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Monday, August 19, 2013

faded









I am enjoying a lovely morning from bed with my sprained ankle propped, window opened above my head as the breeze carries with it sweet bird song. LIFE is GOOD and blessing filled. Sometimes we imagine we must dig deep, search hard for them.

~And then in another moment, they just appear as dappled light through leaves dancing on a faded floral quilt. I remember when it was impossible for months and months and months slipping in and out of years (not very long ago) for me to go anywhere besides a doctor’s office or physical therapy, bedridden from MS. Yes there is a part of me that would like to be out playing in our earthy garden on this beautiful day, just as I had fantasized I would be doing in my courage infused wandering thoughts a little over a week ago, hiking up giant mountains, mottled in sun and shadow much like the peaks and valleys on my coverlet, yet right now, a more grounded part of me is quite content sipping tea, listening to the world beyond my window, watching it waltz across the garden of my bed.

faded
not jaded
summer flowers relinquish their petals
soft
others still brilliant urged on perhaps
by cooler nights descending

end of summer starts early
in the north
but the feast of color lasts
even mid-winter
blues greens silvers and rich browns
will sate our hunger

but i’m getting ahead of the moment
and that is a bit wasteful

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31 comments:

  1. You never fail to find beauty no matter what it going on. You are a true seeker of the positive. I so admire that in you. Have a restful but quick recovery, Laura.

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  2. You captured the warm texture of the quilt so well - such an article must be well-used and appreciated when the weather turns colder.

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  3. The fabric patterns in your quilt are lovely, and I hope your ankle heals quickly and fully.

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  4. Such a beautiful quilt - and a lovely reflection on gratitude for the simple blessings that enrich our lives.

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  5. so sorry about your boo boo.. and sending healing prayers to you... been so busy traveling and packing... but thank you for your kind offer about the Macro project... xoxox

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  6. Beautiful post and poem. Sending you healing vibes, my friend.

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  7. A year of miracles ! Hiking ?! Wow. God Bless !

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  8. I can't say whether I like the comment or the poem better, they are both perfect and not sad in a desperate way, but sad in a hopeful way. You have certainly created a little beauty out of a not so beautiful situation, and for that I am grateful. thanks for sharing, I loved it.

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  9. it feels wonderful here...and early cooling this year...it feels almost like autumn, my fav time of year....what a relief...hope that ankle gets better....

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  10. Love the quilt!
    Sweet poetry! Hope you're well soon.

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  11. Bedridden AGAIN would drive most people over the edge, but you have such a positive outlook, and a breeze with bird song sounds like a wonderful treat.
    K

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  12. What beautiful sentiments and a beautiful quilt! So sorry about the sprained ankle, but this post actually makes me want to curl up on the couch or in bed with a good book or a good movie.

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  13. Such beauty in this from the images to your words...I can't believe we are so close to fall. Where did the year go?

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  14. Love the shadow play on the quilts!!! Hope your sprained ankle heals fast!!!

    I was out of town today and didn't get my post linked...hop on by!!!

    mammothlakesdp.blogspot.com

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  15. It is beautiful even when worn out. Nicely presented.

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  16. Hope your ankle getting better each day, and "blessing filled" as you go through it!

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  17. ...thee art most beautiful in companionship with thine words`y muse! ~ blessed be! ~ dear gentle heart!...(O:

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  18. Whereas most of us would be grumpy and resentful at being restrained from life, you live it fully from bed with a positive and cheerful attitude. That's you Laura. So cool that you find something to photograph from your confined space. When I saw the photos, they were like a poem in themselves because it's as if the faded fabric holds stories.
    Hope you get well soo.

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  19. So soft and sweet and so happy ...especially when I think of how easy it would be for you to be grumbling with your ankle....inspiring post!

    (And more and more I appreciate the beauty of fading things....it's an aging thing ;>)

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  20. Laura, first off, lovely photos, and a lovely quilt as well.

    I believe firmly that, as things age, whether it's a velveteen rabbit or a faded quilt, they take on more character. They are zen and irreplaceable. They are a part of us more than when we first received them. LOVELY poem! A

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  21. This brings back memories for me--my grandmother's crazy quilt--wrapping myself in it--it was made out of the brocades of her grandmother's gowns--feeling the weight of it and smelling her all around me--

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  22. A lovely poem and a lovely quilt.

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  23. This is beautiful! Hope your sprained ankle is better soon.

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  24. Laura, this touched me deeply as one who has dealt with chronic illness and as one who savors nature in all her aspect. There is a gift in moments of illness, I suspect. It makes us aware of what we don't have at the time so that we can appreciate it all the more. Beautiful detail.

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  25. I agree one should not get ahead of the moment...one should enjoy EACH moment in its time. I like your pictures of the 'faded' quilt. What beautiful memories and history to be surrounded with as you sleep!

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  26. I hope your ankle gets better soon. Your wonderful attitude helps. Blessings Laura.

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  27. A lovely quilt and a beautiful post. Your poem is very nice.

    I hope your ankle is feeling better soon.

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  28. I feel this change in season and time, too. Beautifully written.

    I hope your ankle is better soon. Your circumstances sure did give us a beautiful poem.

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  29. Oh, your poor ankle...Do hope you'll be on the mend and out & about better soon, Laura. You have good and beautiful company in the quilt. I've made a return to quilting & textile art this summer, so these photos make my heart sing! Sometime and enforced slow-down is not such a bad thing. ;o) ((HUGS))

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  30. I hope your ankle is feeling better... beautiful poem... very touching!

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