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“We are forever in jeopardy of clamming up and closing off our walls to the beauty and magic of the wild edges of our world.”

~ Chris Brogan

Garden sculpture at a private residence in Tacoma Washington.

Garden sculpture at a private residence in Tacoma Washington.

When I first read this quote a week or so ago, I gulped.

Then I gulped again.

To be in jeopardy of clamming up/closing off to the beauty and magic of the wild edges of my world is something I DO NOT want any part of.

 

I want all the beauty and wildness I can find. I want it flowing over me like an unending, rushing river.

Certainly some days I find beauty and wildness when I am out feeding my sweet old  girl.

But on many days, my time with the horses is routine.

Same old, same old.

 

That’s when I force myself to wake up, look around and find something beautiful.

Right there.

Not at some gallery.

In a magazine.

Or online.

 

I search for beauty and wildness right in front of my eyes.

 

I always want to live at the wild edges of my world, and yet it is so darned easy to slip slide away from it.

To become comfortable and complacent.

To be more aware of the latest installment of a television show, than the fuzzy goslings toddling after their mother, or the cloud formations over Horsetooth Rock, or the bright red tulip pushing her way through the pile of spring snow.

 

Wild edges.

I want them all.

 

How about you?

Time for Tuesday Beauty

red-tomatoes

Sometimes when my spirit needs a little boost, I head to the produce section of the grocery store. I am crazy in love with the colors of fruit and veggies.

Bright, bold, and gorgeous!

Look at these tomatoes. OMG, I want a dress that color.

And have you noticed carrots? I mean really noticed them.

Their orange simply thrills me.

What perks you up when you need a little oomph?

I know not everyone is as excited about produce as I am, but there is something that energizes you.

Do tell.

We live in a beautiful world!

Time for Tuesday Beauty

I-Love-You-heart

I took this photo thinking I would post it on Valentine’s Day.

Funny how life often has a way of making other plans for us.

And then I realized that I could share this with you anytime. It didn’t have to be Valentine’s Day.

Sharing an “I Love You” isn’t a one-day experience. I want it to be an everyday experience.

Don’t you?

We live in a beautiful world!

P.S. In case you’re wondering, the hearts were made by glueing two candy canes together. How clever is that!

P.P.S. I do, you know, love you…

Time for Tuesday Beauty

In my backyard at the corner of the deck we have a compact little shrub that turns a glorious shade of red in the fall – a Burning Bush (Euonymus Alatus.)

When the light hits the red leaves just right, it is simply gorgeous.

When I was out doing some yard cleanup, I was enchanted with this terra cotta pot that had become the resting place for some of the leaves that had been loosened by the wind.

They had turned this soft shade of pink. The whole thing was just beautiful.

When I am able to stop, slow down and really look at my world, I am never disappointed. There is so much beauty around us.

We live in a beautiful world!

 

You can never be too young to include music in your life.

Our two-and-a-half-year old grandson is full to the brim with music. I think if I pressed on his tummy, songs would come out!

In this photo he’s enjoying one of the many painted pianos in Old Town Fort Collins.

We live in a beautiful world!

Time for Tuesday Beauty

It would seem that I have butterflies on the brain. I see them everywhere.

It’s been a good summer for these beauties.

Maybe it’s just me, but they seem to be unusually abundant.

What about you?

Are you noticing a blessing of butterflies?

We live in a beautiful world!

Time for Tuesday Beauty

I hope you’ve noticed these beauties, because they’ve been blooming their little hearts out this year. Rich purple flowers climbing up walls, trellises, garden gates, and fences.

I took this photo at my friend Rebecca’s house, where guests have the pleasure of walking under a purple archway dappled with sunlight to get to the front door.

 

The clematis are just about finished blooming for this season, but oh my goodness what a run they’ve had!

 

We live in a beautiful world. 

Time for Tuesday Beauty

Over the weekend I visited seven beautifully landscaped yards as part of the 30th Annual Terrace and Garden Tour, sponsored by the Junior League of Fort Collins.

I saw amazing gardens filled with old familiar plants and some new ones.

I love getting a peek into other people’s gardens. Don’t you?

This year, more than others, I noticed cherry trees bursting with fruit.

The cherries are coming on like gangbusters, and so far the birds haven’t decimated the crop. The tiny red globes were absolutely gorgeous shining in the sun.

We live in a beautiful world!

Time for Tuesday Beauty

Could be I have butterflies on the brain.

More about that later this week.

But for now, please enjoy this little reminder of just how lovely the world is. Right in your very own yard.

Take a few deep breaths.

Notice what’s around you.

Practice feeling grateful.

Repeat often!

We live in  a beautiful world.

Time for Tuesday Beauty

Yes, it’s official. I’m smitten.

Isn’t this the sweetest little face?

We live in a beautiful world!

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