Sunday is my favorite day, a time for a slower pace and self care and creative pursuits. And sometimes, as was the case today, simple pleasures. I had intended to complete a larger project. My Darling left leg said no. I contemplated a smaller project. My leg urged otherwise. Since I am listening, I took those messages to heart and opened to other possibilities. As the afternoon progressed, I saw the pattern that emerged and accepted the journey for what it was…a sweet day of simple pleasures that brought joy and elicited gratitude.
In keeping with the simplicity of my journey, here is a pictorial representation of my afternoon.
It was cool enough today to wear one of my Scotland hoodies, which always makes me smile.
I tried a new Lara Bar, which was delicious. Ingredients: dates, unsweetened coconut, almonds, cashews, coconut oil.
The weather was perfect for sitting in the garden…and my chair reclines!
The garden was so peaceful and so beautiful, it made my heart expand. The chirping birds and the bell tones of the wind chime orchestrated a soothing serenade. Bliss.
The ornamental grasses are the superstars of the garden in the fall. Their stalks of silky tassels waved and rippled in the soft breeze.
I had great companions to appreciate the garden with me. This is Angel, soaking up the sunshine. Shy Boy was curled up beneath my chair while Marco stalked imaninary creatures in the grasses.
I got to color.
I experimented on new techniques for backgrounds.
There were delightful surprises. This pink lantana self seeded. Pink was last year’s color!
And this is a small firework plant growing in the yard! The seeds from my plants, in their metal washtub, have gone forth.
This was the biggest surprise in the garden…a dense, bright green orb that I caught among the grasses. Orbs are energy, that frequently appear in my photos. I’ve not seen one in the backyard garden before. Green is a good color, signifying growth and healing and peace.
Anne of Green Gables, a character in a series of books by LM Montgomery, said, “After all, I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.” That describes my day, my journey, perfectly.