THE HILL OF DREAMS

The Hill of Dreams by Ken Kiff

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Someone recently asked me:

“Who in your childhood was the person who watered your roots?”

I immediately responded this way:

No more than 5 feet tall, just rotund in the middle, like I’m shaping to be, always dressed in black or violet – her faithful armor of widowhood – an apron with pockets, one full of bonbons, the other a purple stone rosary, my Mame Jane took me under her wings, gentle, joyful, showing me how to love everything, her cooking par excellence, praying silently, honoring our family plot at the cemetery after Sunday Mass, never a harsh word or deed before me.  My grandmother shared her faith with silent reverence.  I could go on and on with examples.  She’s the one who watered my roots as a child, while years later my mother Denyse rooted my maturity in her last hill of dreams.  How blessed have I been to be loved so deeply, so differently.

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I’d like to know,  who in your childhood was the person who watered your roots?

O HAPPY DAY!

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With a bit of Luck from my patron Saint Patrick

I sincerely thank all of You from around the world for your awesome visits and encouraging comments!  Making this day very special!  Sending you a Saint Patrick’s Blessing:

“Christ before me

Christ behind me

Christ in me.”
thank you green

sincerely, your scribe for love

ENCOURAGE!

Image by PixelsTalk.net

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The other day my very best friend John came to me asking for encouragement.  WOW, how had I not noticed his discouragement!  A special conversation ensued and while I was listening intently to him, I prayed I could reply with some wisdom.

There is great power in being an encourager.  Teamwork is paramount to living successfully with others.  When we encourage one another, we build up the kingdom of God.

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“And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works.”

Hebrews 10:24

…so grateful am I for this tete-a-tete with my Beloved; we both learned something new that is bound to enrich our relationship…

EVERYTHING PASTEL

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Everything Pastel

I conclude this series of everything color for 2019 with soothing soft pastel tints.  They range from pink, baby blue, pale yellow, mint, mauve, periwinkle and lavender shades.  All of them bring a sense of coziness, warmth, hope and comfort to our lives, ever so feminine.  Hybrid roses and The French Impressionists were masters of pastels, especially Monet and Manet:

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into the light claude monet

The Almighty sprinkled the rainbow colors over the sky so we can splash our lives with vibrant colors.  My aim is to sprinkle you with some happy color.

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“Be uniquely you.  Stand out.  Shine.  Be colorful.  The world needs your prismatic soul!”

Louise Meyers

EVERYTHING BRAVE CONTRAST

Home Interior by Artist Miriam Wosk

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Everything Brave Contrast

Everything brave contrast is certainly for the free spirited thinker.  Mixing opposite bold colors create an eclectic atmosphere almost verging on the eccentric – so what!  One can design whatever mood color they wish to live in, except for when its time to sell the house…I saw this a lot during my professional real estate career.

Today there is a rush to bold patterns for home furnishings and fashion like this vivid pattern by Alexandra Doffing Design:

alexandradoffing_boldfloralmural_600much like the dresses my Maman sewed herself

Everything brave and bold colors invigorate any lifestyle, so why not take the plunge, you can always revert to neutral and quiet tones later on…

My last everything color post is coming up next…

EVERYTHING EARTHY TONES

Image by Mauca Studio

Everything Earthy Tones

I naturally draw into earthy tones because I love being in nature and writing about it in Haiku.  Everything earthy encompasses the natural environment with hues of brown, yellow and green, basically everything raw and organic, which we like to enliven our homes and gardens.  What is great about this color combination is that it is seasonal giving us a variety to choose from.

“In nature, light creates the color.”

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

Albert Einstein

…are you ready for the next ‘bold’ color trend…?

EVERYTHING IRIDESCENT

Place setting at Better Homes & Gardens

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Everything Iridescent

The combination of bright and shiny colors produces this luminous iridescent color canvas which is now being revived in home and fashion trends.  Just think of bubble bath, butterfly wings and seashells.  Iridescent objects shimmer as light is deflected on its angles.  For sure, everything iridescent seems light and magical like her…

iridescent4Via Christian Orrillo

…I can picture everything iridescent for summer evening garden parties…can you?