Thursday 13 July 2023

It's been awhile

I had very good intentions of writing on a more regular basis then what is happening in reality. I have been busy and that is a good thing.

This picture was taken by my daughter in law Erica. Last weekend her and my son did a day trip over the Cascade loop.

They will go back and take their time. 

I have been trying to keep up with the tiny little space I have. I have had people stop and ask about flowers I have growing. Others have stopped to say how pretty my yard looks. 

I am not sure I see what they see, and that has me thinking. How often we do not take the time to take in our own beauty.

All I was seeing was the weeds!! I am like talking to myself, saying how can you say it is pretty, don't you see those weeds?

How often do we do that?  How often do we only see the weeds and not the flowers? I sure am guilty of doing that. I will take the time to see all that is good. all that is pretty.

Which reminds me of a funny story about my neighbor. I don't know if any of you, (if there are any of you!) remember the trees I had removed from my property line. they were beautiful. they were also dangerous, messy and created so much shade nothing would grow.  I never saw anyone as excited as my neighbor, to see those trees go. She hated the mess and how the needles kept piling up making a horrible mess, she was like good bye trees. 

Well, last week, I came across my neighbor, who had to tell me how much she missed the fir needles in her yard. Now she has to weed and at least they kept the weed down. !!! What she is missing is, the rose bush that is now blooming that never had the chance to grow because it was to shady, Or the lilac bush I didn't even know was there, now growing and blooming.  Nope all she can see can see is the weeds,

Take some time this week to look past the weeds and see the beauty. Life is always going to give us weeds.


  1. Nonie, the photos you share always get to me. Look at the mountains and the trees and the blue green water in that photo! It sounds like the flowers in your yard are coming along nicely, and I'm glad your neighbor finally gets to see her rose bush bloom. Yes, they do need quite a bit of sun. But they are sturdy flowers, and seem to make it through the cold and heat. Try to stay cool during the Summer months, Nonie.


    1. Sheri, it really is paradise. I hope my neighbor, will take time to not see the weeds (there are none) but to smell the roses.

  2. Nonie, I had to laugh about the neighbor hating the trees then missing them. It's strange what people see or do not in their own yards. I drive thru my once sweet small town , which is growing. I see piles of junk in yards and wonder where is their self pride for caring for their homes and yards. So sad. At least you and your neighbor have flowers...that is so much nicer than junk. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

    1. I also think she likes to complain about things. Her yard is actually very pretty. I agree, it is sad to see how little some people care.

  3. Wow it took three tries and typing this twice to get off anonymous and get my comment typed. Now, hoping it will get to you. I have been having so much trouble with Blogger these days. Anyway, THANK YOU for this post. I truly needed to read it today . . . I have been pulling weeds like crazy and every time I get a compliment on my yard I excuse it with, "oh, you haven't look very good". I need to learn to look through different eyes, eyes that see the beauty all around me. It's easy to see it in other places than in what is right under our noses. Again, thank you . . . great post!
    Connie :)

    1. Connie, I kept trying but so far this is the best I can do, blogger can be such a pain to deal with. I am so glad I encouraged you to enjoy that beautiful garden. Thank you for letting me know.