Today is Sunday, so I'm going to be a bit lazy.
I'll fiddle with my plants, trim them, feed them and just simply enjoy looking at them.

Everyone should keep some plants, either on a window sill, a balcony or a garden. It is restful and soothing to work with plants.
Always keep some flowers in your home and if possible at your workplace. One single flower will do. If you haven't got a vase, a colorful or interestingly shaped pop bottle will do.

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Dear Lilie,
This is a very soothing arrangement of plants,
and a lovely, I think, Lladro figurine.
So restful.

I have a small city garden, but it has as many flowers as I can pack into it, and I love working in it

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I need plants and flowers in the office. At my desk I am practically embraced by a wonderful immense Kentia palmae like this one (mine is bigger!). People coming in sometimes find that I am working in the jungle! haha. I have some smaller plants too. And yes you guessed it, I talk to my plants.
Wonderful silent presences!
Love, Margherita Smile

Mother and Child by Mary Cassat


And for my further wellbeing in the office I have some beautiful pictures/prints hanging on the walls. Sarah, my daughter brought this poster back when she was in Paris and visited the Louvre. I framed it and it is wonderful.

.... it makes me feel the nearness with my daughter.

Love, Margherita Smile
Thank you for sharing Margherita,
What a love filled poster.

I also have many paintings and prints as well as photographs on my walls at home and in the office, and we always have flowers in the office.
We also have devoted one wall in our private sitting area for poetry, most of Eric's poems are hanging there as well as some of yours and Tim Cannon's.

Love, Inda

I don't own the original Monet...hahaha,
just the print

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Good morning everyone.
I hope you are doing your exercises.

I am enjoying your plant and poster pictures.
I also love to work in the garden and keep flowers in my house and at work.

Keep up the exercises. I will check up on you later.

Sue
My goodness, this exercise has been so tough.
Time to take it easy for a bit.

If you have a chance to get to salty ocean water this is very relaxing to the nervous system. It is good for your skin, and it enhances sleep. After all those gruelling exercises I think that we need a bit of this:

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Sauna is considered a very healthy treatment ... you must know it dear Lilie .... but right now here we are in a permanent sauna, without any possibility to run in the snow afterwards, without any refrigerium ..... I think I am dissolving.
No possibility at all to do whatever exercises in this heat. Every movement seems too much .... no energy is left. I only dream of rain to cool the air ....


Longing for raindrops ...

Love, Margherita
Oh, yes I know saunas, but am not a sauna friend myself...heat is dissolving all energy I have...and I loose all alertness...

I love those images...amazing observing my reactions when seeing them...the feeling of coolness and that of fresh rain...

I would not say no to this...

Beautiful, peaceful images yes ..... we still long for rain!
Yesterday, it was the religious feast of Assumption of the Virgin Mary, on seven different squares in Rome, the town authorities had organised MUSIC AND DANCE .... Despite the heat people participated in great number! We went on Piazza del Popolo, which was magically lighted and found a refreshing breeze near one of the fountains. Of course we did NOT dance, just listened to the music and enjoyed the nice atmosphere. The Major came to say hello, he had just come back from New York. Somebody said that Rome was dirty ..... he - Veltroni is his name - answered that Rome was one of the most clean and tidy cities he knew .... after NY you can believe it probably.
Anyway it was fun. But the ambulance was ready to help fainting people .... surely there were some, the heat is crazy and to dance in the heat is even crazier surely.
But NORMALLY DANCING IS A WONDERFUL MEANS TO KEEP OURSELVES IN SHAPE!


Only one part of Piazza del Popolo ....

Piazza del Popolo with St. Peter
This one is too big to post it directly.

Well then DANCE!
Love, Margherita Smile

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I’m open to love
my heart invites you to dance
come share my delight


senryu by Margherita
Oh my goodness, Lilie,

I think I am going to need a relaxing break after all this.
Now I will brew a cup of Camomile tea; I will also add a few fresh leaves of mint and this is a very soothing and relaxing drink.

Exercise can wait until tomorrow!

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As I was getting my healing restful sleep,
I had a dream and I couldn't resist posting this one.
Now this may not be healthy at all, but being Sunday, we can forgive; and someone is definitely alert.

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Somebody might be watching over you



What more do you want, O soul! And what else do you search for outside, when within yourself you possess your riches, delights, satisfaction, and kingdom---your Beloved whom you desire and seek? Desire Him there, adore Him there. Do not go in pursuit of Him outside yourself. You will only become distracted and you won't find Him, or enjoy Him more than by seeking Him within you.
-St. John of the Cross
Good Lilie!
We have been so good with our exercises.

I will have some company arriving tomorrow who will stay for one month, so I will not be able to sharee these exercises every day. I will do my best, but I fully expect you to carry on with the anti-aging process.
I will join you whenever I can while my company is here.
Meanwhile I will finish with this

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Thank you Lilie,
for that delicious glass of wine.

I was able to come here for a moment,
and I will certainly enjoy a glass of wine. They say a glass of red wine a day is very beneficial.

Love, Inda
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...If you wake up tomorrow with a headache or hangover, drink more wine, and chase this discomfort away.
~Hafiz
Nut Tongue Juggle
Dear ladies, I see you have been bravely exercising ..... now it's NOT the moment, as it is time to go to sleep. Only by watching your fantastic little pinguin, dear Lilie, my breath shortens ... I might identify with him in DREAM and it might work after all ... waking up "exercised"!



I'll listen to the music of this waterfall while falling asleep... and getting ready for my dreams.

Love, Margherita Smile

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I’m open to love
my heart invites you to dance
come share my delight


senryu by Margherita


Ah yes Lilie, nothing like breathing in the forest! ...... while exchanging love with the trees and all the fairies and gnomes and nature spirits who enjoy themselves in these surroundings ...

I LOVE the woods! But I would not dare collecting mushrooms ... I don't know them enough well, but they are beautiful to look at ...



Love, Margherita Smile


Let us meet girls in this magical garden with the doves ...meditate and breathe and focus on beauty.

Hi Inda, without you dear one, nothing goes! And Lilie too is hard to find nowadays ... Well, I don't want to give in to melancholy ... so please don't give me any reason for it!
Happy Sunday!

Love, Margherita Smile

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I’m open to love
my heart invites you to dance
come share my delight


senryu by Margherita

Mount Saentis in Switzerland

I have been up there ....(some time ago!) and I long to feel once again that incredible emotion of reaching the top after several hours of hard climbing!

A friend back home is organizing already an excursion (a light one of course, as I am not trained anymore) for next time I'll be there. So at least I need to do some gym exercises, otherwise it will be impossible.

Beginning ....

Love, Margherita Smile

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