Sunday, May 19, 2019

Mosaic Monday #28 - Little, Simple Joys

Royal Red Norway Maple - leafing out in our garden
My friends, we're taking a road trip!  That is, Spousal Unit and I are taking a road trip.  Now, now - don't worry.  Letting Go of the Bay Leaf will post all the pictures and the details that are fit for a refined audience such as yourselves when we return.  Which means this week's post will be shorter and simpler than most.  Which some of you may greet with a "finally"!  Welcome to a snapshot of my recent little, simple joys - all I need!



You've seen neighbor cat Katniss before in previous posts - I had the opportunity to look after her again recently.  She is so soft and fluffy - such a luxurious coat for a cat!











And then there's our 17-year-old lady, Maggie, who digs the sun spots in our house.  Sometimes I have to check that she's still breathing!

If you've been following my blog, you know that we have applied for several backcountry camping permits in Glacier National Park.  Two of our three applications were approved, and we learned that mid-May, you can access real-time availability of the back-country campgrounds.  As a result, we applied for an additional two-night camping trip, and it was approved within 24 hours.  Yippee!

I volunteer at the Whitefish Historical Museum one day a week, and our executive director has witnessed my various craft projects during slow times, whether it is drawing or cross-stitch.  Last week, she surprised me with this bookmark, which she said had been left in a donated book.  So what is so special about this?  Well, my friends, it looks the same on the front AND THE BACK.  No knots, or crossing the thread to another section, and it is one piece of cloth … I was amazed.  It is simple and yet remarkably beautiful, all at the same time.  I especially like the Celtic knot patterns in the corners!  I almost cried when I considered that she thought of me when she saw it, not to mention the wonder of the craftmanship.



My dear neighbor took me to a nearby waterfall.  I couldn't take my eyes from the 100-foot drop over three distinct cascades, much less the wildflowers that seem to be several weeks ahead of those I have seen elsewhere!
Left: Yellowbells; Middle: That's me standing to right of the upper cascade;
Right: Shooting Star
We recently hosted a dinner party for several of our fellow Mountain Ambassadors, and I had prepared some flower arrangements to grace our outdoor tables.  One of our guests brought tulips, and I added them to the vases.  The next day I received my Mother's Day cards - it all made for a marvelous mosaic.  Until next time, dear readers, I pray for you that every day brings little, simple joys!



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40 comments:

  1. Have a fun, fun time. Love the beautiful kitties, the gorgeous scenery and that terrific bookmark too.

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  2. Caught up on your posts, Angie. Loved the last one where you really let your creative juices flow with such pretty results.
    I love how connected you sound to all your activities that fill your days. The joy you experience in those little things(that are really the big things) really comes through. Good luck with your trip and stay safe. (I also can't get over the workmanship in that blackworked bookmark!)

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  3. Katniss and Maggie are both such beautiful cats! :)

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  4. These simple joys are HUGE in my book and the bookmark sewn perfectly on both sides is simply amazing.

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  5. ...that waterfall is a dandy, there is so much rain here , the waterfalls are rushing!

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  6. The bookmark is so pretty!
    The flower mosaic is beautiful.

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  7. Wonderful... habe a good time on holiday.

    The stichted bookmark looks fantastic.

    Happy MosaicMonday

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  8. Thank you for still hosting even as you prepare for a road trip! Beautiful mosaic!

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  9. Thank you for sharing your simple pleasures, all of which made me smile. The wonderful wildflowers by the waterfall have me thinking about the kind of walks we don’t get in Florida though ... (I’m looking forward to summer in Oregon!).... Thank you for hosting! And Happy Roadtripping. Enjoy the journey *and* the destination!

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  10. Ahh, dear Angie, enjoy your road trip! Looking forward to seeing where you travel to. The bookmark is lovely. Beautiful mosaic!

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  11. Have a wonderful time on your road trip/camping trip! I;m sure you will see many beautiful spots in nature. The waterfall and wildflowers were lovely as well as the sweet kitties and that outstanding Irish design bookmark!

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  12. Little simple joys are the best - because you have to wait an eternity for those real splendid ones :) The mosaic is beautiful with its purple & pink colors. Wishing you a great road trip!

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  13. Have a very happy road trip! Lovely post, we often forget the simple pleasures! Beautiful book mark and well done on getting the camping permits.

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  14. I miss taking road trips and experiencing nature at its finest. Kuwait is very small which means a little over an hour or so in any direction and you have to go through the border of another country. So sweet of the director to think of you when she found the bookmark. It is lovely! Great collage of flowers and cards. Enjoy your outdoor adventures.

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  15. Enjoy your time away, Angie, and take lots of photos!

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  16. Happy camping days. I will look forward to seeing some of your travels. Enjoy and have a fabulous week.

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  17. That cross stitch is amazing...what a treasure! Enjoy your week and plans for hiking trips. We hiked yesterday but our hikes will get to be less as the weather gets HOT! I love it though...everything about nature thrills me! Hugs!

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  18. Happy mosaic Monday everyone

    Much­čî╗love

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  19. catness is so gorgeous... your kitten too. So healthy and fluffy

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  20. Lovely flowers! I hope you had a wonderful getaway. :) Kit

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  21. Have a great trip, Angie! Time for some relaxing, because on everything post I can see you go 200 miles an hour:) I used to be that way, but living in the mountains really has slowed me down. The surgery of hubby a month ago, even more, and the reason why I haven't had a mosaic for some time. My blog theme with giant pics really does not feature mosaics well, like yours. The cross titch book marker is amazing!

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  22. I miss having a cat. It's been 6 years now since my Stick Tail passed. He was a great cat for me and for my mom for several years. - Margy

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  23. A beautiful post. Happy trails to you. I've never camped.

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  24. A beautiful post and pretty kitties
    I like the photos of your kitties taken by the low angle!
    Have a good weekend.

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  25. A lovely post. All very interesting things featured here of your simple joys in life. The wild flowers are so unusual to me. I would love to see them for real and enjoy that cascade. Enjoy your trip!

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  26. A nice set of pictures. Merry travelling.

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  27. Love the 'simple joys' ~ your kitties are so precious ~ great photos!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  28. Enjoy your road trip Angie. Come back with lots of pictures too, scenery and wildlife.

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  29. Lovely shots - and the cats are beautiful.

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  30. Angie, I love the book mark as well. Glad to see life is moving on. Enjoy your trip. Sylvia D.

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  31. Beautiful photos, Angie and I adore those kitties. Have a wonderful time traveling.

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  32. Hello, Angie! I love the pretty kitties. I hope you have a great road trip, the backcountry hiking sounds great. Beautiful shot of the waterfalls and the pretty flowers. Your arrangements are lovely. Enjoy your day,happy Memorial Day weekend!

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  33. The cat is so inctedibly cute☺☺

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  34. Sweet cats …
    Love the pretty bookmark, and beautiful flowers in your mosaic.

    All the best Jan

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  35. Sounds like a great summer coming up for you. Love the kitties and the mosaic if wonderful. I've not made a mosaic for ever so long - maybe I should start thinking about doing that.

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