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Winter Ecstasy


“And don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter.

It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous.”

                                                                                     ~ Rumi



And it won’t be long before that riot makes its way above ground.  In spite of the major snowstorm that recently made its way through here, I’m definitely sensing Spring is just around the corner – or should I say, just beneath the surface…


No matter the season, wishing you beauty and ecstasy today…




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Wednesday Morning Meditations


I open my eyes to the soft, pale light of winter’s lovely pastel palette

All is quiet

it’s just before dawn

There’s a sense of calm in the air

but also, of anticipation

Something wonderful is about to happen

Yes, a brand new day

filled with promise

I slide out from beneath my warm blankets, clothed only in dawn’s soft glow

Finding my robe, I gaze out the window

at snow covered branches bathed in the gentle hues of morning

In front of that window, is a sleeping kitty curled up in a chair

So sweet and cozy, I resist the urge to wake her with my show of affection

With pen in hand and coffee nearby, I write

and I wait

not actually waiting

My mind is empty, not thinking, just being, just absorbing and savoring all that this present moment offers 

Multiple moments tick by, but I hardly notice the lapse of time

Soon I hear the quiet stirrings of loved ones awakening

Increasing light pours in through my window, although the sun still hasn’t quite yet risen over the horizon 

Pastels gradually give way to an orange glow

sorbet colored clouds hang in a sort of suspended animation, slowed by the cold winter air

Floorboards creek in the next room 

and increasing traffic sounds outside mingle with the sound of cartoons playing downstairs

The day has indeed begun

As the sun now explodes over the horizon bathing all the world in its golden light

I’m filled with deep gratitude


That I don’t have to hurry off to work today  😉


© Julie Rehnelt 2018


Sorry I don’t have a photo to share with this one, I was too ‘busy’ just being.  Plus, there isn’t any frost on my windows this morning ~ apparently a windchill of minus 8 isn’t cold enough.  😉  I suppose I could have snapped a photo of my sleeping kitty, I haven’t shared any of her lately.  Maybe next time…


Well thanks for reading.  Happy Wednesday and keep warm ~ or cool, depending on the weather wherever you are today…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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February Frost


Gleaming in the white winter sun

February’s frost radiates silver light


© Julie Rehnelt 2018

Happy February 1st!  ❄



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence


In the silence of an early winter morning

the sun slowly peeks over the horizon

illuminating frosty crystals left behind by winter’s icy breath during the cold, dark night 

They sparkle and shimmer in its golden light

and I sigh

breaking the silence of an early winter morning


© Julie Rehnelt 2018


WPC: Silence




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered


Ghosts of the past speak

as the sun sets

on aged boards

weathered by the test of time


© Julie Rehnelt 2018

I came across this old weathered barn while I was in Southern Illinois this past summer for the eclipse.  Whenever I see old buildings like this, I always wonder about their story and listen for any whispers from ghosts past…


WPC:  Weathered



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Your Face


Your face warms me like the sun

glowing brilliant and bright

shattering the darkness with dazzling light

as dawn breaks over the horizon

on this frosty winter morn


© Julie Rehnelt 2018





✿~Peace & Love~✿

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You Are


You are my sunrise

you are the moon

you are the wispy clouds in a sky of blue


You are my sunset

you are the stars

you’re where my dreams fly when they traverse afar


© Julie Rehnelt 2017




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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