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Love/Hate Challenge

I was nominated by the lovely Judy, author of Edwina’s Episodes, to take part in this fun challenge.  Please take time to visit her fantastic blog.  It’s always fresh and original and full of lots of humor and wit. This challenge consists of listing ten things that I love and ten things that I hate, and nominating ten bloggers to do the same. Things I love: 1.  Quiet mornings with my husband and menagerie of pets and farm animals. 2.  The singing and chirping sounds of wrens and mockingbirds coming from my garden. 3.  Making a true connection with another person. 4.  Gracious and kindhearted people. 5.  Those first little, yellow blooms on a tomato plant that turn into wonderful, juicy tomatoes. 6.  Creating something:  a poem, a sketch, a story, a new dish or recipe, or something crafty. 7.  When the lilacs, peonies, irises, and roses are all blooming at the same time in my garden–so beautiful. 8.  Watching a thunderstorm from my front porch. 9.  The sound of my dad’s old tractor and the smell of freshly cut hay. 10. A glass of Champagne and the view of my sheep grazing in the pasture. Things I hate: 1.  Abuse, neglect, or mistreatment of humans or animals. 2.  When one of my animals is hurt or not feeling well. 3.  Worry and anxiety—SIGH. 4.  Being TOO busy. 5.  Disrespectful behavior. 6.  Stink bugs–especially when they dive bomb me while […]

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“The Weekly Bleat: Stillness”

“In stillness the world is restored.” ~Lao Tzu Just BEING….not doing.  Now, that’s the challenge!  To lay down our distractions and truly embrace our innermost sense of self or the “I AM” that lives inside of each of us.  Busyness and constant outward focus distract us from our true selves.  Through stillness or going within, we create an environment for […]

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Clementine and Contentment

I’ve been challenged by Michelle Cook, author of Putting my Feet in the Dirt, to write about the subject, “more happy than not.” Michelle is a fantastic writer and poet.  Her posts are always interesting and inspirational.  If you’re not familiar with her blog, please take time to visit. These are the official rules for this challenge: 1.  Answer the […]

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“The Weekly Bleat”

“A Thing of Beauty“ “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing…..” ~John Keats *Photographs taken in the Cotswolds area of England (2013).

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