There are some days when the last thing in the world I want to do is sit down at this computer and go online. It’s happening more and more lately.
After twenty years of sitting at a computer with head-phones on typing medical reports for 10 to 12 hours a day, I’m enjoying my new-found freedom away from this computer!
My job was eliminated nearly a year ago and it has taken me all this time to reach this point.
At first, I hardly knew what to do with myself AWAY from the computer. Now, I LOVE being away from it, which is making daily blogging a bit of a task.
Now, for the sake of maintaining some quality to my blog, my posts from now on may not be daily, but 3-4 times weekly. I’m not “leaving” or shutting it down. I’m just relaxing and out enjoying life more.
With that said, here’s one place I was recently with a friend.
It’s called Cano’s Collection in Cherry Creek. It’s a lovely Tea Shop and Gift Shop, quite small, with great food and atmosphere.
Bob and Joyce are the owners and they have charming Welsh accents, as do many of the patrons who dine there.
It’s quiet and relaxing and their scones with Devon cream and jam are fantastic.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take as many pictures as I thought I had since my friend and I were having so much fun. However, I do have a few.
This fellow greets you as you walk into the gift shop. If you look through the windows, you can see the table with seating for two. All of the tables are outside the gift shop and most are for two only.
This stein commemorates the Titanic. I didn’t capture the detail very well, but it’s quite unique and beautiful.
And then there are shelves of imported goodies like Typhoo tea and lemon curd. They also offer take-out of their scones, Devon cream, and other goodies.
Footfalls echo in the memory Down the passage which we did not take Towards the door we never opened ~T.S. Eliot
Tonight is a night of memories – of laughter and tears – and of missing those in my life who have passed on.
It’s a night of longing for even more memories to come and of prayers for those with whom I wish to share those memories.
This blog is intended to be a pictorial representation of my life for 365 days – a “journal” for recording for me a hopefully new and refreshing perspective on life, with my camera as the tool for change.
I have been faithful to my goal. We are 67 days into 2014 and I have published 71 posts – at least 1 post a day.
Tonight, in order to maintain the integrity of my blogging goal, all I have are feelings and memories – and there are no pictures that do them justice. This short post, while meaningless to those so kind as to follow my blog, is but a wisp of my heart and soul exposed, not in a picture, but in the profound words of T.S. Eliot which I have quoted above.
Tonight, indeed, footfalls are echoing in my memory and I wouldn’t trade any of these blessed memories for anything!
I took this picture the end of summer last year. It was all alone – the last of its kind – blooming at the Denver Botanic Gardens. It made me sad to see it so beautiful and so alone, mostly because this bloom and I have much in common.
While the rest of the Gardens was full of flowers blooming together in riotous color and abundance, this bloom was all alone, much like I have been most of my life.
I was a lonely child growing up.
I’ve had a long, lonely marriage.
And with age has come the intense loneliness and “grieving” for the babies who never came and the grandchildren who will never be.
Those supposedly much wiser than I have said that you can’t miss what you’ve never had. They’re wrong.
The purpose of this blog is to document a personal quest. I am bored, restless and frustrated with the mundane, little world around me, and starved for beauty and inspiration.
My goal with this 365-day photo challenge is to uncover beauty in places I’ve never looked before – places right here, in my own home, backyard, city and state. My goal is to change ME, the way I see, and how I show-up in the world around me.
I live in a busy, crowded suburb of a big city, which for me equates to BORING. I have long envied those who create stunning photos like FS Photography or Derwent Valley Photography (wow), or Vit Peyr who are surrounded by history, beauty, and the wonders of the world.
Yet I know there is still beauty to be found all around me if I only have “the eyes to see it.” So, I’ve decided to “grow where I’m planted,” to open my eyes, and to appreciate the beautiful gems of life right here in my own little world.
Already, through the lens of my camera, I have begun to discover many things I’ve too long taken for granted and beauty I have long overlooked.
Truly, I am discovering that ordinary things can become beautiful when seen through the eyes of appreciation, gratitude, or love.