Thursday, April 23, 2020

Spring Flowers

How is everyone doing during this crisis?  It's a strange time in our world these days, but we all must be diligent with social distancing and staying home.  I pray you and your families are doing well.  I must admit to missing my family in person.  We have not hugged since January!  Still, we are making the best of our days.  I'm a homebody when not traveling so staying home is no problem for me.  It's the not visiting family that is really getting to me.  I'm sure it's the same for most of you.

Spring is so lovely this year.  I'm so thankful to have such lovely trees and shrubs to view right in my own garden.

The dogwoods are spectacular this year.  They brighten any mood I'm feeling while missing my family.

"After all, I don't see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood."  Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The bridal wreath spirea is blooming on the side of our home.  I love this shrub as it once was growing at my childhood home.

The Nellie Moser clematis is showing off at the mailbox this year.

Flowers make me happy!  

Grayden picks me wildflowers when we are out for our walks!  These buttercups fit perfectly in my Mama's miniature vase.

Helebores were picked and placed on the dining table.

"Perhaps, after all, our best thoughts come when we are alone.  It is good to listen, not to voices but to the wind blowing, to the brook running cool over polished stones, to bees drowsy with the weight of pollen.  If we attend to the music of the earth, we reach serenity.  And then, in some unexplained way , we share it with others. "
Gladys Taber

I hope you are finding peace and comfort during these days.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Christ the Redeemer

" I know that my Redeemer liveth. " Job 19:25

When we traveled to South America we had the privilege of visiting Corcovado Mountain to view the Christ the Redeemer Statue.  It meant so much to us to stand at the base of this amazing Art Deco statue.  After taking a train up the mountain, then an elevator, then an escalator we reached the base of the monument.  It reminded us of the enormity of the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior.

This large statue stands 98 feet tall and overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro.  Even though this was not the beginning of our visit to South America, I felt it was perfect to share this Easter Sunday.  I will write more about this amazing statue at a later date. 

Blessings to you my friends.  


Saturday, April 4, 2020

Staying Safe

How are you all doing while staying safe and away from friends and family?  I admit it is quite hard not to see my son and daughter and grandchildren.  This is probably the longest we have all been apart.  Since not seeing them while we went on our 57 day South American adventure and now not knowing when we will be visiting again has caused some angst for my heart.  I imagine the same is true for many.  

I'm so thankful that we can still take our daily morning walks.  It's a great time to share with my sweetheart and get exercise.  I find being in nature is good for my mental health.  We took the camera with us this morning so I'd like to share the beauty that greeted us.

The ospreys swooping over the river caught our attention.  We continued on the path spotting another one having his breakfast.

Getting outside in the sunshine always makes my soul feel refreshed.  Seeing nature in action is a privilege.  

Mockingbirds were flitting around the path this morning.

We are so lucky to have such a beautiful walk by the river and then beside the canal.

The redbuds are blooming in Virginia.  They are spectacular with their never ending blooms. 

Every morning the cororants are at their posts on the rocks along the fall line.  Every now and then they dive under and get a fish.

Though not a great photo, we were thrilled to spot this bald eagle.

It's so interesting to see the turtles climb on the logs in the canal to sun themselves.  Our grandson reminded us that they are ectotherms, meaning they are cold blooded and get their heat from their environment. 

The canal section of our walk is so peaceful with a turtle or a duck or occasional goose.

We both are incredibly thankful to be able to continue to take our walks.  Please stay safe, my friends.