Posted in My thoughts, tagged autumn, beauty, cottage, fall colors, forest, gratitude, journey, life, meditation, michaux forest, mountain, nature, peace, personal, scenery, thankful, trees, woods on November 7, 2016|
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Quite often in life, I get so focused on where I’m going that I forget to enjoy the beauty along the way. I become so absorbed with finishing everything on my to-do list that I miss the special moments that occur along the way.
Earlier this week I had to make a trip to our cottage for a small task that needed to be done. I awoke thinking of all the things I needed do as I’m preparing for my Holiday Home Show and had a ton of tasks on my to-do list. I wasn’t looking forward to taking 1 1/2 hours out of my already busy day to drive the whole way there and back for an errand that would take only 5 minutes to accomplish.
That morning as I took my dog out for his morning ‘constitutional’ I was greeted with the sight of a gorgeous morning sky. As I stood looking at it I was reminded that even when life is harried that there are gifts of beauty along the way that are easily overlooked.
As I drove up the mountain to the cottage I began to notice just how beautiful the scenery was along way. It’s late-Autumn here in central PA and the leaves are turning amazing colors. Both sides of the road are lined with trees and it seemed as though each time I drove around a curve in the road the colors were more amazing than the the last.
One section is lined by pine trees. Even though the bright colors of the deciduous trees are extremely beautiful, the line of green pines has it’s own charm.
As I turned onto a gravel road the scenery changed, but still had a special kind of beauty.
Entering the driveway I felt a sense of peace (as I often do). This time of year when it’s completely covered by pine needles and leaves even the car was quiet.
Even though the cottage is nothing fancy, to me it’s a beautiful sight. It’s my ‘piece of heaven on earth’ – a place I can relax and experience a sense of peace that I don’t always feel at our home. On this day, as I got out of the car and headed to the door, this is what I saw:
My Happy Place 🙂
I couldn’t help but smile as I imagined the sound effect you hear in movies when something has a bright light shining on it – like an angelic chorus. (Click here to hear the sound I heard in my head) I know that may sound a bit dramatic and a little silly, but in a real way, this little place has been a heavenly gift to me. It’s where I can slow down enough to focus on the truly important things in life and be able to appreciate all of the beauty that is around me. On this day, even though I wasn’t able to spend much time there, I did take time to notice the beauty on drive. I wish I could always have the mind-set to be more aware of special moments along this journey called ‘life’. I hate to think that I am missing any heavenly gifts along the way.
I can’t remember if I finished everything on my list that day, but I do remember feeling grateful for all the beauty around me.
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Posted in My thoughts, tagged ambience, cottage, evening, forest, grief, healing, hummingbirds, nature, night, porch, relaxation, sadness, sorrow, trees, women, woods on September 17, 2015|
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The Beauty of the Forest
Being in the woods is something I’ve always loved. I’ve done a good bit of hiking, backpacking and simply enjoying time in nature. Tonight I’m enjoying time in the forest from the comfort of a porch.
I sit on a covered porch surrounded by a white railing with glowing candles along the top. The sun is setting and the night sounds are beginning. It’s light enough that there are still birds chirping even as the night insects begin their chorus. The various insect sounds are particularly clear because there is no wind rustling the trees—it’s completely still. Hummingbirds are still coming to grab an evening snack from the feeders. There are many sounds, yet it is peaceful here.
I see various types of pine trees, a few deciduous trees, ferns and other plants that grow among the trees. The only colors backlit by the darkening sky are green and brown, yet is a beautiful sight. The trees are tall and graceful.
It’s a very simple setting, yet one that nourishes my soul. This is a place that I feel at peace and can allow healing to take place in my heart. There have been many worries and sorrows in my life lately, but time on this porch is one thing that touches my heart.
I’m feeling very thankful for the beautiful creation that God has given to me.
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OK, you may be wondering what earrings and redwoods have in common…let me explain.
I recently took a trip to California with my husband and after landing in San Francisco, we drove to one of the California Redwood State Parks to hike. We went there directly from the airport so we wound up changing out of our ‘flying clothes’ and into our hiking gear in the restroom of the ranger station.
As we began our hike I realized that I had forgotten to remove my earrings and they were not exactly the kind of earrings I would normally wear to hike. They were my large open spiral earrings that are simply wire coiled round and round in a spiral of rings. Well, if you know me, I’m the kind of woman who likes things to ‘feel right’…..and these earrings simply did not. I thought about putting them in my pocket or my pack, but was afraid of damaging or losing them.
Large Open Spiral Earrings
After hiking a short while we came to a redwood tree that had fallen across the path and the section that blocked the path had been cut away. This enabled us to see the inside of the tree and all of the rings. Suddenly it dawned on me that my earrings were perfect for this hike. They represented the many rings inside of the beautiful redwood trees. My earrings then ‘felt right’ for this hike.
Smaller Open Spiral Earrings on Etsy
As you see in the pictures below I couldn’t resist having my picture taken and realized that I may be the only woman to have her picture beside one of the fallen redwoods in order to highlight her earrings. I admit that this may seem odd to some, but as a jewelry designer, I’m often thinking of what my designs ‘feel like’ to the women who wear them and I was thrilled to find a connection between my earrings and my surroundings. Believe me, this isn’t the weirdest thing I’ve done. …………
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