I was walking around the back of the azalea bushes, and was surprised to see these. Ruby amaryllis blooms, stretching with determination toward the sunlight. Azalea branches were poking across them, as if in equal determination to hold them back. I cut away the branches.
This morning I ran out to see if the amaryllis in the azaleas had bloomed. They hadn’t, but, get this, on my way back to the house, I happened to glance over and see this in the shade of the pecan tree:
Happy Easter, dear friends. Sending thanks to all my blogging friends and people who stop by to say hello. Very often you help me to have a new perspective, and bring sunlight into my life.
Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time. ~Martin Luther.
I have not been able to find a journal with quotes scattered on the pages. The ones with the lovely flourish accents, the pretty typography. I used to come by them fairly easily. Maybe it’s the downturn in the economy. Likely a book with fancy-type quotes–meaning it is more a printed book– are far more expensive to produce than a simple book with lined pages.
Certainly it may be my economy, because my budget does keep me from looking in high-end places. Last year my husband bought me a beautiful Paperblanks journal for Christmas. Well, I showed it to him before Christmas, took him by the hand and dragged him to the display and said, “I want this for Christmas,” in the tone that meant ‘you’d better’. The price made his eyes open wide, but bless his heart, he got it for me. Still, the emphasis was on elaborate cover and binding and a secret pocket in the back–but no quotes.
So, the other day the great idea came to me to make my own journal with quotes. I have a method: no looking for quotes the day before. I must pick one at the moment that I go to journal. I might collect a few, but can’t pick until I’m going to write. More times than not, a quote appears in the moments before I open my journal. Perhaps it has to do with the principle of finding what I look for.
It’s rather like an adventure to see what new bit of wisdom or delight comes my way. And I figure that by the end of a year, I’ll have a nice group of quotes to maybe make a journal for a friend.
Here’s my quote for today. You may borrow it to start your own quote journal:
Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities…When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present–love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure–the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth. ~Sarah Ban Breathnach
So…my cutting from Aunt Winnie’s gardenia bush, of which I proudly blogged here, is now this discouraging stick.
And this morning we found our dear Elvira flopping down with an injured right leg. She seems to be in the same condition as happened to our precious Princess Puny when Puny was only a week old.
Here is what I have done:
Right beside my little stick of Aunt Winnie’s gardenia, I have placed this pot of a successfully rooted cutting from one of my own gardenia bushes. I thought it might encourage the stick. It does encourage me. Plan B will be to send for another cutting in the spring and try again.
Those of you who follow this blog may remembering our little Princess Puny, who at just over a week had an injured leg, hip, something that had her flopped over. This little photo is of when she could stand but not walk.
I went out and took a photo of Princes Puny now to remind me of miraculous recovery.
I am deliberately expecting the best on both counts. I’ll let you know how it all turns out.
It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it. ~ W. Somerset Maugham