Free Download – June Blog Hop

Nature Escape
Rush Ranch – Eastern Oregon
Wx: 71F,  Mostly Sunny
Listening to: Brenda Russell, album “Get Here”

It is early morning 5:00 a.m., and the world is still and peaceful here.  The sun rises gently above the Blue Mountains behind me, and I watch it travel across the valley floor below.  The horses are peacefully grazing in the pasture, and quail rush their young toward the feeders under our deck.  The weather is adjusting to spring, and farm crops are a lush, emerald green after the rains. It is remarkably lovely.  I am content.  It took many years to get “here” in this place on the side of my mountain, in this place inside my heart, my spirit, in this place of contentment. I am well-blessed.

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(Photo Credit:  Dirt Road Photography)

It’s work to get the mind to quiet down, it’s work to get the body to just pause and relax, put down the spoon and kettle, put away the cleaning cloths and wax.  But eventually, you need to just sit and “be” –   to be renewed.  To feel the harmony and let go of the world clutter.  Allow yourself the time to pull yourself back together into focus.  So much time is spent in rushing to get things done in this busy world, that we simply need to unplug from the routine and give ourselves permission to be at rest, to do nothing.  To empty ourselves of the stressful news, bad situations around the globe, taxes, healthcare, pollution, food sources, and climate change.  Let go, if only for a moment, so that we can be filled with newness and see our way through until we need to climb the next big hill or big mountain.  Easier said than done – I understand that.

The June Blog Hop theme is “Nature Escape”, with a palette of greens and turquoise.  That made me dream of the sea, and all of its many treasures, therefore, my kit is related to the sea. You may find this kit a little difficult to use, as it contains many extractions of my brooches. I always wanted to live by the sea, and once I retired I had planned on living by the sea – but I never seem to end up there.  I am definitely happy where I am, but I always make time for summer trips to the coast.  Nothing beats a walk along the beach as the sun rises or sets.  The sound of the surf is soothing to me.  The majestic colors, the scents, the sounds – all of these things awaken the artist in me.  I want to sing, I want to paint, I want to dance, I want to write.  I want to wear flowers in my hair and bury painted toes in the sand.  I want to feel beautiful in freckles and ponytails.  I want the magic of the Ocean to be in me, too. Every since I was about the age of 14, I wanted to be a marine biologist.  But life happened, and I ended up playing with satellites in the sky rather than fish in the sea.  Go figure.

As always, my kits are free to you to use however you wish, including commercial use. I only ask that you perform some random act of kindness this month, to be the change in this world.  My TOU is at the bottom of this post.

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