Well, here we are my friends. It seems like a bad April Fool’s joke that we are all on lock-down with the CoronaVirus and the aftermath of terror that it has been striking in so many people’s lives. But the truth of the matter is clear. We are all quarantined in one way or another at this time in order to not spread the virus to others.
I hope this post finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. We are doing well here although I do have to go to the food store at some point because we are running low on a few items. Trying to get delivery or pick up times for grocery items has been sold out so there’s no other option except to go myself. The last time I was in a store over a week ago, there were many empty aisles of shelving including for toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, bottled water and chicken or fresh meat. The fellow shoppers were stressed and it was not a pleasant experience. But today or tomorrow, I will go back to see what I can find. How is it near you?
In other news though, the flowers have been blooming and I see the happy yellow daffodils swaying in the breeze. Clover (the rabbit) has been out and about and does not hop away when she sees us anymore. She is content to continue nibbling on her favorite green clover in the yard without worry that we will bother her. Fatty the groundhog has been tamer as well. He’s been out moseying through the yard lately and seems to have lost some weight. The birds have been singing loudly too as well as the frogs at night. It’s very early to be hearing the frogs here. When I stepped out to bring the garbage out there was a little frog (the size of my thumb) on the door sill. He didn’t even bother to jump when I walked over him. Lucky for him, I saw him there and stepped over him so as not to disturb him.
I pray the new month of April will bring us all health and tranquility. Stay safe my friends. Reach out to friends and family. Enjoy the simplicity of these days as Mother Earth heals a bit. Stress and strain can wreak havoc on patience so try to stay calm. Count your blessings. Be kind. Keep shining your heartlights. in the darkness. Hope and love are key ingredients to healing.
I got a notification that ten years ago today I registered for this blog. It is amazing to me that I started this journey so long ago. So, Happy 10 Year Anniversary to my blog and to all of my followers! I am very grateful for all of the blogging friendships I have made and for all of the amazing people I have met through blogging.
So, thank you for being you!
Much has happened over the last ten years in my life as I am sure it has in yours as well. Many changes, much growth and new opportunities for which I am grateful. The fact that I am still here 18 years after being diagnosed with breast cancer is a blessing to me. I don’t take my life for granted and I have found appreciation for every precious moment that I am here for my loved ones and friends.
I appreciate The Presents of Presence in my life and the myriad of precious connections I have made because of those gifts. Through each change, I have found peace even when I weathered tough storms. I have always felt the angels looking out for me and my faith has steadied me through many trying ordeals. While life school isn’t easy, the lessons we learn and how we grow from the experiences make it all worth it.
So today, I’m extending my appreciation for all that The Presents of Presence has given to me and for all of you who have connected with me over the years. We have been through much together and have weathered many storms, thankfully. You have taught me, inspired me, shined your heartlights into my life and I pray that you have felt my heartlight shining into yours with positivity, inspiration and love.
May you all continue to stay healthy through this Covid-19 virus. May you shine your heartlights for all to see and continue to connect virtually with each other while this storm passes as well. Because it will pass and our lives will be changed. But perhaps we will find the gifts to be appreciated in the changes as I have.
A little Sunday prayer to begin this lovely day! Do you know this psalm? It is one that my Mom taught us when we were little and we have taught our children to continue to tradition as it brings us all such peace and joy.
When I sit mindfully and present, sometimes I receive a song in my head or a prayer and this came to me this morning. So in honor of my Mom’s bedtime ritual for us as children, I thought it was appropriate to post!
We still say this psalm with our Mom and it brings us all great peace. May it bring you and yours peace today as well.
God bless, it’s Sunday! But this Sunday has something special to it! It’s 02/02/2020 which internationally is not only the same date, but it’s also a palindrome! I was reading an article that explained that the last one was 11/11/111 and I certainly wasn’t around then to celebrate that one!
I love numbers and find significance in them. Often I see the same ones repeatedly and then go to look up their meanings which often make sense to me. The number one is special to me as is 3. Coincidentally, Sunday is the 33rd day of the year and there will be 333 days remaining…how about that for interesting?
Also because of the different ways in which countries write out the date, 02/02/2020 will look the same internationally which I thought was a fun fact to share. So no matter where you are in the world, when you write Sunday’s date, we will all write it the same numerically. Could we ask for a day of peace and connection because of this phenomena? Wouldn’t that be a wondrous miracle?
Alas, we can only dream of world peace, but at least we’ll all be on the same date/page for once. Whether you are relaxing on Sunday, attending Mass or watching the Superbowl, I hope you have a day full of joy and peace!
The title of this post says it all! I love Twinkly White Lights! Don’t you?
I’m sitting here quietly at night, cuddled on the couch with a blanket draped over my legs and the computer perched on the arm of my couch typing to you. As I look up over the screen of the computer I see my mantle shining with twinkly white lights festively decorated with the red left over from Christmas and in preparation for February’s holiday of Valentine’s Day! Quiet soothing music in the background and I’m perfectly content. Can you feel the magic?
It’s chilly outside, but not snowing. It’s not the cold that happens when it’s terribly windy, but a peaceful winter’s night. The perfect night to count our blessings and feel peace in our hearts.
We’ve made it through the first month of the new decade, although I’ll admit it felt like an extraordinarily long one. Did you feel that way too? It seems like many people felt that way, but maybe it’s just that January feels longer than most months since we’ve just come from the festiveness of December and it’s quieter than normal.
When we wake tomorrow it will February First and you know that means Rabbit Rabbit! I haven’t seen my rabbits lately at all. Mr. Groundhog made his appearance the other afternoon though and we have an outdoor kitty that I’ve seen hanging out in the yard. I’m not sure if he belongs to any of the neighbors, but he looks strong and healthy. We haven’t made friends yet, but perhaps one of these days. So far, he will stand and look at me when he notices me but then scampers off into the woods. I just hope he has a warm place to call home.
I hope that your January went smoothly as the transition to the new decade appears to have been a transition of sorts for many people. A good transition, but a little rocky. But then not all transitions go smoothly, but that doesn’t make them bad even when we fear change.
Have a lovely night wherever you are, whomever you’re with and whatever you’re doing. I’m thinking of you all and wishing you serenity and an abundance of blessings. My heart is full of gratitude. My twinkly lights are shining and my heartlight is too!
I have the biggest smile on my face because it’s snowing outside. Add that it’s Saturday and my sons are home with me makes my smile grow! I already put a chicken on to make homemade chicken soup so we’re all set! What a glorious day it will be for us!
It’s the perfect ending to winter break for our family because next week begins school again. So in the meantime, I’m loving this day. Wouldn’t you?
I could sit and watch the snow fall for hours. I love the smell in the air when it snows. Have you ever noticed it? I love that after a snowfall I can go in my backyard and see the tracks from all the wildlife – deer, groundhog, birds and of course, my rabbits – and how they’ve been out and about in the snow. How grateful and blessed I’m feeling today! Can you tell?
I hope you have a lovely day filled with all the comforts of home and healing because that’s the plan here today. Hold your loved ones close and enjoy the Presents of Presence!