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Thankful Thursday

Have I mentioned lately how thankful I am for my precious little Grandchildren?  Oh, I have?  Okay, well is it alright if I mention it again?  😉

I spent the day splashing around with these 3 loves yesterday.  It’s not summer yet, but the temps here sure feel like it.  I’m thankful for cool water, and for something fun and refreshing to do outside on a hot day – I had my feet in that wonderfully cool water too!  It’s the simple things…

 

What are you thankful for today?

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

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Welcome June

Each morning as I sit down with my coffee and pick up my gratitude journal to write, the first thing I write down is the date.  Dates often evoke certain memories in me.  Does this ever happen to you?  Earlier this morning as I wrote June 1st, 2019, my first thought was “Welcome June!”  I love the beginning of a new month, and I love the month of June!

Here in Minnesota, June typically means that the danger of frost has indeed passed and gardening season truly gets underway.  The temps warm up, but it’s usually not quite up to the harsh heat and humidity of summer yet.  It’s like October in reverse, when the temps begin to cool, but not yet to the point of a hard frost and the days are still warm and sunny.  Not to mention, October is when the leaves start changing. Yep… October and June are my favorite months out of the year.  And September and May are close behind.  But sometimes September is still too hot and May is still too cold.  But May is a freaking bloomfest, so it’s okay that it’s still a bit cold.  I actually don’t mind the cold.  Maybe my favorite months are October and May, but I love June too.  Anyways, I’m rambling now…

Right after I had my “Welcome June!” thought, my very next thought was “June 3rd of this year would have been my 30th wedding anniversary.”  Ugh, didn’t want to go there.  Especially since I’m about to write in my gratitude journal.  But I decided to stop there and allow myself to ponder, to check in with myself and allow whatever emotions to arise.  Needless to say, there were a wide range of emotions, even with it being nearly 10 years since we split …

I’m not going to exhaust myself or bother you in relaying all of them, but I did want to share a text I got from my sister when I shared with her about it, because although it was just a simple thing she said, it felt quite profound to me and it was a good reminder.

Just for a bit of background… The 8:05 I have at the beginning of my text to her is a weird thing between my sister and I.  Usually it’s at 8:14 or 11:27 – our birthday dates that we’ll send a text to each other.  I don’t know why we do it, it’s just a thing we do if we happen to notice the time on the clock.  I almost always get a text from her at 8:14 in the morning, and you’ll notice her reply is at 8:15.  I guarantee you that she picked up her phone at 8:14 to text me, when she saw my text at 8:05 and then it took her a minute to type.  Speaking of the 8:05, once in a while we’ll still put the time at the beginning of other texts for no reason, just to be extra weird…

What I love the most is the end of her text – “Wait, it’s only June 1st, it sounds like you are in the past and the future at the same time… please join me in the present.”  Gosh you guys, how often do we do that?  Seriously!  Still!  Even though we know that the present is where to live and be.  I’m constantly grounding myself in the present moment.

But the mind… it’s always going isn’t it?  And we need our minds.  Haha oh God knows we do!  And I’m thankful for my mind.  I’m thankful it works properly.  And that is not to be taken for granted – some people’s minds don’t work properly, and they suffer so.  Sometimes we can cause ourselves a different type of suffering too, by allowing our minds to transport us into the past or the future and then lingering there too long.

Do you know what I’m realizing right now though that was kinda cool about all this too?  When I said that I allowed myself to ponder, to check in with myself and allow whatever emotions to arise… I was actually more of an observer this time.  And that’s the key!  I’ve heard/read many times that we should allow these things (our emotions/thoughts) to arise, but to be an observer of them.  And that is actually more of how this was.  I am not usually an observer of my emotions, I usually feel every. single. one.  Omygosh am I evolving?  Or maybe it was the text from my sister that snapped me out of it haha!  😉

When I came back to the present moment I noticed a Catbird mewing.  There is this one Catbird who always comes around and kinda sounds like its saying my name… “Jewy, Jewy.”  Sounds like Julie to me.  So then I sent this and my sister, who also has Catbirds at her place too…

I truly lol’d at that last bit!  For a good couple of minutes afterward too!  I love my sister’s sense of humor!  It matches my own!  I’m giggling now…

Maybe that can be a reminder… whenever I heard a Catbird saying my name I can check in with myself and make sure I’m staying in the present moment…

Birds all over the world are calling my name right now!  Hahahaha!

 

Welcome June!  🌼  Here’s to staying in the present…

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

 

Mandala Monday ~ Memorial

It was at this time of year that my dad went into hospice care here at home, and whenever I came over to visit him I would always stop in the garden first to pick him some lily of the valley.

I remember him holding them up to his nose and closing his eyes and smiling as he breathed in their delightful scent.  I love seeing that memory in my mind’s eye.  It was only a small, simple gesture, on my part, but I think he liked it and that it helped to brighten up his last days.  ❤

So each spring when the lily of the valley are in bloom, I will go out into the garden to collect some to set in a vase next to his urn.

While I was out there gathering them yesterday, I decided to pick a few other things too and then play around with them a bit.  I created this little memorial mandala…

I could not bend those lily of the valley to my will, and I had to leave the stems on them because I planned to put them in a vase when I was done, so the circle got a bit choppy.  Also, it was only after I had already snapped these pictures and then had my batteries die that I realized I should have arranged them so that none of them would have been upside down.  I was just spiraling them around and not thinking.  So all the little bells on the right are upside down.  Oops! 🙃

Oh well, it’s still pretty, and I still very much enjoyed myself.  Sometimes it’s hard when you’re creating something and want it to be just right, but it doesn’t have to be perfect, and I think my Papa would have liked it too!  🌸

With the lily of the valley and the addition of lilacs, this was definitely the most fragrant nature mandala I’ve made thus far.

Mmm… delicious!  😍

My little gatherings… Such pretty colors and textures – they’re even lovely just lying in the box…

I adore every one of these blossoms – yes, even the dandelions!  😉

I’m enjoying experimenting with flowers to create my nature mandalas. 🌸 And making one in memory of my Papa made this one meaningful as well.  ❤

 

Wishing all of you a meaningful Monday and a beautiful week ahead…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

 

 

Mandala Monday ~ Easter

Hi guys!  Here’s a bright little nature mandala I created for Easter using colored eggs along with some of the left over flowers I still had from the Spring Equinox that I saved in the refrigerator…

Just simple, but I really enjoyed making it.

I let it sit and exist for a little while and then I took it apart and made another one…

It turned out a bit crooked because the ground was uneven and it was hard to keep the eggs in place with them tending to be all roly-poly. 🙃

My Daughter was here with my Grandchildren and she and my Granddaughter made one together…

My girls 💕

Then my Granddaughter decided she wanted to make one of her own…

I personally like hers the best – it looks like a messy little nest. 🐣  She was singing Old Macdonald Had a Farm while she was making it.  Oh how I adore this child! 😍

It was wonderful having my own nest filled once again with my Daughter and Grandchildren staying here for a few days this past week.  Such a blessing.  I’m so grateful…

How precious and beautiful are these two?!  I love them so very much! 💕

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Thanks for letting me share!  😊

Hey, Happy Earth Day you guys!  I hope you find some fun and meaningful ways to celebrate our lovely earth today!  We’re so lucky and blessed to get to live in such a beautiful and truly amazing place!  🌎

Sorry I haven’t been by your blogs as much lately, I’ll try to visit soon!  ❤

Lots of love and many blessings in the week ahead!

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

Thankful Thursday

 

 

These two, omygosh my heart!  😍

 

I got to spend the day with my daughter and my grandchildren yesterday, and I’m so grateful for the much-needed snuggle time!

💞

 

What are you thankful for today?

 

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Silent Sunday

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

Brewing up Something Special

 

My daughter is “brewing” up something special this Halloween…

She was due yesterday, and late last night she had a few contractions.  Nothing further so far this morning, but it could be any time now!

Because her due date was so close to Halloween, she thought it would be fun to have a little Halloween-themed maternity shoot.  So a couple of weeks ago we went to one of the local parks where we had done some maternity photos when she was pregnant with my granddaughter and took a few photos.  I think they turned out pretty cute.  Look at that precious belly!  😍  I can’t wait to meet my new little grandson! 💙  Maybe it’ll be today!?

We’re just going to go about our regular Halloween business today and will have to wait and see if he decides to come…

My little granddaughter is very excited to go trick-or-treating later, it’ll be her first time going.  She’s going to be Skye from Paw Patrol  – she’s obsessed with Paw Patrol haha!  She’s had lots of fun over the past few weeks doing various little Halloween type of activities.  And thankfully, I’ve had both her and the mother-to-be staying with me these past few weeks because I live closer to the hospital where she plans to deliver, so I’ve been able to be a part of those Halloween activities – baking, decorating, etc., as well as going to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch.  Such a blessing…

 

Happy Halloween to all those who celebrate, and happy regular day to all the rest!

🎃

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1