Poetry Sunday-Love In My Garden

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Love In My Garden

 

 

Love is whispered as the gentle breeze blows,

And catches the light in the morning glow.

 

 

It sparkles in the early dew,

And kisses each flower as the day renews.

 

 

Sit in the garden now and drink it up.

Let nature be your loving cup.

 

 

© Donna Donabella 2014

 

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By the time we get to June in the garden, the scents and sights are intoxicating which is how this poem was inspired in June of 2014.

 

 

 

I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

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I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  

 

 

 

If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 

 

 

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Special Note:  The flowers in this post grew in my late May, early June garden in 2014.  I chose purple flowers because they represent dignity, pride, success, accomplishment and admiration.

 

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I leave you with a few words about love in my garden.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

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All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

End of Month Potpourri-May 2015

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“People often ask themselves the right questions. Where they fail is in answering the questions they ask themselves, and even there they do not fail by much…But it takes time, it takes humility and a serious reason for searching.”  ~ William Maxwell

 

 

As I end this special month of my birth, now another year older, I continue to contemplate life…asking myself questions about what I am doing, where am I going, what do I want out of this life of mine….and I am finding many answers within, as I listen to my heart and soul speak to me.  As you may remember, this year I have chosen to be part of an online group, Women’s Circle of Joy, led by Cigdem Kobu of Peaceful Triumphs.

 

 

And this month, we have been exploring, “Living Lighter”.  It’s not just about losing DSCN8975weight or getting rid of your stuff…it goes much deeper.  We were asked to examine seven areas of our life to see if we were Living Lighter.  These areas included:  Our Private Lives, Our Physical Body, Our Environments, Our Emotional Weight, Our Mental Hassle, Our Career and Work and Our Social Lives.

 

 

This path to living lighter really started for me last year in retirement.  I wanted to simplify my life, and took time to reacquaint myself with my home, and my husband as we would now be together 24/7.  We have easily slid into this new phase of our lives working together as a couple sharing the load.  We did a huge clearing in February when we clutter cleared our house from top to bottom.  It felt wonderful to let go of stuff we no longer needed, but I have learned this clearing of stuff is an ongoing process you must continue to revisit every couple of months as clutter can sneak back up on you fast.

 

 

DSCN9107And living lighter isn’t just about letting go of the things we have…it is also about the mental and emotional sides of simplifying.  I have poured out many of my personal revelations regarding mental and emotional clearing in this blog.  As I have worked through issues, such as worry and fear, I have found my heart and soul becoming lighter.  And with retirement, I lightened my stress load, and now dictate what “work” I will explore and take on.  Socially, I am reconnecting and opening up to invitations and connections put on the back burner.  And I have let go of relationships especially where others try to control my life.

 

 

And most of all, I have been building better habits that will bring me closer to perfect health.  Moving more, finding what physical activity I like to do, daily meditation and journaling, and discovering which foods are best for my body.

 

 

I have recently found it important to take time to pause and reflect on life.  I think that is IMG_2414where the poetry I write comes from….those things that give me pause or that I see when I pause…so magical really that reflective time.  And in that time when I let my mind wander and wonder, I think about my easy, carefree future.  What does it look and feel like…..

 

 

In this future, I awake from a restful slumber to the sounds of nature…refreshed and eager to see the new dawn…the wondrous colors of the day both in the sky and in the garden.  I move easily out-of-doors, and walk in this new light of day coming back home to the incredible smells of a nutritious breakfast.  What do I want to accomplish today?  A bit of weeding, a new writing project, a little cleaning and clearing in the house, or is this my day of rest where I can play or take a fun trip to a new spot.  Will I be grabbing lunch with a friend or perhaps seeing a practitioner for a bit of wellness care.

 

 

And part of my day will be spent in quiet contemplation….writing about my gratitude for the wonderful things in my life.  There is always time for daily reading; books for pleasure (mostly mysteries), or books I find more personal and spiritual….maybe someone’s journey of inspiration.  There are always things I can do to keep life simple…and with that simplicity, comes time for joyful activities that allow more room in my life for new experiences, new friendships and new journeys.

 

 

 

 

Note:   The Daisies pictured here are from my garden, and are said to represent simplicity.  Daisies were the first flower I remember that I cherished as a young girl.  They are such a simple flower of pure white that never cease to bring me a smile.

 

 

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I leave you with another thought about simplicity or living lighter.  Feel free to download this photo and share.

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All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

Poetry Sunday-A New Path

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A New Path

 


Feel the light, the heat

the strobe of bright rays.

Yellow, orange warm-

energizing new life into every pore.

 

 

My eyes are shut

to its blinding glare,

But it still leaves behind

flashes of burnt red.

 

 

I am planted,

rooted to the ground.

Absorbing the life flow of it.

Bringing me back.

 

 

On new found ground I stretch,

erect reaching for it.

Feeling its warm love bathe over me;

healing renewal and peace….

 

 

I am ready for the journey-a new path, a new life!

 

 

© Donna Donabella 2015

 

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I wrote this poem after watching the sunrise almost daily during the first year of my retirement.  And sunlight was particularly healing to me this last year.  Now I am feeling ready to move on, and what better time to declare that than around my birthday….pssstit’s on Tuesday!

 

 

 

I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

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I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  And I was invited to link in with Macro Monday Mixer hosted by Stephanie@allthevs.com.

 

 

 

If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 

 

 

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Special Note:  These sunrises were an inspiration recently as I watch dawn break from my bedroom window.

 

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I leave you with a few words about feeling reborn.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

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All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

Conversations In The Garden: On Prioritizing Health

DSCN9200“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos—the trees, the clouds, everything.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

 

 

 

One year ago today, I was coming home from the hospital after what was to be a simple operation to repair a tricky hernia.  But one overnight stay turned into 5 days in the hospital, and weeks of hell.  Operations rarely go as planned and we can never expect they will…at least I don’t anymore.

 

 

But with the help of a skilled healer/acupuncturist, I was able to get my body to start healing itself.  It is amazing what our bodies can do, if we can connect with them.  If we listen…deeply listen and then do what our gut is telling us to do.

 

 

DSCN9773When I had the initial pain with the hernia, I knew deep down inside what it was, but believed it would go away.  I didn’t mention it to my acupuncturist or a doctor.  But at a baby shower, a nurse friend convinced me to have it looked at….of course the next morning I ended up in the ER with some of the most excruciating pain of my life…..they were convinced it was something else, but I kept saying hernia….and surprise, surprise it was a hernia.

 

 

So when did my health derail….it seemed when I focused more on my job than my health…believing it would all be temporary and that there was nothing to worry about.  And I noticed that my garden also became neglected when I was too busy with work….that neglect becoming a metaphor for my failing health.  Both my body and garden were clogged with weeds, starved for nutrition and needed to be reshaped.  So I finally took my health seriously, and began to pay close attention to my body (and garden), and listen when they spoke to me.

 

 

I have been working on getting my body systems realigned and regulated….and I have learned what to do if they are not.  I practice daily meditation…it has been an amazing part of my morning that I cannot go without.  I connect with my body by quieting my mind in meditation.  And my body relaxes too….so important for a strong start to my day.  And this connection to my body is like the connection I have with my garden.  I nourish both with natural wholesome organic foods, and they both repay me in bountiful ways.  Of course my garden actual nourishes me during the garden season as we grow many of our own organic vegetables.

 

 

IMG_2360And it isn’t just about getting enough quality food or sleep or exercise.  It is about quality of life too.  Doing what brings you happiness…engaging in creative pursuits and play often….spending time with friends and family.  Having quiet time to yourself to just be in the moment.  These quality of life things, that we sometimes forget, do make all the difference in our healing and health.

 

 

Healing is about your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being.  If any of these are neglected, we will not fully heal or maintain our health.  So for me it is a holistic approach to health considering all four of these components.  I advocate for myself and make my health my priority, as I have seen first hand what happens when we disconnect from our bodies and neglect our health.

 

 

So I continue to tweak my routines and habits, adding things that will improve my health as I age, one small step at a time.  I have learned it is not a race, but an individual slow journey this path to perfect health.  And we can get to our destination happier and healthier by making our lives, and our health a priority.

 

 

 

 

Note:   In the Language of Flowers, yarrow represents good health.  I chose pink yarrow, because pink symbolizes the feminine as well as compassion, nurturing and love.

 

 

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I leave you with another thought about good health and being good to yourself.  Feel free to download this photo and share.

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All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

Poetry Sunday-A-May-Zing

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 A-May-Zing Times in the Garden

 

 

It’s May, it’s May the bluebird sang,

And robin echoed hooray with his glad refrain!

 

 

The frog croaked with delight as he sprang from the pond,

To welcome his friends to their new surrounds.

 

 

And buzzing bees joined hummingbirds on the wing,

This time in the garden is just A-May-Zing!

 

 

© Donna Donabella 2013

 

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I had a lot of fun writing this May poem in 2013.  Nature is awake and celebrating May with me.

 

 

 

I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

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I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  And I was invited to link in with Macro Monday Mixer hosted by Stephanie@allthevs.com.

 

 

If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 

 

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Special Note:  The Eastern bluebirds pictured here like to visit and sometimes nest in our garden.  They are the State Bird of NY.   

 

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I leave you with a few additional words about A-May-Zing MayI welcome you to download the photo and share it.

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All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

Reconnecting

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“The work that must be done for each woman to reconnect with her psyche and to give herself a chance to live her own life is essentially the same. The realization of the equality of all races, the equality of all beings is essential.”  ~Betty Buckley

 

 

I think often about the way we treat one another, and how we treat all beings….wise words from Betty Buckley.  Not just referring to humans, but all creatures.  The importance of this statement is often overlooked in our world today.

 

 

Without my connection to all, I find I am lost.  And I believe it is why I crave quiet, alone time in nature.  To reconnect with my basic roots….my DNA…the smallest particles that are found in all parts of the universe….we come from the same Source.  And I find my connection to the Source strongest in nature.

 

 

DSCN8995As I move along in my journey of SOARING this year, I have found one important aspect for allowing me to Soar is self-care.  And essential to that care is maintaining my connection to the Source…..you can call it whatever you like (God, Allah, The Supreme Being), but that Source is life and life-giving for me.

 

 

People talk about unplugging, and de-stressing.  I know no better way than to immerse myself in the natural world.  As I write this, the gentle breeze is wafting in from outside.  And carried on that soft kiss of air, is the sound of birds.  Each calling to a mate, each singing a song as eggs are laid in new formed nests.  And with each strain of their songs, my heart is lighter, my body relaxed, my face is smiling….all of it even my eyes.  There is no tension in my shoulders or ache in my back.

 

 

Just being here with no agenda or purpose…no camera.  The raw me in this raw world where scents delight from perfumed garden…the smell of earth and grass bring me back to my primal self.  And I take deep, lingering breaths as I cannot get enough to fill my lungs…to fill my soul.

 

 

IMG_3343And if I am here long enough, I can feel roots beginning to grow again from my feet, firmly gripping the ground.  Feeling a part of this place where I belong.  Those roots grow deeper with each time I come back….each time I let myself linger.

 

 

I crave this time.  My body, my heart, my soul all tell me when to come back….often please they whisper.  Even if it is just to catch a breath of this fresh, clean air as it brings back the memories in each cell…relaxing each muscle….all parts of me.  Sometimes that is all I need.

 

 

But I think now maybe I need more.  More time here to just be with me….be with all the beings surrounding me with wonder that will move me to tears of immense joy.  Yes this is how I will heal myself….to find the truer me that sometimes hides behind the folds of her brain too much in the thinking world, and not enough here….to just be…in this moment, with no agenda…only time to linger a bit longer please.

 

 

 

 

Note:   In the Language of Flowers, red roses represent unity.  I find my reconnection to and a great unity with my garden where I grow these red roses.

 

 

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I leave you with another thought about reconnecting.  Feel free to download this photo and share.

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All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

Poetry Sunday-Thoughts of May

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Thoughts of May

 

 

Of mothers, bees and bright bouquets

These are the images and thoughts of May.

 

 

Warm breezes, green fields and children at play

These are the sights and sounds of May.

 

 

Butterflies, frogs and birds twittering away

All of nature moves to the rhythm of May.

 

 

Fireflies brighten the lazy dusk of the day

Time slows in the early evening of May.

 

 

And the indigo sky shows a sparkling display

As we rest and dream of tomorrow in May.

 

 

© Donna Donabella 2015

 

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This poem was originally written in May of 2012 as part of my month long celebration.  I updated the poem a bit this year.  I hope you enjoy my thoughts of May.  And Happy Mother’s Day to all!

 

 

 

I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

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I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  

 

 

If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 

 

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Special Note:  The native wildflowers pictured here are Virginia bluebells or Mertensia virginica.  They are not related to English bluebells, but are similar in appearance.  In the Language of Flowers, bluebells represent gratitude.  A perfect flower to give to mom to show your gratitude.

 

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I leave you with a few additional words about spring in May.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

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All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

Wildlife Lessons-Seeing Red

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A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.  ~Maya Angelou

 

 

 

I can tell you the lesson of this recent wildlife sighting immediately….do not judge a book…well you know the rest.  When I saw the bird above, at first I thought it was a House Finch.  The House Finch has come to be more common around here after being introduced to NY from the western US in 1940….so my immediate reaction was, it’s a House Finch.

 

 

DSCN1706But when I stopped to look longer, I noticed the back of the bird was a bit different.  Then I looked closer at their heads and…wait….this was not a House Finch.  So I began snapping lots of shots, and did a search for small, red-headed birds.

 

 

Almost immediately the name Common Redpoll came up, Acanthis flammea.  And when I looked outside again, there was a quite a flock of these small finches, covering the patio, searching for seed between the bricks as the snow had retreated quite a bit.  They didn’t stay long, but long enough for me to observe and listen to these cuties.

 

 

DSCN1702And when I searched pictures I had taken from a few days before, I found had taken pictures of these birds who resembled the House Finch in the big ash trees.  I easily recognized them by the deep rust-red patch on their foreheads and distinctive white bars on their wings.  Males also have a pale red vest (like in the top photo).

 

 

If you live in Canada, the northern US or close to the Arctic Circle, you will see these birds as they migrate South from their breeding grounds in the Arctic tundra in winter.  They like to hang out in open woods and weedy fields, and it is estimated their numbers are in the millions.  It seems the noisy, energetic Redpolls I saw were heading back to the Arctic to breed.

 

 

 

red birds collageIn April we also saw many other red birds.  On the bottom and top left are the male and female Northern Cardinal.  The female was feeding on the lichen of the ash tree.  I have spied other birds feeding on lichen too.

 

 

On the right are pictures of the Red-Bellied Woodpecker.  Woodpeckers love our suet feeders and can be seen lining up or swooping others at the feeder to make their intentions known….get moving fella, I want some suet too.  The cardinals pick up the dropped suet under the feeders.  The center picture is a male Downy Woodpecker.  I hear them constantly chattering and talking to us when we are out in the garden, especially if we are near the suet feeders.

 

 

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Here are some interesting facts about Common Redpolls:

  • Common Redpolls survive temperatures down to –65 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Sometimes Common Redpolls will tunnel into the snow (at least a foot long and 4 inches deep) to stay warm during the night if the temps are extremely low.
  • Redpolls have throat pouches for storing seeds. Once they fill their pouches, they fly away to swallow the seeds.
  • Although winter redpolls eat mostly birch seeds, they also eat other tree seeds, and seeds from grasses, sedges, and wildflowers.  And if seeds are scarce they also eat insects.
  • Common Redpolls have been found to travel great distances; from Michigan to Siberia and Alaska to the eastern U.S.

 

 

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With this wildlife story, I am joining in the meme Wildlife Wednesday hosted by Tina@My Gardener Says that happens the first Wednesday of every month, and with Saturday’s Critters hosted by Eileen@Viewing nature with Eileen that happens every Saturday.

 

 

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I leave you with another thought about birds and nature.  Feel free to download this photo and share.

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All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

Poetry Sunday-Limitless

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 Limitless

 

 

I am alive, free

on the wing of a bird flying high.

Their song lifts me

as it breaks against the early light,

bouncing through newly formed leaves.

 

 

I ride it, with the wind

blowing the clouds,

swirling over water seeing a face I did not know.

Feeling a soul lighter dancing on the ripples,

a giggle bubbles up and fills my heart.

 

 

The day is limitless

and endless to explore,

each not repeating only this one-

this day, this adventure.

This moment is enough!

 

 

© Donna Donabella 2014

 

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This poem was written in early May last year, and updated a bit this year.  As we enter May, I like to celebrate the whole month.  Why, you ask?  Well May is my birth month (end of May the birthday), and with it also being a fabulous spring month with flowers everywhere and warmer weather, what’s not to celebrate.

 

 

 

I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

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I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  

 

 

If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 

 

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Special Note:  The dawn shots were taken in spring, and show how beautiful each day really is….the last picture is of a female cardinal singing in the new day.

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I leave you with a few additional words about celebrating the limitless days of spring.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

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All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.