Surprise! It Snowed! 5-17-17

I woke up to snow this morning and had to wait until first light to take some photos to
share with you.  It was swiftly melting and I discovered how challenging it is to take photos in the gloaming dawn.  It is also my anniversary today for the 28th year I’ve lived with my husband.  We celebrate 26th years of marriage in August.  Here is his gift.
I love it!  So cute and I so enjoy the dandelion and little pollinators and refreshing innocence.  When we met I wanted him to be my playmate and would sing him a little song my grandfather (the one in my photo in the “Cultivating Compassion and Kindness (About)” page of this blog) would sing to me, called “O Little Playmate“.  I’m grateful to have found the little video in the link to share with those of you who’d like to check out the song.
o dearest playmate
you came out to play with me
and make sweet music
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
I feel so very grateful to you, o husband of mine, even in the cold rain and snow 😉
together for years
so very long yet so short
the passage of time
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
adventures we’ve had
exciting sometimes scary
nature comforts us
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017

Like every couple we’ve had mixed blessings through out the years and it takes work to make a coupleship and a marriage.  I appreciate that we both have love in our hearts, work on gratitude, compassion, and kindness.  Strive to forgive.  Appreciate Grace, Mystery, and Beauty.  Love our family, pets, friends, and the creatures in our yard (that star in most of my photos) and the world at large, while appreciating trees, fungi, soil organisms, water, air, and all that keeps us alive on mama Earth. Work on realizing mistakes are information and opportunities to learn and grow (great because we both make lots of mistakes).  Love to play and create. Love lifelong learning.  Desire to foster creativity in others when we have a chance and do other acts of Service.

Happy Anniversary, Hubby, may we enjoy many more years together and continue to be blessed with double celebrations (insert heart here)!
Bright Snowy Blessings, Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu
Our hearts give thanks to the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

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Spring Snow 3/30/14

Flashback Friday, March 30, 2012 – Here is my pick photo of the day and is a nice postcard for spring. Three sparrows sitting and dining in an aspen. They adore eating the catkins. I love how the sparrows all line up in a row and you can see the clouds and shadows of the Oquirrh mountains behind them. The just emerging leaves are nicely high-lighted by the sun.

March 30, 2012 sigFlashback Saturday, March 30, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars the Lotus Krishna Temple and festival go-ers at today’s first day of Holi, the Festival of Colors. I totally enjoyed my day with my family and dear friends!

March 30, 2013 sigSunday, March 30, 2014 – Snow today!  The first photo is of a flicker in the snowstorm and the rest are of a neighbor’s ornamental plum.

3:30:14 flicker in the snow sig3:30:14 bud drop branch sig3:30:14 hanging w:drps sig3:30:14 drops on bud sig“The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.”
~Basho

3:30:14 snow on branch sig3:30:14 blossom branch sig3:30:14 buds sig “Mountain-rose petals
Falling, falling, falling now…
Waterfall music”
~ Basho

3:30:14 hanging blossoms 1 a sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven