Monday, June 14, 2021

Word for the Week

 

When you see a castle or some ruins do you imagine what it was like to live there? Can you picture yourself there? When I walked here once upon a time I could feel the spirits of those that once lived there. I imagined what they were wearing and how life was during that time.

As I was thinking of the word Imagination the following song came to mind. I love imagining for fairies dance in my garden.

From Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory:
 
Pure Imagination

 
Ladies and gentlemen

Boys and girls

The chocolate room
Hold your breath

Make a wish

Count to three
Come with me and you'll be

In a world of pure imagination

Take a look and you'll see

Into your imagination

We'll begin with a spin

Traveling in the world of my creation

What we'll see will defy explanation
If you want to view paradise

Simply look around and view it

Anything you want to, do it

Want to change the world?

There's nothing to it
There is no life I know

To compare with pure imagination

Living there you'll be free

If you truly wish to be
 
Sometimes when out hiking and I find a hole in a tree I just know gnomes and fairies live there.
 
Doesn't this look like a giant lizard on the beach? I imagined him there coming to life when the sun disappeared each night. During the day he becomes a piece of wood, but at night he swims in the sea and dances in the moonlight.
And a parrot once lived there too. She left her picture on the rock to remind us of her visit.
 
Play with me and let your imagination free.
Have a week full of imagination!

Friday, June 11, 2021

To See Takes Time

 "Nobody sees a flower, really

it is so small

we haven't time,

and to see takes time,

like to have a friend

takes time."

~Georgia O'Keefe

The quote by Georgia O'Keefe has been a favorite of mine for a long time. This morning as I continued reading Wintering by Katherine May I came across this very simple sentence and was once again reminded of this quote. The quote from the book, "Just waiting for me to learn how to see it."  It seems like I keep focusing on noticing and seeing. For sure, it keeps jumping in front of my thoughts and words, maybe it is the book that is reminding me to notice and see.

Sort of a silly pictures. Yesterday I visited this museum with my grandson and as we entered I snapped this picture. The sun was shining on my screen, so I couldn't really see clearly what I had snapped. When I downloaded the pictures I just had to smile because it looks like the dinosaur is about to invade the museum. I loved noticing this creature sitting out in front of the museum just waiting for us, daring us to enter. Oh what fun we had seeing the dinosaurs inside. After the two of us enjoyed the museum we went for a walk along the river and found some boulders to sit on while we nibbled our snack. What I loved seeing were the clouds above the city, wildflowers along the river, and a great view of downtown Portland. I loved that the two of us enjoyed noticing together.


How do we take the seeing and noticing to the next step? Do we just acknowledge it and go on? Do we ruminate or savor it? Or do we find we need to take action? 

I am fascinated by these thoughts.

I want to be more open to noticing/seeing, receiving more, and releasing to the universe more love.

Take time to see with our hearts.

Happy weekend, dear friends!

Monday, June 7, 2021

Word for the Week

Many times here I have made the statement "notice what you notice". A friend uses this phrase quite often when she gives sermons or talks in public. I love the concept of it and have picked it up to use also.
Recently I have been reading Wintering, The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May. Because of the title I was holding it to read in Winter, then I thought that is silly. I will read it now; so I began reading and quite glad I have.
This morning as I was reading I began thinking of that word notice again. Here is the sentence that pulled me into these thoughts. "The year will move on no matter what, but by paying attention to it, feeling its beat, and noticing the moments of transition--perhaps even taking time to think about what we want from the next phase in the year--we can get a measure of it." She also talked about just noticing the sunrise and sunset as we travel through the year and how that changes with the seasons and how that effects us. It just seems to be those little things that sometimes get overlooked and life flies by without us noticing.
So I will ask you this morning, what are you noticing in your day this very moment? Did the sun come up a little earlier today? What flower is blooming near you? Is there something deep in your heart that you haven't brought yet to the surface to notice? Dear friends, let's together "notice what you notice" and then smile at the knowledge of noticing those little things.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

On the Wild Side

“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
Recently my "live-in gardener" and I went exploring on Sauvie Island. The island is about 1/2 hour drive from our home and on the Columbia River and Willamette River. We stopped by the farm store and bought our first Oregon strawberries, which are soooo good. But then we decided to explore a dirt road we had not been on before. There were wild roses, a killdeer bird by the road, more birds, and even a duck blind. Now I want to go back and just sit for awhile in the duck blind and watch the day go by. Being in nature just soothes my soul and I want to either sit quietly and soak in the day or dance in a field of clover while picking a bouquet of wild flowers. I must return here soon and do just that. It is good for me and I have a feeling it would be good for anyone to dance in wildness. Happy weekend, dear friends! Now go out and dance or sit quietly in nature.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Word for the Week

 Self-care

I know it is really two words, but one thought. It has been on my mind recently. Sometimes I have a particularly difficult day and I remind myself I need to take better care of myself. Last week there was one day that was difficult and I pulled a card out of my deck of self-care cards. Wouldn't you know the card I pulled out was just that "self compassion". "To welcome and even bless the struggling, injured, or grieving parts of ourselves. To cultivate a spirit of kindness that nurtures our soul and flows into empathy and care for others."  But first we must care for ourselves.

There was a time as a young mother that I was having a particularly difficult time so I would take myself to the local nursery and spend some time just being surrounded by flowers and plants. Sometimes a plant such as the one above would come home with me. Every time I looked at that plant I would smile. Was that "self-care"? Yes!!!

 

As I contemplated these thoughts combined with Memorial Day I thought of the soldiers that cared for our country enough that they would choose to stand up and fight for our democracy, to "care for others."

 How do we fight for our own sanity and safety?

As I was writing this morning I heard from a distant cousin. Her daughter had given birth to a preemie little boy a couple months ago. The mom had a particularly difficult day in the hospital recently when she realized the doctor wasn't doing all he could do for the baby. She yelled at the doctor out of frustration. The head doctor heard her and immediately took action. The baby is now at another hospital getting the care he needs. What if she hadn't yelled, spoke up for her baby? She did what she needed to do to care for her baby and herself. Sometimes it take speaking up, maybe even yelling out in desperation.

Or sometimes it take sitting quietly over a cup of tea either alone or with a friend.

How do you "self-care"?


Friday, May 28, 2021

A Week of Small Adventures

 

 
Can you see him? We were quite a distance away, but so fascinated by this Kingfisher with the fish in his mouth. He kept whacking it against the branch. My grandson and I just laughed to see him. My guy and I definitely had been looking forward to bird watching at the Ridgefield Refuge in Washington. What a treat to share this time together just a week ago.

We also spotted many red-winged black birds.
Then just a couple days ago my "live-in gardener" and I ventured south near Salem, Oregon where we visited the Schreiner's Iris Gardens. I have surprised myself in realizing there are many places I haven't visited in my own backyard. The pandemic has caused me to look there and go. These gardens were just gorgeous and the pairing with other flowers was just amazing.
You know spotting the Adirondack chairs throughout the garden just made me smile. 
They weren't be water, but in the garden I am not complaining. Many were enjoying the day in the garden. When we left home it was pouring rain, but it cleared and was a beautiful day by the time we arrived.
I may be a bit strange, but regular bearded iris are not my favorite. I did find I really liked the Siberian iris and this is one I would like in my garden.
There were many paths to walk just full of blooming flowers and that did bring a smile to my face.
And then just down the road a couple miles we stopped at Adelman's Peony Gardens. I have ordered from them in the past, but never visited their gardens. The coral colors particularly caught my eye.
And again walking in these gardens was just plain gorgeous. Now peonies are a favorite of mine and we have several in our garden. Now after visiting here I want more peonies. A bouquet came home just to prolong the enjoyment.


This garden also paired other blooms with their peonies and it made for a stunning garden walk.
Aren't these lupines just amazing?
The pink and yellow just sang to my heart.
Fields of peonies and a red bloom too.
To end my week just in my own neighborhood while out on my walk, I stopped for tea at Lovejoy's.
Next week Oregon is opening up and we will once again be able to enter into restaurants, but this week I was thankful that it wasn't raining as I sat listening to the traffic pass by while sipping tea and nibbling on a sandwich and scone. What a treat of a week of small adventures.
Small adventures delight our hearts.
Have a great weekend, dear friends!
Find a small adventure!

Monday, May 24, 2021

Word for the Week

 Compassion: a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.  (as found online in the dictionary)

As once again I have been sipping my tea this morning by the window I shared last week, many words ran through my head. It seems like so many beautiful words came across my path in the past days and compassion wasn't one of them. But as I sat thinking over the past week this morning I realized compassion was in my heart and needed in the world. Several have shared with me this week both online and more directly that they were having a difficult time with depression. I have felt great sadness for the situation in Israel and Palestine, it is just always close to my heart. My heart is heavy for all of those effected by the pandemic with loss of life, dear ones, jobs, and homes. There seems to be so much loss this past year, it saddens me more than I can even share here.



Even at my age I want to save the world, but some days I feel like there is nothing I can do. So I focus on the flowers outside my window, I say hello to the people I pass when out walking, I pray, I hold dear ones close to my heart and check in with them from time to time. What more can we do to show compassion to one another? How can we embrace them as we walk together through this rough time? No one person is untouched by this time of upheaval throughout the world. What healing bandage can we apply? Open for suggestions. How can we help heal this world and ourselves of this great sadness?

Sorry to be more negative this week, I guess it must be where my heart is sitting right now. Sending much love to each of you as you walk this world that needs to heal. Surround yourself with compassion and love, treat yourself with kindness and compassion.



Saturday, May 22, 2021

Lilacs

 Recently I walked through Hilda Kluger's lilac gardens in Woodland, Washington

The wisteria arbor always makes me smile when I walk through the gate entering these gorgeous gardens. Then beside lilacs there are so many beautiful sights with each turn of the head.




But we came to see lilacs and lilacs we saw.
I wish I could remember their names, but I just went to savor their beauty and fragrance.
I could tell you this one above this sentence is my favorite, but each is my favorite.


Aren't they amazing?

With each sighting, each sniff of the nose, and each delight it feels like we are sipping flowers, just as this fairy is doing. Sipping flowers is pure decadence!
Just yesterday I did indeed sip flowers for I made elderflower cordial from my own garden. Have you ever made a cordial from flowers? OH MY! Try it sometime, it is just taking the feast for the eyes and filling your soul with the sweet fragrances of springtime. Lilacs is another flower that makes a lovely cordial. I use Jamie Oliver's recipe, which I found online; but there are plenty of recipes to be found and actually quite easy. Then I freeze the cordial in small containers for deliciousness of flowers later throughout the winter.

Hoping you are having a delightful, flower filled weekend.
Happy weekend, dear friends!