Happy Monday – A Moment of Gratitude!

Hello and happy Monday! I am getting this out late because I spent the morning nursing my garden. I say nursing because in addition to the funky weather this summer, our vacation getaways and my less than enthusiastic maintenance this last month and a half; my poor garden has suffered. So this morning after dropping off Nick, I decided to go salvage and care for my plants. My girlfriend, Ashley is one of my big inspirations and usually this time of year, I am sitting around a bountiful veggie garden and explosion of blooms and texting her about my daily happenings in the garden. But this year has to go down as one of much neglect when it came to the garden. So in the midst of my pity party, I put on my garden shoes and headed out to water and make adjustments, but I realized that despite the lack of care, there were so many things to be grateful for in my garden. Above is a Phlox that my former neighbor gave me before she moved. I just had to stop and smile at this delicate beauty.This lovely yellow rose bush was ripped out of the grown when we had some major plumbing work done in June and I was so afraid that it wouldn’t last after being transplanted to another area in my garden. But today, to my surprise I peeked behind my echinacea and there this single beautiful bloom greeted me.
I don’t know if you can see what’s happening in this photo but I had my sprinkler on my side lawn and went inside my house to talk with my son while I waited to move the sprinklers. I had set a timer on my phone to remind me to go out and turn off the water. When I came to the door to come outside, I saw between 6 – 8 birds (mostly Robins) running in and out to the sprinkler and washing off. It was the cutest thing to see. So the total bird-lover in me decided to let the water run a few more minutes to let them cool off and play.
I wanted to share these photos because I wanted to show how small miracles are happening around us all every day and all we have to do is slow down and be open to receive them. I could have stood out there and grumped about the veggies that didn’t come or the excess leaves that are already falling from the trees but I chose to look at the beauty that exists when I open my eyes. I am grateful for the nature that I can come into contact with right in my yard every day and I do not take it for granted.I know Monday can be stressful with all of our ambitious to-do lists but just make sure you pause for a few minutes in nature today and I bet you will be pleasantly surprised.

Belinda

In my garden

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One of the greatest gifts that is present in every moment

is the flow of your breath.

Your breath is the mover;

You are the dancer.

– Shiva Rea

I thought I would start sharing photos from my garden again since it is a very important part of my life – my connection to nature. I recently shared this photo on Instagram and thought I would share it with those of you too.

I also thought it would be nice to pair two things that really inspire me, my garden and quotes. So I will share pictures from my garden with quotes that inspire me and give me pause.

Happy day my friend!

Belinda

New card: Blessings

gardenlady2I have had this beautiful digi from Mo’s Digital Pencil for some time now. As you know, I love to be in my garden and watch things grow. So I decided it was time to color her up. I used paper from two collections: Basic Grey’s Highline and Dear Lizzy’s Lucky Charm.  I also added some sequins and used my pearl pen to add a little more on top of each sequin. Can you guess where I got the vellum from? I actually had some left from the sheet I ran through the Silhoutte from my Project Life accents I made so instead of throwing them away, I took out a border punch and made a few. No waste in this craft room. I like how it softens the look.

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Lately we have been spending long hours in the late afternoon and evening on our deck and I enjoy taking in the beauty of the garden but the sights and the sounds of the birds, butterflies and bumble bees rock  my world.  They are so amazing and they are a gift so I make sure to remind myself to take the time daily especially while the weather is nice.

I recently watched an amazing TED talk by Louie Schwartzberg, an amazing photographer and filmaker who captured the most beautiful time-lapsed photography in nature.  Then set it to film with a voice over that reminds us we are interconnected to nature and not to take it for granted. It is a blessing. That we should make gratitude a priority.

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So when I looked for a sentiment for this card this video popped into my brain and  I found the perfect sentiment from my Autumn Blessings stamp from Flourishes.

I hope you can take time today to enjoy the beauty of nature and let gratitude warm your heart.

Belinda

 

Happy Monday!

So excited about my giant Dahlias.

So excited about my giant Dahlias.

Hello Everyone! I hope you had a fun weekend. I had a nice time with my family.  I am still trying to heal my left foot so we had to skip the beach this weekend. This makes me a little sad since fall and school are fast approaching and that means beach days are over.

Today I am going to get some x-rays taken of my foot to see if it can help us determine the best path to healing.  I believe it is one of those things that time off of my foot will really speed up the healing process. But it is really difficult for me who is pretty active.

My picture today was taken this weekend of my giant Dahlias. I planted them at this location this summer and it has made all the difference.  I had Leao take this photo to show my father-in-law.  This was my first year that I saved the bulbs and replanted.  I never do that and now I am definitely going to do it every year. I am enjoying seeing them surround my deck while I put my bum foot up to rest.

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

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