Since we’re due for a cold front overnight with off and on rain tomorrow, I decided to clean up one of our hydrangea planters, lopping off the branches that hang way down to the ground in front. I brought in some of the nicer blooms so that we could enjoy them in the house.
There are two hydrangea plants in the planter – one pink and one so delicate a pink as to be white. I love these blooms. I just wish they didn’t really hate our hottest weather, plus the rain. I’m hoping that they’ll enjoy the cooler weather, putting on lots of blooms before the first frost.
The high today is forecast to be 90+ with 70% humidity. UGH. Overnight, though, a glorious cold front is supposed to come through, bringing much welcomed rain and a high of 71 tomorrow! AHHHHHHHH! I worked out in the yard for a bit yesterday, just planting some hyacinth bulbs and cutting back some hydrangea leaves. I had to take a shower when I cam in. I’m really ready to be outside more, organizing my new greenhouse, dreaming of the seeds I’ll plant, trimming back things in the yard, working in my garden. Tomorrow can’t come fast enough! :0)
“Red Leaves” – Paul Militaru Photography
“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” ~ Gertrude Stein
Confucius via funnyquotesforfacebookfree.blogspot.com
I tend to do all or nothing. I get psyched up and then go for it. Something bars my progress, and I stop. Then I beat myself up over ‘failing,’ and then try to get motivated again.
- My house is either so clean and organized that I’m ready for “House Beautiful” to come and photograph or it looks like a bomb hit it and we call for the bulldozers.
- I either follow my low carb diet – or – if I eat one thing wrong I blow the rest of the day.
- I either exercise my head off or sit in my chair.
I don’t like this about myself, but I find it hard to break a habit built over a lifetime. I tell myself just to do the best I can, but my gut reacts differently than my head or heart.
“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” ~ Confucius
I need to realize deep down inside that I perfection is not the goal. That no one is going to give me ‘points’ and there is no end to trying to improve. That it’s what I do day after day that’s important. And that any progress I’ve made should be celebrated and used as motivation to continue.
“Yellow Leaves” – Paul Militaru Photography
“Untold Autumn Lyrics” – Paul Militaru Photography
“Leaves Rust Fall on the Path” – Paul Militaru Photography
Purple Clover via Rebecca Kanner Kelman
This made me laugh out loud.
While I don’t think the answer to everything is money, having a surplus is always welcome.
My son, even though he doesn’t have much surplus at all, is giving all he can to help kids get surgeries they need. I would love to be able to help truly good, honest organizations help others. I would love to give friends and family a boost so they never have to worry. I would love to be able to give encouragement to more people daring to start businesses on their own. I would love to give locally to our community so it can continue doing good things and expand.
I have the important things.
- I’m lucky that I don’t have to choose between whether to eat or take my medicine.
- I have family, pets, and friends.
- I have dreams and things around me that bring me joy.
- I have reasons to laugh every day.
So, money isn’t the answer – but I love the suggestion.
Ralph Waldo Emerson via The Secrets of the Sea via Cathy Ruggiero
Nino Chakvetadze via Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero
Zen to Zany – art by Anita Opper
Greenpeace-Upworthy-via Cathy Ruggiero
Funny Pictures of the Day
Mark Twain via Lisa Bearnes Richey
Zen to Zany
“We have SUCH a good life.”
My husband and I say this to each other several times a week. Things will never be perfect, and we irritate each other greatly from time to time, but mostly, things are GOOD.
I spent a wonderful time typing to our son via a chat program. He’s across the world from us, doing his own thing, with a good friend and his wife, living and working in a way I really have difficulty getting my head around.
He used to be like me, nervous about traveling and all the details associated with it. Now he travels at the drop of a hat, arranges for Uber to take him where he needs to go otherwise, staying in AirBnB’s for one night, two weeks, a month, then picking up and moving elsewhere. He has computer clients in the U.S. and he and his partners work freelance.
He takes both Mandarin and Thai lessons, wanting to be able to speak to people where he is. He’s making good progress, though he always feels he still speaks ‘baby language,’ he can understand and many times respond now in their language. He can also write in the languages. He doesn’t do this for job opportunities. He does this out of respect for the country and its people.
I talked with him this morning about dreaming of winning the lottery. He said, “
I have to tell you I already feel we have won the lottery – OUR SON. I feel lucky to know him.
Sheryl Crow via Lisa Bearnes Richey
Journey to Happiness via Cathy Ruggiero
Zen to Zany
Franz Kafka via Rantings of a Bibliophile via Cathy Ruggiero
Dele Olanubi via Lisa Bearnes Richey
Linda Meyers – Begin with Yes
Begin with Yes
Free Spirited via Cathy Ruggiero
Anita – Zen to Zany – via Cathy Ruggiero