Outdoor Wednesday


Every Wednesday Susan from A Southern Daydreamer hosts Outdoor Wednesday. An opportunity to visit the outdoors in other parts of the globe without making reservations. Just stop by Susan's place and visit all the outdoor places.

Longfellow's Wayside Inn and Grist Mill, Sudbury, Ma.

SOYesterday I was feeling that joy that rises from within. No matter what our circumstance might be, there are days when we look around and only see our blessings.

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YippeeI was remembering a lesson that I had learned about appreciation...

Nature's blessings

MY BLOG IS UNFROZEN YAY!Years ago in the late sixties, I was really impressed with an article I read in Life Magazine. There was a kindergarten class where they were teaching the little children to be thankful.


AMThey had all the children lie on bamboo poles on the floor for a while. Then when the children began to realize how uncomfortable that was, they had them return to lie on their soft cots on the floor.


II will never forget the happy faces of these children as they lie on the floor for a nap on their cots made of blankets. I wonder if they would have really appreciated them, had they not known the difference.


ould we know that the major chords were sweet,
If there were no minor key


Would the painter's work be fair to our eyes,

Oakville gardens

Without shade on land or sea?


Would we know the meaning of happiness,

Wellesely town hall

Would we feel that the day was bright,

Best Friends

If we'd never known what it was to grieve,
Nor gazed on the dark at night?


Wishing you a day filled with the views of your many blessings.

Ashley's macro

This poem was taken from Streams in the Desert by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman.
The song for this post is Count Your Blessings.
Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

A beautiful post Karen. I make it a point to find grateful moments everyday. In fact before I set my feet on the floor each morning I think of 3 things I am grateful for.

Your pictures are stunning.

Snap said...

All those lessons of life certainly make the day brighter! Lovely post (as usual)!!!

Journey said...

Incredible pictures!!!! Very, very nice post.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Karen honey, you nailed it today. Right on the head. I don't know of anyone who can not walk away today and say, "WOW". The pictures are absolutely stunning and really bring your message home. I am on my knees before I walk away from my bed each morning thanking God for the wonderful blessings that he has bestowed upon us. Thanks for sharing. I love to come home when I come here. Just beautiful honey, just beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Country Hugs, Sherry

Dottie said...

Stunning photos and such a wonderful post. Thank you.

LiLi M. said...

Lovely post, the photos take my breath, as well as your message. Have a lovely day!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Magnificent. I know that I can always come to your blog and be inspired, awed and enveloped in God's beauty. Merci. Anita

Riet said...

What a beautiful post with stunning pictures. Thank you for sharing

Sharon said...

Thanks for the inspiration Karen. Just beautiful thoughts and marvelous art. Have a wonderful day. Sharon

Barb said...

What a delightful, and true post you have written.

I'm glad you came by and left a comment, or i would not have found you.
Barbara Jean

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Karen!

This is such a lovely and inspiring post! Thank you for these beautdul photos, music and words.

Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

Hugs, Pat

Charlene said...

Great Post! Goes back to "is your cup half full or half empty"? I always vote for half full! Thanks for sharing!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Karen, this was such a beautiful post visually and spiritually. I loved all of the photographs, and the poem is so beautiful and so inspiring. I'm going back to look and read again. I also want to thank you for how kind you are to encourage me on both of my blogs. You sure know how to make someone feel good. Right now, I'm counting that I "know" you as one of my very special blessings-not just because you encourage me, but because I love coming to see your blog posts. Thank you for being such a wonderful person. laurie

Lynn said...

Beautiful--In every way!

Light and Voices said...

Lovely poem and photos. ta ta for now.
Joyce M

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Regina said...

So true. What a wonderful post and a
beautiful photos.

Cal said...

A lovely post Karn - the pics and the poem. Thank you for reminding me of all I have to be grateful for.
Cal x

Gabriela said...

Hello Karen,

A very inspiring post and fabulous photos!

~ Gabriela ~

Mary said...

Wonderful words to match equally wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing them with us.

RobinfromCA said...

These photographs are just incredible! I love the Wayside Inn. It's been years since I was there but you brought back so many memories. Of course, the ocean always speaks to me. Your theme is one of my favorite subjects. "There must needs be opposition in all things." A favorite quote. Thanks for the lovely post.

M.Kate said...

Karen, the look so real in my laptop, I felt like touching them.

Vee said...

How I overlooked this, I have no idea, but I'm so glad to find it today. I love Streams in the Desert so it was wonderful to see the poem complemented by your amazing art work and photography. Thank you!

TattingChic said...

This is a lovely post! I love the photographs, too!

Karen, thank you so much for the very sweet comment you left on my blog today! You totally made my day! Thank you! Does your sister, Susan, have a blog, too? I hope so!

cash loans said...

I enjoyed the pictures so much, looking at those gives me a very refreshing feeling. Thank you for that beautiful post and God bless!