Thursday, August 23, 2012

Just Breathe....

As I sit and  enjoy the wash of watery sunshine coming in through the windows, and a sweet 78* outside after a wild summer storm, I can't help but realize that Summer is bidding us farewell.
In the middle f May, when it was just saying 'Hello', and I rushed to gather the sea shells and other summertime decor and put away the Spring items, I made a promise to myself.
... I promised to make this a Summer of simple things.... to just  

                                          Breathe!!!

Breathe...
and enjoy the simpler things in life.

Like the simple joys  of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and a lazy weekend brunch in the Sun room.
...... just Breathe.....

The simplicity of fresh sliced watermelon, and Lemon Ices.
.... a Sweet glass of wine at day's end.....
Little did I know at this time that I/ we would be forced to relax and take it easy.
In Mid Summer, amidst the hot humid days and the wild summer storms, my body said, I need a rest!! So following Dr.'s orders, I had to slow down.
Slow down and restore.... 
flip back some pages and return to comfy, cozy!! 
I chose to do that both physically and mentally....
...... and in the way we lived and went about our daily lives.
 Peel back a few layers..... 
I returned to steeping myself in the sounds of nature... the Cicadas and their symphony.
the roses in my garden...

I bent... flexed.
Let things get a little 'wild' in the Gardens.... more natural. Less structured.

..... The funny thing is, I am totally enjoying it. Life should be simple. 
We get so caught up in the fast pace we set for ourselves that we miss so much!


With Autumn fast aproaching ( of maybe I am just hopeful) I plan on being even more relaxed.....
..... more simplistic......
... do more 'breathing'...
I plan on surrounding myself with people and things that bring me JOY...
PEACE...

..smile at the Bumble Bees, enjoy the fluttering butterflies...
smell the roses...
Most importantly....
I will Breathe....


and just Be!! 

Cheers, Gee

55 comments:

  1. Health comes first. Without it we have nothing. Glad you are taking care of you!

    Beautiful table. Beautiful flowers :)

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    1. Morning Shannon. Thanks for popping by...
      Yes, health is first! Every day is a better day!
      :-)
      Cheers, Gee

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  2. It is important to remember to breathe :) Life has a way of offering us so many blessings when we take the time to notice them :)

    blessings,
    karianne

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    1. So true. We need to remember to pause...
      ((HUGS))
      Gee

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  3. It's good to slow down and rest. We sometimes get caught up in the moment. A glass of wine is always relaxing.

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    1. Hello Linda,
      Yes agreed!Planning a nice pasta dinner and a robust glass of red :-)
      Have a wonderful rest of Sunday...
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Cheers, Gee

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  4. That is so wonderfully written and I embrace that outlook myself. I try to do that on a regular basis to protect my own health anyway. Stress is a killer! Just reading your post made me relax. I love listening to cicada's too!

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    1. Thanks Kelly. You just put a big smile on my face! Glad I made you relax.. we get too caught up in the 'noise' of life.
      No cicadas tonight. The weather has been rather stormy. Bands of rain sweeping over North central Florida compliments of Tropical Issac. Very grey and windy out tonight. The cicadas have taken shelter :-)
      Cheers,
      Gee

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  5. So glad you are taking care of yourself by slowing down and remembering to breathe. Your photographs are very pretty, and you know I love that rose from your garden. I've let my flower bed go this summer,but now that it's a little cooler, I need to get out there and tend to it.

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    1. Thank you, thank you. Mine are very 'wild' looking as well. Too much rain. Been working at them the last few days.. little by little. It will be done. I am starting to luv the natural look to the gardens. Am concentrating only on the weeding. :-)
      Thanks for popping by Jane.
      Cheers!! Would luv to have you follow me... alas, little button is aaalllll the way down. Have to figure out how to move it up to the side.
      Gee,

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  6. I like your plan! I'm glad you've been able to savor each day. Lovely photos too!

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    1. Thank you Jacqueline. Totally enjoying a Blissful Sunday :-)Serenaded by birdsong and sunshine. Such a beautiful day...
      Have a wonderful Sunday.
      Cheers, Gee

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  7. Good reminders. I think most of us need to get off the treadmill of life and not be afraid to relax and enjoy the little things we often miss.
    Thanks for stopping by, Mary Alice

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    1. Hello Mary Alice. Took a bit of a hard knock for me to realize, but I am enjoying the small things. Living in the moment. So many things we miss, you are so right.
      Thanks for popping over :-)
      Cheers, Gee

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  8. We are need to slow down and smell the roses! Blessings, Tammy

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    1. We do!! We miss so much while on the hamster wheel of life.
      Thanks for popping by Tammy :-)
      Cheers, Gee

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  9. What a wonderful reminder for all of us! I'm trying to simplify, too. . .

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    1. :-) Makes it s much easier doesn't it.
      Cheers, Gee

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  10. Wonderful post! Thank you for sharing. Also, thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world! Also, feel free to pop in on Monday morning for my Make it Pretty Monday party. It goes live at 8am CST. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. :-) Good morning Kathryn.
      Glad you dropped by ...
      I will see you on Monday at the Make it Pretty Monday party! Will be my pleasure.
      Cheers, Gee

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  11. I love this...I need to remember sometimes to 'just breathe'!
    Susan

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    1. Oh how rude of me... just noticed this comment. I am so sorry to be this late in replying Susan.
      I am dong just that as I type.. a sweet relaxing afternoon, breathing and 'being'
      Cheers, Gee

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  12. ahhh...Gee now you are talking here my friend. I need to do the same for sure these days. I am over worked under paid and stressed LOL...Not bad stress though, fun stress but just too much. Should not be things to stress over, you know?:) Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Hahahaha... A tale we all know too well.
      had such a day today, flitting from one appointment to another since 9am this morning. Returned home at 4:40. Can we say bushed. Had to remind my self to breathe.. had to sneak a salon girly day and a cruise at the Antique Mall smack dab in the middle of it all.Then kept on running after that :-)
      But I breathed!!! If only for a couple of hours :-)
      Glad you popped on by and visited Debbie.
      Join ma and follow in the fun!!
      Cheers, Gee

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  13. Take care of yourself...I think we all need to slow down. I am your newest follower, GFC and Google +.

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    1. Thanks!!! :-)
      I have been forced to slow down. Glad I did. We miss so much as we run the race we set for ourselves. Enjoying the breathing!!!
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Cheers, Gee

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  14. What beautiful images - yes, we all need to take better care of our own selves...thanks for the reminder!

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    1. :-) So very welcome .
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Cheers, Gee

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  15. Thanks for sharing this. We all need to be reminded to slow down. Glad you are feeling better. Thanks also for stopping by my place. I'll keep an eye on that wreath. :) But if it goes missing, that will be fine. Have a wonderful evening!

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    1. Thanks. I am on the mend... time and learning how to relax and recoup!
      Hahahaha, that beautiful wreath. Will have to go peek at it again...
      Cheers, Gee

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  16. Hi Gee,

    Oh yes...trying to simplify my life as well these days!
    xo
    Janet

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    1. True..... we frankly fill our days with too much. Just up from a nap... yes a nap. A few months ago I would have laughed at that. :-)
      Breathing!!
      ((HUGS)), Gee

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  17. Hi Gee, You do share the same sentiments:)! Beautiful post, wishing you a wonderful fall, Jen

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    1. Thanks Jen :-)
      having to get up and close my windows as I prepare for bed. Sigh... such a fresh breeze blowing in. North central Florida in the fall.. so sweet.
      Here's to a great fall...
      Cheers, Gee

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  18. Great post! May you have a blessed New Year filled with happiness and God's blessings! :)

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    1. Thank you so much. Wishing you and yours the same. A Joy and Blessing filled 2013!

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  19. Beautiful Gee! Sometimes we get too wrapped up in things that we forget to take time out and really smell the roses.Enjoy things around us and the people we love too!
    xx
    Anne

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    1. So true.... This holiday Season, I am so happy to say, it was kept very low key, filled with luv and laughter... there was NO room for drama at all.
      We enjoyed and luved. Perfect!
      Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon Anne.
      Gee x

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  20. Hi Gee,
    Yes quiet moment are always the importanat ones, I know it's hard to remember, but soo true:-)
    Hugs,
    Bella

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    1. We get so caught up in 'life' ... we need to pause, and just be.
      Thanks Bella.
      Hugs, Gee

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  21. What a beautiful setting and peaceful place! Thanks so much for your lovely comment, hope you'll give it a try soon....

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    1. Thank you.That is my sun room. One of my favourite places to sit and read and paint. I am so happy you dropped by. Follow along on Google friend and that way we can keep in touch. I already follow you :-)
      Yes, I plan on trying it really soon. My youngest has been begging for some pakoras .. this will be a new one to try. Thanks again for sharing.
      Cheers, Gee

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  22. I completely agree with you ... life should be simpler. To me, a simple life means less stress. I love those pink dishes on your table. Very pretty.

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    1. Agreed, less stress !
      Hello Jennifer. The pink dishes... they are from Princess House. I was helping out a single mom by hosting a party for her. We had a BIG one! It was her biggest to date. The party netted so many orders, I got those as a thank you from her. I take them out every now and then... Just because.
      Have a wonderful week.
      Hugs. Gee

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  23. Gee,
    Nice post this is so true. Have a great day. The sun is shining here today in Chicago and I am taking that all in today. I am a summer girl so I am lovin seeing the sun come out today. Makes it seem warmer!!!!
    Kris

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    1. I am a sun luver as well Kris. Grey days makes me blue :-) There is a slight chill in the air ( North Central Florida mindset), it's only 60 as I type, but the sky is the most brilliant blue and the sunshine in abundance!! Beautiful...
      Thanks for popping by, lets remember to 'just breathe'
      Hugs, Gee

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  24. I love the table settings, and I especially love the plates!

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    1. Why thank you :-) The pink plates.. Don;t use them nearly enough.
      Thanks for popping by . Come again soon.
      Cheers, Gee

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  25. Exciting times for your family! Congratulations! Thanks so much for your visit!

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    1. Thanks Jaqueline... very exciting times. The beginning of a life :-)
      Hugs, Gee

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  26. Hi Gee, Thank you for stopping by the Cottage and leaving such a kind comment. It is so important to take care of the important things and too easy, sometimes, to forget that we just need to 'breathe'. It seems so strange to hear you talk about summer and fall when we have just celebrated the first day of spring here..Please, visit again..Happy Thursday..Judy

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    1. Hello Judy,
      AAhhh Spring the season of renewal and rebirth! The season of new leaves and pretty flowers. I am enjoying lilies in my garden right now. Thank goodness the rains of yesterday did not beat them down.
      I am glad you came by for a visit. Do ceom by again...
      I am wishing you and yours the best of Thursday and a wonderful weekend.
      Hugs, Gee

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  27. Such a wonderful reminder for all of us to slow down! Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday.

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    1. Thanks Brandi.Wishing you and yours the very same. I am relaxing and making a nice family dinner.

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