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May mornings

rhodo bud by ©Diane Schuller
I was responding to the lovely comments left for me on the last post (I know they are few and far between lately) and felt I should take time to pay a visit to some of you. Good thing I took time to do a little browsing because the delightful poem below was found on my Internet-trip. While visiting Shawna Lemay’s blog, Calm Things, I came across the poem by Denise Levertov and was completely smitten with those first two lines. So I couldn’t help but share them with you.

an excerpt from May Mornings by Denise Levertov

“May mornings wear
light cashmere shawls of quietness, “

I’m spending vast amounts of time outdoors, in the garden but also trying to rebuild my stamina (on walks & bike rides). Still practicing piano a few times a day (no kidding), knitting (mostly in the evenings), trying to read books for book club, and of course spending time with friends. It seems I’m always on-the-go but it’s a great form of being busy. If it sounds like I’m completely “healed” and back to “normal”, that wouldn’t quite be accurate. Physically, I’m doing extremely well for having had a stroke. But I still have issues with balance and have taken a few falls. The other issue that I’m working on involves reading, comprehension, and dealing with more than one concept at a time — still a work in progress. So I forge on like that ant carrying a rubber tree plant (you know from the song by Frank Sinatra).

I received a lovely postcard in the mail. Don’t you love receiving mail? I sure do so I’m going to make a point of sending out some real honest-to-goodness mail this week. When was the last time you sent some real mail (letter, notecard, postcard, or ?) or received a personal note/letter in the mail? Please tell me about it.

I have a surprise to share but I’ll have to get busy taking a few photos and carve some ‘indoor’ time. So let’s see if I can put together a more interesting post next time.
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Gabriele - May 5, 2014 - 5:11 am

I was so happy to read your post. Truly, the word cashmere in the May poem was evocative. Your lovely pictures are a delight to look at.

lisa - May 5, 2014 - 4:09 pm

You sound fantastic, Diane, and I am so happy for you!
And by the way, I look forward to EVERY post of yours. 🙂

Have a wonderful evening, my friend. xo.

Sherry at Still and All - May 6, 2014 - 8:26 pm

I am back from the warmer climes of Florida and the Bahamas on our boat and I had to check in and see how you were doing. I had such difficulty accessing blogs over the last five weeks in the Bahamas! And I really missed yours. So I’m glad to hear that you are progressing so well. I’m sure it must be frustrating sometimes but your life is so full of beauty and art and passion, and you are full of determination. Now that I’m back home, I will be sending more cards and postcards since it is such a pleasure and I want to make some new Moo cards with new images of mine. Hugs to you my friend…

Shawna - May 7, 2014 - 10:36 am

Sounds like you’re making progress – so glad to hear!

Such a beautiful image!

katie - May 9, 2014 - 5:29 am

hi diane~

i’m always happy to see a update from you~ lovely picture!



Candace - May 10, 2014 - 3:07 pm

I always love reading “catch-up” posts from my favorite bloggers. Glad to hear that you are progressing so well. Your schedule is enviable…both in quantity and quality.

Mary - May 21, 2014 - 9:07 pm


I have just read some of your blog. I really like the poems and your pictures. I just bought Colorku a game like Sudoku. It uses colored balls instead of numbers and might help you with your mental training after your stroke. It is fun besides! You probably have heard of it–but maybe not.

Best wishes and thank you for the lovely words.