My goal for this blog is to be a positive place to visit and I think for the most part, I’ve accomplished that. The past few months have been extremely difficult for me on every level. I have been processing a lot. Much of it has been way too dark or negative to share on a positive blog.
One of my personal goals has always been that no matter how bad things get, there is something positive that I can find in every experience. Sometimes it takes a while to find even one thing.
Also, it takes a lot of energy to process tough times. And so, that is in part, why I haven’t been posting much lately.
The good news is that despite it all, I have found some good things through it all. Sometimes they are microscopic in size, but they are there when I look hard enough.
The crazy news is that despite it all, I still write. Much of it is me writing through the experiences I’ve been having and that is how I deal with life. Some of the writing is creative. Little scenes or a sentence will show up that I feel compelled to write down. My characters keep tapping me on the shoulder and whispering that they want to show me what happens next.
In the meantime, I am so glad that I have discovered this wonderful world of blogging. I love to read my favorite blogs and feel like I’m visiting with old friends.
So despite it all, keep writing and sharing! You never know how much you may brighten someone’s day! And there is always light at the end of the tunnel!
Huge Snow Couple
I had to stop and take a picture of this humongous couple! The eyes are made from the bottoms of contractors buckets, the yellow buttons down the front are made of hardhats. The noses are from construction cones. This has been such a hard winter so when I saw this I had to share. Thanks to Weaver’s Mulch for doing this! Enjoy!
Winter is probably my least favorite season of the year. I enjoy it more when I can stay home and don’t have to navigate the slippery roads. I don’t even mind shoveling that much when I can take my time and enjoy that special peaceful quiet that is part of a gentle snowfall or after a big snowstorm.
I am really trying to stay positive despite all the snow and ice we had in December.
And I’m still looking for the beauty despite the frigid cold we’ve had and lots more snow we’ve gotten this month.
I do find this icicle beautiful and amazing.
Cool curved icicle
I wrote a poem about winter that I was going to post but it in rereading it just now, it’s very dark. Definitely not a happy poem.
A friend of mine wrote a great poem about winter that pretty accurately describes how I feel about it at this point. I just reread it on his blog and it still makes me laugh, so please visit here to read it.
I also really enjoyed these photos from one of my favorite blogs. He managed to capture winter beauty as he always does. Please check out his blog too for a lift.
In the meantime, I am enjoying staying cozy inside. I’ve read a few really good books. I’m drinking a lot of green tea which is supposed to be healthy for you. And I am finally getting back to my writing which I have let sit idle for too long but sometimes I just have to do that. Don’t you?
What do you do to make winter more enjoyable?
I am terribly late in thanking two wonderful people for nominating me for a couple of blogging awards.
I find these awards very flattering and am always surprised when nominated for one. I have also discovered that on the one hand they are a great way to bring attention to some of my favorite blogs, but on the other hand they take a LOT of time to do!
On that note let me recognize the two bloggers and their blogs who nominated me and share the links to their blogs. They are both positive and uplifting blogs and if you like that kind of thing, like I do, please visit them.
The first blog is the Nicole Marica blog. She blogs about a variety of topics and I find myself smiling after reading her posts. She nominated me for the Shine On Award. If you are interested in the rules of this award Nicole had listed on her blog here.
The second nomination I had was from the ever-cheerful Avra-Sha and her Red Twilight Blog. Please visit her blog. You never know what will be there but it is always enjoyable!
My sincere thanks for these nominations!
This is the fifth book by this author that I have read. Each of her books is wonderful and magical but I think this one is the best so far. Yet each of her books is so unique I hate to pick favorites. Maybe I’ll go with this one now because it’s new.
This book has the perfect mix of emotions. It has just the right amount of tension before issues get resolved. There are enough mysterious happenings that make you turn the pages. The setting is a character in itself. Overall the story is satisfying from beginning to end.
If you are in the mood for characters you will fall in love with and a story that has a little bit of magic and lots of heart then this is the book for you.
I have been waiting for this to come out and usually will read it slowly to savor every word. And I did. But I could not put it down and read it in record time for me. I just have to share how great this book is!