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Brenda has been writing since grade school. She attended journalism school where she majored in professional writing. She loves to decorate, garden, read and spend time with her Yorkies.

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The Simplest Of Things

This morning I awoke to rain. Charlie wanted to go out, but as soon as I opened the patio door a sharp crack of thunder sounded. And he quickly turned around and ran back into the house. Can't say as I blame him.

Still, I hear the birds out there singing. Singing in the rain. I guess it's hard to dampen a bird's spirit. Or that of a bumblebee as it circles a flower.

The outdoors is their home, and I guess they do and go wherever nature has ordained them to be. Setting their internal clocks at birth.

I suppose we humans could learn a lot from them. They do what they are destined by nature to do.   

I can't think of anything I enjoy more than planting tiny seeds, watching them grow as seedlings, and eventually handing me the gift of a bloom. 

It is the wonder I feel each time I watch this process that keeps me coming back spring after spring. Year after year. To create my gardens.

We confuse need with want. Happiness to unhappiness. When perhaps we just need to "be."

It is the beauty given to us freely, compliments of nature, that seems, oddly enough, to bring us the simplest form of pleasure. If only we stop to enjoy it.  

So today, pause as you do whatever it is that you do each Monday, and gaze at a flower. Or listen to a bird sing its melody. And let your mind relax from all its worries.

See you later this afternoon for Tweak It. 

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  1. I've been playing in my container garden this morning.. Deadheading some pansies, shifting some pots on my deck, watching the birds and squirrels, (didn't see any bees), and enjoying the beautiful day here on my 70 x 140 piece of soil that my house sits on.
    I think your Mr. Cardinal is the brightest red that I've ever seen a cardinal be..
    I've had something happen to my daisies that I planted in a galvanized container.. They were doing so well, getting ready to bloom. When I checked them yesterday the bottom leaves were turning yellow and the whole plant was limp.. I think they may have not been getting enough sun and we've had heavy rain lately.. Maybe they are too wet.. I moved the container so they'd get more sun.. Hopefully that will perk them back up.. I was so excited the way they were growing.. They were doing so much better than when they were in the ground.. We'll see what happens..
    Enjoy your day..

    1. They daisies are only about six inches tall. They have buds on them and looked so much better and taller than they did in the ground..
      I just went out to look at them again and some are perking up.. Others still look limp.. The thing is that there are other plants in the same tub and they are fine.. They've had more sun on them today. Maybe that will help.. Do you have any suggestions about what the problem may be ?

  2. I agree, after last year, if anything I learned is the simplest thing gives me pleasurue. I have always loved to be in my garden, but not as much as this year. I am grateful and happy to be back out there. I consider my garden as my extended family, they always come back, and give me such pleasure.

    1. You REALLY had a reason to reflect on your life and learn to enjoy simple pleasures. And I commend you for being so strong and resilient. Though I know at times you didn't feel at all that way.

  3. Good advice, Brenda! I think I'll take it to heart! Great Post. See you at Tweak It!

  4. Beautiful post, Brenda. Being rather than doing is a hard thing for many of us to do, but I am getting better at it. One of my favorite Bible verses is "Be still and know that I am God." When I take this to heart and heed it, peace follows. Have a lovely day. Thank you for getting mine off to such a great start. Hugs, Nancy

  5. Your garden is beautiful. I will definitely be taking your advice and just enjoying the day today. It is an easy day of leftover spaghetti and laundry to fold. I hope to get some sitting in nature time, too. That red flower (is it a dahlia?) is beautiful.


  6. Wonderful post Brenda!! I love waking up to the birds chipping in the morning...makes me smile even before I get out of bed!

  7. So true, Brenda. To be what we are supposed to be and not fit anyone else's idea of WHO/WHAT we should be-but to be who we were purposed to be. Great post...and I really need to get a couple of tomato plants! xo Diana

  8. I love your beautiful photos...

    Rain here today, too. And I'm glad because first of all, we really needed it. Secondly, it is cooling things off. With the AC not working, the cool breeze is such a blessing!

  9. This was a wonderful post, and a great way to start my day. I love going out on the property and seeing what's new and just looking at all the trees, the mountains, listening to the birds, the neighbor's chickens! Watching my dogs run and case rabbits, which we have all over this year! Just hung a bunch of hand wash on the line outside, such an enjoyable task!

  10. Gorgeous photos! I wish it would rain, but we are still a bit of a way from the monsoon. 111 here today! I have to remember it's beautiful for nine months of the year.

  11. I've learned in the last few years that Laura Ingalls Wilder was absolutely right. It really is the sweet, simple things in life which are the most real, the most meaningful. Great post and pretty photos!

  12. The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~Hanna Rion

  13. Sweet images from your garden, and totally agree with your remarks about 'keeping it simple' :)

  14. "We confuse need with want"..How right you are Brenda...beautiful pictures..

  15. Such beautiful photos Brenda! I did take a few minutes today to enjoy the blue sky and warm temps! Then, back to packing!
    hugs, Linda

  16. Thanks Brenda for reminding us to take the time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and for the most part, they are free

  17. Thank you!!
    I needed to read this today!!

  18. Gorgeous photos, Brenda. LOVE the one of the geranium bud (I think it's a geranium)!

  19. Your photos are lovely. I always enjoy them so much. I'm glad you reminded me to slow down and enjoy the little things in life more. To be more in the moment.

  20. Yes Brenda, it is the simple things that bring us serenity and happiness. xo Laura


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