Sunday, August 14, 2011



I’ve learned some of my best lessons about life from my garden.  And one is that it’s easy to see the big picture-the broad strokes of color, so to speak.

My days go by in those broad colorful strokes.  Time with my family, time outside, time with friends.  I love the big picture.   But lately, I’m trying to pay more attention to the details.  Like Amy’s expression of delight when she’s reading  Tin Tin , or  Willow’s crossed  front paws when she sleeps.  The artful lines of my Fiesta ware teapot, the subtle age marks on my 100 year old living room floor, and the twinkle in my father’s eyes as he peers out from under the brim of his baseball cap. 

In the smallest details, those close-ups, is where the real wonder lies.












A nickel for your thoughts?


  1. I just love that yellow butterfly flower :-)

  2. indeed ... details are what really make the person a personality or a find a true treasure ♥
    One of my favorite friend (a second mom to me) amazes me with the details she sees. When she talks to you it is like you are the only person around. She is ultra observant .. even when hiking she spots the little things. I always wanted to be more like that..

    great post.. much food for thought!

  3. Gorgeous photos. :-)

    It's amazing to me how detailed our world really is - we just have to stop and look. I am just like you (surprise, surprise!) in that I notice the small details. It really has a way of enriching our lives.

  4. Yes, I think this is one of the paths to happiness and presence Valerie. To stop and study the details of our lives. I love the image of you watching your girl reading. And what a symphony you have grown in your garden. Just breathtaking!

  5. Touching words (and so true!) and beautiful pictures!

  6. Wonderful post Valerie! So many people never take the time to notice the little things. I think it's especially difficult in today's world when we're surrounded with so many distractions.

    I hope your dad is feeling better!

  7. Love these pics from your garden. And I agree, a garden is a really lovely metaphor for life.

  8. Valerie,

    I loved these photos, especially that red flower -- the second photo. What is it? I have it in my garden, but don't have a clue what it is.

    Have a great weekend:~_

  9. Thank you, thank you to all of you! I appreciate all of your comments so much!

    And Sara-that flower is a Hollyhock:)

  10. Great post! I love the ways you connect details... The flowers are wonderful! Superb writing!