Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January's Gifts ~ Simple Pleasures


Sharing a meal with twin sister is always a treat, especially when it ends with something simply divine—vanilla bean crème brûlée. Hallelujah and amen.


In the kitchen window, pink spray roses and baby’s breath cast their spell and lend a touch of splendor to my ordinary days.


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Here in my little woods, an unusual thing is going on: We still have vivid color on some of the trees. While Southeast Texas can be a mixed bag in winter, I can’t recall witnessing such a thing in recent years, and it’s all but impossible to ignore.


On a recent sun-drenched morning, I drove slowly through the neighborhood and couldn’t resist stopping and sitting a spell, captivated by the wonder of it all. Whatever my trials, they fell silent for this golden moment in time.


Sunny mornings turn into magical afternoons at my humble abode, the sun and shadows moving moving here and there, like friends at play.


If I catch the light just right, it puts my heart in motion.

The "Hallelujah Chorus" comes to mind.


Ah, January. You are full of simple pleasures, delicious surprises just waiting to be noticed and shared.

Until next time, sweet friends, may you find joy in the unmistakable gifts of January.


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16 comments:

  1. Lovely! How very amazing to still have autumn splendor on the trees. (I'm in total agreement with your praises of that yummy dessert, too.)

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  2. Wow...are you sure you are living by the same calendar? It looks like October! How wonderful for you since October is your favorite month! (smile) The photo of your dried roses is just breathtaking. A beautiful post :)

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  3. Gorgeous color and trees! I love the pics with the shadows too. I missed yesterday's post so I just read it too. What a beautiful shower! I LOVE LOVE LOVE those crocheted baby shoes. Oh my, sooo darling. Melody would love those. I wonder if my sister could do? She crochets beautifully but has so little time. Your mother's gifts are very beautiful too. And those things she can keep and cherish forever long after her little one is grown. Yes, it's getting close for you. Soo exciting. We still have 13 or 14 weeks over here, lol.

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  4. What a blessing to have a twin sister. I can only imagine the kind of talks you guys have when you get together. And crème brulee too? How perfect. :) You have such a way of highlighting the simple moments of joy in our daily lives Dayle, I always leave here feeling more alert to my own surroundings and a bit more grateful.
    xo
    Leslie

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  5. All just beautiful, and the dessert makes me want something sweet!

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  6. Due to my ankle surgery I missed fall photos! I am amazed you still have the leaves on the trees to enjoy.
    Brenda

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  7. I just LOVE the peeks you allow us into your world! My jaw dropped at the sight of gold-leafed trees in January!? ...and I love your prose. Thank-you for making this gray day dance with wonder at life's simple things. Thank-you for your comment. We moms share mutual desires, don't we?

    Now I think I will turn up the Hallelujah song and sweep the kitchen and get supper on.

    God bless.

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  8. Hello Dayle...Now that is amazing to have yellow leaves on the trees in January, isn't it?

    Love the pink roses. Makes me want to run out and buy some of my own. So pretty.

    Enjoy each moment of January. Time is of the essence. Susan

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  9. Beautiful words and images, Dayle. How interesting that the trees are still full of color. xo Laura

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  10. Hi Dayle, The pink roses and the dried roses are so pretty. The creme brulee looks amazing! Enjoy your day!

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  11. Good evening, dear Dayle! I find your posts are always so beautiful, peaceful, and refreshing. Thank you so much for sharing your loveliness at Roses of Inspiration - what a blessing!

    Spending time with your sister is always a joy and how blessed you were to be able to enjoy one another's company. And those pink roses - gorgeous! Enjoy the remainder of your week! Hugs

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  12. I didn't realize that you were a identical twin, just saw it in your sidebar...and then it's on your post. That's so cool...we as a culture are very fascinated with twins...you must have some interesting stories to tell.

    Jen

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  13. That first picture woke up my stomach! That looks like it was delicious. What lovely flowers and trees, too. It looks like you live in a very pretty area.

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  14. What a wonderful post. I really like those roses.

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  15. What beautiful wonders! Thank you for sharing! Came over by ROI

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  16. Sunshine does that to my soul as well. We had a gorgeous sunshine day here and I just couldn't stop smiling! The trees surely are gorgeous. Would really be an unusual sight here! Crème Brulee, oh my I love it so much!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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