Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Merry Christmas

I get up almost every morning between 4:30 and 5:00, not because I’m overly virtuous, but because as I age, that seems to be when my body wants to wake up. (Never mind that I’m crashed out on the couch by 9:00 p.m. every evening; that’s not what this post is about.)

But since I've been waking up early anyway, I thought I might as well get out of bed. The house is usually cold, so I grab my thick terry cloth bathrobe and pad out to the kitchen. First on the list is giving the dog a scoop of food. Second is grabbing a cup of coffee. Third is standing by my kitchen window and looking outside.

Sometimes if it’s dark and cloudy, I don’t see much. But other times, like this morning, the moon was full and reflecting off the snow, causing it to sparkle and glow. I savor the hour or so of quiet I have, before everyone wakes up, to gather my thoughts and ease into the day. Sometimes I pray, meditate or read something inspirational. Other times, I just let my mind wander a bit. Lately, I’ve been reading a daily advent message.

Just before everyone rouses and my day officially begins, I witness the rising of the sun. It starts on the farthest mountains and slowly washes over the landscape, setting the mountains ablaze with light and dispelling all the shadows. 




Now isn’t that a wonderful visual mediation for the Christmas season? 


May the season be filled with warmth, love, light and a little restorative quiet for you,

Julie

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  1. I would enjoy waking up to that!
    Merry Christmas, Julie.

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  2. BEAUTIFUL! Simply lovely. This is a nice, soothing, relaxing post. Although getting up at 4:30 in the morning is just crazy talk. My body will only laugh and shun me if I did that. I'm typically a night owl.

    Have a wonderful, restorative holiday season and I'll try to do the same.

    P.S. I can't remember (if ever) I've been the first to post a comment to your blog, but I'm thrilled to get the jump on everyone. Ha! :)

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    1. Crap! No fair. How'd Alex beat me when there was no comments when I started typing. I guess I need to type a little faster next time.

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    2. Alex is speedy! I'll give you honorary first place LOL.

      If I could stay up later, I may sleep in later-- it's a vicious cycle. But I rather like my quiet mornings so it's all good.

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  3. I love when the moon reflects off snow ... there is something ... soothing about it. As if, even in the depths of winter, life affirming. No matter what, or how dark, there is always light ... you just have to recognize it.

    Beautiful blog, Julie, as always :)

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    1. That's exactly what I was thinking about the light. :)

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  4. That is so gorgeous! You would almost think it was noon day, I can't believe that is moonlight. Crazy!! What a beautiful time to ponder, reflect and celebrate advent.

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    1. It's actually the sun rising, washing over the mountains, working its way towards my house. I love how it chases the shadows away.

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  5. That's such a beautiful view! And reminder. Thanks, Julie

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  6. What a truly beautiful and inspiring view. All good wishes to you and your family for the festive season.

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  7. What a beautiful sight. Reminds me of the Sandias around ABQ, NM.

    Merry Christmas.

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    1. I need to spend more time there. I love the NM area.

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  8. Yes. It's a wonderful visual mediation, and that's a wonderful phrase, Julie.

    I wish I could get myself moving when I naturally wake up at an early hour. Instead, I tell myself that it's too early and go back to sleep. But I'm missing out an beautiful scenes like that - not to mention potentially productive writing time.

    Blessings,
    xoRobyn

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  9. Your mornings are much like mine, except with mountains instead of anthills.

    Beautiful picture (which, btw, I want to talk to you about your presentation of pics and pic editing lately—very cool) and very meditative.

    The days have been remarkably good here. Went for another check-up...the blood pressure is way down (normal again; got borderline for a bit), pulse at 65, and me feeling unusually at ease. Don't know why, other than God's grace.

    Today was an all-day marathon with Sis and my own doctor stuff. Just got home, checking in, then checking out.

    Merry Christmas.

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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    1. First and foremost, so glad you are feeling relaxed-- God's grace or just an exhalation, either way I'm so happy to hear that.

      As for the photos-- I try not to mess with them too much other than resizing and sometime sharpening then up a bit. Sometimes I'll mess with the lighting but try not to do too much, especially if I'm representing something from nature.

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  10. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well. I hope you all enjoy the holiday and have a great 2014!

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  11. Nice shot of the golden sunrise on the mountains. What a lovely way to start the day.

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    1. It is indeed a lovely way when it happens. :)

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  12. This photo is simply stunning Julie! Just amazing! I get the morning thing too. I have to force myself to stay in bed until I just get twitchy with wanting to be up. So weird after years of hating the alarm clock!

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    1. Susie, I just how the rising sun, chases all the darkness away, gradually, tenderly, and with such obvious thoroughness-- speaks to me this season.

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  13. twilight makes just about anything look gorgeous. A rising/falling sun makes just about anything spectacular.

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  14. Wow what a picture. No words to describe it!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Julie! I'm very glad I got to know you here in 2013. :)

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    1. Ditto, Julie. :) A very merry and peaceful Christmas to you and your family.

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  15. Merry Christmas, Julie! Enjoy the sunrise. :) That's a beautiful picture!

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  16. I love seeing the sunrise but my body is still geared to going to bed late and waking up to whenever the sun comes up. I really hate getting up in the dark. Might be from getting up at 5 every morning for work for so many years and coming home in the dark. Oh, that would be Tonya's life... :)

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    1. Ahh the night walker syndrome. I didn't used to be this way, so I'm blaming hormones, but I like it-- even if my kids mock me for drooling by 8:30!

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    2. *hands Julie a tissue and drool bib...*

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  17. Happy Christmas Julie to you and your family.Wonderful photos.Thank you!
    Mary

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    1. And thank you, for continually keeping us writers informed of contests etc. I don't always comment, but I always check your posts out.

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  18. My most enjoyable times in the mountains are when I am up to watch the sun rise on the mountain side and work my way. Light always overcomes darkness!

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    1. Gary, that's the thought exactly. Great advent meditation. A blessed Christmas to you and your family.

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  19. Oh, how I envy you that view. The way our house is situated, my only view of the sunrise is standing in the driveway.

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    1. I grumble sometimes because we live 6 miles out of town. It's inconvenient. But the views and open space are worth it. Most of the time. ;) Merry Christmas.

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  20. While I don't long for the cold, the view is indeed grand.

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    1. Relishing being in the light. Christmas blessing to you friend.

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  21. Awesome photo and thoughts. I hope we get some snow soon. Three years ago it started snowing hard on Christmas day and continued snowing for 24 hours.

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    1. It does add to the festive feeling and a certain "Silent Night, Holy Night" atmosphere.

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  22. Very beautiful scene, even for someone like me, who'd whether not see the world before 9 am! (that's unless I'm heading to or on vacation). This cold weather does seem to gear us up for Christmas celebrations! You have a very blessed one yourself. Writer’s Mark

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    1. I enjoyed seeing your Hawaii pictures!!

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  23. Hi Julie,

    That photo doth paint a magical scene of a winter wonderland. In the stillness of the early morn, you are at one with nature.

    Beautiful, thoughtful post.

    In peace and wishing you a lovely Christmas,

    Gary

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  24. What a gorgeous view! Your routine sounds remarkably similar to mine. (Put on slippers, give dog a treat, make coffee, drink coffee in contemplative manner to warm my brain as well as my body up, etc.)

    Happy Christmas to you and yours, Julie! :)

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    1. Oh E.J. -- a soul-friend in the love of mornings. Most people hate it. It's my sacred time!

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  25. wow that rivals any of the sunrise pictures I have from over here :-)

    p.s we will be here until July 2015 so plenty of time to get that bucket list item crossed off :-)

    Merry Christmas Julie, to you and to all your family :-)

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  26. I guess it's apparent I'm catching up on missed emails and blogs, Julie. I thought I was a morning person because I get up between 6:30 and 7:00, usually at first cat's meow. Still, I do get a little stretch of time to myself, and that quiet time is very important. Merry Christmas, and I wish you a happy and peaceful 2014.

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    1. It's not entirely by my choice; mostly my body dictates my decisions! A very merry Christmas to you too, Pat. I hope you're feeling better!

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