Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Something New and Old

Well, I've found a new treasure, and I wanted to share...
I love vintage things, and this one is a 
beauty.  There is just something beautiful about
functional items from the past.  So this is my
newest kitchen treasure. 
Feeling Blessed.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Drawing Birds for a change

So I've been drawing a bit more recently 
and my focus has been on birds...
here's a few...or stop by and like
my FB artist page RC Reese Studios

a tufted titmouse..

an oven bird...

a swallow tailed kite...

and...a brown thrasher...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Honoring you...My Dear Steadfast Friend

Last Wednesday, at dawn, I lost my dear sweet pet, Kiki.  He died at home with me laying on his favorite blanket, of which I buried him with. He had lived a long full life filled with as much love as I could give him.  He was with me through good and bad, through betrayal and tears, and laughter and smiles. He was always by my side to comfort me and always available to be loved on when needed. My days won't be the same without his other cat could take his place.  He was special. From the very moment I saw him after an evening walk,..standing there in my walkway...I said "Well hello, Kitty." Unlike other cats that would have ran away..he did a forward flip, landing on his back, inviting me to rub his fluffy orange belly...and that was all it took...we've spent a lot of time together since then.. Every morning started with a hug and kisses. I will miss him everyday.  I know he now plays in God's garden and I entrust him to God's care. 

You are always in my heart my dear steadfast friend.

This is a poem I wrote about him last year....

A Steadfast Friend

It was one of those lingering mornings
when you are dragged out of dreams...slowly. 

Kiki, softly tapping on my arm, meowing.
I arise to fill his bowl and begin 
percolating the morning brew.

Once he is satisfied
and I am caffeinated, we linger, 
still sleepy on the couch side by side,
me and my always present,
perfect, steadfast friend.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

May God fill your heart and life with blessings
and remember, not everyone is having a 
Norman Rockwell Christmas!!! Remember
the real reason for the season is to focus on 
God's son and the miracles that he brings!
God Bless and Merry Christmas!!!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bloom where you are planted!

Every diamond has to go some difficult 
times in order to shine and bring beauty
into the world.  You are no different! 
God gives us the grace to get us through
so that we may shine his light on all of creation!
So even when it's hard...
simply bloom where you are planted!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Just Follow

Sometimes it seems we're lost and we don't know how we got here.
At times it can be hard to see the potential of a brighter day.
Don't give up hope. God will take you through ...
Just Follow!

Legs and I wish you blessings for your weekend!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Sentinel

I love old buildings, this was a study of an old dilapidated forgotten house 
I found on a trip through the Carolinas. It inspired today's poem.
Even in the worn and damaged, beauty remains. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Worker's Lament

I often find myself in lament if I don't make time to wander outside. 
Recently it's been so hot and humid that sweat pours off of you like rain.

But I did make a moment, in the coolness of the afternoon, to wonder by the pond. 

How amazing the natural world works. One flower, rattlebox, has it's pea like pods
now drying up, when I brought on in, it popped with the change in temperature 
and under pressure it twists, automatically to release it's seeds. 
Who could question divine design?

Here's a few photographs of my walk. 

Creeping Cucumber - Melothria pendula
I'd always ere on the side of caution when eating wild plants. 

Rattlebox -Crotalaria spectabilis
Pretty yellow pea like flowers. 

Rattlebox dried pea pods

Pop and twist! The two pods in the middle are the same. One popped, one not. Amazing!

Take time to slow down and notice God's design. Blessings!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Steadfast Friend

It was one of those lingering mornings
when you are dragged out of dreams...slowly. 

Kiki, softly tapping on my arm, meowing.
I arise to fill his bowl and begin 
percolating the morning brew.

Once he is satisfied
and I am caffeinated, we linger, 
still sleepy on the couch side by side,
me and my always present,
perfect, steadfast friend.

I hope you had a lazy perfect day filled with the blessings of a perfect friend like mine.
May you have a joy filled week!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

While You Weren't Watching

So what happened today while you weren't watching?
What miracles happened while you were sleeping?
Miracles all over the world happen every day to support
you to thrive each day. Maybe you went grocery shopping 
yesterday. If you only knew, in detail, what divine miracles
it took to put even one peach, apple or cherry in your mouth.

I thought I'd share this amazing video today that shares
the beauty of pollination. Think twice before you liter your 
yard with pesticides.  We all rely on these miracles every day.

We are all so blessed so it's time to wake up!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Allow space to become disentangled
from the complexities of a turbulent time.

Pause with me and slip away from the heat of 
summer to a cool lakeside in Georgia.
Feel  free to let go and dangle your toes.

Swim on out the water's fine...

 everybody's joining in....

afterwards we'll eat figs and sip cold ice tea...

and we'll feed our friends.

Wherever you go...pause, breathe and give your heart and mind 
time to become disentangled and find grace in moments of
simple bliss in the beauty of God's creation.

"Then shall the trees of the forest sing joy before the Lord..." 1 Chronicles 16:33

I pray you are finding relief from the sweltering sun.
God bless.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Nature Studies to Still the Soul

Peace often comes in the fine art of distraction.
If your mind is caught in the drama of the past, or 
the desire or fear of the future, you can't be Still. 

"Be Still and know that I am God." - Psalm 46-10

So one way I do this, is to focus on nature in watercolor.
Here's a glimpse at my creative space..where I find Stillness.

In the late 1800's the study of the science of nature became romanticized and popular
for the middle class. The collection and identification of the natural world was affordable,
it motivated people to go outdoors and therefore be healthier.
In addition, it was and still is a very calming hobby.

The well known writer, Eckhart Tolle, believes labeling 
nature somehow diminishes the miracle of nature.

"When you don't cover up the world with words and lables, 
a sense of the miraculous returns to your life that was lost 
a long time ago when humanity, instead of using thought, 
became possessed by thought."  Eckhart Tolle

I disagree!  I believe too often we pass nature by, not knowing that each thing
has a name, a life and a story. Studying nature can help you can step away from the
suffering of your own story.  If nature is generalized to simple terms like bird, weed, tree,
then the miraculous is diminished. The miracle of divine creation becomes more real
in the complexity, the detail and wonder of  life.

Nature, the planets, all of creation is as complex and miraculous as you are.
This is because YOU are a part of this creation, you are not removed from it.
As a result, observation becomes a key to discovering these wonders. In addition,
slowing down to observe nature is a wonderful way to gain peace
and stillness in God's creation for a very affordable price, free!
Something to ponder.

This is some examples of insect studies painted by Beatrix Potter, author of Peter Rabbit.

One way that you can begin to focus on nature that is a beautiful art
and activity especially if you aren't artistically inclined is...
A Flower Press.
More soon!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Small Treasures

We all are surrounded by small treasures. Today I thought I'd take a moment to
share some delightful small treasures I've found hiking in the woods of North Carolina. 

In a chaotic world, I pray you may you find small treasures to sooth your soul. 

When I pause to really look, 
I find that God has placed the stars at my feet...
Star Chickweed (Stellaria pubera)

amazing and detailed colors and forms,
Crested Dwarf Iris (Iris cristata)

delicate things that would easily be trampled if I was not in awe of his divine design,
Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

and beauty that often only a passing hummingbird admires.
Pink Azalea (Rhododendron periclymenoides)

Tender frail but a moment between fallen leaves.
Showy Orchis (Gelaris spectabilis)

What small treasures did you pass today?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

One More Day

 Today, someone I love did not awake to a brand new day.
Yet how easily we rise, think nothing of the ease of our lives,

free flowing water, the warmth of the sun as it passes over the 
topography of our cheek, the sweet sound of a wren singing on a branch,

 a smile, the fragrance of a local blossom, the sweetness
of tea, the taste of a peach, essentially the abundance of our lives.

So remember to rise, give thanks, for
one more moment, one more day.

Today, I hope you pause to see the blessings of God's grace. 

In loving memory of Yvette. 
May God hold you always in his tender embrace.
Your sweet spirit will be missed.

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes
There shall be no more death nor sorrow nor crying..
No pain.. for the former things have passed away.
Rev. 21.4

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Just Breathe

Here's something peaceful. I hope you can have 
a moment to be still and breathe. This was filmed 
on a cool crisp spring day this year.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Your Inspired Spirit!

What makes your soul shine like a candle?
Did you find anything that inspires your spirit today?
For me, I love finding interesting places..I love exploring.
 Here's some neat places I found recently in North Florida! 
Not your typical tourist sites, but hidden gems found on our back streets.

These places delight my soul. Blessings all!

Even on days you feel lost, give thanks!

Actually, I believe the most important time to give thanks
is when you feel lost. To do this, look for beauty everywhere.
It's in the corners and in the quiet when you stop listening to the ramblings of your mind.
Then you can finally see that God's grace all around you.
Life is a blessing, focus on that and remember...

"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning."Psalm 30:5 

So did you notice the bunnies? What else are you missing in life! 
Have a glory filled day!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Permission to Relax and Breathe

Sometimes we get so caught up in the details of life.
We can't get away from our devices, television, and
running from here or there. Often I can take my cue from
my cat, Kiki, who knows how to relax and breathe.
So give yourself permission today to stop, put everything
aside, and just relax and breathe. 

Remember to give thanks every day for your blessings.
Here are some examples of how Kiki relaxes as the dawn
breaks this morning. Blessings for your day!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Consequences of our Choices

This is a powerful sermon from Joel Osteen about the consequence of our choices
and learning to discipline our negative emotions. Stay calm, be mindful, keep your peace and
don't let sour people steal your joy.
See it here!

Remember, Psalm 94:13 says...
"God gives you the power to keep yourself calm in times of adversity."
I personally can't stand conflict, but sometimes God puts you through adversity to
polish the gem you really are so you'll be the person he wants you to be.

Peace for your day.

This is a beautiful farm near a place of mine in North Carolina.
Now I would say these horses are blessed!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Give Thanks for All Things

Want to live a happier life, give thanks! Look for the positive in life and you'll 
find beauty and blessings are all around you! Here's a favorite place of mine, a hard pan (soil)
pond in the middle of flatwoods ecosystem here in Florida.

A bench all mine to meditate and relax! Now this is the real Florida, folks!!!

I hope your summer is filled with blessings!