Saturday, April 2, 2016

A Poetry Celebration

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, I will write a poem a day on my new blog, Magic of Words. I hope you will follow me there! To get us started, here is a little poem for you:

let it unfold
petal by petal
this love--divine

(inspired by a daisy!)

Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend! xx

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

New Beginnings

Dear friends, I hope everyone had a lovely Easter and happy beginning of Spring! My blog has a new look. I updated the template and color scheme and decided to go with a simple white background so it's easier to read. I can post larger photographs now, and I like the way everything is framed nicely within a box.

I also switched my Blogger profile to my Google+ profile and added my Google+ friends on the sidebar here along with my Blogger friends. You can still easily find me by clicking on my profile and going to my blog link, Blogging Away. Thank you to all of you loyal followers who have been visiting, reading, and commenting. I do appreciate the support!

Last, but not least, I wanted to let you know that I have started a new blog that features my creative writing only (with occasional black and white photography). It's called Magic of Words and I've been having fun creating it! I have added the link on the sidebar here to be easily found. It includes a wide range of my writing from poetry to prose. I hope those of you who enjoy my writing will check it out. Some of my loyal blogging friends have already visited and been most supportive. Thanks, friends!

I will continue to blog here but the focus will be on what this blog was originally about--blogging away! I will share more of my personal life journey and continue to include poetry and photography as the muse inspires. Here is a picture I took in New York City (actually last year) of tulips in bloom with the Empire State Building in the background. I re-edited it and thought it was worth showing again at this beautiful time of the year. Enjoy and thank you again for your support! xx

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Spring Ahead

Today, we Spring ahead as our clocks are set one hour forward. Days will seem longer now because it doesn't get dark until much later. But it takes a while to get used to the time change. Nature, on the other hand, seems to adjust to the change of seasons more easily. Sunlight shines softly on the first blooms sprouting out in the garden. My husband spotted crocuses in our back yard in the woods this weekend. It's amazing how these delicate flowers are budding amidst fallen leaves. He took these pictures with his phone and I edited them. This is my favorite--I love blue and pink colors together. 

Here is a white crocus with some hints of purple in it. This one seemed to burst through the leaves adding life and renewal to the brown decay from last Fall. Spring is a beautiful rebirth.

And doesn't this crocus look like a little angel with open wings? I do love this one! Oh, the miracles of Spring on its way. Enjoy! xx

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Meet Maggie, a beautiful Golden Retriever that belongs to my in-laws but I pet-sit her often. She smiles all the time and is truly a sweet dog. Today we went for a long walk on a sunny day though it's still a bit chilly in early March. But she didn't mind as she loves being outdoors (and so do I). Walking the dog is also a great way to get some healthy exercise! 

Maggie loves to play fetch in the back yard. Here she is with her prized possession, her favorite toy that I toss around and she catches swiftly. She's a retriever for sure! She takes this game seriously, doesn't she? What an intense look! We had so much fun.

After playing hard, she loves to rest on the couch on her favorite flannel sheet which used to belong to my husband when he was a child. What a sweet life, don't you think?

Life is too busy sometimes that we forget what's important.

So this week I'm taking a few days off, and I'm spending some precious time with family and our sweet Maggie who reminds us that love is completely unconditional. xx

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sweet Sentiments

My dear friends, Happy Valentine's Day. May there always be love in your life! I just wanted to share some festive photos with you. This afternoon, my husband and I went to a lovely Valentine's Day brunch hosted by my mom-in-law. She's a great gourmet cook and I had fun helping her decorate. I'm not a food photographer, but I couldn't resist taking pictures of some of my favorite goodies! I brought cute heart-shaped cookies from a local bakery and she made all the rest ...

a healthy yogurt parfait topped with granola ...

delicious crostini with cheese spread and strawberries ...

crepes oh so sweet  ...

a gorgeous vase of roses ...

and here is one for you! xx