My little bit of heaven on earth…

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I am in the place that is one of my absolute favorites…the mountains of North Carolina, between Blowing Rock and Boone.  There used to be a summer camp here, named Camp Yonahlossee, that operated for many, many years… it closed down in the early 1980’s, when it was bought out by the people who developed the area as a resort…

The developers of the resort were sensitive to the fact that many of the people who had been a part of the camp, either as a camper, or as staff, or in some cases, as both, really loved the camp and the area… so they named the resort area with the camp’s name, and when several years back, some of the “campers” who had kept in touch with each other, decided to see who else they could find, and then began to have reunions from time to time, the people who ran the resort welcomed the former campers and staff with open arms…

I was one of the camp counselors for a few years, and I am here this weekend for a reunion…  why is this one of my favorite places to be?  I love this place for it’s beauty as well as it’s quietness, sense of peace, and timelessness…   and in this area of North Carolina, there is a scent in the air that I have found in no other place… I can only describe it as a gentle scent of sweet earthiness…

Being here restores and rejuvenates my spirit and soul…   I am blessed!!

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I wish …

Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road…

A person leaves his home, gets into his car and just starts driving… Going wherever…  Beautiful scenery… Apparently just answering the call of “wanderlust”…

It’s a car commercial…

I don’t want the car… Just wish I had the freedom to just get in my car and go…

conversations…

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We converse with other people all the time…

Sometimes those conversations are long…sometimes short…

Sometimes they have great meaning and import…other times, not so much…

Many of them, we forget…

But then, there are those we will remember for the rest of our lives…

 

Me:  I love you, Mom…

Mom:  I love you more…

Me:  I love YOU more…

Mom:  I loved you first…

 

I really miss having that (almost daily) conversation with my mom…

1/1/2016… Saturday? No… Friday…

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…and  I didn’t even stay up super late last night (or early this morning) or “party” or get drunk or anything else that might explain why I thought today was Saturday…

Except…  maybe…

I don’t have to be at work today – unless my “work phone” rings (I am on call)…

And usually the mornings or days that are this peaceful are Saturdays…

This morning, as I peeled back the foil covering over the little yogurt container (of the yogurt I was going to eat), I saw on the underside of the foil top this quote from Oscar Wilde:

I adore simple pleasures.  They are the last refuge of the complex.

Simple pleasures…   What a thought…

What are some of the simple pleasures in my life?

  • A quiet, peaceful Saturday (or in today’s case, Friday) morning…where I can enjoy a cup (or two or three) of coffee, as I sit on my patio in my backyard…watching as my puppy is undoubtedly digging to China from underneath the shed in my backyard… I see occasional glimpses of her body as she passes the opening she created when she dug her way under the shed in the first place…
  • Watching my older dog, as he slowly meanders around the yard, and then returns to a cushion to lay down and rest…
  • Being able to sit in a chair on my back patio and drink coffee to begin with…
  • Feeling a light, cooling breeze on a warm, sunny day, as the new year begins… Well, ok…  I live in Florida…  warm, sunny days on January 1st are the norm…not the exception!!
  • Knowing that I am blessed by God, and that whatever comes in this new year, God will be with me… knowing that I will not ever be alone as I journey through and face the unknown future of this new year…

I think I will see how many more “simple pleasures” I can discover this year…

a little music please…

I have decided to start playing the piano again… Not just occasionally pick out notes to help me learn a melody, but really play the piano again.

As a kid, I took lessons for about five years, so reading music is not an issue… What the issue is, is training my fingers where and how to go on the keyboard, as well as learning again how to play with the correct timing and rhythm…

So today, I went by a music store and purchased some beginning piano books… One with exercises for the fingers (in fact, a book I remember having and using, oh so many years ago)… One with scales and some very simple songs that will get my right hand and left hand playing their own lines, at the same time… One that is a beginning method type book… And one that has some relatively simple (though slightly more involved) classical pieces, written by J. S. Bach…

These are all beginning books… A six or seven year old child, who is just starting out to learn to play might use these same books (well, the one with pieces written by Bach might be challenging for a very beginner, yet he/she could possibly start to work on some from that book after a few months of lessons)…

But do I feel that those books are somehow beneath me, because they could be used by six year olds, and I am far past being six years old…?

No…

Not in the least do I think I have insulted myself because I have chosen to use some relatively simple beginning books…

I just want to be able to come home from work and sit down at the piano and immerse myself in something over which I have some measure of control…