Friday, January 23, 2015

My Word!


Writing the title for this post
"My Word!"
made me smile.

That was one of the phrases my Grandmother
used to exclaim when she was flabbergasted.
Another phrase was "Land's sake."
Not sure what it meant, but she said it 
every once in a while.

It's taken some time, but I've chosen my word for 2015.


I definitely can use a boatload of inspiration.

What's your word for 2015?



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Share the Joy: Hiatus




I have, as you might have noticed,
been lying low.
Everything in my life has revolved around getting settled in,
arranging furniture.
Putting things away.
Getting used to and creating "home" in a new place.

It just feels like some doors have closed
and others are waiting to be opened.


I have felt a longing to reconnect with my art-making,
with my writing, because those things bring me a deep and abiding joy.
Right now, however, blogging (which sometimes takes me away from "real writing")
isn't high on my list of priorities.

So though I think it's imperative to cultivate and notice joy
(because where we put our focus is critical to what comes into our lives),
I have decided to take a break from hosting Share the Joy.

I may come back to it when I feel like it's time for company.
But right now,
it's time to nest and create the space I want to inhabit. . . .
beautiful, serene, uncluttered, and cozy.
It's come a long way since I moved in 11 weeks ago,
but I'm still in hibernation mode,
getting everything just right.

I hope you'll understand.
And when I reprioritize blogging and hosting
this meme,
I hope you'll once again join in.

Be well, my friends.
Blessings!


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Share the Joy: Happy New Year




It's time for festivities and celebration. . . . 
the end of one year
and the beginning of another.




As for me, I'll eschew the crowds and alcohol
and curl up to watch episodes of "Call the Midwife"
(a BBC series set in London's West End tenements
in the late 1950s -- you can find it on Netflix)
and drink Snapple.

I know, pretty boring, eh?

The simplest things bring me joy.

What about you? 

How are you cultivating joy? 
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 

1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.
  
2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
the Mr. Linky box along with your info.

3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.

Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.




Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Share the Joy: Good Tidings




Christmas is fast approaching.


The presents are bought and waiting to be claimed.
The weather is crisp and cold,
with snow in the mountains.

And so, I wish you good tidings of
comfort and JOY
and to the World, I send a prayer for peace.



How are you cultivating joy? 
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 

1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.
  
2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
the Mr. Linky box along with your info.

3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.

Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Share the Joy: Field Trip



One of my favorite jaunts
anytime of year is a trip
to Seattle's Pike Place Market.
I took little sightseers with me


and while they weren't too keen on having
to pose for a picture,
they warmed up to cups of hot cider
and getting to pick any donut they wanted
out of the bakery case.

You can just see the urn full of mulled cider
in the right lower corner of the photo below.



We perused the vendors, looking for interesting things to buy



like this very unusual broccoli 
(cut off the individual florets and the tips,
toss in olive oil, and roast at 400F for 20 minutes).

From the same stall, we bought rainbow carrots
before meandering by the pepper wreaths.


I was moved to capture this image of pomegranates,
mostly because I recently reread
Traveling with Pomegranates
(by Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter
Ann Kidd Taylor)



but also because it brought back the joy
of breakfasts in the dining room on the dahabeya Afandina
when I was on the amazing trip to Egypt
a few years back.

But back to the Pacific Northwest
and its treasures



edible
and 
just plain entertaining.



Finally, we retraced our steps 

back past the pretty peppers 

and across the street to the perfect parking place
we'd snagged. Ah, JoY!

Just one more dose of joy:
here's a shot I grabbed from the car deck
of the ferry on our way to Seattle
on Thanksgiving.


Now
how pretty is that?


How are you cultivating joy? 
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 

1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.
  
2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
the Mr. Linky box along with your info.

3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.

Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Share the Joy: Happy December




It's the time of year to enJOY spectacular light displays. . . . .






and even a little snow

(a very little)


Happy December, Everyone!

How are you cultivating joy? 
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 

1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.
  
2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
the Mr. Linky box along with your info.

3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.

Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Share the Joy: Thanksgiving Lateness






Have a blessed day,
especially if you're sharing it with family and friends.
Give thanks!


How are you cultivating joy? 
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 

1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.
  
2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
the Mr. Linky box along with your info.

3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.

Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.