Yes, I know it’s been a while. I’ve been really busy with too many things to mention. Ugh!
This image is one I took the liberty of playing with. And you know me … I love to play! I used an image that I took of some succulent plants, applied a cartoon effect and used a horse overlay found in the BeFunky app. BeFunky is a very cool application for special effects on images. You can make collages, cards and all kinds of wonderful things.
I have the premium version ($24.95/yr) but you can do plenty of creative things in the free version. It’s also available as an Android app.
On our way back from walking Daisy, hubby discovered a few new things in the front yard. Growing out from under our Lantana plant were some really cool mushrooms. We’ve had some rain lately and these cool fungi decided to sprout up rather quickly. They weren’t there yesterday. Wow! Mother Nature can certainly be persistent. Namaste’
We had a wonderful rainstorm here today. The Old Pueblo really needed it, too. All of our outdoor plants are doing the happy dance now in joyful jubilation. For a minute I thought I heard tiny little voices singing “Raindrops keep falling on my head.” Okay, maybe it was just my imagination.
Just when it started to pour sideways, as it sometimes does during our summer tempests, I looked out my office window and saw the peephole created by something or another. Isn’t it odd that there would be this opening? I thought it was kind of cool to see the reflection of my desk lamp in the image, too.
Here in sunny southern AZ, I’m finding that Spring is edging ever closer. New plants are starting to come up all around me and I love it. I just wish I could send it to the other parts of the country that are still knee deep in that cold, white, frozen precipitation. They’re getting all of that, and we’re praying that the prediction of rain for us tomorrow will actually come to pass. Go figure.
Mother Nature can be tricky sometimes but she always escorts Spring in like a lamb. It just takes longer to get to some places.
I did manage to see this crop of yellow wildflowers and since they were on the ridge behind our house, I had to stand on my tiptoes and zoom way out to get this image.
So this is for all of my friends who are still frigid. Don’t take that the wrong way 🙂 Namaste’
I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the cowboy figurine my BFF sent me. So, one day as he was just lying on the counter next to my lucky bamboo plant, I thought he needed to have a coveted place.
Hmmm … must have been mental telepathy because Ride ‘Em Little Cowboy got right up and perched himself on the plant. And if you don’t believe me, then you’ve forgotten what it’s like to have a child’s imagination. (I may be getting older but that doesn’t mean I have to grow up) 🙂 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.