Life in Lakeside

January 28- Winter Colors

Faint rainbow viewed against clouds, with hills in the distance

The end of January is almost here, a month that has been an eventful start for 2021. In the meantime, Mother Nature continues her work, with nature sleeping in the cold, waiting to wake up for the spring. In some places, the plants and animals are resting beneath a blanket of snow, curled up and waiting for warmer weather before they awaken.

December 3 - Winter/Cold Weather

The official start of winter is approaching, the days gradually changing from autumn to the next season. Colder temperatures, shorter days, in a time when many prepare for celebrations of upcoming holidays. This year so much of that has changed, I suspect many may find it difficult to plan for festivities. This has been a year to gain a better understanding of uncertainty about our routines, work, school, shopping, social lives and our health. We’ve taken for granted a level of control over our lives that was suddenly yanked away by outside forces.

October 8 - Harvest/Closing down the year

This very strange year is getting closer to its end. As part of the yearly cycle this time of year is associated with harvest, preparing for winter and holiday celebrations. The days are cooler, animals growing fatter as they prepare for the winter months while farmers bring crops in and prepare their fields for a time of rest.

Closeup of top of pumpkin, with stem centered in picture

Changes for Posting

Several years ago, I started writing and posting an article every two weeks. It was a challenge to myself to see if I could keep to a schedule for writing. I am amazed to look back and see almost four years of posts, almost all of them written every two weeks in spite of challenges in my life and at my day job.

August 12- Hot Summer Days

August has started, the last bit of summer, the ‘Sunday afternoon’ of the season. This year all of the months seem more like Monday’s that won’t quit, repeating some kind of bad news day, after day after day.  A Sunday afternoon would be welcome at this point, a break from the grind of daily routines.

A view of beach from the water, people floating in the water and many beach umbrellas in background

July 16 - Grab Bag of Pictures, Life's Blessings

Like many others, I have been reading more books during this time of uncertainty. After reading a book about someone’s search for faith, it mentioned the idea of recognizing the blessings in our life, including ordinary events and items. With this thought in mind, I decided to try and find the blessings I my life throughout my day. As I go through my day, when I have a moment of anxiety or depressed thoughts I take a moment to be mindful of the blessings in my life.

July 2 - Fourth of July, Stories

I hope that everyone is doing well as we move into a new month. In the US it is time to celebrate the anniversary of our founding, the Fourth of July. It seems a bit odd to think about celebrating, yet it sounds like a welcome break from the current world events. In the meantime, I continue to observe and make connections about things happening in my life. I have two stories for this article, so pull up a chair and set a while. I’ve got the kettle on for a cup of tea, or a Keurig for those who prefer coffee. ;-)

May 31 2020 - Health Thoughts for Healthy Living

For the last few years I have been working to incorporate the following into my life. With the events of the last few days, it seems appropriate to share my thoughts about these guidelines for living a healthier life.

Just for Today

  • I will not get angry
  • I will not worry
  • I will be filled with gratitude
  • I will show devotion to my duties
  • I will be kind to others and myself.

Here are my thoughts for each part of this verse.

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