Hi. How are YOU? Doing okay? I hope so. I have one more sweet week before I go back to school so I am in my new pink pajamas (a gift from Kelli and Bryan + girlies) and reveling in a stretch of time that is free from going and doing. Ahhhhhh. It feels VERY good. What to do? What to do? Pretty much NOTHING . . . unless compelled and inspired. I wouldn't feel so appreciative if I had this sweet free time, all of the time. I know that about me.
Yesterday, I felt a little sluggish so I went out for a camera walk. It was icy in our neighborhood. Many people were too busy with holiday celebrations to clear their walks, so I had to be extra careful. I don't want to break a hip! Anyway, I put the bulky, black camera around my neck and set off. Starbucks gift card in hand (thank you, Blake the eighth grader!) I meandered down to the grocery store. One of my favorite clerks was having her lunch at the Starbucks counter. I joined her. I hope she didn't mind eating her lunch with me. I noticed she felt a little shy. Yikes. I probably should have just said hello and gone on my merry way, but it was nice to hear how her Christmas went, and listen to her employee woes. Our neighborhood is covered in icebergs so there were not many pictures to snap. As I was rounding the corner toward home, I saw the adorable snow princess above. A sweet little family just moved into the house. I love them already even though I haven't even laid eyes on them yet! She's very snowy and wonderful, but not as cute as my little princess here.
Today, I'll go out again and slide around the sidewalks. The sky is such a brilliant blue. I'm sure I'll find a sight to photograph with all that gorgeous blue background! Isn't the sidewalk pretty? It looks like camo! Oh, it's very cold around here. We are trying so hard not to whine! We usually have some 60 degree days during winter, in this part of Colorado. We're spoiled!
There are no leaves, of course. The needle trees have center stage. I'm thankful for them. I miss the lush plants of summer and the reason I miss them is because they are here for a short time. Another reminder that if I had all I want, I wouldn't appreciate anything quite so much and appreciation really is a DELIGHTFUL sensation!
Three "I'm so THANKFUL" realities:
1. Bill and Jeff are home. They leave for Cambodia next Monday. They'll be gone two weeks, back a week and then they'll be off to Africa for two more weeks. I will miss them so much. However, they ARE HOME right now. Yahoo!
2. I have a job that affords me many little breaks that feel very affirming when they come around. I'm thankful for one more week of vacation. I want to savor every moment.
3. The winter causes me to LOVE summer more and more. I used to like the rain and the cold weather more, but now I love the light. Is it because I am getting older and I see the miracle of growth and the holiness of each new day in a different way? I don't know! I just know I appreciate the air I breathe more than ever.
Now that Christmas is over, I'm so ready to enjoy the new year with you! I can't wait to read about what you think and tune in to your musings about how you live your life. I anticipate finding more connections with you and I look forward to miraculous "coincidences" that really aren't coincidences at all but true connections between people who like each other. Even the readers who don't have blogs (like my family members) still connect with me when they read my ponderings. I like that. Believe it or not, sometimes I'm pretty conservative about sharing my thoughts and opinions, so this fun little spot pushes me to share. Thank you for coming on in and participating! I find this supernatural and kind connection extremely rewarding. I hope you do something creative today, read something powerful, listen to the human voice and say a prayer to the King of kings. THAT would be a GOOD DAY. Thank you for your love.