Simple Blessings

Last evening I was sitting in my back yard, gently swaying in the lawn swing, relaxing. For a while I put down the book that I was reading and enjoyed the moment I was in.

Chelsea naps on my lap while Maya runs after some birds who have the unbelievable nerve to try and land in our garden. I notice the deep cherry colored wave petunias in my window boxes, looking so full and vibrant as they cascade over the edges of the window box toward the patio below.

My gladiolas look so proud and pretty. They remind me of my Mom and the glads she grew against our back fence every year I take in the rest of our garden and feel a sense of accomplishment and contentment. We worked hard on it last weekend and now it looks neat and tidy.

I lean back and look at the sky, clear blue except for the white trail of a jet. I like the white against the blue sky. Where is going? I wonder. As I watch the white trail move ever so slowly across the sky, I think about the passengers, very likely in uncomfortable in too-small seats, trying to get settled, thinking about their destination.

I am glad I am not on that plane regardless of it’s final destination. At that moment I am content to be in my back yard, enjoying the warm evening, swing slowly, not looking forward, not looking backward, just enjoying the simple blessings of the evening.

What simple summer blessings have you been enjoying lately?


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things.
  1. Oh,Linda, how I envy the lazy, lovely summer experience you describe here. My summer has zipped by without my really even knowing it's summer. Friday night I go to a girlfriend's house where there is a pool. My last chance at a summer feeling.

  2. That was me on that plane! My not-so-quiet blessing the past couple of days has been roaming around with college friends. We're in Vegas. Yesterday we went to the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. It's a fun trip – mostly because we get to hang out with "old" friends.

    Straight From Hel

  3. Being able to sit on my porch with nature and the mountain breeze, the creek, and to write – I can sit in my rocker and write, or at the table – it's just wonderful!

    I can so imagine you enjoying *smiling*

  4. This year we covered our back balcony which we haven't been able to use in the summer due to our extreme heat. Now it is like another room. I so appreciate being able to sit out there and just relax in our padded wicker sofa and chairs. Definitely a simple blessing I'm enjoying!

  5. Enjoying the beach and sitting listening to the waves:))

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