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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

It Starts With a Seed

 "You're like the seed from which a plant grows:  Almost everything you need to be fully who you are is already inside of you---waiting for the things that nurture you, the things that bring you to life." 

--Magnolia Journal summer 2022

Thursday, June 23, 2022

All Passion Spent

There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man 

that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write. 

--seen on a tombstone in England

The same could be said about reading a book.  This was brought home to me by a book published in 1932 by Vita Sackville-West.  I was familiar with Vita Sackville-West because Susan Branch visited Sissinghurst in May 2012 and wrote about it in her book "A Fine Romance."  She also blogged about it HERE.  This led me in June that year to read Vita's son's book about his parents, "Portrait of a Marriage," and her grandson's book, "Sissinghurst:  An Unfinished History."  

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Shepherdstown Back Alley Garden Tour

Last month Ken and I went on the Back Alley Garden Tour in Shepherdstown, WV. . . 

It was a beautiful day to be wandering through other people's gardens.  We parked the car and walked to all 22 gardens in a few hours, stopping to eat our picnic lunch on a bench mid-way.  

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage - Baltimore County

When a garden tour includes a house tour it makes for a much more interesting time.  When you get to meet the owner it is even more interesting!  Last weekend we went on such a tour in the Worthington Valley area of Baltimore County.  The day was overcast with misting rain but after the first house I was able to put my umbrella away.  I've included the write-up from the Tour pamphlet:

Monday, May 9, 2022

Secret Gardens

Welcome to my garden!  Please enter through the garden gate and find solace for your soul......

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

View from My Window

🎶Rainy Spring Day🎶

In 2015 Morning Musings featured a monthly post called View From My Window.  It was my idea of a Discussion Group where I'd ask a question and my readers would leave a comment.  By November I realized we should introduce ourselves, so I did a Getting to Know You post.  In 2016 I changed the title to More or Less because I'd shown you every view from my windows by then.  By 2017 I was writing less and less.  Last year I only wrote five posts as compared to 48 in 2016.

Since the beginning of the year I've been rereading my Morning Musings posts and all the comments and realize how much I've missed all of you!  So I hope to gather us all together again.  I'll start with this view....

View from my kitchen window

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Ta-Dah! Redux

 "Relax--You May Only Have a Few Minutes Left" --Loretta LaRoche

Hank Ketcham's Dennis the Menace Wise Guy

Mr. Wilson has some good advice above.  With the Pandemic dragging on we may not be in the fast lane so much, but we certainly are all having to deal with the stress of negotiating life with all the changes COVID is forcing us to make.  Slowing down our run-away thoughts and gaining a new perspective is what we need now.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

If All I Have is Now

 "If all I have is NOW, where will I look for joy?'  

-- Mark Nepo, "Book of Awakening"

This year, 2021, I've been rereading Mark Nepo's  "Book of Awakening" along with Gay Hendricks' "A Year of Living Consciously."  I think 2021 has been tougher than 2020 because we entered the year with great hope that the pandemic would end soon.  The vaccine was becoming available.  All would be well! 

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Home for Christmas

Christmas is nearly upon us.  Is anyone else having a different sort of Christmas this year.....again?  I gave leave to my three sons several years ago to stay in their own homes now that they were married and two had children.  It was only right because after I left home I never went home at all at Christmas.  My parents lived a day's drive away as did Ken's parents, but even if they'd lived closer I wanted to make my own Christmas traditions.  

It was ten Christmases before we had a child to celebrate with us so our tradition was to go out to eat at a lovely restaurant in an old mansion that we only dined at on Christmas Day.  Then we'd drive into Washington, DC to view the National Christmas Tree and all the beautiful decorations.  Sometimes we'd go to see a heartwarming movie.

After we had children Santa Claus took center stage after all the church activities leading up to Christmas had taken place.  I'd be up late Christmas Eve writing a poem with clues for each child's presents that I'd hid about the house.  

With the boys celebrating in their own homes now, we're gathering as a family earlier in December to celebrate together.  Because of the Pandemic, we are once again celebrating individually with each son and his family.  It certainly is less hectic!  But there is something about being all together that makes Christmas for me. 

                      ❤️Home is where the Heart is❤️

Ultimately, Home IS where the heart is.  Today with FaceTime and Zoom we can not only hear but see our loved ones when we can't be with them.  And those that have gone on before us never leave our hearts, so they, too, are with us, only in a different way.

I'm wishing each of you a special time of your own making this year.  Whether it's being with family and friends, writing Christmas newsletters and cards, baking cookies, reading special Christmas stories (I'm enjoying Louisa May Alcott's Christmas Treasury), binging on holiday movies (Loved A Boy Called Christmas on Netflix), watching YouTube vloggers share how they prepare for Christmas (here's one I loved: Girl in Calico), participating in church activities or community get-togethers (hopefully, masked), or helping the less fortunate, may your endeavors bring Joy and Peace within and to all those you encounter.

If you have time to spare, I'd love to hear what you're doing this year to make Christmas special for you and your loved ones.

Take Joy!