Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The View

Very cold, very beautiful!  Snows aren't as frequent here in Silver City as in Colorado or  Michigan or come to think of it even northern Nevada but they do come with a beauty all their own.  The landscape changes immediately to a winter wonderland and shrubs and native plants take on shapes and personalities the you have not seen on most days.   You can't beat mother nature for winter decorations.  The view here is from our back patio. I usually crop out overhangs etc to make it look like I did more than open the slider, but I rather liked the icycles on this one.  And so many of the wildlife photos I take do not even involve opening the sliding door and are shot through the glass.  I guess this house was designed for senior citizen photographers!

Life is busy with holiday happenings.  I am enjoying working with Kiwanis on Christmas projects, including gifts for long term residents at an area hospital.    And FeVa Fotos is making a showing this Saturday at a holiday bazaar sponsored by two of the artist groups we belong to.  And that involves putting together a lot of new FeVa Christmas "keepsake" cards for that sale.  Always fun!   As a Kiwanis project , I worked on holiday lighting of a gazebo in our local downtown park.  More complicated than it sounds!  But I have never worked with a nicer bunch of city officials including the young men on the  fireman crew who came to hang the lights.  And Tom has been up the ladder several times to achieve a proper setting on the timer!  Something else that proved more complicated than it looked.  But as of last night We Got It!   Most of my packages are mailed . .and only a couple of Christmas Parties to go. . This season always comes on so fast. . and it is evidently here!

The status on my healing body part remains about the same.  Slowly. . slowly. . but no problems that I am aware of. . I should be going back to Mayo for a check up next month for sure.  But for now and just thankful for another holiday season to enjoy with a Tom  and exchange greetings and goodwill with family and friends.   Even without a cancer recovery it isn't difficult to find gratitude for a good life when you look at the needs of those near and far.  We aren't that far from an area of our world where we are told some  mothers are eating every other day so their children can have something to eat every day.  That one got me!    "Be thankful you have enough." Not my quote but one that looms large in my head.  There are many who don't have enough.  So I guess that is my thought today.  Gratitude for being one of those who has "enough".   And humbly grateful for the being blessed with  so much more.  Sending love and hugs to family , Friends and friends. . .Sandy


lorena johnson said...

I love that you left a little shot of your eaves in this. it certainly adds color and the scenery is breathtaking.
To comment on gratitude, I too am so grateful for all that I have even though to most people I know, it is very poor. To me it is very rich when compared with the mothers you spoke about in your post.
Their was a brief time in my life when I was homeless for about 3 weeks and had it not been for family helping it would have been much more devastating.
Also, their was a time that I dimly remember now when I was 9 years old, that I was abandoned for a week or two and was eating dry oatmeal for that period until someone noticed and was also wearing shoes that were found in trash that didn't match or even fit very well.
Even then, I didn't have it bad for very long and not nearly as bad as half of the people in 3rd world countries.

It is my sincere hope that people wake up and realize how much we have and grow in gratitude as you seem to have much in your heart.

I love you dear friend and am grateful for your attitude. It infuses me with more of the same.

lorena johnson said...

Should have previewed that last comment. duh! There instead of their? LOL! It's very early in the am. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.