Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving

Dear Folks ~ I do hope and pray you are all having a pleasant week with your Thanksgiving preparations, and that the day is filled with love, joy and peace.

It is mild down here in s.e. FL.  At 8:27 Eastern time, it is 60 degrees and feels like it is 57. That is wonderful. Sunday I worked along the front hedgerow, trimming and weeding and was sweating in the sunlight. It is breezy this morning, with a big blue sky.

Here are some blooms taken yesterday.

Philippine violets.

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Shrimp plant. I love the colors in this. I’ve had other shrimp plants before that were more on the salmon side colorwise.

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These next photos are of flowers I can’t remember the names of. Smile

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Photo taken from inside. Miss Tork was enjoying the sunshine on the bench in the secret garden.

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Pure ‘cat-tentment’.

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Let us be thankful for all that we are blessed with, even the things that aren’t so pleasant, as they are experiences to learn and grow from.

FlowerLady Lorraine

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Gratitude goes beyond the 'mine' and 'thine' and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.

Henri J. M. Nouwen

25 comments:

eli said...

I've been waiting for a new post from you. :-) Your posts exude serenity and I always love your photos (especially the cats this morning).

Have a wonderful week, FlowerLady.

Rebecca said...

The Nouwen quote is challenging, isn't it?

I'm quite jealous of the beautiful blooms you're able to enjoy - but thankful that you pass them on in your posts.

We've had beautiful blue skies here lately. I'm such a wimp that I probably am not enjoying the cool days like I should. They just seem to be whispering "winter, WINTER" to me, and I'm NOT a winter person!

Wishing you and your husband a blessed Thanksgiving week. (I'm hoping he's able to see improvement in his pain level if ever so gradually....)

Nancy J said...

Words are so true,they will be read again and again. Your first photo is so lovely, the close-ups perfect,
Happy Thanksgiving to you both,hoping for fine weather, balmy days, less pain, and good health and energy for each day as it comes. Greetings from Jean.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Lorraine, Love seeing your beautiful flowers --especially this time of year. Except for the Winter Pansies which we planted recently, most everything else in our yard is getting ready for WINTER. We'll have to wait for spring for some new flowers here...

Love seeing your kitty also.

Happy Thanksgiving.
Hugs,
Betsy

Linda said...

It's very wet and dark up here in Washington. I'm glad you are enjoying the scriptures I've been posting. Thanks for your comments. I pray you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Lona said...

Hi Lorraine. Oh to have flowers blooming all year long. (Heavy sigh) LOL! I love your Philippine violets. How lovely they are. You and DH have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Beautiful flowers and cute kitty as usual.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Sunray Gardens said...

Lovely blooms right now. Your cat is adorable although she looks like she wants you to get done in the first one.
Cher Sunray Gardens

gld said...

Beautiful blooms. Your weather sounds perfect. Sweet cat picture; my new baby went to sleep this morning on my feet.

I hope you and your husband have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Leslie said...

Thanks for another lovely, gentle post, Lorraine. I just love reading your blog. I really do think it's "therapeutic" for me, because it always makes me feel better and more positive about life. Happy Thanksgiving!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you...
Beautiful images
as always...

Friko said...

A very Happy Thanksgiving to you, Flower Lady.

I know the trumpet shaped flower but its name escapes me for the moment.

lemonverbenalady said...

Dear FL, Hope you and DH have a great Thanksgiving. Maybe I've said this before. Love to see your flowers. It is mild here as well. Almost 60 degrees here for turkey day. xxoo Nancy

Becky said...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Lynn said...

There may not be another chance in the next few days to stop by . . . You are counted in my list of gratitude's on Thursday . . .Happy Thanksgiving weekend.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Such true sayings....love to sit and think about them a bit more.

Your flower shots are wonderful, shall I trade you some snow shots, lol.

Jen

Amrita said...

Happy Thanksgiving

organicgardendreams said...

Lorraine, loved to see the flower photos from your garden! Especially the Philippine violets tug at my heart as you sometimes put it in your comments on my blog :-)! I like your quote. Gratitude is truly something worth cultivating. Wishing you and your husband I wonderful Thanksgiving!
Christina

Kit said...

I hope you have a wonderful holiday! Happy Thanksgiving! Love, Kit

Balisha said...

Blessings to you both this Thanksgiving. What a picture of contentment...that cat.
Have a wonderful day..
Balisha

GRACE PETERSON said...

Beautifully written, Lorraine Dear. I'm wondering how DH is doing and how you're dealing with everything. Will you be cooking a turkey or is it still too soon for solids? Please write when you can. Your flower photos are delicious, as usual and Miss Tork cracks me up. Aren't cats awesome? Hugs, dear friend!

Darcie said...

Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

Kalantikan said...

Hi, because of my poor connection, other photos did not open, but those which opened are so lovely. I am envious that you have the Philippine violets, I am here but can't find them. That one like your header is a very small flower ~1.5cm which is a weed in our meadows. Yes it looks like a small hibiscus. I have its name somewhere, be back when i checked it.

Kalantikan said...

I found it, Urena lobata

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Hi! I was going back to catch up on your blog. I loved seeing your water colors and embroidery and all you pretty flowers!
Sorry to read about your husband's neck. I hope it feels better soon. I had some neck problems this summer and I know how frustrating it is to not be able to do yhings you normally can.
Your gardens are so pretty!!!
Take care :)