A to Z Challenge – O

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The letter O …

The time is almost here.  The calendar says it is Spring, now if we could just get the weather to cooperate.  We had light snow this week, but tomorrow it is supposed to return to the 60’s.  We have had little tastes of Spring here and there, then Winter seems to sneak back in.  This time I hope someone closes the door and locks it tight until late Fall.

Once the windows are open, I can hear the birds chirping and in about a month the lilacs will fill the air with their perfume.  It is time to think about heading outdoors again.  Taking a short walk (I think all I can handle is short) trying to find my health again.  See the first signs of the season – the neighbors tulips blooming, the daffodils on the corner, and the first dandelions popping up in the yards.

Once warmer days come there is the opportunity for morel mushrooms to pop up.  And more birds will fly back from the South.  The squirrels and rabbits will come out in force.  And the park by the river may even have a stray deer.

I can take my camera and capture moments of beauty I see in trees, flowers, the sky and more.  To spend time outdoors brings me a little closer to the wonders all around we are usually too busy to see.  Those moments I will be able to spend outdoors will bring me a peace I can find no other way.  My gratitude today goes to being outdoors.

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Monochrome Monday – Picking Wildflowers

This week it is a pretty basic photo.  And no, I didn’t actually pick the flowers.  As a kid I would bring my mom wildflower bouquets a lot, but as an adult I would rather leave them to live and bring smiles to those who notice them.

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And I did not forget last week’s challenge (Monochrome Monday – From The Back) … no one guessed it from the back.  Here is a front color view.  I hope everyone has a great week! ❤

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Happy and Grateful – Day 198

July brings fireworks, picnics, pools and air conditioning. It is a time for those of us in the USA to celebrate our “birthday” and a personal time for me to celebrate life. It is hot and humid days and thunderstorms cooked up at night. I am continuing my challenge to find happiness and gratitude in every day. Join along in the comments or on your own blog. There is always good in every day.

Today I wanted to run away… and in a small way I did.

I had to take my Dad to the eye doctor and when we stepped back out into the 90°F weather, started the car and cranked on the A/C… there was nothing!  No fans, no cold, no hot, nothing.  My boyfriends car is out of commission, so I can’t have my car in the shop for a repair right now.  I was devastated.  After I dropped off my Dad I “ran away” to the park.

I got out and pounded the pavement to the flower display took my camera out and started looking for peace and beauty.  Halfway through my pictures I realized my camera had low batteries and was taking very shaky pictures, so I switched to my phone.  I walked a little further to the other small garden area and took some more pictures before I melted onto the nearest bench.

I cut through a couple of short cuts and made it back to my car drenched in sweat.  Put the key in the ignition and crossed my fingers.  It worked!  The air conditioner came back on.  So I am a little confused on what my car is actually doing.  But for now it works.  And for that I am grateful.

The internet was then out when I returned home (which is why my Monochrome Monday – From The Back  post was late going up) so I did a little photo work.  I was happy, even in the heat, to see the flowers today and “pound out” the frustration with a short walk.  The day was not a total loss.  I got to see this…

 

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Happy and Grateful – Day 144

May has arrived and I hope it brings lots of Spring cheer with it.  I am in my fifth month now of taking time to acknowledge the things that make me happy and grateful every day… almost half way to my goal of a full year.  If you want to join in on this challenge please add your thoughts in the comments or start your own blog.  There is a lot to be happy and grateful for!

Good morning… not what I normally say in my posts, but the fatigue hit me hard last night and here we are at the start of another day.  Will you forgive me for being late again?

The day was a good one.  My Dad, daughter and I all met a dear friend from out-of-town for lunch.  She was back in town for some graduations and Memorial Day with family and we were lucky enough to have a time we could all get together to see her for a while.  It made me very happy to hear her laugh again… she has an infectious laugh I just love.

We had a couple of errands to run after that and one was to the clinic that has the best grounds keeping staff and always keeps the entryway blooming this time of year.  And I just happened to snap a photo on the way out.  I am grateful that such an often depressing place has such beauty outside.

Now I am off to try to catch up on the day… remember to be grateful!

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