weeds in the morning light

I am not really a morning person – at least, I’ve never thought of myself as one. Quite possibly, though, my aversion had something to do with that early morning alarm. Ever since turning it off, I am finding that mornings are – well – pretty awesome. Yeah, really – who knew?

Chessie on the mountain

Or maybe it was all the rushing around – frantically searching my closet for something to wear.


The forest doesn’t care what I wear on our early walk up the mountain – and neither does Chessie.

Chessie walking

Or maybe I just prefer a quiet cup of coffee, unhurried, outdoors – at least until the weather gets too cold. It’s the perfect me-time.

coffee and journal

Hummingbirds are my regular morning visitors as I sit writing in my journal. They will often hover quite near me as if to wish me a good morning. I’ve given up trying to take their photo, and simply pause to watch as they fly from flower to flower. They are a symbol of finding joy in the little things – I’m okay with that.


Last week, I celebrated one of those big round number birthdays – ummmm yeah, I really don’t want to talk about it… Needless to say, though, my family spoiled me and it is always wonderful when we can all be together – I am now learning to use my new camera (great big smile) which happily coincides with joining a photography course taught Kim Klassen. Rediscovering my joy for clicking is a fantastic feeling.

Ella in the forest playground

Also bringing joy – this little peanut. I can’t believe how quickly she is growing into a little person with her own big personality.

I am finally cleaning out my email boxes, unsubscribing and unsubscribing and unsubscribing, and figuring out where all those obnoxious alerts on my phone are coming from – is it just me, or do random alerts make you nuts, too?
I have been ignoring my old work email – as a retiree, keeping my email account is both a blessing and a curse. I told myself that I would give it two weeks before taking a look – but then two weeks flew by and I’m like “nahhhh, girl, you can make it three.” I’m on a bit of a digital detox…

And so – time is flying by. I really can’t believe that Labor Day is upon us – where has the summer gone? Remember all those mountains to be hiked and bike adventures to be had? Yeah… Life truly is what happens while you’re busy making plans. And now – it’s your turn – curious minds want to know – are you a morning person? Do you mind digital clutter? Have a system for keeping it neat?

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


6 responses to “morning”

  1. León Avatar

    I am a “sort of” morning person. I usually wake up fairly early (6-7) but it usually takes me a while to get out of bed. That’s one of the joys of being both retired and single. I can do early if I need to — to catch sunrise at the beach or meet a friend for an early breakfast. As for digital clutter, I do have more than I’d like, but it’s fairly tidy (i.e., organized). Still, it could do with a good purge every now and then. Beautiful photos, Karen, and I love the hummingbird!

  2. Beatrice P. Boyd Avatar

    Happy belated birthday wishes, Karen. Thanks for the comment on my recent Mt. Washington post and yes you should go to the mountain top, at least once. It is awesome to say the least. Your granddaughter is adorable and growing up as fast as our own 2-1/2 year old and yes they do become their own person. And, you seem to be doing the same thing in retirement – yeah for you! What type of new camera did you get as I may have missed that in an earlier post, Digital clutter is something I constantly try to avoid and will unsubscribe from anything sent that I did not specifically request.

  3. Lynne Avatar

    My mind never seems quiet . . . email clutter doesn’t help.
    Which reminds me . . . tend to unsubscribing . . . stuff . . . today.
    Porch sitting does “feed” my quiet time.
    Bird flitting, listening to chirps, the wind . . . I love my porch sitting time.
    A good book and an easy nap . . . happen there too.

    My unquiet mind brings thoughts, where do I want to go next,
    what is it that I still want to do . . . family, grand and great grand children happenings
    and then I remember . . . porch sitting, a nice walk, a book . . .
    continued love of snow, cold . . .all I really need as I live this plus eighty life of mine.
    (Happy “big round number” Birthday . . . I hope you enjoyed the candles!)

    Happy I have these friends, like you, that keep me centered, remind me
    of hummingbird joy and a photo catch . . . or not.
    Of wandering trips “of the mind” . . . and that we are all just kind of alike
    in our various chapters of life.

    Thanks for the unsubscribing thought! Off I go . . .

  4. Barb Avatar

    I’m definitely a morning person. Often, I’m up before dawn watching as light leaks onto the peaks. I like sitting with my morning black tea in my big chair by the window (which the Grands call “The Queen Chair” – I guess I’m the Queen). The morning light in your photos is a special treat. The single stalk of Goldenrod is magical. That little gal is really concentrating. They do grow in a blink of an eye, so enjoy her as much as possible. I’m a neat freak with my e-mail. I pretty much delete and organize every day. Unfortunately, my neatness only extends to the e-mail. I’m still not getting your posts by e-mail though I have the box checked. Don’t try to figure out why – there are more fun things for you to do. I’ll stop by occasionally and catch up.

  5. Carola Bartz Avatar

    I am definitely a morning person, but mornings have a very different quality whether you have to go to work or have a day on your own. I have a harder time getting out of bed on the days I’m off to work, whereas the other ones I enjoy getting up early and leaving for my walk around the lake.
    I so love your photos in this post. They tell of perfect mornings and the promise of a new day.

  6. Debbie Avatar

    i am a “want to be” morning person!! mornings are the best part of the day, but i sleep through them, rising way to late!! but i am content to enjoy my sleepy mornings, remembering that my entire “prior life” started very early, every day. i do not like email clutter and i have so much of it, i get it all cleaned up, i get busy for a few days…and there it is again!!! i only have 2 alerts on my phone, amber alerts and weather alerts!! happy birthday my dear friend, i am curious which one you are celebrating!!! your pictures today are amazing, the humming bird is so exceptionally beautifully. they are so fun to watch and i am so happy that you now have the time to enjoy them!!!

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