Monthly Archives: February 2015

Winter Blossoms


As  leftover remnants of a season gone by

winter blossoms adorn barren branches

Awaiting spring’s warm, rich, fertile soil

where they shall scatter their seed-filled petals

in rebirth of their beauty upon the earth.


© Julie Rehnelt 2015



You know you’re increasingly getting a case of spring fever when you’re seeing ‘blossoms’ where there aren’t any.  😉

It’s only a whopping 4 degrees here at the moment {{{brrr!}}}, so it’s hard to believe there’s only 21 more days until spring officially arrives, but that’s what the calendar says…


Whatever the weather where you are, I hope you have a wonderful day, may it be filled with warmth and beauty, and with…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Flying Off into the Sunset


At the close of the day as the light begins to fade from the sky

off into the sunset my heart will fly

To a place of dreams where all wishes come true

where we’re together forever, me and you


© Julie Rehnelt 2015



Somewhere over the Rainbow



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Whatever the weather

we’re together


you and I


© Julie Rehnelt 2015




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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A Short Little Escape

I recently took a little escape from the cold to go see the Winter Flower Show that is going on in the Sunken Garden at the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.  It’s something I always tend to do around this time of year to feed my garden starved soul during the long winters here.  I was a bit pressed for time and didn’t get to stay there as long as I would have liked to, so a trip back there again to better soak it all in will definitely be in order sometime in the near future.  But it was a nice little gardening fix to tide me over in the meantime, and such a wonderful flowery escape.

In being pressed for time, I didn’t take very many photos while I was there.  Plus because of the extreme temperature differences between the sub zero temps outside and the tropical temps inside, my camera lens was fogging up quite a bit, and never did completely regulate to the tropics before I left.  But I do have a few to share that turned out okay.  Funny that they’re all in various shades of pink and yellow…


These little gems really caught my attention with their bright, cheerful colors.  Is there anything sweeter than the happy little ‘faces’ of these adorable Primroses?


Like round little mounds of joy, they are…


They make me happy!  🙂

Just so darling…



It was unbelievably fragrant in there too, almost too much so, and I suppose these beauties were the culprits…


Or these…



I can’t even say how refreshing and delightful it was to see Spring blooming things sprouting up.  I really adored the white edges on these…


And I adored these daffodils too…



I never did get around to planting daffodils (or any other new spring flowering bulbs) in the flower bed last fall, and I’m regretting that now.

Oh well, the squirrels probably would have dug them up anyway, the little thieves!


Who me?


Yes, you!


Oops, how did that photo sneak in here?  He wasn’t at the Winter Flower Show.  But I bet he would have liked to have been haha!


I know, I sure enjoyed it.  😀

Happy Monday, or whatever day it is where you are, I hope it’s a lovely one!




✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

Sunday Meditations

I awoke this morning feeling very unsettled.  Almost instantly, my mind began swimming around in the thick murky waters of worry and dread.  This doesn’t happen too often, but when it does, it hits me like a ton of bricks.

As I went through the motions of my regular waking routine – put coffee on, feed cats etc., I could feel my thoughts going over to the ‘dark side of the force,’ churning and mulling over all of the ‘what if’ scenarios of calamity and destruction.  Like I said, this doesn’t happen very often, I normally wake up feeling quite peaceful and content, so that was a bit alarming to me too because it made me wonder if maybe I was psychically picking up on some real and actual impending doom – I’m forever over-spiritualizing everything.  But then rationality kicked in and I was able to calm myself.

I took a deep breath, poured my coffee, and headed back into my bedroom for my other ‘regular waking routine.’  I don’t know if I’ve shared this here before, but every morning shortly after I wake up, I spend about an hour in prayer and meditation.  The first thing I do is light an incense match, and as it burns, I speak only of all of the things that I am thankful for.  Then I take it one step further and write down one of those things in a special journal I have.  And I meditate on that one thing, breathing in and out, allowing that full sense of gratitude to wash over me.  Then I spend some time just looking out the window, watching the sun come up while I’m sipping on my coffee.  Then I pray, and listen.  I also spend time reading out of a little daily devotional book entitled “Jesus Calling,” it’s sooooo good, and it sets me exactly right every time.  Interestingly, I happened to read the wrong day’s meditation today, but it was so spot on with what was happening with my thoughts earlier this morning, the first sentence said… “Trust and thankfulness will get you safely through this day…”  The thankfulness part is no problem, but sometimes I struggle a bit with the trust part.

What was happening with my thoughts when I first awoke was that I was worrying about the future.  Something had happened the night before that frightened me a bit, and I was getting all up in my head about all of the potential ‘what ifs’ of the future.  Look out, it’s a trap!  Staying in the present moment is so key, and I know this, I practice this, but I still find myself going around and around in my head about things sometimes.  The reason it’s so key for me to stay in the present moment is because that is where I find, well, sooo many things, but here today it’s where I find the ‘trust’ part – when I focus on the present moment, I see that all is well.  All. Truly. Is. Well.  So I don’t need to worry.  And tomorrow… well, tomorrow isn’t come yet.  “Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself.”

All I have to worry about is today, right now, this moment, and in this moment, I’m okay.

This is what I wrote in my gratitude journal this morning…


Today I am thankful for this present moment…

for the deep dark blue color that the sky is right now in this moment, and how beautiful it looks against the bare branches of my tree

for the rich flavor of my coffee

the warmth of the candle that is lit next to me, and its soothing light

for the sound of crows I can hear faintly cawing somewhere off in the distance

and the aroma of the incense I just burned a moment ago.

I’m thankful that in this present moment all is well

I am sheltered

I am fed

I am clothed

all of my five senses are functioning properly

and I am well.

In this present moment

and in the moments that have just passed as I wrote these words

I have everything I need

and so much more.

I have peace.


© Julie Rehnelt 2015


And I have pretty frost on my windows.






✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

Crystal Coral


 In the frozen depths of winter’s icy ocean

a colony of coral creates a reef of frosty crystals

Spreading beauty throughout the season’s arctic seas

© Julie Rehnelt 2015



Needless to say, the frost on my windows this morning reminded me of coral.  🙂  And that I am longing for the ocean…


Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Discarded Dreams


Discarded dreams laid to rest near frozen streams

having lost the will to fly


© Julie Rehnelt 2015

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Sorry, a bit depressing, I know, but that’s what I thought of when I saw this sad, bright pink balloon laying in a gutter of dirty frozen water along the side of the road.

Nothing so delightful such as this pink balloon should ever end up discarded in the gutter, nor should something as beautiful as our hopes and dreams.

I realize sometimes that’s easier said, but maybe, like this balloon, we just need a fresh dose of helium breathed into us.

What’s your helium?



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Winter’s Breath


Winter’s frosty breath blows throughout the cold dark night

leaving windswept crystals glistening in the early morning light


© Julie Rehnelt 2015



I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again… it truly is such a delight to awake each morning and see winter’s exquisite artwork displayed on my bedroom windows.  ❤

Too bad it also means it’s fricken freezing outside!   😉


Hope you’re staying warm and cozy wherever you are today…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Remove Children

I went to the Whole Foods Market in downtown Minneapolis with my sister this past weekend, and I have a random tidbit from that trip I’d like to share…

Maybe I was already in a silly mood, as is quite often the case whenever I’m with my sister, or maybe it’s just my odd sense of humor, but this sign struck me as so funny when I saw it atop an escalator, and I made my sister take a picture of it with her phone…


The funniest part about it was that the sign was animated, and there was just something about watching the stick-figure parent repeatedly taking the stick-figure child out of the cart that tickled my funny bone in a special way.  Yeah… it doesn’t take much, I’m often easily amused.  😉

Or maybe it was because it said “remove children” and that just sounded so dang funny to me for some reason.  Still does.  And who knew there was even such a thing as an escalator for shopping carts?  I sure didn’t.  But perhaps the more important question here is… who would need to be instructed to remove their child before sending their cart down in such a contraption?

Although… I do have to admit, it did sort of remind me a bit of an amusement park ride, and part of me wanted to take a little ride down it myself.  Of course, I’m much too big to fit into the child seat of the cart, otherwise, who knows… I just may have been tempted to give it a try.

After all…


I have been known to do strange and unusual things where other stick-figure instructions are concerned…


Can’t remove the child in me!  😀


Hope you have a wonderful day, and may you come across random things that amuse you too…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

Gently Falling Snow


Gently falling snow silently descends from winter skies

as feather light flurries twirl on the breeze, dancing like fuzzy little white faeries on their way to a winter festival

then alighting ever so softly upon the ground, gracing it with a cold, quiet beauty

while the earth lays asleep.


© Julie Rehnelt 2015



No photo to share with this one today, you’ll have to use your own imagination, as my camera just won’t do this beauty justice, and trying to snap one will only interrupt the peaceful moment of this gently falling snow.

Wishing you a wonderful day, filled with beauty and grace, and with…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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