Sunday, August 17, 2014

Happy Sunday!!

Happy Sunday everyone.  

I hope your day is filled with sunshine and joy....

We have had the most delicious summer so far this year.  Not too hot, rain when needed, plenty of sunshine, I am putting my request in for next summer to be identical to this one.  Wouldn't it be nice to be able to order up some sunshine when needed?  Or to have all of our prayers answered the exact way we request them.  How many times do we tell ourselves that there is a reason for our prayers not being answered in the way we want...trying to figure out the whys while still hanging on to our faith.  My prayer is always "to let go and let God",  Such a short message but a mighty difficult one to adhere to.

I continue to enjoy summer by a trip now and again to the Arboretum.  Friday was another delicious day, sunshine and only in the 70's, blissful.  I decided to drive to the Fragrance Garden that is usually filled with beautiful flowers and wander down the Joy Path.  Ofcourse I wasn't disappointed....but before I reached the garden I found this....ahhh!!

You know how I love red berries and against that blue sky, bonus!!

Flowers in a variety of colors....

Love those anemones...

This butterfly had the most gorgeous wing span.

While at the garden I struck up a conversation with a couple, they were taking pictures of each other with an I-Phone.  I asked if I could take both of their pictures together (I do this alot) and ofcourse they were delighted.  Thus began our conversation.  He is a retired orthopedic surgeon and then the obvious question followed..."what does your husband do?"  I explained and when he asked what facility my sweetie was staying in, I was delighted to hear that one of his former colleagues owned the facility.  He went on to say that the owner was a very dear friend, a man in tune with care and and caring.  Along with the beauty surrounding us, that conversation made my day!!  He even gave me his business card and told me if I EVER had any concerns to call him and he would in-turn call his friend, the owner.  Perfect.

The only thing that concerned me on this trip was that some of the leaves on trees are already beginning to show signs of Fall.  Oh I am so not ready to give up this summer, but I do admit we have pretty terrific Falls.

Back home I noticed my neighbors sunflowers haven't bloomed yet, so summer can't be over!!

And the backyard birds are still with me.

OK, today is going to be another day on the porch.  I need to finish my bookclub book, "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman.  I will let you know how I liked it when I finish...right now, I am on the fence.  Next up, "The Orphan Train".  I am probably the only one that hasn't read this yet, we are reading and discussing this in my "story-hour" book club where we only read one book a year.  The remaining gatherings are book reviews presented by the members. I remember last year one of the books reviewed was "Me Before You" a book on my must read list.  I tried my best not to listen to her review, but the only way I could avoid her words was to nod off to sleep, then I started rude!!

Again, happy Sunday and enjoy the week ahead!!

“No matter where life takes you...the place where you stand at any moment is holy ground. Love hard and love wide and love long, and you will find goodness in it.” 
—Susan VreelandLisette's List

Until next time.....


  1. such beautiful shots, deanna. :) so glad you got such a great 'reference' on your husband's care facility. :)

  2. Your photos are always, always terrific. What a blessing in the couple you met.

  3. This is a truly beautiful post and your photos brought such joy to my heart. Thank you.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  4. Love your photos . . . Stunning . . .
    Loved even more the visit with the orthopedic surgeon . . .
    It warmed my heart . . . one more person caring in heart for and toward your sweetie . . .

  5. Some would say that your meeting this couple was by chance, but I think that God sets up such events, especially when we might need reassurances as this doctor could give you. Your photos are so lovely; they would make such a gorgeous nature book. I love the butterfly capture!

  6. What a lovely post, so many beautiful images. It is wonderful that you ran into that doctor.. Who in turn could help you and your husband! Sending my prayers too. Enjoy your new week!

  7. What beautiful photographs, Deanna!
    I especially love your anemones. Such a pretty color.
    Our summer has been quite cool relative to summers past, and like you I have begun to see signs of fall.
    Not sure I'm ready for that yet!
    I hope you had a wonderful Sunday.

  8. My, my, my what a pretty post . . . you stole my heart with your flower and bird shots.
    Did I say pretty? Maybe beautiful is a better word :)

  9. gorgeous images. i enjoy going to our arboretum too.

  10. So much gorgeousness in your post, Deanna! Just exquisite! :)
    And yes, it would be nice to be able to order up some sunshine when needed. Yep! We had a rubbish weather for 18 months and no summer in 2013, but this year we had 3 whole sunny weeks, such a joy! :D

  11. You did have a lovely visit to the arboretum. I'm amazed at how good all your flowers still look. We're getting a bit ragged around the edges here. What a happy 'coincidence' {I think it was more than that!} that you struck up a conversation with that retired surgeon and his wife. Things happen for a reason, I say. Thanks for sharing your sun-filled photos and sunny disposition@

  12. Lovely chapel photo :) The quote was very much needed today so even though I am reading this a day late, thank you very much!

  13. Awesome & beautiful shots today..cheered me right up. How wonderful to actually meet someone that could possibly be a help for your hubby someday! I'm re-reading Lorena McCourtney's Ivy Malone series again...I think next I am going to see what all the hoopla is about the Giver...a book I never read in school. Have a great weekd!

  14. Wonderful post, filled with your gorgeous photos. I hope you had a great porch day.

  15. It does sound like you've had a wonderful summer Deanna. Ours was so HOT in July that I'd rather not repeat that again next year. Cooling down (a little) but still plenty warm here. I think I'll be ready for fall (just not winter). As always I LOVED your beautiful photos. That 2nd one with the gorgeous sky, the blue fence and the water is awesome. I'd frame that one. Also enjoyed the lovely flowers and the pretty butterfly.

  16. Ahhhh, to all of this! So relaxing over here!

  17. Your photos are alway so beautiful, Deanna.

  18. I read all three of those books, and I liked the Jojo Moyes book the best. Your ode to a wonderful summer in words and photos has me smiling. All the captures seem to tell a story of goodness and light. I love the word "anemones" and the picture, too.

  19. Thank you for the stroll through the arboretum - your photos never disappoint! I had a little giggle at you snoring at the book club :)

  20. so enjoyed my visit here, deanna! your images are so lovely as too are your thoughts with them! our summer is winding down here even though it seems like we haven't had the heat we normally experience ... at least not until this week with temperatures soaring into the 90's! hope you've enjoyed your week ... i'm looking forward to visiting again! :) blessings to you!

  21. I've been enjoying this summer weather too ... the heat and humidity hasn't been nearly as bad as it usually is! Gorgeous photos! You have such a way of capturing the perfect image. :)

  22. Well your photos are amazing but what good news to hear that your hubby is in good hands! :)


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