Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Personal Message From My Heart for SkyWatch Friday~

Thanking those of you so very much, from the bottom of my heart, for putting up with me these past 3  1/2 months.
 For hanging in there with me, and being patient and so very kind and encouraging! 
It may take me days to catch up with visiting your blogs and leaving comments, and yet, finally I do get it accomplished, as best that I can.
All that I am willing to say on here is that it has been a very personal journey, one of being betrayed by a family member and wounded more deeply, than I could ever imagine. 
Several have sent such sweet messages and I have hesitated to say anything, but feel it is OK, for this is about doing life together in many ways, from across the world, one heart to another.
During this time, I came across this quote among others...
"Finding fault is the product of fear, low self-worth, and anger. 
It is a vain attempt to end pain by controlling and forcing others to change. 
It is the source of more conflict and lost love than almost any other factor. 
attempts to fix each other are killing us! The proof is obvious. "
In all of my adult life, never in a million years, would I have ever imagined that something like this would enter my world and yet it has.
Turning my world totally upside down and throwing me into fits of despair, I have sought out talking with several that maybe could help, but in the end, we are met only with silence. 
Much of my time, even more so than before this happened, I find solace in the quiet of nature, for there, I find a sense of peace, that sometimes human kind are unable to obtain.
For me, I receive the strength, to move forward, one day at a time.
I appreciate you, more than my words can begin to express.
I am learning to live life, even more than before, with continued grace and forgiveness, yet so deeply longing for this to be lifted and allow peace to once again prevail. 
The images below show a morning that began with sunrise, from 2 vantage points along Covered Bridge Road in Oldham County, and a bit of frost and a bit of snow in others, which just seemed a little magical.
Have a wonderful SkyWatch Friday, and a very safe and blessed weekend~

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Awe and a tiny bonus for me, do you see the Red-tailed Hawk perched in the tree...


  1. Dear Mary, I'm so sorry for the deep personal pain you have been experiencing lately and pray for you to have continued peace and grace. I can tell the hurt is very deep and it will take time to heal. God bless you. I'm glad you have found solace in the world around you as it shows in your beautiful photos. The sky shots today are amazing. Blessings and hugs, Pamela

  2. Your photos are absolutely stunning!! I hope everything settles down for you - and I can empathize with you. I'm outspoken, honest to a fault, and will speak honestly if asked for an opinion. As you can imagine, it's not always the truth that people want to hear. I've had my share of conflicts over the years as well. I'm rather a hands-on, face-on type of person, and will go straight to the source and ask questions, and try to get things straightened out if I sense there's a problem - sometimes it didn't work out very well either. So, I figure life is too short, and I intensely dislike anyone that tries to play "Head Games" or "Mind Games" with me. I don't have time nor patience for that. To me, that is Junior High mentality. I don't much care for "passive-aggressive" people either. So, onward and upward I go (went). However, I DO LOVE YOUR BLOG, and I very much enjoy visiting it everyday!!

  3. They are amazing, the skies and scenery. More than ever, my favourite is the first one, that yellow streaked across the whole the sky, it's a beautiful photo. Mary, your a genius.

  4. i hope your heart can heal.

    and i love all the fence scenes you shared! :)

  5. I am so sorry to hear of your difficult journey. Your post is beautiful, even tinged with some pain. Understandable pain. I think you are on the right path of healing and I hope you will continue to mend in the days, months and years to come.

  6. Your photos are wonderful. I will keep you in my prayers.

  7. Lovely pictures Mary!

    Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. Hope things get better for you.

  8. I had senses that something was going on with you over the last while. I always like to check in on you as I feel connected. Just know that we are thinking of you, hoping that things will improve. Remember that in time the shock of this trouble will go, there will come some kind of acceptance of it. In time you will come to a resolve and an understanding of it and that it happened and the wondering why will go.

  9. You excelled yourself there Mary with some beautiful shots of light and composition wherever you spotted an opportunity. You have a great eye for picture. As we say over here "keep your chin up".

  10. Gorgeous! Happy sky watching.

    My sky.

  11. simply beautifully captured shots...lovely!

  12. I'm sorry to hear of your difficult situation, Mary. Take consolation in your outstanding artistic and photographic talents - which I'm delighted to see have not been dampened by your troubles!

    My favourite is that first image - it looks like the sky is made of molten gold!

    And the other expression we use over here is "keep a stiff upper lip"!

  13. Still sending good thoughts and virtual hugs your way. You capture the beauty of our world so wonderfully and I hope it continues to sustain, strengthen and eventually heal your heart.

  14. Beautiful images, Mary, and I empathize with your sentiments. Relish the support of those whose spirits you lift.

  15. Yes life is sometime hard but it is however worth the try. I empathize and i think the most important is to never give up. One of my friend used to say: if you give up you are a piece of shit. ;-) Although it sounds rude, I often remember that.... take care my friend.

  16. Wonderful light in your photos, Mary. Hope your personal problems are soon sorted.

  17. I know you have been going through a difficult time and my heart goes out to you, my friend. I don't like to say this without knowing what has happened but I truly believe I know something of your pain. I hope you are passed the worst of it and things will get better. I hope and pray the burden of it will be lifted from you. Sweet hugs, your friend, Diane

  18. Yes, there are a few things only light can do. Beautiful work.

    robert geiß


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