You remind me of her presence
and influence on my life.
Cheers & Hugs,
Many years ago, my Grandma gave me this bleeding heart plant. I have transplanted and moved it. It will always be where I am. Grandma will always be a part of me. There is likely not a day that passes where something doesn’t remind me of her or make me think of her, but this plant is an extra special reminder. It makes my heart soar and swell each Spring when it blooms. Just like her love for me did and still does. With Mother’s Day approaching, I remember Grandma with love and the deepest admiration. May I be even half the Grandma to my grandchildren that you were to me. ❤
PS – I will be taking a blogging break for a week or so. See you when I return.
Did you know that honey bees — wild and domestic — perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. Grains are primarily pollinated by the wind, but fruits, nuts and vegetables are pollinated by bees. Seventy out of the top 100 human food crops — which supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition — are pollinated by bees.
According to Greenpeace USA, bees are dying from a variety of factors—pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air pollution, global warming and more. Many of these causes are interrelated. The bottom line is that we know humans are largely responsible for the two most prominent causes: pesticides and habitat loss.
So what can we do? Greenpeace says these three things can give us a strong start:
Ban the seven most dangerous pesticides.
Protect pollinator health by preserving wild habitat.
Restore ecological agriculture.
Just a few thoughts buzzing through my head about saving the bees as I share this recent watercolor painting.
Do you feel it?
Are you excited about all the possibilities the day may hold?
All the opportunites to make it special?
All the reasons to wake up?
Rise and shine
and cherish the moments!
Cheers & Hugs,
Every time I hear or read or say the words, “Rise and Shine,” I think of Grandma.
As a teenager, I loved to sleep in late – much like most teenagers – right? I vividly remember hiding under the covers to keep from seeing the sun streaming in the bedroom and hearing Grandma cheerfully holler from the bottom of the stairs on a weekend or summer morning, “Rise and Shine!” She was always so excited and ready to start a new day. I smile remembering that hope and excitement in her voice. She didn’t work. She didn’t even have a license to drive. Her days were mostly spent at home working hard – inside and out – making it a haven for anyone who visited or lived there. And yet she woke up so cheerfully each morning excited for what the day might hold.
I have to admit – I love the early mornings these days – especially on weekends and days I get to stay home. I love thinking about having the whole day ahead of me.
I baked Grandma’s Apricot Nut Bread yesterday. It is a recipe I have shared here before. And it truly really begins to feel like Christmas when I smell this bread come out of the oven. The memories just come flooding back of Christmases past at Grandma’s house and the joy that radiated from her in everything she did.
So rise and shine and cherish the possibilities this day will hold!
“The privilege of a lifetime…
is being who you are.”
– Joseph Campbell
Even when things
don’t seem clear
and you struggle
to see through the fog…
remember what a privilege
to Be YOU!
Cheers & Hugs,
Things are a bit “foggy” in my part of the world today… Yesterday, October 27, 2018, a mass shooting occurred in a community very near me in Pittsburgh, PA. The gunman reportedly spewed anti-Semitic threats online shortly before opening fire inside a synagoge during a Sabbath day service killing 11 innocent Jewish people. Apparently they were killed just because they were being who they were. This horrifyingly wicked individual felt he could deny these fellow human beings the privilege to be who they were. I already had this post scheduled ahead to post for today, and I was suprised to realize how relevant and timely it became to talk about what a true privilege it really is to be who we are. A privilege ALL people deserve.