Still here

in stillness I sit

bluebird comes to the bath outside my window

beautiful is she

daffodils are blooming on the bank and it’s February

pond is flowing with the sounds of trickle trickle

pines stand tall at the top of the hill, firmly rooted

Still here Still here

Life and all that’s in it isStill here

~Anita Adams 1/29/2023

New Year’s Wish

What have I learned? What have you learned? What would I like to learn?

It’s a BIG question.

My answer is this: to TRUST more .. LISTEN more to the soft Whisperer within (God/True Source) – to BELIEVE with my whole heart

Life is fleeting. I’ve endured much loss – friends, spouses, days and nights to worry or fright – only to realize shortly thereafter that there is no need to worry – no benefit – however, to TRUST, PRAY, LISTEN, OPEN my HEART to God/True Source’s guidance and BELIEVE all will be well , therein, I find my wish for ALL persons – CONTENTMENT

What does Contentment look like to me?

It’s realizing that ALL I need, ALL around me is ENOUGH and ENJOY every moment of…

  • Breath
  • Warm Water
  • Clean Water
  • Healthy food – my Green/Fruity/Nutty Shake in the mornings
  • ability to learn and practice Yoga
  • Legs that move and allow me to roam the Mountains I love so much
  • Conversing with the Trees
  • Taking Photographs of all that catches my eye
  • Enjoying the Light of sunrise and Moonrise
  • to listen and walk by the River’s edge
  • my Grandchildren
  • my Children
  • the gift of my spouse, Steve and his innate laughter and support
  • my Church family
  • my Alanon Family
  • my Telephone calls and walks with Friends
  • a Job with loving people
  • Moments found to create Art
  • the gift of my Parents, my Brothers, my Nieces and Nephews
  • Friends abroad, Friends on Facebook
  • Trees and Flowers of so many varieties in my back yard – and a Pond

Life is NOT all doom and gloom – it’s different

What I’m learning is to look with eyes open, ears and heart open, hands – open to what’s ALL around me and say Thank you!

As I said I’m learning – NOT perfect, nor, would I want to be.

Happy year of Contentment is my wish for ALL in this New Year!

~ Anita 12/30/22

Underlying Current

COVID–19

Mask On – Mask Off

Zoom – in-Person

Work from home – work at office


Take Out – Eat In

Wait in Car – Wait in Waiting Room

Wait for an appointment, Wait in the line, Wait in your car

Fly – Drive

Gatherings – a few or many

Outside or In


Winter – Cold – Isolated

Summer, Spring, Autumn – Sunny and Electric

Stay outside and play as long as you can – soak up the Vitamin D


How much life was taken for granted

How much we have to be grateful for

How many have left the planet – too many to count

Underlying Current.

~ Anita Adams 11/5/2022

Flying

As a child I dreamt of flying often

teaching people how to fly

the feeling of REAL freedom

freedom of thought, location, restraint, rules and a welcoming sense of

Peace, Acceptance, Love, Safety, Security and a DEEP Knowingness that ALL IS WELL

God is with me always, I need not fear any thing or any one

I have always believed that there is something I have to teach, to share, yet, I know I must learn more first, then, I can truly share my experience, strength and hope;

like the Oak Tree, my Prayers form with each root;

each utterance of this prayer is flown from the Birds and Butterflies who take them to the Heavens and are later turned into sunshine, rain or snow and fall back upon me softly to be absorbed, and the cycle continues

6/20/22

Reflective thoughts…

a Sunday afternoon

Grandchildren and Children 

A little girls’ laughter yesterday in the grocery store

Parents

the River

my Brothers 

gratitude for Walking 

a small garden

Friends here and so many gone

the morning light as it fills the bird feeders outside my window 

pond with frogs croaking and water lilies blooming

Breath and Spirit

Love and Mystery

Life in the present moment

Trees and their silent reverence

Surrender and Acceptance ♥️

Photo by Anita Adams of NCTreesPhotography.com

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