The Gift

Life is like a package
placed in our cupped hands,
wrapped in festive paper,
tied in matching ribbons
we unravel first.
Heartbeat increases
from excitement
of what we’ll find.

We lift the lid,
peek inside,
but unlike paper,
recyclable,
the gift of life
cannot be tossed back
into the universe.
No spare awaits

on the sidelines.
The contents
require tenderness,
but first lies a set
of instructions
unique to the recipient,
as visible as
a red rose in
a garden of daisies.
If those guidelines

are followed
with gratitude, bravery,
and tenacity,
the purpose of our gift,
so delicately given,
will come as naturally
as the moon on a night,
deeper than the deepest sea.

Lauren Scott (c) 2022

Words and Wishes!

“Mom, I love my new bed!”

Copper feels grateful for his new bed. He has three now spread throughout the house. So, as Thanksgiving Day inches closer, what are you grateful for? And don’t we all agree that showing gratitude isn’t just for this one day of the year; it’s for all year round. Let’s face it, watching the news gets depressing. The pandemic is still with us, people have lost their lives to this virus, fires raged in the summer, taking with them human lives and homes. Hurricanes landed causing devastation beyond our imagination. I feel like every day the news reporter tells us about another fatal shooting. Lives have been upended in the most horrific ways, and I’ve only scratched the surface. Still, if we dig deep enough, we can always find something to be grateful for.

Besides my family and Copper, I am grateful for the rain we’ve had, definite cause for a happy dance! We’re still heading into our 3rd drought year, but everything is green right now. Even the weeds are green for which I am grateful! We pray for more rainfall this winter so we can hear Mother Earth sigh once again.

I love the quiet early mornings when Copper and I go for our walks. We get to watch the sunrise and listen to the silence. The air is cool and crisp and wonderful!

I miss the long, light evenings from the summer, but hubby and I break out the candles for the long, dark nights. The coziness wraps us up in its warmth. It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. It’s heartbreaking to see so many people living on the street or in their campers and vans. Having a roof over our head is not something to take lightly.

During this season, I love the smells of sweet and spicy, the baking of pumpkin bread, pumpkin pies, and pumpkin cookies. Hello, Pumpkin! And who doesn’t love the wardrobe changing of the leaves on the trees? Those rich, warm reds, golds, and yellows. I’m thankful for my bookcase that is bursting at the seams. So many books make me happy! I don’t know what I’d do if paperbacks and hardcovers became obsolete. I love the feel of the pages and the smooth covers.

Earlier this year, I did a post about Gratitude and the list I shared had a beginning, but it didn’t have an ending. Isn’t that something to be thankful for?! I’m writing this on the fly without any intense editing, so please forgive any errors. Lastly, thank you for your continued support and friendship in this world of blogging. And a Big Thank You to those of you who have bought my book, More than Coffee, and to those who have written fabulous reviews.

My family, Copper, and I wish you all a very warm and loving Thanksgiving!
~Lauren 🧡🍁🍂🧡

What’s on your list?

My favorite cake made by my son.

Family will always mean the most to me. But as I ride the waves of life, there are many things, and I use that word broadly, that have been significant throughout the years. These are just a few…

Those camping trips when the kids were young: swimming in sapphire-colored lakes and cooling off in sparkling rivers, listening to the them play in the tent – their imaginations leading the way. Sitting around the campfire: singing, laughing, roasting marshmallows. Not just college, but all graduations were joyful events. The dogs that became special family members. Patio time – the talking, the reading, the wine – the outdoor living. Happy blooms in the garden and the hummingbirds flitting about. Walking among Redwoods and the sound of ocean waves. Pinecrest for our 30th, Bodega Bay getaways, and backpacking into serenity. The most loyal friends. Relaxing motorcycle rides. Winter’s coziness: a crackling fire and glowing candles. Chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven and homemade carrot cake (a veggie in our home). Kissing and hugging. Songs that resonate. Acts of kindness.

Lantana smiles

And the list goes on…
Isn’t it wonderful that the list goes on?

Though we live under gloomy skies at times,
there is always sunshine waiting to peek through…


What would I read on your list?

Lauren ❤️❤️❤️
Carrot cake photos: My son
Lantana: Our garden
Gratitude stone: Google

Ambience

All-consuming are these
Murky, long winter evenings
Becoming mood changers,
Impeding hours spent in daylight –
Except there is a means to
Navigate through the blackness…
Candles! Let them emerge from hiding;
Entertain their glow and coziness.

Thank you for stopping by
and stay warm!
Lauren
💓💓💓

A little bit of a few things…

Dear Friends,

I’ve lost blogging momentum because of some health issues in our family and procedures during the holiday. My mind has been a little preoccupied. But on the morning of Thanksgiving, my husband and I enjoyed a walk around the neighborhood. The sun was shining and the temperature was invigorating and brisk. After turning a corner, we stumbled upon a van that invited passersby to write their gratitude on the colorful hand turkeys provided. Sharpies and hand sanitizer were also conveniently supplied. We gladly participated and added our turkey to the eye-catching and humbling collection. God Bless the owner of this van, for even in dark times there is much to be grateful for.

Just like many others, we were ready for some Christmas joy, so we bought our tree on black Friday and we’ve never seen the line so long! Patience really was a virtue that day! We call our tree the “Family tree” because most of the ornaments are homemade from our son and daughter when they were little. The angel on top is our daughter’s creation and there is no reason to replace it. Our senses are heightened by the Noble Fir fragrance and the room is cozier than ever now.

Copper enjoys the warmth and coziness of the fire,
but he prefers not to be too close to the snap, crackle,
and pop.

Lastly, WordPress tells me that I have a 10-year anniversary to celebrate! Time sure flies when you’re having fun creating, along with meeting wonderful people all around the world. So, Thank You, for your support and friendship!

I hope those of you in the U.S. had a wonderful Thanksgiving and wish you all a blessed Christmas and holiday season.
Stay safe and well, too! Lauren
💗

You Rock – Own it!

Care less about what others think
Own up to your awesomeness
Nourish your hopes and dreams
Find light, even if it is obscured
Improvise, if necessary
Dance, celebrating the true you
Encourage others who live in darkness
Never give into negative criticism
Calm is always the best choice
Enjoy life by living in your happiness

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Everyone owns it, but sometimes it slips out of grip. The truth is even if you feel insecure, looking and acting confident will not only make you feel better, but others will perceive you in that positive way. Walk with your head up, chin up, and notice what and who is around, i.e., be aware of your surroundings. In doing so, you will appear strong to others. The more you practice this, the more confident you’ll feel, which will cause a ripple effect of positive thoughts, emotions, and actions in your life.

On this positive note, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving, and let us remember to be thankful not only on this one day, but throughout the entire year. And with these words, I continue to keep the fire victims in CA in my heart and prayers.

With Love & Friendship, Lauren 🧡🧡🧡
Photo: Google

 

♥ One Year of Blogging Anniversary ♥

In the time span of 365 days
so much has happened in wonderful ways
We’ve blown out more candles to celebrate birthdays
added new accomplishments to justify praise

At this time last year
I was nudged in arm and ear
by my son to begin this blog, despite any fear
I felt nothing but alarm, but started in low gear

So with two feet forward, pen in hand
I dove into WordPress and my blogging began
I had hopes for acceptance without a big plan
but I never would have guessed for it to turn out so grand

That publish button was scary, I confess
I clicked it, eyes closed, hoping for the best
Maybe one, two or three likes would be progress
yet, I know the numbers don’t define success

The learning curve is so large, the excitement is tangible
The friendship circle with feedback is expandable
Meeting other dear souls from all over is invaluable
A new world that shows us anything is possible

With a humble heart, a few happy tears in tow,
I have to say “thank you” for helping my blog grow
Your acceptance of my soul means more than you’ll ever know
and I can’t leave out the beautiful awards you did bestow

From my heart, I gift to you something sweet
to celebrate One Year of my blog, enjoy a treat
Indulge, just this time, over there, take the window seat
Without your support, my experience would be incomplete

I’m using pink today in memory of Mom, and
carrot cake is only one of the sweets you’ll taste – hope you like it!
It’s my utmost favorite and yes, it’s a veggie in my book! 🙂
There’s plenty of other delicious treats,
along with yummy healthy choices, too.
So, I hope you enjoy yourself and many, many thanks, again! ♥

Peace and Hugs, Lauren

Tardy March Awards for 2012 :)

This post is my way of acknowledging my wonderful blogging friends for nominating me for these very special awards.  Due to time constraints, I am unable to follow through traditionally, but I’m going to echo Deb, http://adamsart.wordpress.com, with her idea of nominating everyone on my blogroll.  The problem is there are so many of you who have supported me and who aren’t on my blogroll.  It is not updated as often as it should be, so, if you have not received any of these awards, then take them, I’m nominating you and pass them on as you wish. ♥

Everyone is deserving; we all work hard to put our thoughts of life, love, faith and sadness on paper.  Our readers “feel” when they read our words or view our art, bringing out new and old emotions and memories.  How lucky, fortunate and honored we are to have such an awesome and huge support system for our creativity.  So, now that you’ve sat down by now (hopefully), enough of my chatting and on to the “thank you’s!”

Hope Unites Globally (HUG) Award

The HUG Award© is for people with an expectant desire for the world, for which they: Hope for Love; Hope for Freedom; Hope for Peace; Hope for Equality; Hope for Unity; Hope for Joy and Happiness; Hope for Compassion and Mercy; Hope for Faith; Hope for Wholeness and Wellness; Hope for Prosperity; Hope for Ecological Preservation; Hope for Oneness.

“People do not have to give up or compromise their own religious, spiritual, or political beliefs to qualify for the Hope Unites Globally HUG Award©. They qualify for the HUG Award© when, without bias or prejudice, they use their resources and gifts to make the world a better place for everyone.”

For more information on this award, please visit: http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/

I would like to thank SHARON at figmentsandimagination.wordpress.com and SOMA at somkritya.wordpress.com, for nominating me for this very wonderful award.  Thank you Sharon and Soma.  I am so honored to be given this award from both of you, whom I think highly of in this blogging world.  Not only are you both talented writers, but you are both kind -hearted, down to earth, compassionate women who see the glass half full always.  I’m honored to know you!  I also have to add that I truly do have a desire and hope for liberty, fairness, peace, hope, prosperity and love for all in this world.  Let us continue to work together in unity for all~

Beautiful Blogger Award

A very heartfelt Thank you to Francina at seasonspoetry.com, who was very kind to nominate me for this ‘beautiful” award. Francina deserves your visit, if you haven’t already visited her.   She not only writes beautiful poetry, but she’s also an amazing photographer.  Please take the time to stop by her blog to read and view her stunning artwork!

These are the rules for the award:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
2. Paste the award on your blog.
3. Link the person who nominated you for the award.
4. Nominate 7 bloggers or less and post links to their blogs.

 Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I want to say a big “Thank You” to Fia at http://bluefiadiarries.wordpress.com.  She and I are new friends and I look forward to getting to know her better.  However, what I’ve seen and heard, so far, I can already tell she has a heart of gold, is kind, witty and an honest soul!  I’m honored, Fia, that you thought of me for this lovely award and I appreciate your support and comments.  Please visit Fia, if you haven’t already; you’ll be truly charmed!

1.Thank the person who nominated you.

2. Share 7 things about yourself

3. Pass the award to 7 nominees

 

7 things About ME: (most of you already know these things; I’m running out of new!)

1. I just adopted a new adolescent puppy of 18 months old (most of you know); he’s a chocolate lab named Copper.  He is bigger than our house, very lovable and just a big goofy boy!

2.  I’m happily married to my best friend and hubby of 23 years.

3.  I have a beautiful daughter, who will turn 21 this year and a handsome son, who will turn 17 next month.  I am extremely proud of both of them.

4.  I am still grieving the loss of my Mom; she passed away last month.

5. I’m a great baker!

6.  I do count carrot cake (my fave dessert) as a veggie!

7.  I try to be the person God wants me to be in everything I do and say~

Lucky 7 MEME Challenge

I was tagged by the lovely Maryanne Pale at maryannepale.com in this fun writing challenge.  Thank you so much, Maryanne, for thinking of me, but, unfortuantely, I won’t be able to take this challenge at this time.  Maybe in the future, so I do hope you understand~If you haven’t visited Maryanne, please do so, as she is a wonderful inspiration through her poetry and her beautiful soul. 

This concludes my tardy March awards, and again, if you know me, are on my blogroll, or simply haven’t received any of these awards, feel free to be the recipient.  It’s not about the receiving (although, grateful, we are), it’s about the paying forward, and this is my way of doing just that.  I hope you all understand.

Thanks for all of your continued comments, likes and encouragment.  I am truly grateful~

Hugs,

Lauren

Candle Lighter Award (2011 End of Year)

I am very grateful and honored to have received several awards at the end of last year.
I’m amazed when I receive these and truly thankful.
Due to family commitments for the holidays, I’m a little behind and
I’m now following through with my Gratitude and Nominations…

To begin with, I would like to thank PJ, http://poeticjourney251.wordpress.com,
for the Candle Lighter Award.
She is truly a sweetheart with REMARKABLE faith,

who is a Mentor to me, as well as, Honest Inspiration.

Candle Lighter Award

This award belongs to those who believe, who always Survive the day and those who never stop Dreaming, for those who cannot quit, for those who keep trying and if you’re in this category, you are Entitiled in this Award.I nominate the following bloggers who fit this profile and I believe you’ll enjoy reading their blogs:

Rose: http://granbee.wordpress.com

Betty: http://raindancepoetry.wordpress.com

LeRoy: http://butchdean.wordpress.com

Angela: http://angelajanegraceblog.com

Tim: http://thecreativejuicer.com/ (Happy Birthday applause; hope you can hear it, Tim!)

Sandra: http://sandrabranum.wordpress.com

Sharon: http://figmentsandimagination.wordpress.com

Caddo: http://caddoveil.wordpress.com/

Jessie: http://jessiejeanine.com

I’m sure of two things; most of you have probably already been blessed by their lovely talent and most likely, they have already received these awards.  If so, please forgive me; I had to from the bottom of my heart…If you haven’t visited their blogs, please take the time, as they all have a story to tell and if you listen, your eyes and hearts will open even more!  Blessings to you all in this New Year!
Lauren

Sharing a little Gratitude and Thanksgiving Wishes :)

I’m thankful for
my parents, who brought me
into this world
They had two lovely daughters
Then another little girl
They’ve lived into their nineties
Seen new changes along the way
Each day, I think of them
Each day, for them, I pray

I’m thankful for
my husband, I’m the lucky one
for all he does for me
for how he shares his heart
and gives of himself so lovingly

I’m thankful for
my children, my daughter and my son
for who they’ve grown to be
for their love and compassion
they give so generously

I’m thankful for
all those unmentioned, they know who they are
and for my loving dog who passed
She’ll be our forever star…

for sight, so I may see
all of God’s creation
for sound,  so I may hear “I Love You”
with tremendous elation

and last, but not forgettable
for all of you
my friends in the blogging world
May your Thanksgiving be
absolutely wonderful!

Hugs and Blessings
Lauren