Got Tenacity?

  This sunflower inspires me. ¬†I’ve planted these cheerful blooms in my garden a number of times, and they haven’t come up—maybe, because the birds ate the seeds. ¬†I really don’t know. But, two summers ago, this little sunflower sprung up in the backyard of its own volition. ¬†It didn’t just grow….it thrived. ¬†To my surprise and joy, it bloomed and bloomed and bloomed…all summer. ¬†This eager little flower, in its simplicity and loveliness, grew into a flourishing plant. ¬†And, it accomplished this feat despite a lack of proper planting, no fertilizer, and without consistent watering. ¬†I admire this sunflower for what it symbolizes to me: ¬†determination, perseverance, and tenacity.   “Tenacity”   by Tonya R. Hengerer   Tireless Effort to resist Negative thinking And overcome difficulties, while summoning Courage In spite of Tough times—never Yielding.     “Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” ~James A. Michener   “If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” ~H.G. Wells

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More Than A Memento

In life, we often go through our days interacting with others, but not really connecting. ¬†It’s just the way it is. ¬†Most days we are busy, stressed, and distracted—replaying yesterday and worrying about tomorrow. ¬†It can be difficult to be in the moment, to observe and listen, to be present—to look and actually see. ¬†Not that we mean to or want to, but sometimes we operate on a superficial level. ¬†This is partly because we are so engaged in our own worlds, disconnected and unable to relate to something outside of ourselves. I’m reminded of an experience I had one summer while visiting my favorite place—England. ¬†My husband and I were spending the day in a Cotswolds market town in Gloucestershire, a charming place with honey-colored, stone architecture and baskets full of colorful, cascading flowers adorning the front of every other building. ¬†As we made our way along the busy highstreet, a courtyard with shops and galleries caught our attention. ¬†We walked into the brightly lit space with sunlight streaming down from the skylights above, illuminating the shops before us. ¬†I immediately noticed the simple but stunning jewelry in one of the galleries. ¬†I walked in and began to browse. ¬†My gaze landed on an understated, wide, silver band with an anticlastic shape. It was lovely. ¬†I wanted to try it on, but I didn’t see anyone. ¬†I looked across the hallway, and sitting opposite the gallery, in a studio, […]

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Tuesday Tunes: Feeling Festive

I LOVE¬†wandering around vintage/antiques stores. ¬†You know the kind—where there’s everything from beautiful, old quilts to those tacky Smurf drinking glasses you just had to collect when you were a child. The fun thing is you never know what you may find….treasure or trinkets. ¬†But, it’s all good stuff! Well, recently, while enjoying a lazy afternoon in one of these delightful shops, I discovered an item that grabbed my attention…a pillow with small, red bells on the corners and the phrase, “Get Your Jingle On.” ¬†I laughed out loud! Anyway, the more I thought about this whimsical pillow, the more I decided that I really needed it. ¬†I thought, “What a good reminder of this season of love and goodwill.” So, if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, tired, or stressed-out, put on some festive music, remember your blessings, and think about all the wonderful things you can do to reflect light into our world by offering a kind word, a bright smile, or a helpful hand. Go ahead, “GET YOUR JINGLE ON.”     As you can see, Clementine, Dash, and Bizou love the pillow, especially the bells. ūüôā Wishing you a week full of joy and lots of jingles!¬†

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This Above All…

Farmgirl posing before school on picture day Circa 1977     “I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” ~Bren√© Brown   “Never betray your values. Never betray yourself.” ~Walter Rieley (My dad)   “This above all: to thine own self be true…” ~William Shakespeare   […]

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You’ve Got This

  For those of you who follow this blog, you may remember a post titled, Above and Beyond: ¬†An Everyday Hero. ¬†Last year, a major water pipe in our home broke, and a very kind and determined person rescued us. We thought he was just our plumber, but he turned out to be much more. ¬†He was our hero…answering an emergency call late on a snowy, Saturday night, problem-solving a difficult situation, and working undeterred until, once again, we had water. ¬†During this dire situation, our plumber, Mike Walker dug five gallons of dirt out of a tiny access hole, and then, climbed into this small, dirty space. He ignored his own safety, well-being, and comfort to repair our out-of-reach pipe, but also to preserve the hardwood floors in our 200-year-old family home. He did all of this, unselfishly, to save us from a significant amount of stress, inconvenience, and heartbreak–a true hero. Since that night, I’ve been thinking a lot about this concept of ¬†“everyday heroes.” ¬†And, here’s the thing: ¬†Heroism lies within all of us. ¬†Each of us has the power to make our lives and the lives of others better. ¬†Sometimes we may feel that life is always trying to “start something” by throwing a challenge or a truly dark situation at us. ¬†However, it doesn’t matter if the problem is “too high to get over, too low to get under, and we’re stuck in the middle,” […]

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So, What Vintage Are You?

Farmgirl celebrating her 4th birthday   September is my birthday month, and thankfully, I’m turning another year older. ¬†I am now firmly into my fourth decade–or as Farmguy corrected–fifth decade, because you count 0 to 10 as your first decade…..okay—whatever! ¬†The bottom line….I am forty-something and well into the journey of my life. ¬†And, with this understanding, I started considering […]

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