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Blue Skies and a Kite

Despite the severe high temperatures of the mid 90’s here in Florida,

a drive to our local marina / park in Punta Gorda is a nice way to cool

off while enjoying everyones activities.

The marina / park is a spot where children can play in one of the water spout areas

while adults can go fishing, ride a bike or enjoy a relaxing walk on a scenic path.

We’d been admiring the sailboats swaying on the calm blue water.

A young gal began flying this colorful kite in the grassy field

 directly behind the bench where we were seated.

It soared high while fluttering the edges of its’ wings. 

It was mesmerizing to watch. 

The colorful kite was  peacefully meditative.

A bit of artistic imagination with my photo created 

this marvelous image that reminded me of the old fashioned

 post cards I used to  pick-up when vacationing.

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

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Cooling with Jazz

Enjoy a little jazz instrumental while you take a tour of our favorite town to visit: Sarasota, Florida.

In April, the jazz club of Sarasota has a cool jazz cruise along Sarasota bay.

We look forward to it every year. My husband is a former jazz musician.

He enjoys the club and all of its’ activities.

These photos of the jazz cruise are from last year. We missed it this year due to my daughters wedding in New York.

The ferry leaves from the Sarasota marina. Le Barge was the host boat. 

The glass mirrored mermaid mascot was our guide along the waterways.

A light menu if offered along with alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages.

The band changes from year to year. Unfortunately, I can’t recall the name of this band.

It was a bit cool for April as you can see by the bands light weight jackets.

The sky was a beautiful azure blue. The condos dotted the skyline like sculptural statues.

The once laid back cracker traditional Florida houses and cottages now gone to progress.

Boats await their captains for a day on the water.

This sailboat far off by itself created the perfect picture postcard

of a Florida boating vacation.Since the jazz cruise takes place in the beginning of April our rains hadn’t started.

This is a photograph of what happens when the waters are low.

Boats, birds and pelicans all vie for water. 

There are many nests on those dry mounds.Of course, the mansions along the way showcase the wealth of Sarasota.

The rich and the famous, yes, stars do have homes here.

Many are part of the summer stock theater productions and the arts.

Each home is as individual as the people who occupy them.

People dot the waters edge at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

This is a favorite place I love going to visit. They  specialize in orchid growing.

They have lectures, different exhibitions every year,

greenhouses with unusual orchids,

concerts on their magnificent grounds; especially, on Mother’s Day

or you can enjoy leisure walks in their luscious gardens.

Speed boats race along the waterway creating sprays of salty air.

The white caps, their signature, left behind.

After a beautiful day of cool jazz on the water, a walk among the palm trees,

flowering trees and plants is a perfect way to end the day.

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

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Wearable Art – Shawl

In November, I posted a few wearables I had knitted. Click here if you missed it.

I started attending a knitting group, that meets at our local library, once a week since August, 2017.

I’ve been relearning my knitting skill from my youthful years. I must admit its’ been a pleasure.

I’ve learned some new skills: working with round needles, better pattern reading, tunisian crochet,

brioche knit stitch and blocking your finished garment.

The two hats above are for babies. These two hats helped me gain an understanding of working

with double pointed needles after the hats stitches have been decreased.

The hat with 2 pom-poms was gifted to a friend who was having a baby boy.

The hat with one pom-pom is in a box waiting for additional preemie hats to be made for a Christmas hospital drive.

I must work on pom-pom skills.

The photos of the pink stripe hat was a gift for one of my grandchildren.

This peach shawl took me about 5 months to complete. The slide show is about the process of blocking.

I’ve been enjoying the calming effects of knitting. It helps with manual dexterity, focus of mind and

it isn’t a bad way to meet friendly helpful people. I’ve made new friend along the way.

We’re of all skill levels; meeting and helping those who pop in with a desire to learn to crochet or knit.

I hope you enjoy some of the items I’ve been working on. I hope to add more as I go on.

 Happy Crafting … Isadora 

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Nurture Yourself – Be Faithful

Life is a journey full of many beautiful scenes; 

I, the soul, come to …Don’t pretend. Be who you are. You are special.

We all have a light inside, let it shine. 

Namaste

I honor the place in you

in which the entire universe dwells.

I honor the place in you

which is of Love, and of Truth,

of Light and of Peace.

When you are in that place in you

and I am in that place in me.

We are One.Song – I Am Light

I am light, I am light 

I am light, I am light

I am light, 

I am not the things my family did

I am not the voices in my head

I am not the pieces of the brokenness inside

I am light, I am light 

I am light, I am light 

I am light

I’m not the mistakes that I have made 

or any of the things that caused me pain

I am not the pieces of the dream I left behind

I am light, I am light

I am light, I am light

I am light

I am not the color of my eyes

I am not the skin on the outside

I am not my age, I am not my race, 

my soul inside is all light

All light, all light

I am light

I am light, I am light 

I am light

I am divinity defined

I am the God on the inside

I am a star, a piece of it all

I am light

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Nurturing Thursday

 


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The 3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 2

You are like a flower,

the stem resembles your strength,

and, the petals how delicate your are. ©annonymous

In this challenge, we’re told to write a quote and explain why we like it.

I like this quote because I like observing nature.  We can learn many things that could help guide us through our journey of life. 

Nature never hurries through its seasons. Everything unfolds, becoming larger slowly. 

The mighty oak has a strong bark yet its leaves delicately flutter in the wind. Something strong, showcasing something delicate.

A plant has a strong stem in order to produce its delicate flower.  Slowly as each petal unfolds it showcases its beauty but always maintains strength in its stem. 

I like to think we’re like flowers. In times of turmoil, we stand strong in order to manage the chaos until its over. Yet, our outer persona is delicate, when we want to shine our colors.

                                                                     2018©Isadora DeLaVega

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Thank you, sweet Gilly, for nominating me for the challenge.

Be sure to visit her blog Lucid Gypsy. It’s as unique as her.

I’d like to nominate:

Pricelesss Joy @Beautiful Words – her blog hosts a weekly writing challenge.

Indira©Indira’s Blog – her blog is filled with wisdom and photos.

Rupali©Mazeepuran – his blog is varied in many ways; take a look and see.

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There’s no obligation for the nominees to accept this challenge. Have FUN !!!!

If anyone would like to join in – feel free – here are the rules.

The rules of the challenge are simple,

Thank the person you chose you,

Post a quote for three consecutive days

Say why you like your quotes

Invite three blogging friends to join in

 

 

 


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Nurture Yourself – Desire to Reach Hearts

Converge Hearts

In my lovers heart 

I lay

Every beat

A soothing hug

Forever

I will stay 

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

Namaste

I honor the place in you

in which the entire universe dwells.

I honor the place in you

which is of Love, and of Truth,

of Light and of Peace.

When you are in that place in you

and I am in that place in me.

We are One. 

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Story of a Broken Man

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Broken

While on vacation in Grenada, we decided to drive around downtown which could be quite a challenge. Suddenly, I was overcome by the sight of a man sitting on the sidewalk.

“Stop,” I shouted.

Startled, my husband stopped the car assuming he was about to hit something or someone he hadn’t seen.

I said, “Look,” while pointing to this man. “Please!” “You’ve got to find a place to park.”

He drove a bit and found a parking spot.

Since we were unfamiliar with the downtown area, we had to walk several streets in search of where the man had been.

I thought I should purchase one of those shells he was selling since he looked like he was in need of a sale.

Eventually, we found him.

He was unaware I was standing next to him until I said, “Hello, I see you have some shells for sale.”

Tear filled hazy eyes glared at my me. I felt sucked in by his sadness. He was dirty with a profound odor of the unsanitary kind. It was the type of odor you knew was from a lack of any type of facilities. Yet, I felt compelled to talk to him. In one hand he had a cup of rum; the other hand held a blunt, doobie, marijuana joint. Drugs!

After briefly talking about his shells, I told him, “I noticed he was drinking and smoking marijuana at such an early morning hour.” It was 10:00 a.m.

He said, “There’s no set time for me to kill my pain.”

I didn’t dare ask what his sorrow was.

I asked, “Does it help your pain?”

No words were said. Just a tilt of the head in my direction with a curved smile that led me to believe he didn’t think I’d understand.

We spoke for a short time.

I handed him the money for the shell with a little extra. I recommended he use it for food or shelter. I told him to keep the shell so he could sell it to someone else.

As I began to walk away, he took another puff from his big sweet scented herb and shouted, “Pretty Lady” …

I turned.

He continued, “Someday, when you get to heaven, say hello to my angel. I know you’ll meet her there. Tell her, I’ll be with her before long.”

2018©written by Isadora

 

~ Kindness is loving people more than they deserve ~

Grant that, we may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console,
to be understood, as to understand … Saint Francis of Assisi

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*****Definition of Broken: forcibly separated into two or more pieces; fractured. incomplete; being in a state of disarray; disordered;

**** I received the Bronze Award for a: Street Life/Slice of Life: A photojournalistic photograph, camera as observer.

*****This story was originally posted in February, 2014 


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Nurture Yourself – Seek Peaceful Serenity

Because of our daily stress filled lives, especially during the hectic holiday festivities, we need to create a quietly calm and peacefully still place where we can feel tranquil serenity.

Our imagination can help us with this very difficult task of relaxing by providing us with the ability to dream of magical places. I love to imagine a garden of flowers filled with every imaginable color and shape. It’s an image that can make anyone smile.

What about a snow covered mountain or forest? Snow blankets on the slumbering earth. The sun sparkling on the hanging icicles of a cold winters day.

Peaceful thoughts of hearts filled with quiet calm because we could all be one. No labels, no issues, no hostility, no anger. Just wonderful love for all no matter who they may be.

Nurturing yourself at the end of a day helps you achieve an untroubled placid sleep for better health.

If people could be serenely still they would see a positive spin in their life’s situation. Sitting in quiet contemplation, without negative thoughts towards themselves and others can be transforming.

Can you imagine a place of serenity?

In Love and Light
Isadora 🙏🏻

Namaste
I honor the place in you
in which the entire universe dwells.
I honor the place in you
which is of Love, and of Truth,
of Light and of Peace.
When you are in that place in you
and I am in that place in me.
We are One.

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Small Business

Today, Janet @ Sustainabilitea.wordpress.com has added a post on small businesses.

With everyone running from place to place to get the best deals, Christmas can become

overwhelming. Check out some of the items she has listed.  Small Business click here:

Thank you, Janet, for adding me to the list of your favorite businesses:

Isadora Art JewelryCopper Whimsea’s by Al

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