Gratitude for Gardens and Granddaughters

Carol A. Hand

Sometimes, one doesn’t have to travel far

to observe serenity and beauty with beloved companions

Neighborhood Garden – July 3, 2017

Even in the context of critters, city “upgrades,” and unpredictable weather

City “Upgrades” on a Drizzly Day – July 12, 2017

sometimes there are possibilities to create little sanctuaries

Gardens in the Rain – July 12, 2017

Sanctuary at Sunset – July 16, 2017

to enjoy a simple life and share love and laughter

Enjoying the Sunshine – July 16, 2017

weaving deeper appreciation for things that matter

knowing that these precious moments will pass

with the ever-changing seasons of our lives


Joni Mitchell – Circle Game


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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45 Responses to Gratitude for Gardens and Granddaughters

  1. hsampson says:

    Just Beautiful Carol!! Thanks!! And yes, thank you for them!

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  2. Ken Dowell says:

    The seasons may indeed go round and round but your images are a tribute to summer.

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    • Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, Ken. Our summer has been rather unpredictable. One week, it’s rainy and daytime temperatures hover in the mid-50s F in July, and the next it’s dry with high-80s F. Even so, the gardens grow and that’s a good reason to be grateful. 🙂


  3. Lara/Trace says:

    Your grandgirl has grown so much – and I love your photos, too! Serenity in these times is so hard.

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    • It’s always a gift to hear from you, Trace. Thank you for your kind and lovely comments. Ah yes, grandchildren grow so fast and give us many reasons to be grateful even in difficult times, don’ t they…

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  4. smilecalm says:

    sweet refuge
    for the things
    that matter
    most 🙂

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  5. victorialise says:

    How special this season is for you and your Granddaughter. The joy just emanates from her being, I can only imagine how wonderful a time you both have. And those gardens really are a sanctuary, so peaceful! I always appreciate your words and insights of life treasures.

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  6. Congratulations! I’m nominating you for the Liebster Award. If you don’t want to participate, no worries. If you do, go to to learn more.

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  7. Lovely as usual. Would love to spend time with you and your granddaughter in your garden! I love your stories about family and seasons and nature! 🙂 ❤

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  8. Sha'Tara says:

    Beautiful, Carol.

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  9. underswansea says:

    Hi Carol, your post resonated with me. Lovely photos and words. Your Granddaughter looks very happy leading Pinto (or was it the other way around?). Lisa have just arrived back from the city where we spent a wonderful time with our children. The Joni Mitchell song is fitting and beautiful. Take care. Bob

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  10. steelcityman says:

    simply gorgeous photographs, both of your Grand daughter and the gardens. You are blessed indeed.

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  11. Joan says:

    Lovely landscapes, lovely young lady…images and words from a loving heart…thank you.

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  12. The pleasures of spending time with our grand children!

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  13. mistermuse says:

    I can think of no better complement and compliment to this post than this quote:
    “I wouldn’t change my grandchildren for the world….but I wish I could change the world for my grandchildren.” –Anonymous

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  14. Your granddaughter’s smile matches the beauty of the park. Lovely photos and sentiments, Carol.

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  15. robertcday says:

    I feel like I’ve wandered into a dinner party with your family and friends.
    *gives an embarrassed smile, waves and goes back home*
    Lovely music, beautiful pictures, sweet words. 🙂
    Thanks for dropping a Like on my blog.
    Kindness – Robert.

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  16. So true and so important to seize the day with loved ones. Beautiful photos and helps create a sanctuary online too!

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