Summer Floral Elegance

The following photographs are a vivid reminder of God’s elegant handiwork. All are found in our yard. Cheryl planted and nurtured the flowers (I help pull weeds on occasion). So many of you have volumes of beautiful flowers, shrubs and vines for which I offer no competition…just wanted to share the joy of some of nature’s beauty.IMG_7628

Star-gazer lily in the early morning light. Bowed in prayer. Inviting a closer look.IMG_7629Twin Star-gazers vying for position to be the first spoken to as the dew evaporates.IMG_7635Yellow lily of an unknown name to me. Awake for a while, and attentive to my presence.IMG_7632Black-eyed Susans stretching out after a good night’s rest. IMG_7645All mixed up with no particular place to go…simply happy to be alive and well.IMG_7565Purple wildflower choosing to bloom alone, yet wanting to be noticed.032Tulip tree flowers shouting aloud for everyone to see their uniqueness.20150625_194252Rose of Sharon blossoms bursting forth…just one clump of many vying for attention. 5-5-15 011 Vinca pinwheel-shaped flower and lush green vines. Simple, yet astounding.

Think Warm, Be Warm in Winter

??????????Although the Winter Solstice is still weeks away, the Midwest is under an arctic air mass that has brought temperatures down into the teens (Farenheit). Because of this, and the fact that all the deciduous leaves have fallen from their branches, winter seems like it has arrived. I have yet to complete the transfer of clothing from lighter to heavier garments in my drawers and closet ! But alas, the cold is here to stay for quite some time. So, I decided to post a few warm photos to combat the effects of frigid days and gloomy nights. I like color so I have infused this post with a splash of vividness, as well. Soon, images of snow and ice will be cropping up all over our social sites, so why not post warm photographs? For those of you in the tropics, all I can say is “well done” !Croatia 008With the sun setting over a tepid body of water, my heart warms right up. The reflection of light brings a sense of peace to my mind, as I hope it does for you. To be at peace is something we can all use more of. I make this statement from personal experience and observations. Our lives move at such a frantic pace, almost like a churning liquid in a whirlpool…seemingly never slowing down. But slow down we must. Something has to give if we don’t get off the treadmill-at least occasionally.sunrise-12-1-11-008.jpgI would be remiss during my musing about warmth and peace if I didn’t insert a calm photograph of our West Highland Terrier, Carson. He knows how to relax, and he knows how to be a wild thing…the White Tornado! But mostly he shares his life with us in a calming sort of way. I can’t believe I just said that as I can hear him barking as he chases squirrels in the yard! Carson may be white on the outside, but he secretly wants to be black as he digs holes and wallows in the mud until he looks like an Oreo cookie. There will be more about Carson in the future. In the meantime, think warm, be warm and discover peaceful moments which will rejuvenate your soul. If you’ll forgive me, I need to relocate so Carson can curl up next to me and warm my feet!60D 052