Sunday, November 20, 2011

{Monday} Moments

Saturday morning I loaded
my duffel bag into the car 
and made the short drive 
to spin class, the first tiny
snowflakes of the season
dancing merrily on my

{Our driveway}
My teens were still asleep
and my husband was 
at the gym.

I wasn't rushing to drop
someone off.

I wasn't rushing to pick
someone up.

I wasn't rushing to a meeting
or to the store to get something
that I'd forgotten earlier.

{A local favorite}

I'd given myself plenty of 
time, so I wasn't even 
rushing to spin class.

One of my favorite 
songs was on the radio.

I turned it up.

I smiled.

{Lake Minnetonka}

I make this drive three to
four days a week, but am
usually hustling to get there
and don't take in the details
of the drive.

Saturday was different.

{The florist was newly decked-out.}

As I sang along to the radio
and absorbed the minutia
of my brief drive, I felt a
funny leap in my chest and
I knew it was nothing but

I was joy-full.

{Summer drive-in turned Christmas tree lot.}

My mind wasn't racing 
ahead to the rest of my day,
or chewing on something
that had happened in the past.

I was fully present.

The first Christmas gift
of the season and it was
to me,
from me.

{Ready to drive out of the drive-in.}

In these holiday weeks
ahead of us, I wish you all
moments like this in the 
midst of the hustle and bustle.

Happy moments.
Present moments.

{Even the lamp posts seemed joyful!}

Stitch them gratefully
into your own life's quilt.

And most 


PS:  What moments are you
sharing around the virtual 
water cooler, today?  I will 
have the Moments link open all
week, so bring 'em on any time
that works for you.  Can't wait
to hear what you've been up to.....



Beautifully written...

I have a chalkboard in my kitchen and on it I wrote "Enjoy will never come again" to remind myself to slow down and take it all in.

michele said...

what a simplelovely moment to be grateful for, suzanne!

my moment came this afternoon in the car, all 4 of us together, laughing, in harmony, simply en route to the sub shop. i squeezed my eyes tight at one point; just listening to the rhythm of their voices and laughter. i am so grateful for these men, for few and far between moments (nowadays) that we are all in the same place at the same time.


Michelle said...

ow I wish our Christmas was in winter like yours. Ours in Australia, is coupled with the end of school year rush and the summer heat and humidity. Thoughts of snow at Christmas are a childhood dream of stories and carols I have always heard. Our children start a new year of schooling in January, and so they end their school year in December, in a few weeks time. The picture of your driveway is so, so beautiful and serene. And how, - how, I needed to hear your post, today. Again, as always - your posts are words seasoned, and timed to perfection for me. Thank you Suzanne.

paige said...

i love that you had an intentional joyfull nonstressed or flustered morning, a wonderful gift to yourself.
i love seeing the glimpses of your drive

have a wonderful thanksgiving week!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I am ready for this, SO READY.

Thursday I had my first round of parent conferences that went into the late evening. Today, more of the same. But I am blessed that I live about 30 miles from my job so I can have those ME moments that are a MUST. Dearest, after this rush, let's get together, even it is for a cup of tea. Wishing you more fabulous quietness and OH how I love Lake Minnetonka!!!! BISOUS, Anita

Biz said...

Oh I love the days when I know I'm in no rush to be anywhere and I can drive and enjoy the drive.
Good tunes...beautiful sights...God's gifts to us :)


A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, I just loved this, Suzanne! So important to remember to live in the present...

Life has calmed down so much this year for me, but there's still a lot of hustle & bustle...probably self-induced, I'm sure!

I will be more mindful of the beauties around me this morning as I head out into the world...thank-you, dear friend...


Stitchfork said...

The great thing about a camera in hand is that for me it can slow me down and make me really 'see' more. Love seeing your Saturday morn!
xo Cathy

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Oh Suzanne, your post brought back wonderful memories. I have spent quite a bit of time around Lake Minnetonka. Good friends and beautiful area. I even got my Minnetonka mocs there. I absolutely love your post!
Thanks for hosting Monday Moments. I just linked up to you.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I know this feeling so well, it makes my life so complete. I try to stop several times a day and just look out my window at the hummingbirds around my feeder or the sun moving across the mountain, inhale and it is intoxicating. I don't think I do it enough when I'm driving - will give it a go today :)

Tricia said...

Isn't it wonderful when you find moments like that? I felt that way yesterday as I was driving to my parents' house to pick up my son. The sun was setting and shining a golden light on the trees and grasses along the side of the road. A wonderful song came on the radio and I felt so in the moment, so happy. I even thought that to wonderfully perfect the whole thing felt. Hope you have a good week, Suzanne :)


Your ability to enjoy lifes moments brings us all joy.


Elizabeth said...

Beautiful! Me Moments! I love it!

I am origionally from Milwaukee although I now live in Virginia, your photo of Culvers brought a tear to my eye, not only because I love the concrete malts, but because I miss my family! Thank you for the reminder of the the me moments and your beautiful images.

Have a fabulous week!

Whosyergurl said...

I finally joined up! I've had this brewing in my mind for a couple of weeks...also, just followed you on twitter.
Love you photos. Wonderful to be good to slow down and breath!
xo, Cheryl

Farmgirl Paints said...

love those fully present moments. they don't happen very often! thinking of you:)

hometown girl said...

i love those kind of days when you don't feel rushed and you can take it all in.....have a great week! xo susan

Julie said...

Hey Minnesota Girl...Lovely lovely post! :-) smiling that you gave yourself the TIME to recline in the moment and simply feel BLISS! woot..I feel it with you right here reading it. such neat visuals to go with your sharing. looks like such a neat place to live, but you can HAVE the winters...bRRRRRRRrrrrr. I think Iowa will prove enough for this Southern barefoot girl to handle...Your little town might just do me IN! But what fun to toodle around with you. yes...
Thanks for sharing this with me at the cooler. I will be BACK next Monday...and hopefully have a moment to share myself. In the mean time...keep on catching those moments, and when you do...Be ALL there. Hugs to you Suzanne! xoxoxox

Melissa said...

oh sweet S- I am having these *moments* too...just being present and taking the time to let it all sink really acknowledge life...

a gift from you to you- I love this...I feel connected to this at the moment- with all we are doing to return home 12,000 miles away from our little English village...I'm taking time to recognise the *nothing* moments that mean *everything* ...and make up our day...

I adore that summer drive in now selling happy holiday goodies...

I could do with a Christmas in America some day...

We are heading down to London next weekend to have thanksgiving with our dearest English/American friends...we can't wait...

It's Thursday isn't it?

Melissa xx

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Suzanne...I enjoyed a wonderful weekend! I linked up, thank you!

Spur of the moment days turned into wonderful memories, even though I forgot my camera!

Tiffini Kilgore said...

i love those moments
i want more of them
that is something i am practicing more these days. just an intentional slowing down while our world speeds ahead oblivious to life. i'm so happy to know i have a sister who also desires to enJOY life more in the present.
here is to the present...cheers:)
happy almost thanksgiving if i don't talk to you before then. oh how i just pray it is full of enJOYable moments

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

What a lovely moment of soaking it all in on your way to workout! It's a good life isn't it, Suzanne? - so glad you found a moment to enjoy it!!

Jo said...

Love this!

You always seem to know just what I'm thinking :)

I've given myself permission to live in the moment and enjoy the holidays this year. I'm not going overboard and stressing out like I usually do.


Linda in AZ * said...

*** This is such a magnificently low-key way to remind us of some of the finer things in life~~~ those things money can't buy...

Thanks, dearest Suzanne. You know I ALWAYS leave here feeling "fulfilled"... (Note: and it fills my heart, so much, yet it isn't even FATTENING!!!)...

Warmest holiday hugs to all,
Linda in AZ *

lisaroyhandbags said...

Great post Suzanne! Those days are so lovely when you can just savour your surroundings and take in the beauty of the simplest things around you. I've been trying to do more of that now that the weather has cooled and I can get outside more xo

Sylvia said...

I have been there , dear Susanne, and I live for a moment like this ! You have expressed it so perfectly...I try to make it a daily habit , to experience every moment as a moment of life; I stop myself at list one time a day to look at the sky , to see a flower ..., but I know it's not always easy .
You are right , this is one of the most profound gifts we can give ourselves and let's do it more often .
Lovely photos , and one more time : perfect words for a perfect moment .

Hindsfeet said...

oh Suzanne, Delightful!! thanks for sprinkling us with this beauty today....

Your post inspires me to retitle my post from Sunday, nice little symbiosis here! : )

Happy Turkey Day over there, Suzanne, I'll add you to the list of folks I'm thankful for : )


Carol @ A Bird in Hand said...

Oh, happy to pay you a visit after so long. What a beautiful and thought-provoking blog you have written. So often, I feel that I am not present in the moment. I have to remind myself to stop and take a breath every now and again. Your post will be a gentle reminder for me to do that more often.

Blessings to you dear....

Susan T said...

Lovely thoughts, beautifully written. Snowflakes - how wonderful. Happy times are so precious.

Teacup Moments said...

This is one of my favorite entries, Suzanne. And I love each and every blog post so that's really saying a lot. All those details, the writing, the thoughts and sentiments! Love love love.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH DARLING FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!! YOU CAME TO ME FROM THE AMTRAK STATION! Oh how marvelous you are! I LOVE DC,NYC and the entire East Coast. Our Thanksgivings there were always so TRADITIONAL and fun. ENJOY and hope to see you soon upon your return! BISOUS, Anita

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

moments like those that are the best. Unexpected. Love the feeling of not rushing, good for you for going to spin! My best friends mom who is 76 (my second mom) still goes to spin 3 times a week, amazing!
I wish you and your family an amazing Thanksgiving :)Love

quintessence said...

I need to do this more often!! Especially with the busy season upon us, it's more important than ever. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday Suzanne!!

Felicity said...

The most beautiful of gifts to give and receive and so pleased that you were able to revel in it.

Apologies for being so late to 'the game' this week - have been busy with work which is a blessing in and of itself.

You have me intrigued with the sign for frozen custard butterburgers - they sound very naughty.

Happy day and remainder of your week loveliest You!


Karena said...

How wonderful Suzanne. A holiday trip to remember always.

I heard you came down with a flu bug...feel better soon!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Love and Hugs

Art by Karena

T's Daily Treasures said...

It is amazing what we see around us when we take time to slow down and take notice. Hope you and yours have a happy holiday weekend. Tammy

patty said...

this made me smile, all the way over here in east tennessee. what a beautiful post! and i love the idea of beautiful, monday moments. i will try to join you this week!
hope your thanksgiving was wonderful!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Suzanne!!!!!!!! HOW COOL that you contacted me by AIR!!!! PAR AVION...that is so cool!

My only choices to get together are the weekends, but we can meet halfway! I have to figure out where...but what weekend works best for you? I have no plans so far! Oh the weather here has been incredibly mild! It would be super if the weather was good enough for us to take a walk around Lake Minnetonka or Lake Calhoun!!!! LET ME KNOW! Anita

blessedmom's simple home said...

What beautiful photos and a good reminder to take in the beauty of each day :)

Low Tide High Style said...

Being fully present is the best way to live life to its fullest! I hope you are feeling all better now!

Kat :)

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

From what I have noticed Suzanne, you notice more than most people! You are the best at it. I am not sure if I was to add a link submision but it looked interesting and I thought i would try it. Much love XO

Lili said...

There's just something about experiencing a joyful moment in the most ordinary of days. I know you know how to savor that Suzanne! I was joyful today when I was able to get the last of my Christmas shopping finished,wrapped and taken to the post office for mailing...all before December 1! Yay! xo ~Lili

Amy Arnaz said...

Mmmmmm.... Nice. xoxo Amy