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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~✿

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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~✿

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Flowery Friday

Flowering things lately…

All of which are even more lovely when enjoyed with someone you love…

I’m so grateful for my sweet little granddaughter who shares my love of nature!  And for my adorable little grandson, who, even though he’s only 7 months old, already displays the same.  Not to mention, my lovely daughter who also most definitely shares that affinity…

All of them are so very precious to me.

❤❤❤

 

What’s precious to you today?

 

Wishing you all a beautiful Friday, a wonderful weekend, and lots and lots of love.  Don’t forget to take the time to stop and smell the flowers…

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✿~Peace & Love~✿

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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~✿

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Mandala Monday ~ Foraging

Mother’s day weekend brought my daughter and grandchildren over for a visit, and while they were here, my daughter and I did a bit of foraging together.  She has been taking a course in herbalism and creating some of her own natural remedies, and she wanted to go out and gather some dandelions and violets.  Of course, I was more than happy to do that with her.

She and I had a chance to do some bike riding together too, which I enjoyed very much – I’ve really missed going on bike rides with her since she moved away.  We decided to ride over to the field of dandelions that I wrote about in my Music Monday ~ Yellow post to look for some, but sadly, they were all gone!  Most of them, anyway.  I can’t imagine the city spraying weed killer all over that massive field, so I’m not sure what could have happened – dandelions are quite prolific, as everyone who wants a lush green lawn knows.  😉

We gathered what we could find and then continued on our bike ride.  We stopped at several other areas along the way wherever we found large quantities of dandelions or violets growing.  Gosh, I adore violets, such sweet, dainty, little purple pretties.

In the end, we didn’t come away with as many as my daughter would have liked, but it was enjoyable gathering what we did.  She also gathered some plantain and a few other useful things she saw.

As much as I would enjoy concocting some natural remedies of my own, my main goal for helping her gather dandelions and violets (other than just being in her company, of course) was to first play around with them creating mandalas.

I don’t like picking living things for no good reason, so it was a bit of a challenge finding other things to use in creating a mandala.  But then I found some yellow loosestrife popping up in places it shouldn’t be in my garden, so I had no qualms about picking those. And as I continued around my yard, I noticed that my rhododendron is most likely not going to bloom this year, which is so sad, because it’s usually a show stopper.  I found a few scraggly blossoms down around the bottom and decided to just pick them.

There must have been something in the weather patterns this year that affected things, because I’ve also noticed that my lilacs don’t have very many flower buds on them this year.  VERY sad about that.  😭

I had saved some pinecones and a few dried hydrangea blossoms from last year, so I used those, grabbed a rock for the center and this is how my mandala turned out…

I think this is the first one I’ve made that is in fives.  I usually create them in even numbers like 3 or 6, but I only had 5 rhododendrons.

I only started creating these nature mandalas last fall when I had all of the beautiful autumn colored leaves to play with (autumn always brings out my creative side) and I haven’t done much with flowers or any other elements of nature yet, so it’ll be interesting to see how this little activity/hobby/practice evolves (or not) with spring and summer.  It’s a busy time in the garden, so we’ll have to wait and see if nature mandalas are a part of it…

Speaking of the garden…

I’m heading out there now. It’s a GORGEOUS morning!  I think I’ll plant my peas and lettuce…

 

Wishing you joy and beauty as you forage through this new week!  Have a gorgeous day!

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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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~✿

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Mandala Monday ~ Spring Equinox

A couple of mandalas I created last week on the Spring Equinox…

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I had to create them indoors, because in reality, this is what it looked like outdoors here on the first day of spring…

Well, technically, this photo isn’t from ‘here’ in Minnesota where I live, it’s in Wisconsin where my daughter is, because I spent the first day of spring over at her place.  It wasn’t the most beautiful first day of spring as far as the weather goes, but the temps were mild, and hey, at least that creek was no longer frozen!

Even if the weather had been more spring-like, I couldn’t have spent the day traipsing around outside anyways, because I rolled my ankle 2 weeks ago and have been having trouble getting around.  It was all I could do to take the short walk from the car to the little bridge where I snapped this photo.  Oh, but the sound of that moving water was such a wonderful thing to hear…

Thankfully, my ankle is improving and I’m able to get around a little better each day, but it’s taking much longer than I expected.  It’s been extremely hard on me being laid up, especially with the warmer weather we’ve been having lately.  Omygosh you guys, I neeeeed to be outside!  😥

So anyways, I went out and bought myself some fresh flowers, and like I mentioned in my last post – it was just what the doctor ordered!  It’s really amazing what a difference fresh flowers can make in lifting one’s spirits! 🌸

The little bouquet that I picked out was called “Touch of Spring Mix” and was perfect for the first day of spring!  Here are a few photos I snapped of the flowers that I didn’t use in creating my mandalas…

And I know I already shared this next one in my last post, but it’s just so lovely, I wanted to share it again…

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I may play around with them some more – create more mandalas, or press them for future creative projects, but right now I’m just enjoying their lovely, fresh presence in my home…

I also bought myself some daffodils, cuz I’m greedy like that haha!  Actually, I bought the daffodils first, but they took a couple days to open. I buy fresh little bundles of daffodils every spring, because I need them, it’s almost like a craving…

Mmm so yellowy and bright!

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I had a lovely time with my daughter, creating mandalas and celebrating the first day of Spring.

Here are a couple photos my daughter snapped of the mandala she made.  She had an idea to create something using eggs because it was Ostara…

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And here is a photo she snapped of my little Grandie-loves.  I’m just throwing it in for good measure, because I spent the first day of spring with them too…

I can’t even handle how freaking adorable they are! 😍 I love them so much! 💕

[Fun fact: It just so happens that both the sleeper that my Grandson is wearing and the nightgown that my Granddaughter is wearing are things I saved from when my daughter was little.  How special it is to now see my Grandchildren wearing them.] 

 

Happy Monday, Happy Spring, may your day be filled with beautiful things!

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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