Hit the rewind button (Scintilla Project)

a nap in the sun
(Scintilla prompt: “Sometimes we wish we could hit the rewind button. Talk about an experience that you would do over if you could.”)

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If I could hit the rewind button on my life and do any part of it over, I’d take the advice of my cat.

1. I’d seek out someone I love and trust and just let them love me, even if they appear to be busy.

2. I’d take more power naps, any time of the day.

3. I’d play a lot more, and put my whole self into the playing.

4. I’d stand up for myself and take better control of my personal space.  Hopefully claws would not be necessary.

5. I’d ponder the world, stare out the window for long periods of time, and improve my skills of observation.  There would be a camera within reach at all times so that I could record what I see. 

6. I’d go back and find that person I love and trust and demand more affection and back scratching, even if they are online and typing a blog post.

7. If all else failed, I’d just get right in that person’s face, purr a lot, and gaze into their eyes until I get what I need.

8. But the main thing is, I’d take more naps.

9. I’d enjoy food more, particularly ice cream.  With chocolate.

10. I’d find every warm sunny spot in the house and make it a place for pondering, and I’d go outside a lot more, sneaking out whenever I can.

11.  I’d eat just what I need and occasionally indulge in a bit of treats.   But I’d leave the critters and rodents to run free.  (Since I’m not really a cat I get to pick and choose here.)

12.  And when life brings on changes that I don’t quite know what to do with, I’d seek the love and reassurance from those I love and trust.

The Scintilla Project

Saturday’s Featured Image

On the left, an afghan made by my maternal grandmother. In the center, a quilt she made for my bed when I was small.  On the right, a small quilt made by my mom.

As I looked at them on the quilt rack I couldn’t help but notice how similar the colors are in each.  Interesting choices and all so beautifully blended together.

May your weekend be restful and full of all the colors you desire….



A Place of Peace

Ottawa Park
Before turning on the computer yesterday and swimming through all those messages,
I took the camera and headed out.  It was a clear, beautiful winter morning.  Near the place where I parked the car (at Ottawa Park) were all these lovely pine trees, with a path inside. The path lead to the center of this little grove, where a clearing had been made and benches carefully arranged…a place of peace.  
You can see the softness of the pine trees, the morning sun coming through, but I wish you could hear the birds.  It was simply beautiful.

February Photo Heart Connection

Blue pitcher and lemons

In February it was gray, cold, and dark.  Winter is a beautiful season, but this last month just seemed a bit too dark for me.  My solution was to find color.  In recent months I have had fun creating still life images, but none have given me the satisfaction that this one does.

Lemons set against a blue antique pitcher, with some texture added to the final image.  That is what worked for me.  It brings to mind hot summer days and fresh lemonade, made from the real fruit.  Taking the time to quench the thirst, and do a bit of caring for the self.

When July is here and we are all having our picnics and fighting off bugs, will we think of cold February days?  I’m not so sure.