Sometimes it’s the simplest of blessings that can make a day bearable,
often the most mundane, inane things of life.
These blessings seem to have a way of filling my day with inner-sunshine.
I’ve come to call them, “Today’s Blessing.”
Here’s to hoping that my jotting down some of these blessings on the blog
will bring a sliver of inner-sunshine to your day too.

 

“Find a blessing a day. It’s there! ” ~ Chérie

 

I took the above photograph of a butterfly that sang a humble song
as it flitted about and fed in the flower garden.
It sang a survivor’s song …
“I’ll survive on, the best I know how.  For those that truly love me, it’ll be good enough.”

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July 17, 2014

Today’s Blessing: Swapped Greens

While taking a break from writing an upcoming serious article for L’idot Blog for a couple of days — transforming one’s metaphorical guts into words can really take it out of you — life has blessed me with swapped greens. Greens as in plants.

I had saved a large bunch of Daylillies from my deceased neighbor Pete’s garden. The new tenant in his apartment now was going to just heave them. I volunteered to dig them up for her. Being that I had no room for them in any of my gardens, I threw them into a bucket — with the faith that they’d eventually find a good home.

An elderly neighbor down the hill from me has always had a lovely flower garden every year. Upon seeing two barren flower beds in front of her home, I inquired as to why. She informed me that age has caught up with her lower back, she can no longer garden. I asked if she minded if I went ahead and planted some low-maintenance type plants for her.  With mild shock she said yes. Perfect home for the Daylillies!

So, in my gardens, I dug up some Blackeyed Susans that weren’t getting enough sun and a bunch of crowded Marigolds. Plunked them all into the Daylilly bucket and we sloshed our way down the hill. Smack in the middle of planting everything, it started to pour rain. I kept on. Of course, as soon as I stopped planting it stopped raining — for a bit. That’s a good gardening day if you ask me though.

Luckily it rained for a couple of more days. Saved me from hauling a water pail around while the plants got acclimated.

Everyone is happy with the swapped greens. I’m sure Pete (who was an avid gardener) is happy that his Daylillies didn’t end up in the trash. The Blackeyed Susans are happy that they’re out of a too shady spot. The Marigolds are happier with more root room. My neighbor is thankful and tickled pink that someone gifted her a nice no-fuss garden. And, I’m blessed because swapped greens has made for everyone, everything, to be so happy.

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May 31, 2014

Today’s Blessing: Simple Heaven

1/4 cup olive oil

2 onions

2 carrots

2 stalks of celery

1 large head of finely diced cabbage

4 cups of diced potatoes

1/2 head finely minced garlic

1 Tbs Beau Monde

1 Tbs Marjoram

4 cups vegetable broth or water

Sauté  all of the ingredients. Then slowly steam everything with four cups of vegetable broth or water.

Once this HUGE pot of ‘simple heaven’ cools down, I can freeze it up in batches and season it up any old way I wanna — to suit whatever dish I may be using it as a base for. Excellent way to use up a surplus of gifted cabbage, onions and potatoes.

Oh yeah, baby cakes.

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May 22, 2014

Today’s Blessing: Marigold Rain

It has to be some type of GMO seed conspiracy … For the life of me this spring time, I have been unable to find any Marigold seeds for my flower and vegetable gardens. None. My imagination began to run wild with a theory that some big GMO company has probably gobbled up all the Marigold seeds, so home gardens will be gnawed to nubs by GMO altered insects. Forcing us all to buy their Frankinfood and/or pesticides. (Yes, my mind’s-eye even saw mad scientists and corporate lawyer slugs, laughing together, ominously.)

After running errands on Monday, I came home to finding a small plastic sandwich baggy tucked into my storm door, marked, “MARIGOLDS.” It was stuffed full of the distinctive stick-like seeds that ensure bursts of summer happiness, while keeping bugs at bay. Blessing to the anonymous Marigold Fairy.

The gentle rain will now ignite the magic nestled inside each freshly planted seed. Summer here we come.

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