Monday, January 7, 2019

Balance And Harmony

To start the new year, I thought it would be nice to take a drive in the country.  That always rejuvenates me and lets me see the world through a different perspective.  I first stopped at the nursery café for a bite to eat.  The special of the day was raisin scones, and it was just the right treat to go along with my coffee. 

I'm not sure what these red flowers are, but they looked so pretty surrounded by the barbed wire and thick country grass. 

Be soft.  Do not let the world make you hard.  Do not let the pain make you hate.  Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.  Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.
~Kurt Vonnegut

On my way home, it started to rain.  We have some of the oldest trees in our area.

Later that day, I noticed that someone hung this green ornament from the magnolia tree right near my house.  It wasn't there all season, but only in the new year.

I was looking up what the color green symbolizes, and here are a few notes that I came across...
*The color green relates to balance and harmony.
*Green is directly related to nature and energy.
*The color green has healing power,
and is understood to be the most restful and
relaxing color for the human eye.
Yes, a drive in the country is just what I needed
to start the new year.
I got my balance and harmony back, and
 I saw acres and acres of green.



R.ChamberofBeauty said...

First of all, I wish you a very happy New Year Sheri, May God bless you a lot of happiness, success and health this year. I have come here after a long time. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year. All pics are so beautiful especially the first one. These days I'm spending most of my time on gardening and love everything related this matter...hahaha.

Have a happy Monday!

Sherry said...

g'morning sheri. ♥
as always, lovely views.
lately i'm increasingly drawn
to green in many shades and love
the meaning behind the tone.
thank you for that..and more.

Laurel Wood said...

Good Morning, Such a beautiful outing you shared with us. Oh, the scone and coffee sound delicious. Such beautiful scenes.....That ornament may be a gazing ball - a way to enjoy the world around us!
May the Lord bless you today and in the new year. xo

Jeanie said...

I really love that you do the ride. I enjoy that too but as a new year's thing -- that's really special.

And that ornament is a sweet gem and a reminder to keep Christmas in our hearts the year through.

Pilar said...

Going for a long drive always makes me feel better! It's a good way to get out of the house too! I didn't realize the color green symbolizes so many positive things! Have a great week!

R's Rue said...

I've been bitter. Thank you.

Louca por porcelana said...

Beautiful landscapes.I don't drive so thanks for taking me with you...Best wishes,Maristella.

Anne Hagman-Niilola said...

Lovely Green!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

I love long rides in the country, Sheri. Thank you for taking me along. The cafe looks perfect and the scone even better! I really like Vonnegut's quote. It's so easy to fall into all the negativity these days. The old trees are beautifully silhouetted against the cloudy sky. Wishing you a lovely week ahead, my friend. ♥

It's me said...

Love green...💚💚💚 happy week Sheri love love love 💚💚💚

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love seeing 'where you live'! And isn't that mermaid gorgeous! I almost chose Balance as my word this year. It's so hard to be balanced when there are so many things pulling you this way and that! I will write your quote in my journal today. It really says what I believe to be true! Hugs, Diane

Lowcarb team member said...

I did enjoy your outing you shared with us, lovely photographs.

All the best Jan

Karen said...

I love a drive through the countryside. Your photos are great. I like that shiny green ornament. Have a pleasant week.

Marilyn Miller said...

I love seeing your adventure in the country. The color green always feel rejuvenating to me. How special to find it in the tree near your home. Delicious looking scone too.

Sandi said...

"The color green has healing power,
and is understood to be the most restful and
relaxing color for the human eye."

Interesting then that much of nature is green!

Chatty Crone said...

I enjoyed your ride into the country - I went with you. I like scones and coffee. I read in someone's blog about those flowers - I am pretty sure it was Diana. Not 100% sure tho. All we get is rain as well. I named my daughter Kelly (green) as it is such a relaxing and healing color! sandie

Rose said...

You make me want to go for a drive so bad...I sure could use a quiet country ride. That raisin scone looks yummy!

Jill said...

Always love your photos..... but really loved that quote a lot. And green especially emerald is my favorite :-) Thank you for your comment on my blog, I appreciate you so much!



i enjoyed going with you on that ride in the country. it was heavenly. as always beautiful photos.

Patricia said...

Happy New Year Sheri, and I hope it is a good year for you. What beautiful shades of green - even the Christmas bauble which mysteriously appeared. I bought a new water bottle for walking today, just that shade of pretty green. The cafe is very cute, and I would enjoy being there having coffee and scone with you too.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

When I was a little girl, I could not decide which was my favorite color:




Green was a contender because it felt like velvet under my feet on a hot summer day, freshly mowed by my dad.

Blue was tops because above my head and on the horizon of the ocean, I could dream peaceful thoughts.

Today as an adult, blue makes me dream, green keeps me grounded. What a great balance.

Carla from The River said...

I like the quote you shared. That is so very true and something I am going to remember on bad days.
xx oo
I enjoyed your photos.

Vintage Girl 901 said...

What a lovely post. I sure needed to read this before I posted today. Such tranquility here. I agree the red are beautiful against the fence, and the green is calming. This last picture is breathtaking. How beautiful!

Ann said...

Sheri all your photos look so amazing.
I especially love the raisin sconces, the mermaid and the angel.
The trees and greenery evokes a feeling calmness for me.
I love the quote you shared, 'Be Soft', nowadays there are so
many quotes that encourages people to be strong... but your quote
reminds us that there is virtue in being soft and it is very important
to remind the new generation of it.

Have a great and lovely New Year ♥


Michelle B said...

Happy New Year! What a beautiful drive you had, with the perfect treat to go along with it. The red flowers do look pretty next to the barbed wire fence. I never really thought about what green symbolizes. It is all so true. Glad you found some balance and harmony on your drive. Have a great day! Michelle

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Sheri,

Thank you for taking us along with you for a wonderful ride and always a good idea to find some balance and harmony in your life. I know often when I go to the beach it has such a calming effect in the hustle and bustle of life.
Hope your new year is going well and sending all my best wishes to you and your family

Susie said...

Sheri, I always love to see your pictures, especially when you are driving around. You find some pleasing sights. I have been telling myself's 69 days till spring. LOL. Ready for the threat of cold and snow to be gone. We are predicted to have snow this weekend. Of course it would not bother me so much if my Teddy were well and back home. Wishing you a beautiful weekend. Blessings, xoxo,love, Susie

Sakuranko said...

Oh very cute photos darling
My best wishes and blessings for you

roughterrain crane said...

Your post reminds me of an effect brought from GREEN tea in a bowl served in a Japanese tea ceremony.

A Joyful Chaos said...

That looks like a lovely outing!


Sandra said...

Beautiful and relaxing images. I love the colour green. The angel is very beautiful. Have a happy weekend. Hug.

Karen said...

I am so happy about your visit from Francesca. I will need details and pics later!! Have a wonderful time.

Tanza Erlambang - Every Day Issues said...

yes, photo at the bottom looks green and beautiful.

have a wonderful weekend

NanaDiana said...

I missed this post earlier so glad you popped it up again. Love the drive you took. Green is my favorite color and I wear a lot of green in various shades along with a lot of black....good balance, huh?

I hope you have a lovely Sunday evening, Sheri. xo Diana

baili said...

I am so glad you started new year in your most desiring and relaxing way dear Sheri!

i can feel the positive healing energy you must received through this pleasant drive!

i truly LOVED your words shared about "green color" :)

blue and green are dominating coulors of our beautiful earth and have lots of charm and meaning
i can paint world around me with both of them :)

thank you for the uplifting quote ,it is powerful and inspirational!
may new year fill your heart with more peace and love my friend!

Pam said...

Love your cute little find of the color green hanging in the tree. I love a good long ride in the country. Its always so refreshing.

Sandi said...

I read this post already, but came back again... :)

I love Kurt V's words here and love that the red flowers pay no mind to the barbed wire. With a nod to your other post-- They grow true!