Sunday, January 3, 2021

Enchanted by the Unexpected

 Enchanted by the Unexpected. Don't you love those words? They just make me happy. I decided that even though I wasn't going to do a word for 2021 because I just didn't want to be presuming on the future. My word last year for 2020 was brave. Which was what I ended up being, or doing everything scared. So yesterday I was going through my bedside table and I found a old magazine and I was looking through it to see if it needed to be trashed and it had those words in it. "Enchanted by the Unexpected." I just sat back and thought and thought and looked around me and realized, I am constantly being surprised by the unexpected. What if though, I took pictures of the things that enchanted me that were totally unexpected. 

The above picture was when we went into the garden shop of Home Depot. I caught my breath to see all of these Johnny Jump Ups. Pansies and Primroses. 

I was so thrilled to see such pretty flowers so early in the winter. It made me happy to know, if I had some place to put them, I could have these pretty flowers right now. 

Of course, completely unexpected was this guy. Miracle Max. He continues to keep us enchanted. We laugh and of course he causes all kinds of havoc. Sasha will no longer leave her food dish, because he might eat some of her food. Its a real power struggle. He is a little thief too. He prefers Ron's office, he steals pens, and computer cables and attacks Ron's keyboards. When he shows up in my office I know he has been banished from Ron's. We were not going to get anymore animals. Now we have a kitten. 

Being Enchanted in the Unexpected, has really helped me to see and open my eyes to things I might not have noticed. I have wanted this sign forever. I know I see the sign for weddings and such, but after 40 years of being married to Ron, I know that I can say this with my whole heart. I always think love isn't a strong enough word after spending 40 years with all life has thrown at us I know my soul and the fabric of my life is knit with his. I continue to be completely enchanted by the  unexpected place we find ourselves now. Our newest daughter in love, makes signs. She asked me what kind of sign I would like, and she brought this over yesterday. Its really much cooler in person because those words are cut out of wood. I am completely captivated by the wonderful women that are married to our sons. As well as the men that have married our daughters. 

 Of course, enchanted by the unexpected was this fireplace. I am constantly fooling with it. I never realized how much I wanted a fireplace and a mantel. I am so happy to have it to just sit in front of to watch the flames, to rearrange and to decorate. Max sleeps here on the hearth after the fire is out and he thinks my rugs are for him only. I will walk in and the joy I have when I see a sleeping kitten on the hearth gives me such a feeling of being Enchanted by the Unexpected. 

I just thought I would write another post just because now I feel like I can move on into a new year. 
I took new pictures for a new year. I wish you a day of being Enchanted by the Unexpected. 
Thank you for visiting, 

   “Whose woods these are I think I know.
    His house is in the village though;
    He will not see me stopping here
    To watch his woods fill up with snow.”
    –  Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening


Julia said...

What a beautiful post. I hope the new year brings you plenty of unexpected enchanted moments that take your breath away.

Flowers are such a gift from God. They really make my heart sing.
I love the sign, lucky you for receiving it as a gift.


Kessie said...

I'm so glad you can take new pictures of flowers and a kitty! Max looks utterly mischievous. He'll keep life from getting too comfortable. :-D

Gretchen Joanna said...

Brave is a good word to carry over for every year! I have never chosen a word for a year, but I have an idea for one this year....maybe.

So, will you take Enchanted, or the whole phrase, perhaps, for your word this year? But it doesn't seem that everything unexpected should be enchanting... you've given me something to think about!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Oh how I love that!! "Enchanted by the Unexpected"!! I must remember that (Brain, I'm talking to you...) It is very similar in some ways to your comment in your last post about finding a morsel of joy in each lest to me it is. Sometimes, it's the unexpectedness of something that gives a thing its beauty. I think the unexpected has always captivated me more than anticipated/expected ever could. The flowers are like a breath of spring...something I can only dream of now as we settle in to our winter...but the days have once again begun to get longer, so there is a piece of hope to hold onto. And dear Max...his purrsonality oozes from him...even in a photo. I laughed, though, at your description of him as a thief. I thought I had the only "kleptokitty" in the world LOL. Mine has an uncanny ability to know when something different has been placed somewhere (even on a chaotic countertop...then waiting until your back is turned and nabbing it. Yesterday morning he had spirited a long twig (over 3' long) from a container in an upstairs bedroom and managed to get it down 2 levels. He sits with me in my chair at night, but we have a rule....he cannot sit on my left side because he cannot resist reaching over and "grabbing" things from my sewing things, or the end table. ~Robin~

Bonnie K said...

I so love this post. I will remember it always. There is something very fulfilling about gratitude. Thank you for such a beautiful post.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Miracle Max looks just like my cat of long ago, Punkin.
What a wonderful sign for your fireplace and it is indeed a beautiful fireplace.
Enchanted by the Unexpected...I like that.
Happiest of New Years to you and your family.

Debbie said...

gorgeous flowers kim, i never planted pansies this past fall and now i really regret it!!

brave was an awesome word for 2020, but who knew that at the start. i think we were all brave!!

i think we will be enchanted in 20121, don't you!?!?

Pom Pom said...

God is so generous and I think especially generous with the unseen stuff! You're good at seeing the sweet gestures of LOVE!
I love Max!

acorn hollow said...

Robert Frost was an English professor at the college in the next town kind of amazing when you think of it.
We have had a fireplace for years and for some reason moved our tv to the room with out the fireplace and this year moved it back. Both husband and I mention nightly how much we missed it!
You kitten is sweet we have no pets and are tossing around getting a dog again after a lot of years without one.
Happy New Year