Spring View


“Orchestra”

I’m getting to know the #South.
I know her curves in #spring
with her #orchestra of #color.
She introduces #white to begin
with bouquets of popcorn on the Bradford trees
They echo in rows
down streets and alleys
in mid March.
Daffodils chime in providing a consistent tune, humming sweetly
Bright yellow describing her mood
Spring sings softly at first

The band ups the tempo
#Dogwood blooms blanket
the treeline
Tucked into canopies like bundles of babies, skin so soft and velvety

Soon the #azaleas will burst thorough
In bright patterns of pink,
reds, and pastel hues
their tiny antenna will peek through buoyant, crisp buds
April will sing tenure. Loud
Songs will shift, taking turns
Synchronizing patterns we barely notice
Until we sneeze and see yellow dust everywhere
#Spring training has begun

Spring's View

Spring’s View

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Tiger Lillies Usher in July’s Heat and Passion and Usher Out a Misfit Chorus of Inner Critics


And just like that — the tiger lilies bloom — ushering in July’s heat and passion.

I am trying to embrace my “optimal productive mode.”  I heard that term tonight in Steve and Chris’s UnStuckable podcast. Great website and certainly a great motivational tool and blueprint to start taking the steps in your life to get unstuck and move towards your dharma dreams.  Check UnStuckable out. You won’t regret it and it’s all free.

This post by Deepok Chopra influenced my thoughts this week as well. I am trying to change some negative thinking patterns I have. That damn inner critic of mine really needs to be assassinated.  Crazy how we (I am speaking for all of the negative misfit chorus girls that inhabit my mind) listen to those awful misinformed and drastically uneducated voices. Sadly, I give the microphone to the worst voice — the voice of my inner critic. Perhaps it is easier to listen to that voice and give in so I don’t have to go beyond that voice. I am a work in progress and I am really starting to see how healthy habits can have a profound effect on quieting the negative voices.

The positive voice, my opera singing beauty, can really sing — when I let her. That voice challenges me, makes me stretch. Makes me happy. Makes me uncomfortable for all the right reasons. She makes me grow.  And I’m putting my money on her.

The inner critic does not challenge me, only limits me. (Do I should like Yoda because I really feel like I channeled him there?)

Anyway, my optimal productive mode is the now. I am a now-blaster.  If I don’t do things now, then I usually put them off and they get lost in the archive of then. I work on now.  That’s just me and it’s how I perform better, so I am going to embrace it.

My inner critic tells me I overshare or I share too much on social media. My inner critic tells me that I need too much attention. My inner critic tells me that nobody cares and my friends on Facebook want me to stop and to give them a break. The chorus goes on and they leg kick my self-esteem. How can I get them to shut the f up?  I’ll tell you — by playing different music — by listening to thought leaders and positive people. Steve and Chris talked about hanging out with like minded people in their podcast.  It works.  Misery loves company and positives like people.

Back to the ping pong game in my head —  my “leading indicator” voice (the positive voice) tells me that overhearing is one of my optimal productive modes. Oversharing is my verb of action. Now is my adverb. So I embrace it and usher in the heat and the passion of my dreams, my goals, and all the beauty that is me. The misfit chorus can exit stage left.

 

Tiger Lilly Parade of Prose

Tiger Lilly Parade of Prose

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

 

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“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin

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“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

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“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” –Buddha

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“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Francesca Reigler

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“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

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“The difference in winning and losing is most often…not quitting.” – Walt Disney

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What flower or thing do you equate with July?  What tree? What favorite food? Care to share? Post a comment. Feel to ramble on your  rose prose.

Nature Nurtures Me


I love my garden. I love how tiny seeds grow into spectacular shapes with splendid curves.

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I eventually want to grow most of my family’s food.

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Green beans perfect snack off the vine. Like healthy french fries. Ben loves them.

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Yellow squash.

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July is not pumpkin season but she is a beauty.

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I can’t wait to see this beauty turn red. And I love that my veggies are organic and free!

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The grace of nature

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Bull’s eye beauty

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Orange delight

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Wild veggie garden

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Flower garden wild and free

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Bumblebee

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Blue joy

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Close up

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Flower garden.

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The wild vegetable garden

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Tomatoe field.

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Birdhouse beauty

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Yellow you

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Swoosh lillies

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Red flurry

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All photos are from garden and taken with cell phone. I have been lazy and have been blogging from my phone. But hot summer days induce laziness and lounging.

What are you growing in your garden? My corn totally bit the dust and it started so strong.

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This is a photo when it looked healthy.

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What is your favorite July flower or plant? Mine is the gardenia and Crepe Mrytal.

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Crepe mrytal in front yard.
And I am happy to report my fernd are doing well. I have just been putting them on thr walkway during the afternoon rainstorms.

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Hope you are staying cool in this heat.