Sunday, July 25, 2010


I've spent much of July alone.  Evan has had one or the other reason he has had to be away some part of every week while not working.  The TV has been off.  I've been on my computer for limited time. 

I've had lots of time to think.  I've read.  I've knitted.  I've taken a few photos.

Through the week, I've met plumbers and appliance repairmen at one or the other of the Old Girls.  I've done bookkeeping, gone to the bank, shopped for groceries, and tended my plants. 

As I was taking these photos, I was thinking how much I have always admired people, places or things that seem to thrive in the face of adversity.  It is a brutal heat and these plants are beautiful.  Then I realized that they are not really doing anything outside what they were designed for...  They flourish in our summertime... where others would fail.  In the winter, they will be gone.

They are here for a season... this is their season.

I will enjoy them while they are here.

I will tend them while they are in my care.

And, then I will let them go.

Just finished The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  Good read.  I've started a lace shawl, which I saw on a blog a few weeks ago.  Imagine that!  I downloaded the pattern, called Haruni.  To my amusement, the name haruni means grandmother in Quenya, Tolkien's elven language. 

And, in spite of my other succulents decline, the "rescue" plant is thriving.  I'm letting myself off computer quarantine and will be visiting soon.  Hope your day has at least one good ah-ha moment.


Natasha said...

It sounds like you have really enjoyed these quiet moments-good on you!

I loved your images of the beautiful plants. I am glad they are surviving the heatwave that is happening in your part of the world.

Best wishes,

Anonymous said...

It's ok to be quiet. Good for the soul. Your plants are beautiful! Enjoy the peace for now.

From the Kitchen said...

What a lovely post this morning. We should all take the time to be peaceful. Those of us who do can be richly rewarded.


Deb said...

good for you's good to have alone time...and quiet your photos...

Christine said...

Glad to have you back. We all need to spend more time with just ourselves. How refreshing.
This post on plants reminds me of children,also.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Beautiful photos as usual, Tanna. So that is what you have been doing. I need to go on computer quarentine. I have so much I need to do.

Lauri said...

Your photographs are beautiful! I also loved The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I keep meaning to get the next 2 novels in the series.

Darlene said...

That is a beautiful post. I LOVE my quiet time. Your plants all look so pretty. I have seen that series of books and now I think I need to read them.♥

Blue Creek Home said...

Hi Tanna,
It sounds as though you got a lot accomplished during your alone time. All of your plants are so pretty.

Sometimes just a 10 minute quiet stretch recharges me!


Chatty Crone said...

I have missed you! Seems you did replenish yourself during your time alone. I'm glad for you.


Dana said...

Oh I loved The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I am working on the second one right now. I think I need to take a break from technology but I'm just not sure how to do it! :-) Love the pictures.

Linda said...

Wonderful post! It is amazing what you see when you slow down a little.

Tara said...

Your plants look great! Have missed visiting with you. It is so nice to have some quiet time. Good for all that ails ya.
So glad to be back among my bloggy friends. Have missed you all.

Amanda said...

XOXOXOXO. Glad you're back. I love you.

Stacey at Living by Faith said...

Beautiful pictures and beautiful post.

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Jill said...

I too have been on computer "quarantine." It is good in many things more important to tend to...but it is nice to visit again!


Solar Powered said...

absolutely beautiful and calm photos. someday i will post that i have spent some time alone with no phone, computer, tv. someday...

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the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.