Window View

Cardinal in the cherry tree

sunlit green grass and spring leaves

Japanese maple tree – red and shimmering in the sun

pond reflections form waves of the sun’s lifeforce over the trees branches

soft wind blows the leaves of cherry and maple gently while the birds finish their morning hellos

robins fly busily while gathering pine needles and leaves left behind after winter has said goodbye to make a nest for their first born

pines stand tall at the top of the ridge swaying gently from side to side

nature’s invitation calls gently come walk with me and bask in this glorious day

Anita Adams 5/2/2022

A bird’s retreat
Robin’s nest and first egg!
St. Francis watches over the pond, trees, birds and fish.

For Grayson and Lincoln (an ABC story)

Adam Ant and his

Brother, Benjamin were

Climbing a steep Hill when

Darren the Dog decided to join them on this Daring adventure to see

Edward the Elephant and his

Friend, Falalat to

Gather some Flowers for a

Huge Spring party at

Iris’ house and swing by

Judy Joy’s to pick up a

Kite for Flying along the

Laurel River when a Lady Bug named Lily decided to take a rest on a nearby

Magnolia Leaf when her sister

Nadine Lady Bug joined her to watch as

Oscar the Grouch came by and said to

Patty Petunia – let’s ask if

Qualle Qualla Bear would like to play a Quick game of

Ring around the Rosy until

Spectacular Bubblemaster, Steve comes with his Bubble Show at

Ten o’clock on Thursday in the Festive Park with the Tall Trees that sway like

Ursula’s skirt in the Wind – oh! and

Viola plans to bring her new Violin and play for us a song that’s so much fun to dance to! It’s called

Wang Chung Tonight

Xavier will bring his Xylophone and his Mom, Nita and his Aunt LiLi are cooking all his favorites for his special surprise party. A very special Chocolate Cake and his favorite…..

Yabras!!!! Mm Mm Mm! And the last surprise is ….

Zena Zebra will lead the parade with sister, ZuZu ! – Don’t Miss it!

© Anita Adams (aka Situ) 3/28/2022

Yabras
Chocolate Covered Red Velvet Cake
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

A DEEPER LOOK at GRATITUDE

Those who know me, know that I often refer to Gratitude.

You may ask How did you know or get introduced to GRATITUDE? While listening to Krista Tippett’s podcast On Being, early one Sunday morning, she was interviewing Brother David Steindl-Rast, Founder of Gratefulness.org . This podcast was such a pivotal moment in my life as he described so many things, people, experiences, sounds, sights, smells, he was grateful for. I am a contributor to Gratefulness.org through monetary donations and my Photography. The practice of Gratitude I continue today. When I feel stuck in a ‘funk’, and I can’t think of anything to be grateful for, I begin with the letter ‘A’ and list whatever I am grateful for that begins with that letter and proceed through the alphabet. It’s amazing what comes out. Here’s a list of late:

A = Alicia (my daughter), Art, Air, AFG, Apple Trees

B = Brothers, color Blue, Blue Berries, Books, Birds

C = Chocolate (Dark Chocolate), Church, Couch, Catholicism, Creating Collages, Crows, Camera

D = Dawn, Doves, Daffodils, Drawing

E = Elephants, Ears that hear, Eyes that See, Europe

F = Faith, Father, Friends, Family

G = God, color Green, Grayson, Greeting one another

H = Home, Hot water, Hiking, Hawks

I = Imagination, Irises

J = Jesus, Juicy Pears and Apples, Job, Joy

K = Katharina (a faithful friend), Kites, Kibbeh, Kayaaks, Kayak, Kelly

L = Love, the sound Laughter, Lincoln

M = Mom, Memory, Mountains

N = Nandina, Notecards

O = Ocean waves and sound, Oxygen, Oranges, Orchids

P = Patience, Prayer, Pink Tulips, Peruvian Lilies, Photography, Pencils, Pens, Paper, Pope Francis

Q = Quiet moments, Quilts

R = Rest, Richard (son), Red Poppies, Robins

S = Steve (husband and friend), Sailing, Swimming, Seeing Smiles again

T = Trees (all kinds- Oaks, Redbuds, Weeping Willows, Dogwoods, Beech Trees), Today, Travels

U= Umbrellas (bright red, poke-a-dotted)

V = Sound of Violins, African Violets, Vacation

W = Water, Willow Trees, Writing

X = eXtraordinary moments

Y = Yellow Sunflowers and Finches

Z = Zealous moments

What does your list look like?

~ Anita Adams 3/2022

S = Sunflower

Year End Reflections and….

a look back on 2021

A year of loss

A year where a Leap of Faith was taken into the unknown

A year of Trusting the God of my understanding, the Divine, Jesus, the Mystery, the Whisperer

Creating Art

Letting Love in

Trusting that ALL is well and ALWAYS will be in God’s time and in God’s way

Choosing Gratitude for the gifts given and the ones shared

God thank you for the Serenity to accept those things/people/situations I can not change

God thank you for the Courage to change those things/situations that I can

God thank you for the Wisdom to know the difference

Wishing you all a year of focusing on what you have, sharing what you can, good health, good food, good choices, peace of mind, body and soul.

Forestbathing in Western North Carolina

There’s always time to . . .

Choose to give from a place of love

Pause and be silent

Breathe in fresh air and give thanks

Pray and listen for God’s guidance

Walk in the woods and notice nature in all its forms, colours, sounds, smells

Write a letter to a friend, to yourself, to God

Give thanks for the many ordianary and extraordinary blessings in my life

Be kind to myself and others

Retreat into silence when saying something unkind just feels icky

Learn to love one’s self

Holidays and…

stress

I must preface here, this is not something I normally choose to write about, however, I believe it needs to be said out loud and not behind doors – pull the splinter from my heart and let it heal

Holidays were fun as children

Days off from school

Playing with friends

Decorating the house with my Mom while listening to Holiday music

Cooking and sharing family recipes from our native Arabic foods, hoshwe, sfeehis, yabras and Mom’s famous chocolate pie

I never believed that our family could become so fractured once my parents were no longer hosting these events in their home and other homes were offered,

It’s happened

What is your resolution to this uncomfortable and painful situation?

What are the choices?

Mine, pray about it, say what I need to say and don’t say it mean.

A letter was written this morning reflecting my total disappointment and heartache

Decisions were made regarding my choice to participate separately from the entire family, and in small groups, when, where and with whom I choose to if I choose to, or to keep it very simple, and choose to celebrate with friends without drama

#HolidayDisappointment #HolidayStress #Choices #FamilyDrama

11/28/2021

Here comes my love

the one the only

the one who listens

the one who walks with me day and night

the Whisperer

the constant one who assures me that all is well always

grateful am I to know you

grateful am I that you want to know me

grateful am I when I remember that any question or request uttered doesn’t go unheard

you hear all things

by hearing and answering all things, my Faith grows stronger

and I am reminded of a journey taken long ago in a country far away

where the one word uttered to me as I boarded a plane to return home

was BELIEVE!

I believe, and as the prayer or psalmist reminds us, help us when we forget to.

~ Anita Adams 11/2021

Hearts Speak – Surrender 7122021 Anita Adams

We are ALL Children of God

Hearts pure at birth

Minds untainted by the whispers of others telling us what to think, do, perceive or believe

Maturing slowly from children to teenagers

Grasping to know who we are, what we truly believe

Asking ourselves what or whom would I most like to be

Then the sun breaks through in shades of pink, gray, white with a blue sky behind those clouds

And we know, we aren’t perfect

We are ALL doing the best we can to be a human, an adult, a sister, mother, situ, wife, friend, co-worker, neighbor

Traveling and navigating a Spiritual existence in a human body

We aren’t perfect

If I don’t say the right words at the right time, or misinterpret something you’ve said or done, don’t take it personally, kindness will return, if apologies are needed they will surface and be said, if not, know that this imperfect human is doing the best they can

So to you my brother or sister in Christ, know that in my heart, underneath layers of life’s experience, exists pure love

©Anita Adams 8/2021

HEALING takes whatever time it takes

Learning to hold on when the healing is in year three and you feel like you will never fully recover is COURAGEOUS

There’s a reason I’m on this journey to wholeness

Even in the dark – the light still exists

HEALING takes whatever time it takes

During this time of Healing

I’ve shed some unknown ‘judgements’ about myself and others that I didn’t even know existed – this part of the healing process has been a GIFT

HEALING TAKES whatever time it takes

Haven’t I prayed for PATIENCE?

Well, here it is …

HEALING TAKES WHATEVER time it takes

Thank you CREATOR for hearing my prayer for walking with me in the dark, for giving me an outlet to spread my wings, to be GRATEFUL for ALL the many gifts you’ve given me

HEALING TAKES WHATEVER TIME it takes

It’s okay to REST, to PAUSE, to BREATHE, to REJOICE, to LAUGH out loud

Waiting is part of the process as well as Trusting

HEALING TAKES WHATEVER TIME IT TAKES.

© Anita Adams 6/23/2021