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Silent Sunday


My soul listens to the silence of snow falling


Frosty flakes descend from the heavens

floating gracefully to the earth

poetry in motion

covering all of nature in a fresh blanket of pure white


hush now, be still, rest


My soul listens to the silence of snow falling


© Julie Rehnelt 2016



Sorry, I have no photo to share with this one today, just my words as I sip my coffee, watching (and listening to) the silent snow falling outside my window this Sunday morning…





✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Morning Storms


Dawn’s light obscured

dark clouds roll in


as lightening flashes

thunder roars


heightening the senses

in awe and anticipation


the wind picks up

heavy drops begin to fall


forcing me to seek shelter

resisting the urge


to dance with the rest of nature

in this morning’s storms


© Julie Rehnelt 2016



The air was so thick and heavy when I went out to my garden this morning, I knew something was about to break in the atmosphere.  It’s been hot, hot, hot, and humid here this past week, and a good thunderstorm is such a sweet release.

Stay dry my friends.  Or wet, whichever you prefer.  😉


To sweet releases…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Sometimes Rain


Sometimes rain


Falls from the sky

and from my eyes

when heavy clouds lay low.


Sometimes rain


Pours down big drops

weighs down my thoughts

my petals bending so.


Sometimes rain


Goes on for days

the storms they rage

 and howling winds do blow.


Sometimes rain


Brings peace in grief

in the belief

that from it we will grow.


© Julie Rehnelt 2015



And sometimes rain

looks pretty on our petals.








✿~Peace & Love~✿

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What the Hail?!

Late yesterday afternoon I was sitting out on the patio having a chat on the phone with my sister, when the sky became very dark, and began to rumble.  I love thunder and don’t get nervous when a storm approaches.  In fact, I usually get really excited.  As many of you already know, I’m forever in awe of nature, and that includes severe weather – as long as there’s no real immanent danger. From what I had heard about the weather forecast, there was a chance of rain for the day, but there was certainly not any severe weather expected, so when I heard the rumbling I wasn’t the least bit concerned, and I commented to my sister how lovely the sound of the thunder was.

But then came another sound, one I had never heard before.  It’s hard to describe what kind of sound it even was.  It was like the wind, but at that moment there wasn’t any wind.  It may have sounded a bit like a train or an airplane or something, all I know is that it was weird and really loud.  Suddenly all my senses peaked, I got up and quickly made my way toward the door to get into house, as I said to my sister “Oh my gosh, what is that?”  “What is what?” she asked. “That sound, there’s a weird sound” I said as I opened the door to go inside.  When suddenly there was a huge gust of wind and the door flew out of my grasp, slamming against the handrail with such force that it broke the wrought iron rail free from its concrete base.  As I got inside and turned around struggling to pull the door to a close, I saw the lilac bushes along our driveway swirling around in a circular pattern and I said  “Oh my gosh, is this a tornado?”   Then instantly, gigantic golf ball sized hail started pounding down from sky, and it hadn’t even rained yet.  Just BAM, hail!   I’ve never seen such large hail in all my life, and began envisioning windows breaking and glass shattering everywhere, so I motioned to my mom and my daughter to get down to the basement.  My mom, who is always on alert during storms, had already grabbed her purse, my daughter grabbed her dog, and then one of our cats.  All I had was the phone in my hand, with my poor sister on the other end listening helplessly to the scene as it unfolded.  And it was quite terrifying.  Later she told me how surreal it was listening to me being so frightened, and how she didn’t like it.  I’m the calm one, you see.  Usually.  I think I still remained pretty calm, but I was definitely afraid.

When we came up from the basement, both my daughter and I grabbed our cameras and we all went outside to check things out.   Thankfully, there was no serious damage.  But look at the massive size of this hail…


Maybe it’s more of a ping pong ball size, than golf ball, but still… look at it, it’s freaking huge!

And look at our poor Rhododendron with all its lovely blossoms plastered to the ground…


When earlier it looked like this…


And I had captured this…


Their blooming time is already so brief, so it’s sad to have it cut even shorter, but I’m glad I had the chance to enjoy them while they were here.

The lilacs took a bit of a beating as well, as did the apple blossoms, but thankfully they’re both still pretty much intact, and I’ll be able to continue to enjoy them.  I’m especially happy about the lilacs because they are truly one of my most favorites of springtime, and even though my poem yesterday was about making love under the apple blossoms, it was actually the heady scent of lilacs in the evening air that inspired it.  Among other things, of course.  😉

Anyway, that hail storm was really unbelievable, the hail was so big, and there was so much of it, that it looked as if it had snowed.


There is a really big mess of debris out in the yard today from it too.  Which I should really get off this computer and go and clean up now.  But I’m very thankful that mess is only aftermath I have to deal with after such a frightening event.


And that I still have some of my most favorite spring blossoms to enjoy…



Hope you have some of your favorite things to enjoy today too!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Barbed Wire Branches


Barbed wire branches can’t fence in my eyes

nor restrict them from seeing this lovely sunrise

My heart’s eyes so thirsty for color filled drink

now sip on lush hues of violet and pink.


© Julie Rehnelt 2015




Finally some relief from all the gray!  Yes, I think purple and pink suit me just fine for a Monday morning, what a beautiful start to the week.

A happy Monday and many blessings to you and yours today…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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25 Random Things To Do During a Winter Storm…

The recent winter storm has now passed and the lovely blue skies have returned.  But with the winter season now clearly upon us, I thought I would share a list of 25 random things one can do during a winter storm.  You know… just to be ready for when the next one hits.  If you’re in Minnesota, it will probably be one day very soon.   😉

Some of these are taken from or related to previous posts of mine, so if you click on the photos or the links, they’ll bring you directly to those, but most of them are just random things that popped into my head as I was making this list.  Well, without further ado, here they are, in no particular order…


1.  Bake


One of my favorite things to do on a snowy day!  We made these chocolate chip cookies yesterday and they were so delicious!

2.  Read.  Here’s what I’m reading at the moment…


Well… not at this exact moment.

3.  Read with your pets


Or should I say try to read with your pets while they make themselves comfortable on top of your reading materials. 😉

4. Watch TV with your pets


5.  Take a nap with your pets


While your daughter creeps on you and snaps a picture of it.

6.  Creep on the squirrels outside your bedroom window


While they’re creeping on you.

7.  Listen to music

8.  Or make some music of your own


9. Light some candles


“Come on baby light my fire.” Oops sorry, I’m still on the music thing. 😀

10.  Knit a scarf


Even if you have no idea how, and it ends up turning out a bit deformed.

11.  Paint your toes


12.  Paint your leg


13.  Paint the walls


14.  Talk on the phone


An oldie of me and my sister. She’s the one on the phone and I’m the little mischievous looking one. These days it’s with each other that we’re talking on the phone, rather than me creeping on her.

15.  Write about your dreams


16.  Or write about 25 things you can do during a winter storm  😉

17.  Work on home improvement projects


18.  Contemplate all the mysteries of the universe


19.  Or just contemplate the reason why someone would invent a gumball container shaped like a pink brain.

20.  Stare at your lava lamp


21.  Stare at shadows flickering on the wall


22.  Color in a coloring book.   I just bought this one the other day…


And I can’t wait to color in it!  Because yes… I am an overgrown child.

23.  Shop online.  Here’s the last thing I bought online…


This stuff smells freaking amazing!

24.  Play World of Warcraft

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And die a painful. miserable, virtual death over and over and over again.  But really… it’s fun!  😉

And last, but not least…

If you can’t beat em, join em…

25.  Go out and play in the snow!


And I’m about to go out and do just that.  Well technically, I’m going out to run errands and will be driving in it, but I still plan to try and have fun while I’m at it!  😀


Hope your day is filled with fun, and with…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Time to Hunker Down

The word on the street is that overnight tonight and tomorrow morning we are expected to have freezing temps such as we have not seen in 18 years.  I read this morning that the wind chill could dip down to as much as 50-65 below zero.  Yikes!

We talk a lot about the weather here in Minnesota, it’s a bit of a joke really, but this truly is noteworthy weather we’re having, and if I’m being honest it’s got me feeling a bit alarmed.  Hopefully we don’t lose power or we’ll be completely screwed,  I can’t even imagine what we would do if that happened.

But there’s no sense in living life in fear of all of the “what ifs.”  So instead… I’ll do what I can to be safe, choose to hope for the best, and try to look at the bright side of things.  Such as…

With this cold weather comes having lovely frost formations on my windows to admire.  I snapped this earlier this morning before the sun came up, it reminds me of a feather.  😀



Having cuddly moments snuggling with my sweet kitty.  ♥



And spending time writing in this delicious red leather journal I got from a friend for Christmas that he picked up for me while on vacation in Florence.



Not not to mention being cozy and burning candles, reading, and baking.  In fact, I’m planning to go into the kitchen and start mixing up the ingredients for some banana bread right after posting this.   I also plan to do some organizing around the house, and that always feels good.  See, having to hunker down indoors against the freezing temps can have its bright side.  I’m just thankful I don’t have to go anywhere.  Well… except to go outside and start up my car on the hour every hour to make sure the battery doesn’t die.  😉

Hope it’s warm where you are!

Peace & Love…