blowing grateful bubbles….

bobbing to the surface now
after being rolled by a rogue wave of fatigue
that seized and slammed me low
spinning  me dizzy,
whitewater pressing down heavy,
slow panic setting in

when the tumbling tossed me a memory
….little girl me standing in the breakers
full face to the foam,
arms stretched wide
and waiting to be  swept up and under.

I LIKED being scooped up
and tossed into tumble,
rolling like an otter and delivered to the shore
laughing with the freedom of it all.

And so again I’m letting go,
relaxing into the shoreline roll
and coming up laughing,
still sputtering and blowing grateful bubbles for the wonder of:

~these dandy little drops of Vitamin D
…..turned my vicious little heart attacks of a hot flash
into warm flushes.
hormonal happiness!
(big thanks to Kathy of Paper Pumpkin for her gem of advice!).

~raw honey, new breeze,  fresh whispers and busy angels,

~loving comfort singing my name,
gathering the pieces that I am
and putting them back together in all the right order

and even when it’s not all right,
it’s alright.

“The world is all gates,  all opportunities,
all strings of tension waiting to be struck.”
R.W. Emerson


  1. rachel awes on April 8, 2012 at 5:31 am

    i have never seen such gorgeous vitamin d!!
    + your art just keeps on being even MORE beautiful!!!
    our souls DO yearn to rise. to be like yeast. to live bloomed.
    i rejoice your feeling betterness.
    happy easter, friend of the shoreline.

  2. Kathy on April 8, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Oh, Jennifer! I am so excited that you are feeling better, too! Even though we both got pulled under, it is a beautiful thing that we can surface with the bubbles. Love to you! Happy Easter! Peace…and keep taking those lovely D gems…! I will, too.

  3. Kathy on April 8, 2012 at 6:25 am

    PS. For Easter and for thank you’s, I gave two of your gorgeous art cards to my teaching teammates. They LOVED them! I will be stopping in your shop…for more Beauty! Xox

  4. Marcie on April 8, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Good to see and hear you ‘coming up happy’!! Interesting about the vitamin D fix. Hmmm….

  5. Anita on April 8, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I am so glad to hear that you are feeling better, dear Jennifer!

    I have long been dreading the hormonal changes looming on the horizon. I am grateful to know that people are willing to discuss it and share their experiences here in the interwebs; it makes it seem less scary.

    Your photographs and art are beautiful! As are you. Love!

    xoxo, Anita

  6. elk on April 8, 2012 at 10:29 am

    “”even when its not all right its alright “” the right attitude for much of life ~~ your photos with the art you create are so inspiring … keep feeling better Jennifer, happy to read that here today poetic!

  7. Barbara on April 9, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better! Thanks for triggering the memory of rolling with the waves onto the shore. I’ll think of that when life takes an urge to suck me under and toss me around… I’ll just relax and enjoy the ride as much as possible! lol

  8. Connie Smiley on April 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    All your exuberant joy is infectious, Jennifer. Thanks for passing it on.

  9. kathryn on April 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    lovely words!! vitamin D huh…will have to check that out!! love the painted signs in your photos!!

  10. S. Etole on April 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I was here earlier and got caught up in checking out the link. What beauty you share always.

  11. lisleman on April 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    “blowing grateful bubbles” – great image. I have a memory of being completely picked and dumped on the beach once.

  12. kamana on April 9, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    i love the little vitamin d capsules!

  13. eydie on April 10, 2012 at 7:25 am

    floating onto the shore, blowing bubbles, happy vitamin D pearls. For the wonder of it all.
    So happy you are feeling renewed.

  14. suz on April 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I can’t even remember my hot flashes

  15. Mom on April 11, 2012 at 5:44 am

    What wonderful memories of the little girl loving the bounce and tumble of the ocean….AND still does!! The wilder and woolier, the better. Love this entry! Love you!

  16. Marjie Kemper on April 11, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I always love coming by. Glad to hear you’re rolling along again. The imagery of a little one in the waves ready and waiting takes me back to many happy days at the ocean. Here’s to the next wave!

  17. Poetic chronicles on April 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Oh I hope you’re alright! Glad the pieces were put together, although even in pieces I don’t imagine you broken, I perceive you too much like a wholesome person 🙂
    And a quote from Emerson to end your post is a delicious cherry on a wondrous cake 🙂

  18. Amy Kelsch on April 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Your work inspires me. Love it! There is so much beauty to look at and read in each of your posts. Thank you for doing what you do!

  19. Amanda Fall on April 11, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Comfort singing your name . . . ohhh, yes! You sing such beauty here–but REAL beauty, beauty among the broken, beauty among the dust and dirt and debris of real life . . . beauty right-in-the-thick-of-it.

    Thank you for always helping me see with fresh eyes.

  20. kelly on April 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Wow! So beautifully written. 🙂 I don’t need the vitamin D just yet, but I will soon enough. I just hope I remember!

  21. erin leigh on April 13, 2012 at 12:10 am

    BEautiful words, beautiful art, beautiful soul. so glad to hear that you are feelign well. xo, e

  22. LindyLouMac in Italy on April 13, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Do comments disappear, I am sure I commented on this blog when you first posted!? Strange, anyway I love the handful of Evening Primrose oil capsules.

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