F Simple and Serene Living: March 2016 09 10
Wednesday, March 30, 2016


I have been having a nice little stay at home spring break. My younger sister Tricia was visiting me from Arizona and we had a week of laughter and catching up. 

The wind was really whipping our hair around that day and we were laughing about how straight hers is and how curly whirly mine is.

I think this is one of the most gorgeous springs we have had in several years. The weather has been perfect for the blossoms and flowers and everything has pretty much come out at the same time.

The weeping cherries at the cemetery were spectacular.

The Bradford pears are gorgeous.

Found these dainty purple beauties along the edge of a country lane.

Tricia's daughter, who is finishing up her residency in veterinarian ophthalmology surgery at the University of Tennessee was able to drive up with her boyfriend to spend Easter Sunday with us. They will be heading out to Colorado Springs to begin their new life at the end of the summer.

It was a great week, but Tricia headed home yesterday and left me looking and feeling like I might need a nap. I'm not as young as I used to be.

Hope everyone is having a beautiful spring.

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Monday, March 21, 2016


Seems like every day I am running, running, running. Although it often feels like I am running in place. 

This morning as I was tackling my TO DO list I thought about friends and what in the world would we do without them.


When I ran across this photo it made me stop, take a deep breath, smile, and think about all of you who have become my friends.

We are all different, and yet we have so much in common. 

The best part is we add color to each other's worlds.

I am so happy to have each and every one of you in my colorful crazy world.

Happy Monday, sweet friends.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Learning to forgive someone, especially when they aren't sorry, can be one of the hardest things in the world. I know it is for me.

As we go through life, we are wronged by so many people in so many ways. Some of those people are people we have trusted and loved. Some of the wrongs are slight, while others are major.

No matter the relationship of the person, or the degree of the slight, how do we learn to forgive them when they just don't feel sorry for what they have done, and when we want to hold on to the hurt. 

Doing it for ourselves is the most important part of the forgiveness process. Because who we are hurting is us, not them. 

When someone tells me I "HAVE" to forgive them, I immediately get my back up and don't want to do it. I am a bit stubborn that way. What I have learned to realize is that no, I don't have to, instead I can choose to. I can choose to love myself enough to let it go.

That is what I am working on right now. I am working on being kind to myself through forgiveness of others. 

How about you? Do you have a hard time forgiving?

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Friday, March 11, 2016


I have been struck down with a fever this week. Spring fever to be exact. Balmy days, singing birds, and blossoming trees and flowers have been calling my name.

spring daffodils yellow stone wall

There is something about seeing daffodils blooming that lifts me out of whatever winter funk I have been in.

Their cheery yellow faces tell me that yes, there may be cool weather ahead (after all it isn't officially spring yet), but we will not go back to those dark days of January and February.

yellow golden daffodils

There is a spring in my step as I am finding new blossoms every day.

They are literally bursting out everywhere.

white spring blossom

What could be better than looking up at a spring sky through a tree bursting with pink blossoms.

pink spring blossoms

Even Sammy, the usually shy neighborhood feral cat, came out to tell me how glad he is that spring is here.

Yep, I've definitely got it bad. I'm calling this new way of life spring-ing.

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Monday, March 7, 2016


It seems like only yesterday that I was gleefully buying a new fall and winter wardrobe. It had been a while since I had splurged like that, but the legging, jeggings, sweaters, and boots were calling my name. 

Now, I am ready to fold those babies up and stash them in a place that I can't see. 

flowers summer mailbox

March is here, and with it has come a forecast for much warmer temps. I am definitely not one to look a warm weather gift horse in the mouth, so I will be pulling out some cotton pants and tops. 

I'm not sure my budget stretches to a new spring and summer wardrobe, so I will have to see what I have from last year. 

wooden fence summer flowers

This changing of the seasons from winter to spring has always excited me and this year is no exception. 

I plan to enjoy every bit of warm weather, so if you are looking for me I will be sitting on the patio, taking long walks, enjoying the flowers, and hitting the yard sales. But first I will be diving into my drawers to pull out those comfortable old warm weather clothes. 

summer flowers blooms

What do you look forward to each spring?

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