Today is Mother’s Day here in the U.S. I know that different countries celebrate Mother’s Day at different times but today I celebrate mothers all around the world. My wish for you is simple… be happy, loved, content, relaxed and at peace. Enjoy your life and your families. Learn from those who have gone before you and teach those who will follow in your footsteps. Today I give thanks for my mother, mother-in-law, grandmothers, and all the mothers around the world. Have a blessed day!
I took these pictures last weekend. The weather is supposed to be beautiful again here on the East Coast this weekend. Go outside and enjoy mother nature’s beautiful Spring blossoms. Take a walk and relax your mind. Be at one with your surroundings. Have a great weekend everyone!
I am so happy that we are starting to get warmer temperatures and can enjoy the outdoors. One of the things that is very important to me is finding time to spend in nature. There is nothing more peaceful or relaxing than walking in the park, taking a canoe ride on a lake, visiting beautiful waterfalls, or watching the sunset. My husband is an outdoors guy and he introduced me to hiking and other outdoor activities. I am grateful to him for opening my eyes to the wonders of nature. One of the things that I like to do when I find a peaceful place is to close my eyes for a minute and listen. There is an inner peace found in that moment of just relaxing the mind and being at one with the sound of nature. The pictures above are peaceful places my family and I have visited. I encourage you to take time to spend outdoors this Spring and Summer. Enjoy nature and all its beauty. Remember to take a minute, close your eyes, and just listen. Then open your eyes and take in the glorious sights before you. I promise you will feel refreshed and at peace.
It is officially Spring! After what seemed like a never ending winter, I came home today to see the buds on the garden daffodils are starting to bloom. I am hoping this is a sign that Spring like temperatures are not too far off on the horizon. This yellow flower brought sunshine to a dreary patch in my garden. Today, I share a picture of one of my garden daffodils to brighten up your day, a few fun facts about the Daffodil, and a poem by William Wordsworth that is commonly known as “The Daffodils”.
Seven fun facts about Daffodils:
1. The Daffodil symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings.
2. The Daffodil is the March birth flower from the Latin name Narcissus.
3. Greek legend tells the story of a man named Narcissus who was so obsessed with his own reflection that as he knelt by water to gaze at himself he fell in and drowned. The daffodil flower supposedly grew in the spot where he died.
4. Daffodils are the national flower of Wales.
5. In Chinese culture the daffodil is a symbol of prosperity. It is said that if the daffodil blooms early in the year it will bring you wealth and good fortune.
6. The scent of the Daffodil is very sweet and some say it can reduce tension and stress. Although, don’t get too close as you can get daffodil itch from handling the stems.
7. William Wordsworth wrote a poem called “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” which became commonly known as “The Daffodils’. I remember learning this poem in school.
“I wandered lonely as a cloud”
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.