Monday, January 26, 2015

Feelings of Wonder

My religion is nature. 

That's what arouses those feelings 
of wonder and mysticism and gratitude in me. 
-Oliver Sacks

                                  Photo taken at Lake Ethel, Derry, Westmoreland County, PA last week.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Wow, sometimes, life just slaps you upside the head! Usually just when things are looking up, along comes reality and down you go again.
Shaun had said that his back hurt a little over Christmas/New Years.  Well, Sunday, he went to the ER to get checked and ended up being sent to UPMC.  His body is rejecting the kidney.  They are trying some treatments to stop the rejection and only time will tell.  It may be a month before we know if it is stopped and how much damage has been done.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Did a little bird watching today! (Latrobe Reservoir, Pond on Monastery Drive at St. Vincent's)

First bird list of the year:
1. Hairy Woodpecker
2. Northern Cardinal
3. Blue Jay
4. Black Capped Chickadee
5. White-breasted Nuthatch
6. Tufted Titmouse
7. Dark eyed Junco
8. House sparrow
9. White Throated Sparrow
10. Mourning Dove
11. American Crow
12. European Starling
13. Canada Goose
14. American Coot

15. Mute Swans
16. Mallard
17. Common Loon
18. Red Tailed Hawk
19. Great Blue Heron
20. Song Sparrow
21 Muscovy Duck- Pierre


Have you heard about "One Little Word?"
You can read more about it here:

I decided to give this a shot this year and EMERGE is my 2015 One Little Word!

e·merge (ĭ-mûrj′) intr.v. e·merged, e·merg·ing, e·merg·es

To move out or away from a surrounding fluid, covering, or shelter
To come into view/appear.
To become conscious.
To become known or prominent after being in obscurity
To come into existence/appear

Strength and resilience emerge by your own will to become a better person no matter what downfalls happen in your your own hero.S

Some of the most creative ideas emerge from a swirl of chaos.

Step out, trust yourself and allow the path to emerge. Change starts within, where you learn to trust your intuition, and then change happens around you. You intuit your next steps and before you know it the future has become a very present reality.

“Today I am someone different. Today I have finally become who I really am.” ― C. JoyBell
My thoughts on this are that I want to emerge from the shadows, to become more a part of the world at large. I would like to grow in my creative life- photography, etc. Travel, wander, adventure would allow me to open up my world. Fly, soar, change, grow, shine, transform, stretch- all words that connect (at least for me) to emerge. To become more open to trying new things is also something I am looking forward to.

Instead of New Year's Resolutions (to lose weight, eat healthy, make my bed every day, blah, blah, blah), I am going to emerge from the unhealthy habits, transform my unorganized home, stretch my boundaries, change my routines.

Some of the things I am looking forward to:

- participating in a "Pay it Forward' initiative
- traveling to visit friends
- reducing my To Be Read list
- continuing my journey to become more healthy
- organizing my genealogy files
- taking my camera off the auto setting
- become a more active participant in the clubs I belong to and maybe join a few more

Saturday, February 16, 2013

                                          2013 01 28 Ice Sculptures on the Diamond at night

                                            2013 02 04 Speak no evil, See no evil, hear no evil!

2013 02 04 Swan at Derry Lake

                                              2013 02 05 View from the Dentist's Chair

                                             2013 02 11 Payless Made Good

                                               2013 02 13 am on my way to work!

                                                            2013 02 13 Driving home from work

                                                                      2013 02 14
                                                          2013 01 15 Tres Leches Cake

                                                                    2013 01 17 Icy Car

                                                                          2013 01 16

                                                                     2013 01 16 2

                                                               2013 01 18 Ice Water

                                                             2013 01 20 When Pigs fly
                                                                  2013 01 22 New Hairdo   

2013 01 21 

2013 01 
                                   2013 01 14 Chicken, Angel Hair Pasta and brown butter cauliflower

                                                             2013 01 24 Dinner time

    2013 01 25 Visitor at my Window 

                                                                     2013 01 26

My Photo Book Feb 09 2013

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I had a Groupon coupon for a free Shutterfly book and used it and some other discounts to get a $100 book for just over $50.  I put all my nature photos from this year together with some of my favorite quotes and sent it in.  Thursday, I checked the tracking status and Fedex stated that it had been delivered to my front porch.  Out in the dark, flashlight in hand, I searched front and back unsuccessfully!
So on Friday, I contacted Fedex and the driver showed up today with book in hand! - He had left it on the front porch of my neighbor. (Who, like me, doesn't use the front door because we both park in the back!) So excited and love the book!  

Post Valentine's Day Thoughts

Click here for Best advice ever!  Michelle Connolly gives the following advice for better relationships- not romantic ones but all the different kinds of relationships in your life! Click on the link and visit her site for more on this subject!

20 Ideas For Better Relationships
  1. Spend more time with the people who matter most.
  2. Let go of grudges.
  3. Do something every day for someone else.
  4. Speak your truth with kindness.
  5. Don’t put all your emotional eggs in one relationship basket.
  6. Know when to let people make their own mistakes and learn their own lessons.
  7. Don’t expect perfection – from yourself or others.
  8. Be a loyal friend.
  9. Listen with your ears and your heart.
  10. Let go of the need to be right.
  11. Think about what you’d miss if they weren’t around – and appreciate it now.
  12. Take responsibility for your own happiness.
  13. Accept that you can’t change anyone but yourself.
  14. Let yourself feel love how ever it’s expressed – whether with actions, what they say, or what they don’t say…
  15. Don’t expect others to do what you should do for yourself.
  16. Always be ready to offer a hug, a kind word, or a smile.
  17. Pick your battles and fight fair.
  18. Be quick to encourage and slow to criticize.
  19. Follow your heart but take your brain with you.
  20. Let your loved ones know you care.