Butterflies and a Bee


I had fun running around the garden at the farm photographing butterflies. I was excited to capture a hummingbird moth and a bee exiting a morning glory.

The Big Picture

The big picture is something I need to work on both in my personal life and professional life. Lately I have had to focus on the immediate picture due to outside influences and it was while grocery shopping with Mike on Friday that I realized I lost sight of the big picture. We had just come from his physical therapy appointment and he was feeling not the best but he wanted to grocery shop. We headed to the store and usually I push the cart while he grabs the items and keeps track of our running total. He needed the cart to steady himself a little and I found myself lost with having the control of the cart. Without realizing it at first I had grabbed the front of the cart and was still steering it while he pushed it. After two aisles of this I suddenly realized with horror what I was doing. Mike never said a word but I was mortified to find I was such a little control freak. I think a lot of it stems from being alone and fiercely independent for over twenty years. I apologized to Mike and told him I needed to work on that and the fact we are in this together on everything. It has been quite an adjustment for me to be in such a loving and giving relationship with Mike. I need to step back and see the whole picture and not just my picture. These photos of the moon last night with the dot of a jet in the sky as well as sunset tonight reminded me that I in fact control little but how I react to things. Mindfulness is a practice I forget in times of stress. I some homework to do.

Snapshots from the past two weeks

Changing Roles & Thankful



I really hate when people say “things happen for a reason” especially when they say it to me. Mike’s car accident has forced me to slow down and not plow through my day. After rushing to the hospital yesterday, which was an adventure in itself due to the weather, I found myself forced to stop as they ran batteries of tests on Mike. I am still learning Delaware and where everything is. The hospital parking lots and garage were flooded due to torrential rain storms had dropped. I couldn’t find parking so I threw my keys at the valet and took off inside the very large hospital. I found Mike and the waiting started. I enjoyed sharing some smiles and waves with a small boy who walked by the room twice. The boy came over to me when I stepped out of the room when they were cleaning Mike’s wounds. I have a weak stomach when it comes to people injuries I can handle the worst issues with animals oddly enough. The boy came over to me and made direct eye contact and smiled the sweetest most pure smile. He made my night. While at the hospital everyone was kind and professional. 

In my relationship with Mike he always goes the extra mile to provide for me and be the cook, house husband and mechanic so it was a switch for him to have me care for him. When we got home I got the bed ready for him to lay comfortable with a neck brace on, I got his shower ready, got us dinner snd was the caregiver. I like being able to provide for Mike. He is adjusting to being cared for and slowing down. After he talked for quite a while to insurance this morning we took time to sit on the porch and watch the butterflies, birds and enjoy the cooler weather. I loved watching the sun go down tonight and enjoyed our froggy visitor shown in the second photo. 

I am thankful Mike is not hurt worse and that we can provide for each other. As always I look to nature and the light to keep me grounded.

Chasing the Light & Porches

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I love photographing light and shadows thrown by the light. As it has been for most of the United States it is hot and humid. The two sunset photos were taken just after storms blew through. The sun coming through the trees was taken in the early morning as I headed to work. 

We have been having lots of visitors recently between family, friends and wildlife. We had great fun having cookouts and hanging out. We had such a busy social schedule,which is very unusual for both of us, that Mike asked if we could have a few quiet weekends. I need them too as I still have odds and ends to unpack or donate. I failed to take photos of the friends and family visiting but I did take photos of the tree frogs who crawl up our kitchen window to eat the bugs drawn by th light. I loved the butterfly who hung out with me on the porch. Even in high heat and humidity I love sitting on the porch. Especially at night listening to the crickets and cicadas. I love front porches! 

I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who reads my blog. I was touched and awed by the sweet comments I have received in the past few weeks. I really appreciate it very much and am happy to be back to posting. 

Have a beautiful weekend. Namaste.

Sunflowers 

Storms & Sunsets


Over the past week we have had quite a few storms pass through as it has been very hot and humid. So far the storms have not been damaging where I live but the sunsets have been stunning.

Easton’s Plein Air Festival



Mike and I attended the adult quick draw competition this morning at Easton’s Plein Air Festival. The festival runs for little more than a week. I look forward to it every year. I enjoy watching the artists paint around the town and county during the week. I love perusing the paintings the artists made during the week but did not submit for judging. I especially like how we are treated. Everyone treats you as if you can afford to buy the paintings in spite of most being far outside of my affordability. One day maybe. I love finding paintings that I watched people paint during the week. I also like that during the quick draw anyone who pays $15 can enter and paint in a four block area of Easton, get the painting judged and put it up for sale if they wish. It was very hot and humid today and Mike was a champ tromping through town with me to view the art.

A Few of My Favorite Things in photos 

Peaceful Weekend & Stress Free Wedding Plans


It was a peaceful weekend. I’m counting down the days until I go home. It’s three. It’s been a long pet sitting job but a fairly easy one. The dogs are sweet, the neighbors not so much. Seems like each time I tried to sit on the porch someone was yelling and arguing. I don’t get it. Mike and I rarely yell. We have lived together over a year and have not had a telling match. I think I’ve raised my voice once or twice Mike has me beat in not yelling at all. I don’t know if this makes us normal or not but people seem surprised we don’t argue. I think it has more to do with meeting in middle age and appreciating one another. 

All the photos are from the farm. The gardens are just beautiful and I hardly tire of taking pictures of them. 

Our wedding plans are just about finalized and now we are just finishing paying off everything. People seem shocked we are not stressed about it. I don’t feel the need or desire to be stressed. We are doing everything our way-from no gifts, no cake and no crazy seating plans to me wearing a black dress with flowers on it. From my brother in law crafting a speech in Klingon to us keeping things simple. We think we know what we want to say and how the day will look. I have no desire to be a bridzilla or for either one of us to find it stressful. I think the most stressful thing we have to do is pick out six ice cream flavors. I think most of society has forgotten weddings are meant to be joyous and happy. I sure hope ours is next year. 

I hope you have a beautiful Tuesday and thank you to everyone who said they missed my photos and posts. I appreciate all who read my blog. Namaste.

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