31 December 2013

Hello 2014!

M a y   y o u   a l w a y s   b e   b l e s s e d
w i t h   w a l l s   f o r   t h e   w i n d ,
a   r o o f   f o r   t h e   r a i n ,
a   w a r m   c u p   o f   t e a   b y   t h e   f i r e,
l a u g h t e r   t o   c h e e r   y o u ,
t h o s e   y o u   l o v e   n e a r   y o u ,
a n d   a l l   t h a t   y o u r   h e a r t   m i g h t   d e s i r e .
(Irish Blessing)

Makin' Time

 Everybody has a part of her body that she doesn't like, 
but I've stopped complaining about mine because 
I don't want to critique nature's handiwork ... 
My job is simply to allow the light to shine out of the masterpiece. 
-Alfre Woodard

2013 is nearly at an end.
Do you find yourself wondering about 2014?
Vowing to put things from 2013 in the past,
and make the new year better?
Are you the type who sits and ponders over all
the things that went wrong, and went right, 
before moving on?

As I look back on these posting here at FTLOG,
i have to wonder if i achieved any part of my goal
for this?  Or has it turned into "just another nudie blog"
like so many others out there?

As i sit here and ponder, i realize that
what i've learned over the years is we need to
make time for the things that matter to us.  
Most people think we need to find time ... 
but as we all know, that just doesn't happen.  

As 2014 begins, make sure you're making time for 
the things that matter to you.

29 December 2013

Free'd

When I free my body from its clothes, 
from all their buttons, belts, and laces, 
it seems to me that my soul takes a deeper, freer breath.  
~August Strindberg

24 December 2013

Merry Christmas!



Deck the halls,

wrap the presents,

and sing carols .....

this can be the most

favorite time of year,

and the most dreaded.













If you're like me,

you feel that too much

of the Christmas meaning

has been misplaced, lost,

hiding behind the

busy-ness and stresses

that accompany how it's

"supposed to be"









This year,

follow your heart.


Isaiah 9:6  - For unto us a child is born......

We've all heard this familiar line.  It's even recited in a Charlie Brown Christmas.  To me, no matter your choice(s) when it comes to religion, there is something bigger than us, whether you call it God, the Universe, or some other name.  But the bottom line, the underscore of all of it, is Love.  

Wishing you a joyous holiday!  
May it be filled with laughter and love!

14 December 2013

Holidays


“Colored lights blink on and off, racing across the green boughs. Their reflections dance across exquisite glass globes and splinter into shards against tinsel thread and garlands of metallic filaments that disappear underneath the other ornaments and finery.

Shadows follow, joyful, laughing sprites.

The tree is rich with potential wonder.

All it needs is a glance from you to come alive.”
-Vera Nazarian



its that time of year where rituals and traditions
mix and blend within our daily routines.
if you're like me, there are so many things to love
about them, spending time with family.

then there are the obligations of the season
that tend to wear us down:  shopping for that
perfect gift for the special ones in our lives.
cooking favorite meals, even the decorations
can cause us to feel a little pressured
because we want to do it all.
and sometimes we feel guilty when we can't
do all that we want. 

Take a moment to pause.
 just breathe.
and don't let any guilt
creep in because you didn't ----
enjoy what you did,
and love one another

i am on holiday with family -
its a merry loving time.
i hope you are enjoying yours. :)

12 December 2013

One Little Hope



"A whole stack of memories never equal one little hope."
-Charles M. Schulz


 

is there something you hope for?
it may not be related to Christmas
and all that it brings -- or doesn't.
We all have things we hope for,
but is there one certain something
that you can't just put your finger on?
Lately, I've felt that very thing... that
i have a hope that seems to be deep
inside, that i don't look at very often,
and probably should.

"...all human wisdom is contained in these two words, 'Wait and Hope.”
-Alexandre Dumas

11 December 2013

Memories


 as the holidays approach,

i look back on all the traditions

from my childhood,

and the traditions I passed on

to my children.

 maybe not all of them were good

but having traditions help

create memories from year to year





i hope you're making memories

this year, too :)








Memory is the way of 
holding on to the things you love,
the things you are, 
and the things you never wish to lose. 

10 December 2013

To Dance




To dance is to reach for a word that doesn't exist,

To sing the heartsong of a thousand generations,
To feel the meaning of a moment in time.
- Beth Jones










 

a little experimenting

always goes a long way

in making me laugh

at myself.

black and white artistry

along with a few

wriggles and squiggles

fun times!




09 December 2013

Hope






No matter how dark the moment, 

love and hope are always possible.
 
-George Chakiris















During the Holiday season

it seems to me that everyone

feels just a bit more loving,

a bit more hopeful.

Perhaps its the memories

that spring up of traditions

from our childhood, 

the simpler times 

we wish we could have again.

 

08 December 2013

Be Kind





"Life is short and we have never

too much time for gladdening

the hearts of those who are

traveling the dark journey with us.

Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind."

Henri Frederic Amiel












It's cold here, and everywhere

else it seems, as well.  Winter

has arrived, and yet officially

its still autumn.   

I wonder

if that indicates this will be

a harsh winter?





In the spirit of autumn,

I found a bouquet of

dried grasses.  And since

I never pass up a bargain

if I think I could use it in

some photos .... 

These little light up branches

were $2.50, run on battery!


Cute and cheap photo op!

i didn't like the harsh light in the first photo I took ...
draping the light with a scarf toned it down,  but
added a bit of red....  pix in the dark aren't always easy!

05 December 2013

Who You Are



.

“And that's when I heard 

the whisper in my heart's ear: 

"It's not about your childhood. 

It's about who you are!”

― C. JoyBell C.


 











03 December 2013

Five Things, Q&A




Fall has arrived

here in the Valley of the Sun

and the leaves turn quickly

as the nights get cooler.



Here are five things you

might not know about me:

I am an introvert
     (in spite of what you see here!)

I raised two handicapped children
     (Both are finding their own way in the world)

I am 54 years young
     (because I refuse to say I'm old!)

My dog, Sadie, is a joy to have around
     (Most of the time!)

Along with photography, I love to write.


I wonder how many of you are willing to tell ME five things about yourself in the comments, or email me  ( Fortheloveofgal@gmail.com )


01 December 2013

The Ordinary






Nobody

sees the obvious,

Nobody

observes the ordinary.

-Robert Anton Wilson
















felt like being

square this week

its been both

busy and quiet

in a way that

tends to alter

my moods








 “In the end that was

the choice you made,

and it doesn't matter

how hard it was

to make it.

It matters that you did.”


― Cassandra Clare