Monday, December 28, 2009

Sweet Space

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.


Gigi said...

What lovely pictures of your beautiful little one and also of your beautiful Colorado!
Wishing you lots of good restorative r & r this week!

Helen said...

Dear Pom Pom,
Just popping in to say hello to you, and to say that I have been thinking about you and praying for you and your family after reading of your sadness these last few days. You are so lovely and your cheerfulness and ability to look on the bright side and encourage others is inspirational.I pray that God will give you peace, and I wish you a Happy New Year, dear friend. x

Elizabethd said...

What amazing weather! i well remember the loveliness of being able to have time to myself before school term began....relax and enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Glad you are enjoying a time of rest and relaxation. Sending you HUGS dear pom pom. xxx

Robin said...

I LOVE pajama time!!!!!!! So relaxing to just hang out in PJ's! Enjoy!

scrappy quilter said...

I always enjoy reading your blog. You are such an inspiration. I too hope that your sadness is gone and that your week is extra special. Love the picture of your little princess. So cute. Hugs

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Hey PolkaDot your red and white background! Crisp Colorado air is just what you needed, huh? Enjoy the rest of your vacation. It always went by so fast for me, but then the next semester will fly by too. Your little princess is soooo pretty!

Aisling said...

I love your sunny outlook! Thanks for making my day a little brighter.

wayside wanderer said...

Pictures of both princesses are adorable, but I agree with you on which one is cutest.

I hope you have a wonderful week full of rest and that you feel rejuvenated come next Monday.

(Love your red and white look, too!)

Deborah said...

Beautiful photos! The ones of the princesses are so sweet -- especially the one who can give warm hugs!

We're still waiting for a good snowfall! We live in what they call the banana belt of Ontario. Virtually everywhere around us within a thirty minute drive has snow. We have very little. Oh well, it will come.

Enjoy those refreshing chilly walks! Looking forward to reading more!


Pom Pom said...

You are all so kind and good! Thank you for your sweet hellos!