January 2019 in Pictures

“Feeling a little blue in January is normal.” - Marilu Henner

January 2019

January may be challenging, but I really love its color palate — pale blue skies, blankets of fresh snow, dark lacy branches, and tricolored beagles 💙

French Friday: La Dame de Fer

« La Tour Eiffel m'a toujours fait rêver. » - Alessandra Sublet

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Et moi, je rêve d’une belle semaine à Paris avec, si on aura de la chance, un beau ciel bleu. On y ira en 35 jours.

French Friday: Café chic

« La mode se démode, le style jamais. » - Coco Chanel

Le Bon Saint Pourçain, 10 rue Servadoni, 6th Arrondissement, Paris, Tel. (33) 01-42-01-78-24. Metro: Saint Sulpice or Mabillon.

Le Bon Saint Pourçain, 10 rue Servadoni, 6th Arrondissement, Paris, Tel. (33) 01-42-01-78-24. Metro: Saint Sulpice or Mabillon.

Those wooden chairs, that perfect shade of navy, the worn cobblestones, the handwritten menu, the romantic graffiti, the balconies and shutters, the Paris street signs - comme c’est chic!

Early Bird

“La meilleure façon de réaliser ses rêves est de se réveiller. | The best way to make dreams come true is to wake up.” - Valéry

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I have always been a morning person. As I get older, I find myself rising earlier and earlier. My alarm goes off at 4:45 every weekday morning so that I can take my time getting ready and be in my office by 6:15. I love that quiet hour before the work day begins when I can catch up on news, make lists, and be creative. Even on weekends, although the venue is different, the routine is nearly the same. I don’t consciously set an alarm, but Miss Piper ensures that her breakfast is served by 5:00 AM! Rather than “sleeping in” on weekends, it feels even more luxurious to enjoy an hour or so reading, sipping coffee, watching the birds outside our window, reflecting on the past week and planning for the next (with a snoozy beagle on my lap, of course). Affording myself the time to ease into the day ultimately increases my productivity.

English educator and theologian, Philip Doddridge surmised that “the difference between rising at five and seven o’clock in the morning for forty years, supposing a [person] to go to bed at the same hour at night, is nearly equivalent to the addition of ten years to [one’s] life.” Imagine the gift of ten extra years — that’s motivation!

Memorial Day

May 28, 2018 (148/365)

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy

Blue

April 30, 2018 (120/365)

"Blue thou art, intensely blue; Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue?" - James Montgomery

Week 11 - Composition: Negative Space

March 14, 2018 (073/365)  "I am always searching for more light and space."  - Santiago Calatrava

Week 11 - COMPOSITION: Negative Space [Minimize the composition to isolate your subject. The composition should be simple, thereby drawing your viewer to the subject.] #dogwoodweek11, #dogwood52, #dogwood2018

Exalted Simplicity

January 23, 2018 (023/365)

"Who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter...a look of a more exalted simplicity.” - John Burroughs, The Snow-Walkers

Blue Monday

January 15, 2018 (015/365) "Feeling a little blue in January is normal." - Marilu Henner

For the past few years, I have heard the third Monday of January referred to as "Blue Monday." Apparently, researches have devised a formula accounting for variables such as weather, post-holiday debt, time since Christmas, time since failing our New Year’s resolutions, low motivation levels, and feeling the need for change and action to determine that today is one of the hardest days of the year. 

What would cheer you up on this Blue Monday? A vacation, good book, a walk in the freshly fallen snow? This evening, perhaps a boat drink would help -- this is juniper after all. Now all we need is tonic and lime!

Timing

August 20, 2017 (232/365)

"Blue thou art, intensely blue; Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue?" - James Montgomery

One of the best things about our morning walks is discovering new things, like the beautiful Commelina communis -- Asiatic dayflower. This tiny blue beauty blooms for just one day. Again, timing is everything!