Amidst the grief of the past week, there have been bright spots. I wanted to share a few of them with you.
Today, when I picked up my mail from the last two weeks, I found my copy of Lowe's Creative Ideas and in it the photograph I sold a while back! It was a lovely surprise as I had forgotten all about it!
They publish 11 different regional issues, and my photo is in the Desert Region Spring 2012 edition!
While in Costa Rica, a friend of mine at work put me in touch with her Uncle Rodrigo. From the first phone call, he was a friend. He is a retired surgeon from Atlanta, Georgia, now back in his home country of Costa Rica. He was the most kind hearted and compassionate man, who was generous with his hospitality, time and medical knowledge. My sister and I are indebted to him for all that he did for us while in Costa Rica with our Mom. He made a difficult path much smoother and gave up a week of his busy life to assist us. He truly was our Guardian Angel while we were there.
Rodrigo's home was beautiful and surrounded by lush flowers and plants.
In the mornings, the back patio was a haven of color and light.
What a joy to wake up to such beauty!
The flowers were such a lift to my heart each day.
We returned home to northern Arizona and snow! The Collared doves were at the feeder as were a Red Shafted Northern Flicker and many others throughout the snow storm.
It felt like mid-winter as the inches of snow piled up. Here there are about 18" of snow on the ground. We ended up with between 24" and 29" of snow where I live! At first I was unhappy about the snow, but it gave me a day to rest and regroup and for that I am very thankful. Today the sun is peeping in and out of the clouds and the ground is warm enough that the snow is already beginning to melt. I'm glad of that as I travel to Colorado in the morning to plan a Celebration of my Mother's life for this coming Saturday and to begin the process of settling my parent's estate.