Sunday Morning

 

The quiet moments of a Sunday morning calm me and my soul. Every working person knows the weekend is when you get things done at home but not only that. It’s a time of peace and quiet, an opportunity to rest and recharge your batteries for the coming work week. Without this time, I become exhausted and distracted.

 

 

 

You may attend church and that’s your peace. Perhaps you read a good book by candlelight or meditate in a dark room. Everyone relaxes and recharges in a different way. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it generates tranquility in your life.

 

 

There are various activities I do on a Sunday morning. I sit with my steaming coffee and look out the window watching my world wake up. Sometimes I blog and catch up on friends’ blog entries and comment. Other times I make a breakfast for us. This morning I made crepes, one of my husband’s favorites. On the side I heated up blueberries, added a dash of cinnamon and a tablespoon of sugar. It was fun to fill my little cordial cups with orange juice and set the table as if we had company. I love a good chance to use my best china and light the candles.

Here’s hoping you all have a restful Sunday!

All My Best,

Heart and Soul

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Back and Forth

 

Written on an old tattered notebook page

First Draft, 1992

 

Windshield wipers scrape

BACK AND FORTH

Intense rain splatters

pitter

patter

on the windshield

Monstrous storm clouds hover

while a deluge of showers

clouds my vision

Cold rushes sweep

through the  inching vehicle

as the windshield wipers chime

BACK AND FORTH

Like a tune on an old record player

Constant

Unchanging

yet beautiful,

showers of rain

pitter

patter

BACK AND FORTH

 

 

What do you think of my poem from long ago? 

All My Best,

Heart and Soul 💕

March Days

In March I open all the windows on warm days and breathe in fresh air in all my rooms. This month I’ve done it a couple of times so far. Refreshing!

 

Usually this month I continue planning and sketching my garden! This season I’m hoping for beets, corn, big leafed spinach and much more! I can’t wait! Check my blog in June and July for updates!

 

In March my mom celebrates her birthday. I usually take her out to lunch or visit her house. It’s also  special because her father, my maternal Grampa Gould’s birthday was just a few days before hers. Every March I’m reminded of that and what a funny good person he was! ( I have fond memories of watching GunSmoke with him, he loved westerns!) Does anyone remember GunSmoke?

 

 

Sometimes  the snow melts in March and grass comes into view once again! Spring birds reappear and start their melody. I hear them upon waking from a slumber and thank God for the gift of spring! Other times snow gracefully blankets every inch of the ground. This year we had a few days of melting weather and then Mother Nature immersed us right back into winter with loads of snow! We’ve had three Nor’easters in a matter of ten days! Spring doesn’t seem close…but the good news is it is. ( I hope)

 

March means St. Patrick’s day! Although I’m Irish my family never really made a hoopla of the holiday. For us, St. Paddy’s day means a cooked corned beef in the crock pot. My friend Marlene is a St. Paddy’s day baby….what a day to celebrate!

Last of all in our part of the world, March is the arrival of spring! We host a long winter every year and the warmer days are longer and so welcomed. It truly is a God-given gift to experience.

What does March mean to you? I would love to hear your thoughts!

All My Best,

Heart and Soul ❤☘

An Irish Blessing ☘️

This is my great, great-grandfather ( paternal side) John Doyle and great, great-grandmother Catherine O’ Day Doyle. John was born in Ireland in 1834, while Catherine was born in Vermont in 1844. John immigrated to the United States, landing in New York when he was twenty years old. Many thanks to my second cousin Colleen King for family history and pictures! ❤

 

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind always be at your back,

May the sunshine warm upon your face,

and rains fall soft upon your fields,

and until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

– an old Irish blessing

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I’m proud to be Irish, my maiden name is Doyle!

Wishing you many blessings!

All My Best,

Heart and Soul ❤

 

Don’t Take it Personally❤️

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No matter how hard you try

some people will always find fault with

your every action and word.

Don’t take it personally,

for it’s their baggage and insecurity!

The sooner we learn that no matter what…

you are not always going to make everyone in your life HAPPY,

the sooner you can grow and move on.

Keep living your truth and be confident with your

actions and words.

I still battle this… for I’m a people

pleaser and have always been one.

I’m diligently  working on building myself up to

be strong and not to take people’s social media

reactions personally.

I’m just me, doing the best I can.

If I make people smile and be happy,

that’s  great!

If I don’t, well… it is what it is

and I’m not taking it personally!

Do you take things personally, especially social media reactions? I think Facebooks likes and loves have created a monster. The reactions are a nightmare for someone with anxiety because you read into the likes and loves.

What do you think?

All My Best,

Heart and Soul

Another Snowstorm!

As the morning trudges on

so do the frantic snowplows

and few cars

paving snow trails

to work.

Yesterday our little corner

of the world was dumped on

with several inches

of the fluffy stuff.

It’s the third Nor’easter

in a matter of days!

There’s a still peace,

as soft snow continues to fall

and pile up in substantial drifts.

A piercing early call woke me

to a no school message.

My husband had few hours of sleep

and he’s out in

the white world

fixing town machines and plowing.

Perhaps it’s winters last hurrah

and a fleeting chance to be

enveloped inside and read a book!

 

All My Best,

Heart and Soul 💗

Jojo’s Photography Dream

There’s this young woman I know who has inspired me to write this post and share her work with you all. I am thankful to say I know her and am getting to learn more about her everyday. She has given permission for me to share her photos and interview her on her love, photography.

 

 

Her name is Jojo Anderson and I know her because she dates my youngest son. They both attend the same college and have been dating for a year. There’s something special and loving about this lady…she’s kind, thoughtful and honest and has taken lovely photos, so it’s a pleasure to share her story and photography with you!

 

 

Jojo started taking photos when she bought her first camera in the sixth grade. Her photos were of everything with no rhyme or purpose, just for fun! Suddenly one day the camera broke and she stopped taking photos for a while. Years later, just before her senior year,  her parents encouraged her to buy a new camera. Jojo says that the more photos she snapped the more the she fell in love with the power of it.

 

Isn’t this photo of captured nature beautiful?

This talented young woman always had an interest in old cameras but she really doesn’t know why. She was attracted to how things were made, which lead to an intention to pursue engineering after high school. Jojo applied to colleges with this major in mind. While taking photos and exploring photography, Jojo realized that she loved it! With the change of heart and majors, she applied to Mount Ida College majoring in photography with a back up of being a vet tech.

 

 

Jojo started posting her work on social media and received attention from professional photographers. Her dad taught her some basic principles of art/ photography fundamentals such as the rule of thirds and the rule of odds. Her parents were a big influence on her goals, especially her dad.

 

 

One of Jojo’s favorite subjects is of people she loves. A few months ago this young lady snapped this gem of my son and he loved it so much that he used it for his social media profile. She values the fact that the photo highlights who Branden is as a person, a genuine capture of him without being fake. His smile is real and not posed for the shot. Jojo thinks it’s special that she captured  his essence, as if the camera wasn’t there. Sometimes Branden changes or freezes up when a camera focuses on him,( as most people do)  so this picture shows that he can relax for the camera. I do love this pose, spoken from a proud mama!

 

Jojo also took this great portrait of her younger sister. I love the outside backgrounds of these photos! She loves using photography to tell a story and enjoys taking photos that capture the moment in nature.

 

 

 

 

In class Jojo had an assignment of taking photos of food in an arrangement.

If you’re interested in viewing Jojo’s photos, you can sign up free on Behance.net. She also sells prints, cards and posters on Zazzle.com under her artist name Jojo Anderson. I ordered a beautiful card of a mesmerizing sunset recently. I was thrilled with its beauty and it was shipped to me within days.

Here’s my photo card I ordered from Jojo. I love it!

 

As I wrap up this post I’m encouraged of Jojo’s promising photography career. I believe she will succeed in what she sets her mind to. She wishes to work freelance eventually but may pursue a job in the industry, just starting out. Whatever this young lady achieves, it will be great because she has heart and guts to reach her dreams. I’m happy she’s dating my son and proud to know her and call her a friend.

 

All My Best,

Heart and Soul ❤