February Impressions

Carol A. Hand

Even though surreal psychopathy rules, gentle moments of beauty still fill my heart with joy. It’s the poignant passing moments I prefer to celebrate and share today.


Green grass revealed by this week’s untimely thaw

February Thaw - 2017

February Thaw – 2017

now frozen, crunching beneath my slippered feet

the viola that was bravely blooming yesterday

 frosted, resting peacefully on the frozen ground


Blooming Viola – February 22, 2017 (my attempt to turn a blurry photo into edited art when there’s no chance of ever taking another picture after the moment passes…)

Blooming Viola – February 22, 2017
(My amateurish attempt to turn a blurry photo into edited art when there was no chance to ever capture this moment again…)



This post was inspired by my lovely, creative granddaughter who’s been spending the week with me. She’s been busy helping me build new memories rather than editing old ones.

Ava, Busy Creating - February 2017

Ava, Busy Creating – February 2017


About Carol A. Hand

What matters are not the titles I’ve held or university degrees I earned or the size of a house or bank account. It’s really what I’ve learned from ordinary people like me whom I’ve met along the way. They taught me to live with gratitude and give thanks for each new day.
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31 Responses to February Impressions

  1. Alok Singhal says:

    Wow, the timeline pics look so good. And that too in just 2 days!

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  2. mariaholm says:

    A tiny bit like visiting you Carol. Thank you

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  3. Spring is on its way, Carol. I love those first vibrant bursts from the waking world. Have fun making memories. 🙂

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  4. Love how you say, “build new memories rather than editing old ones.” A good reminder to relish the present.

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    • Thank you for your thoughtful comments, JoAnn. It is tempting to screen out these challenging times by living in the past or worrying about the future. I’m grateful for the reminders to be present in the moment that my granddaughter inspires. 🙂

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  5. desilef says:

    Ava looks so grown up!

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  6. You always feed us a delightful meal with your thoughts and your words dear Carol! And how fun that your granddaughter has spent the week with you. I miss my grandsons so much. 🙂 ❤

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  7. underswansea says:

    Wonderful post!

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    • Thank you for your lovely comment, Bob. My litmus test when I post something that stretches my comfort level is to often ask, “I wonder what Bob will think?” It’s true. I appreciate your ability to distinguish authenticity and something that just doesn’t quite ring true. Thank you so much for that. 🙂


      • underswansea says:

        Carol, that is such a nice comment. Thank you! Your posts are always a joy to read and they are full of truthfulness and insight. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Bob

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  8. Bernadette says:

    We see the future in our grandchildren and it is hopeful and beautiful.

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  9. inesephoto says:

    Love your pictures. Photographer’s personality reflects in their pictures as much as writer’s personality reflects in their books. It is a fact.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend with you granddaughter xx

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  10. smilecalm says:

    so warm and nurturing,
    loved ones, cared for
    in contrast to what
    underlies desires
    for power, wealth & fame 🙂

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  11. Robbie says:

    I have been absent from my blog for too long this past year. I miss your wisdom, thoughts, and story-teller. You are an inspiring writer! Pretty scary that we are seeing this weather. We broke a record for 7 days in a row “warmest” of all time in history!

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    • Thank you for your always lovely comments, Robbie. I’ve missed your blog, too. The effects of the wild weather shifts, especially for trees and bushes, worries me a lot. I’m not sure if it’s possible to protect them.


  12. Wonderful. It’s amazing the inspiration children bring.

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