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black & white orchid by ©Diane M Schuller

Saroyan scarf being knit at www.dianeschuller.com

sticky toffee date cake at www.dianeschuller.com

 tending: caring for or looking after; giving one’s attention to

So I’ve been tending. Tending to: time with friends; weeding, transplanting, and daydreaming in my yard; bike rides; practicing with my beloved piano; knitting (really enjoying making this Saroyan scarf — did you know it’s named for the character Dr Saroyan on Bones?); finding a special gift for my piano teacher; and freshening up the house and yard for spring.

A friend noticed and particularly was taken with what I currently use as the automated signature in my emails. I’m sharing it with all of you in case you haven’t yet seen it:

May the Sun bring you new energy by day. 
May the Moon softly restore you by night. 
May the Rain wash away your worries. 
May the Breeze blow new strength into your being. 
May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life. 
~ Apache Blessing


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lisa - April 26, 2014 - 6:30 pm

That yummy looking cake is for me, right?????
Thought so! 🙂

It sounds like you are doing so many enjoyable things. I love the color of the scarf you are making, and this quote is one of my favorites.

Have a beautiful weekend, my friend.

Jessie - April 27, 2014 - 6:13 am

I see a cake and a cookbook and while I can’t make out the recipe name I can spot that picture of Makers Mark no problem and now I’m dying to know more! Was it as delicious as it looks? Is there bourbon in it? And, if all those answers are yes, where do I find the recipe!?!

Shawna - April 27, 2014 - 5:54 pm

That cake looks so beautiful and delish! So glad you’re finding the time to do lovely things.

Andi - April 28, 2014 - 6:56 am

Every image is amazing! What a wonderful way to start my morning. Your knitting is beautiful and that color looks like the Caribbean waters. Add to that the seashell stitch marker-perfection.
Of course the cake has me drooling!

Susan - April 29, 2014 - 8:37 am

It sounds like your life is rich and full, I’m so glad. Tending is such a good word. I love the sound of rain at night, it soothes me to sleep. Not so happy to hear it in the morning when I want to get into the garden. Wishing you another great week.

Candace - May 3, 2014 - 2:00 pm

That’s a beautiful blessing. And it looks like all the things you are tending to are turning out quite lovely…including your photos.

Don - May 4, 2014 - 7:26 am

An excellent black and white image with fine detail. I like the range of grays very much.

Lately . . . » observed by Diane - August 21, 2014 - 8:32 pm

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