Knowing of the Heart by Camilla Downs

Knowing of the Heart

We have come together upon this Earth
to travel our own separate paths
Yet, traveling them together.

It has not escaped my attention
that there were and are places
and experiences we talked and
dreamed of experiencing.

Our lives together seem to
have become mundane and boring.

Seeming to have the same days
over and over again.
With little new experiences
by way of sights, sounds,
and experiences.

Poetry and Photography: Knowing of the Heart

 

Shadows and Lovely and Beautiful and Listen and Love and Bridge

June 19 2018:

Shadow lovelies this morning! xoxo

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June 20 2018:

Sunset walk yesterday evening. What a beautiful night it was. Felt so good. I’ve got something weighing on my mind and nature is my confidant and the one who helps me get out of the mind and into the heart.

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June 21 2018:

Don’t hold onto it. Don’t let it soak within. Let it roll off.

Nature always has a perfect message for us when we stop, Be quiet, and Listen.

A message I needed to hear once again today as I make my way into unfamiliar territory for me.

Let it Roll Off Walk Vintage Leaf with Water Droplets 6.21.18

June 22 2018:

The most amazing and wonderful sunset walk last night. Nature is an incredible gift and blessing. She inspires us to ponder.

Do we love and accept others for who they know themselves to be or do we love and accept our idea of them and how we think they make us feel? I’ve got a writing bubbling forth. Love, love, love.

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June 22 2018:

Love is the bridge that connects.

Love is the Bridge That Connects 6.22.18

My Heroine and Flying to Baltimore

June 20 2018:

“These pages burst with Lillian’s loving attitude, kind solutions to problems, and a beautifully whimsical experience. Soak up her creative stories and poems. It will open a new window to the world.” – Kasey C., Florida

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June 22 2018:

Look what arrived yesterday! These will be flying to Baltimore with us next Friday! And she flew, and she flew, and she flew …. xoxo ….

Order of Where Would You Fly Books 6.22.18

To learn more about Lillian’s debut book, go here … Where Would You Fly

Movie Night: Eddie the Eagle

June 23 2018:

Team TLC Movie Night: My choice: “Eddie the Eagle”

I say, “I love this movie! The underdog who proves all the naysayers wrong. Based on the true story of Eddie Edwards, British ski jumper in the 1988 Winter Olympics.”

Quote from the movie, “The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.” -Pierre De Coubertin, Founder of the Olympic Games … I needed that Mr. De Coubertin. Thank you!

Thomas says, “I liked it a lot. First good drama I’ve seen in a while. It had the opposite of what other drama movies have. It was good.”

Lillian says, “Good, dramatic, action-filled, emotional, inspirational, and liked some of the music.”

Eddie the Eagle Movie 6.23.18

Book Musings: The Magic Boat

June 23 2018:

The Magic Boat

A traditional Chinese tale of a young boy named Chang who rescues an old man from a river. He is rewarded with a magic dragon boat that can magically change from pocket-size to full-size and back.

A wicked man steals the boat and takes it to the corrupt Emperor. Chang sets out to get the boat back so he can continue to do good with it. Great DEMI book with vibrant illustrations!

The Magic Boat Book 2016 6.23.18

Happy World Mounted Print and Love

June 19 2018:

Pixels & Ink run this afternoon. This one turned out so cool!!! An 8 X 10 size Happy World. Thanks Lois and Theresa for supporting Lillian’s fundraiser! xoxo

Hunter said he got lots of comments on this one as it sat on the counter awaiting my arrival. One print and one mounted print. Thanks to Kate Raina for doing the initial work to ready this drawing for inclusion in the book. 🎉🎉🎉

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June 23 2018:

Writing about Love and this came on …. All we need is love …

“Love is my religion,
Love is my religion,
Love is my religion
I’ll take you to the temple tonight
All my days I’ve been searching,
To find out what this life is worth
Through the books and bibles of time
I’ve made up my mind
I don’t condemn, I don’t convert,
This is a calling have you heard
Bring all the lovers to the fold,
‘Cause no one is gonna lose their soul
Love is my religion,
Love is my religion,
Love is my religion
Hey you can take it or leave it,
And you don’t have to believe it
I don’t want to fight,
Hey let’s go fly a kite
There’s nothing that we can’t cure,
And I’ll keep you in my arms for sure
So don’t let nobody stop us,
Free spirits have to soar
With you I share the gift,
The gift that we now know oh oh oh
Love is my religion,
Love is my religion,
Love…” -Ziggy Marley

Heart Rock 2016

Lillian and Camilla June 2018 Date Day

June 18 2018:

Lillian and Camilla June 2018 Date Day ….. First stop. Fries for Lillian followed by a beautiful butterfly cookie. Vegan apple carrot muffin for me followed by dark chocolate covered pretzel. Yum!!!!!

Second stop. Geiger Way Lookout to watch the sun set. 💛💛💛

Last stop. A moonlight swim and soak in the hot tub. Ahhhhhhh ….. 💦💙💦💙💦💙

Just what this banged up body needed! Between this and the amazing homemade salve Carolyn R Smith brought me today; I’m feeling so much better.

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Refuel and Nourish Your Body by Camilla Downs

May 18 2018:

Just as I refuel and nourish your physical body,
You must take action to refuel and nourish your emotional and creative body.

You cannot serve others if you are deeply depleted.

Creativity and improvising become clouded and stagnant when you are depleted.

You tell yourself you must continue, yet unless you give yourself time away from those who unknowingly drain you; your circumstances will not improve.

There are those in your life you …….

Love and Hearts: Refuel and Nourish Your Body

Wilderness Camp and Overnight Camp

June 12 2018:

Wilderness Adventure Camp for Thomas! His 5th year attending this camp and last year in this age group. Look how gorgeous! Just adore this place!

We are incredibly grateful to Great Basin Institute for the scholarship. He always loves these camps and enjoys the hikes! Plus, Thursday night is tent camping for a night!

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June 14 2018:

Overnight camping for Thomas tonight! So happy he gets to do this!! Thanks Great Basin Institute!!!

Thomas Overnight Camp 6.14.18

A Taste of India and A Fall Backwards

June 16 2018:

What a treat for Thomas and I tonight. A Taste of India dinner at Moon Rabbit Cafe. This is a Pay-What-You-Can Cafe and all the proceeds stay with the center.

For starters, Alootikki with onion and mint tamarind chutneys. Followed by chicken Biryani for Thomas and veggie Biryani for me. Finishing with a sweet Basmati rice pudding and a hot cuppa Masala chai tea.

Deep gratitude to chefs Nick Purewal and Jay Modha!!! Where do these amazing chefs usually cook? Anyone know? This food was absolutely amazing!!! Thank you Reno Buddhist Center for tonight’s A taste of India dinner!!!

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After our lovely dinner Thomas and I stopped by Audrey Harris Park.

Do I look like I just had a serious physical trauma? I slipped backwards on the rocks on a downhill slope while trying to take a photo and fell so dam* hard on my bottom that I nearly passed out.

Had to lay in the car until the dizziness subsided. I was going to leave once I was able to drive, yet Thomas knows that taking photos feeds my soul. And he probably sensed I needed a bit more time. Holy he**!!

Falling hard on your butt is a most excruciating pain in the butt!!! Think I may wake up with whiplash too. Oh my gosh!

Beautiful view though!!!

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June 18 2018:

Second day post fall – Parts of the body that hurt when one falls backwards on a downward slope, landing hard on one’s bottom: Ankles, calves, knees, thighs, bottom, lower back, upper back, elbows, palms of hands, shoulders, upper back, neck.

And, it hurts one’s bottom when one sneezes! When one has this type of fall, sneezing should be outlawed. No more sneezing!

Plus, a PSA: Flip flops DO NOT mix well with loose rocks on a downward slope when one decides to squat so as to get the perfect photo. 

However, I do feel better and by week’s end should be much, much better!! xoxo

**July 18 2018: Update – I’ll be seeing a doctor next week so as to get a referral for craniosacral therapy (OT) and perhaps a bit of PT to make sure I’m all good from the fall. I have not seen a doctor in about 10 years so this will be interesting … xoxo