In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful ~ Alice Walker
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair ~ Khalil Gibran
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better ~ Albert Einstein
Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads ~ Henry David Thoreau
To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug ~ Helen Keller
Don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous ~ Rumi
All that is gold does not glitter. Not all those who wander are lost: the old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost ~ J.R.R Tolkien
The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination ~ Terri Guillemets
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back ~ Albert Camus
We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives ~ Gary Zukav
YES — there are times during the winter when the sun makes an appearance in the Pacific Northwest ~ it is fleeting, but always welcome.
2021 came to a sad ending for me as on December 31, my beautiful, sweet feline, Jameson, crossed the Rainbow Bridge. That evening there were many toasts to Jameson by my friends and me.
Jameson was very special, and I have so many fabulous memories. Two friends gave her to me (she had found them, but they had two cats who did not accept a new cat) and it was love at first sight.
I’ve had other cats, and each has been marvelously unique. Jameson was by far the sweetest, most affectionate cat yet quite feisty and independent. She would follow me about, sit with me (or on me) while I read, helped me work on puzzles (guarding the puzzle or hiding the pieces — seriously, she would pick up a piece and hide it!) and loved looking out the patio door at squirrels and rabbits. She would hide, thinking the squirrels could not see her and would then pounce.
One day I saw her drinking from my water glass ~ I laughed and wondered how long she’d been doing that. Thereafter, she had a glass of water on a cocktail table in the living room.
Jameson also enjoyed looking at a video of insects that a friend gave her and would sometimes watch shows on my laptop with me.
And every time I look about, I can see all of the places where she would nap, from blankets that I kept on top of a washer-dryer, to the sofa, a lounge chair, her bed, my bed, my pillow … Yes, Jameson definitely was a 5-star napper.
Jameson was a very special friend who is deeply missed.
Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous New Year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source ~ a Sower of Dreams ~ just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties ~ Helen Keller
And now we welcome the New Year. Full of things that have never been ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wishing you and your family and friends a beautiful, joyous Christmas
What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. Agnes M. Pahro
Christmas is the day that holds all time together. Alexander Smith
One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly. Andy Rooney
The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood. Richard Paul Evans
May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve. Unknown
We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime. Laura Ingalls Wilder
It’s Christmas Eve. It’s the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be. Frank Cross, “Scrooged”
Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. Norman Vincent Peale
Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection. Winston Churchill
There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor. Charles Dickens