There Is Always Hope

52 Words Spread Layout

This is the prototype of the layout for the 52 Words e-book that I was working on last summer. I have a notebook with handwritten entries for about a quarter of the 52 pages. The words hope and renew are from an altered playing card deck that I made a few years ago. Eventually I will finish this book as it is often on my mind.

I think the passage on hope is particularly relevant for the world right now. Why do I always have hope? Because I was semi-comotose for 10 days in 1979, had a near death experience, was lost outside of my body wandering in a barren place, was found and brought back to my body on a long journey with an angel, saw a blinding white light, and then woke up. My life has not been the same since then.

Hope is (was) my one word for 2019. Hope places trust in the future… I hope things work out. Hope is a positive way of looking at life and brings expectancy and longing.

Hope does not turn away from difficult situations but abides in knowing there is a reason for everything. There is light in hope… the sun shines brightly in your heart even on a cloudy day.

To live with a hope-filled heart is to live with gladness and joy. Even in the darkest of times, hope can carry you through to the other side. You may not be able to hold hope in your outstretched hands, but it is there like a reassuring presence.

You can reach out to others and give them hope… hope for a better life, hope for the resolution of a problem, hope for a positive outcome. Sharing hope is a way of giving back that multiplies blessings in untold ways.

lake sparkles

I am a seeker of light and a light bearer. I am drawn to the water and I am drawn to the light. Both water and light restore energy and bring peace.  The life force and spirit is in the water, just as it is in all living things.

duck pairs

These duck pairs were looking for a place to build a nest one warm day about 2 months ago. This is a small pond which feeds into the lake. It is quiet and protected here, a good place for a nest. Later in spring there will be ducklings, and the duck family will venture out into the lake. I think of my home as a nest. My home is small, and simple, and it contains little things that nourish me and feed my soul.

heart tree

This art journal page is one of the February lessons from Effy Wild’s Book of Days 2020 found here. The heart in the tree can mean whatever you want it to mean…. loss, growth, strength. The quote written into the roots is an African proverb that I found in an online search.

When the roots are deep there is no reason to fear the wind.

Namaste.

Christmas Gratitude

Baby first Christmas

Christmas this year is a time for reflection and gratitude. This was my little grandson’s first Christmas and it is a joy to see Christmas through the eyes of a child. We don’t post photos of my grandson anywhere online for privacy reasons, due to the intrusive nature of advanced facial recognition technology. I am happy to post this lovely Christmas ornament made by my sweet daughter-in-law with my grandson’s precious little handprint. The gratitude I feel for the love in my family is overflowing. It’s not just Christmas gratitude, it’s year round gratitude.

Christmas tree and Advent calendar

My small artificial Christmas tree is perfect for my small condo. The tree is about four feet tall and very narrow, but it holds all of my special Christmas ornaments. I purchased the tree on a whim when I had to work all day Christmas Eve one year. Driving from New Haven to Newington after work, I got the tree on clearance at my happy place, JoAnn Fabrics. There are a lot of angel ornaments on my tree, collected over the years. I like angels very much and everyone should have an angel to watch over them and keep them safe from harm. Currently I am working on a small appliqué quilt that has angels, moons, and stars. It is all handwork and a joy to work on. When the blocks are finished I will design a setting and sew them together by machine.

Christmas cactus

My Christmas cactus bloomed in November and the blooms lasted almost until Christmas. My aunt in New Hampshire has a huge Christmas cactus that is over 50 years old. They can live a very long life and are such a beautiful plant. They need the shorter days of fall, indirect sunlight, and a cool spot in the house to bloom. They only need to be watered when the soil becomes very dry. My Christmas cactus is only a few years old and I repotted it this past summer after it had been pot bound for some time. I found it at Lagana Florists in Middletown when I was waiting for Pamela Roose Specialty Hand Knits & Yarn to open, as I had arrived at the yarn shop too early. It was an unexpected treat to be surrounded by such beautiful flowers and plants and the florist was so gracious. Lagana’s has recently moved to a new location and I need to go check it out.

Trail of hope ornaments

This is the Trail of Hope in East Hampton and it is on the east end of Lake Road, not far from Lake  Pocotopaug. Every year in December, the landowners decorate the trees in the woods with thousands of glass ornaments that shimmer in the light, even on overcast days such as this one. It is a special and magical sight to behold, and I often go out of my way and head in the opposite direction just to drive by the acres of Christmas ornaments in the woods. When the wind blows through the trees, the ornaments gently move and sway, bringing the scene to life. It takes my breath away and makes me so grateful to live in this small town where people do such special things that touch other people’s lives.