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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Things Learned in 2010....

Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world.  ~Josephine Demott Robinson

ask- before dumping a 5 gallon pail of swamp water out.
With 3 boys, at least one bucket is liable to contain a pet....:(

So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. 
Today's trouble is enough for today.
~Matthew 6:25-34

ummmm....is it me, 
or do you think the Leather Couch may have been inspired by the hippo?

You can tell yourself anything.
 It just depends on how you decide to set your mind on a matter.

A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke.
The less he spoke the more he heard....
Why am I not like that wise old bird?
~(Still in dire need of learning this one!)~

Free-Roaming Anything...
scares me.

The pedigree of honey Does not concern the bee; 
A clover, anytime, to him Is aristocracy.
~Emily Dickinson

It isn't enough to know how to ride....one must also learn how to fall.

There is so much beauty in the simple.

Even though at times it may seem like it-
not everything in this world is out to get me!
(I also learned I do NOT like being surprised...)

"Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?"
(I have learned I do this. Just ask 
 the "2 timed-burned-out-bottom" tea kettle:(

A Lot can happen when you sit still 
and embrace life with arms wide open.


It's been a good learning year.


A Prelude To... said...

"There is so much beauty in the simple."
I like that one a lot.

I really liked the tiger picture and quote. They reminded me of a hot lazy summer day.

Discovery Street said...

lol...i love the statement about dumping out water...too funny!

Thanks for sharing such wisdom! :)

Elizabeth Grimes said...

You learned all that in a year?! I know, all is a work in progress. Love the hummingbirds and the little sparrow. Happy new year!

darlin said...

What an excellent post Dawn, the photos are magnificent and you've shared so much wisdom. Life is a lesson, a continuous journey, one which the wise learn lesson and try to retain them... however humanism gets in the way occasionally and we have to stumble on the same lesson a few times to never forget... or that's me anyways! lol

Allison said...

I have had to master falling this year. But getting up (or crawling out) has been more genuine than anything I had ever done before. What a meaningful post. To a new year!!

TexWisGirl said...

Loved it all. The hippo/couch made me laugh. the frog - oh, the poor pet! :)

The bees were fantastic!!! And scary too. :)

Tracy said...

Ahhh, Dawn, what lovely lessons in life! Still trying ot learn the patience one myself! As well as the 'falling' part. Someday I will give up the perfectionistic part of myself and know it is okay to be less than perfect! In fact, it may even be healthier, but sooo difficult!
what a beautiful post~

carmilevy said...

In 2010, I found your blog, and I'm so glad I did. Definitely a learning moment that'll continue to grow in 2011.

Deb said...

love the way you put things...so glad I found your blog..looking forward to 2011 to see what you have to share with us...

What Karen Sees said...

What a great post! I wish I could have learned all the things you learned in 2010!! And what a great idea....instead of beating oneself up about all the New Year's resolutions one fails to keep, we'd all benefit by remembering all the things we've learned and accomplished!

Farm Girl said...

Wow what great thought and really great pictures and I laughed at some of them. I think you learned alot and I am glad. I am like you, I have seen what chickens eat to get free range. :)

Hope said...

you have an awesome blog! you never cease to amaze me with your creativity. The quotes, photo's and truths.

thank you Dawn!

Val said...

Dawn, you always have the best posts.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a great post. Good advice for 2011 too!

Gerreke said...

Dear Dawn,
I hope you have had a very nice christmas! We were on a ski holiday in Zwitserland. A few days ago we came back.

What a nice words. You have beautiful pictures selected in the texts.

Hilary said...

Beautiful idea for the year in review. I love that you chose critter photos to illustrate it. Wonderful!

Barbie said...

I love how you find just the perfect verses to fit your pictures. You are truly a gifted individual.

Anonymous said...

"it isn't enough to know how to ride,one must also learn how to fall"

love that one
it speaks to my heart
thanks Dawn
you are a treasure

love and light

Out on the prairie said...

I enjoyed your looking at the positives in your life. Too many people dwell on the failures and bad things, not knowing how easy it is to overcome these obstacles.Laugh at ones faults and they go away.

Balaphoto said...

Excellent shots!!! salut!!

Frank, Barcelona


Joe said...

Very good thoughts and awesome pictures :)!! Really liked the honey bees.

Anonymous said...

What a great post this is!!
A+ !!

Anonymous said...

I love all the pictures, but the hummingbird was my favorite. That picture and those words really hit home and I will remember that for quite some time..
Have a beautiful day tomorrow!!!

Michelle said...

Such wise words and all of them so true.

Randy said...

A good send off to 2010 and words to live my in 2011. Wonderful post.

Jayne said...

All wonderful lessons Dawn. :c)

Jack said...

Hi, Dawn. Thanks for visiting HDP. These photos tell me you had a big learning year. My leather sofa does look like that hippo. (And being an exclamation point is an honor, I think!)

Mary said...

I'm not surprised that the lessons you learned all dealt with nature and the outdoors. We have so much to learn from it -- if we only pause long enough to understand the lesson.

What a wonderful end-of-the-year post, Dawn. I do so love your photographs and prose. :)

vintch said...

your lessons learned are simply beautiful and speak so, so much truth! i love that they deal with nature, because some of the truest nuggets of wisdom are found outdoors. you are such a lovely soul, and this post really showed that. happy wednesday to you!

Pat Tillett said...

That was a great and thought provoking post!