The Soothing Medicine of Mother Nature With a Million Questions

February 16 2020:

Quick drive to Washoe Lake. Thank you Mother Nature for the soothing medicine. My entire body and soul relaxed deeply in your loving embrace.

It was a struggle to get Lillian to leave the house. It was a struggle to get her out of the car. I pray nature helped her, at least a little bit. Deeply grateful this beautiful lake is only about a 15 minute drive away. 🙏♥️♥️♥️🙏

February 20 2020:

Lillian left yesterday afternoon to spend a couple of days with The Romano Duo. A much needed break for both of us. Hope you’re having fun, Lillian!! 🎉🎉🎉

Thomas and I are just back from an hour long walk. Incredibly beautiful and peaceful …. Well, except for the million questions from Thomas.

From the moment he could talk he’s asked one question after another after another. He’s still at it. The questions have gotten harder to answer though!

When he was about 4 or 5 years old, my mom asked me how on Earth I answered all of his questions. I told her I just answered the most recent one. He literally used to ask a string of questions all at once! What a heart warming memory to have popped up! 💜💜💜

Lillian and Camilla February 2020 Date Day

February 13 2020

Lillian and Camilla February 2020 Date Day

First stop was for fries to share, a butterfly cookie for Lillian, and giant vegan ginger cookie for me.

Second stop was a beautiful walk, with a final stop for a bit of window shopping. xoxo

I deeply appreciate all the love being sent Lillian’s (our) way. It may look like all is well in these photos. Yet, the struggle continues. Tomorrow will be one week out from me ruining her life (as she sees it), one week out from me making a decision in the best interest of her mental and physical safety. Things are definitely better than last Friday. Yet, it’s slow going.

Deeply proud of Thomas throughout this entire ordeal. A younger sibling who stepped into the role of an older sibling this past week. As much as I tried not to have the maddening aspect of this, along with the sadness of this situation leak out of my eyes and heart to him, it happened. And he comforted me. Thank you Thomas. I love you.

Lillian and Camilla January 2020 Date Day

February 7 2020

Lillian and Camilla January 2020 Date Day … (a little late)

First stop was a wonderfully warm walk around the lake.

She and I have had an incredibly rough day. One of the toughest, roughest parenting days I think I’ve had to date. Please send us love and good juju that she eventually understands and accepts the decisions I’ve had to firmly help her make today. She is not happy with me and is deeply sad … xoxo

Second stop was for fries for us to share, with a lovely heart shaped cookie for Lillian, and yummy piece of dark chocolate with pink Himalayan salt for me.

Next was Barnes & Noble so as to use a gift card Lillian got for her graduation. Last was a quick stop for a few more minutes of window shopping.

Throwback Post – Hold Out Your Hands

**THROWBACK POST**

May 27 2014:

“Hold out your hands to feel the luxury of the sunbeams. Press the soft blossoms against your cheek, and finger their graces of form, their delicate mutability of shape, their pliancy and freshness. Expose your face to the aerial floods that sweep the heavens, “inhale great draughts of space,” wonder, wonder at the wind’s unwearied activity.

Pile note on note the infinite music that flows increasingly to your soul from the tactual sonorities of a thousand branches and rumbling waters ….. I am sure that if a fairy bade me choose between the sense of sight and that of touch, I would not part with the warm, endearing contact of human hands or the wealth of form, the mobility and fullness that press into my palms.” – The Faith of Helen Keller

Walk with Thomas earlier this evening … Just got to see how this picture turned out .. LOVE it! Looks like a giant lit match or giant glow ball on a stick! HA! It’s a lamp post with the sun lined up right on top of it!

LOVE looking for LOVE everywhere we go!

Came across a dead bird. Thomas said we had to have a funeral for it. He found a stick to push it into the bushes. I said some kind words about Mr. Birds soul … and we carried on … then we came across the big heart rock in one of these pictures! xoxo

Honeysuckle …. I LOVE HONEYSUCKLE!!!!!!!!!! Intoxicating!

Glorious Sky Walks with Healthy Blooming and Fancy Dancing

January 8 2020:

The glorious sky this afternoon. 💙🙌💛

January 12 2020

They finally bloomed again! 2 or 3 years after we were gifted this little orchid, it has finally grown a healthy stem and bloomed again.

I love it when she gets all fancy, magical. Makes me feel like dancing.💙💃

January 14 2020

Wonderful, cold, and beautiful walk with Thomas this afternoon. 💨💙

Sunrise With a Dusting of Snow While Flooded with Rapidly Changing Memories

December 15 2019:

Sunrise yesterday morning.

December 15 2019:

Sunrise this morning with a wee dusting of snow last night.

December 16 2019:

Today’s walk. Don’t think I’ve ever come here alone. It’s either been with Thomas or Lillian, or both of them. My thoughts were flooded with memories of our visits here throughout the years, for the past 13 years.

When I still read to them every night, we would sometimes bring a blanket and our book here to read after dinner. Then we’d throw the frisbee, go for a walk, hit tennis balls, kick the soccer ball, or just read more.

I could clearly see Thomas playing on the equipment and Lillian giggling over something. What a beautiful walk. 💚💚

December 17 2019:

This morning … Breathtaking. 🧡💛

December 20 2019:

This morning. It was changing rapidly. After this the colors transitioned to a blazing orange. 🧡🧡🧡

December 20 2019:

Second sunrise photo from this morning. It was incredible and beautiful with how quickly the colors and clouds changed. 💙💗🧡

Not the Usual Mesmerized With Much Needed Magnificent Love While the Moon Serenades

December 8 2019:

Finally got to go for a walk today! Not the usual lovely scenery, yet, it will work for a quick walk. Bonus! Thomas joined me too. (I don’t like buildings in my nature photos. Hence, the funny angles. Ha!)

December 10 2019:

This afternoon’s walk. It’s been about 5 years since I’ve walked here. Love found me along the way. Needed that. Thank you Mother Nature.

December 10 2019:

Beautiful moon tonight. Gorgeous!!!

December 13 2019:

Amazing moon last night …. Mesmerizing! And, one accidental photo that looks pretty cool. Ha!

December 13 2019:

This morning. Moments before the dark clouds rolled in. Magnificent … ♥️♥️♥️

December 14 2019:

The moon last night. She’s been putting on quite the show lately! 🖤 🌚

 

Lillian and Camilla December 2019 Date Day

December 12 2019:

Lillian and Camilla December 2019 Date Day

First stop: A walk around the lake. Pretty cool clouds.

Second stop: Lots of window shopping.

Third stop: French fries and chocolate covered peppermint topped Cooke for Lillian. Fries and a vegan soft sandwich cookie for me.

Last stop: More window shopping. Lillian says that i need this pillow … or at least the word on the pillow. Yes, yes. I’m tired, grumpy, and overwhelmed.