When sorting out some old paperwork…

…I ran across this quote I had written down some thirty-odd years ago.

Epictetus Quote

This blog, lately, has become more like a fig which has yet to ripen, hasn’t it?

Each day, I make an effort to post…and at the end of the day, my energy level is nil, because the day has been spent sorting, straightening, hanging artwork, shopping, baking, cooking…doing everything that must come first before I can sit and gather thoughts and images to put up a decent post.

Getting older “ain’t what it’s cracked up to be!”, and I’ll admit I’ve been pushing myself the last several months to that terrible point of exhaustion.

Yet, I look around my apartment and revel in what I’ve achieved–a great change, a comforting ‘togetherness’, a fresh look!

Though I still must deal with the studio (washing walls, then painting), I’ve had to let that go for a bit–perhaps even until Spring!–as tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day (and Hannukah has already begun this evening for my Jewish friends!).

This is a particularly poignant Thanksgiving Day for me, as it is the 17th anniversary of my younger son’s passing…and I have spent the previous holidays in thoughts and memories of that horrific time, which still seems like it was just yesterday.

Enough of that for now, as I hope all of you, old and new followers, are in good health and somewhat happy to be alive!

Even if you do not live in the United States, please take a moment to look around you and be very thankful for all you have!

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Happy Thanksgiving Day

and Happy Hannukah

to all!

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P. S.:  I’m almost finished hanging artwork, and have one more large wreath to decorate and hang, which means I’ll be able to spend more time posting…as soon as I get that Pumpkin Pie baked tomorrow–probably the only ‘traditional’ part of the meal!

I’m NOT having a ‘Turkey Dinner’ though, just steamed salmon, fresh green beans, some sweet potato (no butter or marshmallows!)…and a bit of Brie on water crackers…it’s far more healthy, though I sure do want to gorge myself on stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy and cranberries–but I’d gain ten pounds overnight!

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At about this hour…

…one year ago today, I was near death in an emergency room, suffering from a huge pulmonary embolism (blood clot) in my right lung, very, very close to the heart.

After nine days, I was finally released, and received home care from visiting nurses for almost a month…until I found my wonderful new doctor!

He has helped me regain my general health; of course, I, too, work very hard at it, because at sixty-seven years, I could give up–but that’s just not in my genes.

The most ‘help’ I’ve received is from YOU, my followers–new and older!

YOU keep me going at it!

So please, pat yourselves on the back and celebrate LIFE with me today, because one year ago I thought I might never see another Spring, like this:

"Idyllic"

“Idyllic”

Though supposedly…

…I have now entered the ‘Winter of my years’, unlike this absent limb…

...I do not feel decrepit, rotting, or molded and falling apart.

…I do not feel decrepit, rotting, or molded and falling apart.

True, my life has been ‘pruned’, as harshly as this branch…

...yet I remain hopeful in being able to be part of another Spring, feeling much like these tender buds in brightest sunlight!

…yet I remain hopeful in being able to be part of another Spring, feeling much like these tender buds in brightest sunlight!

Tender Buds-Harsh Sun

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Thank you to all who follow this blog…you keep me going!

There is so much more beauty to be presented in this, my sixty-seventh year!

Post number 1,000!

Oooh, I’ve come a long way, baby!

It’s been about sixteen and a half months since I joined WordPress and though I haven’t calculated how many images are contained in these first thousand posts, let’s just say it has to be somewhat over two or even three thousand, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed taking and processing each and every one, presenting you with my best efforts!

In this post, I will show you some images I’ve been saving…I took them on November 2, 2012, when I went downtown to vote early (but I did not vote often, as some do here in Chicago!).  My location was the southwest corner of Washington and Dearborn Streets.  The large glass building houses CBS Television Studios, and is just across Dearborn Street from the Richard J. Daley Center and Daley Plaza.

I hope you enjoy “LOOP REFLECTIONS–or, Into the Glass…Brightly”!

The old reflected in the new, looking toward the east on Washington Street

The old reflected in the new, looking toward the east on Washington Street

 

The Richard J. Daley Center, reflected in the tinted glass windows of the CBS television headquarters and studios

The Richard J. Daley Center, reflected in the wavy tinted glass windows of the CBS Television headquarters and studios

 

Buildings south of Washington Street in Chicago's Loop, reflected in the south windows of the CBS building

Buildings south of Washington Street in Chicago’s Loop, reflected in the south windows of the CBS building

 

The Cook County/Chicago City Hall building (on the left) and the City of Chicago flag and other building, reflected in the west windows of the CBS building

The Cook County/Chicago City Hall building (on the left) and the City of Chicago flag and other building, reflected in the west windows of the CBS building

After such a ‘scary health’ year, I feel I am very blessed to be able to continue this blog; because I can no longer drink alcohol, I’ll raise a glass of imported Italian blood orange soda (Oh, YUM!) to YOUall my 165 followers–who have kept me going and given me the drive and energy to make it through these rough months!

You make me happy…and I am more fit than I’ve been in many years, because I walk about so many places here in Chicago, in order to present the beauty which can be found when we choose to search for it!

Here’s to YOU, and the next thousand posts!

In less than four and half hours…

…the New Year finally arrives here in Chicago!

It’s been a very sobering year for me, health-wise, and yet, an extremely exciting year, as I’ve gained so many wonderful followers…some of whom have become great friends!!!

Though thousands of miles, and different continents separate us, I wish you all the blessings I possibly can put out there for a very much more prosperous and happy 2013!

My graphic may seem a bit somber, as 2012 certainly spun by quickly, almost too quickly, but I hope you can feel the celebratory undertones in the lovely golds!

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I send you all my best regards,

and thank you all so very much…

for making this a very successful year for my work!

After all…each one of you helped, so give yourselves a little pat on the back for that!

I truly appreciate ALL of you!

On a short walk yesterday…

…around noon, I found this in a neighbor’s garden.  It may bring hope to some who feel there is little or none, or at the least, some cheer, as I feel a Christmas Rose is a gift more precious than gold!

A Christmas Rose, in all it's splendor!

A Christmas Rose, in all it’s splendor!

May you all have a Happy Christmas Day,

and the beautiful blessing of Good Health in 2013!!!

P.S.:  This one’s for you, dear Francis, at Niltsi’s Spirit!!!

Giving Thanks

What to be thankful for today…and every day?

I am happy and amazed to still be alive, to be able to post for you this morning.  It’s been a long haul for the past six months since my hospitalization in May for that nasty Pulmonary Embolism.  My wonderful doctor called yesterday to let me know my ‘numbers’ were  great (I must take Coumadin for the rest of my life and have blood tests every 3-4 weeks to ensure that the ‘clotting level’ is between “2” and “3”–mine is at “2.3”, YAY!).  His call came while I was just about to break the eggs for this:

My Pie!

There was enough filling left over to put in a dish and bake separately, so I had a taste last evening…oh, YUM!…since I haven’t baked a pie in over 25 years, I figured it might be a bust!

But, there are more important things to think about than eating today, and one of them is how much I appreciate ALL of you, the ‘followers’!  It’s YOU who keep me going…YOU who help me get out and photograph, even when I don’t feel like going out…YOU who write kind comments, and post at your own blogs (many of which I follow)!!!  I thank you….

Whether or not you’re in the USA (and many of you aren’t), please take a moment today, and every day, to be thankful for what you have been given…a beautiful planet to inhabit, glorious Nature all around us, and a sun that continues to rise each morning…

…and set each evening…

…no matter what!

H a p p y  T h a n k s g i v i n g  t o  A L L !