Monthly Archives: November 2014

No Electricity Required


Let the light shine through you

and illuminate the world with beautiful color

No electricity required.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014



We decided to hang some green Christmas lights on our rhododendron bush out on the corner in the front of the house, and the other morning as I was pulling up to the house after dropping my Mom off at an appointment, I noticed they were all lit up.  No, we hadn’t left them on from the night before, we weren’t even planning to turn them on until after Thanksgiving.  They were being lit up by the sunlight!  And gosh it was pretty!  I tried to take a picture of the entire sparkly spectacle, but I couldn’t quite catch them from the right angle unless I got up close.

As I was snapping, I was thinking of how fun it was to see them lit in the daytime, and that I didn’t have rely on electricity to enjoy their beautiful color, all it took was looking at them from the proper angle and perspective to see their colorful light.

Much like the light in our own lives, sometimes we can’t see it unless we’re looking at it from the proper perspective.

And of course, having a little bit of sunlight beaming on you helps a great deal too.  😉


I hope life is bright and sunny wherever you are, and filled with beautiful color!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Sunny Snowflakes


Sunny snowflakes glimmer upon my window in the early morning light

Leaving remnants of nature’s frosty dreams during the cold winter’s night.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014




We’re having a snowy start to the day here this morning, but yesterday I awoke to a different sort of “snowflake.”  The frost on my bedroom windows was absolutely stunning, shimmering so beautifully in the rising sunlight!

It was just so very lovely…



Whatever the weather where you are, may your day be filled with lovely things too!  And with…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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I Got It From My Mom…

Today is my Mom’s birthday, happy birthday Momma!  And as I’ve been going through old pictures, spending some time reflecting on my Mom and all of the wonderful things about her, I’ve realized that I’ve inherited a good many of her wonderful qualities.  And I thought it might be fun to share some of those things in honor of her birthday.


All of the great qualities that I got from my mom…


 My love of nature

Truthfully, my Mom isn’t really a big fan of the outdoors. But you can see that she was definitely enjoying herself here while we were on a road trip through the Hoh Rain Forest.  🙂


My ability to withstand the cold harsh Minnesota winters


Without a coat even! 😉


My love for animals

8mom with barney


My sometimes off-color sense of humor



My smarts



My stunning good looks


I’ve shared this photo of my Mom before, it’s one of my favorites of her.  Gosh, she just looks so gorgeous!


My excellent skills in home improvement projects

22mom with dad painting our garage


My sense of adventure

Rachael and MomTreasure City

Whether on the high seas, or… on fake ships on the side of the road.


My great fashion sense

mom in lori's clothes


My love of strawberries

mom strawberry shortcake


My love for the ocean

mom ocean

Wait… Mom doesn’t actually even like the water.  But she has a big coffee mug in her hand here, so lets maybe use this one for… my love of coffee.  😉


My strong dislike of being near creepy dolls


I think she was just annoyed about getting her picture taken in this one, but seriously… look at that creepy doll.  Dolls really creep me out!  My mom looks kinda creepy here too…  😉


My beautiful smile

10mom, me and sean duluth

Oh look… my nephew inherited that too 😀


My silliness

mom funny face christmas

And there’s my nephew photo bombing again 😉


My love of a good nap



My love of children

This is my Mom with my sister as a tiny infant.  It my sister's birthday on Thursday

This is my Mom with my older sister as a tiny infant. It my sister’s birthday on Thursday, their birthday are only two days apart.  I love them both more than I could ever say.  ❤


And finally, last but not least… my love of photography

Mom cam

Throughout the years, my Mom was always snapping pictures of everything. And I’m so glad she did, so that I would have all of these wonderful photos to look back on  🙂


I know a lot of these are silly, but all joking aside, my Mom truly does possess so many wonderful qualities, and I am lucky to inherit even a smidgen of them.  I think she’s quite an amazing woman, and I’m so thankful to have her as my Mom.  ❤

Thanks so much for letting me share this with you.  I’m obviously off to spend the day celebrating my wonderful Mom, but I hope you find many reasons to celebrate this day as well!




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Winter’s Warmth


Winter’s warmth is felt

in the orange glow of dawn’s first light

as chimney smoke rises from snow covered rooftops.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014



I couldn’t believe how orange the sunrise was the other morning.  And despite the snow and the cold temps, it gave me such a feeling of warmth.  See… winter can be warm.  😉

Have a warm and cozy weekend!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Requiem of Ice


I came across this exquisite production by Uncage the Soul on the blog of Starlisa Black Photography this morning and just had to share it.  The stunning photography, the beautiful words, combined with the lovely musical score… just wow…

“I am illuminated from within by an extraordinary light”




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Thursday Thought


Despite life’s various constraints, always allow your spirit to soar…

© Julie Rehnelt 2014




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Icy Cascade


From the glacial tip of nature’s wintry magic wand

flows an icy cascade of spellbinding beauty

bewitching all who gaze upon its frozen waters.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014







Sure… ice is cold, but it’s also beautiful!  I’ve always found icicles to be rather enchanting and magical.

Hope your day is filled with a bit of magic too!  😀



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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And So It Begins


This isn’t the greatest photo with having the screen showing so crudely in the background, but I had to share it anyway because I was just so pleased to awake the other morning and see the lovely frost on my window…


Last winter during the polar vortex, I awoke each morning to the most exquisite frost formations on my bedroom windows.  If you’re new here, you can click here or here to see what I’m talking about (they’re much prettier photos than this one).  Yes, I know it most likely means that we have poor insulation around the windows, not to mention that it means it’s absolutely freezing outside, but it’s so pretty, and it’s so cozy to wake up to on cold winter mornings.

And so it begins… a winter of beautiful frosty windows!


May your day be filled with beauty too, and with…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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The Wintry Adventures of Little Snow Pup


Whenever it snows, Little Snow Pup is always on high alert.  For he knows that surely fun and exciting adventures await him on the outside.  So donning his brand new, warm winter coat, he heads out into the white wintry world…



And what he finds makes him very happy!  Little Snow Pup just adores fresh snow, it makes him feel really frisky!

His favorite things are rolling around in it…


All the way around…



And catching snowflakes on his tongue…


He says “Mmm… these snowflakes are so refreshing and delicious!”


Little Snow Pup is a brave dog and ventures out across the snowy tundra, boldly going where no dog has gone before, leaving a trail of paw prints behind him…


One small step for dog, one giant leap for dog-kind



But even though he’s having tons of fun on all his wild adventures of frolicking around in the fresh snow, after a while, Little Snow Pup gets cold and starts to shiver.  He’s just a tiny little fella after all…



And his feet get especially cold, so he wants to be picked up and carried inside.  His human bends down, takes him gently in her arms and says ” Come along then Little Snow Pup, lets go inside and get you all warmed up.  Don’t worry little guy, we’ll come out again another day and have many more wonderful snowy adventures…”


The end.





✿~Peace & Love~✿

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The Key


Gratitude is the key which unlocks every door.

Opening to you a life of beauty

of happiness

and of peace.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014




It may seem a bit cliche to talk about gratitude with the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, but that makes it no less of an important topic to consider, and it is something which is always on my mind regardless of the time of year.

Since beginning this blog I’ve written about gratitude and thankfulness many times here.  There is one post in particular that expresses my thoughts and feelings on the subject quite well, and I thought I would link it on the end of this one for those of you who may want to read further.  But what I’d really rather do is share the whole thing again and attach it to the end of this one, so that’s what I’m gonna do instead.  Ordinarily, I might apologize to those of you who have been here with me a while and may have already read that post, but I’m not going to this time, because it’s always good to have a reminder about being grateful.  Even for myself.   😉


November seems like the perfect time to share with you about the thankfulness journal that I started a while back.  The concept of writing down the things you are thankful for each day is not new by any means, so I’m not proposing this is something I came up with entirely on my own, but nonetheless it is a wonderful practice and makes a huge difference in ones frame of mind, attitude, and sense of well being.

I have always been an optimistic type of person, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned a time or two before, and it usually comes quite easily for me to see the good in things.  I am often delighted and find joy in the very simplest of things, and I believe this has helped me tremendously as I’ve went through various things in my life, some of which have been very difficult.  You know how life is…

During times of trouble it’s sometimes a bit harder to find the joy, and what I’ve found is that as I force a shift in my way of thinking, the feelings seem to follow suit.  And one of the great ways of doing this is simply to look for things to be grateful for.  No matter what the circumstances are or the situation is, there is always something to be thankful for.

For me, just appreciating my five senses gets me every time.  All those “simplest” of things I mentioned that I find joy in are usually directly related to something I can see, hear, touch, smell, or taste.  Our five senses are so easily taken for granted, but if even one of them were to be absent it would make a huge impact in our lives.

One day when I was in a very dark place, I was sitting on my couch, ruminating on all of the horrible things that were going on in my life at that time.  I was repeatedly going over the list in my mind and spiraling further into a pit of despair; completely out of character for me, but like I said… it was a difficult time.  Anyway, as I was sinking deeper and becoming even more distressed, I happened to notice a candle that was burning nearby, and as I continued to stare at it, very quietly other thoughts started creeping into my mind.  I thought of how much I like candles, how warm and comforting they are, how pleasant the aroma of the wax is, as I watched the flame flickering I thought about the nice ambiance lighting candles give off.  And slowly a shift, I began feeling thankful.  Thankful for the light, the warmth, and the aroma of that candle, and then for the eyes to see, the nose to smell, and on it went.  Before long, I was feeling better, more positive thoughts and things I was grateful for came to mind, and with them little flickers of hope like the flickering of the candle’s flame.   Slowly I began to realize that what I was going through was only temporary, that it won’t always be that way, that “this too shall pass.”  No idea where that quote is from, it’s just something my dad used to say.

And so it goes… shifting your way of thinking, and being grateful even for the simplest thing, like a candle, can lift your spirits and help put the things in your life into a better perspective.

I don’t usually have a problem finding things to be grateful for, it’s quite often the exact opposite for me, so in my case with my thankfulness journal I wanted to slow it down and really focus on just one thing each day, to take the time to give that one thing enough attention to allow it to fully sink in.  And to write about it in detail in a special journal reserved only for that type of contemplation gives it (gives me) even a deeper sense of appreciation.

So today amidst the regular mundane, the chaos, or the pain, I encourage you to find something to be grateful for.  Just one thing.  Write it down, meditate on it, and see how much better you feel…


“Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside.  No matter what is going on outside of us, there is always something we could be grateful for.”

~  Barry Neil Kaufman


What are you grateful for today?




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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