4 days ago

Cherry blossoms flourish from trunk — Washington DC

"There are always flowers for those who want to see them." —Henri Matisse

Entirely captivated, amazed, and delighted by *this* cherry tree, which has a few delicate pockets of blossoms bursting open from its trunk.  Definitely a sign that truly beautiful things can come from unexpected places and paths!

6 days ago

A solitary tulip blossoms — Washington DC

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. — John Quincy Adams

1 week ago

Path ahead — Washington DC

"Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power." — Charles Simmons

Welcomed the weekend with a glorious walk, treating myself to the first *iced* Americano of the season.  It was *almost* hot outside — warm sunshine coaxed buds out of hiding.  Branches full of blooms danced in gentle breezes.  Perfect spring day.

Vitamin D helped rejuvenate my nearly empty “batteries,” and I am looking forward to a delightful low-key weekend with family, flowers, and friends.  {For a while, snap.eat.love. might earn a rename of snap.spring.love with (endless) pictures of cherry blossoms, trees, and flowers!  There is just so much beauty to capture and celebrate!}

So grateful for quality family time, playing with a zoom lens, happy hospital discharges and steady, cheerful recoveries, surprise time with good friends over coffee and casual meals, making comforting butternut squash soup, (finally) dealing with an unresolved project, and listening to stories.  All in all, so very fortunate and excited for this special time.

1 week ago

Cherry blossoms emerge — Washington DC

“The deep roots never doubt spring will come.” ― Marty Rubin

What a week!  So appreciative of spring’s happy reminders to celebrate the moment — this tree seemed to bloom in front of my eyes today!

2 weeks ago

Signs of spring — Washington DC

Long walk and good talk that warmed the heart. Happily observed many signs of spring, even though there was a chill in the air {hence, a black-and-white version seemed fair!} Quiet Friday evening celebrating progress - wishing for easier recoveries.

All in all, cherishing being home and *appreciating* all of the happy moments of this week. Grateful for positive attitudes and lots of love.

2 weeks ago

Lucky penny — seen on floor of surgical recovery unit

…yes please! Wishing good health to all, as well the *deep* love and support we are so fortunate to have in our lives. I have learned (and feel it) from the very best.

Extremely grateful tonight and appreciative of all the kind thoughts.

Looking out

Waiting is the hardest part…especially for someone challenged in the patience department. Big events {i.e. waiting for updates when a loved one is in surgery} remind us just how beautiful *every* moment is. We cannot know with certainty what lies ahead, but celebrating *each* day — each little thing…seeing and appreciating the beauty around us…loving deeply and to the fullest — that is what really *living* means.

I have learned this and so much more from my mother. Her strength, ability to love unconditionally, positivity, determination, courage, brilliance, compassion — all inspire me daily to live and love better and more freely.

Update mid-post: Thankfully, all signs point to a *successful* surgery — here’s to a speedy recovery, conquering fears, and overcoming challenges through love and adventure.

2 weeks ago

Stately branches bask at dusk — Washington DC

"Family is not an important thing. It’s everything." —Michael J. Fox

So very happy to be home with my family. There is nothing like it.

No matter how much we travel, transition, or move, *home* will always be with family, where love is unconditional and unwavering. Home, then, can exist in several physical locations…especially if it’s always in the bonds of the heart.

2 weeks ago

…and then the storm cleared — near Mountain Lake’s 18th green - Florida

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots." —Marcus Garvey

Relishing special time with family. Spellbound by every detail of incredible stories from the Greatest Generation. Sharing one-on-one time in bright outfits. Weathering crazy rain and watching close upsets.

History can teach us so much and help guide our future. Heart is very full with admiration, gratitude, and love.

3 weeks ago

Beauty thrives (all around) — south of Orlando, Florida

"The family is one of nature’s masterpieces." —George Santayana

Long, draining hours of travel are oh-so-very worth it for good quality family time. Past 48 hours included driving through a snow storm, three flights, delicious Cuban food, two breakfasts (in the same day), March Madness viewing, and hours of catching up. Celebrating being in the moment and appreciating this special time.

3 weeks ago

Lake Tahoe near Bliss Creek (March 2014)

Rich emerald greens and blues — striking snow-capped mountains — crisp, invigorating air - Tahoe is truly captivating.  It has (quickly) become an incredibly special place…and not *just* because of the stunning surroundings, but the vibrant, passionate, interesting community here.  Exploring and appreciating the surroundings is made all the better with great company, and preparing to leave for a few weeks made me realize just how *fortunate* I am.

…and with that, the bags are (mostly!) packed.  Cannot wait to embark in a few hours on a whirlwind trip filled with family, adventures, celebrations, (hopefully) lots of laughter, and, of course, love!

3 weeks ago

Prescribed fire near Tunnel Creek — Lake Tahoe (March 2014)

Scenes from this weekend’s hike: saw our first controlled burn up-close (rather than smoke nearby or on the horizon!)  Learning more and more about fire and fuels management living out west.  Lucky to have amazing fire and forestry departments to protect Lake Tahoe!

Ripples across Lake Tahoe — view from Tunnel Creek hike (March 2014)

What a glorious weekend: spring weather, hiking with new friends, stimulating conversations, raucous laughter, organizing, quality time — just the best.

…and then today, a Monday filled with happy things: friends, coffee, productivity, energy, and insightful reflections.

Here is to a wonderful (crazy) week filled with goodness-for-the-soul: family, travel, warm weather, and lots of love.  Feeling very energized and lucky.

4 weeks ago

Lake Tahoe shoreline near Bliss Creek — March 2014

"Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle." — Napoleon Hill

Deep breaths.  Wise words.  Stunning beauty.  All reminders that sometimes all we can do is never give up, even when we are struggling. {Re: this post.}

Deep breaths.  Digging deep.  Willing the body to move with heart — fueled with espresso, almond butter, and gratitude.

Deep breaths.  Deep breaths and thanks.  Deep breaths and love.

PS

Quickly, I wanted to thank, in particular, Pete (tvoom), who so kindly spotlighted one of my pictures on the wonderful photosworthseeing and Janine (2janine), who has graciously featured several shots on her beautiful go2janine in the past few weeks.

There are so many others who have sent such kind words and inspired me with their beautiful creations — if you are reading this, THANK YOU.

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