Small Moments

Hi Friends!

Happy International Women’s Day! I’m so glad that YOU stopped to visit with us today. The nicest people, from across the globe, always seem to find their way here. Yesterday, we had visitors from the U.S., UK, Ireland, Nigeria, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, France, South Africa, Canada, and Brazil. It fills my heart with joy to know that you spend a few moments of your busy day in this little corner of the internet! Whether you are a longtime friend or this is your very first visit, I hope you feel ‘at home’ here.

I have been contemplating some small moments that I want to remember as the weeks pass. Today, in my Midwest garden, there are only a few small snowpiles remaining. In January, we had 22 inches (56cm) of snow. February brought us 22 more inches (56cm) of snow! Shoveling snow became my regular ‘workout’ for a few weeks. With a desire to play in all that snow, I couldn’t wait to build a snowman (actually, a snowlady!).  😉

Meet Rosemary, the snow gardener! 🙂 She was named for my favorite herb and enjoyed wearing my straw, garden hat over her dried Hydrangea tresses. Each time I peeked out the window, Rosie was smiling back at me! To her good fortune, an Arctic plunge kept temperatures below 0 degrees for days on end.

With several more inches of glittery snow, Mother Nature dressed Rosemary in a flowing wedding gown. We will always remember her nice, long visit and all of the joy she brought us!

Last week, I gratefully put away my warmest, woolen mittens. As the snow melted, I happily noticed a most welcome sign of Spring during my daily walk through the neighborhood. It definitely put a smile in my heart and a spring in my step!

It just amazes me how these delicate Snowdrops can withstand the weight of so much snow cover! In our garden, the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ is showing its foliage. The Daffodils are already three inches tall. The buds on the Lilac, and Rhododendron are swelling. True signs that Spring is just around the corner!

The Magnolia buds have me dreaming my garden dreams as I wait. In fact, I have been thinking about mulch this week as I ponder a few changes to the garden. 😉

This is already my tenth year of choosing ‘One Little Word’ to guide me throughout the year. This year’s word  reminds me of the many ways to add S P A C E to my life. On the first page of my 2021 Self-Care bullet journal, my new word is surrounded by all of my previous ‘words.’ I continue to call upon all of these ‘words’ day after day!

As I continue to work through The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron, I have been reflecting on Creative Space and the ways that I incorporate creative rituals, inspiration, nature, and sensory experiences into my little Paper Garden studio downstairs.

 

For my Artist Date last week, I added touches of Springtime to my Self-Care bullet journal. The dot grid pages are filling up with creative affirmations, studio rules, and my creativity contract. Little-by-little, step-by-step, I can feel tiny, meaningful changes happening in my creative soul. I always look forward to our Tuesday Creative Cluster gatherings, via Zoom. Creativity is such an important part of my healthy lifestyle!

This year’s valentine for my sweet husband used non-traditional colors for a more natural look.

I never remember to photograph the inside of my handmade cards before I write in them! (So, I used a few seashells to hide the personal words here. 🙂 ) My cards are always embellished on the inside as a special treat for the recipient.

Distress inks and more stamps and dies from The Greetery helped me to create a collection of winter sprigs.

It was such fun to fill a tiny, stoneware pitcher with winter berries and greens for my parents. It won’t be long until things start to ‘bloom’ in my Paper Garden studio. Springtime usually arrives a bit early there! 🙂

Last week, I was blessed with the BEST small moment of all! It truly felt like a Red-Letter Day!!

After weeks and weeks of searching unsuccessfully for a vaccine appointment, a wonderful, unexpected opportunity arose! Our suburb worked to provide vaccines for 970 Seniors (65+ years old). With support from the police and fire departments, city officials, several pharmacists, and many volunteers, they set up a one-day vaccine clinic to administer our first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Everything went so smoothly. We will all return in three weeks for our second dose of the vaccine!

As I headed home, my heart was overflowing with gratitude. My vaccine felt like a very big deal!! Each precious vial of ‘hope’ will help to lead us out of this pandemic if we all continue to do our part, by wearing masks, social distancing, and washing our hands! We cannot let our guard down yet… This week marks one whole year since we went on lockdown and began staying at home. Like so many of us, I long for the day that my whole family can gather together again!

I continue to be so very grateful for the diligent work of the scientists across the globe and those who volunteered in clinical trials, the dedicated doctors, nurses, and lab technicians (true unsung heroes), the first responders and the essential front-line workers whose personal sacrifices every day make a difference for us all.  I see you. I appreciate you. I honor you all!

Very often, the small moments take up the most room in our hearts!

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I’m thinking of you all

on this

International Women’s Day!

Stay safe and healthy!

With much hope,

♡ Dawn

P.S. Please let us know what small moments are bringing YOU hope right now. If this is your first visit, please say “Hi.”  We would love to meet you! 🙂

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A Moment in Time

Spring Anenomes dance in the late May breeze.

Hi Friends!

Rabbit! Rabbit!

June, June, Hooray, it’s June…

Wishing you a whole new month of sunny days in the garden!

The magical month of May really flew by quickly! Although I spent many happy hours in the garden, rainy days kept me inside much more than usual the past few weeks. There were so many days when I could only enjoy the garden through the windows, as the raindrops trickled down the glass panes.

Luckily, I knew where to find a ‘sunny’ spot, even on the rainiest of days. With a cup of tea in hand, I happily disappeared into the ‘Paper Garden’ ~ my little papercrafting studio downstairs. The bright ‘sunshine’ of daylight bulbs and colorful, dried flowers and herbs (from last year’s garden) hanging from the ceiling rafters, inspired creative ideas to bloom. Creating cheery cards and playing with watercolors are two of my favorite ways to create my own sunshine in spite of the weather outside.

Between downpours, my camera lens captured some favorite ‘moments in time’ in the garden last week. The final week of May was a very colorful one in our Midwest cottage garden. What fun to fill vases with flowers to bring some of the garden inside!

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Anemones were breathtaking in the early evening sunlight. I filled small vases with dainty bouquets of Anemones and Dianthus.

Pale purple iris in bloom

Irises were the first flowers to bloom in my Friendship Garden. They always remind me of a very special friend!

The delicate blossoms of Cranesbill Geranium, Lilies of the Valley, Daisies, Allium, and Spirea add color to the garden in mid to late May.

The delicate blossoms of Cranesbill Geranium, Lilies of the Valley, Anemones, Daisies, Allium, and Spirea added soft color to the garden in late May.

Bright pink Rhododendron

This Rhododendron holds fond family memories. Originally a gift from a neighbor, it grew in my mom’s garden while I was young. Before my parents moved across the country, they dug up the Rhododendron and brought it to me. I just love the sweet family memories it adds to my garden today!

Bleeding Hearts, Columbine, Cranesbill Geranium, and Peonies added pops of color to our old-fashioned cottage garden in late May.

Delicate Bleeding Hearts, blue and pink Columbine, and bright Peonies added pops of color to our old-fashioned cottage garden in late May. This Peony plant was already growing in the garden when I moved here 28 years ago. Caring for plants that are a part of our home’s long history is really an honor!

As meteorological summer begins, the first week of June predicts delightful days in the garden!

A full week of sunshine is expected, as our temperatures gradually warm up.

I can hardly wait!

There is so much gardenkeeping to do everywhere I look.

Dandelion seed head

Dandelions have really been flourishing in all of the rain, too.  (Just keeping it real!)

As always, there are challenges in the garden. Creeping Charlie (ground ivy) is invading our lawn and making its way over the mulch and into the flower beds. A friend, who often sees me pulling out these bothersome vines, says that we have ‘Galloping Charlie.’ I agree! Our other big challenge in the neighborhood is an abundance of hungry groundhogs (woodchucks) who think of our garden as a salad bar. It must be groundhog GPS that leads them right to the newly planted perennials and alerts them to tender, tasty blossoms to nibble. If only we could train the groundhogs to develop a taste for Creeping Charlie! It would be a gardener’s dream-come-true!

What challenges are you facing in your garden as spring turns to summer?

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Take delight in those small

moments in time

that have never been seen before,

and shall never be seen again!

Wishing you a day filled with joyful moments!

♡Dawn