The Resolution of Winter

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The pine stays green in winter... wisdom in hardship.
Norman Douglas

The sun shines through
The brushes of pine
Hiding my gratitude
That is given freely


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When such a tiny bit of nature shows up in your view, you can only step back in awe that we are surrounded by such amazing beauty. It often seems that nature gets more interesting the closer we get, the smaller the slices. It truly is a fractal system.

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A quick quesion: New Year resolutions. Yes or no? For me, I found that change should be implemented when I think of it instead of postponing the date, waiting for the New Year to begin. There is no time like the present – but that is for me. I find inch by inch, I can move towards a bigger goal, it feels almost like a natural progression and much easier to implement into my life.Resolutions this year? Tell me true.


Celebrate each day! Note: This is from two years ago, that is the last time we had a dusting and it was gone in one day. But, it was fun and we celebrated the snow! It doesn't matter what you do, a small thank you to God or the Universe, but, celebrate your life! Every day is a gift.


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On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Look close. There are five “golden” rings on the ornaments. It is my favorite of all the verses. I like the pause on Gol-den and it seems to me that we always sang that part the loudest!


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“Five Golden Rings” represents the first five books of the Bible, also called the Jewish Torah: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy."

There are so many different versions as to the “truth” behind the song. Here is one of them: Catholics in England during the period 1558 to 1829 were prohibited by law to practice their faith either in public or private. It was illegal to be Catholic until Parliament finally emancipated Catholics in England in 1829."The Twelve Days of Christmas" was written in England as one of the "catechism songs" to help young Catholics learn the basics of their faith. In short, it was a coded-message, a memory aid. Since the song sounded like rhyming nonsense, young Catholics could sing the song without fear of imprisonment. The authorities would not know that it was a religious song."The 12 Days of Christmas" is in a sense an allegory. Each of the items in the song represents something significant to the teachings of the Catholic faith. The hidden meaning of each gift was designed to help Catholic children learn their faith. The better acquainted one is with the Bible, the more these interpretations have significance.source

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Where, besides gardening, do you find such rich colors? That is why I love flowers so. The color my world with joy. #awaysaflower And just like that, this post is done. Come back tomorrow and we'll do it again! Haave a great night.


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All I have are my words, armed in my mind, written in pen, stand by stand. Oh, yes. Still by hand. It has a different feel. Altered not by keys, backspace, and delete, I write, erase, tear it to pieces and start all over again. And again.

It’s my way. I walk out to the deep end of the page and dive right in.

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The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost


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Bang, I did it again... I just rehived your post!
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Good morning have a nice day i love your writing because there is always good in it No one is offended. And photography is impressive In our country, everyone has religious freedom, unlike in England. Every religion and belief in the world can be worshiped. But one cannot create chaos against another's religion even if he is a Muslim.

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I try not to get political here.

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Everyday there is a reason for been alive. And I got this in the post saying " celebrate your life! Every day is a gift." I won't forget either

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Always love it with your publication well done ma

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Beautifully written as always 💓☺️

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Thank you so much for your words. Have a nice day!

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Thank you Denise beautifully done as always ❤️

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Hello, there! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and it is a continuing time of joy as we push into the New Year!

I want to thank you for your kind words. :) Have a great day @drabs587

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It's best to make the change from the moment you think about it. I know this well but, unfortunately, I am not the man. I didn't make it.
This year it looks like I'm going to be firmer in what I do... I'm still confused but I'm trying to bring clarity and action.
I don't even know if I wished you Merry Christmas at the right time but I hope you know that I wish you well and I am convinced that a person like you is only rewarded with good.

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You did wish me Merry Christmas, but, I think it is hard to keep track of it as you celebrate the Orthodox Christmas on January 7th.

I know you are right. If I don't change it, I may forget it or gather up so many changes, it would be overwhelming. So, it is easier to do it as needed. How will you be firmer in what you do? I am not quite sure what you mean, but, I feel like I am floundering a little right now, especially in my crypto journey. I need to learn more to be able to make good decisions.

I wish us both luck! :)

Thanks for always taking the time, Dan. I am still far behind and didn't even do yesterday's comments on my post yet. I need to get with the program!

Le sigh.

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There are two kinds of Orthodox, the Russian one is the one that has Christmas as you say. The Romanian Orthodox Church has Christmas at the same time as the Catholic Church.

I wanted to say that I am generally hesitant and unhurried, I often avoid making a decision and most of the time this is not good. Otherwise, yes, we need to learn about crypto too...

I wish us both luck!

I liked this a lot, thank you!
Happy New Year!

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Im not sure why I thought yours was Orthodox also, but celebrate two weeks later. My mistake! Sorry. We are all still Christmas mode.

Perhaps the Christmas fast? I do remember the Capra show, dressing up like goats. I even have pictures sonewhere. Single men, unmarried. I will have to remember that.

We all have such interesting customs! May we never lose them.

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Yes, the Goat(Capra) and the Bear(Ursul). They marked my childhood! Now I realize I don't know that... have you been to Romania too?

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Yes. I know I had told you. Years ago though. (many years! I am getting old I think)

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I vaguely remembered you referring to something in Romania as if you had been there, but perhaps I misunderstood. Well, here comes another difference..., you've been to my place, I'll never get to yours, but I'm glad I met you, at least here!

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It's true! I have been there! You never know! You may make it here yet. :) But, why would you leave the beauty of Europe? If it wasn't for the red tape and other factors, I might still be living there.

I am happy that we have met!

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I am a European passionate about Europe, I think I would find it hard to adapt in the US, although I have met some Romanians who liked it there. Unfortunately, the enormous distance and costs make it impossible to travel for tourism purposes.

I am just as glad that we met, that we have common passions, that we are on the right side of life, and that we learn from each other about the places where we live.

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Christmas is almost over and thanks for the beauty of today dear. I hope you had the most of the yuletide.

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The season of Joy continues in my heart. Thank you so much for your thoughts, Sam @mcsamm

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I never knew that The Twelve Days Of Christmas was a coded message! I just learned something new for the day 🙌

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You know what? It is one of many explanations. I think that another one was that it was just a silly song made up... there are as many explanations as there are days of Christmas.

Didn't mean to confuse the issue. Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

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Yes I had a great one, thanks :)

That song deserves its own post 😂

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I put it down at the bottom of my last few posts! :)

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That's a definite "no" to New Year's resolutions from me. I already have my post scheduled through PeakD, so as a preview, I'll just say my resolution is 1080p.

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My kind of guy! No is the way to go. If I save them all up, I would be overwhelmed and nothing would get done. Plus the fact that if I think it needs to be added, I probably need to address it right away.

Do you schedule that far ahead? OMG! I barely make it every night. Now I know I need to get cracking and get a bit more organized. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your words!

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My muse is fickle. If I get a lot of ideas, I write and schedule ahead or just save drafts with notes to help cover those times when writer's block sets in.

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Haha! Mine too! I have little stickues all around! Just no time to develop thrm. Where do people get the time??

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New Year resolutions. Yes or no?
I think I am the same as you, years ago I thought about it and how so many including myself make New years resolutions and then break them, so that year I made one that I have stuck to ever since for probably 10 or more years now and that was...

To Give up New years Resolutions

I think if something comes to mind that one wants to change why put it off, do it right there and then

Have a great day and wishing you and yours all the best for the coming year

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Yes! Exactly! That~!

Why should I put it off? If it is worthy of wanting to do as a resolution, it probably needs to be addressed now. Thanks so much for your wishes! I hope the same for you!!

We all need those great wishes for next year!

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Exactly and yes may 2022 be a good year for us all we need a good one

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I totally agree with you on new years resolutions. I don't like to wait to implement them because then they just become resolutions that everyone doesn't follow through on. I start mine ahead of time so I can make it a habit so that keeping it as a resolution becomes easier.

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I implement them as I become aware of them. If it is noteworthy, I probably need to start it right then.

I have follow-through, but, it becomes overwhelming to have another thing hanging over your head!

Have an awesome day and wish you and MreBozz a happy healthy and prosperous New Year!

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Thank you! To you as well!

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Nice lifestyle musing and photography.

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Thank you so much! I hope you have a nice day!

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Hello Denise. I missed to greet you a Merry Christmas! Signal was bad to the beach that we went to. I agree New Year's Resolution should be done then and there. No need to wait. Something not right change it now. Just like when I quick my smoking habit. Didn't wait for the next year. Dropped it then and there and now 10 months free of it.

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I hope you had a Merry Christmas! Oh! You did go to the beach? Most excellent. Congratulations on quitting smoking!

That is very hard to do and succeed!

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I've only made one New Year's resolution that I have made sure to keep. It was, that I would never make any New Year's resolutions and I don't !

ha ha

I like those 5 gold hanger rings on the ornaments. Such happy sparklers !

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Now, THAT makes a lot of sense!

Thanks! I love Christmas ornaments!

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I know, I know ! THAT... .we have firmly in common. :)

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At least there is that. :)

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LOL.... I know, it is so gracious of you to let that count for something, even if a sliver of something.

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Haha! I always thought we had a lot in common. Except for mom. I let you have all of her, unwillingly, of course. And fun. We can split up the fun, but, honestly, it is more fun with you. :)

There is so much more.

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New Year resolutions: NO

Celebrate your life: YES

Celebrate snow: NEVER!

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Well, pretty soon you won't need to worry about celebrating snow! I forgot what it looks like!

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Beautiful…. I love pine and cedar trees … and especially Balsam Fir.

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Yes! Balsam Fir is the best, and the best Christmas trees too. :) I decorated the one outside.

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