Sunday, May 1, 2016


What's difficult in life is to stay centered
when somebody does or says something
that tempts us to close our hearts because
their heart is closed. That is hard. But that
is also how we grow. We go through those
circumstances in order to evolve into people
who can hold to our loving center no matter
what the world throws us. 

~ Marianne Williamson 

These days have been hard,
and I awake each day and
seek peace.

My Alex has been house
sitting for over a week
now and it's funny how
just one member of the
family being gone can
make the home feel so

My Mike and I have been
escaping almost daily to
the beach, away from emails,
phone calls and endless texts
that come at all hours of
the day and night, we escape
the stress and wickedness that
can come [sadly] from one's
own family when someone
passes away.  We walk
for miles and miles, talk,
take photos, knit [well,
I knit] and listen to the sound
of the waves and the birds
as they call to one another.
It's a place that soothes me and
I am forever grateful to live
so close.
I'm still finding time to practice
each day with my camera,
and I'm going into my fourth
month of slow stitching on my
little piece of linen.

We have been eating lots of
salads as it's just too hot to cook
 [we have already hit 90F] and I
refuse to turn the A/C on just yet.
 My new favorite is mixing
leftover quinoa patties, beets,
onion, goat cheese and romaine
lettuce with a apple cider vinaigrette.

There's been time in the garden transplanting
a zillion wee kale and weeding, weeding, weeding.
The onions, potatoes and garlic all look wonderful
and there are even little tomatoes growing each day.

I finished my book, it was wonderful!
and watched the last episode of the Soprano's,
I've knit on socks and my yoga shawl and
gone out for late night milk shakes,[berry
lavender for me, chocolate for him].

I'm not sure what tomorrow will bring, or even the
next hour for that matter, but I do know that I refuse
to let horrible situations change who I am and how
I see the world.

Much love.


  1. Oh keep your chin up and soldier on and remember all the friends that you have. I hope that you sleep happily tonight and find the peace that you seek.
    Lots of love, dx
    ps love your slow sewing, it's beautiful.

  2. I'm praying for you friend -- my aunt always says that losing a loved one should bring out the best, not the worst in people but without fail someone has to show out. I hope you get some kind of reprieve from this unkindness soon but in the meantime, I love the attitude you have and the ways you've been dealing with this stressful time.

    xo Nicky

  3. I am sad that family is causing you stress (and your Mike!!!) I keep praying. Just know that you two will rise to anything, be strong and all will fall into place :)

  4. Lifting you in prayer, dear Tracey. :)

  5. I'm so sorry you're having such a difficult time. :-( Keep your chin and head up and remember, this too shall pass!

  6. Tracey, you know I have been thinking about you. I do hope things clear up soon and that peace returns to your days. I am trying to hold my loving center at the moment too as I walk this new path, so many things being thrown at me, and much of it nasty. It can be a hard world out there, but I am trying not to let it get me down, and I am glad you are trying to do the same. Hang in there my friend. xo

  7. I am so sorry to hear that you are having a difficult time, dear Tracey... I really love this quote and it really speaks to me. You know, they say the only real thing is this world is love, and every action, every word of every single person in this world is either the expression of love or the call for love, sometimes disguised in bitterness, fear or anger... I wish you to find your peace these days... Love, Alina.

  8. Sending you hugs from up North. It's really hard to not let those things just overwhelm you. I think you and Mike are doing a great job living day to day and not letting it take over. So what did you think about the ending of the Sopranos?

  9. I'm sorry you have to deal with drama. But I'm glad you have this lovely beach to escape to for peace of mind. Meals sound so yummy at your place.

  10. So sorry you are going through a tough time. Believe me, I know what tough times are like. Glad you are keeping your perspective and remember what is truly important. Have a peaceful week.

  11. so sorry this is still dragging on and on....but you are so right in not succumbing to the drama. enjoy those moments of peace and serenity....have a little beach time for me, too...please.

  12. Sounds like you are managing to find solace in the wonderful natural environment you call home.

  13. Good perspective! I can't believe your stitch journal. I haven't got the gumption to do ANYTHING with that frequency. I thrive on routine but that's largely because it is often just outside of my flailing hands... good for you!

  14. I am glad you are not letting the ugly things get you down- it is rather empowering when you battle them and push them aside. Well done you, love.
    I am with you on the salads, the thought of even remotely warm food makes me blah. That salad looks delish!
    Now that stitching is absolutely wonderful and inspiring!!

  15. Oh, I'm sorry, Tracey. You're smart to go to the beach. I love the beach and I miss it very much.

  16. When circumstances come our way, it paralyzes us. It steals our peace. You are doing well dear friend, to put everything on hold and grab on to what is important... wow, 90 degrees already :0) here in the mountains, we have yet to hit 70 degrees. :D love to you sweet lady... mari

  17. I'm so sorry you are going thru tough times right now. I'm feeling the same way right now. Not used to the level of stress that has been in my life lately. There's a real resentment that builds up (at least for me) when the stress is coming from the craziness of others. I honestly don't know how people live the way they do sometimes. I keep telling myself there is a lesson in all of this. Trying to trust that it's happening for a reason and knowing that God has my back. : ) Take care. You're so blessed to have the beach as your sanctuary. xo

    ~ Wendy