Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BEAUTY, JOY AND WALKING


A THING OF BEAUTY IS A JOY FOREVER...
Have you ever looked at something so beautiful that tears of joy leaped from your heart. Maybe it was your newborn child, or the wedding of a close friend. Maybe is was a sunrise that gave you hope.

Or, standing on the edge of a mountain looking with awe at the valley below. Maybe it was the expression of a parent who told you that they loved you very much. Or perhaps it was even a stranger who took the time to smile and speak kindly to you.

I always remember the phrase, 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.' As I have gotten older, I have realized the truth to that statement. When I was much younger, beauty was focused on the physical.

Now, I see beauty in things of much more importance...an act of compassion, the ability to be optimistic in the face of pessimism, a promise kept, a deep abiding spirit of joy or even a long serene sunset.

These things and many, many more bring a joy that lasts. I can't remember the folks from my youth whom I thought were beautiful, but I can remember the act of a teacher who helped me understand a particularly difficult mathematics concept.

In college I can't even remember the names of the football team whom I thought were cool, but I can remember a counselor who steered me into the right classes and helped me to discover things about myself that I never realized.

I bet if you consider joys in your own life, you will find more than you can number; and, if you're like me you'll be smiling a lot more. Try it, you'll like it.

By the way, how's you joy tally doing?

ON MY WALK...







JOY TALLY FOR TODAY:  Six times of special joy.   How's your tally doing?

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A VISIT TO GARDNER VILLAGE

This is what the weather looked like all day...wet, rainy and cold!   But I still walked over three miles...
...even though I got wet!!!  By the way, this was taken this afternoon, not this evening...

So, today is traveling adventures and I told you yesterday about my visit to Gardner Village in Salt Lake City.   It's a beautiful area with twenty-two boutique shops including everything from antiques, chocolate, a bakery, clothing, toys, handbags, jewelry and beading, quilts and quilting supplies, knick-knacks, etc.,  plus a great restaurant.

I thought I would just share some of my pictures from around the village to give you an idea.  The flowers were beautiful but I will save those for another day...


















I did purchase a few things at the village.  Some fabric...

A couple tiny dolls...they really are small...

And something from this store...

Which, of course, ended up in Duchess...

I posted a new prompt.  And tomorrow I'll share my latest journal page.  

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Monday, August 18, 2014

WOW! I FORGOT TO POST ON FRIDAY!!! AND I LOVE MY FITBIT!!!

Have you ever had one of those weekends where things are so busy that you meet yourself coming as you're going?   Well, that's the kind of weekend I had and it began on Friday.

First we had an early appointment down in the valley, then met some folks for lunch and then...then we went to Gardener Village.   Oh what an absolutely beautiful place to spend your money.   Lots and lots of little shops.   But I will save those pictures for tomorrow...

Then Saturday, we went back down in the valley, this time all the way south to 'Lifetime' for a paddle board for one of my grandkids.   And, of course, because we were so close we had to stop at Ikea.

And what else do you do besides shopping at Ikea...eat lunch...oh, I really love those Swedish meatballs.

Home again and the rest of the folks, plus more friends, went to Rockport to have some fun in the water with the paddle board and kayaks and just plain swimming.   I stayed home...well, not really, I had a couple of local errands to run plus I made some potato salad and veggies plus dip to munch on when they all came back to barbeque.

Sunday, well, that was my birthday so I did have a bit of free time to watch preseason football...yes, I do love football.  And I had a great meal with a birthday cake and all the trimmings.

I have to tell you about one of my gifts...a Fitbit...I love it.   It tracks your steps.   2000-2200 steps give or take a few equals a mile.   It's a way to keep track of your walking.   What it does is encourage you to walk.  

For instance, I was tired last night so I thought maybe I wouldn't walk...then I thought...hmm, maybe I should start off right.   So this morning I got up and walked 2 1/4 miles.   All together today, I have walked 8,055 steps which equals 3.46 miles and I have burned 1, 737 calories.  Not too bad for the first day.   My goal is to walk 3 miles in the morning and now I think I will make that fairly easily.

Then today, I had to go back down in the valley to pick up some things.   I left after I worked on the fence.   It was really hot down there...high nineties.  Tomorrow, more walking (although rain is forecast), more fence and I promise to share my adventure at the village and catch up with the regular posting...

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