So, week one of my 52-week photo challenge has begun. This image is of my favorite Santa because of his cute little pearl belly button. I mean, wouldn’t you love to have a pearl belly button?
We’re putting all the Christmas decorations away for another year and quite frankly, I’m kind of glad. House back to normal. The whole time I was packing up the decorations, I was thinking of a song by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman … “Time to Say Good-Bye.” There’s a time for good-byes and a time for hellos. Next year I’ll say hello to Santa again.
Hubby went downtown the day after Christmas and bought this really cool decoration that I put on the fireplace mantle …
And then this happened this morning …
Oops! Where were you, snow, when we were wishing for a white Christmas?
A couple of years ago I did the 365 project where I posted a photo a day on this blog. Well … for 2015 I’ve decided to take on the 52-week challenge, so it looks like I’ll be posting a new photo once a week with my (sometimes crazy) narrative in accompaniment. Stay tuned and thanks for following my blog. I always look forward to your likes and comments. Namaste’
I am so looking forward to Christmas this year because it will be the first time in many moons that I get to be with both of my children at the same time. Yes, they’re grown adults now but the feeling is magical. I am so blessed!
And I am also blessed to have a wonderful, loving husband who is so much fun to be around and takes such good care of me and Daisy. Right now he’s outside splitting wood, using the hydraulic wood splitter for the first time. Our really cool neighbor came over this morning to help out, so we’ll have to think of something to repay him for all of his help. I even got into the act and stacked as much as I could in the garage, but there’s a lot more to go. What a job!
I truly hope that you, my faithful readers, all have a magical Christmas and a prosperous, healthy and joyful new year. Thanks for reading my blog. I’ll be back after the holidays. Much love. Namaste’
I found the piece below from Wayne Dyer and thought it might be just what some folks could use … just in time for Christmas. Namaste’
Many years ago, when the holiday season arrived and certain relatives were due to make their annual appearance, I felt a sense of increasing dread. Far too many of us suffer from the pain of family get-togethers, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Somehow we allow the expectations and demands of our family members to be the source of so much unhappiness and stress, when what we really want is to be authentically ourselves and at peace with our relatives.
The conflict seems too often to be a choice between being authentic, which means no peace with certain relatives, or having peace at the price of being inauthentic. Being peaceful and authentic can define your relationship with your relatives. First, though, you may have to assess your relationship with the closest relative of all—you.
In order to change the nature of family relationships, you’ll have to change your mind about them and consider that you are the source of the anguish in your relationships, rather than the individual whom you’ve pegged as the most outrageous, the most despicable, or the most infuriating. Over the years, all of these individuals have been treating you exactly as you’ve allowed them to with your reactions and behaviors. This can miraculously change when you choose to be at peace with everyone in your life—most particularly, your relatives.
If the focus of your inner dialogue about your family members is on what they’re doing that’s wrong, then that’s precisely how your relationship with them will be experienced. If your inner speech centers on what’s annoying about them, that’s what you’ll notice. But if you’re thinking, I am authentic and peaceful with this relative, then that’s what you’ll experience—even if that relative continues to be exactly the way he or she has always been.
The key to having peace in all your family relationships is forgiveness. Your relatives are simply doing what they’ve been taught to do over a lifetime, and the lifetimes of many of their ancestors. Shower them with understanding and forgiveness from your heart. Rather than being in a state of non-peace concerning any family members, say a prayer of gratitude for their presence in your life and all that they have come to teach you.
The likelihood is great that you’ll see dramatic changes in your relatives as you teach them with your own persona how you intend to be treated. But if they don’t change, and if they continue their non-peaceful ways, let go of your need to see them transformed. It all works in Divine order, and the saying Let go and let God guarantees your own peace, and you dramatically increase the odds of helping others to do the same.
Cold and overcast day so I decided to go with WS over to the local barista and have some coffee and a snack this afternoon. This morning bun caught my eye and it sure tasted good; I ate the whole thing. So what if it was 2:30 in the afternoon!
We then came home and took down some Christmas decorations. Kind of a lazy day. I liked it. Hope yours was really good as well. Namaste’
WS got me a gorillapod for Christmas. I’m so happy! It’s very portable, easy to use and those legs are just as good as Gumby :-). (For those of you not into photography, it’s a tripod for my cameras). It twists and turns and can bend into just about any way I need it to. Namaste’
I love the light … any kind of light … with the exception of those curly energy-saving light bulbs. But that’s a story for another day. So for now I’ll enjoy one of our window decorations. Little tiny white light bulbs … love them! Namaste’
Are we there yet? Is it the end of the year when I get to stop posting a photo a day? OK, OK, I shouldn’t be complaining. I’m the one who signed up for this and made the commitment. Someone asked me today why I did it and my instant reply was that it was a commitment I made to myself, and a new adventure. The truth is that I have received so much personally from this endeavor … more than words can adequately express.
You see, I’ve met some extraordinary people – fellow bloggers who are doing the photo a day project and some who are not. I just like what they have to say and share with the rest of us. I like who they are as people; as contributors to this beautiful planet we live on. I would probably never know what Istanbul looks like if it weren’t for Nia and Africa if not for Bulldog. So many others, too, and not enough time to name them all. And I’ve gotten closer to people whom I already knew but felt free to make comments on my posts. It brought out a dialogue that we might not have had.
And last, but certainly not least … looking at the world through a camera lens has proven to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is such beauty in the things that we take for granted like shoes, petrified cacti, rain water on a driveway, a bumper sticker on a car, statues, a celery stump and people on the street. I could go on and on but I won’t. Time is short and there’s some frozen yogurt calling my name right now 🙂
I still haven’t caught up with everyone’s blog postings that I follow. Hopefully I’ll get there soon. Today’s photo is of some poinsettias I spotted while shopping. I underexposed to bring out some texture in the leaves. Red is just so darn hard for me to shoot. Namaste’