Growing up in the Appalachian Mountains where there is snowfall beginning in October, ususally the 31st and sometimes not ending until the first week of April.
Now 2023, and NO snow to speak of. I miss it!
I realized the unexpected ‘Snow Day that becomes a Holiday’ hasn’t happened.
No sledding. No hot chocolate.
No TRUE ‘snow music’ that comes from just listening to the snow fall and its heavenly crisp tingling sound as it falls gently on the leaves, branches and any cold surface.
No unexpected adventure to the highest peak to walk in virgin snow and capture photos, make snow angels, sled and snowball games.
When ALL get to genuinely rest and the body and mind are able to restore themselves with a new peaceful vigor.
When and where ART becomes the activity of the day, or making a delicious pot of Chicken Vegetable Soup. And, for someone special, their favorite chocolate brownies.
Longing for this necessary cycle of life in the Appalachian Mountains
©Anita Adams 2/25/2023
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 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
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.
Tell me what I missed….
Today – I missed the basking in the warmth of the sun
Yesterday – I missed a walk in the evening
A Year ago – I missed celebrating Good Friday with my Mom
Missing the smiles behind the masks, the hugs from those I know and love, and those I like, but know not – yet
All the moments and hugs from my grandsons from September 2020 until now
Life and its fluidity
Making the most of those moments and grateful for the comforts I have – a partner, a home, eyes that see, ability to feel with my heart and mirror the love back that’s been gifted to me.
Prayers that go something like this….
I am Tree
Tiny seed placed in the ground
Watered and nurtured with sunlight
God’s spirit poured out on me
Help me grow a little at a time
Roots clinging to the earth
Filled with the Spirit
Nourished with nutrients to grow
Branches stretched up toward the Heavens
Swaying in the wind
Dancing, singing with birds and bees
Giving thanks to our Creator
Singing songs like I Believe
Thank you – Love, Me
©Anita Adams 2021
the lanterns were lit
red bud trees turn green, yellow and brown
it’s a time of decay and renewal
the sourwood stands at attention brilliant red with gold tassels up top
the Japanese maple – deep red – neither tree are ready to say farewell
once upon a time for a nanosecond maybe more – the earth and water stood still
© Anita Adams 10/2020
So still the leaf laid on top.
what does it mean
what will it bring
what are your dreams
mine are filled with some of these….
writing, hiking, and more snaps
travels, walking and taking naps
a grandson arrives in Februar
so does the winter and perhaps more white hair
in the Spring, a little more sunshine gives way to plant more trees and a garden to til
up to my elbows in poetry, a book and art
no day or night should pass without a kiss to my heart
peace I believe begins with me
seeds to be sown one letter at a time
A is for Alicia, B for Bed, C for Cathy, D for Dad, E for Elephant, F for Faith, G for Gretchen, H for Home, I for Italy, J for the Joy still unknown
sow seeds of love and peace, of green trees and saplings, breathe oxygen into this space
© Anita Adams 12/29/2017