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Things of Beauty? Joy Forever -- Even with ME/CFS

Discussion in 'Phoenix Rising Articles' started by Phoenix Rising Team, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. Dreambirdie

    Dreambirdie work in progress

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    Thanks @Firestormm The urban wildlife have become the center of our attention around here. The shot of the cooper's hawk that my partner took really gets me every time I see it. He is looking straight at the camera with those piercing predator eyes. :eek: There are some shots of the squirrels that I really long to get--when they are lounging on the top of the fence, straddling it. They look so comical. Maybe one day. Also, I haven't been able to get a good shot of the skunk, as he is pretty quick to cruise through the yard, and it's mostly at dusk and at night that we get a peek at him.

    The doves, OTOH, are always there waiting to be photographed. They send their look-outs to the top of the maple tree to let the rest of their flock know when the feeder is being filled.... which is twice a day at approx 7 am and 3:30 pm. They have us trained! LOL! :p
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  2. Jody

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    tatt,

    Your flowers sound beautiful. So is the poem.:)
  3. Jody

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    Thanks xchocoholic.:)

    Thank goodness for beautiful views. You have been fortunate.

    Yeah, stay away from those mirrors. :) I did that for many years. I kept getting surprised, didn't recognize that face at all.

    I ditched all cosmetics and hair dyes for several years, trying to get the toxic load down. You are very cool.:)
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  4. Jody

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    Dainty,

    It's nice when we can make the big changes that up the beauty quotient, but like you I have mostly had to focus on small things.

    I also grew up with an aversion to being materialistic and superficial. When life pushed me far beyond a decent balance for that though, I started pushing back, and have realized that my initial viewpoint was missing the mark. I have learned to value things that at one time I would have dismissed. No more.:)
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  5. Jody

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    Peggy-sue,

    Sounds like the perfect place to be convalescing and breathing in beauty.
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    db,

    I would love to live near the ocean. I am just blocks away from the lake but it is not a particularly clean lake and there are not areas in walking distance that are open to the public. Your spot sounds ideal.
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    Peggy-sue,

    My realization was something that hit me suddenly one day and caught me completely by surprise. I have been trying to go with it as much as possible since then.

    If I can get a photo of the bottle, I will post it here.:)
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  8. Jody

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    Thanks Misfit Toy. :)

    Your priorities make sense to me.:)
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    AndyPandy,

    Your birds sound wonderful. Sounds like your bird bath is doing the trick.:)
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    Valentijn,

    We had bamboo wallpaper in one place we lived, I loved that. Having a mattress downstairs for a laydown is very practical. Too bad it's too low to see out the window.:)
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    Great pictures, db.:)
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  12. Dreambirdie

    Dreambirdie work in progress

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    Thanks. Here's one more of the beautiful ocean. :love::love::love:

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    This is my back garden. :cool: Well not really, its a natural woodland park 50 yards from where I live and have been going there most days over the past 20 years to find solace and tranquility. I just like to assume its my back garden.

    Before becoming ill there was not much of either in my life, although I used to look back to the 'good old days' as no doubt we all due and think it was all a bed of roses, which of course isn't true.

    The park has hundreds of trees of all different types,sizes and ages and during moments of contemplation I often reflect on the life of a tree. Perhaps theres a few lessons for me that I needed to learn studying trees.

    For instance a tree has no choice where it spends its life, it has to live and bloom where its planted. It has an ordered life, it has seasons of blooming and seasons of discarding leaves and blossoms, before a season of resting to bring forth new foliage.

    It lives for others, whether its home and food for birds and squirrels, or a treehouse for kids and it has no choice who uses its facilities.

    It has to learn to bend with the breeze or it will be blown away(boy do I need to learn this) and sun and water is all it asks for in exchange for all this. It never complains even when dogs urinate on it. A tree has no life other than to serve others.

    Besides the trees there are the people who are park regular visitors who invariably
    stop and talk if your sat on a park bench.

    They usually have small dogs which mostly seem sexually attracted to my left leg, which makes conversation a little strained. :rolleyes:

    All life is in the park, whether your a tree,a squirrel, a victim of CFS or an oversexed dog.

    Right now Spring is in the air and in a few weeks the first signs of new life will be showing and as every year, a hope that some of that new life will be rubbing off on me. Maybe the trees have a few more lessons for me to learn.
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  14. Dreambirdie

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    @liverock Oh how FUNNY about the dog who likes your left leg. :woot::rofl::rofl:

    Beautiful park, beautiful trees, beautiful reflections about life rhythms and the importance of bending in the breeze. Thanks for sharing.
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    db, that's what I thought too. Beautiful picture, Liverock, and a beautiful post.:)
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    Actually I think it must be the aftershave I use (although I do have a very sexy left leg :D). The aftershave is called "Irresistable", the problem appears to be it works on dogs but not on women. I think I will write to the manufacturers and get my money back. ;) :D
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  17. Dreambirdie

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    @liverock Women prefer natural body odors to stinky chemically fragranced aftershave. Dogs OTOH will roll around in just about anything. hehehe :p:p:D
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    Mmmm, Michael naturally smells slightly of fenugreek. He's lovely.
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    My partner smells like soup lately. That gets me every time. I love a man with a soup ladle! :cool:
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