Saturday, June 20, 2020

Summer Salutations

Each day brings new opportunities, allowing you to constantly live with love—be there for others—bring a little light into someone's day. Be grateful and live each day to the fullest.
(Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart)
Hello friends!
I hope this finds you doing well.
In all honesty, I constantly feel like I am having an existential crisis, trying to practice gratitude while being aware of so much injustice in this world.
I wonder how it is that so many people seem to have lost their way,
have forgotten their humanity.
Sometimes I feel like I think too much.
It's a battle to find balance, to find ways to spread a little light and love especially during this time of social distancing and a lockdown with restrictions that change slightly but seems to have no end in sight.
It's been a week since I last walked.
With temperatures already in the high 90's every morning, I really have to push myself to get out there, but definitely feel that some time in nature is very necessary for my peace of mind.
Saturday is Caturday in the world of Instagram and there's always feral kitties to feed along the way.
A little cross-stitch and crochet pillow I recently made for a friend as belated birthday gifts.
Today marks the longest day of the year.
And apparently tomorrow morning in my part of the world there will be a partial solar eclipse so I'll be on the lookout for that.

Happy Summer Solstice.
Stay safe.


crafty cat corner said...

We do not have feral cats here, just the odd stray now and again. I'm pleased about this because I would be out of pocket feeding them all, lol

The Primitive Moon said...

Pięknie napisane,urocze zdjęcia a to serduszko na drzewie mnie zachwyciło. Pozdrawiam z Polski.

Teresa Kasner said...

I'm always happy to see that you've posted. I can totally relate to the feeling of emotional crises that you're experiencing. Why can't all people be good to others? We can see from history how people have been hurting and killing other people from the beginning of time. But why aren't we evolved enough now to stop the madness? At least we can make sure that we are enlightened and hope to share love and be a good example. I can't wait until November. I'm ready to see goodness prevail. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
Your words agree so much with my thoughts!
It seems like so many people lost completely their humanity and moral values...
Let's pray that soon we will get back on track!
Since I have to wait till Tuesday, for the final batch of 4 chapters in a Pdf with the Figures and Tables added by my graphic designer, as our last Proofs, guess I finally can go biking with my Pieter. I've not done so since May 16 and Pieter since May 22... longing for being back in nature! But happy that I've uploaded the final chapter on Sunday a week ago by 6:00 PM. What a relive for finally getting there...
Not yet done, front matter still needs to be done and some little things but that's not a big hurdle.
Sending you warm hugs,

Blondie's Journal said...

You expressed my own thoughts and feelings on spot, Tammy. I saw an interview with Alicia Keys on CNN and find hope in her words, that she prays the events in our world will bring us together as people. If we can just believe in that, each of us do our part, perhaps that can happen. And in the poem at the start of your post, that seems to be the message also.

Sending love and peace in your world.❤️


Maya Kuzman said...

Happy midsummer Tammy!
For me, it is a true joy whenever I go out for walks or spend time in nature. Nature has a wonderful and blissful therapeutic effect on me and I do grab every single opportunity to go out and enjoy it!
As for the way the world develops, one would have thought the world to enhance and improve rather than deteriorate as we move forward and the truth is saddening. We still have so much to learn...

linda said...

I totally get what you are saying Tammy, it's hard to keep positive amongst the madness that surrounds us, It can't be easy to get out because of the heat my son is finding it hard in Qatar and being stuck indoors makes things seem so much worse. I love your birthday gifts I'm sure the recipients loved them, I have two birthdays to plan for next month I'm thinking pebble decoupage or maybe a little embroidered something. Enjoy your weekend. :) xx

Mereknits said...

It is hard to find any peace these days, so if walking helps you I hope you can do more of it. The temps here are high with the humidity it is tough to be out for very long. Stay safe Tammy, sending you love.

Ellen D. said...

I like your positive words in this post. So many are being distracted by hate and violence, the important focus is to stop racism and promote fairness. Hope we can move our country towards a better world for those who have been denied one for so long. Thank you!

Betsy said...

Life is indeed being experienced in a way we have never before lived through. Alex is in quarantine in London for the 4th two-week period since this all began. I'm trying to keep myself away from news and facebook because I just get upset and frustrated with all of the anger and hostility. I spend my time praying for peace and that people will learn that we are not so different than each other if we would just take the time to get to know one another. My Bible is another great source of comfort.
Honestly, I don't trust the news. It seems that the days of just reporting facts and letting the people decide for themselves is over. Now it's opinions and very few facts.
I pray that you'll find peace in your life and that your walks will continue to give you hope and comfort Tammy.

Mini said...

There is so much going in the world right now that feeling confused is normal.
I hope things get better.

miruspeg said...

It is always a joy to read your posts Tammy and view your photos.
Spending time in nature is certainly very necessary for peace of mind and great for the soul.
Confusion is the new norm at the moment and we are emotionally exhausted by the events we see on television or around us.
I read an article that says we need to accept that anxiety is present and bravely choose to exist and thrive with one’s anxiety.
This crisis has shown us that ‘normal’ means that we are human beings. We struggle with challenges, and that’s OK.
Warmest heart hugs
Peggy xxxx

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Love your message in your post today. Such beautiful photos. And yes, it is good to get away and outside in nature and peace to clear our minds of the anxiety.
Wishing you peaceful days. Stay safe

handmade by amalia said...

Your catty crochet pillow is darling. Good and considerate friends like you are the answer to all the world's miseries. Kindness rules!

Angie said...

Tammy - I hear you. It is tempting to stick our heads in the sand and pretend these events are not happening, but then what hope do we have to change anything? Many people feel better if they are able to take some action, but I am sure that is tough to do where you are. (Your crocheted hearts are a blessing to those that get them.) I am glad to see a post from you and to know that you are OK. Stay strong!

Terra said...

I came looking for your post. I hope you are walking again, we need to get outside in nature or at least a city street, to save our sanity. Or in my case, what is left of it, ha ha. I don't have anything to complain about, really. I am being good and staying away from people, and wearing a mask when I walk my dog, etc. Be well and keep on sharing your hearts.

Sam I Am...... said...

Oh, I agree about all the injustice. I check out the news AFTER I journal in the morning and then in the evening but during the day I put it out of my mind. I enjoy my quiet life alone and it has not changed much since COVID as I never went many places anyway...just grocery store and pharmacy and both places I do not have to get out of my car. As for the injustice and corruption; it makes me very sad as I guess I was nieve and never realized the amount of hatred in our country. In a way, Trump and COVID (although both are terrible) have shone a light on it which is good so that now we know what we're dealing with and maybe we can actually change things for the good of all people.
I was thinking of your boys yesterday when Trump said he was not allowing any foreign students into the country. Are they okay? Are they through college already? Time goes so fast for me that they have probably already graduated! LOL! I hope so as Trump is an evil, evil person and how "evangelicals" and supposedly Christians can support him is beyond my comprehension. I guess, I'll get off my soabox now. I hope you and your family are safe and well! Hugs ~ Sam

SusanLotus said...

Hi Tammy!
Yes, I think I know how you feel. We really wish our earth could be such a much better place for all of us. As beautiful as our planet is! But so much unnecessary suffering. It is important to try to get into the Light despite strong opposition - and stay in it. The light always wins over the darkness ... God bless you!

Robyn said...

Your posts are always so relaxing to read. And yes I agree with you. Most of the people of the world have lost their sense of humanity and respect thereof.. Frightens me to think what the future generations will live like if we are already where we are...

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