and we heard an owl along the way!

The falls themselves were mediocre, and with them being near a campground, they were completely overrun with people, so it wasn’t the peaceful experience I was hoping for.  But even so, being near water is always a win, and we did our best to enjoy ourselves despite all the people.

Here are a couple of shots I managed to capture without any people in them…

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My friend had less luck getting photos without any people in them… this weird lady totally got in the way of this shot.  ;)

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That evening that same friend and I went to a nearby State Park to attend a meteor shower party to watch the Perseids.  That also ended up being a bit of a disappointment.  The “party” only went until 10pm and it’s not even dark enough out yet at that time to see anything, the best time for viewing is well after midnight.

 They had a campfire and a story teller sharing some stories from Greek mythology about how the Perseids came into being.  I love that sort of thing and tried really hard to get into the spirit of it all, but unfortunately it was just really lame.  His gestures were so severely overly exaggerated, and they were never at the appropriate times during the story.  But I gotta give the guy credit for his effort.  They also had a student from the University of Minnesota who gave a talk about the real source of the Perseids, but he was so nervous that he couldn’t get his words out and barely made any sense, I felt sorry him.

However, one highlight was that I got an amazing up close look at my moon through a very powerful telescope they had there, and it was sooo beautiful!  I LOVE the moon!  ❤

Another “high”light was when my friend found a bag of weed in the parking lot…

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I’m sure whoever dropped it was pretty bummed out to have lost their little stash, but it’s not like we could have turned it in to the lost and found.  Don’t worry, we didn’t smoke it… who knows where it’s been?  ;)

We stopped by my sister’s place on the way home with the intention of watching the meteor shower from her deck, but just as we got all set up, the clouds started rolling in.  I did manage to see one shooting star though, so it wasn’t a complete loss.   And besides… seeing only one makes it that much more special anyways.

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The following day was my actual birthday, and I decided to spend part of it at a local rose garden like I have in the past.  It smelled absolutely amazing there!  It was another hot summer day though, so we were all melting, but once again everyone rallied so I could do something that I enjoy on my birthday.

Here are a few pictures I snapped of the roses while I was there…

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And it’s not only roses they have there.  They have little sections of plantings that are color themed.  This isn’t the greatest shot of it, but I loved this planting made up of all purples.  Purple is my favorite color…

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What I loved the most though, was having all my favorite people there with me.  I’m so truly grateful for my family and for good friends.  ❤

And my whole birthday was made all that much more special having this new little precious one in my life now…

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She is such a joy to me!

And a great help…. she also helped me pick out what to order at the restaurant that evening…

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Hmm… pasta or… pasta?  Definitely pasta!  :)

And helped me blow out the candles on my cake…

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Yes… my cake does say “Happy Birthday Poop”

 

Well, I think I’ve probably taken up enough of your time, thank you for letting me share this with all of you.

 

Oh wait, one more thing… I also got these freaking awesome barefoot sandals as a birthday gift from my daughter…

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Pay no attention to the worn off nail polish on my toes – these feet have been mighty busy lately

 

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.  Hope you have some time to put your feet up and reflect on all that is good and lovely in your world…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Wordless Wednesday

 

 

Wishing you all a refreshing Wednesday…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Morning

 

I fix my gaze

as sunlight plays

in joyous ways

and flowers blaze

with golden rays

on summer days

in the morning

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2016

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WPC: Morning

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Ashes of Gratitude

 

Grateful words whispered

while incense burns

leaving behind ashes of gratitude

in a small clay urn

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2016

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For the past several years, I’ve had the morning practice of lighting an incense match and using those few moments while the match burns to thank God for all of the blessings in my life.  Some days, when life is being difficult, it can be a bit of a struggle to come up with things, and I always want to be authentic and real.  But even in the midst of difficulty, there are still things to be grateful for…  Even if it’s just simply being thankful for a nose that can smell the sweet aroma of the incense –  mine is vanilla scented so it smells pretty yummy.  :)

Sometimes the simplest of things can bring us great pleasure when we’re mindful of them.  The simple pleasures of all we can experience through our five senses – see, smell, touch, taste, and hear, are often easily taken for granted, or go unnoticed, especially when many today are moving at warp speed through life, or going through terrible difficulties.  But it pays to slow down, and/or to shift our focus off our difficulties and onto all that we have to be grateful for.  Not in denial of life’s sometimes difficult circumstances, but in awareness that life in itself is a gift, regardless of our circumstances.   I know that may sound cliche, but I don’t say it lightly.

Ashes are often thought of as something negative, but when I look at my little clay bowl of ashes sitting on the table beside me, I see a huge reminder of all the thousands of things I have to be grateful for.  My ashes of gratitude.

 

Wishing all of you much happiness today, and as always…

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Morning Storms

 

Dawn’s light obscured

dark clouds roll in

 

as lightening flashes

thunder roars

 

heightening the senses

in awe and anticipation

 

the wind picks up

heavy drops begin to fall

 

forcing me to seek shelter

resisting the urge

 

to dance with the rest of nature

in this morning’s storms

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2016

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The air was so thick and heavy when I went out to my garden this morning, I knew something was about to break in the atmosphere.  It’s been hot, hot, hot, and humid here this past week, and a good thunderstorm is such a sweet release.

Stay dry my friends.  Or wet, whichever you prefer.  ;)

 

To sweet releases…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Silent Sunday

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✿~Peace & Love~✿

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