Snow Camp Sunset

The sunset is enough. The sunset is always enough.

But this evening, accompanying this beautiful and peaceful scene is the distinct and wonderful aroma of freshly cut hay. It is a windows open, glass in hand, front row seat to the tree frog and crickets symphony, kind of evening.

And I am so grateful for every second.

Well done, Thursday. Well done!

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Hello, Saturday!

Strong coffee, wild wildflowers, and a view of the sunrise playing a morning game of peekaboo through the wispy clouds and mist.

Welcome to the first Saturday of June 2018, my friends.

It’s good to be here!

#saturdaymorning #coffee #snowcampscenes #kellyskeyboard

Saturday Morning Thoughts

Memorial Day Weekend is underway. It’s a time for reflection. There is no shortage of ceremonies and activities to honor the fallen men and women who entered into every military branch knowing they may not make it home alive. There’s no shortage of families forever changed by those sacrifices made.

My plans are pretty simple this weekend. I plan to help other drivers and motorists by staying off the roads as much as possible. Perhaps I’ll spend a few long moments watching the new bee that showed up in the wildflowers this morning, we’ll see.

One certainty is waiting on the rain with some coffee in the backyard swing, and being eternally grateful for this life and those who have lost theirs while serving to build and protect our society and nation.

Whatever your plans include this weekend, I wish you all good health, peace, and safety. Make sure you take a few minutes in prayer or reflection, to just breathe, appreciate the day, and make sure those you love know you love them.

Hello Saturday. It’s good to be here.

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends” John 15:13

Ancient storms of today

~ If all the air in the world is all the air that ever was here, then this same wind blowing today, carrying scents of springtime through the cleansing rain showers to caress my skin, and drench my hair as I refuse to use the umbrella, is part of the same wind that once blew, gale force threatening a small boat in the Sea of Galilee, until it received the Word of the Lord, and was calmed ~

…..A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up.

Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”

He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm.

Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?”

They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”……. Mark 4: 37-41

Small reminder for myself today: Whose hand are you reaching for in the storm? (KDB ~ May 17, 2015)

Saturday Snapshots

‘Tis a lovely day here in this little corner of North Carolina. If today was a color, it would be green!

Temperatures crossed into the 90 degrees Fahrenheit realm this afternoon, so mowing the yard went quickly and early this morning. Most of the day has been reserved for sipping iced drinks in the swing watching oak trees wave their branches in the gentle, but welcomed breezes. This weekend is graduation weekend for some amazing young people I have the privilege of knowing. I wish them all the best in their next chapters in life, and pray for their health, safety, joy and wisdom often, but especially on days as lovely as today. While I’m thinking about it, let me just add one more wish: may we all, including these new graduates, always find time for beautiful moments under the shade of an old tree.

I spent a good part of the day snapping photos of the hot afternoon scenes. Green is everywhere here, but it is a color willing to share the stage. In fact, it’s sometimes even more gorgeous supporting the pops of pink, purple, yellow, pink and white that grab onto it in the forms of blooming flowers and vines.

If today was a color, it would be green! Enjoy.

Sage Honeysuckle in the treesAzaleas in bloom

Out of Obesity…Chapter 4. It’s been a nice little break.

So……. When I began this process several months ago, I planned to document every step of the journey on this blog.  I made early progress, stalled, made a little more progress, stalled, gained a little weight back and stalled.

I’m still not back into the obese category, but I’m inching up that ways and I know I need to get a serious grip and reverse these tendencies and indulgences.   That’s pretty much where I’ve been for the last couple of months.  Stalling.

I did buy a little jogging-bouncing trampoline! It’s fun, but It’s only going to help me if I actually get on it and jog / bounce for any reasonable amount of time.  Presently, said tiny trampoline is against the bedroom wall patiently waiting.

In other “get healthy” kind of news around the house here, my favorite 19-year-old (aka, my son) purchased himself a very nice hanging punching bag.  I’m not sure he realized how much his old mum likes to pretend she knows how to box, but he’s learning.

Really, the purpose of this post is to remind myself the rest-stop in this journey has been fun ~ and delicious.  But it’s time to get back on track.

For me, the discipline MUST be with what I eat and / or drink.  The reality is, no matter how much I may want to, I can’t outrun my mouth.  And, really – I don’t want to run anyway…….well, maybe a 10k later in the year, but not right now.

Welcome back to the journey.

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

 And so it continues……