Hello lovely blog friends,
I seem to wait too long in between blog posts because whenever I sit down to blog, I have SO much to tell you all about. This morning I even had to make a little list of everything I wanted to include in this post so that I wouldn’t leave anything out. However, knowing me, I STILL might leave something out. I’ll try not to.
It is truly a beautiful day here. The sun is shining but shielded by the canopy of trees so that it isn’t too hot. There is a slight breeze blowing which makes it even more delightful. Adding to that delight are all the wonderful things in bloom around here: hostas, roses, daisies, tulips, garlic stalks, and many more things that I don’t know the name to. The hummingbirds are flitting around in such abundance that we had to put out TWO hummingbird feeders for them! With only one to feed from, they were being not very nice at all to one another, fighting and running one another off, just generally very unwilling to share the beautiful red nectar that we know to be glucose water. They seem to like having two feeders better. However, if they start telling their friends, we very well might have to get three! It is worth it. Hummingbirds are such wonderful and beautiful little creatures. I also have tiny green berries on my blueberry bush, which delights me every year. Before long at all, they will be BLUE blueberries and, if I’m quick enough to beat the birds to them, I will have enough to top my morning cereal with. That is very satisfying to me.
(If you peek closely at the third picture in the last row, you can see a hummingbird feeding. Do you spot him?)
The flowers and hummingbirds are not the only things around here that have been busy! My mailbox has been a mecca of delight as well! I’ve gotten the most wonderful and lovely things these past couple of weeks. Mail is just soul-warming.
Particularly delightful was the parcel that arrived today from the lovely Miss Vanessa Valencia. Not long ago, she offered a swap / contest on her blog. You can read about it here. She was going to draw names and give away wonderful reusable totes that she had found at Trader Joe’s in exchange for the winners sending some mail parcel back to her (again… isn’t mail fun?) Well, due to an amazing turn of luck for all of her blog readers (and she has many of them… if you’ve not checked out her blog, you should!), we ALL got one! Hooray! So, I now have in my possession, thanks to Miss Vanessa, an amazing tote that will be handy for SO many things! And, it is water-proof! And, if the tote wasn’t enough, the card that was included was a gift in itself! It is one of Vanessa‘s lovely silouhuette prints made into a card with an adorable and magical message. If you’ve not seen Vanessa’s art, you must see it soon! For all of it… Thank you, Vanessa! xo… 🙂
Also in my magic mailbox lately, I’ve received a wonderful package from the adorable Mindy. Mindy and I were paired up in the recent mellow + yellow swap that was started on the m.writes blog. It was a load of fun! We each chose a color that our partner would send to us. Of course, I choose deep red and Mindy did a great job of sending me wonderful things in that hue. It was so much fun opening the package! Included inside were a set of handmade dishtowels, a lovely handwritten note, some pomegranate body wash from Bath & Body Works (smells delightful!), and some homemade raspberry jam made from raspberries that Mindy grew. Yum! But, the highlight of the package was the beautiful stained glass sun-catcher star with an accompanying card that read:
To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don’t worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest!
What lovely inspiration and, as you can all tell from my blog, PERFECT for me! Thank you, Mindy! (I sent a package of yellow items to her. She liked it all so… hooray!)
Speaking of mail, I plan to do some sort of a swap here this summer so if anyone is interested, please stay tuned! I think that we all need a bit of fun mail from time to time, right?
In other news, I have a couple of things that I’m loving right now. Firstly… Cherry Flavored Carmex. My radiant and adorable sister bought me some of this and – oh my! – it is delightful! The taste and the scent is amazing, similar to a Cherry Limeade from Sonic. But, even better… it moisturizes my lips so well. I highly recommend it!
I also highly recommend what I consider to be the perfect summer treat… Very Vanilla Tofutti Cuties! This is my FAVORITE “ice cream” treat, although it isn’t really ice cream as it is tofu and completely dairy-free. But, don’t be alarmed, it is also completely decadent and delicious. Mmmmmm… If I could send each of you one, I would but… that might make a bit of a mess.
I’m also loving the Wishcasting site. It is a blog that allows you to put your wishes out to the Universe so that they can take hold and be inspired and encouraged by others. I learned about Wishcasting from another enchanting blog called the wish studio. Take a minute and peruse these wonderful sites. They are so inspiring!
One more blog link and then I will wrap it up… I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the prompts, inspiration and networking at Create-a-Connection. There is a different theme for each day of the week, including Try Day, Support and Recognition Day, Creative Challenge Day and more. They have a different swap that is put together by a different reader each month. It is a lot of fun!
So many wonderful things around me… outside my window and here in my computer too. I am so happy to have met so many wonderful people through blogs, in swaps, on Etsy and throughout the wonderful network of the Internet. As my blog grows and more and more people stop by, I look forward to even more of this meeting, greeting and making friends. You all teach me so much and open me to a world that I would have never known without each of you.
As Anais Nin said… “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
Thank you all for filling my heart and, as illustrated in this post, my mailbox!
If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one ability or quality, what would it be and why?
Get on it, Friend! 🙂