Every morning is a gift, a fresh start … the new day is full of discoveries and positive happenings … even amidst challenges. At least, it can be thus if we don’t forget to balance our focus.
Remember this: TODAY you are here on earth for a reason. You have talents and qualities that can bring goodness to the lives of those around you. That idea alone is a high calling! A kind smile, an encouraging word, a fun and loving gesture, offering the gift of listening – – simple things can change someone’s day. For that matter, building others up changes US for the better.
Sweetening a day for someone else is a sure way to do the very same thing for ourselves.
Attitude is everything. Gratitude is the well spring. So often, the way you look at the day, an object, a situation, a problem dictates what will follow. For example, a few days ago I was in my garden watering early in the morning. While the hose trickled water in the tomato tank, I trimmed spent flower heads. I was startled when I spied the above spider near my hand. I don’t really mind spiders, but I can’t say I like them. They’re needful little creatures, but they’re creepy, right? Well, none the less, I was amazed at the color of this unusual specimen. It matched the Black Eyed Susan petals perfectly. The beauty of such specialized coloring changed my creeped out alarm to fascination. I wondered if this spider is like a chameleon that can change colors as needed or if perhaps it seeks out yellow flowers. I was reminded of my surroundings before this garden-yard came into existence: gravel driveway, ranch trucks, corrals, hay bales. But, NOW, I have exotic insects taking up residence because of my little Eden wanna-be.
Suddenly, my day was made better via a revelation from a highly unlikely source. An unobvious blessing might literally be under your nose … and should never be overlooked. You might miss something really special.
Another example of something unlikely turning into a blessing … birdseed. Yep, spilled birdseed. I fed the birds over the winter on my old grain drill in front of the garden-yard. The result was this: ‘feral’ sunflowers, millet, and wheat sprouted and grew up through the wheels. Then, I had an epiphany. Its not like my garden yard is a manicured work of art. I *like* casual, natural landscaping ANYway. A few weeds here & there don’t give me a wedgey. So, why not call the mess a ‘birdseed garden’. I then put a rickety old wire fence around it so that the feral crop could thrive and end up being an end of season feast for my feathered friends.
Forgetfulness can even turn out ok. When I planted moss rose plants in the grain drill, I forgot that I had previously planted mounding morning glory seeds in it too. Golly, they look gorgeous together and what a surprise when the morning glories began blooming. I was oddly grateful and tickled at myself. For once, absentmindedness had a positive outcome :o)
Another garden mistake was planting too many climbing morning glories when I began my garden yard project 3 years ago. Good Golly Miss Molly, they reseed like crazy. However, they’re kind of expensive to buy as plants, so when they come up EVERYWHERE around my garden yard in the spring, I replant them in places that need more color. By summers end, they create a jungle-y tangled mess allllll over, but the beautiful blooms decorate every dawn with fresh color. Its – All – Good.
Any morning that you can go to a garden as part of beginning your day will surely get your attitude off to a good start.
Even the humble beet makes me smile. I can smell the cloves & spices of sweet pickled beets. I think of opening a jar in preparation for making a relish tray for the Thanksgiving table.
On a little different note, I was paid a lovely compliment by a young friend about a week ago. It made my day. “Jaycee” asked me to take her senior pictures. I’ve only done this a few times, I was honored to play a role in her milestone experience. I remember well our *first* meeting. Jaycee was nine days old and tucked in the backseat of her parent’s pickup. We had gone out to ride through leased pasture to doctor some yearling cattle. How is it possible that the time passed so quickly?! From tiny girl with toes no bigger than a kernel of corn to a six foot tall elegant young lady.
From cowgirl to girly-girl … in about three minutes. And, where did she change clothes? The horse trailer :o)
Then, she morphed again. She loved her prom dress and wanted some photos taken of her that would result in a very different look than western. I’ll say!!
Blingedy Bling Bling BLING!!!
Jaycee is tall and oh so willowy.
When editing and reviewing her photos, I kept trying to think of a model she reminded me of. Then, it came to me.
Remember Lauren Hutton? She was a top model in the 70s. I’m not saying Jaycee looks just like her, but they are of a similar flavor … wouldn’t you agree?
I don’t know who had more fun … me or Jaycee. Oh, Me, I’m Purdy sure!
Now from tall & elegant to NOT TALL AT ALL. You might recall that I’ve been throwing around the idea of getting a new baby … a baby Welsh Corgi. Well, I got brave and went out to take a look at my friend’s puppies. I took my galpal, Anita, with me to talk me out of it. NOT. Anyway, I was slain immediately. I mean, just look at this little darling. Meet little Miss Sally O’Malley. Eeeeek, is she ten kinds of adorable or what?? She and her jaunty little trot.
Her ears aren’t standy-uppy yet, they’re still tippy-overs. But, soon she’ll resemble her momma. There’s not a lot of daylight under a Corgi.
Other headlines in my part of the world: Two new glampers are about to join our ranks. Brenda found her vintage glamper and I’m sure she’s busy getting it dolled up. My sister moved back here and she’s claimed my husband’s ‘was going to be a man cave’ – dash – hunting camper. He said, he’ll never end up using it for more than a storage shed, soooo, Beth is going to glamour it up and turn it into a girl haven on wheels, a white-washed ‘farmhouse chic’ glamper. Photos of both new glampers will be forthcoming. Our next ‘glamp-out’ is scheduled for the end of this month.
This is a glamper summer 4-sure. It is beautiful e v e r y w h e r e !!The countryside in every direction is still as green as a cucumber – NOT normal for this area in August. Soooo much rain this year. Lush, green and HUMID. The horses are as fat as toads!
There is a mist above the creek every morning. Ribbon’s mane hangs limp and soft in the muggy air.
So, from this ranchy farmgirl you’ll get no complaints. My blessings far outnumber and outweigh things negative. Seeing it that way is a choice I try to make at the beginning of my days … even when circumstances aren’t ideal. Oh yea, it is easier some days than others, but the choice is always before us to look UP. My best help is always found in that direction. Bountiful blessings to YOU until next time. ~ Shery