Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day, Everyone!

How fitting that I write a post on of all days, Mother's Day! It has been incredibly busy here, with barely enough time to breathe, but I love nothing more than being able to update here and give everyone a little glimpse of what life is like in our neck of the woods.

It's a beautiful day, although a bit windy and the kind of day where you aren't sure how to dress- (we optimistically packed away all our winter clothes with the warmer weather last weekend.) And,while I'm not a fan of cooler weather, the fronts coming through have provided us with some spectacular sunsets!

Because I have been running around like a madwoman this week, I have discovered I am desperately craving some down time and the need to reflect quietly on my life. I suppose you could call it "getting centered"- I yearn to focus on all that is beautiful and good in this world and appreciate all that God has created-and the books I am currently reading this week are a wonderful remedy for this. One of my absolute favorites is Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Here is a brief description of the book: "A sturdy individualist and a lover of nature, Henry David Thoreau was the epitome of the Yankee spirit. In March 1845, he set out to live life in a new way. Borrowing an ax, he built himself a wooden hut on the edge of Walden Pond, near Concord, Massachussetts, where he lived until September 1847. Walden is a record of his experiment in simple living....Thoreau decribes his...existence, bare of creature comforts but rich contemplation of the wonders of nature and the ways of man."

I am also dreaming of beautiful english cottage gardens and searching for my new favorite flower, the ranunculus, to share my home with. And, while doing this, I have the hair brained idea to pursue one of my favorite past times, the hobby of flower arranging, and try to incorporate it into a career. I love the look of the rustic and the delicate all wrapped up into one package. I have always loved making people happy and feel this is one sure fire way to bring a smile to someone's face-through beautiful bunches of hand tied flowers! Stay tuned for future announcements on when I will be offering some guaranteed smiles for local delivery!
Until we meet again, I leave you with some words from Henry David Thoreau and Walden-"A slight sound at evening lifts me up by the ears, and makes life seem inexpressibly serene and grand."

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