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Sunday Reflections…

Today is Palm Sunday. 🌴🙏🏻

“Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

 This is a great day to read about it – Start with Matthew 21:1-11. Lots more to read about the progression that lead to this day. The timeline is Amazing! 

“No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.”

  ~ William Penn



Blessings, Peace and Love to all ❤️

 

 Mark C.

 

 



Sunday Reflections…

Bad storm last night! Tornado sirens, heavy winds, hail, lightning, thunder, etc, etc… Scary! 
But this morning – Beautiful sunrise! Calm winds, the birds 🐦 are singing! Gorgeous! 

Up with the sun! It’s time to get outside & see what’s happening in the garden. Spring is Here! The whole world is coming to life!

I guess my point on this beautiful Sunday morning is – When this storm ⛈ (Coronavirus) gets past us, we are in for something nice! We just have to ride it out… The Calm after the storm … 

I’m approaching everyday one step at a time! Today’s plan –

  •  Breakfast 🥞 
  • Work on my Container Garden
  • Shower
  • Nap!
  • Fire up Grill
  • Eat
  •  Guitar 🎸 
  • Early to Bed! 

“I am tired, I am worn
For this is the calm after the storm
Heart beat ceases to race
Everything seems to fall into place
Take comfort in cycles and patterns,
Separate the insignificant from what matters
History repeats itself they say,
The universe works in funny ways
So push thoughts of growing older,
Of growing colder, of forgetting to be bolder
To the back of my mind
Shelved away somewhere difficult to find
And think instead of stories that turn out okay
Think of the sound of waves and rainy days
For I am slowly breathing
Almost sleeping
Nearly dreaming
Simply being.“

   ~ Rachel

Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

Rainy night last night, but this morning is just beautiful. Lately there’s been a lot of rain, but we all know that after the rain has past, there will be flowers 🌺 I think that’s what we are dealing with right now with all this Social Distancing & Self Quarantines 😷 – After this passes we will all see more beauty than before… The world is giving us Lemons 🍋 it’s up to us to make Lemonade… 

Sunday breakfast with family is one of the high points of the week to me 😊 Staycationing at its best…

”All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.”

   ~ Robert Kennedy

Take this time to catch up with family! And take a nap 😴 

Have a happy Sunday 

 

Mark C. 



Sunday Reflections…

The older I get, the tougher it gets to “Spring Forward”! I’m just plain torn when it comes to daylight savings time! I mean, I do love the longer daylight hours! But, it really only changes things as far as schedule goes… It doesn’t add any time to the day at all… It just adjusts the clock and the daily hours of business. Then it takes us several days to adjust to getting up an hour early… Is it worth the effort?

my morning coffee came an hour earlier this morning! But, good news is we will have Daylight till after 7pm now! Boom 💥

The silver lining is of course the longer daylight hours. It won’t be dark now till after 7pm! I do love evenings outside in the garden!

But now it’s time for breakfast! 🍳 🥞

Maybe we will celebrate with a late bbq 🍗 this evening 😊

 

”Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket.”

      ~ Old Indian Chief


Have a great Sunday! 


Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

What a beautiful Sunday morning! Cool and crisp! Warming today, but several days of rain ahead… Ahhh, but it’s March! Springtime is only inches away 😊 I can feel it!

Last weeks bud is this weeks early flower. Spring is almost here!

 

The First Of March 

“The sun is brilliant in the sky but its warmth does not reach my face.
The breeze stirs the trees but leaves my hair unmoved.
The cooling rain will feed the grass but will not slake my thirst.
It is all inches away but further from me than my dreams.”

~ M. Romeo LaFlamme

Have a Great Sunday!

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

This time of year is a challenge. Spring is almost here, but not quite… Everything is starting to emerge & bursting to bloom. It’s actually a magical time to watch everything come back to life. No other time of year holds the magic for me like the next couple months or so 😊

My saucer Magnolia – Magnolia X soulangeana is about to burst open! Many years, it blooms too early and gets bitten by late frost. Hopefully not this year 🤞🏻

As winter turns the corner
And spring is on the way
I wait with mounting happiness
To see what comes today.

I also love the cold days
With frost upon the sill
But something special happens
Once winter’s had its fill.

The crocus buds are swollen
The daffodils sprout so tall
Something special happens
As spring time makes its call.

So get ready for the changes
That happen none too soon
When spring time rounds that corner
And flowers start to bloom!

~ Marilyn Lott

Have a great Sunday!

 

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

Everyone slept in this morning… Everyone but me 😊 I went out and walked around the gardens. I say it often, but it’s so true – Spring is coming! Bulbs and perennials are emerging and even blooming. Forsythias are blooming. My saucer Magnolia is fixing to burst open too. The maple 🍁 buds are swelling, the quince too. It’s a magical, time of the year to be a gardener. But, it’s not quite here yet… The waiting and anticipation of full on Spring is powerful! Can you say “Spring Fever” 🤒 I’m going back inside & cooking breakfast 🥞 That’ll have to do.

“Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle … a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl.  And the anticipation nurtures our dream.”
–  Barbara Winkler

These particular daffodils were planted by my grandma and always bring happy thoughts to me. They say “Spring is almost here”…

Have a Great Sunday! Spring is Coming!

 

~ Mark Carter