Good morning from the lakeside deck ~

I’m declaring ~

LAKE ANN CAMP DAY!
First ever in February ~ Come sit out on the deck as I will be outside today on my deck!

It is 69 degrees and will probably reach 80 degrees by this afternoon with allot of high gusty winds. And this is a FEBRUARY WINTER DAY!

Crazy ~ our warming climate is certainly making itself known to us in so many ways ~ I hope we are paying attention as there are signs of global warming everywhere impacting us, nature and our very existence!

My morning write ~

Morning light filters through my day
Streaming through the sky and fields
Lighting up Lake Ann’s byways

Highlife hangs in the air
And touches everything
What comes what may

Light sparkles & spins
Framing a lit dance floor
Like a childhood dance with your father

Clouds rush overhead
Carrying wind & high moisture
Sheltered day by day

Morning Still

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I’m held here by a single moment
Stepping outside
Into the cold winter warmth

A soft morning light bathes my soul
In gentle touches
Sweet as sweet soft cheek kisses

Reflections of both land and sky
Shine upon a stilled Lake Ann
Out-stretching trees linger over its shores
Forever, falling into the depths below
But, soon this Escher painting will vanish too

In the distance
Canadian Geese fly through the cove
Leaving only echoes behind

An Ozark mountain sunrise moves over the ridge
And twilight blues
Turn into day
Leaving the world silenced and still

Oh, how my heart wishes to stay
Pausing in this day
For just one more treasured moment
Held in peace and joy

How thankful I am . . .
Gratitude floods over me
Surrounds me
Wraps its arms around me

I embrace this place
With each breath I breathe
Wishing again for a single morning star-rise
But, I must go

This Day

Good morning from the lakeside deck ~
Starting out at 35 degrees and rising to 65 ~ not bad for the last day in January.

Bear Hollow Point at Lake Ann lays right across from our home. It is always such a great view as the sunlight changes it every hour of the day and with each season.

In the mornings it lays in blues and then in lavenders and finally in shades of golds as the twilight turns to day.

My wish for you is that you find time to step out into the healing world surrounding us.

Take time to look for the good and positive ~ make your journey with God each day and reach out to others even in the most simplest of ways.

Thankful for this new day & for beautiful Lake Ann.

Thankful to be apart of this wonderful community that we have grown to love ~ gratitude!

My writing ~

Share this day with the world
As we step out & stand up
Our voices heard
Freedom rings

Good morning from the lakeside deck from the inside out~

It’s cold this morning ~ 30 degrees

Please keep my nephew Hugh in prayers today as he is at Mayo Clinic. Praying for the doctors to put together a comprehensive plan for his recovery. Praying for Hugh to be in less pain today. Praying for his wife Diane who is there with him. Praying for our family including Donovan and Nissan.

My morning prayer ~
As a new sun is rising
So may your new day greet you
With warmth & love abiding
May angels surround you
And protect you everlasting

Torn and fragile

In the midst of my afternoon
I park by a single tree
Long shadows pull me in
As I feel a kinship to tree & shadow

I want to be where long shadows are
Where wind flows through tree branches
Where sunlight dances

I stare at the laying ground shadows
Flat against the grey
As the wind bends the tree back and forth
Mesmerized in its sway
I’m immersed into a conclave of paved concrete

Fozen by my surroundings
I see a large white arrow pointing away
I chose to just stay
I can choose to stay?
I stay

Holy Friday

Good morning from the lakeside deck ~ we have rain!
Christmas is coming in two days~ Stocking gifts of apples, oranges, pecans and candy canes filled my childhood. Yes ~ they were truly special and treasured gifts for us. Would they still be treasured today? We take so much for granted!

Merry Christmas during this Holy Week ~ Holy Friday 

When we were growing up on Christmas Eve, my Dad would take Katy and I to downtown Seminole so we could Christmas shop. 

Dad would give each of us cash to buy Maude a special Christmas gift ~ (I don’t remember the exact amount, but we each held a hand-full of green back dollars). However, what I do remember is the magical and special time we had with my dad!

My father shared his time & love with us and in honor of our mother. Kindness to others was taught to us. Dad and Mom always helped train “jumpers” or travelers, gypsies, immigrants and people who were were in-between jobs ~ strangers. People came from all over to Maude’s back yard where she fed them. Our house was known as a safe stop on people’s way through town. 

As the holy family, was looking for a place to stay, it was only by the kindness of a stranger that they found shelter! ~ 

May homeless families also find help this Christmas ~ a warm meal, clothing, shelter or a place to stay if needed through the help of others around them.  

May we reach out to the strangers in our communities to show them the love and kindness that was shown by Christ ~ such as we are called to show to others. 

May you have a blessed Christmas! 

I hope you can gather with others around you and come together in this Christmas tradition of celebrating our hope and love ~ the birth of Jesus. 

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Merry Christmas my friends!Holy Christmas Week

Good morning from the lakeside deck ~

You can look at the same sky day after day 
And see beauty that you have never seen before

Jesus asks us to pray ~ Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

—1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Many times we need to stop and pause during our day and take time to observe the world around us. We simply never know what we might see here in the now in the very moments of our living. 

Many times it’s is only by our close seeing and listening that we find what we might have not seen or considered ~ except in quiet reflections.