Saturday, April 30, 2016

John's Farm







This is one of the kerosene lanterns my dad had around our place in Kalae, Molokai when we were kids. One never knew when we would loose power and he was always prepared for it. We had cows in order to have milk (in trying to feed 6 children on a shoestring budget) and dad would milk the cows twice a day-before and after work. Hence, the name, John's Farm. Dad labeled everything! Even his rubber boots. I find myself doing that a lot too-labelling everything.

Now that we are moving back to this home that I grew up in, I am taking this lantern with me, of course. Not sure where it will 'live' as it is now a decorative memorabilia rather than an object with function.


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(We are in the midst of preparing to move back to my island home of Molokai this May. Exciting, terrifying, happy, sad all at the same time as I love New Mexico as much as I love Molokai. But, my husband and I and family are ready for this move and excited. There is so much to do in a very short amount of time, so I hope my fellow bloggers forgive me if I don't leave comments at your site or am sporadic about it. The next few months will be pretty crazy for us.)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Making Room for Simplicity



Quaking Aspen at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center


Simplicity. There's a lot that can be said about it. Our lives are far from simple and yet, we long to have it present day to day. Simplicity doesn't just happen on it's own. It's a mindful practice, isn't it? Therein lies the key word. MINDFUL. 

We tend to over commit ourselves without thinking of the effect of the sum total. And what we tend to forget is that we still have our hands on the driver's wheel, so to speak. 

Simplicity in your life doesn't happen unless you make room for it. So, go ahead, make room and enjoy the gifts that come with it! 


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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Spring Blossoms










You are the truth from foot to brow. 
Now what else would you like to know?  
~Rumi

No doubt, all the blossoming flowers of spring enchants anyone who beholds this visual feast. This is at our church, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the north valley of Albuquerque. It is more than 100 years old and was built by hand by the families in this area. Many of the parishioners there are descendants of these families. It is a beautiful building inside and out as is the community that calls this their church.

We will dearly miss this parish community more than words can express as we are deeply connected to it. It has been our church home for most of the 23 years that we have lived here. Scenes like this, these spring blossoms flanking the south side of the church, will be amongst the many memories we will have. When our pastor came to this church about 18 years ago, he planted about 100 trees on the property. Some of them are fruit bearing trees and over the course of the summer, he invites the community to pick the fruits and enjoy them (the apricots are the first crop that we all enjoy). This year should prove to be a bumper crop judging by the blossom laden trees this spring.

And, as some of you know, I do like to present more than one version of the same image. In this case, I like both. I think one of the things I love about southwest architecture is that it relates to the geography and landscape very readily-especially if you've travelled about the southwest to enjoy the sculpted beauty of the landscape. Unparalleled, in my eyes.


Join us as a group of us (yes-there are many of us!) from around the world post our shadow shots over at Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted!

We are in the midst of preparing to move back to my island home of Molokai in May. Exciting, terrifying, happy, sad all at the same time as I love New Mexico as much as I love Molokai. But, my husband and I and family are ready for this move and excited. There is so much to do in a very short amount of time, so I hope my fellow bloggers forgive me if I don't leave comments at your site or am sporadic about it. The next few months will be pretty crazy for us.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Red Tulip




Forever-is composed of nows.
~Emily Dickinson

The interior of a red tulip from our yard. Our house is on the market and I had picked flowers from our yard to place in various places throughout the home for an open house. As busy as I felt, I did notice the tiny, soft, sweet shadow cast by the stamen of the flower. When I am able to be in the 'now', I am grateful as it is all that we have right here, right now. Learning to be in the moment while under duress of any kind is key to a grounded, centered life. 

I'm sure some of you are wondering why our home is on the market-we are preparing to move back to my island home of Molokai in May. Exciting, terrifying, happy, sad all at the same time as I love New Mexico as much as I love Molokai. But, my husband and I and family are ready for this move and excited. There is so much to do in a very short amount of time, so I hope my fellow bloggers forgive me if I don't leave comments at your site or am sporadic about it. The next few months will be pretty crazy for us.


Join us as a group of us (yes-there are many of us!) from around the world post our shadow shots over at Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted!

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Soft and Subdued






A wall sconce in the booth we (my husband and I) were sitting in at a local restaurant added a magical quality to a special celebration. Husband doesn't even ask anymore as to what I was up to! It's become 'normal' behavior hanging around with me.

What were we celebrating?

Life. Isn't that enough? 

I think so.

Don't forget to stop and celebrate the moment.


Join us as a group of us (yes-there are many of us!) from around the world post our shadow shots over at Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted!
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