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Blue as the skies

blue like your eyes

blue my heart sighs

when I think of you


© Julie Rehnelt 2016





✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Morning


I fix my gaze

as sunlight plays

in joyous ways

and flowers blaze

with golden rays

on summer days

in the morning


© Julie Rehnelt 2016



WPC: Morning



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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The Happiness Tag

Joey from over at Joeyfully Stated tagged me in her Happiness Tag post, and even though it was like 2 weeks ago (what can I say… my laptop is still on the fritz), any time is the perfect time to remind myself and to share with others a few of the things that make me happy…

Here are the rules:


5 Things that make you happy

5 Songs that make you happy

5 Bloggers that make you happy… (Let them know that you have nominated them).

I don’t know about you, but once I get going on this train of thought, I can come up with waaay more than 5 for all of these.


Five things that make me happy:

My garden

Let me share a few photos I’ve snapped of my garden with my phone…

Omygosh first of all, my lavender!  I love lavender so much, I can’t even tell you.  Lavender should actually probably be listed separately on my happiness list.  Lavender definitely makes me happy!  ❤


And I’m very happy to report that my zucchini survived.  And not just one storm, but a few that have rocked through my area recently.  We even had trees down all over the neighborhood and lost power for about 12 hours in the last storm.  I’m so thankful  it didn’t destroy my little garden.


I’m also happy to be harvesting my beans…


And happy to see my cucumbers are coming along…


And that I’m finally getting a few tomatoes…


I’m also really enjoying all the blooms on my trumpet vine this year…


And is there any color happier than yellow ?



My Granddaughter

And it makes me especially happy having her out in the garden with me.  😊


Look at that… I only shared one picture of her!  I have more photos of her on my phone than of anything else, but I thought I’d spare you from all the endless scrolling.  😉



I love the changing of the seasons, and fall is my favorite, the vibrant colors, the crisp air…  Everything may be dying, but it makes me come alive.

I stole this photo from one of my previous posts.  The way the sunlight was shining on this tree made it one of the most magical autumn scenes I’ve ever come across…



It makes me happy watching them flutter around, alighting on flowers and sampling nectar.  And I enjoy trying to photograph them.  I’ve really missed my camera.  Since my laptop died I haven’t bothered to use my camera because I have no way of uploading any pictures.  I’m thankful for my phone that does take decent pictures, but it’s just not the same quality.

Stole this one from a previous post as well.  It’s one of my favorite shots that I’ve ever captured of butterflies…



And this may be cheating, but here’s a twofer… or maybe it’s more like a threefer…

Spending time with my daughter

Riding my bike

Being near the water


Like I said… I have way more than five things that make me happy.  😉


Five songs that make me happy:

Again it’s really hard to list only five.  I love music and enjoy so many varieties of it.  Different songs speak different things to me on any given day.  In browsing through my various play lists on YouTube, these are the ones that stood out to me today…

Anything Irish sounding instantly makes me happy.  As far as I know, I don’t have a smidgen of Irish blood in me, but something resonates deep within me when I listen to Irish music.  This song is one that we will sometimes listen to in the mornings while we’re getting ready for Renfest, such an uplifting tune…

Speaking of Irish music, I love me some Riverdance/Lord of the Dance.  And how freaking adorable is this baby…

Watching all these various dance scenes from movies set to Footloose makes me happy…

And so does watching this.  I know, I’m weird…

And speaking of weird…

Apparently songs that have to do with dancing make me happy today.


Five bloggers that make me happy:

Again, gosh it’s really hard to list only five.  I sincerely love so many of your blogs.   Screw it, I’m breaking the rules and listing more than five.  For those of you listed below, there’s no obligation to participate, just know that I enjoy you and your blogs, and that you make me happy.  Thank you so much for that.  By the way I’m really sorry I haven’t stopped by your blogs much lately.  It’s hard being without a laptop and doing everything from my phone.

Joey – and no, I’m not just listing you because you listed me – your writing never fails to make me smile.  Thank you for being you!  😊

Noora – Beautiful poetry from a beautiful person

Trisha – I’ve really missed visiting your blog and reading about Scooby, Smarty, & the squirrels.  I hope all is well in your world lately my friend

Dorinda – More beautiful poetry from a beautiful person

Lois – I miss your blog too.  Give Parker and Teemu some loves from me, and while you’re at it, give yourself some too!  Hope everything is going okay with your treatment.  Sending you big hugs 

Val – Thank you for bringing bring calm and balance into my world and helping me find my middle ground

Brad –  Thank you for your authenticity and kind heart.  I’ve missed connecting with you too.  Hope all is well with you, I must try and stop by soon

Eliza – Kindred hearts in our love for nature

Trini – Such a sweet soul

Jean – Thank you for sharing your beautiful Co. Waterford

Randall – Beautiful writing, beautiful photos

Noelle – Everything about your writing speaks to the deepest part of my soul

Ladyfi – Beautiful photography

Derrick – Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden and wonderful photos from your archives


I really could go on and on, there are so many more blogs that make me happy.  I wish I could list every one of you, but I’ve already broken the list 5 rule and this post is getting really long.  Thank you for reading this far!


I’ve really missed sharing with all of you in recent months.  I’ve started several posts, but doing it from my phone is so excruciatingly tedious.  There’s been lots going on around here, some good and some not so good.  To be honest, I haven’t really had much inspiration lately.  I’ve been struggling quite a bit about a multitude of things recently, so it’s probably for the best that you haven’t had to endure my rantings and ravings.

Anyway, I hope to be back posting regularly soon.  Until then, be well and be blessed my friends.

Wishing you happiness today…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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The Blue Screen of Death vs the Garden


“Critical_process_died.”  Yep, that pretty much sums it up.  I’ve been in technology hell here the past few days trying to conquer this blue screen of death.  My laptop keeps crashing and I’m at my wits end.  I’ve tried everything to avail, and have even gone as far as trying to reset my PC, but that too failed.  Luckily, I was able to go into safe mode and backup most of my files onto my external hard drive, so I am thankful for that, but I’m so frustrated with technology right now.

I’m posting this from my phone which is a new experience for me, so I have no idea what I’m doing, but hopefully you’ll be able to make heads or tails of it when I’m done.  No promises though, I’m barely able to see what I’m doing on this small screen.  I’ve had just about enough of looking at screens lately…

Meanwhile in the garden…

The flower bed, although not much is ‘flowering’ at the moment, is lush and green.  So refreshing and life giving…


I snapped this earlier when the irises were blooming in that flower bed…


And this of the lily of the valley…


And this of the lilacs…


The lilacs were absolutely delicious this spring, sorry I didn’t have the chance to share them with you while in the moment.

The peonies on the other side of the house are blooming right now though and they’re just gorgeous. I cut a few and put them in a vase on the table out on patio so I can enjoy them while I’m sitting out here.  I would love to bring them inside, if it wasn’t for the ants…


My veggies this year are coming along nicely so far. Except for my zucchini which took a beating from some strong winds we had recently, I really hope I’m able to salvage them, zucchini is one of my favorites.

My tiny forest of lettuce is almost ready to start harvest…


And my peas are starting to flower…


I planted peas in five different locations this year.  Some of them are kinda silly places, but I wanted more.  😊

Also flowering are my bell peppers…


And something new I’m growing this year, ground cherries…


I’ve never grown these before, I’d never even heard of them before I bought some last year at my local farmers market. They are quite tasty though and apparently good for using in various jams.  The fruit develops in what look like tiny Chinese lanterns.  They’re cute and yummy!

Also cute and yummy – or as I said to my sister the other day “tiny, but tasty” are my strawberries…


I was so pleased to be able to winter these over in my strawberry pot and see them survive.  I hope to one day build a garden bed made especially for them.  Sweet little things. 🍓

There are many more tasty things developing in my veggie garden, as well as beautiful blooming things growing in and around the yard, but doing this from my phone is proving to be a bit tedious, so I’ll have to wait to share more until after I conquer the blue screen of death that I’m being plagued with on my laptop.

Wish me luck…

I hope all is well and beautiful in your world.  I’ll try to stop by your blogs soon…

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration


Beautiful, graceful, fanciful and free

butterflies are ‘ful’ of inspiration to me


© Julie Rehnelt 2015






Wishing you a day ‘ful’ of inspiration today too.





✿~Peace & Love~✿

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WPC: Inspiration

Where Flowers Bloom


Whether in my garden or in my hand

on my skin or on the land

Whether growing wildly or in places planned

where flowers bloom, life feels grand


© Julie Rehnelt 2015




I had a sad thing happen in my veggie garden recently – I lost my beloved zucchini plant to a storm that came through the area during the night.  When I awoke the next morning I found my lovely zucchini plant all sprawled out and smashed down from the strong winds and heavy rain.  As I was clearing some of it away, I picked up one of the little zucchinis that had broken off that still had its bloom attached to the end, and my first thought was ‘poor thing will never have a chance to become what it was meant to be.’  But as I turned it around in my hand, I thought ‘how beautiful it still is, even after all the trauma it had endured during the storm,’ and I went and grabbed my camera to take a picture of it.  As I was snapping, I thought ‘there’s got to be a metaphor hiding here somewhere for me in this… there always is.’  😉

Maybe it’s to realize how brief and fragile life can be, and what a gift it is regardless of the circumstances, and to keep on blooming even through life’s storms.  Or maybe it’s to see and appreciate the beauty that is always all around us, even in devastation, if we make the effort or pause long enough to notice it.  It’s all about perspective, isn’t it?

I choose to perceive that life is beautiful.  Even if I don’t get to eat my own zucchini.  😉

I’m still trying to salvage part of the plant, but I don’t know if it will produce anything.  I did get a few zucchinis before the storm came, and for that I am grateful.


I hope you find things to be grateful for today too.  Keep blooming, my friends!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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To Be A Butterfly


How wonderful it must be to be a butterfly

floating gracefully on the soft, gentle breeze of a warm summer day

on beautiful, magnificent wings that are your own

Alighting on the colorful petals of hundreds of flowers in full bloom

and feasting on sweet, delicious nectar all day.

Ah yes, how wonderful it must be to be a butterfly…


© Julie Rehnelt 2015







✿~Peace & Love~✿

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