Focusing On The Journey

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life. ~Eckhart Tolle

It has been 8 long months since I was last here on this blog. More months than I originally had planned for a hiatus back in December. Who knew that between illness over the winter, arthritis in my hands and major technology snafus, I would be waiting this long to return.

The arthritis threw me as I had not had any major symptoms of it before. But when both my hands were hurting, and my right thumb was incapacitated, I sought help from my acupuncturist. Amazing what four months of therapy can do.

The technology snafu is much more complicated, but suffice it to say my friend who was hosting my blogs needed to move on. So I settled on another hosting company that took weeks to move my blogs with no success. Oh and add malware to the mix, costly bills to remove it, finally a new host and the unbelievable heavy lifting of my friend and I can say, I’m back baby!

Luckily in the 8 months I was away, I was focused on other aspects of my life. In the winter, I was busy planting seeds for my garden, reading and healing. As spring rolled around, I was able to get out and do some major work in the front gardens (more on that later). And I remained on social media, Instagram and Facebook, where I shared what was going on in my garden during the #the100dayproject, which just ended in mid July. The project put me in touch with an incredible community of creative folks, and got me back in touch with my creative center. I’ll share some of my posts from the project later.

Now is the height of the vegetable gardening season keeping us busy. And thankfully the hot dry summer seems to be cooling off. The house needs cleaning and my back is not behaving again (what else is new), but I wanted to get back to my blogs and my blogging family. To the writing, the sharing and the community of amazing writers, photographers and gardeners I have gotten so close to over the past 9 years. I can’t promise a weekly blog anymore. As we grow older, life shifts, and we begin to focus on different aspects of life. But I am determined to get back to writing and sharing the journey, as it goes uphill and down, using the garden/nature as my teacher. Back to my roots. Focusing on what brings me joy and what challenges me.

Before I forget I want to thank my friend, Steven Tryon, for his continued support of my blogs and his monumental effort to get me back to them. Without him, I never would have started 9 years ago, nor would I be here today writing again. He is an amazing technology guru, photographer and friend. If you want to see some wonderful photos, visit his blog, Walkabout Chronicles.

I am also joining  Cathy@Rambling in the Garden for her wonderful, In A Vase on Monday, meme. I grow these miniature sunflowers for vases, and they have finally bloomed. They make the most cheerful vase. I can’t help but smile when I see them.

All the pictures shared in this post were taken with my Nikon Coolpix or iPhone camera, and manipulated on my iPod Touch using the apps, Pixlr and Prisma.

I will be posting poetry again, almost weekly on Sundays, on my other blog, Living From Happiness starting this coming Sunday. I hope you’ll drop by.

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