Spring has Sprung 🌷

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Many exit ramps here in Cleveland are homes to lovely 🐘 elephant statues. This one is Zivah’s favorite. The Blue one ( yes there’s a Blue one) is mine. The red one down the street from this one is Calandra’s favorite. Nearly every day, the girls make a HUGE deal of them lol… As if they’ve seen them for the first time, every time! This road is Fulton Road, and turning right will lead you to a branch of the Cleveland Public library. Sitting lovely outside there, is a giant squarel. I didn’t realize there was such a thriving taste for art when I moved here.

There’s an incredible Downtown Sculpture Tour for anyone who’s interested in checking it out 🕉 ENJOY 🐘!

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Morning Coffee ☕️

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*Waving* Hello WP Family 😀

How is everyone doing this morning? Did you have a smooth start to your day? Coffee? Watched the sun rise with your furbabies and nature friends? Those of you who religiously read the paper, any news worth sharing? Please share with me, what’s your typical morning routine.

When I got up, I checked my phone for boyfriend update. There hasn’t been anything yet. Then I checked my email, and I received an email from someone who emoji flipped finger at me… Like five times, guys! That’s some offensive crap eh? I mean email and emoji… And she’s 11 years older than myself. The reality is some individuals won’t ever change because denial has stunt their growth. She’s my past. There’s a reason why she’s there. She’s taught me about truth; though, but that’s a topic for another post. 

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Next, I went to my Keurig and formulated a delicious cup of coffee, while my little one heard me and greeted me with her PJMask toys 🙂 Right now, they’re both relaxing on my bed, watching Sofia the First. Breakfast is Captive Crunch, peanut butter crunch. I’m sitting here, thinking about the day. The weather is suppose to be really nice. Sunshine is always welcomed. It boosts my mood every time.

Oh this is a good idea to include in this post.

Let’s see the three things I’m grateful for are:

1. My friend Tracy. She’s been in contact with me consistently for the last few days.

2. The Morning Glory seeds I bought are sprouting really well. I can’t wait to see their color.

3. My daughter’s In-home preschool teacher agreed to pick up a few items from the store for me since I’m without a vehicle. It’s really those little gestures of kindness that make the difference! 

Bonus: There’s little quarrel between my girls this morning! That always feels wonderful. I question if I fight every battle that arise or if I’m not consistent enough with parenting them. Does a mother’s mind ever stop 🤦🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️💛?!

Ok, I’m going to do some blog commenting and daily challenges. I sure hope you’re doing well and feel a sense of peace and joy this morning. 

 

Until Next Time ~ 

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A2Z Challenge: N



Today’s challenge is the flowers of states that begin with N.

Nebraska State Flower: Goldenrod

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Nevada State Flower: Sagebrush

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New Hampshire State Flower: Purple Lilac

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New Jersey State Flower: Violet

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New Mexico State Flower: Yucca

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New York State Flower: Rose

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North Carolina State Flower: Flowering Dogwood

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North Dakota State Flower: Wild Prairie Rose

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Mistakes Don’t Define

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We are our own worst critics.

I wonder,…. if we were to stand in front of the 4 year old version of ourselves, would we be so harsh? Would we talk so down about ourselves, what we look like, or what we’ve done? Would we be so unforgiving of the mistakes and so solid on criticizing our character.

I’m guessing doubtfully so…

Why, then, do we do it to our reflections? Because we should know better? Because we expect more of ourselves? Because adults shouldn’t have excuses for mistakes, but rather, there shouldn’t be a many mistakes.

The lessons we’ve learned this far haven’t been because someone said ” Don’t touch that, it’s hot!” And then we listened. Oh no, humans do the exact opposite of what’s good for them, usually within minutes of being told not to. It’s how we learn though, by doing… And by doing so, the expierence becomes relevant to our lives.

What children learn though, or what they should learn, is that they’re not defined by their mistakes. They’re defined by how they handle life… How they handle every situation they get into… And that by being given the opportunity to choose for him/herself, he/she can grow confident in his/her decision making.

Those who feel their mistakes are branded on their skin may have expierenced shame as a child. They may believe that they’re incapable of doing something right. They may lack confidence and self esteem. This type of person might be you.

I just want to say you are wonderful just as you are. Each of you is a gift to this world, and your mistakes have made you the better person you are today. We NEED mistakes, so we can learn and grow. There’s nothing of which will go down in vein of you ALLOW yourself to be uncomfortable and change. It’s taken me many years to erase the embarrassment from my skin.

A2Z Challenge: M

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The 12th letter of our alphabet is the letter M!

In the United States, the states are

Maine State Flower:White pinecone and tassel

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Maryland State Flower: Black-eyed Susan

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Massachusetts State Flower: Mayflower

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Michigan State Flower: Apple Blossom

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Minnesota State Flower: Pink & White Lady Sipper

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Mississippi State Flower: Magnolia

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Missouri State Flower: White Hawthorn Blossom

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Montana State Flower: Bitterroot

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A2Z Challenge: H

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The 8th alphabetical letter, for this challenge, is the letter “h”!

For my blog, I am the state flowers, the next is Hawaian state flower!

Hawaii: Yellow Hibiscus 

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A2Z Challenge: C

Letter C

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California: California Poppy

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This is a piece of the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve

Colorado: Rocky Mountain Columbine

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Connecticut: Mountain Laurel

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A2Z Challenge: B

The letter B

If I might say, there’s not a single state, day of the week, or month of the year that begins with B. What is up with that????

~ Nova

I’ll just go with USA native flowers that begin with “B” then:

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This is the Berlandiera Lyrata

It’s known for it’s chocolate fragrance!

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This is Boltonia asteroides ‘Nana’ 

It’s also known as White Doll’s Daisy.

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New life 💐🌼🌺🌸🌷🌹

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New Life 💕

I love that metaphor about the flowers and blooming. Each one never compares itself to the one on either side, or close by. Each one just soaks up the sun, and the water, growing upward towards the light. Growing and growing by itself, from a tiny seed.

So much beauty comes from a tiny little seed. It’s amazing! The seed never doubts it’s ability, doesn’t stop in fear, doesn’t hide from possibilities. This living thing just grows, providing such a gift to earth, humans, and all that’s around.

There’s so much we can learn from that seedling. Being brave enough to live aside from what could go wrong. Soaking up light, allowing it to nurture our souls, and encourage us to share the beauty. It’s teaching us that we need not be concerned about comparison, it’s not anything useful for us. That seed teaches us to trust our roots, to let them push us upward and grow.

Bloom where you are planted 🌺🌻🌳🌸🌷🌼

Your Daily Word Prompt : Cedar

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The cedar bench, just off to the right of a 100- sq ft arboretum, was Cecilia’s last gift from her father. When she was a girl, together, they would walk the paths of the beautiful exotic flowers, and Japanese gardens. Her father studied nature with great pride and intensity, knowing the earth provides more then humans realize. One particular visit, her attention caught the aroma of cedar trees. She fell in love instantly, the spicy evergreen excited her scenes. 

Check out Your Daily Word Prompt here=)

Self-Care Sunday #4

Self-Care Sunday

I was sitting here, slowly pulling myself from the box ” The Ex Files”, when I came across this gorgeous flower.

These are called Lily of the Valley. I wasn’t familiar with them; but, I knew there was a message in my finding them. 

Edie Smith, in his article on hunker.com, explores the symbolism of this particular flower. 

  • Known as May’s Lily, means “return to happiness”.

most often symbolizes chastity, purity, happiness, luck and humility.”

  • In a Christian Lore, the flowers are believed to be tears. Tears of Eve, Jacob, or Virgin Mary’s. 
  • In the world of folklore, Villy of the Valley flowers are protection against evil spirits, tiny cups for faires’ drinks, provide visions of heaven, and hold several others significant purposes.
  • Celebrated on May Day in France, these are sold in street venders. 

What I noticed, the theme among all the definitions, is it’s belief in prosperity of happiness. When I need it most, right now, because our Good Lord knows all… my morning is embracing the gift of possibility. That pain shall pass, and though differently than it looked before, my happiness will find me again… from the angelic cups of overflowing tears. God’s creation of this flower teaches that it’s ok to cry. Even then, something beautiful happens. 

Life isn’t a coincidence, but a series of events, guiding you to the best, the highest version of yourself. In the days, tucked in, are the moments and messages that get you through, storing and restoring, wounds that felt impossible to heal. Open your heart, and you’ll see everything is for your good. 

50 utterly random things about ME😂

  1. I can’t stand wet sand.
  2. I wash dishes from left to right.
  3. My bed is in the corner of my bedroom.
  4. I don’t have any allergies.
  5. I love most genres of music.
  6. Fushias, Daffodils, and Tiger Lilies are my favorite.
  7. I’ve tried Oyster and Lamb before.
  8. I’ve been to Alaska.
  9. My favorite animals are stingrays and turtles.
  10. I have an electronic toothbrush.
  11. I have an upstairs apartment.
  12. I played the sax and clarinet in school.
  13. I grew up in the country.
  14. I’m scared of heights.
  15. I’ve never tried any drug or cigarettes.
  16. I know how to ride a bike.
  17. I’ve never lived outside Ohio.
  18. My biological dad and I have recently started talking again.
  19. I love thick raspberry chocolate cheesecake.
  20. I own a laminate machine.
  21. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
  22. I had one dog growing up.
  23. I had an upstairs bedroom.
  24. I own 3 different pair of glasses.
  25. I love chocolate with most things, especially nuts.
  26. I can’t stand tomato juice.
  27. I idolize Princess Diana.
  28. I’m an 8.5 size shoe.
  29. I fit into the same earings I wore in high school.
  30. I didn’t play any sports.
  31. I love red and pink wine.
  32. My home has rugs, not carpeting.
  33. I have lavender scented toilet paper.
  34. I’ve been married 2x before.
  35. I’ve recently watched “Sing” (super cute!)
  36. Some of my favorite TV shows are Chicago Med, Greys Anatomy, and The Good Doctor.
  37. Old places fascinate me.
  38. My heritage stems from Great Britian, Wales, and France.
  39. I have a PreKindergarden Teaching degree.
  40. I don’t have upper wisdom teeth but still have bottom.
  41. I love watching people (especially when they sleep).
  42. I’m 5ft 5 inches tall.
  43. My mother is my hero.
  44. I think of my pap when I hear coo-coo clocks.
  45. Some day I want a yard of fruit trees.
  46. I don’t know how to ice skate.
  47. I’ve been in the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  48. I’ve been on Maury Povitch.
  49. Both my kids weighed 8+lbs at birth.
  50. I really don’t know if I’m that interesting? Haha

I see the weekend😁

Every bit of my body and soul is so excited that today’s Friday! I’m not even sure why:D I think I’m going to take my little sweet pea and look into spending time in nature! I need some refreshing inspiration. Sounds lovely, 🙂 Have a good day!!

🐝 Bee-utiful Morning Wishes 4 You

Good morning ~ Just wanted to wish you a honey’licious Wednesday =) I’ve got both my girls home, because my daughter’s school closed due to the heat. Isn’t that something? I have never heard such a thing, till a few days ago. Anyway, the weekend is right around the corner, hang in there:)

The Endless Circle

Plants bloom and wilt. Babies are born, and people die. Structures go up, and buildings are torn down. The cycles in life seem to be continuous. In some instances, unfortunately, the cycle stops. Species of animals and plants become extinct.

Imagine how these cycles would look if each participated with his/her own best interest at heart. How different would this world be if honey bees just decided not to pollinate. How ugly would this planet look if trees and grass, flowers, and water didn’t work together and provide for one another? What if the sun just stopped turning, and we were stuck in mid-darkness!

The concept of give and take for the balance of a greater good can also be found in scripture.

Proverbs 11:18; “A wicked person earns deceptive wages,but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.”

2 Corinthians 9:6; “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

Luke 8:4-18; “And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

All these examples teach one very important lesson, and it’s this concept humans have seemingly forgotten.

What you: exert, reap, and give to this world.

You will: gain, sow, and be given from this world.

Why do I say, we must have forgotten such a virtue? This thought continues in the next blog.

Going Bananas 🍌🍌

I wouldn’t be fulfilling my purpose of this blog, and very nice to keep this cool info to myself, if I didn’t share this article with you! Bananas, not only, help with physical health, but also, mental! So cool!

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Day Three

Prompt: Have you ever traveled to a foreign country? What country would you most like to visit?

Growing up, my family and I took a vacation in a cruise to the Inside Passage of Alaska! It was during the month of June, so the weather was warm but defiantly not a enough to be sitting in an outer deck hot tub. I was doing that lol.

Unfortunately, that’s the furthest of distance I’ve traveled. I think visiting another continent would be quite the adventure. I hate heights, and I don’t feel it’s as safe today as years ago.

If I could go anywhere, I’d pack my bags and head to Lake Como, Italy. The setting is beautiful! There’s cute buildings with window hanging baskets. The water in the lake is sparkling beauty. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it on Pinterest. That’s my dream place.

Day Two

Prompt: Do you need solitude?

Like flowers need the rain to grow!

I didn’t realize this necessity until recently, when I truly began discovering myself. Growing up, when I was in trouble, my mother would send me to my room, or to sit on the steps. Truth be told, and thank God she didn’t know this, I didn’t mind! Nooooo, I didn’t misbehave to intentionally isolate myself.

A few years ago, I was reading about Personality types, types of people, and such ways that help one identify who he or she is. I tested to be an INFJ, commonly Introverted, and an Empath.

The terminology can be confusing; I was initially! In simple terms though, I’m someone who feels emotional and sometimes physical energy of others. When I walk out my door, everyone around me absorbs my energy, and I absorb his/hers. A simple split second of eye contact can tell me things about an individual, and no words are spoken.

Though I’d never exchange my gifts for others, I am easily exhausted. Everything that stimulates the senses, overstimulates mine.

I find solitude because I know I need it. I can’t neglect myself, and I won’t. Usually, I find restoration around bodies of water. I live by Lake Erie 🙂 I also enjoy walks in our Metroparks, sitting at home and writing, and visiting attractions on less busy days.

When I’m by myself, I also take pictures. Photography makes me feel good about myself 🙂

One Day a Year

Every year, on THE day, we turn a year older. It’s a blessing, a gift, to open our eyes and see another day… Every day! As busy as we get, wrapped up in deadlines, meetings, obligations, and stuff… I hope you remember to stop your clock… And just be.. It’s my Birthday Wish🎂🍰!

#5 Lake Erie

My favorite place on earth💜 Today is absolutely perfect. It’s not hot. It’s not humid. It’s not over populated. No kids to keep on track. Not a cloud in the sky, and it’s breezy!! This is my heaven 😍

To Be Free 🕊

    I have this body, and I live this human form. I eat to keep others happy, and I sleep as well as I can. I do my best to obey the laws, keep bills paid, and provide for my beautiful daughters. I manage appointments, find necessary recourses, prepare meals, and try to have relationships with others. All who exist do the same things, to a degree.  As a species, this is how I live, how others see me.

They are the outside, looking in.  Continue reading “To Be Free 🕊”