Moments of Peace/Pictures

Moments of Peace Part 9

TGIF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hmm.  Am I happy it’s Friday or what?  What a week!  Welcome to my new followers.  Thank you for taking this journey with me.  I am very thankful for my Moments of Peace because they have really helped me get through a very challenging week.  It’s nice to have moments that remind me to BREATHE.

06/15/12 My view on my walk in West LA today. PINK!

06/15/12 My view on my walk in West LA today. HELLO rays of sun!

06/15/12 This is a wonderful wedding quilt my Mommy-In-Law made that we FINALLY put on our bed. It’s wonderful! One day we’ll get rid of our ’80s furniture…

06/16/12 My view on my walk in West LA as day turns to night. MAGENTA!

06/16/12 My view on my walk in West LA as night arrives. Something about the way the lamp post looks against the tree really caught my eye.

06/16/12 It’s always an honor to see Corey perform Improv on the stage with The Magic Meathands. I feel very at peace when I see him up there in his element. I believe he was saying, “They’re eating our cake of doom!”.

06/17/12 My view from the sun deck as night arrives. I was fascinated by the glow in the night sky.

06/17/12 My view from the sun deck as night arrives. And again, more of that glow.

06/18/12 A lovely lady gave me this beautiful purple gift from her garden and I’m happy to say it’s still alive!!! Thank you!!!

06/18/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. I am such a sucker for cloud views in the sky. ‘Tis the season for moody skies.

06/18/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night.  More moody skies.  This sun streak appeared in the clouds as I arrived on the sun deck and then quickly went away.  Such a gift.  And I don’t think I noticed that bird flying in the sky till I posted this picture here.  Nice!

06/19/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. You can see sunny skies on the horizon. Gotta love when the marine layer comes in and helps to cool it down and just for me. I just know it!

06/19/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. Hints of blue sky here and there.

06/20/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. One of those lovely glowing sunsets.

06/20/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. The sun looks so intense here.

06/21/12 My view on my walk in West LA as day turns to night. My favorite: clouds and sky.

06/21/12 My view on my walk in West LA as day turns to night. The sky was sooooo blue. It was a beautiful night–mainly because I got out for the first time in days!

 

Alrighty!  I hope you all enjoyed my peaceful moments.  I know I did!!!  Have a wonderfully peaceful weekend!

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Moments of Peace Part 8

FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY!!  YEAH BABY!

Struggling to get back into the swing of things and yet do it a different way–in a more self-caring and healthy manner.  Posting my Moments of Peace does help.  Here we go!

06/08/12 My view at LAX. I had just dropped off Corey at the airport and I was sad. Feeling the breeze and the sunlight as the palm trees blew helped.

06/08/12 My view at LAX. What no planes? Pretty cool huh? You never know what you’re gonna see wherever you are. That’s the best part.

**Last Friday, after I dropped off Corey at LAX I found myself doing some retail therapy and managed to have some luck finding clothes which is amazing!  And that evening I found myself at The Getty Center.  For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s this really beautiful place with art museums and gardens and what I love about it is all the nature, the quiet and the idea that I can walk around there and not need to go into any building and just enjoy the scenery.  On a really clear day you can see the spread of the LA area for miles and sometimes the ocean really sparkles off in the distance.  I love it!  I haven’t been able to go for awhile because I have such a hard time in the sun with my lupus (and my MS) and they are usually only open during the day.  If theyf were open at night I’d be there much much more.  Here a few Moments of Peace from that experience:

06/08/12 My view on the tram on the way to The Getty Center as day turns to night.

06/08/12 My view facing The Getty after just arriving as day turns to night.

06/08/12 My view at The Getty as day turns to night.

06/08/12 My view from The Getty as day turns to night.  Quite a cloudy night.

06/08/12 Hey! That’s me at The Getty!

06/08/12 My view of the gardens at The Getty Center as day turns to night.

06/08/12 I loved these flowers at The Getty!

06/08/12 My view from The Getty as night arrives. Very low clouds.

06/08/12 My view from The Getty as night arrives. The best part about this is seeing that almost solid line of lights going diagonally across the picture, knowing that’s the freeway traffic and being sooooo happy I’m not in it.

06/08/12 My view at The Getty in the same place as when I started but at night. So neat.

**And now onto the rest of the week:

06/09/12 My view in West LA as evening arrives.

06/09/12 My view in West LA as evening arrives.

06/09/12 My view in West LA as night arrives.

06/10/12 My view in West LA as day turns to night.

06/10/12 My view in Westchester, CA as day turns to night.

06/11/12 My view from the sun deck as night arrives. It was a very clear night. Those lights far off in the distance are Hollywood, I believe.

06/11/12 My view from the sun deck as night arrives. I love twinkling city lights!

06/12/12 My view at LAX as night arrives. I was there to pick up Corey and grabbed this before hurrying across the street in time for the light.

06/13/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. That white ball above the glow is the sun. I love when I can get views like this.

06/13/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. Another view that I am in awe of.

06/14/12 My view in West LA as day turns to night. There were some pinks in there.

It always feels good to post these and share them!  I hope you liked them.  Do you have any Moments of Peace you’d like to share?  I’d love to see them!!!

HAVE AN AWESOME AND PEACEFUL WEEKEND ALL!

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Moments of Peace Part 7

Happy 3 Day Weekend All!  I hope you can enjoy the Holiday!  It will be a very special day for me on Monday because it’s also my Birthday!  I’m not sure how it’s already that time of year and I’m just gonna go with it.  It’s good to be alive.

Welcome to my new followers this week.  It is really so very cool to share my journey with all of you.  This week has been a very full week of ups and downs and roundabouts and I’m pretty exhausted.  Next week I am on a Rest-cation and I can’t wait!  I need the break badly.

It’s that time of week again where I like to review my Moments of Peace and share them with you:

05/18/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. Clear skies and lots of views of planes that night. We are in the flight pattern of 2 different airports and I really enjoy watching the planes fly by.

05/18/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. I really like how the sun’s reflections on the low clouds on the horizon give us the view of extra streaks of light.

05/18/12 Corey and our Cleo Kitty. These 2 are so in love. As you can see, Cleo has her own little playground on the floor with wrapping paper (that she just loves to sit on) and some kitty beds, and toys everywhere. We kinda like her.

05/19/12 My view from my balcony as morning turns to do. Some of the best views of the sky have come from my balcony. It is so nice to be able to see the big sky from our place.

05/19/12 My view from my balcony as morning turns to day. Another really neat view.

05/19/12 My view on a random street corner in West LA as day turns to night. I was running some errands and had to grab the picture before I lost the sun.  Oh and I grabbed it from the car.

05/19/12 My view in West LA as day turns to night. This time I wasn’t Driving While Taking Pictures and was on the sidewalk.

05/19/12 Being able to see Corey perform with improv group The Magic Meathands always gives me peace and lots of laughter. I was so happy to be able to get out and see him on the stage!

05/20/12 We went to Santa Monica, CA to see the solar eclipse on Sunday and it was wonderfully relaxing. The ocean always helps me feel at peace.

05/20/12 My view of the solar eclipse in Santa Monica, CA. The light was getting very dramatic at this point.

05/21/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. Gotta love the twinkling LA nights.

05/21/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. I turned to the right from the last picture and this is what I saw. Oh how I love the pinks!

05/22/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to evening. It was kinda hot. Look at that intense sun!

05/22/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to evening. I was trying to be artsy with this but it came out kinda weird. I really like the flatline effect of the sun.

05/23/12 My view on my walk in Santa Monica, CA. Look at that vibrant purple!

05/23/12 Had my absolutely favorite lunch at The Veggie Grill. They call it Buffalo Chickin’ Salad and it is not chicken. It is their own vegetarian version. It is so good and it tastes like chicken with the consistency too. I love it!

05/23/12 My view on my walk in Santa Monica, CA. Huge palm tree!

05/24/12 My view on my walk in Beverly Hills, CA. Such pretty simplicity.

05/24/12 My view on my walk in Beverly Hills, CA. Crazy strong sun!

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Moments of Peace Part 6

Yay!  Time for hoots and hollers!  TGIF!  It’s FRIDAY!

Can you tell I’m excited it’s Friday?  I spent the whole week trying to recover and rebuild from the horrible medication episode I had last week and I still feel like I have a ways to go.  The good news is is that I’m in recovery mode and on the right path.  Somehow I keep on chuggin’.

Welcome to my new followers this week!  I’m soooooo excited you’ve joined me on this journey.  I’d love to hear from you!

And now for the Moments of Peace that helped me get through the week:

05/11/12 My view on my walk in West LA. Ooooooh sparkly light through the trees.

05/11/12 My view on my walk in West LA. You can’t go wrong with palm trees.

05/12/12 My view on my walk in West LA as day turns to night. I had to pet the furry leaves. I couldn’t resist.

05/12/12 My view on my walk in West LA as day turns to night. I love the simplicity of the framing and the bright orangey/red was so vibrant!

05/13/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. Sneakin’ a peak around the corner.

05/14/12 My view on my walk in West LA today. Daisies! A family favorite. Reminds me of spending weekends with my Nana and stopping by the side of any road and picking up wild daisies in the brush. It was kinda crazy and soooooo neat to do.

05/14/12 My view on my walk in West LA today. Something about the way the sunlight is shining on these very green leaves and the way they shine just gets me. Helps to see such a clear blue sky and in LA too!

05/14/12 I made yummy vanilla creme cupcakes and they were pretty yummy. Really helped me feel peace on Monday that’s for sure. Gotta use my hands!

05/14/12 Beware the Corey-zilla! Yes, even this was peaceful for me. I can’t help it. The guy (my awesome husband) makes me laugh and giggle all the time…and he loves sweets that I bake too so both of those together really helped me feel some peace.

05/15/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. Oh yeah look at that. You can see that star in the sky off to the left (barely but you can). I do believe that’s a planet but I’m not sure which one.

05/15/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. Crazy to think that the picture before this actually did show some daylight when this one looks a lot later in the day (I only turned from right to left and this is what I got). That’s what lights will do I guess. There is definitely peace in the night sky too with all the twinkling lights. Oh and you can see all the bumper to bumper traffic on the freeway in the top right corner of the horizon. That’s peaceful because I’m not in it.

05/16/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. I love love love when the sun looks through that palm tree at me. It’s hard to catch that moment but I caught it!  It was sooo pretty!

05/16/12 One of those magical moments when I actually caught the sun before it went behind the mountains. Just lovely and the sun was glowing! One of those really nice LA sunsets. Would’ve been a nice night to be on the beach but I’ll take what I can get.

05/17/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. The sun just kept trying to force the clouds to open up! The marine layer/clouds from the coast came rolling in and left about an hour later to leave a very clear sky.

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Moments of Peace Part 5

Hello!!!  Wow I am so thrilled it’s Friday.  I can’t wait for the weekend!  Welcome to all of my new followers!  I’m so excited you’ve joined me on my journey.  You are all awesome!

WHAT A WEEK IT’S BEEN:

Monday–Try to catch up with myself and with all the medical business that I didn’t get to take care of the week before (when I had 4 doctor appointments).  That included writing notes from my doctor appointments, updated my doctor list, updating my medication lists, etc.  It kinda felt neverending.

Tuesday–Had an appointment with my Primary Care Doctor.  He’s an interesting guy.  He kinda bugs me but he does try.  He was unhappy with the state of my blood pressure–I tend to go high–and tried to add another medication to help bring it down.

Wednesday–Had an appointment with me to take care of me.  It still feels like business in some ways when I do this and not exactly relaxing.  I try to schedule in more rest and do a special muscle soak bath.  Tried that new blood pressure medication.

Thursday–Woke up FEELING AWFUL and I was almost sure it was the new blood pressure medication.  Stopped taking it.  Spent the day recovering.  One little pill can feel so poisonous.

Friday–Hey that’s today.  STILL recovering from taking that awful pill on Wednesday.  My body continues to try to purge it out of its system.  Thankfully I am feeling better than yesterday.  Trying to be patient and gentle with myself.

Due to the roller coaster stress of the week I have definitely needed my Moments of Peace.  I can’t wait to share them with you:

05/04/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night.  The sky kept glowing.

05/04/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night.  Quite a big moon there and it is as if the moon is giving off wispy waves of clouds.

05/05/12 My view from Westside Pavilion in West LA as evening begins. We went to see Avengers that night and I had to get the picture from where I was. Loved Avengers by the way and highly recommend seeing it if you haven’t already. So much fun!  And…it was so nice to get out!

05/06/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. Loving the moody sky.

05/07/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. There is something about the sun peaking through the palm tree that I love love love!

05/07/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. The sun is so powerful here.

05/08/12 My view on my walk in Pacific Palisades. I didn’t know at the time that the red/hot pink color would actually show up in the picture. Such a nice gift.

05/08/12 My view on my walk in Pacific Palisades. All I can say is WOW!

05/09/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. The glowing sun.

05/09/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. This time I was peaking around the corner at the sun.

05/10/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. I love me some clouds.

05/10/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. The sky often reflects what I’m feeling when I look at it. This was my worst feeling day this week. I think the picture speaks for itself.

And that was my week.  How was yours?  Have a shnazzy weekend!

 

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Moments of Peace Part 4

With 4 appointments this week I sure did need my Moments of Peace.  I’d love to share them with you!

04/27/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. Thank you to the bird for adding a little extra enhancement to my photo.

04/27/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. Loving the streaks of pink and the blues.

04/28/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. That sun sure is intense.

04/29/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to evening. Loving the white puffy clouds. My favorite.

04/29/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. Looks pretty dramatic as the clouds roll in from the ocean.

04/30/12 My view on my walk in Santa Monica, CA. It was quite windy with no sun.

04/30/12 My view on my walk in Santa Monica, CA. LOVING my favorite purple in combination with the white. This picture came out better than I expected.

05/01/12 My view on my walk in Santa Monica, CA. Yes, I’m in Santa Monica again today. Most of my doctors are there. I’m not complaining. It’s a beautiful place. Something about the way the landscaping and the plants lined up really caught my eye with this one.

05/01/12 My view on my walk in Santa Monica, CA. The light is just poking through.

05/02/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. It was cloudy all day but the sun really is on the horizon.

05/02/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. I can’t help but notice these birds just keep sneaking into my photos. I guess they want their fame.

05/03/12 My view on my walk in Pacific Palisades, CA. It was a beautiful day! White puffy clouds and lovely blue sky. Wonderful!

05/03/12 My view on my walk in Pacific Palisades, CA. I really like the circular patterns in this photo. Really neat.

And that’s it for this week!  I feel a little bit better now that I’ve seen these Moments of Peace again.  I’m exhausted today so breathing helps.  Do you have any Moments of Peace you’d like to share?

I hope you all have a wonderful and peaceful weekend!

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Moments of Peace Part 3

Happy Friday!  Oh thank goodness!  It’s been a hard week.  My daily moments of peace helped me get through it!

04/21/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. Yes. Even cloudy nights feel peaceful.

04/21/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. Oh the tricks our minds and eyes can play on us. This is the reflection on the door of the entrance to our apartment building.

04/22/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. I really like the layering of the clouds in this.

04/23/12 My view on my walk in Pacific Palisades. Loving the red of the flowers.

04/23/12 My view on my walk in Pacific Palisades. There's a little park near my doctor's office that I really enjoy. I am always seeing new views of the trees there.

04/24/12 My view on my walk in Beverly Hills. This was taken after my acupuncture appointment. I felt so much better afterwards!

04/24/12 My view on my walk in Beverly Hills. I just happened to look up at the right moment and the opportunity presented itself. This is definitely my favorite of the week!

04/25/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. An absolutely beautiful stormy sunset sky! I had such a hard time that day physically but seeing the sky helped me to take a deep breath.

04/25/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. And another deep breath was had as I continued to watch and capture the stormy sunset sky.

04/26/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. Why yes! That is the moon! It only took a few more seconds after this photo for the moon to hide behind the fluffy clouds again.

04/26/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. The dark clouds kinda looked stormy but we didn't get any of it.

 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  We all deserve it!

 

 

 

 

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Moments of Peace Part 2

It’s Friday!  That means it’s time to reflect on my moments of peace throughout the week.  Everyday I make an effort to take pictures of nature.  These to me are true moments of peace and great opportunities to take a deep breath.  It’s been a very draining week with lots of ups and downs so these moments really helped a lot.  And tonight I get to do a Home Sleep Study Test so posting these will help me to stay focused and relaxed.  I can’t help but wait for it to be done but until then here are my pics for the week:

04/14/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night.

04/14/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night.

04/14/12 Corey performed with The Magic Meathands Improv Group on Saturday night. It always brings me peace to see him up on the stage in his element. He makes me laugh too which always helps!

04/15/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night. Can't get over the feeling of geometry. Not that geometry brought me peace but it's still neat!

04/16/12 My view on my walk in Santa Monica, CA. When I go to doctor appointments I try to make it a point to take a walk around the area while I'm there.

04/16/12 My view on my walk in Santa Monica, CA. This pine cone reminded me of the pine cones back home in New Hampshire.

04/17/12 My view in Pacific Palisades, CA. I find myself here a lot because I see two different doctors there. This area is so beautiful it sparkles and the colors are so vibrant. I don't know what it is but I love going there. It would be better if I didn't have to see the doctors too but that's ok.

04/17/12 My view in Pacific Palisades, CA. I love those shining leaves!

04/18/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night.

04/19/12 My view on my walk in Santa Monica, CA.

04/19/12 My view on my walk in Santa Monica, CA.

Have an awesome and peaceful weekend!!!

 

 

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Moments of Peace

As I’ve gotten older I have found that I look for more and more moments of peace.  I need those times when I can take a deep breath and feel some quiet in the moment.  One of my favorite things to do is go up to the sun deck of our apartment building and watch the sky.  I feel most connected with the sky and with nature.  It’s also really neat to look at the world from a different point of view.  On clear days I can look west and see glimpses of the ocean or I can look east and see the Hollywood sign and the hills surrounding it.  It’s also really cool to watch the planes land south of us at LAX.

It finally occurred to me that I could take pictures of what I see and share them with others.  So just about every day I make it a point to go up to the sun deck, take some deep breaths, get some perspective, and take some pictures to share.  And if I don’t make it up to the sun deck, it is now so ingrained in me to look at nature and my surroundings wherever I am and to take pictures and continue to share them.  There’s a whole world out there to see.  Why not share it?  These meditations have helped me so much when it comes to dealing with the stress of multiple sclerosis, lupus and life in general.  It helps me to remember it is not all about what is going on in my head.

With that being said, here’s some moments of peace I’ve been able to find in the past week:

04/07/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night.

04/08/12 My view from my balcony as morning arrives.

04/08/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night.

04/09/12 My view on my walk today.

04/09/12 My view on my walk today.

04/10/12 My view on my walk today.

04/10/12 My view on my walk today.

04/11/12 My view from my balcony as morning arrives.

04/11/12 My view from my balcony as white puffy clouds float by.

04/11/12 I love my purple tulips!

04/11/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night.

04/11/12 My view from the sun deck as day turns to night.

04/12/12 My view on my walk today.

04/12/12 My view on my walk today.

Do you have any moments of peace you’d like to share?  If so, I’d love to see them.

I hope you all have a really nice weekend!

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