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7/21/11

light breezes seems to whisper

it's taken me years of listening to myself to realize that i need a little solitude every now and again.
time with myself...my thoughts..the silence around me.
most times i find it in small ways...like in the morning when the boys are still asleep or while alone in the car on my way to and from places.
and sometimes i find it in deliberatly special ways.
sometimes i like to wine and dine myself.
get out the fancy glasses, pile up some strawberries on a cake plate, splurge on a new $1 crossword puzzle book and frosted animal crackers, find a place to stake my claim for an hour, and sit and just be.

i found myself in what seemed like my own little secret garden last night..fresh after an evening thunderstorm. i took pictures and watched the sun set and toasted to the brilliance that life can be...to my max who seems like worlds away...to the simple goodness of sipping through a paper straw or wringing out a rain-soaked hem.
and then i sat. and i listened.


eddie veder- dream a little dream

i hope you all can go stake a claim on an hour for yourself this week.
pull out all the stops for yourself...and don't forget the animal crackers.
<3

30 comments:

  1. sounds like a great way to spend an hour!

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  2. This is terribly, wonderfully inspiring. And The Good Earth...I love that book!

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  3. Looks like an amazing afternoon, so rejuvenating. We all need more moments like that!

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  4. sounds like the perfect afternoon.
    beautiful pictures as always.
    i have a deep love for animal crackers..i could eat a whole bag in one sitting. :)

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  5. i need alone time each week or i start to get really irritable. i cherish being by myself.
    that blood orange soda is my favorite!

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  6. Beautiful photos, and it sounds like a pretty brilliant afternoon.

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  7. you always take the most amazing photos.

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  8. these photos are stunning katie! amazing.

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  9. I'm so glad you posted this and can completely relate. Early mornings and mid-afternoons, when my toddler sleeps, are my special treat, and without that quiet time I'm not the same person.

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  10. these photos are so beautiful.

    i always thought i was such an extrovert, and dreaded having alone time, but for summer reason, last summer that all changed. i love spending quiet hours with myself. lately, on the riviera, it's been a cone of gelato and a good book on a bench by the sea for me.

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  11. Days off are hard to come by around here... so that sounds lovely and I think I will schedule an hour for myself at some point next week just to do and be. =]

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  12. Beautiful photos as always. Sounds like a really relaxing day, good for you for taking some time out.

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  13. i'm the same way - i cherish the time to myself. you captured this time beautifully.

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  14. your life seems so magic...

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  15. i'm horrible at crosswords but i would definitely do this with a sudoku! :) beautiful photos--especially those last few with the sunset lighting. love it.

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  16. Oh yes yes yes. I completely agree. It's important to have some quiet time... I love it dearly when I get it/make space for it. So peaceful. Love these pictures :)

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  17. That just looks like the perfect summer evening. So relaxing... really makes me wish that was me!

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  18. Your blog is quickly becoming one of my top go-to's. Really, really beautiful and inspiring work. Thank you!

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  19. sounds wonderful and i think it is so necessary-for everyone! but especially mamas ; )

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  20. i love solo time, and i have to say it's been rare lately. must find some animal crackers, a picnic blanket and a park asap :)

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  21. i love solo time, and i have to say it's been rare lately. must find some animal crackers, a picnic blanket and a park asap :)

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  22. no animal crackers in Australia...just teddy's ;)

    I love Mama Cass version of dream a little dream, but it truly is a magical song isn't it?

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  23. Thanks for the reminder to slow it down. Lovely photos.... I think I say that in every single post!

    Kacie
    http://acollectionofpassions.blogspot.com

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  24. I will be more deliberate in my me time...thank you. Such a beautiful post. Such a beautiful girl:)

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  25. oh, i just adore you-- and though i love how much max and matt make you gleam, that evening sun doesn't do such a shabby job either! i need to wine and dine myself in pretty fields too <3

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  26. I absolutely love these moments! I've always been an introvert, and as much as I love my friends and boyfriend, it's so necessary to take alone time every now and then.

    Beautiful photos!

    - Mel

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  27. Mmmm. Such a beautiful post! Super freshing, er, refreshing. Love magical moments that come through each day. This post reminded me of the Secret Garden CD I got from St Vinny's the other day. I feel like that would have been an excellent soundtrack to your adventure, although silence and birds is the most perfect of all.

    Love what you've got.

    Maggie
    of
    http://runawaymaggiemay.blogspot.com

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  28. Everyone needs to have these moments. I sometimes have them in the shower or while driving, I randomly start murmuring and thinking about so many things! haha.

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  29. hello sweetheart,
    this is my first visit to your blog. as i sit here late, your words soothe me, like a balm. this post reminds me, to make time for me. sigh. ; )

    your photos, easily my favorite. you warmed my heart. and i thank you, for that. i hope you don't mind, i stayed a while... such beauty.

    ps: your matt... his beautiful hair, reminds me of the home, my family comes from... jamaica.

    one love~

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