Thursday, February 6, 2014

Crazy, isn't it?



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162 comments:

  1. We celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary on January 31.
    I tell him that I loved him since the day I was born. I understand now that every heartbreak before him was God moving them out of the way so I could move closer to my destiny. Our destiny.
    Then, one day, God said "him" and I have never been the same.
    Thank you, Anita, for so eloquently representing..in a word...love.

    xo

    Andie

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  2. Oh, the sweet picture of Bob and Rose.

    Crazy . . . beautiful . . . wonderful . . . sweet . . . special . . . necessary.

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  3. Love keeps us alive and your beautiful post sums it all up. Gorgeous images and words. I sigh and smile. Best wishes to you.

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  4. Anita,
    Oh yes, this crazy thing called love. It does bloom in a winter's garden and grows in sunshine and heat and can magically weather the storms. Oh Anita, once again you have moved me with beautiful images and lovely words and music.
    XOXO,
    Vera

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  5. FABULOSO! FABULEUX! FABULOUS! Did you all of those pink items in honor of PINK POWER!!!??? You are sooooo coooool, Anita! This entire post was fabuloso, fabuleux and fabulous!!!!!! I love it ALLLLL! ♥

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  6. Another GORGEOUS post. The pinks! Oh, the pinks! And that sweet couple kissing.... Awwwwwwww!

    xoxox

    Sheila

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  7. Crazy beautiful!!! I love, love, love this stunning post!! Have a fabulous weekend, Anita! xoxo

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  8. I'm looking forward to the 'resurrection' part of love, when we have our new bodies that don't hinder us from loving to the fullest everybody and everything that God loves!!! Perfect love! Freedom for sure!

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  9. Dear Anita,

    Beautiful post as always and love coming to visit you.
    Hope that the weather has warmed up a little there - do you still have snow?
    Sending hugs and wishing you a happy weekend
    Carolyn

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  10. Love comes in all forms, shapes and sizes. I love this post!

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  11. A lovely post, Anita. And words to make one think and reflect.
    I do like that first photograph.
    Kirk

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  12. Oh Anita, my dear friend, what a great post full of beauty and love........and so are you!!! I enjoy every moment in your winter garden and I love to see the world with your loving eyes! Thank you so much for all your inspiration and have a wonderful weekend,

    with love and hugs, Jade

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  13. PS: And how I loooooove the header, sooooooo cute!!!!

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  14. A crazy little thing called love!yep it is at that,it brings you joy and give you the warm glow on one hand and on the the other hand it brings you tears and sadness from all directions,How ever we prefer to dwell on the joy and warm glow and push the other bit in to the corner where it belongs so we only feel the joj and the warm glow that you bring us and our friends.Add a bit of Speedy cheekiness and all is perfect and right in the world,love to you Anita,xx Rachel and Speedy

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  15. Crazy but wonderful! I adore that little upside down puppy and Bob and Rose and your beautiful, beautiful words. I have no idea how you keep thinking of these wonderful posts Anita, but I’m glad you do! I feel moved and warmed all at the same time. Sending heaps of Love your Way, Barbara xx

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  16. You captured my imagination today. You can't bury love even after death-from the music, to you eloquent words and beautiful images I am deeply moved. I loved this, "Expect the love you plant now to be the love you will resurrect forever." I want to put that line on twitter but it's yours. I would give you credit.

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  17. Crazy and just a little magical too, Anita...the colours in your post are simply GORGEOUS...wishing you a very Happy Weekend xx

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  18. c'est fou!!!! yes, but so Amazing!!!!, j'adore ces couleurs, ces moments de douceur, ces moments d'amour, ces jardins secrets où nous avons le pouvoir de cultiver nos pensées, nos désirs, nos folies....
    J'aime ton billet ma chère Amie et tu es toujours la bienvenue dans nos rondes françaises...
    Bisous tout plein et bon WE
    French Kiss
    Nélinha

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  19. Un soupçon de rose, une pointe d'audace et la vie est belle ...
    Simplement ...
    Gros bisous chère Anita
    Marie-Ange

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  20. We love your header today. Beautiful and as lovely as ever and the last picture make us hopeful for an early Spring for all of you across the pond. Thank you for making us smile on another miserable grey and wet day. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  21. Took my breath away. Now I am thinking of love songs. Anita, you started my day off singing.
    Thanks so much for a wonderful eye opener. Feb. is my favorite winter month. Renee was born.
    She is taking off this morning to go ski. I will hold my breath till she gets home. Big hug to you.
    yvonne

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  22. lovely! I love the music, Queen has been a favorite group of mine for a long time.

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  23. Crazy, beautiful Anita... :)
    Visiting you and your gorgeous work always makes me breath better... start my day calmer... Your sensitivity is very therapeutic... xv

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  24. LOVE it ALL! I am so loving the HORSE!!!!

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  25. It's true in more ways than one, and I'm so glad We both know and are experiencing it in all the ways.Blessings continue-Denise

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  26. Oh I love this, Anita. It's all so true about love. If we are lucky enough to find true, selfless love in this life, it's all we need. Thanks for the heart warming images - beautiful!

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  27. What beautiful words and what magical photos to accompany them. Indeed, the words are one of great truth.

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  28. As Vicki says, your work is very calming and therapeutic, a beautiful respite from all the blogs and business going around. Happy cultivating and have a lovely weekend. xo Nancy

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  29. Sowing for eternity...some day we will reap the FULL measure of what we've given, far beyond what we have loved in our flawed and limited human ability. Crazy indeed.
    "If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God..."~2 Corinthians 5:13
    xoxo's

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  30. Those various exquisite pinks and the loving beauty within the images is wonderful, Anita!
    Thank you again for the hours you must spend creating such marvels for us to see and enjoy!
    hugs to a loving person!

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  31. Oh my God, this is such a beautiful post dear Anita :) I love the pictures as well! Magical! Hope you have a lovely weekend .

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  32. Crazy, beautiful, everlasting love! Anita thank you for your most thoughtful comments on my post! I understand completely what you were saying...
    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  33. As always, captivating and beautiful. Thank you over and over.

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  34. Yes, CRAZY is a great word for love, and anything else that is somewhat difficult yet worth the effort. Thank you, Anita for thinking of me for you post, ...awh. Thanks dear friend for your sweet comments and your faithful friendship. I still have your message on my phone and I love to go through my messages and continue to save it because it reminds me of your immediate response to a very trying moment/issue. Thank you dear, Anita, thank you! ♥

    So do you want to be a co-host some time? You don't have to submit a pic of yourself, I'd just 'borrow' three photos and elaborate on them and then you get all the credit? sound fun? Think about being a Co-Host ok? ♥

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  35. So, so sweet! Loved each and every image...as I usually do...oh, that puppy!! Have a wonderful weekend, Anita...stay warm and cozy!

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  36. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! What amazing images Anita, PERFECT illustrations for your words.

    xo

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  37. yes!!!!! CRAZY BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    I love all these images, and your words.

    What a treasure LOVE is.

    ~ Violet

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  38. YOU are CRAZY ARTISTIC...it shows up over and over and over again (you may never stop, never). YOU are unique IN this crazy world of ours, Anita. the music is so perfect with your gorgeous photos. I read quotes on the internet and books every day and have never run across this one by Thoreau, so thank you for that as well...it's a really inspirational one for life and paintings and all the in "betweens".
    i hope you have a wonderful weekend and i shall now cultivate my winter, even better than i have been. THANK YOU FOR YOUR VERY SPECIAL POSTS and YOU! xoxo

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  39. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Anita! You are the only blogger I know, who can combine words, photo's and music to create 'that special atmosphere'

    Wishing you LOVE!

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog too. I wanted to pop over sooner, but I forgot all about it!

    Happy weekend,

    Madelief x

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  40. Anita dear,
    hehehe that doggy is too cute! Yes, LOVE does turn our world upside down sometimes, but it's a beautiful treasure at the same time. The picture of Bob and Rose is priceless. And I am loving the pink roses all draped over the vase.

    YOU give so much love to all, and that's why you receive such an abundance in return.

    Happy Valentine's Day to my beloved friend.

    ~Sheri

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  41. Anita,wonderful Anita!

    Why I get always smile and a little bit tears on my face,when i read your posts?.......
    This is also ONE of the niceset post of the last time in the Blogland:)))*

    LOVe is one of the beautiful things in the world and throuh your post I feel it more and you brings me to a magic mood,thankyou!

    Much Love,
    ***Violett***

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  42. I love your passion my friend. You not only have romance in your life (Yes!) you live romance. This is such a gorgeous reminder of 'that crazy little thing called love'. I adore it!
    Happy Valentine's day to you and your beloved Anita dear.
    xx, Heather

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  43. Dear Anita,
    Ahhhhh - I've missed you! Many apologies for my absence - life has been, well, crazy! But it is always a pleasure to visit here - a treat for the senses. You are one crazy talented lovely lady :)
    xoxo
    L

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  44. Crazy, indeed... and astonishing beautiful! Thank you, dearest Anita, for helping me to cultivate my winter garden!

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  45. Very emotional yet beautiful!

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  46. It is..crazy...this thing called love!
    Happy Saturday Wishes!

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  47. Love this post, Anita! How perfect for winter and valentine's day and EVERY day! You have a way with words, my friend. I always love reading your comments that you leave on my blog as well as other mutual bloggy friends. Speaking of winter...we got SNOW!!!! Needless to say I am soooo excited. This is not a common occurrence for us here...we are expected to get a third round tomorrow...cold temps and now ice to come. I'll post some pictures sometime soon.

    Stay warm. Hope your weekend is relaxed.

    Love,
    Heidi

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  48. Anita! Is lovely! Lovely music and picture!
    Have a good week end

    Luisa

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  49. Ooh how i LOVE to come along to your little corner of piece and calm and wonder, Anita!
    Magic, and haunting...and I adore your new header of winter hares...
    Thank you always for the kindest visits,
    With twinkly hugs....
    Maria x

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  50. This was wild and crazy...and so much fun...Thank you! Just what I needed..I,m home.....going to have a teaparty this afternoon.;)

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  51. So beautiful… Have a wonderful weekend Anita…
    XO Mary

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  52. Sigh.....breathtakingly amazing! A beautiful morning surprise! Have a wonderful weekend. (oh, and congratulations on receiving Leslie's velvet heart giveaway. It couldn't have happened to a sweeter person). Hugs!

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  53. I love this Anita!!!! My winter garden is planning for our summer garden….but as I convey through your poetry…it is so much more! It is thoughts and relationships, it is an afternoon nap and a cheery smile. I photographed a few hydrangea that I grabbed from the snow yesterday….and this "winter flower" brought me as much joy as my summer garden, possibly even more joy and motivation. Thanks for bringing us such beauty!

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  54. Anita just did a happy dance,
    you answered so fast, big hug,,
    Happy Valentines day yvonne

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  55. A canvas of snow...Rock on it with color...my perfect "guilt free" Saturday evening apéritif!
    I just love it when you visit, dearest Anita!
    Happy weeks end night!
    ~Lynne
    w/L

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  56. Our winter garden has nothing in it. We are finally getting some much overdue rain...Happy dance.... Love your post Anita dear.
    Beautiful flowers make me smile and I adore the little puppy....Hugs, Linda

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  57. Oh you are so funny and entirely too self conscious. Just get Instagram on your phone and get used to posting pics of yourself. { selfies } You are so dang pretty and vivacious. Come on. It won't hurt. You'll have fun. Love to you, my friend! ♥, Renae

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  58. ANITA! This is so sweet. YES.. love, its crazy.. and it will always be.. forever. This is so romantic and brought tears to my eyes. What a lovely tribute to the month of February. Beautiful post my friend!

    xxL

    (sorry I'm late here!!)

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  59. Hello dearest Anita!!!!!
    This is a fabulous post!!!! My dad & I have been discussing how this is the year of the horse and a white horse is good luck that brings great things. Your first photo is a horse!!!!! It's so cool!!!!!
    My dad has an appt. this Wednesday with a specialist at Mayo so we are all anxious to hear what this doctor says.
    Thanks for praying for my dad & all your well wishes!!!!!
    Have you had much snow? It has been snowing on & off here for over a week but no massive accumulations.
    It looks beautiful; it's just COLD!!!!!
    I have been wearing lots of boots, fur coats, black tights, & various leather jackets.
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!!!
    Love & Hugs,
    Shannon

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  60. Oh you just have the best eye for photographs that are breath taking , and have such flair , combining them with your divine way with words.
    Your posts ALWAYS reach right in and touch my soul !
    I had to gasp and say "AHH" as my heart skipped a beat viewing that magnificent creature with the glorious colored mane . I love that we share that passion of horses , among other richness, my friend !
    Speaking of horses ,I have been a bit amiss getting to blogs lately as a young thoroughbred," Fly With Ravens" aka Monte has come to stay with up as while, and of course I have been doting on him !

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  61. Oh so beautiful - the images and the words...my gardening skills are lacking, but I so appreciate the beauty of a garden...

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  62. I am here...and your new post is WONDERFULLY romanic...oh those images! Sending you ooooodles of love for this week my friend...I hope you gather and scatter love all week long. It is family day here in BC tomorrow...so home we all stay to enjoy and love our dear ones....xoxox love to you always.

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  63. A wonderful post! So sorry to hear that you are still suffering with the cold, it must feel like a long winter! Sarah x

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  64. such a wonderful love post
    beautiful
    inspiring
    and now i send you the sweetness of love

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  65. i so love your messages, YOU. re: wanting to mesh your talents together. that has been mine as well Anita...ergo, started taking classes on line. there are some fabulous ones. if you really like someones work, you might start there. i so badly wanted to paint faces to encorporate into my mixed media and voile, passionate practice and of course a love and it happened. miles to go on all art, but that is the beauty of this passion, it will never end! you have already started with mixing your talents and they are WONDROUS! thank you so much for your words. xo

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  66. This Thing Called Love - what a happy song, and perfect with the photos you chose:)
    Just came by to say hello, and wish you a love-filled week ahead.
    May something totally out of the blue wonderful happen, dear Anita - you deserve it!

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  67. Not crazy, touching.
    I am so sorry I am so very late on my visit, I have been I'll, in fact the flu. Sleeping, awake, sleeping awake. Here I am awake
    And missing out on so much I am visiting you in the darkness my dear Anita, this is another of your beauties, words you too have Gathered.
    I love that there is no gap in age when it come to love, love knows no age at all.

    Happy Love-tine

    Xoxo
    Doré

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  68. Yes it´s crazy, so CRAZILY BEAUTIFUL! Love, love all the photos and the theme of your post. It´s so moving. :)

    http://dressingupforme.blogspot.com/

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  69. I'ts crazy but your are a poet in pictures and words.
    Best wishes
    Elisabeth

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  70. Another amazing post.....LOVE this! Anita, I sound like a broken record but you are just so talented......love the feelings you make me feel. Totally inspired ALWAYS!

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  71. Oh yes, I am sooo ready for Spring and am soooo ready for surgery, too. Dang insurance anyways. If I would have stayed with the other hospital, I would have had surgery on Friday. eeeeek and in recuperation phase right now. It is rather haunting. Many prayers are still needed. Yet, today I am hitting up Savers and the only Goodwill in the state {in SLC} too! Yay! Glad you wore your booties again. Those black ones of mine are luscious and I wanted some leopard ones but the size is gone, boooo. Man, why am I such a downer today? Sorry, Good thing = I AM IN A GOOD MOOOOOOD. YES!

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  72. Sweet Anita... oh how I love the touching loving images and words in this post. I'm visiting again today to wish you and Ruben a beautiful Valentine's week.
    XO,
    Vera

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  73. Ah the flowers after the cold and snow are so lovely. Oh boy do we need color now. Everything is gray and dirty this week!

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  74. crazy is the best kind of love...I hope your month is filled with crazy love Anita...for all those you hold dear!

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  75. Dear Anita, such a true and lovely post. I am proud to say I have a 35 year marriage, and a love that is ever lasting. We sometimes need to be reminded, and you did that for me today. Beautiful post sweet friend. xoxox Christel

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  76. Hello my dearest Anita, WOW, thank you for such a BEAUTIFUL february inspiration! This post simply sparkles with lovelieness and i adore all these pictures and the message that binds them together! Hope you have a great start to your week, much love, M.

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  77. Hello my sweet friend!!!!

    How are you this morning? I have to tell you...we are in the SAME wavelength!!! You mentioned Kooky in your comment today....well last night I did a post!!!! Hahahaha...I haven't posted it on my blog yet but I will do it maybe on Friday? I thought it was due time that we get Santino acclimated to the crazy chicken. Heehee...

    Maximus did go out in the snow and play. I'll be posting photos of that soon. Hope you are having a fabulous week Anita!

    Love ya,
    Heidi

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  78. *on the same wavelength... :)

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  79. i can hear music, see pretty things in my head, the dancers, exquisite simple words all put together in French and English... poetry in motion by a very special artist...she's only just begun. we wait with baited breath, we do...xoxo

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  80. Dearest Anita,

    THIS is most definitely the most exquisite of all your posts! Winter Gardening; you had me at the title! Flowers, fabulous gowns, winter delights and LOVE! I am feeling hugely inspired today and this post has given me more to dream of still. THANK YOU wonderful Anita!

    Stephanie

    ps I am so sorry NOT to have visited your little corner of Heaven sooner. Computer troubles, car troubles and my parents-in-law have been keeping things a little, um, hectic!

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  81. Such a beautiful and inspirational post dearest Anita!...I always love how you manage to combine your words, images and music so wonderfully...
    Keep warm in your lovely corner of the world,
    Susan x

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  82. Now that the pain of grief has abated, a bit, I miss Dave more and more. It's not enough we had 22 years. I want MORE!
    And, that'll never happen. Not now, not in heaven. All I have are the memories and pictures.

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  83. This is beautiful. It made me think of my boys and how much I love and adore them... xx

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  84. I loved this post! The soft pinks are gorgeous and the message is divine! I hope you're having a wonderful February!
    xo
    Sharon

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  85. Hello Anita......Lovely post, but I think there may be a sublime message here! LOVE lasts forever and ever and ever.......

    I am still having so much trouble Dearest with my ipad getting into your blog....but better late than never as I have to go the computer to get you....Love to you in this special week Dzintra xoxoxo

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  86. Anita, I love your posts and the horse with the pink hair is just divine. Loving the way the music goes with the images. Some of them are so deeply bittersweet and so beautiful at the same time. I appreciate how much thought you put into these. Wishing you lots of crazy love and a happy valentine's day!
    xo Mary Jo

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  87. Genial, que preciosidad de fotos tant estetiques, son una maravilla, felicidades me encantan todos tus post

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  88. Such a heartwarming post. The perfect heartfelt music, softest images of love and beauty. M x

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  89. Such beautiful photographs Anita. Aren’t we Blessed to have love, or the hope and faith we will have love! To love and be loved is beautiful.
    Wishing you a beautiful and romantic day filled with all those you love on Valentine’s Day.............

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  90. Anita, chere amie!!! What a JOYFUL, GORGEOUS post! And yes, the images are incredible...BUT....without your mind, ideas, heart, soul, words, talent....it would not be MAGIC. And it is YOU who makes the magic happen....bless you.
    Here's to LOVE!!!!
    LOVE YOU!!!!!!!

    And thank you, dear one, for coming to see the cook up....it was fun... :)

    Je t'embrasse fort!!
    - Irina

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  91. Oh my...how I love that photo of the pathway of flowers!! Gorgeous! And how are you, my dear!? We had snow here over the weekend and early part of the week. Just finally starting to melt. Surrounded by trees but nothing hit us though there were limbs downed all around. I surround my house with angel light! And we fared well! Hope you are well and enjoying your poetry class. A lovely week to you! Bisous!

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  92. I love this post...so lovely pictures about love and life...beautiful!
    Take care, have a nice week!
    Love,
    Titti

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  93. Oh how I have missed visiting your blog!!! As always it is a beautiful source of inspiration. I hope all is well with you:). Please visit my latest writing project:

    http://beartonabbey.blogspot.com

    Blessings dear friend,

    Kim

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  94. Oh Anita, how sweet of you to wish every day be a "day of love". Evidently St. Valentine was the loving-est saint. hmmmm. I still love this post and how much fun 'PINK' is in it. I love the oldsters sitting on the park bench with the pink blossoms above. Awh, so wonderfully full of love! Thank you sweet Anita!

    (hey, be sure and see my Thursday thrift outfit post, k? k.) ♥

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  95. Dearest Anita,
    What a beautiful post! Just what I needed for the heart...
    Stay warm my dear friend. Thank you for always being there for me.
    bisous! Penny

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  96. I want to be Bob and Rose when I grow up! Have a lovely Valentine's Day and enjoy every moment of love!

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  97. I've missed you dear Anita during the craziness of my last few weeks. I'm so glad love is such a powerful, wonderful, crazy motivator. It's definitely something to be celebrated, and you've written beautifully about what's on everyone's mind about now!
    Happy Hearts Day to you & yours!
    Keri

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  98. Happy Valentines day, dearest Anita! Am coming in early to say this, because i don't know yet, i'll be able to come tomorrow. Hope you will have a special and wonderful time with your husband and just simply feel the LOVE! Thank you for your friendship, support and inspiration ALWAYS! So enjoyed coming back here and seeing your sweet images and words! xox

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  99. Why does the Headstone Monument that says "BYE" on it, crack me up each time? There has got to be something wrong with me. LOL

    Hey, friend Y.E.S. nude heels are the best and I have been craving some for sooooooo loooooooooong. I nearly bought some at Target but they hurt!! They were pinch-y and I hate pinch-y shoes. Know why? Because they never stop pinching after you buy them. Doh, ya I have bought shoes that were too tight {vanity strikes twice} and have lived to regret it. These Maddens are DIVINE! They are sexy, high and very comfy {doh, they were probably $100 shoes in the first place.}

    HAVE A MARVELOUS ANNIVERSARY WITH YOUR SWEETHEART!!! How wonderful is that to have met on Valentines Day and still have your love flourishing all these years. Oh my, that makes my heart sing!!!!! ♥ + ♥

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  100. Yaaaay! Im finally on my laptop and so glad I am. I would have hated to miss this. This has touched a bit of a nerve for me, a very tender nerve as I can honestly say, my garden is one of the only things I miss living afloat, a garden and large wardrobes and storage space, oh, and a bathtub! Heeheehee :-)
    Delightfully done Anita. Your are genius!!
    Di
    xoxo

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  101. Dear Anita,
    Your posts are always the most poetic, ethereal and magical I come across!!!! And, I love that this one was colored in my all time favorite hue.

    Here's to love!!
    xoxo Elizabeth

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  102. dearest of friend....I am sorry I have not visited all week long. It has been a very busy week. Coming over to wish you a wonderful Valentine's Day filled with heaps of LOVE and JOY! Thank you for always being such a blessing to me...love you always and always. xoxoxoxo

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  103. Thanks for the concern and care sweet friend. It's been difficult but I am trying to "brave the storm." Much love. xx

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  104. Very nice post. I like how you worked the photographs into the text.

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  105. Happy Valentine's Day Anita! I hope your day is full of love, joy and happiness! Thanks for stopping by and visiting Kooky. Ha! :)

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  107. Anita,
    I wanted to send you some Valentine wishes. I hope your day is filled with so much happiness and love.

    Will you be my Valentine?

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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  108. My goodness so many images that I want to keep for myself..horse, Frenchie, flowers!! Happy Valentines Day my talented friend!

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  109. It sure is Anita love! It sure is...and that's what's so wonderful! This post just made me smile all the way through my dear.
    I hope you and your Valentine have the best day my dear!!!!
    much love from me...

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  110. Message for Tea Rat,
    I would love it if you would come take a Valentine's Day bike ride with me in Nowhere. Bring Rattus with you, we can take turns.
    Love,
    Bebe

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  111. Thank you sweet Anita! But this time today you shall be wining and dining with Ruben and have a marvelous evening, hope, hope. Have a wonderful weekend and see ya next week. I love you! ♥

    {ps. yes, do get to know Lexi!}

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  112. Coming over to wish you and your loved one a lovely Valentine's Day! Thank you, dearest friend, for sharing with me your precious memories of your father, a wise man, indeed. Love your way

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  113. Stunning photography and written in true Anita fashion: brilliant!
    Hope you and Ruben had a lovely Valentine's Day... :)
    We're trying to recover from a monster snowstorm here on the East coast...with another on the way. THINK SPRING! :)
    Much love to you... xoxo

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  114. Oooohhh I love the horse with pink mane... That is so awseome!!! I hope you had a wonderful Valentines's Day with your sweet hubby! I was away at a dog show and updated my blog, finally. I think I only have the time for monthly blog posts. I'm a busy woman!! Have a blessed week my friend :)

    xoxo
    Kerri

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  115. YES! Crazy think isn't it and if you plant it properly;) it will grow. It's been a whirl-win week and I'm enjoying my Saturday morning getting caught up on all my blog posts. I hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day Anita AND I hope those temperatures are warming up a bit so you can get outside! Happy Saturday:) xxleslie

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  116. Hello dearest Anita!!!!
    I hope your weekend has been fabulous so far!!!! How was your Valentines Day? We had lots if freezing rain & sleet here on Friday that only worsened as the day progressed so we decided to stay in. Saturday wasn't much better!!!!
    Did you go out?
    My dad saw his doctor last Wednesday & he wants to get a special 3D X-Ray of my dad to rule out any cancer that may be in his body before they begin treating him. That's the next step. Then they want to determine if the cancer is in just his esophagus lining or is deeper. If it's deeper he will have to have part of his esophagus cut out. We are hoping it was caught in time & is only the esophagus lining. It's definitely scary & there's SO much waiting!!!!! My dad is very peaceful about it and positive which is helping all of us....
    Hope your weekend has been a great one!!!!
    Sending Love & Hugs,
    Shannon

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  117. Coucou Anita,
    Tes messages sont toujours une source de joie et d'émotion. De surprise aussi devant certains clichés. J'aime le baiser de Bob et Rose... ah, L'amour ! Très bon dimanche et des bisous

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  118. Hello Anita dear, I had to come and visit again. I was touched by your sweet words. Yes, my husband is a sweetheart and we do love to share the love. I did nothing yesterday, just rested. I just love this post. I could have used those gorgeous flowers cascading down and I still adore the little puppy. Much love to you....

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  119. A varied selection of images and the photo of Bob and Rose is so touching. A charming Valentine's Day post!

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  120. Hi there doll, if you are enjoying and loving writing today, then you know that's exactly what you should be doing. try grabbing your favorite pen, pencil, art supply, any thing, and just draw a little picture when you are done with your writings, doesn't even have to be about them...give it a whirl...see what happens...even if you think it's crummy, it might get you thinking or zeroing in on something you didn't even know was in your head! ONE GOOD THING LEADS TO ANOTHER...just like your first return message to me. ;))) xo

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  121. Hey, This post is looking so good and Amazing! A very well made post with beautiful pictures. I've bookmarked this special recipe of yours and would love to give it a shot soon. Thanks for sharing your well prepared and presented recipes. Shall look forward to your next post.
    Have a wonderful week ahead. Take care.
    Thanks & Regards, Sonia!!!

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  122. Loving your Winter Garden
    post this morning as the
    snowflakes continue to fall
    gently to the ground. All of
    the images you chose are
    really special and the last
    one is pure magic!

    Enjoy your day off.....

    xo Suzanne

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  123. Yes! Ann Taylor Loft rocks my socks! {'specially for $4} Today will be a fun one because it is great weather and I feel great and I am enjoying me some fun February! {before March get here and I will be out of commmmmision for a while} Yes, hit up your Savers or Goodwill or what ever {perhaps a cool consignment store} and have fun - just like I would want you to have, k? k. love to you my friend, ♥

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  124. Beautiful photos and words to accompany them. Thank you for the uplifting post. Have a great week!

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  125. Such a beautiful tribute to love and all it's magic!
    Anita, you make everything beautiful.
    Big hugs,
    Patti

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  126. Anita, I had to come back and admire the grape hyacinths meandering along with pink and white scalloped Tulips along the edge.. My word! How I wish I could create such a garden bed, it's almost unbelievable.

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  127. My dear friend, thank you soooooooooo much for your lovely comment.........you always make my heart sing! You asked for the clothes pins: I found them in a little shop here in Bavaria, but the name of the pins is PEGZINI FAMILY and if you google this, you find some online shops where you can get it (i hope)! Have a wonderful week,

    with hugs and love, Jade

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  128. a beautiful tribute to love................

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  129. Bonjour, it's your late friend, again! Amidst the hectic week, it's so nice to pause and stop a moment and take your blog post in. You never disappoint. You always say what I need to hear. How do you do that? lol
    Wishing you and Ruben a late happy anniversary/Valentine's Day! Much love...

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  130. Haven't visited you for a while, but am so pleased I did so this morning. What delightful photos! They made me happy, made me smile and made me ready for the day. You always do, Anita. Your posts are meaningful, uplifting and totally charming.

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  131. Hello Anita!
    I do remember you talking about George. In fact, you emailed me a photo a while back! So cute to have those childhood memories and a brother even if he was pretend. I bet you had fun as a kiddo cause you have such a great imagination and creative mind. Well my friend...I hope you're having a good week. Are you looking forward to spring yet?

    Heidi

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  132. Yes, when we receive gifts like that (the hummingbird), it's hard to write about it. Nothing seems good enough, but I just said what was in my heart. I was so happy to hear that surprises like that happen to you too, so the next time a sweet gift comes your way,, be sure to tell me about it. I'd love to hear.

    Have a fabulous day Anita - middle of the week already!

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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  133. Oh sweet Anita! Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of heart! Your friendship is golden to me and I thrill when I think of you and the many times you have 'been there' for me over these YEARS we have known each other. I will be in such great, smart and capable hands. My cousin said {last night} that the cancer facility that I'll be going to doesn't even seem like a hospital. She said it is more like a grand hotel. Nice. HM and I are going to go there on Monday, just to walk around and get used to the path and place. Thank you Anita! Thank you for your thoughts and your prayers. You are an angel on earth, yup, you are! ♥

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  134. YOUR killing me with these images....one more stunning than the next.
    Have a great rest of the week!

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  135. Dear Anita, thank you so much for your visit. I do hope the damage to your roof is easily fixed. Stay warm and safe. Barbara xx

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  136. Hii dearesr, just checking in to say hello - and to wish you a lovely day! Am having a stressful day because of all muddled up communication - what to do? Breath loooong and deep! Your pictures help! xox

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  137. Hi Anita,

    Oh you do have a good imagination, still! I think that has a lot to do with you being forced to imagine and create as a child. In fact in some ways you're better off that way. Too many toys and distractions can cause boredom. haha...If I organize M's toys in such a way as to not have them all accessible at once, he seems to be more entertained. It's not as overwhelming I think...and then they can see more what they have. We try to find a good balance between too many and the right kind of toys. So many times his favorite things go back to a cardboard box and a string...haha...go figure.

    Hope you have a cozy evening!
    xoxo
    Heidi

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  138. Love comes in all shapes and sizes doesn't it? The photo with the lavishly dressed woman in the snow, perfection! And of course the older couple on the bench and the puppy. Yes, there are all kinds of love! And I LOVED this post!

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  139. Hi Anita, thank you for your lovely visit! We haven't git any snow here this year and you had so much! I so hope that spring is coming soon -i so enjoy the brighter mornings and evenings now! Your post here speakks spring to me and again is so
    romantic and sweet!
    You wanted to ask me something? I do have your e.mail on my computer at home but am in the office
    nowto blog and comment. Feel free to mail me any time at
    mvs@kidslife-magazin.de
    Hpe you'll have a fantastiv winter magic weekend - without much driving involved . and sending you HUGS!

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  140. Oh Anita! I have been away from home all day. I met up with my dear ol' gal pal and we had lunch and laughed and talked and laughed and she gave me a 'box of sunshine' loaded with some many wonderful things to bring me sunshine for months to come; everything YELLOW = candy, snacks, sunglasses, scarf, mug, gum, tea, nail polish, nail file, hand sanitizer, head band, bracelet, etc., etc., all to bring me happiness and sunshine. Isn't that just dang wonderful? You my sweet bring me sunshine and joy when you visit my site and shower me with love and friendship. I loved every word of your comment and all the nice words to Iris, too. I wore the ensemble I posted yesterday and felt like a million bucks {in my $34 thrift ensemble. lol} ♥

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  141. Hi Doc Anita,
    came by for my inspiration shot.. Thanks I feel better yvonne

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  142. Good Morning my dear friend Anita. I was hoping to see a new post here on this snowy (yes..snowing! we are making up for a mild January!) Saturday morning . Thanks for visiting and I'm glad I gave you some fresh ideas:) xxL

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  143. Les jours rallongent, le temps se fait plus doux, le printemps arrive, doucement ... mais il arrive !
    Gros bisous chère Anita
    Marie-Ange

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  144. Bonjour!
    Bebe would like to know if she could wander over and take a ride on that beautiful horse.. she promised that she would hold on real tight.. teeeheee
    Thank you so much dearest, for your continued support and friendship that means so much to me.
    Bebe was so excited that you had come over to say hello.
    bisous!

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  145. Anita... as always... inspiring words and beautiful images. this is why I love your posts. You made my Saturday night.

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  146. The soul of a horse makes me stand stronger! What creatures, and genius the way you begin your post. Your posts are poems, and no one does it like you, ANita. You put yourself in everyone.
    P.S. Your music puts me back at the barre on a little studio on Madison Avenue.......

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  147. I bet your students love you Anita. You have a wonderful way to open their eyes and soul.
    I wish life could always be a beautiful as your posts. It is so inspiring.Love to be a fly on the wall in your class. yvonne

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  148. We like the same things, as a child I always love the story Rapunzel,
    that dog on it's back is soooo cute.. We will break a record Tuesday for the cold..
    The snow is beautiful and I love to drive on clean streets on a sunny day and see the snow covered trees.
    But, when I can't back out my garage, because the snow can;t get pushed back anymore I panic..

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  149. I am still here Anita . I found myself in the last few weeks in an amazing way .
    After the second operation all changed for the very best.
    Now having two wonderful new strong hips all is bright and light in my life again .
    I travelled through the woods and was lost like in the fairy-tales ....... but I found my way out .
    I am free now and I can live happy ever after .......

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  150. Crazy, comforting, chaotic, charming, ...all those wonderful words make up the beautiful world of love. I finally discovered what true love was when I realized I valued his happiness over my own, his desires over my own, his well being over my own and it was the best feeling in the world.
    Thanks for this, Anita, I lose myself here...in the best way possible. xoxo

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