Spring Sharing

What did you see today that revealed the change of season? Please share…

Spring

Today marked the first full day of Spring in the northern hemisphere and the first day of fall for all my readers on the other side of the equator.

I saw a sight as I was walking to the hospital that made me stop and pause for a few moments.

There are nice planting on the hospital campus that often attract pretty birds and small animals. As I was approaching the building I noticed a squirrel rolling around in the wood chips much like a dog would roll around. I stopped to watch him. He was rolling and jumping, playing with the small, pliable branches on the tree. Our weather was unusually warm for mid March and it appeared that the little fellow was feeling the need to let loose  for a time. It was so fun to watch.

Did you see or do something that revealed to you that a new season is upon us? Do tell.

 

Flying Solo

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Every time I see those little cookie vases I smile. It is the simple things in life that are so significant.

Well hard to believe that it is already the middle of March. Happy St. Patty’s Day to all my Irish readers. I am about 50% Irish myself, guess that is why I enjoy beer so muchSmilest-patricks-day

My husband, Steven returns late tomorrow. He doesn’t travel without me so being home alone is unusual although I must confess not unpleasant. It is nice not to have the responsibilities that come along with being a wife for a little while. Not that he is demanding or anything but its nice not to have to be responsible to anyone else for a bit, well except the animals.

Steven and I have been married 7 years this June. Second time around for each of us. As I think back to when we were first married and how I would have felt and acted with his week long absence as compared to today I am very aware of how much I have grown and matured. It is amazing how REAL love makes you feel secure. This security is mostly because I have grown in the Lord these past years AND I am married to a truly wonderful man.

I have made great use of my time alone this week. I am so pleased with the fact that I committed and followed through with early morning rising and journaling every day! Wow, good for me! I have kept a journal for years but never with great consistency. I am still using the same one I wrote in 3 years ago, does that tell you something? Well I was inspired by Cee and Chris who are working through the Artist’s Way and have been journaling 3 pages everyday. I am really impressed with what my journaling has produced over the week and I intend to keep it up.

I have also been really blessed to spend time with each of my daughters, my mom and tomorrow my sister. Last night after work I met my oldest, Emily, at this fabulous place I found on Yelp.IMG_2894 I use Yelp often when I am looking to explore a new area for great eateries. We ordered salads, entrees and even splurged on dessert. Every bite was excellent and I enjoyed left overs today. I will be returning again soon and often.

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I also recommitted myself to Weight Watchers. I am a lifetime member…that means I made my weight loss goal(last March) and no longer pay.  I continued to attend weekly meetings for several months after achieving my weight loss goal but then my life changed and I stopped attending. Well guess what happened? Yep, over the past several months I gained some weight. Not terrible just about 10 pounds or so but I know what can happen and I refuse to do this again. So I cracked out the little WW calculator and began counting points. I have lost about 5 pounds. I plan to lose the rest and then get back to meetings. For me the weekly weigh in keeps me honest and I need that. Next thing is for me to get back on track with some regular exercise. I sure hope I will be writing a post about conquering this hurdle next month!

Well for tonight I think I will go plug into a movie. I borrowed a few from the library and have not watched a one.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

Happy Friday

 

How pleasant is Saturday night,
When I’ve tried all the week to be good,
And not spoke a word that was bad,
And obliged everyone that I could.
~Nancy Sproat

Most women are not very good at self care. As mothers, daughters, wives, & employees much of our lives are spent satisfying the needs of others. Yet we neglect ourselves and then wonder why we are tired all the time, lacking energy, creativity and ambition. Well I would like to give you permission to indulge yourself.

To indulge means to to yield to an inclination or desire; allow oneself to follow one’s will; to yield to, satisfy, or gratify; to yield to the wishes or whims of.

We often do not allow ourselves to indulge because we are “being good”, saving money, don’t have enough time. I want you to come along with me for a moment. Close your eyes and allow yourself to think dreamily about something you desire or a whim you have. *sigh…

Now permission has been granted by the Universe partake in an indulgence this weekend, who knows maybe you will get carried awaySmile.

Need some ideas~

~Soak in a bubble bath

~Have a massage

~Buy a new pair of shoes or socks if that is all you can afford this week

~Bake that fancy cake you saw in the magazine

~Feed the ducks

~Sip some Port wine or great cup of coffee

~Enjoy that art exhibit you have been thinking about

The possibilities are only limited by your imagination! So take and hour and take care of yourself, Indulge.

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A Sunday Walk

Two weeks ago after sharing a wonderfully yummy meal with friends we took a walk in a local park. The day was sunny but cold. A nice day to capture with a camera.

Fort Trumbull, New London CT

As the third defensive structure to occupy this New London site, Fort Trumbull’s present stone fortress was built between 1839 and 1852. The first fort was attacked by British forces, led by Benedict Arnold, in 1781, ultimately causing the defenders to evacuate as New London was burned.

After serving as the site for Civil War training, the first Coast Guard academy, and a Cold War military research institute, the fort was transferred to the state of Connecticut and opened as its newest state park in 2000.

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The entire area is steeped in national history dating back to the revolutionary war times. Within a few miles of this fort is the Groton Submarine Base, Electric Boat, The Coast Guard Academy and Fort Griswold(across the river in Groton).

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The view above is reaching into the city of New London. I really like the two church steeples against the blue sky. It is my favorite from the day.

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Here I think the branch in the forefront gives great contrast to the backdrop of the river and city beyond.

Below look at the beautiful sky. The buildings in the foreground are quite old.

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The four photos below are looking across the river in a sequence.

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It wasn’t warm enough to stay there long. The day was pretty though.

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Walktoberfest

 

Spent the past couple of days having some fun with the camera…one of my newly discovered joys in life! A dear friend has let me borrow one of her camera’s to get a feel for what I might like in a higher end digital of my own.

Yesterday morning we headed out onto the trail. I was excited because there was to be a naturalist photographer on the hike with tips. Here are a few of the pictures from the morning.

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Thanks for reading.

Weekly Photo Challenge-Comfort

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This weeks photo challenge caused me to pause to ponder what my picture of comfort looked like. This seating area is part of a room that I call my sanctuary. The room was created shortly after my husband of six years and I married. At the time we both owned homes. It was most practical for me to sell mine and move into his. I quickly discovered that I needed a place to call my own. At the time this room housed boxes and items awaiting a dump run so I took the time to clean it out. During a trip to a local store for other purposes I discovered the seating, it would be perfect! I brought it home. The room was decorated with the few pieces that I kept from my home and items that I truly loved. I have spent many quiet hours in the space; reading, praying and listening to beautiful music. For me this space is a picture of comfort.

Thanks for an authentic challenge.

Falls Harvest

We are a group of friends who love the joy of creating food as much eating it. As a result we started a Supper Club, or as we call it a Foodies Group.

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Last night we celebrated Fall’s Abundant Harvest.

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The afternoon started off with some hummus, cucumber yogurt dip and veggies.

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Who among us can cook a fine meal and not indulge in the sweet tastes of fall brews? Not us…

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The harvest brought us Butternut Squash Soup as the first course.

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The Cornish Game hens were grilled after a brush with a glaze made of apricot jelly and brandy.

Thanks guys for “manning” the grill.

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Our main course was accompanied by some mashed fall vegetables. Very tasty indeed.

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We laughed and danced all through the meal.

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We did have one little mishap with the caramel topping for the dessert. It was still finger licking good.

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I am reminded of the stories of Jesus reclining at the table with his disciples enjoying the food and the wine. Isn’t fellowship SWEET?!

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