Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Unrelenting Heat Wave

...caused me to see things from
a new perspective.
I generally don't spend a great deal
of time in our pool,
sad I know, but usually if I'm in it
I'm involved in cleaning it.

I tend to feel guilty spending time
swimming when I see weeding, watering
and yard work I should attend to.

I am blessed with a beautiful home
and while I enjoy living here,
maintaining this yard requires alot of work.
So, back to the heat wave we're having...
I have found that while doing yardwork
I have needed to jump in the pool on
occasion lest my family come home in the
 evening to find me passed out from heat stroke.
I found myself floating around and
looking upward towards the sky
 (I didn't want to look anywhere I might spot
a wayward weed beckoning me to pluck it).
This new vantage point was magical,

I had forgotten what it was like to lie on
my back and peek through the tree canopy.
This was something I had done frequently
 as a child,
I need to do it more often!
This new perspective gave me new eyes,

if I hadn't looked skyward
I might have missed the crepe myrtles
blooming. I had spent so much time
focused on the ground staring at the weeds
that I didn't see the beautiful blooms
above me.

How many other times in  my life have
I had my nose to 'the grindstone'
and missed a gift simply because I did
not lift my eyes towards the heavens?

What are your eyes fixated upon lately?
Have you dared to look away from
the duties of the day so that you might
catch a glimpse of heaven here on earth?


  1. I know exactly what you mean, Diva. We get too focused on the task at hand sometimes, and miss the moment. :) That pool is beautiful! They would have to drag me out - lol!! xox Pam

  2. Oh boy, I'm jealous! I would give anything for a pool - especially this time of year! Enjoy! I love the view.


  3. There is so much beauty to see, if we but have eyes (and time and inclination!) to see it.
    I have found that since I have taken to doing blog challenges that I notice skies and flowers and beauty around so much more!

  4. Here's to floating about and looking up through leafy canopies!

  5. beautiful post, diva......thank you for the reminder to keep our eyes and heart open to the gifts that are so abundantly showered down upon us each day!!! xox, :))

  6. wow...look at your beautiful house...and that pool...in awe...love the tree shots...i am a cloud and sunrise girl myself...i love them to bits....we have a little pool in our yard and i so get the feeling guilty to be in the pool when something needs to be done...we are in the middle of a very cold winter...oh i wish it was a bit hotter here at the moment...xxx

  7. To be honest, my eyes have been turned inward quite often lately.

    BUT - I was dazzled by evidence of a breeze yesterday and spent a long time watching branches sway...hoping for a cool front. True.

  8. Diva, your house is just beautiful. It looks so peaceful and wooded. Love it! I used to have a big pool at my old house and I loved waking up at the crack of dawn with a cup of coffee and my bathing suit. I headed to the pool to enjoy the world and the water before the rest of the world caught on. I miss it sometimes but I love the freedom of my new life so much more.

  9. Awww, what a happy little Post. I love to do things I used to do as a child from time to time. Having grandbabies makes it easier...and SO much fun. : )
    Have a good weekend, Diva.
    Mary Lou

  10. Well, good heavens, I'm so glad that you found the time (you certainly deserve it) to do some floating and gazing. Point well taken and believe me, I've been doing a lot of looking at the weeds instead of up to the blessings.

  11. I get what you're saying perfectly. I too found escape in our pool we once had. It was really lovely. I have to remind myself that I can't be a slave to yard and house work!!

  12. This post resonated with me because these days I seem to be so fixed with nose to the grindstone. Thank you for reminding me to look up more often. Your home is beautiful and that pool looks heavenly right about now. :-)

  13. Diva amor, what a wonderful post to come visit you on...this resonated with me like you wouldn't believe :) I wanted to thank you for your wonderful visit today and your warm thoughts of welcome, they truly mean the world to me, thank you for not forgetting about me and making me smile, I hope you take more time to enjoy the beautiful views around you...weeding & cleaning can always wait :) Besos, Rose

  14. A new perspective is always a good thing. Thanks for the reminder. Stay cool!


  15. Thank you for sharing your beautiful tree canopy with us.

  16. okay, before i go to bed i came over to read your last post.
    i was feeling guilty after writing you that email! LOL
    first, we have a pool. (it's in the pasture to the west of the house - isn't that a kick? you can be laying in a chaise lounge and all of a sudden have a horse nip at your head. hahaha)Anyway, get a pool man. It's worth every penny!

    I loved this post.
    I agree with this post.
    And I love to look towards the heavens because it reminds me that God is right there with me!! :)

    okay, now i can sleep peacefully..............your last post was in JULY - I am such a better blog poster than you........AUGUST. ROTF.