Wednesday, October 1, 2014

So, it Begins:: 31 Days of Awesome! Today, the Simple Blessings



31 Days of Pure
 AWE-SOME-NESS!

I hope to share with you the PEOPLE & THINGS I think are::

AWESOME!

 


The Simple Blessings

 


"Even in the simple things, the blessings will blind us with their joy or be hidden from our sight.
We must choose to find them and be grateful for each blessing!"

Each morning brings new sights and sounds.  Each day brings a new beginning, a renewal.  What we didn't see yesterday, we can see today with the clarity of morning.  All we need to do is open our hearts to these blessings.  Even in our darkest times, a return to the simple, the ordinary frees us from the complications of our daily lives.  The simple awareness of the smell of a good cup of coffee, focusing on the taste of homemade jam or jelly or filling our lungs with the scent of the day:  these are the simple, ordinary blessings in our lives. 

Each blessing can be a fleeting moment to enjoy or an hour to savor.  Having time to spend with our families, our children, our friends, opens a door on to which we can cling or release.  Each moment in these specks of time can be frozen in our thoughts to reopen when the flowing waters of blessings seem distant and far away.  Not everyday can be a day full of overwhelming joy.  Life is not that way.  In each life, in each time, there is both joy and sadness, elation and disappointment.  Life is balanced.  There are mountains to climb that seem to reach into heaven.  There valleys so low that the human spirit is challenged to its limits.  Yet, even in the darkness, there is good.  The darkness which we feared becomes the sacred darkness of night that allows us to embrace that which we feared and rest in the softness of sleep, ready to restore and refresh us for the newborn day.   

When the ordinary becomes the blessed, then we can revel in the simple which opens our senses and our hearts to the day.  The burden becomes lighter.  We are able to travel further on less.  When a leaf on a tree makes us smile at the wonder of nature, then we begin to see the blessed in our days.  When we open our hearts to the ordinary, the simple becomes blessed.  The song of a bird, the fire of a sunset, the sigh of a child: each of these blesses us even on dark days.  As we open our eyes, we find the
AWESOMENESS 
that reminds us that our journey here is filled with more than we can hold in our thoughts, in our hearts, and in our desires.  Stop.  Breathe.  Then move on with your day. 

I challenge you!
Embrace the blessings you find.
Write down your blessings and savor the memories.
You will find yourself growing in 
GRATITUDE,
STRENGTH,
AND
COURAGE!
YOU WILL ALSO FIND THAT
YOU 
ARE
AWESOME!


"Every day might not be good, but every day has something good!"
Deb  Batten
 
 



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

This, That, and the Other

There are days just like this!
Everything goes well.  You just feel great! 






















Then there are days like this, when all you can do is stick your tongue out to life.  I'm not sure what kind of day I'm having, but it is one of those days!






















Tomorrow, the 31 day writing challenge begins.

Be there or be square! 

My category is:

Too AWESOME to Categorize!

You'll learn more about what is too awesome too categorize!  Click on the button in the sidebar.  It will take you to the challenge.

See you there!

For now, that's it!!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Big Closet Clean Out

The day had arrived!  It was time for the annual closet clean out.  I had to organize the sizes, separate the summer from the fall and winter clothes, and organize my winter  and summer clothes.  When all was finished, this is what I had leftover!

I think I need new slippers.
what do you think?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Listing Saturday:: Why I'm Ready for the Weather to Cool, Huh? Did I say that?????

1) I already put my summer clothes away!  (I've been really hot!)

2) The gardens have matured.  I'm ready for the harvest.

3) I need my comfort foods, only those that can be cooked in a cool house.

4) I'm ready for good sleeping weather.

5) I'm ready for cool, crisp days for walking.

6) My sandals are worn out.  I need close toed shoes!

7) When the leaves fall, they are fun to jump in and crush them.

8) I remember that a year ago my foot was in a cast because I had broken the connecting bone between my foot and my ankle.  It was hard to walk.

9) Pixie's birthday is only a week away.

10) My birthday is a few days after Pixie's.

11) The cool rains come down in the fall.

12) I like to sit in front of the fire place and warm up after a walk in the cool rains.

13) I love the smell of soup cooking in the crockpot.

14) If I can find an awesome pair of sandals on clearance, I can wear them with socks.

15) I can sleep buried in warm quilts.

Are you ready for cooler weather?  Hmmmmmmm!