Tag Archives: hope

A Stroll in the Garden

For those of you who walk in my garden regularly…the following photos were taken before I brought out the macro lens to practice.  

Just so ya know.


*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!


“Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it clings.” – Gustave Flaubert


“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for.  And the most you can do is live inside that hope.  Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”

-Barbara Kingsolver



“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.” – Jonas Salk


“You are not here merely to make a living, you are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”

– Woodrow Wilson



“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”

– Michelle Obama


“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.”

– Emily Dickinson


“We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt


“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

– Romans 15:13

Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 


It is that time again…the time when new resolutions and goals are being stated and written everywhere.  A time when one’s hopes are fresh and new beginnings bring brightness to one’s future.

So…what are my goals?

A haircut and a dentist appointment. 

I believe in reachable goals.  Don’t you? 

It has been months since I’ve had either of these.  Last summer, I think.  I lost a filling sometime back then.

I do have a long-term goal.  It is more elusive; at least for me.  I intend to find it.  My word for 2015 is ‘Joy’.  More on this later.

The first day of the new year, I spent baking and sewing.  How great that feels!  It has been a long time.  I’m not ready to share what I am sewing, but I can share what I baked.

My favorite gingerbread recipe!

Gingerbread Recipe

*Click on the photo for an enlarged peek.

It is from my favorite cookbook.  The American Woman’s Cookbook, published in 1947, and given to me by my mother-in-law when I was a young bride.

American Woman's Cookbook

American Woman's Cookbook

A very joyful New Year to you all!


One Bloom of Hope

All it takes is one bloom of hope to make a spiritual garden. ~Terri Guillemets


Columbia River…Looking Towards Canada

It is tick season here.  I am a tick magnet.  More so than my dog.  If we were keeping score on the number of tick bites received, I’d win.  I got my first tick of the season yesterday, while hiking the property and taking photos.

I’m telling you, so that if it is tick season where you live, then be sure to remember to wear your favorite repellent.  My older sister doesn’t like to smell like Eau de Bug Repellent, but one must make sacrifices in this world.

I wouldn’t mind if ticks and mosquitoes became extinct.  But I have a new friend, Mark Berkery, who loves all creatures great and small.  And he is the most fantastic photographer of those creatures.  Do yourself a favor…check out his blog, Nature’s Place.

You will gain a new perspective on small creatures.


Guest Post – The Promise of Tomorrow

A great reminder…You are Worthy!!! As someone has said…tomorrow may be your best day! How will you know if you aren’t there?

Fortuitous Forty!!!

Sometimes the best way to get through today is to focus on tomorrow.  Everyone encounters tough times in their lives.  These tough times can be caused by a variety of circumstances:  death of a loved one, loss of a job, loss of a friendship, divorce, struggles with addiction, or financial strain.  These are all real stressors that can cause deep depression and can make today seem too difficult to bear.  

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All it takes is one bloom of hope to make a spiritual garden.  ~Terri Guillemets

Spring is coming to my garden!