GLADvent Day 12: The Senses

Alrighty…it’s Day 12 of Harula’s GALDvent and the word and quote of the day is……

THE SENSES: “Lose your mind and come to your senses.” ~Frederick Salomon Perls~

Now take a moment to pause and reflect upon how The Senses have shown up in your life recently. Which of your senses do you feel most connected to? Which needs your attention perhaps? Where do you go, or what do you do to give your senses a treat? Do you believe in, or have experience of a ‘sixth sense’?

I’m cheating a bit here, as my time is limited…I posted this blog back in June 2015……


I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. ~John Burroughs~


For today’s Soul Stroll I decided to leave my camera home! I love taking pictures, capturing moments to keep as reminders. But in doing so, I lose out on relishing ‘the moment’ because I’m so preoccupied in getting just the right shot…so leaving my camera home wasn’t an easy thing to do. (So for this blog I’ve reached into my archives to put a photo with the sense.)

The waves crash and its a symphony… walk along in solitude and listen to the orchestra of sounds soothes the soul.

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” ~William Shakespeare~




The briny scent of the marsh is an acquired one….one that I find heavenly


Ok…..this one I’ve taken liberties with…since I’ve yet to be swimming I can’t talk about the stinging salty taste you get when you lick your lips after diving through a wave… my picture is my favorite to go coffee cup. But coffee does taste doubly wonderful on the beach at sunrise!

I’ve been Blessed to see so much of natures beauty here in my own backyard. Words and pictures can’t do them justice, though I am grateful for the moments I have frozen in time. This mornings camera less stroll, left me open to soak it all in and to appreciate this beautiful island I call home!
I have to admit while walking, I saw a bald eagle and my first reaction was to reach for my camera. I then just stood and observed, and he gifted me with a flight over my head, circled and then landed once again. A moment, a memory etched in my mind and heart.

GLADvent Day 11: Health

Here is Harula’s GLADvent word and quote of the day….

HEALTH: “It is health that is real wealth, and not pieces of gold and silver.” ~Gandhi~

Now take a moment to pause and reflect upon how Health has shown up in your life recently. It may be that there are aspects of your own or others health that have needed addressing this year. Is there anything you do, or would like to do, to consciously nurture and cultivate health and well-being?

I didn’t know what today’s prompt was till I got home…..this morning, we headed out early to a tree farm to pick out a Christmas Tree…..I’m a Believer in the Healing Power Of Trees, and know I’ve blogged about it in the past…….we were the only ones amongst the trees.  I wandered off on my own, breathing in the cold air, drawing comfort and peace. Nature Heals. 

Trees have the Power To Heal

I fell in love with this beauty 🌲

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. ~Robert Louis Stevenson~

“Alone with myself

The trees bend to caress me

The shade hugs my heart”

Candy Polgar~

GLADvent Day 10: FAMILY

Today’s GLADvent word of the day and quote is……..

FAMILY: “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” ~Desmond Tutu~

While I respect Mr. Tutu’s feelings and quote….this one fits in more with my situation…but having  made peace with that…I embrace and am incredibly Blessed with wonderful folks, both blood and none blood relations ❤️

“Unfortunately, some family members are so psychotic that no matter how hard you try to forge a healthy relationship, nothing will help. Now that you’re an adult, take refuge in the fact that some things are beyond your control. You owe it to yourself to steer clear of people who are harmful to your health.” ~Andrea Lavinthal~

There’s my FAMILY……Jim, my children and grandchildren, and cousins…lots of cousins. 

…and then there’s my Island Family…those folks who are not blood relations, but share my heart and the salt water that runs through our veins……

GLADvent Day 9: BEAUTY

Today is Week 8…Day 56….1344 Hours since you went Home 😔 BEAUTIFUL was this mans SOUL and Spirit….Beauty was being loved by him ❤️

Miss You Husband ❤️

Today is also Day 9 of Harula’s GLADvent. Today’s word and quote is as follows…..

BEAUTY: “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” ~Anne Frank~

My response to this is something I wrote back in January….I think it still holds true for what’s going on in my life right now…..even with a broken heart, and missing my Jim as much as I do, I still see the beauty in each new day………

The Beauty Of Her Soul…..

Is not free from scars.

It is littered with wrong turns,

Mistakes and broken promises.

The Beauty Of Her Soul…..

Was once tarnished and lost.

Robbed of all its luster,

Dulled of all its shine.

Yet, The Beauty Of Her Soul…..

Is like the rising sun.

Fueled with a burning desire,

To start each day anew.

The Beauty Of Her Soul…..

Is radiating from within.

Pouring forth with warmth and happiness,

Shining once again.

©lindafedroff January 24,2016


I knew exactly where I was going with Harula’s GLADvent Prompt. Here is today’s word and quote…..(Now take a moment to pause and reflect upon how Animals have shown up in your life recently. What kind of animal(s)? Wild or pets? If you spoke to them, did they answer back?)

ANIMALS: “Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though – that’s the problem.” ~A.A. Milne~

Now, I know I’m taking liberties here..but those of you who know me, know exactly where I’m going and coming from by choosing The DRAGONFLY. They’ve been bringing me messages for quite some time, but never so much as they did this past summer…..little did I know that the changes they were conveying to me would be so drastic……the first poem is one I wrote in April after finding the blue-eyed beauty on the beach….

November Dragonfly was written for My Jim ❤️

Dragonfly Dragonfly

You came to me…

Bringing me Comfort,

Peace And Serenity.

Your message delivered.

Your touch I still feel.

Your time with me short lived,

But your impact was real.


November Dragonfly

November Dragonfly

An afternoon stroll

Thoughts of you on my mind

Tears began to fall

Cause you left me behind….

Found myself by the lake

Sat a spell on a rock

Looking up at the sun

I knew I’d be asking a lot…..

Though the sun was shining

The November air was cold

To think a dragonfly would be near

I couldn’t have foretold…

A few moments later

It was apparent to me

You heard what I was asking

You heard my crying plea….

For there appeared before me

A beautiful dragonfly

Telling me your with me

And to please not cry….

You stayed with me a while

While my tears they did dry

Replaced by a smile

For my November Dragonfly….