Coffee & Encouragement

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I am loving that the new year is off to a fresh, clean start.

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Focus your thoughts on the good and the good yet to happen.

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Today, friends, I encourage you to focus on the future!

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Adventure

What does that word mean to you?

Does it evoke fear or excitement? AdventureDefinition

To me, it sounds like a great prospect for fun.

Definitely memories & stories to tell.NewAdventures

Friends, my wish for you (and my hope for me) is to make every day a new adventure!MovingForward

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

 

 

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I concede.

I had such hopes.Nov10_ConcededI kept the faith.Nov10_AutumnLeaves_Snow

My hopes fell like the autumn leaves.Nov10_Contrasts

No Indian Summer this fall for Central Illinois.Nov10_Kaskaskia_RiverNov10_Moms_Timber

But faith is knowing the sun will shine again … despite snow in November!Nov10_Snow

Even Bubbles decided to watch the big, fat, flakes falling.Nov12_Bubbles_Snow

Then, I got to watch this pretty girl from my kitchen window.Nov14_Deer

Mr. Scary needs thawed a bit. Cold-hearted thing that he is. He’s making the wagon look bad!Nov15_Scary

Here’s to enjoying a warm cup of coffee!

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Falling back

The beautiful season of autumn lets your senses sail away. Sailboat_Lake_Shelbyville

Fall in the country has it’s very own smell. The trick is to breathe deeply and notice it!Country_Road

Reminisce a bit, then brush your hands off, and appreciate each beautiful moment that was and will be.Kaskaskia_River

I hope you feel some pride in the place you call home.Shelbyville_dusk

I’m lucky to look out my doors, windows, and down my street to beautiful views.Halloween

My neighborhood embraces Halloween!  The pictures do not do it justice.  As a friend said, “It really is like something out of a movie scene.” The streets were full of head-lights, tail-lights, walkers, wagons, strollers, families, princesses, super heroes, and goblins.  Trick_Treat

The neighborhood market grilled hotdogs for families – for free!  My neighbor played the school cheer song on his trumpet for all to hear.Goblins

And then …. we ran out of candy!  It was time to hide!Bubbles_Blankets

Friends, I hope you fall back today and enjoy a relaxing day.

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Counting my fall blessings

October in Illinois – the flowers are telling the evergreens to wait their turn!Evergreen2

The Sunken Garden in Forest Park, Shelbyville, is just getting warmed up.Sunken_GardenSunken_Garden2

The bees are still abuzz. It’s harvest time, after all.Buzz

Things from the past find new use!ScaryLarry

I wonder if we will get to enjoy a long fall?  Mum’s the word!Mums

I hope you see the beauty and count your blessings this fall.

 

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How dare I

wake up Bubbles, Stinkeye

by turning on the ceiling fan?CeilingFan

Friends, I wish you undisturbed sleep.  And sweet dreams.

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A simple lesson

Love the ones that encourage you to bloom.

Hibiscus-growing credit: My Mom!

Friends, I wish you a blooming good start to your week.

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