The final week of sharing shots of nature that I’ve discovered this past month. And just in time to focus on Camp NaNo. What is Camp NaNo, you ask? Tune in next week and I’ll share what it is and what I’m working on. But first, one more week of nature. Sit back and breathe in the silent beauty.
From birth to full-bloom. Each holds its own beauty.
Oftentimes, raw beauty is the best kind. Nature, unaltered, unmanicured, all natural. It’s these things, unseen if we don’t take the time to notice them, that make up so much of life.
If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable. –Rainer Maria Rilke
This is the last of the character interviews from the Melanie Hogan cozy mystery series. I hope you enjoyed getting to know them.
Can you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I’m Melanie’s grandmother, but I’ve raised her since my daughter, Violet, left her with me when Melanie was just four years old. Violet broke Melanie’s heart when she decided that making it in Hollywood was more important than her own daughter. At first Melanie didn’t understand, but as she got older, her resentment grew. I pray that someday Violet will find peace and she and Melanie can have a relationship. But I have to say, raising Melanie has been my greatest joy. That child is more precious to me than anything in the world. I couldn’t ever imagine my life without her. Back when I was working as a nurse at St. Luke’s hospital, Melanie helped me take care of her granddad when he became ill. She has been a Godsend.
Where do you live?
I’ve lived in Birch Haven, Minnesota all my life. I was born here, and I’ll die here.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
No further than my own front porch. I love my home and every day I spend here is a blessing.
What is your favorite pastime?
Gardening and cooking. I love to work in my flower gardens and to teach Melanie how to cook. We Minnesotans love our hotdish, dontcha know, so there’s never a shortage of recipes to teach her. And there’s no better place to connect and spend time together as a family than in the kitchen. Melanie and I have had our best conversations while cooking or sitting at the kitchen table.
What is your favorite way to spend a weekend?
When you’re retired, dear, every day is a weekend. My favorite way to spend any day is with Melanie and her friends. And they always make time for this old woman, those sweet kids.
What brings you the most joy?
Melanie. And my memories of her granddad. It’s those memories that help me through my broken heart from Violet. But I believe there’s still hope for her.
What is your most fond memory?
When Melanie was young, watching her with her granddad in the garage. He loved to work on cars and she was right by his side, soaking up everything he taught her. She’d come in with grease smudged on her face and cute as a button.
If you could change one thing about your life what would it be?
I wouldn’t change a single thing. I’m the most blessed woman on this earth.
You wouldn’t change anything?
Well, maybe for Violet to finally find peace so she and Melanie could have a relationship. Maybe someday. Perhaps in one of the next books. Tune in to find out.
Take a timeout from the busyness of life to step into the tranquility of nature.
“Our life depends on the kind of thoughts we nurture. If our thoughts are peaceful, calm, meek, and kind, then that is what our life is like. If our attention is turned to the circumstances in which we live, we are drawn into a whirlpool of thoughts and can have neither peace nor tranquility.” -Thaddeus of Vitovnica, Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica
Take a moment from the daily chaos to breathe. Taste the beauty of nature and bask in the glow of tranquility.
“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” ~e.e. cummings
I’ve decided to make Tuesday a Timeout Day. I’ll be posting photos I’ve taken from nature that bring a restful time-out in the middle of a busy, chaotic day, in which to breathe and to find calm and peace, or to start your day with a touch of serenity from nature.
I openly welcome anyone who has a special photo–or two–that you would like to share on my blog. Simply send the photo to my email address (listed on my contact page) with your information so it can be linked to you.
And now, I bring you the first Timeout Tuesday. 🙂
“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.” ~George Washington Carver