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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Being Present Through January's Final Week

It occurs to me that I should apologize for the quality of the photos here lately. It's either the camera, the photographer or the dreary days...

Dreary days require some warmth so I've been glad that I left some Christmas color around this January. I'm still celebrating winter though celebrating is much too strong a word; it's really more that I'm not anticipating spring yet. There's still this last week of January to live and I want to be like Teresa @ Plumwater Cottage who is working on being present.

The little snowman above is the direct result of visiting Dawn at The Feathered Nest and a blogger named Kerry whom she featured. *You must see Kerry's bottle,* if you've not already...such a good idea! I need to make a little quote for my snowman.

Last, I'm still playing with the centerpiece. This is where it is so far. Hope that it's done now, but I never know.

Oh good heavens! I now see that I am a total sham. Look at those roses! Nothing very January about those now is there?!

Have a great Tuesday, Dear Ones...


  1. Hi Vee!

    Love your centerpiece! The roses look so sweet & delicate just like the first sign of spring... I think it's perfect!! Don't change a thing.

    Oh the jar with the cookie is so darling... I've got to go visit her and see what she does!! Thanks.

    Big warm winter hugs, Sherry

  2. I love the addition of the roses, perfect for Valentine Romance.

    Enjoy this beautiful day!

  3. Please don't apologize for darker photos. I so much prefer them, to pictures taken with *dreaded* flash. Flash makes everything flat and... blahhhhh...

    But do you have a something called "Adjust" in your photo thing on your computer? I have no idea what it means, but I've found I can "lighten" photos with it. Because sometimes I want just a tiny bit of "light-er-ness." If that makes any sense. -chuckle-

    Yes!!! Be present!!! Lovely idea! I never get the urge for Spring, as soon as so many people do. I always like to live in the present Season.

    By this, I don't mean I have to like ice. But I can enjoy the cozy feeling of being inside, when it's lousy outside. :-))))

    Must go check out the blog, where you said she is working on being present. We can always use some more inspiration! I can, that's for sure!

    Gentle hugs.......

  4. I like darker photos myself! Looks like your centerpiece is coming along just fine!

  5. Sham away, dear Vee!

    Leann said it - you were really decorating for Valentines Day, right? (wink-wink)

    "Being Present" - hmmmm, that's a neat thought. I get impatient waiting for things to change - especially waiting for spring! I guess that's like being content in whatever state you are in. I'm going to try to just be present today.

    PS - I did get 5 rows of onions planted yesterday afternoon....

    ;-) hugs from Vickie

  6. Oh Vee, I love the roses...pale pink in January is really just perfect. I do adore your idea of "being present". It's amazing how we lose so much precious time because we are always rushing through to the next season, holiday, and even year. Thank you for the inspiration.

    Have a great week!

  7. Vee,
    The centerpiece is beautiful and oh so cheerful. I'd leave it to remind you of what's coming soon. What a sweet little snowman too!

  8. I was drawn to the title of your post today as I am trying hard to be more present every day. You have found some creative and pretty ways to usher out January. I love this canning jar idea and your centerpiece looks lovely. I think the roses are a beautiful addition.

  9. I was drawn to your post today as well by the title. I am working on a Happiness Project, based on a book I heard about on Oprah. I am desperate to make my life mean something to me! I know it does already, but sometimes I just feel I'm not living it!

  10. Celebrate the day...add a rose or two to your winter centerpiece...and enjoy. January needs flowers!

  11. I think the centerpiece is lovely! There is an old fashioned romantic feel to it.

    Hope the sun shines on you soon! Tis been very gray on the west coast.


  12. I like what the bird bath center piece is doing...and am sure a quick swap out of details will make it a winner year around!

    Around here the colors are Christmas red and green...then a tad more white for January, then mostly red for Feb., then mostly green for March (St.Patrick and all) then we morph to paler tones of red and green: pink and light greens for spring.

    Summer and Fall it is orange and lime green.

    Guess liking opposing colors on the color wheel works year around for me!

  13. I have many of the same glass doorknobs in my house that you have in your centerpiece Vee...I love them. If you do not like the roses what about a sprig of holly or a pine bough?

    I agree it is better to enjoy the "here and now" than to always be rushing towards the future! Our winter has been wonderful and I'm enjoying it.

    That is a cute little jar vignette! Your niece's snowman on your sidebar reminds me so much of the Frosty the Snowman illustration from the Golden Book I loved as a child! I expect him to begin singing and dancing every time I see him!

  14. I LOVE your snowman in a jar Vee!!! How precious! And don't you worry, your photos are always wonderful as are your posts...and roses are ALWAYS in season to me ~ I just love them...I hope you are staying cozy and warm sweet friend, hugs and love, Dawn

  15. First off - Love your profile pic - LOL :-)

    Second, here here (or is it hear hear??) for you not wanting to rush into anything. Soon enough we'll be complaining summer taking too long, then we'll rush into fall..let's enjoy the moment -
    Anyway, thanks for making us think, stop and re-think. It's what we all need ;-)

  16. you made it your own and so beautifully!


  17. Vee,

    I am presently practicing thinking about spring, does that count? I love that adorable little snowman in a jar and I think roses in January are perfect!

  18. How beautiful! The mosaic is wonderful..

  19. Staying in the present is a wonderful idea ... not always easy to do but one we should practice. Instead of celebrating winter, how about "keeping" winter? I recently read this in Romancing the Ordinary by Sarah Ban Breathnach and it stuck with me.

    Enjoy keeping the season!


  20. We are having such dreary days too. Getting near to the end of January we are hoping for some brighter days soon.

    Love the collage.

    Precious photo of Grandson. Aren't they so fresh faced.


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