Sunday, January 4, 2009

An Art Filled Thanksgiving


Most mornings, I take time to read a few pages from motivational books. Just this morning the topic was making every day a day of Thanksgiving – not about only the big spectacular events that happen to us in life, but the fact that I had a bed to sleep in last night, that there are items to make my life better, that I have senses to enrich my life.

It is in that spirit that I bring you this post, even though Thanksgiving Day is more than five weeks past. Giving thanks for our wonderful blessings and relationships is not only a good way to greet each day, but to start out a new year.

For the past two years, I have had the enjoyment of sharing Thanksgiving dinner with friends in the home of an older gentleman who retired here in Ocean View. He and his late wife came here a number of years ago and started creating their special place on four bare acres. Now it is a place of beauty, and gives me great hope for doing the same on my acre of lava.



Water lilies seem to do well here. I see them in other gardens, too.



I had forgotten about Morea Iris until I saw his. I may try to plant this in my yard. I used to grow bunches of it when I lived in California. It is also called “Fortnight Lily” because it blooms every fortnight (that’s two weeks, in case you forgot).



There is a beautiful fountain in the courtyard entry to his home.



There was no water flowing because of the children who were also guests.



Nothing could phase the beautiful sleeping Siamese. He wasn’t exactly a good “watch dog” or even an “attack cat.”



There are quite a few bananas being propagated and protected.



Around every corner of the house is a path leading to another spot of beauty.



Here is another spot with one of my favorite plants.



It seems like creating a dry stream bed is the thing to do here, where we don’t get much rain to create a wet stream.



What they created outside is beautiful, but that isn’t what attracted me most. They were able to travel all over the world in their respective professions. The inside of their home reflects their love of art and the unique.



Take a glance down the hallway at the beautiful art work. Each room and corner inside the house is a treasure, just as it is outside.



And oh, the books! If you know how much I love books, you’ll know why I appreciate these, along with more artwork. I like to books that are not “arranged” but are obviously read and loved.



Each week, several friends gather in his home to perform classical music for their personal pleasure.



I can’t begin to explain all the many nooks and crannies both inside and outside of their lovely home. With a full tummy and the joy of good fellowship with friends, I left through this entrance to their estate.



There are too many things to see and do in life, and not enough time to do it all, but this lovely man and his wife seem to have done their best to get it all in.

Aloha, and mahalo for including me in your Day of Thanksgiving!


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2 comments:

Kim said...

I think the idea of daily thanksgiving is a good one, a healthy one, one that can change your perspective on life. From time to time I pick up Sarah Ban Breathnach's Simple Abundance, and I believe following that philosophy has changed my life. I'll bet your daily thankfullness will change yours.

Lucy said...

Thank you so much for your comment, Kim! I tried to leave one on your blog but somehow I think it was deleted before I could post it. I'll try again later today. I do try to be grateful everyday, especially those days when gratitude isn't easy to find. I also like "Simple Abundance," even though I haven't managed to live as simple a life as I'd like. Always striving, right?
Aloha,
Lucy