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Mandala Monday – August

The month of August sort of signals the end of summer, which can be a bit depressing to realize, but there are a lot of wonderful and beautiful things about the month of August…

For one, I love all of the gorgeous late summer flowers that are blooming everywhere – sunflowers, lilies, phlox (whose scent is completely intoxicating here at the moment, by the way), coneflowers, liatris, and black-eyed susan, just to name a few.  And it’s also when my vegetable garden starts kicking out lots of yummy things – for example, my zucchini (as you may have seen in my post the other day), and also beans, jalapeno peppers, and the first of my cucumbers are just about ready to pick.  August is a very rewarding time in the garden.  😊

For two – it’s my birthday month, and I tend to celebrate it all month long, which is always fun, and this year is no exception – I’ve already started before the calendar has even turned to August by going to see the butterfly exhibit at my local zoo and conservatory with my daughter and granddaughter last week.  And I also went to the salon this past weekend to get my hair color freshened up and to get a bit of pampering before my birthday.  My stylist, who is also a good friend of mine, gave me an early birthday present – a gorgeous book about lavender that had belonged to her late mother, such a beautiful and meaningful gift.  I browsed through it while my hair was processing and it was the perfect reading material to enhance my pampering session.  Ah lavender… 💜

For three – August is when the Minnesota Renaissance Festival starts and that is something I love going to each year.  I’m looking forward to going with my new bionic knees this year (even though they are still paining me a bit), hopefully I’ll have an easier time walking around and enjoying all of the festivities there.  I have a new project that I’m working on for my costume this year too – a staff/walking stick that I hope to embellish to make it look more magical.  Yeah, I know that’s totally nerdy, but I don’t care, I chose long ago to embrace my inner nerd.  🙃

Another fun thing that is happening this particular August is a solar eclipse, and I plan on going on a little road trip with a good friend of mine to see it.  We haven’t worked out all the details yet, but we are thinking of making a week of it.  She is bringing her camper, so we plan to camp somewhere that is nearby one of the areas of totality of the eclipse.  I haven’t been camping in ages, so I’m a little apprehensive about that part of it.  But as you all know – I LOVE being out in nature, so that will be the wonderful part of it.  Hopefully we have good weather and clear skies during the eclipse, so we can get the full effect and awe factor.  I love the sky and all things astronomical!  Speaking of astronomical events, August also is the time of the Perseid meteor shower, and who doesn’t love shooting stars?!  🌠

So even though August signals the end of summer and the weather sometimes gets too hot and humid, there are lots of things to look forward to and enjoy about August as well.  Plus, it does mean that fall is just around the corner, and fall is my favorite!  🍁🍂

But I’m rambling and this post is supposed to be about my mandalas haha!  So let me get to sharing a few of the ones I’ve painted recently…

 

This one was partly inspired by my trumpet vine that I have growing up the fence on my patio where I paint.  These colors speak August to me…

So warm and summery!  ☀️

And this one, although not inspired by my phlox, looks lovely pictured with them…

I painted this tile a bit differently.  I wanted the center design to stand out more prominently, but I also didn’t want to leave the corners plain, so rather than continue around the center design, I improvised and painted the corners separately instead.  It’s pretty, but I’m not sure how I feel about it – the corners look a little too separated from the center, what do you think?

 

This one also speaks August to me, although not necessarily for the same reasons as the first one, it reminds me of peridot, which is the birthstone for August…

It also reminds me a bit of clover leaves, so I took a picture of it amidst the clover leaves in my yard…

That’s a whole lot of green!  ☘  This one is a good example of why I don’t always want to continue around the center design, because it takes away from it.  I snapped a few pictures of the progress of this mandala that will show what I mean…

See what I mean?  The finished piece just looks a little too busy or something and the center design gets a bit lost.  That’s why I made the corners like I did on the one pictured with the phlox.  But like I said, I’m not sure how I feel about that either hah!

I guess it’s just a continual learning process, right?  As is all of life…  🙃

 

Happy Monday and happy August 1st tomorrow.  I wish you many blessings in the coming week and in month ahead…

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Butterfly Whispers

Whisper softly to me darling

I want to hear your innermost thoughts  

to know the entirety of you

of all the passions hidden deep within

Come taste my sweet nectar

let it feed your thirsty soul

nurture your weary heart

so you can fly once again

Whisper softly to me darling

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2017

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Satisfaction

 

Growing my own food and harvesting fresh veggies from my garden definitely gives me a great sense of satisfaction

And a deep sense of gratitude as well.

 

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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WPC – satisfaction

Music Monday – Summer Breeze

 

Sheltered from the blazing sun

I lay daydreaming

under a lush canopy of green

soothed by the caress of the warm summer breeze

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2017

 

 

🎶”Summer breeze makes me feel fine…”🎶

 

 

This song is filled with nostalgia for me, as it reminds me of the summers of my childhood.  Funny how the phrase “summer breeze” brings it to mind all these years later…

 

May you have a warm, soothing, summer breeze blowing your way on this Monday…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

I thought the circular patterns of rust underneath the peeling paint on an electrical pylon I came across the other day was quite unusual, so I stopped to snap a photo of it.  Convenient that the weekly photo challenge this week is unusual, so I can share the unusualness with all of you.  😉

Really though… why is the rust in circular patterns?

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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WPC:  Unusual

Don’t Be Shy

Don’t be shy

Lift up your eyes

Let your beauty shine

 

Like the sun

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2017

 

I found this lovely gem springing up between the cracks along the stairway outside my back door.  I didn’t plant it there, so my guess is that some of the black oil sunflower seeds that I feed the birds scattered there and sprouted.  What a delightful surprise!  I adore sunflowers and didn’t have a place to plant any this year, so I appreciate nature planting some for me in a place it saw fit – right out our backdoor, where we go in and out the most and can enjoy it’s beauty.

When I walked past it yesterday, I thought it looked like it was being shy with its head slightly tilted down, and its petals not yet fully opened reminded me of eyelashes.  I added a filter to this photo, which I never do, and edited it to give it a bit of a nostalgic feel, because that’s how I was feeling while looking at it.  I can’t wait until it “lifts up its eyes” and “let’s its beauty shine.” 🌻

 

May your day shine with beauty today, and with joy…

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Mandala Monday – Peacock Feathers

The outer edges of this one remind me of peacock feathers…

Not to mention, the background color paint that I used was called “peacock” blue.  😊

Once I had painted around the edges like that, I couldn’t figure out a way to fill in the rest of the canvas without taking away from the main mandala design, so I left it plain.

I hope your Monday is off to a great start.  Mine is starting out sleepy, because I went on a midnight drive out of the city last night to try to see the aurora borealis, as it was supposed to be visible here in Minnesota.  But apparently they had downgraded the expected strength of it, and I had no luck.  I did see some gorgeous twinkling stars and the Milky Way though.  😊

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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