Hello Friends, Hello Spring!
I’m looking out my window, as I do every day, sipping my special mug, given to me by my dear friend and co-writer, Janine. I just love this mug, which has written upon it the words, “Her Ladyship”. Inside my Mug is my favorite dark roast, and I have added a drop of maple syrup that just arrived from Virginia, a sweet surprise from another wonderful friend and co-writer, Carolan. I am sitting next to my husband and best friend, Rob, while our kids are all still snuggled up in their little beds, and we are both in our own ways enjoying the quiet serenity. I am filled with gratitude.
Spring brings surprises here on my 10 acre wood in the Pacific Northwest. Flowers, trees, and bushes appear that I didn't know grew here. I am learning new things about our land all the time. Loggers are clearing some of our wood this week, and I just found a magical grove where fairies could very well be hiding. Oh how I love...
My serenity is abruptly blasted into the universe by a sneeze. Then a whole series of sneezes, and then a grand finale that almost wiped me out it made me so dizzy. Allergies. This time of year never fails to bring on the allergies. As soon as the trees are budding and looking beautiful, my nose starts dripping.
Isn’t that how life goes? Our peace is always interrupted. We receive a happy surprise, followed by a not so happy one.
I will not let the surprise attack of sneezes win! I’m now back in my chair, battle has been fought and I survived, a little light headed but still in one piece. Now I’m back to beholding my beautiful view, hoping for one of the bald eagles that live here to perch on a tree top. It gives me pure joy to see the eagles. We see rabbit, deer, elk, many kinds of birds, and once a pair of coyotes strolled through in the afternoon. Have yet to see a bear, or a cougar. But the neighbors warn they come around here sometimes.
How are you fairing through this crazy time? Is it driving you into madness, or depression? Don’t underestimate the power of gratitude! It is a powerful weapon. Seriously!
I’ve got a little song for you, that I hope you add to your arsenal of gratitude weapons. The writers are my awesome collaborators and pals, Janine de Souza, Colin Robinson, and me.
xo and PEACE <><
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