Here and there

grulla mustangs

yellowflowers

beeoniris

fenceflowers

eagleplumsign

eagleplume

annstrangeowl

hummingbird1

broadmoor

broadmoorplace

broadmoorpastry

geesefamily

All this is here and there in a month. The Great Escape Mustang sanctuary, the Eagle Plume museum and store, the Broadmoor hotel, the glories of Spring…. I am reminded often of why I named the blog as I did. Wandering never really stops and my thirst for exploring remains unquenchable.

In a couple days, we step out of school sneakers and into flip flops, water shoes, and summer break. Soccer practices and tournaments, piano recitals, school field trips and volunteering will now be replaced with summer camps, weekend excursions and barbeques. I welcome it. I welcome the laziness of pools, the saunter of hot days, tubing on the creek and badminton on our dandelion lawn. I am also wholly and heartily welcoming 43 on Saturday. I learned long ago that happiness can only be present when realized. I have all that I will ever need.

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Below are the 3 baby robins we have been watching grow over the last few weeks. They each flew from their nest one morning last week and have yet to return. We were able to witness their first flight into the world and thus experienced the true meaning of “empty nest syndrome”. Flutters was the biggest, strongest and the first to fly, then Malcolm came next. Hiccup, the last, took his time, and though still unsteady and a little unsure of himself, made it across the lawn. We miss them, but this is the magic of birth and the approaching close of Spring.

babyrobins

hiccup

malcolm

I just finished taking Pitch Perfect, an online class on how to pitch articles and ideas to magazines and more. It’s a wonderfully thorough class for any writer interested in taking their work beyond the blog pages or their laptops. As much as I liked the idea of monetizing writing or shaking my words onto widespread, paper pages across lands and oceans, I don’t know if I am one of those writers–at least not at this point in my life. Perhaps maybe never. For now, the blog is enough, and coming here to share words is joy and a category all its own. Thank you for that. Thank you for reading or even just stopping by.

much love to you
xoxo

13 thoughts on “Here and there

  1. MJ,
    Happy Birthday! (I always feel like you are my older/wiser cousin, venturing into the new number, a few months ahead of me!) 43 looks good on you!

    I love how even with the big life-changes in the past two years that you haven’t lost sight of the beauty of your wondering, wondering, and discovering soul. It is that curiosity and imagination that shines beautifully here…and what makes it so lovely to read and see!

    Enjoy these flip-flop days!
    Hugs to you,
    Claudine

  2. Sending you beautiful birthday wishes for Saturday lovely. I haven’t popped into this space for some time. Crazy busy life stuff, but I am excited to say we are moving to Boston next month! Looking forward to having a bit more time to visit my favourite blogs. xx

  3. June is going to be wonderful :) I try not to forget your bday on Saturday. no early congratulations from me. it’s considered unlucky where I’m from. aside from that, thanks for the link :)

  4. Wishing you the happiest of birthdays and a wonderful year ahead. Those robins are adorable and I can just imagine how lovely it was to watch them take flight. Enjoy the ease that comes with summer.

  5. Wishing you an early happy birthday MJ, I know 43 will be a great year for you.
    Enjoy the freedom that comes with summer vacation. We have been on a break for a few weeks now and it’s been nice, although this past week has been crazy busy. Rain is headed my way or else tomorrow I would be on the beach!

  6. Wander, wonder, discover is such a lovely moniker for this blog. It’s also a wonderful philosophy to adopt in one’s life. I think it is the combination of your beautiful images and poetic prose coupled with this philosophy behind your actions that always makes this such an enjoyable stop on my blogging journey every couple days ;-)

    Although I tend to wander, wonder, and discover inwards more than outwards, I am quickly seeing how the discoveries in one realm reveal even more amazing discoveries in the other.

    Thanks for sharing your corner of the world with us, it is very much appreciated :-)

    • Thanks for your comments Dave, I couldn’t agree with you more about wandering and discovering on the inside :-). The connections are striking.

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