March 2013 003a

The neighbor’s tree

In life one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day — or to celebrate each special day.

~ Rasheed Ogunlaru

March 2013 001a-001

Color in the garden

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.  And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

March 2013 008a


As I walked this morning, my mantra was “I am grateful for the gift of this day.”  The ground was mushy and muddy and slippery in spots.  The sky was overcast and several shades of gray.  The air was cold and carrying the scent of the neighbor’s horses and cows.

Graceful and light

Graceful and light

It was a beautiful morning in spite of the lack of sunshine and blue sky.  Even the gray clouds had a beauty to them I don’t often appreciate.



Gratitude, in my experience, leads to appreciation although sometimes we appreciate before we become aware of our gratitude.

A tangle of branches in the fairy tale woods

A tangle of branches in the fairy tale woods

We can either be in the flow or be in our heads.  Moment to moment, our bodies remind us whether we are present or not.  In the end it is never about control, it is always about letting go.

~ Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison, Meditations From The Mat

A splash of red in the woods

A splash of red in the woods

It can be difficult to appreciate a day like today.  This is the time of year when it is neither winter nor spring.  There is no snow to play in, no ice to sparkle in the light.  The ground is muddy.  Flowers are just beginning to stir.  The crocuses and snowdrops are the only bloomers right now, and there’s not a lot of color in the outside world (unless you go looking for it or create it on your own).

The woods on a gray day

The woods on a gray day

When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.

~ Paolo Coehlo

The greening of the woods.  (Adding color with filters.)

The greening of the woods. (Adding color with filters.)

We’re springing forward this weekend.  I prefer to fall back because I love that extra hour of sleep.  Sunrise will come later for a while.  Tomorrow the sun will come up at 6:48 am.  On Sunday we won’t see it until almost an hour later (at 7:46 am).

We can make the woods any color we like.

We can make the woods any color we like.

… there is no such thing as a charmed life, not for any of us, no matter where we live or how mindfully we attend to the tasks at hand.  But there are charmed moments, all the time, in every life and in every day, if we are only awake enough to experience them when they come and wise enough to appreciate them.

~ Katrina Kenison, The Gift of an Ordinary Day

A portal

A portal

I reckon that’s it from the Bogs for today.  Thank you so much for stopping by and joining me on another walk around Breezy Acres.  I hope your day included a charmed moment or two or three.

Wabi-sabi tree

Wabi-sabi tree

Have a sweet and delightful day, evening, night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.  And have a great weekend!

Cattail reflections

Cattail reflections

Magic wasn’t something I had to go in search of; it was here, within me, all the time.  When hearts are open, when love is flowing, magic happens.

~ Katrina Kenison, Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment

The neighbor's ponies.  (I had to include this because it makes me laugh.)

The neighbor’s ponies. (I had to include this because it makes me laugh.)


30 Comments on “Charmed”

  1. dadirri7 says:

    very funny ponies!!! gratitude, a deep calming message, and gorgeous photos you have shared robin … we are still forward, for another few weeks then we drop back to enjoy that extra hour of sleep … the long afternoons are just perfect for the beach … love your crocus 🙂

  2. dogear6 says:

    I love Katrina Kenison’s books. I’m part way through her new one and was happy to see you quoted both of them here!

    The pony picture was a great way to end your post – kept it from getting too serious.


  3. I would like to go through the portal and journey in to those fairy woods.

  4. Dana says:

    Love that pony photo! My zodiac mantra for the year (Cancer) is: “I am grateful every day for what I have”. I don’t think it should be particular to my star sign, though– everyone can do with being thankful for what’s already in our lives. 🙂

  5. What a great post – I picked up on the bit about the smell of the neighbour’s horses and cows – most people dislike that smell, but to me it reminds me of living in a village as a child and I love it, especially the smell of cow shit! LOL!

    I love the pic at the end, of the ponies! Hilarious!

  6. I’m with you on the dark mornings too. I hate them. We don’t spring forward for another 3 weeks, thankfully, and I need to check out the sunrise times just to reassure myself.

  7. Love the sentiments about gratitude.Your posts are inspiring, Robin. Truly inspiring.

  8. The magic of the forest! Love, love that first shot. Would look lovely framed on the wall, a dreaming spot.

  9. Great reminder about gratitude…that is something I’m trying to cultivate more of in my life. Thanks!

  10. An Attitude of Gratitude…something we should all aspire to…
    The ponies are adorable 🙂

  11. Jo Ann says:

    I love watching all animals at play. They are so innocent. I do try to appreciate every day and all that I have; in the end, that’s what happiness is all about.

  12. Karma says:

    Thank you for the moments and perspective. This is a difficult time of year – the “between” season as you say. March and November are very similar in that way. Winter reared up again around here yesterday, and we are coated again in a blanket of white, though not terribly deep. Temps are supposed to rise this weekend so I expect it to be fleeting.

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, Karma. And thank you. 🙂 I was thinking the same thing about March and November. They are not easy months, are they?

  13. I always love the way you edit photos, you make them look unique. My favorites from this post are one and three, they’re very atmospheric.

  14. You have a very special gift with processing the images…beautiful! New follower♥

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