Thanks, Robin!

Ever had one of those days when the hours between breakfast and bedtime pass in a flash?

I know you have!

Itโ€™s been that way around here for a couple of weeks now โ€“ just too much on the schedule.

In the middle of it all, I thought of Robin Williams.

<Oh boy! Poor Crystal is cracking up!!!> ๐Ÿ˜‰


Seriously though, do you remember the movie, Dead Poets Society? In it, Robin Williams is an English professor who inspires his students with his unconventional style of teaching. He urges them to โ€œseize the dayโ€ (carpe diem).

After the popularity of the film, that phrase (originally from the writings of Horace) quickly caught on. It reminded all of us to “live in the moment”.

Recently, after a blur of an afternoon, I happened to glance out the window and notice that our iris were at their peak. So beautiful; so soothing to behold; I could feel myself begin to relax . . .

My mind wandered for a few seconds, and then somehow I remembered the movie . . .

Carpe diem, indeed! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wishing you a calm moment today.




Thanks, Robin! — 12 Comments

  1. I enjoyed Dead Poets Society! Now, I will have to watch it again.
    It has been awhile and I found it rather a complex movie.
    Your Irises are lovely. They were one of my mom’s favorite flowers.
    Thanks for sharing…Cindi

  2. I did the same thing this week end. I was in the yard with my grand daughter (who’s two) and I saw my Peonies blooming. I took the little one over and we took turns smelling the bloossoms. We were indeed in the moment. Then we saw a butterfly….. then the dog…. then a bird….. and off our adventures took us.

  3. So funny that this is the topic of your post today.

    Just a few minutes ago, I called Terry to look out the window to see my Siberian Iris. I love their electric purple/blue color especially when its raining. My comment to him was ” Isn’t it just so relaxing looking at the pond when every leaf is so green and the birds are just going about their business”.

    I wish every one would find their own place to spend a peaceful moment.
    xx, Carol

  4. so true,we have to learn to slow down and appreciate the little things.Life is so short:)

  5. Morning Sweetie!

    I never saw the movie, but seizing the day sounds like a good thing to me.

    Your iris patch is wonderful, and are those lilacs just behind? How beautiful!!! I can just imagine little happy garden fairies flitting around in there! … Yep, I’ve totally lost it!

    xoxo Paulette

  6. Wow, I thought I was looking at a painting! Those flowers are gorgeous! ^^
    I understand how you feel. Sometimes life goes past us so fast that we need simple moments like this, to appreciate everything that we have and just continue to live life to the fullest and in the best way we know how. c:

  7. Those flowers are so pretty- congratulations, you actually made me smile while on hold with the internet service (for the five millionth time…)

  8. Thank you so much, Ladies!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    (and yes, Paulette! They are “miniature” lilacs. ๐Ÿ™‚
    We planted that little bush for our 25th wedding anniversary. It’s just outside our bedroom window, and the beautiful fragrance is often carried into the house by a warm spring breeze.

  9. What a lovely view! I just joined netflix yesterday so will look up that movie..I’ve never seen it. Good advice for everyone….there is so much good to see in the world…

    On another note, I won a Lavender and Lace pendant from you a while back and I finally got it back this week! My DIL made the ‘string’ of beads and added a clasp with what she had…I wore it and it scratches me in places…I’ll have to see what I can do to smooth those edges.

    I have an 18yr old daughter that is getting into jewelry making. I got her several pliers, beads, finding and a book at WalMart. Do you have a source to share for findings? I noticed you use sterling or gold plated. She has already made a necklace/earring set. very basic, but it is a beginning. She is so creative and has a unique style (don’t all artists)? I’m sure she can make some beautiful pieces once she gets the hand of it. Any advice; sites etc that you would recommend?

    Crystal says: Hi Shelley!

    It was so sweet of your daughter-in-law to string a necklace for the pendant that you won! Is it in the area where she put the clasp that scratches you? If so, it could be the little “ends” of the beading wire that are not completely trimmed.

    How fun that your daughter is making jewelry! ๐Ÿ™‚

    For the widest choice of clasps, in all kinds of metals, sizes, and prices, take a look on the Fire Mountain website:

    For tutorials on making jewelry, check out youtube and search on jewelry making or beading. There is a wealth of good info there.

    And finally, for beautiful vintage beads that are truly little treasures from the past, visit my bead store! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. I took a few moments out today to enjoy the cool air this morning before class. There is a gentle breeze blowing and I’m getting ready to go eat lunch and then more studying. I think I will eat outside.

    Thank you for the beautiful flowers, they made me smile.

  11. My brother really likes the Dead Poets society! I love your iris’s. I planted a few in my garden. It bloomed for one season….then I think the gophers ate up the bulbs ๐Ÿ™ My gladiolas and fresias survived though!

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