The last few days have had me with little sleep and The Bride with the flu. With that combo I have not been able to pursue a few things I have wanted to. That is Life 101 and I understand that but in those times I have been blessed with the ability to appreciate the little things. Yesterday, on my way in from the car to our home after work, I saw this little flower among the ruins of what was once our driveway. The last two Winters has ravaged it to nothing but a muddy mess. Yet right there among the mess is this beautiful little flower. I used my Wedding band as a gauge so one can see how small this flower is. Among the storms of life take time to look for and enjoy the little things.
The Bride and I had been suffering from cabin fever till we were cured by small venue music. Thanks LaDonna @ Wild Earth Gallery & Gifts for this gift. Peace Lady LaDonna ~ John
Like the title says, I took these out my back window. We got right at 10″ of snow and I had a snow day, so I took advantage of it. I moved The Bride’s desk out from in front of the window, dropped the top pane down and enjoyed nature being nature. In a word it was delightful. The birds seemed to be too fast for my point and shots, too far away for my DSLR but just right for me to drink in. So here are three from out my back window.
Yesterday The Bide and I took a little road trip and ended up in Bardstown, Kentucky. If you find yourself in the Commonwealth of Kentucky I highly recommend a visit to Bardstown. It is a quiet and beautiful small town with a lot of things to see and do. We wanted to visit a friends small soap shop and look around the other the small boutiques, food, spirits and craft shops. That along would keep you busy for a day and then there are the historic sites and not to mention the Bourbon Trail. (That in it self can keep one busy and happy for a few days!) But this day was about slowing down and looking around.The shops are small businesses and have many challenges surviving as such but for those who sell Christmas items one challenge is how to display them among their main-line merchandise. Some simply do not deviate from their many business model at all and offer special deals, while others have completely re-done their places for the season. One shop had what I would call miss-mash style:All Christmas and regular store stock were displayed nicely but very much intertwined and overlapped the other but it seems to work. Mostly. As I was looking about I found this scene, A very cheaply made snowman next to a very nice candle holder, the kind you set a candle inside of. Right in the middle is what maybe a someone visual rendition of the Virgin Mary kind of hidden there. Well that was a lot of word to cover one picture but there you go!
Yesterday was our 21st Wedding Anniversary and it was a great day. For the previous two nights The Bride and I had the privilege of watching one of our nieces. Yesterday after a causal breakfast and play time our day started like this:
We all have them, that thing that is just right. It fits. It makes us feel good and fills us with joy. This is the cup that does those things for me. There is a story behind the cup but that is for a different time and space. Right now I will enjoy some hot tea with locally produced honey and rest in this moment my favorite cup.
I took this photo back in 2011 as I was waiting to take the stage for Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God. The venue was small, about 600-650 max capacity, but is one cool theater. We did this show for six years,the last being in 2012, and I enjoyed it but all things must come to an end. And I miss it. A lot. But I miss this view almost as much as I miss letting the music and the story flow through me as I played. There is something wonderful about the butterflies in one’s belly and the anticipation of doing something musically and doing it well. And it all starts with one being back stage and waiting. A Side Note: this is my 800th post………Thanks to all who have dropped by and have encouraged me on this Stage as well.~Peace.
We have a new visitor in our area. Apparently it came from Siberia and it is cold air, which equals cold temperatures. Now last year was cold but our outside cat Butterfly hung tough till January when the temps got down into the teens, then we brought her in whether she wanted us to or not. It seems she has coldar now and this is note I found taped to the door of the outside door to the study……..And this is who I found enjoying the comfort of my reading chair, yes I have a reading chair or better put a chair under really good lighting for these tired old eyes…..none the less here is Butterfly letting me know that yes its cold out….