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all lined up in a row

“Today we will live in the moment unless it’s unpleasant, in which case, me will eat a cookie.” — Cookie Monster

Living in the moment. No regrets, only embracing the moment and all that we have to be grateful for.

Downsizing has been a great exercise in living a more simple life full of gratitude. It’s amazing how less stuff in our home and lives creates space for breathing in life, appreciating the simple things, and far more contentment. Not that we weren’t content, but it has been magnified.

The smile of someone you know or love. A home baked cookie. The warmth of the sun on your back. A sunset. Your little everyday joys all lined up in a row.

My wish for you this week is to bathe in the forest light, breathe in the waning summer air, and exhale with a contented heart.

Though I don’t say it often enough it’s time I thank all of you.

For your presence here. For your continued support. For allowing me this safe place to share snapshots of my ordinary life and heart.

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Toffeeapple - August 28, 2017 - 8:40 am

It is always good to read your writings Diane. I hope that you will enjoy Autumn, I admit that I am impatient for it.

Sherry - August 28, 2017 - 1:39 pm

Lovely images, Diane. I’m so glad you have settled into your new home and found that quiet peace. 🙂

DIANE J PATMORE - August 28, 2017 - 2:47 pm

Yes, the simpler things often hold the greatest heart.
Pleased you’ve settled so easily into your new life.Please let me know how the snail can find you!

Lisa Gordon - August 29, 2017 - 2:36 pm

It sounds like you are in such a wonderful place, Diane, and I am so very happy for you.
I love these photographs, especially the last one here. Although I would love one (or three!) of those yummy looking cookies!
Have a wonderful week, sweet friend.
xo.

Jennifer Connell - August 29, 2017 - 6:04 pm

We arrived home (literally) from an overnight trip to find our neighbour across the street standing in his driveway on the phone to the fire department. Minutes later 4 firetrucks arrived on the scene. Apparently there was some sort of electrical fire. There were a few tense moments for the firefighters who couldn’t find the fire hydrant. Luckily my husband overheard them and told them it was hiding behind the sunflowers in another neighbour’s yard… The fire reminded me of the impermanence of our possessions. Thank goodness no one died or was hurt.
I admire what you’ve accomplished with this downsizing. A simple life full of gratitude sounds wonderful to me.
P.S. Those cookies look amazing!

sherri - September 1, 2017 - 3:00 pm

yum !

fantastic photos

Candace - September 2, 2017 - 2:31 pm

Sounds wonderful, Diane.

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