Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do rather than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.“ ~Mark Twain

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A friend sent me this gorgeous focaccia photo today because I make so much of it.

I don’t know who the baker artist is, to credit, but Wow! Wow! Wow! I’d never be able to cut into this LOL


** edited.  I found her! Definitely worth the visit!   https://www.vineyardbaker.com


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“Life’s roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors.” ~Unknown

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There seems to be one thing for certain: Mother Nature doesn’t appear to be thwarted by the coronavirus, and yes.. the crocus do always come up.

Being mandated by our governor to stay at home, plus accommodating weather has given me the chance to do some of the annual spring cleanup these past couple of days. All over my yard, shoots are popping up and obviously exploding into some brilliant colors. Don’t they know?

No they don’t, and nothing hopefully will keep them from bringing beauty into the world.

I typically use a pretty consistent meditation wherever I walk daily, and the one thing it has taught me is how to disengage my all-too-active mind, to put it on idle for a few minutes, to stop getting caught up in the loop of thinking about what’s going on in the world each day and of all of our future uncertainties. Rather, I get to stop getting caught up with the worries and take in the ‘whole’ picture.

Yes, I continue to keep myself busy daily still with this mandate.. just at home or at the farm instead, but for those few minutes each day those concerns are put on par with the flowers in the yard instead, or over at the farm, the rhubarb that’s finally popping out of the ground or the cake I made for dessert last night, the fun facetime convo I had with my children last night.. and my morning texts my grand boys ❤ have been amusing me with each day. 🙂

My farm work has been slowed with less than agreeable weather.. monsoon rains LOL, but at some point I’ll catch up there, too. Every part of it, is an integral part of that ‘whole’ I suppose.

Still, when my meditation time is over, I’m just like everyone else. I open my phone, iPad or TV and let my mind be consumed anew with calamity. I only wish the media could see what a deleterious effect they are having on many in our society. 😦
Some hope and positiveness would seem to go a whole lot further at this point, I’d think for everyone. Stay well all.

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Good morning from Maine. Check out those snow clouds. Yup… so says the weather app. Hopefully it will change over to rain later in the day, because I refuse to shovel anymore snow this year!! 🙂 So how is everyone doing?

Of this, I can be fairly certain…. we are all in the same boat, some just have better seats than others. Hang in there, hunker down and we will get through this.

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Right now my greenhouse is one of the most grounding, hopeful places in my world.  Marveling at the blossoms and new spring shoots remind me that nature at least hasn’t shut down. It’s powerful creative force isn’t the least bit deterred by the struggles, heart break and uncertainty that we all are grappling with.

The rosemary cuttings are coming along nicely, as are the assorted hots and tomatoes. Having these unplanned home days has me considering adding some new veggies to the garden this season, that I’ve not attempted before here… collard greens and okra!

I guess it will all depend on Mother Nature to see how they will fare. Next week I’ll be setting the onions, shallots, spinach and cold crops. Keeping my fingers crossed the weather cooperates. 🙂

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I hadn’t planned to write this post. But then no one planned to be using words like “social-distancing” or seeing the world panic-buying toilet paper and hand sanitizers, either. These are strange times. Many of us suddenly have more time than we know what to do with. I am safe at home here in southern Maine, but like the rest of you, we’re all worried about family and friends, and a little uncertain about just how long we’ll have to ride out the pandemic.

Weather permitting, I’m still reaching out to the sunrise each morning on my daily walk. But the rest of my routinely busy days have surely been altered, though manageable. But then this morning, as I caught the morning news, it was disturbing to watch the shots and videos of Italy with emptied byways and streets. Not a soul around. 😦 Though my heart goes out to them all, I couldn’t but help wonder what’s ahead for us here in the states, even here in rural Maine.

I hope wherever you are, you are also safe and finding a way to get through this with courage and hope.. and hopefully much common sense. Be safe.

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My all time fave movie quote:

“Hope is a good thing… maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies. I will be hoping this letter finds you, and finds you well”. ❤ j.a.s.

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“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.”– Lin Yutang

Harvest of my fave tea blends… tulsi, lemon balm, chamomile, bee balm, lemon verbena, lavender, mints and hyssop. The tulsi is spectacular this year.

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