Sunday, April 1, 2018

April Greens

Yes, the world is turning green - all around me.  It is Spring and birds eggs sit in the nests waiting to hatch.

It is Spring and sometimes I'm lucky to see a butterfly flitting in the garden.

It is Spring and I'm choosing bright, light colors for the upcoming spring and summer days.

It is Spring all around me.

"Every spring is the only spring -- a perpetual astonishment." - Ellis Peters

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March into March

Here we go - into one of the most fickle of months.  It could snow tomorrow - it could be sunny and warm - it could rain until it floods...  You get the idea - this is March.

Working on this month's punch needle was somewhat of a chore.  The colors go all over the place -- deep and somewhat dark, a spark of green here and there, a wind that will blow all the branches dried by the cold winter and once in awhile a lovely sunny day promising that Spring will be here on the 20th of this month.

Although they don't photograph well I've used two words framed and mounted (they were formerly earrings).  One says 'ebb' and one says 'flow' -- perfect for the month of March.

"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer  in the light and winter in the shade." - Charles Dickens

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Month of Hearts

I welcome this month of hearts.  First and foremost my own which seems to be pumping along the way it is supposed to. *smile*

Secondly the whole symbol that the heart shape means to me. It means love and friendship and caring and beauty.

I wish for each of you a heart happy month filled with love, and joy -- fun and laughter.

As you can see my hands and heart have drifted back to punch needle! A perfectly quiet way to fill these cold winter afternoons.

"Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eys, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts." - Paramahansa Yogananda

Monday, January 1, 2018

New Year Thoughts

Happy New year!!   A new year always seems like a clean slate to me and after this past year I could use a clean slate, I think that a lot of us can.

Recently we had a beautiful snowfall -- it seemed like it was issuing in a lovely, soft, white winter -- a time of the year for cocooning inside where its warm and cozy.

Winter is almost like a 'time out' for everything but soft, quiet days in which to gather ideas, do some creating and just slow down.  I found this most wonderful journal which I will be starting today.  Each page has a reminder to practice mindfulness.  If I can bring mindfulness into my life this new year I will feel as if I've accomplished a lot. 

"What would it be like if I could accept life - accept this moment - exactly like it is?" Tara Brach 

Friday, December 1, 2017

My Kitchen Window

Earlier this year I decided to do all the dishes by hand.  Standing in front of the sink, feeling the warm water and suds on my hands and looking out the window as the seasons, one by one go by -- what a joy.

It has been a total delight to see the seasons present themselves in the woods behind our house.  I have to say that Autumn, which seems to have ended well before the deadline, was nothing less than a joy to observe.  Wanting to keep a 'record' of that beautiful season I filled a box lid with my two favorite leaves.  Happily I'll have them nearby to take me through these somewhat barren days of Winter.

It was as if overnight, the weather got cold and the trees shed their colorful leaves.  Each season brings its own beauty and these days my window frames bare branches, the 'bones of the trees are outlined against deep blue skies.  

"Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky." - Kahlil Gibran


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