Lately I’ve been feeling a little ragged around the edges and in need of something. It would be easy to blame it on the pandemic. No one would blame me, right? But as we have all found out in the last eleven months or so, life doesn’t stop just because people are dying.
With my anxiety running rampant, my sleep disturbed, and my thoughts wandering all over, I decided that I needed to mellow out and engage in some nourishing of my body and soul.
Here’s what I’ve been doing-
Enjoying the peacefulness of watching it snow from the warmth and coziness of my house
Keeping warm with a nice cup of tea
Taking the advice written on my mug and remembering to breathe
Perfecting my granny squares
Working on my ideas for blog posts
Choosing the perfect book to read next
Re-binge watching my all time comfort show- Grey’s Anatomy
Having a good cry or two or three or with every episode involving my favorite interns at Seattle Grace Hospital- I forgot how cathartic crying can be!
Listening to my Beatles playlist
Sitting in complete silence and letting my thoughts go where they need to go and do what they need to do
“Don’t forget to pause and nourish yourself a bit along the way. When you’re born to help others sometimes you forget to help yourself.” ― Paula Heller Garland
For today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt- Nut Brown, I went to my photo archives to see what I could find. I’m not sure if this little guy is the right color but he is cute so I figured I would share him again!
This bridge will only take you halfway there To those mysterious lands you long to see: Through gypsy camps and swirling Arab fairs And moonlit woods where unicorns run free. So come and walk awhile with me and share The twisting trails and wondrous worlds I’ve known. But this bridge will only take you halfway there- The last few steps you’ll have to take alone.
by Shel Silverstein
Taking advantage of unseasonably warm temperatures a few months ago, I found myself exploring and discovering places ridiculously close to my home that I never knew existed! This place was beautiful, although I failed to capture the true fall colors with my phone. The bridge made it a perfect place to enjoy the outdoors while keeping a safe distance from others out doing the same!
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” —John Steinbeck
“For winter was coming. The days were shorter, and frost crawled up the window panes at night. Soon the snow would come. Then the log house would be almost buried in snowdrifts, and the lake and the stream would freeze.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder
Firmly resolved that I was going to get back to my blog I jumped in by looking through ongoing challenges. Since the weather was miserable and I was primarily looking at photo challenges, I was hoping to find a love connection between prompts and my photos on hand. Just as I was preparing to give myself a kick in the pants to DO SOMETHING, I saw this week’s prompt for Sunday Stills- Your 2020 Retrospective. This is exactly what I needed.
Here are my more popular photos:
2020 was more than just the beginning of the pandemic, although that did monopolize most of our lives. I would like to share a few photos that sum up my year.
And last of all, a few of my favorite photos-
I would like to thank Terri at Second Wind Leisure Perspectives for hosting the Sunday Stills Photo Challenge. It’s a challenge I’ve always enjoyed and don’t participate in nearly enough!