There is a calm before the storm Beyond the place where black winds form. Miles away from cacophony, Where the soul finds serenity.
Breathe in the pristine country air, Observe the beauty everywhere. Blue skies stretch for infinity Where the soul finds serenity.
Here in the mountains I shall stay As the winter sun fades away. Resting here for eternity, Where the soul finds serenity.
There is a calm before the storm Where the soul finds serenity.
Colleen Keller Breuning @ 2023 January 14, 2023
Today is my sweet Posie Mae’s third birthday! It is hard to believe she is already 3 years old. We were unable to travel to be with her this year, but we did FaceTime with her this morning. We got to see her open the presents we sent. She loved the pretty pink princess dress with accessories and the ballerina music box! She even modeled the pink dress for us, and was absolutely in heaven. I love her more than words can say!
I’ll be honest, I’m feeling melancholy and sad in every cell of my being this afternoon. I wish so badly to be with Posie on her special day. Even though FaceTiming is great, it does not even compare to being there and celebrating with her. There were several reasons we did not make the trip this year. First, my busiest work month is January. Hell hath no fury, compared to an exploding workload of client year end filings, W-2s and 1099s to issue by January 31! Second, the airfare that I researched was completely outrageous and we really can’t afford it right now. We had some major expenses in 2022, just like 2021. Third, I’m not retired and rich, nor will I ever be. LOL
This year we are planning to spend Christmas in Florida with the grandkids, so we probably will not be able to make another trip there for Posie’s birthday in less than 2 weeks next year either. That is life – we must make hard choices. I’m sad that I can’t be there for every single milestone for the grandkids, but in reality my kids’ grandparents certainly did not make it down to Florida to celebrate every birthday, holiday or milestone either. It’s just not physically or financially possible. I need to remind myself of that occasionally. But I’m human, and I admittedly have FOMO. I want to share every special moment with them, but we don’t live in Florida anymore and can’t really afford to retire. Wah! Okay, time to snap out of the pity party, Colleen lol!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend, and hoping that your year is off to a grand start.
Ecrits Blogophilia Week 28.14 Topic: Hell Hath No Fury Hard Bonus: Use a Clive Cussler book title (Black Winds) Easy Bonus: Mention something you might see under a microscope (cell)
Memories of Christmas past always come to mind as I am decorating for the Christmas holidays. This year, for the first time in 8 years, I decided to put up some of my Dickens villages. It always makes me think of my father, for some reason. He delighted in seeing the lighted houses when he visited our Florida home shortly before he was diagnosed with cancer in 2001. We had him around until February 2003, and then our whole world changed.
Not having Dad around, especially at the holidays, makes me a little melancholy at times. He is my own personal Christmas spirit that comforts me when I am feeling sad or unsettled. I know he’s watching down on everyone in our family, with a huge smile. I believe he’s proud of all of us, to see how our families have grown. I only wish my grandchildren could have met him. I miss you and love you, Dad.
I hope all of you had a wonderful 2021 and holiday season, despite all the turmoil, COVID, and heartbreak we have seen in this world. I wish you all peace, health and joy in 2022!
Mood: Pensive Inspiration: “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Ric Mills
Keys caressed by fingers gently stroking black and ivory sweet music sets us free crimson blood thrums in our veins as intangible passions stir on wings of enchanted butterfly resonating in hollows of my heart take me to this place of serenity your wings cover mine, softly guide me chills down my spine, the song begins our spirits take flight at dusk delicate pas de deux as two souls entwine eternally let each note light the dark