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Beauty in the Simple

Friday, January 09, 2009

I took a long walk today and carried my camera. It was misty and a little on the cold side but was wonderful looking at the simple designs that God has made in nature. There is beauty in the simple things.

"We are not made for the mountains, for sunrises, or for the other beautiful attractions in life - those are simply intended to be moments of inspiration. We are made for the valley and the ordinary things of life and that is where we have to prove our stamina and strength."
Oswald Chambers

But there is beauty in the ordinary and yes we are meant for the ordinary in life. I see the kids growing up today and even our grown sons and it seems they are never quite satisfied unless they are doing something fun or buying or trying to have it all. I hear my granddaughters complain they are bored. Yet they are not looking for the beauty in the ordinary...beauty in the plain....beauty is where you find it. Sometimes you have to look harder and be happy where you are planted at the moment.

We can look at ourselves and see beauty. We may look at ourselves in a mirror and see a fat older person, but yet God sees us with loving eyes and He sees the beauty that is within us. We just need to look harder for that beauty in ourselves...but it is there ...we just have to find it. We can also cultivate beauty in ourselves just as we cultivate flowers. We show our beauty by the way we hold our selves, by the words we speak, the thoughts we think and share and by just being ourselves.

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ANGORA4 1/11/2009 12:24AM

    You have such a beautiful way with words, such a gift! Thanks for sharing.

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PARSONSGIRLS 1/9/2009 6:49PM

  Thank you very much for your wise words. I too have grown children which I love dearly, they feel at times that happiness is measured by the things we have. I feel that I tried hard to get them to see the bigger picture, like the simpler things of life. Your walk proves that there is more to life then the things we have. God's beauty last forever where as the things that we strive after can be lost so easy. Thanks again for the reminder to stop and smell the roses, and we too should walk around with our camara to spot the beauty. emoticon

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ALASKAGIRL1222 1/9/2009 6:42PM

  Thank you for sharing that.....it was beautiful

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Removing wrong things

Thursday, January 08, 2009

I took a long walk around our place today and discovered this growth on one of our trees in front of our house. The tree is a weak tree anyway and will probably have to be cut soon. It has this split hole in the side and it usually has the wild trumpet vines growing up it. We fight the vines and the weeds and briars and poison ivy and oak in the bed beneath it. I had my grandmother's old iris planted in it until last spring when I moved them all. I now need to dig my surprise (princess) lilies and my spider lilies out of it. Hubby and I talked about cutting the tree again and will probably have to hire someone to do it as it is in such a bad location. Too close to the house and yet power lines out from it. It can only be felled in one spot and then will probably break down a cedar tree we have there. So we will probably take out the cedars too as they cause fire blight in our apple and pear trees. And it would give us more lumber we need for projects.

The growth is some kind of mushroom/toadstool but I've never seen anything like this before. I was tempted to pull it off but am curious to see what it does over the next few days to weeks.

You know we sometimes allow things to grow in our lives to big proportions. Things we would best be without. We let ourselves go especially during the winter months and it usually starts around the holidays when we decide we can eat just a little of the goodies. It begins to grow as we have left over goodies and we think we don't want it to go to waste ...so what do we do...we eat it. We also slack off on our exercise and I have found when I slack off in this area, it is that much harder to get back to doing it again. So like this growth on our tree, we need to get rid of it in our lives. We need to remember why we are here and why we are doing this....for ME!!! to get healthy to live a much better life!!

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MIZROSE 1/8/2009 9:25PM

  Hi there,
I know from experience about not wanting those left over goodies to go to waste... I probably should have been thinking about not wanting them to go to "waist" because that is where some ended up this holiday season...

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Best wishes to us all as we strive to remove the wrong things and have a healthier year!


Comment edited on: 1/8/2009 9:31:32 PM

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BURGERBITS 1/8/2009 7:39PM

    Good cpmparison! The growth is a fungus and grows in trees that are weak and diseased! Removing it like removing the bad things from our life will give it a chance to survive!

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TSCHECTER 1/8/2009 6:59PM

    good description... gross looking growth, lol. I am guilty of the post holiday justifications ("but we can't let it go to waste!") It just goes to show... sometimes letting something go to waste isn't the worst thing we can do.

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Our old Homeplace

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Our place is our "Old Homeplace". Relatively speaking it is 23 years old. And we have cultivated the 6 acres from a scrub patch full of briars and wild overgrown trees. It has taken us many years to get where we are now and to live in the comfort we live in now.

I used to get an itch for a bigger place and at one time we had talked about building a bigger house at the top of our hill because of the view of the mountains from there. But when we bought the land, we lived in a mobile home so we just moved it to an exsisting pad on a lower level of the property. The boys grew up and married and now have families of their own. The husband and I decided that we really didn't need a bigger place and we didn't want another loan to pay for a place that was already paid for. We added a roof, added log siding and a couple of huge rooms off the back. We built a spa house with a hot tub and exercise equipment where we keep our house plants in the winter. We have a covered porch on the front and a covered patio area. You really can hardly tell it was once a mobile home. It suits us fine.

What I have learned from this is you don't need a mansion to make you happy. It is the people you surround yourself with that matter most. Be happy where you are planted.

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CHAS1949 1/8/2009 4:02PM

    Your place sounds wonderful!! I, too, am happy with what we have. Our house was 25 years old when we bought it and we have lived here for 27 years!! We built a big shop out behind the house and my husband loves to tinker out there. Since my daughter left the 'nest' hehehe,
I have a sewing room and my husband took the guest room and made it his hunting 'stuff' room. (I do still have a bed in the sewing room for my daughter when she visits!!) So we also have no mansion, but it's home.

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WENDI_WA1 1/7/2009 8:26PM

    Hi lovely attitude and lesson, and your right. Home is where the heart is.

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Blooming Ice

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

We had a small ice storm yesterday. It mainly was up higher in the trees and was melting by night fall and then refroze. We weren't in too much danger and it has all melted by today. But this picture was on our local TV station and I thought at first it was a forsythia flower as I have seen them bloom around here especially with the warmer temps we have been having. But at closer look, they seem to be honey suckle. And that is really rare to see them blooming at this time of year at all.

How can I relate this to my "getting healthy" journey. Well when life throws us ice, we can still bloom and have beauty.



Monday, January 05, 2009

I have found that I need to SIMPLIFY my life and here is what I've learned:

1. Each day is a new day. It is a day to start completely over. I can't do anything to change the past and the future isn't here yet, so I need to take time early in the day to decide what is important. I need to realize that my meal planning and my exercise are 2 of the most important things I need to plan. I've decided to keep a small notebook with me or within reach to jot down those things that tend to take me off track. It may be something that really needs to be done but that is keeping me from the important thing I may be doing at that time. I plan to also use it to jot a creative spark I may get also

2. Daily meditation needs to be part of my daily planning. I feel I need to commune more with God and 15 minutes won't dig too much into my time. I don't want to feel that I'm relegating God to just 15 minutes but sometimes I don't do that so if I plan for 15 minutes it may be more if I really do take that much time. It will teach me consistency.

3. Reducing clutter should be one of the high priorities in my life. I remember when we had to clean out my mother's house when we moved her to a nursing home and she didn't have near the clutter I have. I would hate to think of what my kids would go through if they had to come and declutter my house. I plan to give things to them now and enjoy the expressions on their faces instead of waiting until I die for them to get things when I won't be here to enjoy their joy at receiving items. I also need to plan a good will. And I need to have a yardsale or 2 and also list things on freecycle and give to goodwill.

4. I want to spend more time doing the things I really enjoy and spending time with those people I really enjoy being with.

No more excuses!!!

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MAZACK 1/6/2009 5:53PM

    Looks like I'm not alone in the top priority being to get rid of clutter and getting what I keep organized.

I also want to simplify my life. We are home for 8 days and I want to get back to a couple of decluttering projects I was working on 9 days ago

I also have got to get into my daily meditation. It something very special for me. I need to finish decluttering my little meditation and reading area.

Mary Ann

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HERBKAT 1/5/2009 11:47PM

    I love the reducing clutter goal. I've been trying to do this all my life, having been raised by "packrats." The old farmhouse, garage, barn and outbuildings - are stuffed with stuff. We've been slowly dejunking it for the past two years, but it will take many more before it's simply cluttered. Even Mom doesn't know why she kept everything, and she feels so good when we clear out a space.

Good luck with your goals!

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ZZYYGGY 1/5/2009 8:21PM

    love your picture, and great goals.

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