Monday, December 21, 2009

Back to Reality


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If I was allowed to live two days in heaven ~ just once in my lifetime before moving on to the next experience ~ I just had that weekend.

To share a love of photography with an amazing person who is talented, insightful, thoughtful, generous, kind, humorous, intelligent, handsome… I could go on and on, but one would think I was gushing.

It didn’t matter that it was raining. It felt like the sun was shining everywhere we were. The smile is still on my face. When I have a light memory, hear a particular song, or see something out the window that just calls to be photographed, I grin like the Cheshire Cat.

I look forward to many more weekends of taking pictures with this truly wonderful man. He makes my heart sing!


Thanks, Graham! You are a Prince among men and your heart is pure gold.

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Snogs and hugs!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Hope Springs


DSCN1955This week’s end brings much for me to be excited about. I feel like it’s the week before Christmas already! There is a photo shoot this weekend. Friend(s) from Seattle will be coming down to see the lights and wonders of Portland at Christmas. So many things to do and see… can we do it all in a day and a half?

Taking the photos will be half the fun. Meeting online friends in person is what brings such hope and anticipation. It’s like a light at the end of a tunnel. I’m anxious for the week to be done, and at the same time hope I have enough time to finish projects I have in the works in order to have a truly free weekend.

In the meantime, I’ll be writing and anticipating a very fun, active and adventure-filled weekend!

Saturday, December 5, 2009


My heart is being pulled to Montana today. I miss Yellowstone National Park and all it's wonders. I miss looking out a window and seeing wildlife, the most gorgeous blue skies I've ever seen, and "purple mountains majesties".

I feel more alive when I'm out in nature. The fresh air, the peace and serenity, and the knowing how everything all fits together. It's all divine - all the qualities being expressed by animals, trees, air, light, plants, grass, even rocks and soil (and me); life, harmony, strength, sturdiness, progression, beauty, support, nourishment - are all ideas, thoughts of a higher consciousness.

That being said, today being "the office is definitely being purged once-and-for-all" day, I'll open the curtains to watch Chickadees and squirrels play on the tree outside of my window, allow the sun to pour in through the leaves, and see those same qualities being expressed inside and out. As Louise Hay says, "It's only a thought, and a thought can be changed." I don't have to long for a far away place to feel that connection with nature. I can express it right here and now - in my home. It begins in thought and I choose what to think, what to say, how to react to situations.

Today I choose the higher connection.

Blessed be.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


As the final Autumn leaves cling to sleeping branches, the cooler air leads to cozier nights under goose down comforters. Hot cups of cocoa and tea warm chilled fingers. Holiday music fills the air, both indoors and out. Christmas trees decorate tops of cars and SUVs as families hurry home to start the decorating for the festivities to come.

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" is true now, more than in mid July when some items graced store shelves. The push to buy early screams of corporate greed as cold, bony fingers stretch to our wallets to take our hard-earned money. Consumers hold the real power, however. We choose what to purchase, when and what we are willing to pay for it. What we need to start choosing, is if we really need the item. How will it improve our (or our intended recipient) lives? Is it really necessary? Is it worth the price? Does the gift you are considering express the sentiment you want the person to feel? Personally, I prefer something that shows how much the person cares. Even a knitted scarf, a plate of cookies, or a card with or without a family photograph and a personal greeting means so much more. I could tell my son in law thought about what I'd like when he bought me a gift set of teapot, cups and tea. I love tea! And the decoration of roosters on them warmed my heart. He noticed I enjoy roosters. I am still using and enjoying these cups and pot almost a year later.

My financial circumstances seem limited this year, but I don't feel pressured or disappointed. I have an overabundance of supplies to create thoughtful gifts - and those close to me know that I don't just sit and knit, crochet or cross-stitch; while I do, I talk with God. Hymns fill my thoughts and messages of spirituality and love flow faster than a television broadcast through fiber optic cables.

May you all have a love-filled holiday season.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza and Happy New Year!