Rumi

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“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

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the sun still shines

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As a child I cowered from the sights and sounds of a thunderstorm, but as I’ve grown I have learned to appreciate them.  I love a good thunderstorm, the sky grumbling all around me, the flashes of lightening and the downpour drumming the roof overhead, and the windows splashed with raindrops. The smell in the air – I actually enjoy opening the windows during a storm, the dripping from the petals of drenched flowers – I run out to snap a picture or two and the branches swaying from the heavy winds – I’m both amazed and a little afraid at the ferocity of wind.

Grey skies, stormy weather, a sunless day are all a good reminder to me to learn to live with what is given to us, to make the most of what we have before us. I remind myself that while I love the sun shining on my face, a soft breeze blowing through my hair and the bright colors of a clear sky, it can not always be this way.  Weather happens. And I now remind myself that while the skies may seem dark, dismal and dreary overhead right now, it isn’t always like this. I can take a grey day because I know that the sun is still shining beyond the clouds and that those clouds will break soon enough. The sun will shine its brilliant light upon my face once more.

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The Rose

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Have you ever loved a rose,
And watched her slowly bloom;
And as her petals would unfold,
You grew drunk on her perfume.

Have you ever seen her dance,
Her leaves all wet with dew;
And quivered with a new romance—
The wind, he loved her too.

Have you ever longed for her,
On nights that go on and on;
For now, her face is all a blur,
Like a memory kept too long.

Have you ever loved a rose,
And bled against her thorns;
And swear each night to let her go,
Then love her more by dawn.

by Lang Leav

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The Little Prince

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“There might be millions of roses in the whole world,
but you’re my only one, unique rose.”

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eat your veggies!

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Need an easy and healthy side dish? Look no further if you’re like me and enjoy asparagus.

Rinse in cold water and trim stalk edges. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil (for easy clean up). Place stalks side by side but not necessarily touching (it’s ok if they do touch though, they won’t get germs). Drizzle some good olive oil over the tops, light sprinkling of salt and pepper and I like to add some minced garlic but you could always leave that out. Gently shake baking sheet to coat all sides of asparagus. Place in oven for 8-10 minutes depending on the thickness of your stalks.

Buon Appetito!

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wild about flowers

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Thank you to a talented friend for the perfect birthday bouquet for my little girl. Love enjoying these flowers in the home.

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orchid love

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“one sees clearly only with the heart” – The Little Prince

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Oscar

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“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”

– Oscar Wilde

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Read this book now!

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If you find yourself needing to read something that will settle into your skin meaning you have to have it on you at all times, this is the book for you. Wally Lamb’s I know this much is true is an incredible read, one that I am happy to own and will read again. It’s a time commitment for sure being a lengthy read and will cause you to look into your soul where you might spend some additional time when you don’t have the book on your lap. It’s ok, it will be worth it.

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a few of my favorite things…

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I can’t help but want to surround myself with simple little pleasures everyday. I need to take enjoyment in something as simple as making a cup of tea, baking up some homemade cookies and reading a good book. Being able to incorporate something so simple yet fulfilling helps to focus on my interests. Also, helps to make an extra batch of cookies for the kids too.

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