Goodbye and Farewell

Thank you and Goodbye

November 16, 2021             ~ Thank you and Farewell ~                                                                                        

I would like to thank all of you for being Followers of Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons. Some of you have followed from the very beginning over the past 4 ½ years and I am very appreciative of your support. But as life moves in different directions as it often does… I feel I must close my blog to…well continue down my path of living fully in the moment. I have enjoyed your blogs and have learned much through this experience.

So as I say Goodbye, I wish each of you happiness, good health, and blessings for all good things in your life adventures, including your writing. Take care and farewell. ~ terre

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons. (c)2021

 

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Photography

Nature, Photography, Doe

Took a Fall road trip to Cades Cove, Tennessee in the Smoky Mountains last week. The autumn leaves are just starting to turn and probably won’t be at peak until close to a couple more weeks. I kept hearing about how they are a little later this year. There are beautiful spots just starting to change colors to hint of what is to come. I was waiting for this doe to turn around, but she too seemed to be intent on looking at the Fall sight in front of her.

*ISO 800, f/6.30, 1/320 sec, 300mm

Thank you for visiting today. ~ terre

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons. (c)2021

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Simplify and Declutter

Decluttering Our Nest, Home

“Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.”   ~ William Morris

(As we move closer to winter and being indoors more, I find myself cleaning out and getting rid of stuff. I am kind of like a bird making my nest cozy. Of course, many of them are flying south for the winter which also sounds like a plan. Since the seasons continue to change, I think it is timely to reblog the post below that was one of the first I wrote. I hope you enjoy. I would also like to thank all my followers who have stuck with me through this learning process of doing and learning about this blogging world. — So a huge Thank you! ~ terre ) 

While it is good to be blessed, some of those blessings that come in forms of “stuff” can become overwhelming! Sometimes a life event such as a birth of a child that you need to make room for, downsizing, or moving to a new house or even office; especially a long distance move, can force you to make some hard decisions about what to keep and what to take. Often this motivation is fueled by the cost to ship, move, or will it fit in the car or trailer. The point is, it may be easier to simplify and de-clutter along your life journey than later when someone accumulating has been in the same house for a long time, say 30 or more years.

A lesson on how to do this efficiently and within budget can probably be learned from our military families who often move frequently. Recently I learned about an intriguing idea that I personally have found useful, especially in letting go of sentimental items that I really do not need to keep any longer. This idea is from the work of Marie Kondo*, author and organizing consultant, who suggests asking yourself does the item bring you joy? If it does not, can you give it “gratitude” for serving you in the past and then let it go?

Yes, I thought “thanking” inanimate objects might seem kind of silly, but I have found it useful for those harder items that I felt I needed to hold onto throughout the years. I have also found that it is better to save sorting through the sentimental items, pictures, and paper files for another day all its own when you are especially ready, time-wise and emotionally to do this. Saving the harder items for another day will not impede your progress “today” when you are really wanting to get some noticeable de-cluttering done. Remember, the goal is to bring you happiness and peace to your space! De-clutter and simplify until you reach your comfort zone.

Comfort zones are individual and may change depending on where we are in life.
Below is a check list to help you in your own goal of simplifying and de-cluttering.

“7 Simple Questions to Help You to De-clutter Your Space”

1. What is it’s purpose in your life?
2. Do you use it? (When was the last time?)
3. Do you need it?
4. Do you really enjoy and appreciate it?
5. Does it have sentimental value?
6. Can you live without it?
7. Can you “Thank” it for serving its purpose and then re-home it? (Pass it on to an admirer of the object, sell, donate, throw it away)

Of course, I am not advocating that you go bare bones. Remember it depends on “your” comfort level. And let’s face it, there are some things that each of us have that we will probably never get rid of as they remind us of another time too precious to forget in our lives. I know for me two items that bring me joy are two tiny pottery treasures made by my sons little hands that continue to hold their place of honor on the mantle. So here is to making your own nest into what makes you comfortable and happy. Live, Love, Laugh, and Learn.

 

Thank you for visiting. ~ terre

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons. (c)2021

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Travel

Old Door in Rome, Travel Photography

 

This is a beautiful old door I passed on a dream trip to Rome (2006) that I never thought would ever happen. Each region and city of Italy that I visited was beautiful in its own way. My trip to Rome though was extra special. This is where I was able to add on days at the beginning of my trip (before actually joining the tour). This gave me extra time to explore more in-depth this wonderful city and to make sure to see the sites that I absolutely did not want to miss.

It was here that I learned what ‘Rome was not made in a day’ really means. Whether you are hitting the tourist hot spots such as the Pantheon, Coliseum, or just enjoying a cup of cappuccino, so much of ancient history is still very visible almost everywhere you look. I could not believe that not only could I see the road where Caeser’s chariots drove, but that they were not roped off and I could actually stand where ancient rulers had.

While there I was treated to great music everywhere on the streets, in restaurants, and all around while I also learned how to properly drink and enjoy wine, which is a big deal for someone who doesn’t really drink much at all. So my appreciation of good wine starts here and I still think of Italy with each glass of white wine especially. If you ever get to visit Rome, don’t forget to toss a coin in the baroque Trevi Fountain, so as legend has it, you will hopefully get to visit the eternal city of Rome again.  ~

Thank you for visiting. ~ terre

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons. (c)2021

 

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Road Trip

Photography, Road Trip

Who rode oer’ this bridge many, many years ago?

Did they hear the birds twittering in the eaves?

Maybe their story is still waiting to be told. ~

Thank you for visiting. ~ terre

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons. (c) 2021

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Hello October

October

Pumpkin rolls, caramel apples, warm cider, 

Oh my, I can already feel my hips getting wider. ~ 

Hello October!  The coming of Fall is near in the Northern hemisphere… 

While our friends down under get ready to welcome Spring.

Enjoy, the great flip-flop of the seasons. 

 

Thank you for visiting and have a lovely day wherever you call home. ~ terre

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons. (c)2021

*Pumpkin image Courtesy of Canva.

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Poetry

~ Peace ~

I know you don’t want to be here.

Me neither,

it is too near.

But time will not allow

us to disregard the matter at hand,

so compose yourself,

as I will too,

soon we will be done

and out of here.

Then we can go back to our

mutual ignoring each other.     

~ tch

 

Thank you for visiting. ~ terre

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons. (c)2021

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Haiku

Poetry, Haiku, Beach Umbrella

~ Haiku ~

Beach umbrella up,

Winds pick up, collapsing it.

Time to go home now. ~

 

Thank you for visiting. ~ terre

Haiku & Photography (c 2021) by terre @ Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons.

 

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Haiku

Poetry, Haiku, Red Fox

~ Haiku ~

Red fox seen at dusk

glows red in the setting sun,

Then into the trees.  ~

 

Thank you for visiting. ~ terre

*Photo image courtesy of Canva.

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons. (c)2021

 

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Poetry

Mesa, Poetry,

 ~ Mesa ~

From the valley floor,

they entered the virgin motherland.

Climbing steadily up the sides of red rock

till they reached the narrow mesa

closest to the bright lights of night,

the land closest to the Sun.

With knowing they came to be

 in their own Sacred Place.

                                                                                                                   ~ terre (c)

Thank you for visiting today. ~ terre

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons. (c)2021

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Poem – In His Beauty

Sunday Reflections

~ In His Beauty ~

What am I to the Lord –

He that has provided for

every wildflower of the earth?

I am like that wildflower

that springs from the rocky cliff.

 

He sends nourishment for it

to open and lift its face towards him.

It grows and flourishes till it has spread

over the face of the barren cliff.

 

He sends the rains so it can live.

If he did that for a wildflower–,

What did he do for me?

 

He gives me his word, so I can believe.

He lets me feel his spirit

and I know that he loves me.

 

He will guide me and let me find truth—

for in that truth—He died for me.

 

As he loves the smallest wildflower

that seems to grow from neglect—

The Lord also loves me.

 

~ first published by Terre, July 7, 1989. ©1989.

Thank you for visiting. ~ Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons

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Photography ~ Backyard Visitor

Pileated Woodpecker, female

I call this large female Pileated Woodpecker a visitor, but she and her mate appear to have moved in. They are the largest birds we have here regularly (about 16 1/2 inches),  besides an occasional visit from a hawk… then everyone scatters, including the squirrels. ~

ISO 1000, 1/250sec. f6.3.  600mm,  Nikon, cropped only. 

Thank you for visiting today. ~ terre

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons (c) 2020

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Poetry ~ First Snow

Snow Today

First Snow

Gentle rain turning

to soft downy flakes,

each intricate and unique.

 

Sounds of the world

muted in the deep.

Solitude calling us

to slow down,

memories we keep.

 

Soft downy flakes

turning all to white,

except the dark bark of the trees,

standing sentries

along the steep banks

of the creek. ~

 

~ Thank you for visiting today. ~ terre

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons  (c) 2020

 

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Places Traveled ~

Pearl S. Buck, Birthplace, Hillsboro, W.Va.

“Write a novel if you must, but think of money as an unlikely accident. Get your reward out of writing it, and try to be content with that.”  ~ Pearl S. Buck, (1892 – 1973).

Pearl Buck was a prolific writer and the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938 for The Good Earth. She was the daughter of missionaries and spent the majority of her formative years in China as well as her early adult life. Her Chinese name is Sai Zhenzhu. She wrote extensively in her novels about the plight of women, the poor, and social injustices.

This image was taken while on a rural road trip through West Virginia. I wasn’t expecting this to be here, so it was a great surprise! The stately rural home is now a museum. It was not only an interesting experience, but educational, and the staff was so welcoming. The natural beauty of this part of West Virginia is so breathtaking and is a journey I would love to take again. Oh, and don’t forget to stop along the way for a slaw dog, a menu specialty throughout West Virginia.  ~

Thank you for visiting today ~  terre

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons (c) 2020

 

 

 

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