Change your perspective-
If you are looking down, look up to the ever changing sky. Star watch and sunset gaze. Take a new approach, there are more than one way to see things.
Change your state of mind-
If you are not happy, it doesn’t have to last forever. Happiness is a choice and sometimes easier to realize than other times. Tell yourself you are happy.
Do what makes you happy-
Spend time that you have control over and seek a favorite hobby, go photowalking, read, go someplace new , whatever makes YOU happy.
Spent time with those who lift you up, not bring you down-
Another choice option you have. This is your time, your life. Happy people can project happiness and make you feel good.
Make the most of what you have-
Is your glass half empty or half full. My glass has always got some sort of positive drops in it, even if it’s not on the half way mark, there is always HOPE which I never try to lose sight of.
That HOPE has turned impossible situations upside down.
These Flowers are for my father whose own faith, hope and love got him better so that I could speak to him
again. He wasn’t doing so well two weeks ago and we are 800 miles away so I can’t contact him easily where he is without a phone in his room nor can I see him often. I love you Pop, keep your positive spirit alive so we can talk and see you again soon.
We love you!
Things are looking up. Sun is shinning, ice is melting. Temperatures are still about 2 degrees, but the skies are blue and the days are moving forward into Spring, only 42 days away. Hooray!!
With streets paved with white and snow piled about as high as mailboxes, the winter white just is not going away fast enough as temperatures continue to stay low. The snow is pretty, but the record-breaking temperatures and record-breaking amount of snow in this Chicago area feels never-ending. I look forward to Spring, but my instincts tell me we will have a longer winter and a longer wait, but Spring’s still coming, right?
Look up at the Winter’s night sky, what a truly amazing pattern of color at sunset. Truly Magical.
Through the pain,
Through the sorrows,
Through the grief,
Through the lows,
Through the fear,
Through the troubles,
I look to the future,
I look to the good,
I look at what I have, not what I don’t have.
I remember the miracles from my life,
I rely on my faith, hope and love,
To get me through the toughest times.
Here is a flower to brighten your day. Everyone can use something beautiful to bring a smile to their face or make them feel better. I hope I accomplished that when you look at this photograph. I’m not fond of the snow or freezing temperatures so my recent outdoor photos are limited to a few quick shots out the window or doors which are boring!
Have a beautiful day!!
Be happy, winter doesn’t last forever…Spring is on the way, hooray! It all feels warmer after having has that Polar Vortex sweeping through our area. My mind is already thinking about what to do for Spring break.
The little gnomes are hidden all over the Morton Arboretum for kids to locate. His name is “Joy” after Joy Morton who is the founder of the Arboretum and the Morton Salt company founder. His father was the founder of Arbor day.
Posted in outside, parks, photography, snow, winter
Tagged Gnomes, IL, Joy Morton, Lisle, Morton Arboretum, Nikon, photography, Smile, Winter 2014, Winter doesn't last forever, Winter in the Children's Garden
Welcome to the North Pole, where kids like to play in the snow but can’t be outside today because of the extreme record breaking temperatures as low as -16 in the Chicagoland area and wind chills as low as -30/-40. Apparently the elves left more than presents for everyone this Christmas. The children have an extended winter break for two days.
This Polar Vortex from the North Pole has swept the arctic freeze in several states.
Temperatures were reported as low as below -30 in some areas in the Mid-West. This once in a decade event has caused extreme cold as far south as Florida.
Several trains from Chicago stopped running in the evening. Some trains were cancelled in the morning. The cold conditions can easily freeze skin and prevent cars from starting. Some colleges and area businesses that were closed today plan to open at 1:00pm on Tuesday. Regular schools are cancelled again tomorrow when parents have to get creative to keep the kids busy or are they already bored with their Christmas toys? It’s -11 right now at 9:00pm CST. Stay warm if this Polar Vortex is affecting your area.
Last night I was actually on the roads where they were extremely slippery, before temperatures dropped with more snow.
Grilling is a year round event.
Dining at the outside table is optional.
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Tagged 2014, Chicagoland, Chicagoland area, dinning table, Jan. 6, January 2014, Mid-West, North pole, photography, Polar Vortex, record breaking temperatures, temperatures, Welcome to the North Pole, Winter grilling
May your New Year be a blast of what’s to come for your 2014. Peace, happiness, good health, prosperity and all good things.
Happy New Year 2014!
Looking through the windows with excitement of going to visit Santa Claus as seen from the eyes of a child is pure joy. Christmas becomes magical and surreal as it makes the holiday season feel so special. Christmas celebrated around the world has different meanings and celebrations for everyone. Embrace those differences and the world suddenly becomes smaller. Our humanity connects us and the spirit of giving, love, friendship, caring and kindness make the everyday living so much brighter and better.
Personally I don’t know anyone who didn’t believe in Santa Claus at one point in their life or later as parents tried to tell their children about his story. Religious or not, somehow in the U.S. Santa becomes a part of every adult’s childhood memories. “Santa has satellites” my son told me last month.
Can children know the “real meaning” of Christmas and still get excited about Santa? I don’t find the harm in telling the Santa story and letting my children make up their own minds as they wish. That magic seems to wane as the children get older.
For me, the spirit of kindness, giving and generosity has always been something of the heart. This can be learned anywhere, anytime, on the streets and in your neighbor’s homes where unemployment or unforeseen circustances may have caused families the inability to provide food or presents. Helping out when you can, where you can, and how you can is the true meaning of Christmas. Helping with your time is probably the greatest gift anyone can give. The Christmas spirit should be a year round thing, minus the commercialism, the crazy shopping hours and busy people on the roads.
Wishing you all a very safe, joyful and peaceful Merry Christmas! This blog’s message reaches beyond Santa’s sleigh, so I wish you a joyous celebration in whatever part of the world I many reach. Peace to you all.
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Tagged Christmas, Christmas spirit, giving, helping, holidays, Merry Christmas, Peace, Santa, Santa Claus, Spirit, True meaning of Christmas
What a spectacular light show at the Morton Arboretum. Truly an amazing event to see as you walk the trails of the park and see the beautiful light show come to life before your eyes. From watching the shadows of your own face display on trees, to seeing the lights move with the music or your own voice — there is a big WOW factor at a park that is normally viewed during daylight hours.
There are trees covered in thousands of lights and a stop to “hug a tree” that will change the color of the tree the harder you hug it. As you walk along the hill of the path suddenly to the left you see an odd looking sight of several chandeliers hanging off the tree branches and then on the right you see a multi-colored light show along the branches of the trees.
Something will surely fascinate the likes of people of every age.
These are some of my images captured using manual mode and no flash or with a lens baby for a different look.
May your Holidays be Festive and bright with you and your loved ones!
If you were to write a story about these two boys (brothers) what would it say? How would you describe this photo from your perspective? What title would you possibly give it? I just love the emotions from this image.