Lost in my garden

I realized something yesterday as I was tending to my garden. I could get lost there for a very, very long time!

I meandered through the yard, pulling the miscellaneous weeds, nipping back unruly plants, and deadheading flowers. I inhaled the smells from the roses, the lavender and the herbs.  It was invigorating, and relaxing, all at one time.

The cool breeze blowing gently through the trees, the beauty of the flowers and plants, even the dirt smelled good! 🙂

Yep, I was lost in this wonderous place. The hours went by… no need to hurry, no feeling of stress or anxiety.

Just me, and my garden….a glorious place to be.

my secret garden

“In the garden I tend to drop my thoughts here and there. To the flowers I whisper the secrets I keep and the hopes I breathe. I know they are there to eavesdrop for the angels.” ~Dodinsky

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Calmer days ahead

Once again, it’s that time of the year.  The time of year when football is finally over…at least for me anyway.

Whew! That was quite a season. Football and I, it seems as though we have a “love – hate” relationship.

Well, I’m not sure there’s a whole lot of love involved, but at times I do enjoy it. Most of the time, it just drives me crazy.  It stresses me out, and frustrates me, but for some silly reason, I keep coming back for more!

But now, it’s that glorious time of the year between football and baseball. The time for something a little less stressful, a little more relaxing.

It’s time for golf. That’s right, golf!

Everything that football is, golf is not.

Football is “GET LOUD“…golf is “Shhh…Quiet please”

Football is fast and furious…golf takes on a steady, methodical pace.

Football is rough and rowdy…golf is polite, often referred to as the “gentleman’s sport” (ladies too).

Football requires eyes on the game at all times…golf allows my eyes to close, my body to relax and drift off to a nice afternoon nap.

Yes, it is definitely time for something a little less stressful.

Something calming, something quiet.

It’s time for an afternoon nap, and some golf!

A little bit of Christmas

Christmas is slow in coming this year….well, not really.  It’s quickly approaching, and I’m not even close to being ready!

Travel and sickness have given me an extra little challenge this year in preparing for Christmas.  I mean after all, I have family coming to stay, a house to clean, food to cook, presents to buy, presents to wrap, etc….

I’m trying desperately not to let it overwhelm me, stress me, or discourage me.  Of course, there’s still that little bit of me, that wants it to be “the perfect Christmas” for everyone.

I know I can’t make this happen. I can’t make “perfect happen.”  I know I shouldn’t even consider trying.

I know I should just concentrate on the people in my life, and not the things.

I know.

And…I’m trying.

Trying with all my might to keep focused on this…simply.

wooden nativity

Trying with all my might to stay focused on “love” at Christmas…and the giving of love.

Something that is so much better than any gift I could ever buy.

(Oh, I’ll work on getting some gifts too!  I mean after all, I still have a few days left, right?!)