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Monday
Sep302013

{Texture Tuesday} The Sound of Silence......

just down the street... Café Postal.....textured with waterfront 6... from the soon to be released waterfront collection (bursting to share soon)

 

Dear friends,

Welcome to another Free & Easy Texture Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art!

I've decided to continue the Free & Easy TT theme for a while longer...... Keeping it simple these days.

I'm so grateful you all continue to pop by and link up your beautiful textured photos...... THANK YOU.

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More Autumn.... in St. Boniface.

I hope this TT finds you well.....

One of the things I miss most about life at home....
SILENCE.....

I've shared my introvert ways ..... many times..... My need for quiet...stillness... SILENCE. Before cancer I had hours of quiet.... From the studio...to the trail.... silence....

Here....it's a whole other story....
traffic, hospitals, elevators, staircases, crowds .....visitors, neighbours, new friendships....small spaces.....
People and sounds... almost always..... 

Funny though..... this busy-ness... this crazy upside down life..... keeps me moving....keeps me up... keeps me strong. I can't help but think.... my quiet life might have pulled me in... under....and kept me there. Hmmm...... Maybe.. maybe not??? I suppose I will never know for sure.....

Throughout all this ...I've discovered the city..... I've discovered a different kind of busy....there's a part of me that loves it..... Who knew?

'smile'.....

Thankfully..... I've been able to make time for my daily walk.....the river trails in St. B are amazing.... they take me 'home'...... I never would have 'found' them...if it weren't for this journey we are on. These walks....are my salvation.... my sanctuary.... my fuel..... for that I'm so grateful.

I'm thinking....when John makes his way to the other side of this transplant.... when we our finally home.... I will be ready to soak up my silence.... I may even let it pull me under....and wrap me tight... Just long enough to breathe...and BE....

Until then... we move forward... one crazy upside down day... at a time.

Tell me....  what do you love most.... the sound of silence? crazy busy-ness? or perhaps a nice mix of both?


Today's images - edited in LR and textured in Photoshop with the Waterfront Collection

Parting Inspiration

Let's get this TT started.....

with gratitude..... always......

xo,

 

Reader Comments (24)

Beautiful images, Kim! I love the processing - such gorgeous autumn-y tones. I didn't realize Saint B had such beautiful river trails. I'll have to get out there and explore one of these days!

I'm definitely a solitary, sounds--of-silence person, too. Oddly enough, just before I read your post, I was browsing back through my September photographs and thinking about how they reflect my love of solitude. I hardly ever take people pictures, and I frequent places where I can be alone and quiet. (And, okay, I confess - I sometimes get annoyed when people are on "my" trail or in "my" park, disturbing my silence!)

Thinking of you and John and all your family.
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPrairie Jill
I've always liked - and needed - silence and solitude. Since tragedy hit our family I seem to crave for it even more.
The loss of our oldest son has changed me for ever, I think, but you'll never know. Maybe something good will come out of it, eventually.

I hope you are as well as can be expected. <3
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatarina
So beautiful those trees are wonderful. I always loved the hustle and bustle when I was young. But, as I have got older I love to slip into silence I find it comforting.

Thinking of you all sending positive thoughts your way xxx
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterViv
Like you, I crave solitude and get stressed if I don't have it...I hope that very soon you will be back to some precious alone time while John is successfully recovering. That is my daily prayer for you - in the meantime, these new photos you are sharing of the river are truly gorgeous. Hugs and prayers to you, Kim! xo
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSherri B.
I love the new surroundings you have around you, although I know it isn't the best of times many things to enjoy and see. I also enjoy the peace of quiet. Guess that is why I love nature so much. You images have taken on such a special quality to them, beautiful and lovely.
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarBbara Hurst
Like you I crave silence also. My mom is undergoing chemo and the hospital scene was hard. Chemo may stop and my mom doesn't want the stem cell transplant. While my heart aches for her to be in paradise with Jesus the thought of what is to come scares me. Right now I can't decide if I want to be left alone or keep busy.

Blessings to you and yours as you go through this journey. A prayer for you and John. Hugs.
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Kim, your photos are gorgeous, love those wonderful tones !
I really love the sound of silence ...
Thinking of you, and John,
Sylvia
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia
For me, it is definitely silence! But I do believe that God knows and gives us exactly what we need for the different seasons in our life. I'm so thankful He's providing for you during this season in your life. Where you are and what you are discovering, is not an accident. Be blessed, Kim.
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJune
Definitely the sound of silence, mixed with a little busyness every now and again. Kim, what I have learned...is that God always finds a way to grow us in times of trial, if we let him. And I can see this in your photography which after all is an extension of who we are. That last image just pulls me right in, and I don't want to leave! xo
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim Stevens
Silence, quiet - these fuel me as well...I love the quote you shared at the end...I so need to find a photo or art piece to use it on....it is perfect for when I look at a stream or lake...blessings on your and John's journey...
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindy
I am a very solitary person, who needs silence and peace. This has often been criticized by others who believe that I "need" to be with people, but they were merely projecting their judgments on me. For me, creativity does not come with noise--since it drowns out the creative inner voice/images that come to me.

My blessings and thoughts are with you and John.
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBev
Kim, words cannot express to you how heavy my heart is for you and your family. The pain of watching your husband suffer is almost unbearable and I can only pray that John will return to the life that the two of you enjoyed together. Stay strong my dear. I would like to smother you in my arms right now.
My thoughts are with you as you continue on your journey. I love silence too and hope that you will be able to enjoy some whilst John is recovering.. Love your photos .
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaz
I love my alone time but also love spending time with family and friends but in small portions !
I love taking walks with my dog and meeting other dog people .
You and John and your whole family, have a hard road to travel, i hope it leads you to some peace and quiet
and to a normal life in the near future !!!

Wishing you strenght !!
Lily
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteraenee/Lily
breathtaking images -- you keep amazing me in all you do and continue to make time and keeping your site beautiful and updated.. Keep safe and God bless you to continue your dreams..
HUgs
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristeen
I'm going to break the chain here Kim...I'm a good mixture of both...everyday I need some quiet time just for me...some days I need it all day long...but then, I need to find my people..to go out and enjoy the chatter that they bring to my life...I'm a 60/40 split, with the 60 being "time just for me"...and my World..
Love what your doing these days...just so heartfelt. Praying still and always for you and John...xoxo
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.
Breathtaking images Kim. I like silence. I want to hear nature. I enjoy going into the city for a while, it makes me appreciate the quiet at home that much more. xoxo

P.S. LOVE that type font
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
Beautiful pictures this week. I hope all is going along well
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentera spirit of simplicity
I know I felt exactly like this when cancer hit our family last year. I too really need silence and lots of solitude. If I have the choice of hiking in the mountains or go visit the most beautiful town, I choose the mountains. It almost feels like I need it to be able to inhale......exhale..... Last year was all about driving to and from a city, busy highways, parking garages, a huge hospital, elevators, crowds...it was like I had ended up in another world. The adrenaline of it all kept me going, you get into this crazy rhythm and it just keeps you from stopping long enough to really think. I wanted to be there, because that world now took care of my father, but after it was all over, I let myself tumble into my own quiet world again and shut the rest of the world out for a while and find "me" again. Lots of hugs....
October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllen
I'm like you, Kim. I thrive on silence and solitude. I crave it. I am happiest when I'm alone in the outdoors allowed to blend in to my surroundings so nature is no longer afraid of my presence. I love to sit and just "be" so I know how much of a sacrifice it is for you to not have that right now and how wonderful those walking trails must be to your well being. You and your sweetheart are in my prayers.
Like you, I am an introvert. I can be sociable, but I recharge my soul in the stillness. It is in the quiet that I listen to God. It is in the quiet that I can pray unhurried. I enjoy activity for a time, but I find healing in the quiet.

Praying you will find healing and peace in capturing quiet moments in the weeks ahead.
October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie
I like the silence of the outdoors. But when I'm home alone, I need the tv on - it's my white noise. I wanted you to know I'm thinking of you and John today. I am praying for the best outcome and your lives to be back to normal soon!
October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie
Hi there,

You don't know me. I have followed you for a long time and am enjoying your beautiful blog and photos and words, and of course I am a thankful user of your lovely textures.
I just came by to see how things are. Let you know that people you don't know, all the way over here in Israel, are thinking of you and your husband and sending up a prayer for your continued health and strength in this difficult struggle.
Bless you.
October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAino
My simple words, do they make sense to you? Thankfully these moments pass.

I’m standing still, am I not? Yet, life zips by.
How is it that I make no progress, yet, my circumstances spin me dizzy?
Calmness is a disguise, This reality is ever changing. How is it that I’m standing still, Yet, all around me keeps moving? Quietness is a mere illusion I fear I am lost even in my stillness.

Maritza

Praying that the beauty in nature you are beholding brings certainty that the creator is in control. . "Be still and know that I Am God."
October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaritza

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