Saturday, February 22, 2014

Life's Seasons Turn



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in the direction we know 

and 

expect them to head












and winter's still life

eventually flows

into 

a living paradise.



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You can count on it. 



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But how do you measure

an 

unscheduled arrival?



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Twice in one week

 I needed a sign

and

twice I received them. 


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 An articulate letter of gratitude

by a student at one school where I teach

appears in my mailbox

just after I felt 

I had failed in another classroom. 


via


A stranger in a black parka

breaks the white nothingness

of my landscape

to help me shovel my car out 

of an impossible snowbank... 


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Miracles 

don't come on our time.

They come at the right time.







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because you could very well be

someone's angel 

at 

their right time. 








154 comments:

Simply LKJ said...

Amen! So well said my sweet friend. I listened to a nudge from God back on November and because I did another bloggers grandson's illness was diagnosed before damage was done. I have learned to speak up more...Gos is telling me someone needs to hear what I have to say.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Beautiful my dear friend! The angels are all around us for sure. I believe this is one of my favorite posts... You have such a gift Anita. I knew this post would touch my heart. Bless you!
bisous!

Rhonda said...

Oh yes indeed, sister, this is so true. You bring tears to my eyes, your words are so special, I cannot tell you. You do have a gift, a blessed gift. We adore you. xo Rhonda

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Anita,
With tears in my eyes I am celebrating your precious words and graphics in this wonderfully uplifting post. Isn't it always the way things work out, we are gifted with appreciation and kindness when we feel overwhelmed and not totally understood. Anita there are angels on earth working behind the scenes in their own special talent. You my friend are a earth angel working your beauty through your actions and poetic words.
XOXO,
Vera

Michele said...

Hi Anita ~ How are you? I miss your blog and needed to get back to reading it. I love the miracle saying about miracles coming at the right time. I do believe in miracles! We are miracles and you are an angel too Anita. Hope you visit me too.

Blessings to you
Michele
Pearl 13.1

helen tilston said...

Hello Anita

You are indeed an angel and your posts being magic and stardust

Helen xx

Sarah said...

Anita, I know I say this repeatedly, but I so admire the way your write. You know how to touch one's heart every time! Absolutely adore the images you selected to illustrate your thoughts. Magical!
And I'm most thankful that angel in black parka appeared on your snowy landscape. ;-)

hi-d said...

Anita,
Love how God works at sending people at just the right time to lift up, encourage and help! Gives us all a renewed faith!

Crazy how much snow you guys get there...I bet the kids have a blast. You're probably ready for seinf though, I bet! haha...

Love to you!
Heidi

Incipient Wings said...

beautiful!
thank you for this:)

Simplement ... said...

Je me plais à le croire chère Anita ...
Je te souhaite un merveilleux dimanche.
Gros bisous
Marie-Ange

speedyrabbit said...

Oh my dear Auntie Anita you are an Angel too,to me ,to mummy and to each and everyone of us who visit with you and to be touched by your beautiful message.Our Angel of light,love and Happiness.We love you always,xxx Speedy and Rachel

Barbara Fisher said...

Dearest Anita, I really don’t know where to begin! Your words have turned into a river of tears coursing down my cheeks. How can so few words convey such meaning? Sad, beautiful and uplifting, you and your words have much in common.
A beautiful post from a beautiful lady.

Jade said...

Oh Anita, what a breathtaking post again..........you are an Angel at the right time.......always, again and again!!! Thank you soooooo much for this message full of beauty and love!!! And I love, loooooooooove your new header!!!! What a great sunday morning with you, my dear friend! Have a wonderful day,

love and hugs, Jade

Art and Sand said...

And tonight, you are my angel. I was feeling a little sad (silly little things adding up) and your sweet words, beautiful pictures and lovely music made me smile. This post washed away my sadness and made me content.

Thank You!

Denise said...

Oh Yes ! You are so right on.I am so unaware of when I'm truly being used by God but I can sure tell when others are used by Him.Beautiful as always Anita.Thank You once again Angel-Love Denise

vicki archer said...

Lovely Anita... I feel sure you are always somebody's angel... :)

Happy Sunday... xv

Catherine Robinson said...

I think you are an Angel, Anita...beautiful post and I adored listening to Chopin.
Enjoy the weekend xx

Molly The Wally said...

You are an angel indeed Anita and you lift our spirits at just the right time when we need it. Have a serene Sunday and get in some big easy today.
Best wishes Molly

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Anita,
Life is so amazing isn't it? Guardian angels do seem to fly to one's assistance just when one needs them or has given up in despair. How lovely that in your hours of need, people stepped forward to renew your faith in the goodness of individuals and, thereby, of Life itself.

How we have missed the glorious confection of words, images and music which are your very special posts. We too believe in the serendipity of Life and that things happen for a reason and an angel is usually waiting in the wings. One just has to be open to the possibility.

Hoping that you are having a happy and restful weekend!

It's me said...

You are my angel darling......what a beautiful post...love you...xxx !!

The enchanted home said...

Bravo Anita!!!! Love this....how very true, they don't happen when we expect them, they just happen and surprise and inspire us. So miss visiting you...my blog world is a little nuts as I am trying to sort things out. But rest assured I am here!!!!

jayneonweedstreet said...

Or keep your eye's open to what is in front of you as well! Your angel can be standing right in front of you, and your nose is in your phone or you are too deep in your own head - I say to myself!
Anita, I am so glad you had your signs. Don't ever doubt the impact you have on others - just think of all the souls you touch, who sit in front of their computer screens and find the magic of your beautifully worked posts!

Prince Snow Farm said...

Just beautiful Anita! So perfect that you had affirmation and assistance JUST at the right times…you have most definitely been my angel along the way, offering me support and kindness ;)

Bilancia Designs said...

Oh, Anita! How perfectly WONDERFUL and uplifting this lovely post is! You have a magical "touch" which makes the lowest of days...become sunny and bright! This is one of the (many) things that I love about you!
Thank you, my dear friend, for bringing sunshine when it's needed the most.
Love you xo

Purple Flowers said...

Dear Anita: Such perfect timing. You are an Angel.

Marcia Pilar said...

Reading in tears.
I walked over to my computer this morning hoping that Anita fairest had worked her magic with her gift of words.
She did.

Thank you, my friend. I have much to share and will write this week, maybe even post.
Thank you for choosing Nocturne too. It's one of the melodies of my soul.
Love you.
xoxo's

Deborah said...

Anita...this Father of ours, He is just breath taking!
He surprises us with His presence and fills us with joy!
I love how he met you and reassured you of your value and then sent a kind soul to help you......he is so amazing!
He loves you so!!!!
Sending you love & hugs this snow-filled February morn.

All my heart,
Deborah xoxoxoxoxo

Marilyn said...

you continue to give peace and joy, positive outlooks , wisdom, and beauty.
merci, gracias,danke.

ArtfulFairyTales said...

Oh my gosh, its so very true dear Anita.
At any moment we could indeed be that spirit someone needs
to rise from their ashes.
We are all so very connected and yet we carry on as though
we are not.
What could happen if we all stopped, took that deep breath
and looked around at what and who is really there.
Its scarey to open yourself, to lay yourself out flat for
another who may just walk over you.
The children need you, and you never know who
you maybe saving with that one shared moment.
Love your circle of seasons...I want one too!
xoxo

Tammie Lee said...

I am so happy that help found you when you most needed it, sweeet.

such a lovely post full of inspiration and hope. love all the photos you find.
lovely Sunday to you ~

Lady of the Woods said...

oooooooh, this is exquisite......so turned around to make a delight in perception.....''watch your back, you just may be some one else's angel"......
I feel like I just got a really good spiritual chiropractic twist for my spirit.....
now I'm looking out :D:D:D
ohhhhh my god......

Heather Lindstrom said...

Anita dear, I am so touched by your kind comments about the loss of my friend. Your heart and soul shine through in every word and I feel the comfort. Your post is the perfect reminder to keep an eye out and 'watch our backs'-we never know what could happen around the next corner. I wish I could send you a bundle of sunshine from my trip it would go so perfectly with your sundresses in blue. Thank you my sweet friend, the inspiration and the comfort today.
You are a gift dear Anita.
Happy Sunday! xx, Heather

"Create Beauty" said...

First of all, I love that header!!!!! G O G E O U S.

and your message, perfect. I want to hear more about that students letter to you!
The image of the vintage girl in the wings. It touched me so!

You, my dear friend, have been such an angel to me.

so happy to know you!
~ Violet

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Anita, my earth angel friend, I came back for another visit to be inspired and enjoy your post. I am so wanting to have the adorable sundress in your header. Sending Sunday love and kisses.
Vera

therelishedroost said...

I truly do believe this to be true. We do get the signs we need at the time that is appropriate, I love this post! Best to you Anita another winner!

Karen L. Bates said...

Lovely post. So true and I love the inspiration...thanks for the reminder.

Martina said...

Just saw your new pos Anita - tee hee, you've already been putting your sunday to best use! Love the header and the message! Yes, it reminds me of so many moments of gratefulness for the small and big miracles that teach me, that after all there is somebody or something looking after me sometimes! And lifei is a miracle in itself!

deb famularo said...

This is so lovely Anita. Right when you needed it most, He didn't disappoint! It's nice you receive some blessings as you are always there blessing everyone with your kind heart!!! Much love! <3

Burlap Luxe said...

Anita, its à beautiful Sunday hère with you!
Love your choice of art with your artful words dancing about. You my dear are an angel to many, adding to ones life never taking from it.
Beautiful images, and I always look forward to your profound messages.

A week to follow you with all that it will inspire.

Xoxo
Doré

wanda miller said...

SIGH...SOFT SMILE...LOVE FILLED HEART...TEARS OF ENDEARMENT...EXQUISTE ART WITH SOUL...HOPE FOR OTHERS...FRIVOLITY...MAGIC VOICE...MUSICAL JOY...CORNERSTONE to leave us waiting for only MORE...SIGH...XOXO

Madelief said...

Dear Anita,

Such a lovely post! It reminds us not to take kind gestures, which may seem small, for granted, but cherish them! I am happy to hear they brightened up your day!

Thank you for your kind comment on my blog too! I never realised, but should have known, that beside being a teacher you are a freelance writer as well :-)!! Your words read like poetry. Hope your articles will get published too!!!! It does sound exciting!

Wishing you a lovely week!

Madelief xox

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Anita ! ! !
I love it when your posts pop up on Saturday evening.
When your words, music and images arrive at a different time, I pop in...then I revisit before bedtime on the next Saturday night. ( I have made it a ritual.) How lovely was it to fall to sleep knowing that you were hugged by a homage from a student and the good will of a stranger.
w/L

Jeri Landers said...

Peter Pan, Chopin, angels wings on a little girl with funny black shoes... this is a breath if fresh air if ever I breathed one! Miracles do happen when you least expect it, maybe that's what makes them so miraculous!
When I was a little girl, my mother had this album of Chopin, and she played it over and over again on our scratchy old record player, nice thought.

Linda P said...

Miracles do look when you least expect them. Love your music with this post. Always an inspiration and always a pleasure to visit and take in the poetry, lovely photos and the special meaning of each post. Love ya Anita, Linda

Down by the sea said...

So glad your found those angels this week. Hope you don't get stuck in any more snow banks.Sarah x

erin's art and gardens said...

beautiful! i truly believe angels are everywhere! happy sunday to you! erin

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Anita, dear, your posts always make my day!! I have had angels pop up in my life in unusual places and truly believe in their power. It sounds like you had a couple looking out for you the other day - you, my friend, are such a lovely soul, that it doesn't surprise me in the least. I hope you had a beautiful weekend and your weather improved a bit. xoxo

Incipient Wings said...

Hello again!!!
I left a comment on my blog for you... I tried emailing you but the email I have for you no longer works:(
Hope you come by soon!

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hi beautiful Anita!!!!!
I LOVE this post!!!!! The photo of the click with the Peter Pan characters falling off the hands of the clock is perfection!!!!!
How has your weekend been? It was warm for the first part of yesterday but then cooled off a lot last night and will remain in the 30's all week.....
Winter is definitely not over!!!!!
My dad had the PET scan and great news!!!! It showed there is no cancer anywhere else in his body. Next test is to check to see if the cancer has spread past his esophagus lining. We are hoping & praying it has not.....
Thank you so much for all your kind words and prayers!!!!!
Love & Hugs,
Shannon

Kelly said...

Sooo BLESSED to hear that your Angels have Kept You well, Miss Anita, for you are my Angel, many a day, posting words of Faith, Hope and LOVE.....<3 Thank you!!!
This music has always been a piece of heaven to me! ;)

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Bonjour!
Where has the time gone.. I believe it has been 5 years.. Thank you dear friend, for your visit, the joy and laughter, and most important, your friendship!
Oh I can't wait to see Rattus's return from the hospital!
Love and blessings,
Penny

Linda said...

You are an inspiration to all of us.
Your words are miracles to those who read, and understand the true meaning.
Blessings to you.

Linda


Sonja Goodson said...

I SO get this Anita... and those are just the ones you KNOW about!! :)

xo

A Magical Whimsy said...

Thank God for angels we are unaware of but who show up in God's perfect timing. This is so true of life, as we forget about it until it happens to us. It's so amazing your two angels came at just the perfect time.

wanda miller said...

XOXOXOXOXO ;)

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Perfect timing for good things indeed. So glad your angels came when you needed them. You always have them standing on your shoulders and cheering you on. You are so loved Anita. Hugs!

Eliza Beth said...

Dear Anita,
Loved the fabulous polka-dot dress at the top of the post, the music that makes my body sway and gentles my heart, the marvelous images you put together with the icicles next to the spring flowers, the outstanding black-and-white photos of the magnificent tree in the snow with the sun coming up, the darling fairy wing dress on the little girl - and the fact that the angels, miracles for you showed up twice this week just when they were needed:)

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita how absolutely true.....I believe in Miracles! Only a few weeks ago our dear JoJo was left behind at an occassion for an hour or so and an Angel that she knew just happened to come by and rescue her.....All well in the end but quite a scare was had.....Miracles do happen.....A lovely post...Love Dzintra xo

The Dutchess said...

And so YOU are...xoxo

(and there's a little mouse whispering in my ear..I wouldn't even exist if it wasn;t for Nita who came visit our garden on The Hillltop..POOF. there she was..out of Nowhere and...SHE FOUND ME !!!!)

nélinha said...

Regarder, se retourner en arrière, oui j'aimerai, revivre certains moments magiques du passé, retrouver des êtres chers disparus , même pour un instant...Les anges, messagers porteurs de bonnes ou mauvaises nouvelles....Les miracles "Ce qu’il y a devant nous et ce que nous laissons derrière, ceci est peu de chose comparativement à ce qui est en nous. Et lorsque nous amenons dans le monde ce qui dormait en nous, des miracles se produisent. »(Thoreau), Chopin le morceau que je préfère et que je joue depuis 1 an au piano, je ne me lasse pas de l'entendre...Ton post est miraculeux, et porteur d'espérance....Je suis fan de tes mots...
Bisous tout plein ma fidèle lectrice
Nélinha

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Dear Anita, this is my favourite post!...I often feel sure there are angels all around us and I'm visiting one right now dear lady...you surely have angels wings!...x
Do you still have snow?...We have a lovely blue sky here this morning although it's still very cold!
Keep warm and safe,
Happy New Week,
Susan x

YONKS said...

Hello Dearest. I am a firm believer that the right thing comes along at the right time. It is seldom what you wish for but always just what you need. As if there is some invisible force deciding what is right for you. The cosmos knows best!
Hope you are well this Monday morning. Wishing with all my heart the week goes well for you.
Di
xoxo

La Petite Gallery said...

Stuck in snow, it's moments like this that make you feel lucky to be alive.
Did he have bumps under the back of that jacket? Beautiful post.
I am sure anyone in your class has a better chance in life.
I only loved 3 of my teachers, they had such understanding and were warm and kind.
In my mind I still can see my Journalism teacher. Loved her. yvonne

Karena Albert said...

Anita I loved seeing your ticking clock in my sidebar! Wonderful thoughts as always!
Have a great week!
xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Wow! Love this! Many angels have been helping me lately and you my sweet Anita, are indeed one of them. You were so 'right there' when I needed you that fateful day in January when reality stared me in the face and tears met up with that reality. Thank you for your attention and care. Thank you for your love. I love you! i ...do.

♥, Renae

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh I loved this post, Anita, because SIGNS are all around us, and I often see them too. How wonderful that you received a letter from a student at the time when you needed it the most - and the stranger who helped you shovel the snow from your car. The picture of the little girl with angel wings is so precious.

I'm coming to you a bit late - I have had the worst allergies or a bug lately and it's affecting my ears and everything. Feeling awful, and just waiting to get better while drinking lots of tea and resting.

I do wish I received a sign today telling me that everything will be alright..........maybe I already have. :~)

I love when you said that miracles don't come at our time, they come at the right time. That is so true, and you are such a special soul making other hearts very glad.

Love,
~Sheri

Lady Lilith said...

What a fun piece of music. Thank you for sharing it .

VM Creation Atelier said...

So touching said,Anita.........!!!:)*

''because you could very well be
someone's angel
at
their right time''

Can't more being agree with you,wonderful Anita!

My warm hugs to you,

V.

Leslie said...

Hi Anita! This is so beautiful and this classical piece is one of my favorites:):) Miracles .. and angels .. they are there and happen when you least expect it and that is why we need to always live in the moment. Sometimes things happen and go unnoticed. It's easy to get caught up and not stay connected to what's going on around us. I had a miracle happen last week when I was driving on the freeway and almost hit by a driver that was not paying attention. It was upsetting and I felt uneasy for a time.. an angel was there and it wasn't my time. This was beautiful Anita. Enjoy your Monday! xxleslie

millefeuilles said...

I was knitting this new sweater for my son Tristan in the most amazing 'Bloomsbury' blue when your header picture in blue popped up! Serendipity!

You have hit the nail on the head! One of the things I love the most about life is how one can believe, following rational thinking, that this day is going to be hard only to find a pure act of human kindness and a pinch of luck too, maybe, can change things right 'round. I recall only too well those days in a classroom when I felt I hadn't done my best. A teacher can never be one's best every day. I am quite certain, dearest friend, that you are a FABULOUS teacher. Which student would not love to have you guide them through their lessons?

I love the thought-provoking aspect of this post. Acts of kindness can happen at any time but it is true that one should be more aware that we too could change somebody's day around too.

Hugs to you as always,

Stephanie

Luisa María Benito said...

My dear ANITA.
Each of your words makes me always feel a special thrill
What you do is always magical, you have a special gift, and photos chosen always surprising.
A BIG KISS
Luisa

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

hahahaha, you noticed my hair? I got it colored with light & dark lights in it. It was solid color for a few months (Dec & Jan) but early Feb I got it colored differently and then ...I have decided to part it on the other side for a while and then I may go back and forth or something. My hair is just my fun thing lately. Helps me keep my mind off my 'troubles' lately. hahahaha. So thank you for your fun compliment. I have a 'hang-up'. My Mom had it and her Dad had it. We love to feel young eventho we are as old as dirt. hahahahaha. So the more I can look young and feel young - then all the better!!! You are a great friend! You make me smile!

hi-d said...

Oh Antia,

Those were amazing stories. Thanks for sharing more with me of what transpired. That is so awesome...just like that photo of the clock getting ready to strike midnight...it always seems like it's at the last moment when we are shown the biggest comfort and blessings. I'm so glad that God provided angels for you to show you how much he loves you. You are an amazing person and friend and I know you must be an incredible teacher! It just goes to show that we never know what people really think...so glad you got that sweet and unexpected note from your student!

Now, take care of that back of yours. I hope you don't have to shovel snow anymore...is winter coming to an end for you? Perhaps not just yet...

Hope you have a great week my friend!
Heidi

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Beautiful post sweet friend and uplifting to read your words. So glad that you have angels in your life, receiving the letter from your student and a having someone help out in the snow.
Hopefully Spring and warmer days will be around the corner.
Sending hugs and wishing you a happy week
Carolyn

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

So true my dear Anita! LOVE this post and the photos are just perfect. Isn't it fabulous when an angel appears, we know has been sent by our God to rescue us? I've had quite a few of those lately.... I am amazed and so grateful. I haven't been around for quite sometime and didn't realize you'd gone back to teaching. I trust it was a good decision and you're enjoying it again. I KNOW for sure that your students are very, very lucky kids.

Big, big huggies and lovies........
Spencer

Christel said...

Good morning dear Anita. I agree whole heartedly. Miracles come when we least expect them, and when we need them, but they happen every day, and all around us. It is Gods grace that allows us to recognize them . An angel disguised as a good Samaritan, a young student with thirst for knowledge, and respect for the wonderful teacher who is passing it along. Yes, a miracle, Gods way of restoring your confidence within yourself! You my dear, are a wonderful teacher, artist, writer, poet, friend, and servant! Have a great day, Christel

Pura Vida said...

as are you precious soulful friend...you have no idea how many times I have shared your poetry in both words and photos with my loved ones who needed what you had to say...YOU...are the angel!

Jennifer Beaudet said...

So true Anita! This is so beautiful! I love it! Miracles happen when we least expect them and may not even realize it. You are very special! Thank you for once again brightening my day with your beautiful writings. Jennifer:)
ps- I love the polka dot sundress!

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Dear Anita - I hope you are well, my friend!! Love reading about these acts. To know you've touched a young soul must be very rewarding.....one of the joys of teaching, I imagine. And that stranger shoveling you out - that was very kind. Take care, L

VM Creation Atelier said...

Hi,dearest Anita!

Thankyou million times for your wise and beautiful words by me,dear friend!:)*

Oh,you must know.it....HOW much I did enjoy to read you comment!
To be angel for someone( SO beautiful said!)- is truly one of the most important aim in my life..................
I hope it:)))*

Hugs and XXX to you,
V.

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

I just love you and I don't even really know you, but I think I do! xo Nancy

PlantPostings said...

Yes, this is so true. So many stories I (and many others) could tell! Glad you found some perfectly timed miracles recently. :)

Jennifer Connolly said...

Simply beautiful Anita, brings tears of recognition to my eyes. Angels, miracles, synchronicity...I am a true believer. xoJennifer

Palomasea said...

Dearest one....this was worth waiting for. :)
Yes, I am so late here, but what a powerful message....I have tears in my eyes...just like the stories you tell of here brought emotional tears when I first heard them....
You are a masterful storyteller, dear friend. I do believe that this great and wonderful force brought us together in friendship as well.
So thankful for you.... :)
Love you, Anita.... :)
BISOUS...stay warm and cozy, dear one....

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Your words warm my heart Anita.. Thank you so much for the honor.. Your Illustrations are pure inspiration! You are an Artist my friend, an amazing one!
Love you

Vintage Jane said...

Anita ... your beautiful posts always touch so many of us and I am so glad that little signs have come to you this week ... you deserve every good turn and wish. M x

koralee said...

What a lovely lovely message today....I am so late in popping over to see your new post my friend. So glad I did today...just the message I needed. Just read 2 Corinthians 1; 3-7 last night and it touched my heart ... HE comforts us in our troubles so that we can comfort others....what a wonderful message. Sending you oodles of love ....I hear it is still very very cold in your little corner of the world...sending you some warmth today {in the form of LOVE}. oxoxoxo

Mapi said...

Oh Anita, this post is so beautiful !
Thank you for telling us ...
Love, warmth and light
Mapi

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Ms. Anita! HELLO, hi and (hug). I knew those sparkle jeans would 'get your goat', but I always have to talk of them as being $1. / 99¢ best ever deal. I loved hearing about your adventures in the snow and your boot arrangements. Would you believe we have weather in full sun and 65° today? Doesn't seem fair does it? I'm taking advantage of it and getting in some outdoor photo shoots! Next week we are forecast for more winter like days but honestly this winter for us was a breeze for Utahns. Near March and that means spring is right around the corner. In fact, my tulips stocks are about 4 inches tall already. Stay warm and think happy thoughts, k? k. ♥

wanda miller said...

YES ANITA...put this to a tune...doitdoitdoitdoit...you won't regret anything... XO

Willow said...

Sigh ~ oh this was just what I needed my friend ,music and all.
You are such a deeply moving person , such an imaginative, lovely soul .

Mary Jo said...

Such a beautiful post Anita. I remember once being in NYC for work and visiting a good friend who was dying of Leukemia, what a dark day. I was leaving the Javits Center with a giant suitcase on wheels filled with my handbags and it kept getting stuck in the snow and a stranger appeared out of nowhere and fixed my wheel. It turns out he was a gestalt therapist and we stood there and had a conversation about life, buddhism, and then parted ways but I never forgot it. Your post reminded me of this and how miracles do show up when you really need them. I'm glad you had 2 this week!

xo Mary Jo
http://MagicalMined.blogspot.com

Andrea said...

This is truly lovely....and well - timed, with this severe Minnesota winter. Thank you Anita!

Roberta said...

Again, so eloquently said. This really resonates with me!

victorian parlor II said...

A beautiful message...

Blessings,

Kim

L'Elégante said...

Bonjour Anita, l'horloge avance, prenons le temps d'aimer. Je t'embrasse. Fine.

Stacey said...

This is beautiful Anita! I recently was moved to tears when my neighbor's hubby shoveled my driveway because he knew my hubby is away. It's such a blessing to encounter good Samaritans! I know that student's note made you very happy!! Thanks for the inspiration today sweet friend. xx

Palomasea said...

My dear friend, thank you for coming over to experience a wee dose of art and color...how would we get on in the world without it? You are one of those magical, gifted, creative souls, who can move people to tears, and perhaps even to action.. (remember that post?) YOU are miraculous.... :) LOVE YOU SO.
(I included the detail about Matisse reading poetry every morning pour toi!! :)
Please stay warm today...at least it's not quite as windy....
BISOUS!!!

Barbara Fisher said...


Hello Anita, thank you for coming to see me today. You are quite correct about a pudding being a dessert or sweet. Most of the restaurants over here call it dessert, but I was bought up on rice pudding & bread and butter pudding, and it will always be pudding to me. xx

Jacqueline said...

We never know do we! We can be someone's angel any day of our lives or they can be ours. I am sure you are always angel quality!

Rhissanna said...

Lovely, Anita. And we must never forget we can be the miracle, the administering angel.

ria39 said...

beautiful blog. I come back.
ria39

ps. do you live in a castle or a cottage
i live in a "house", in Flanders/Belgium.

ria39 said...

Happy to see you on my blog, Anita.
I like England and most of all the country side.
We have children living in London.
From time to time we take a break, in a cottage,
from the south, to the north,
from east to west. You see, we love it.

THanks, Ria.

Red Rose Alley said...

Anita,
On my post today, that was a picture of me in purple hehehe. The other one was my friend. I should have labeled it, my mistake.

Have a great day, my love.

~Sheri

Jeri Landers said...

I've just been to Penny's place and seen your creations coming to 3-d life. Isn't that grand to see them come alive like that? I love how she captured Rattus to perfection, his vest and jacket are exactly right, as is his stance, hurray for you both!

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

oh Anita! I sure hope you found a great ensemble to keep you warm and professional. hahahha I am soooooo late getting to you today. It was a busy one around here today and yesterday. I am DETERMINED to keep my posts flowing during my time away and my time is getting closer and closer. eeeeek, ya. But I shall do two more photo shoots and the the vignette style will dominate for about 3 weeks I think. Then on to phase 2 --- what ever the docs say this week. Yes, this week I will know all the factors and steps. Pray ok? Pray all goes well. I know God answers your prayers because you are a marvelously BLESSED lady on earth. Just you mind that! ♥

Pamela said...

Divine timing. . . it is all divine as I listen to Chopin play like angel fluttering wings carrying us to a safe landing or watch the Darling children float down with Peter on the clock dial. . . you are my blessing tonight, sweet Anita.
I'm glad those signs were there for you right when you needed them. Heaven has your back and you are soooo very dearly loved.
It has certainly been a long winter here in Minnesota, but February is past and we can begin to THINK GREEN now and IMAGINE warmer days. They will arrive on butterfly wings and with bird chirps.
Thank you for being a calm and steady light for us here.
*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Sparkles, my friend*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

wanda miller said...

OH, i so relish your messages to and fro. you are so special Anita. i would love to create with you, so if you ever travel near, let me know if you have a space in time. i honestly was going to mention the other day: if you ever want to "collab" long distance i would love to with you. no hurt feelings one way or the other. i am not as on-line savvy as you, but would try just about anything, any time! your little watercolors sound so terrific. again and again i love coming here more than once to delight my senses and feed my bloomin' soul! xo

Madelief said...

Dear Anita,

Just popping over to thank you for your sweet comment and to wish you a lovely Sunday! Tomorrow I am off to Amsterdam with my youngest daughter. Looking forward to it very much :-)!!

Much love,

Madelief x

chateau chic said...

This is such a fabulous post from beginning to end! Such beauty, creativity, and a wonderful message!!
Mary Alice

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita,
Was that fun or what! Thank you for the day of laughter in Nowhere... I had a ball.. Now that would be something, a movie... Of course you would figure it out, that I am sure of..
Thank you for coming over dear friend.
bisous!

debby lee anderson said...

So beautiful, Anita!! I love that you got that letter from your student when you needed it most. Amazing post. xo

Leslie said...

Good Morning Anita! I always enjoy your visits and appreciate the effort to make it stay in touch. Good for you for staying healthy and taking care of yourself. It really does pay off doesn't it? Enjoy your day today! xxleslie

koralee said...

Morning dear one...it is SUNDAY already!!! How can that be? What is going on with my time...it does not fly by anymore it zoooooooms by! Kinda makes me a little worried.
Anyways hope you have been well this week. If only our weather would figure out what it wants to do....it goes from days where we can wear shorts and no jackets {really and truly} to a day like today with the snow falling! All in one week...I am confused and so are my sweet little birds! It is now snowing so hard I can not see a thing when I look outside and tomorrow it is going to be sunny again?
Happy March to you....I love March...it means Spring break from School...only 2 more weeks for us and then 2 wonderful weeks off...how about YOU?
Have a good day....and a great week....zooooooooom zooom....hope to visit you before the end of it. xoxoxoxo

wanda miller said...

Hi Anita! you are ever so clever! Tea Rat is adorable, funny, witty...I loved perusing a lot of the stories, and very FUN!
Did you paint the little fairytale piece with the ferris wheel? and is Artful Fairy Tales on Tumbler, You? and Congratulations on being published, what a thrill and affirmation. I am RE-EXCITED every single time I'm published...it never loses it's magic and I know it won't for you. and as for growing up, NEVER! XOXO

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh I now Bebe would love to rest on that beautiful fainting couch! hmmmmm... I have an idea...
Thank you for coming over to visit.
Bisous!

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Happy March Anita!!!!!
Guess what? We are currently having a snow storm!!!! It started with sleet overnight & is now snow!!!!! It seems like a endless January instead of March 2nd and proving it has come in like roaring lion!!!!!
How has your weekend been? My dad had another test on Friday. This one was to determine if the cancer has gone beyond the lining of his esophagus. It was caught early so hopefully it has not!!!! We remain positive & hopeful!!!!! He should get the test results soon....
I hope you have been having a wonderful weekend!!!!
Luv & Hugs,
Shannon

Linda P said...

Hi lovely Anita, thank you for your lovely visit. Happy March to you. We are set to watch the Oscars tonight. Take care....

wanda miller said...

GOOD STUFF! then just keep on a comin'. that's what we're all about eh? IN SPIR A CION', (don't know how to say it in French;) one another! oui?! you are music to my ears and eyes! xo

SizzleandZoom said...

Your words are thoughtful and beautiful as well as the images you post. The music is exquisite.

pretty pink tulips said...

Anita,
This may just be my all time favorite post of yours!!!! I love the idea of being someone else's angel. You're right…they appear when they are needed. I had a similar "dig me out" angel appear in a time of need. And, I am on a mission to secretly, quietly be an angel whenever I can. Thank you for painting such a vivid picture with your post.

xoxo Elizabeth

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I really needed to hear this. Thank you for this post, my angel!

xo

Sheila

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

hi Sweet Anita! Went through some ups and downs over the past few days, so I was late getting my post out, but it is there now. Perhaps you dropped by and saw no change, and that's why. I was late. But at least I showed. hahahaha. Thanks for your wonderful friendship and for your moral support and prayers. I have decided to just thank everyone for their prayers. Hopes are a bit too vague for my standards. I want prayers. Many and many of them. Not just hopes. Hopes are nice and kind but prayers are to the God of the Universe that has the say in all hopes or dreams or wishes. I'm not just "wishing" or "hoping" to get better. I want prayers to get me supported on my side. Who is on God's side? Well, I sure AM. ♥

Lady Lilith said...

Very meaningful. I will not be waiting for miracles to happen but rather thank them when they do happen.

Francine Gardner said...

I do believe in the little miracles of life, but more so in the daily miracles from friends, loved ones that know when you need a hug. I just spent a quiet moment savoring your posts before facing the grueling world of narcissus. Thank you for your little miracle..i truly needed it.

Heather Lindstrom said...

Hello my sweet friend, I just saw your comment on Sandy's blog. You said you missed blogging for one day and lost all momentum. That's how I felt after being in Mexico for a week and then sick for a week. I was feeling like I would never catch up...Let me reassure you, oh blog supporter extraordinaire, no matter how much time you are involved with other life matters, you will always be welcomed right back. I promise you, I think we all understand that feeling, especially those of us that work nearly full time. It can be a touch balance (and I'm saying this to myself as well) but #it's enough. You are one of the brightest spots in the blog world and your big heart shines through Anita.
Just saying...... xx, Heather

Marcia said...

Good morning, lovely. Thank you for stopping by the table. Your words of light and encouragement are always a treasure to me.
I could get lost in that image of orange trees framing a pool. What a perfect retreat.
I hope you have a beautiful day, friend.
xoxo's

hi-d said...

Hi Miss Anita!
Isn't today your wedding anniversary?! I recall it was on March 4th...the same day Rob have his heart to The Lord...you posted maybe a year or two ago...I can't remember what year you were celebrating...anyway...just had to stop by and wish you and Ruben the happiest of days. Bless you both!!!

I am going to have to go visit Nowhere again today. Loved it! You can tell that all of you have so much fun collaborating with these characters. Your photography was splendid!!!

Love to you!
Heidi

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Privet and Holly said...

So happy that angels
had your back....!

xo Suzanne

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Thank you dear, sweet Anita! I am so full of gratitude and thanksgiving these days coupled with anger and frustration. I want to know my surgery date and I am so hoping I hear it tomorrow. I am so tired of waiting and worrying. Prayer calms me and prayer from others is also calming me - it is almost inconceivable. But I know God hears and answers prayers, I do! Tomorrow I'm wearing and posting pink so I have many more prayers channeled toward me, even by complete strangers. Huntsman is an awesome place. It doesn't even seem like a hospital at all. It seems like a deluxe hotel. It does. It is like a hotel that has people walking around with stethoscopes around their necks instead of fancy diamonds necklaces. lol Blogging is a great escape and I appreciate your sweet thoughts oh so much!!!! ♥

hi-d said...

Oops! I just realized I was a day off! Happy Anniversary TOMORROW!!!! :)

Ivy Clad said...

Anita, this is just what I needed to read. It's beautiful. I've had a rough-ish month with the illness & death of a loved-one. The sun is beginning to shine again though; there's always something to be thankful for. Spring is just around the corner-- I can feel it. It's wonderful when we see & feel the evidence of being loved & appreciated. I'm so glad you experienced that through your student's letter & shared it here. I'll be back to posting on my blog again soon. I do so appreciate you. I always look forward to your notes on my blog.

Talk to you soon--
Keri

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hello Dearest,
As always such wonderful insights mixed with so much art and music.
IT's All YOU!!!
XXOO Marie Antoinette

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Happy Anniversary, dear Anita!
Wishing you and Ruben many more blissful years together..
Love and blessings,
Penny

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Anita,
Wanted you to know my email is not working. I cannot access it... I will call tomorrow and find out what the problem is and I will be in touch when I can.
Enjoy your evening dear friend!
Love,
Penny

VM Creation Atelier said...

Anita,dearest!:)))
Thankyou million times for your visit and so beautiful words by me!

Xxx,V

miss b said...

Acts of kindness like this are so wonderful and the letter from your student came just at the right time to give you the boost and reassurance you needed. What a lovely choice of images and I could just imagine relaxing with a good book in that enchanting garden.

hi-d said...

Happy Friday, Anita! I hope the two of you have a wonderful weekend celebrating, laughing and enjoying each other. You are a sweet couple. I am having so much fun catching up at Nowhere. The distraction helped this morning as I was listening to the cries of Santino not getting back to sleep. Sounds quiet now. Phew!!!! :)

Blessings!
Heidi

koralee said...

Happy happy Friday dear friend....enjoy your weekend. I have NOTHING on my agenda...it feels wonderful! One more week tell Spring Break! I am happy dancing into the weekend. xoxo

Victoria said...

Hello kindred...super beautiful post! Amazing and always inspiring! I am already a fan of yours( and have been for a long time), but wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed you in the Scarlet Pink issue...amazing! Many Congrats to you!
Victoria

Troebadoer said...

Bonjour Anita,

Le hasard m'a mené sur les chemins de ton blog magnifique.
Il nous montre un monde plein de couleurs et de merveilles.
Je reconnais un esprit d'une profondeur spirituelle sans limites.
Ou pour le citer en Anglais : the brightness of a beautiful mind...
Je te souhaite des journées plein de joie.

Troebadoer

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Thank you sweetheart Anita!!! I set up the Pink Update page and I am so glad I decided to do that. Now whenever I need to vent or whenever someone is wondering, they can go there without sifting thru my archives, which isn't difficult either but why not a page? Thanks so much for the wonderful prayers and yes, so many have been answered; no new growth, stable size of tumor and still clear lymph nodes and such. Wow! I am in awe. I am in awe at the differences between the two hospitals. Cancer sucks but not as bad as the 'bad' hospital. I am soooooooooo relieved to be at The Huntsman! Have a wonderful productive weekend, girlfriend!!! ♥

francis said...

You have been my angel ever since we met .

marielle said...

Chopin me rend mélancolique mais tes mots sont porteur d'espoir. Un ange est juste derrière nous...
Bisous.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Chère Troebadoer,

Merci beaucoup d'être venue me laisser vos commentaires ici! Notre monde est plein de merveilles et c'est à nous tous de les partager d'une façon magnifique. Et vous avez raison; l'esprit spirituelle est vraiment sans limites.

BONNE JOURNÉE! Anita

ArtfulFairyTales said...

Anita!
Can you believe Dawn has a home in France!
I am so excited for her and you! Maybe you
will visit her! Spring. Is such a wonderful
time for new beginnings isn't it! Yes, the
children do need breaks, lots of them and
they need to be fun and educational and
full of natural happenings! I so love your
visits...they are such like sunlight on a
new leaf! - Happy Saturday my far away
friend -

ArtfulFairyTales said...

new adventure????
how absolutely exciting.
i shall wait patiently for that moment of sharing!
till then my dear french girl, stay warm and cozy!

Red Rose Alley said...

Anita,
Happy Anniversary to you!!! I smiled when you said tears of the sky. I am off to e-mail you a little story. :~)

Troebadoer said...

Your blog is like a beautiful song.
http://youtu.be/mbt9fw6bs8c

Robyn said...

Anita dear,
I've just discovered that I've missed some posts! I had subscribed to your blog but I didn't get anything in my email and I'm just seeing this now :(. I'll re-subscribe and hopefully that will fix the problem.
This is so beautiful. I had a similar experience once being caught in a snowstorm on a busy highway and my car died. I didn't even know if I was pulled off the road properly and suddenly out of nowhere someone knocked on my car window and he fixed the problem and then disappeared. It was astonishing, really.
Visiting here is absolutely my favourite thing to do, Anita. You have created a magical place. Hugs!

cindy hattersley design said...

What a touching post and so well spoken!

erin's art and gardens said...

angels everywhere! i believe. congrats on your feature in a magazine and on becoming a contributing writer! can't wait to hear more about that!
hope your snowbanks disappear real soon, dear.
erin
xoxo