the days were golden…

just this,  dear friend,
from my heart to yours.

 the words didn’t find me this week
but I wanted to paint you joy

and to share the way
the last of the zinnias hold the sun
soft and close
showing us how
to soak it in
for the cold,  gray days to come

and just look at all this gold
~see how rich we are?

~and brave,
we’re braver than we know.

October has pounded on me hard
so  I’m few of words
but richer  in love
and braver than before.

“Love is vivid.  I never wanted the pale version.
Love is full strength.  I never wanted the diluted version.
I never shied away from love’s hugeness
but I had no idea that love could be as reliable as the sun.”
-Jeanette Winterson

linking up with some gorgeous orangeness
lorik’s luscious


  1. Connie Smiley on October 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Jennifer, it looks like the words found you after all, condensed and intensified. I love the secret your zinnias shared, your lavish color. Courage.

  2. rachel awes on October 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    we ARE rich!
    + i adore your brave + love + joy.
    so sorry to know of your difficult october, dear!

  3. Pam on October 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    This time last year was especially greuling for me, so I pray God’s light and gold and warmth on your November! Blessings to you… and thanks for these gorgeous pictures and uplifting words!

  4. Jennifer {StudioJRU} on October 29, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Beautiful! I love those yellow, golden leaves. Gorgeous. Your art makes me smile!! 🙂

  5. Lindsay on October 30, 2012 at 3:12 am

    And brave you are!
    Thinking of you and hoping
    luck & happiness will come to you very soon.
    Thanks for sharing some gold, even in dark times


  6. missing moments on October 30, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Oh yes, the world is rich with gold right now, my friend!

  7. Kathy on October 30, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Take time to nest, dear friend. Wrap yourself in rich, golden LOVE. Yu are brave. You are perfect. You are so much more than enough… Nest. Love love love, kath

  8. Julia on October 30, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Hi Jennifer,
    Sorry that October was crushing for you but I’m glad that you can find Joy to share with your friends through your paintings.
    Sometimes you have to let the beauty of nature and the bristles of the brush do the talking for you and you do it so beautifully.
    I love those golden rich colors of the leaves, so beautiful.
    You are right, we are rich and blessed.
    Have a beautiful week.


  9. Lynn on October 30, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Lovin’ the love.

  10. Lynn on October 30, 2012 at 8:59 am

    And sending you more.

  11. Bren on October 30, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Big, Brave, heart and art! Love it all, from your words raw and real to your bright photos to your vibrant art!

  12. Barbara on October 30, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Your words are still as powerful and vivid as your beautiful photos and paintings. Thank you for the sunshine you pour out on us!

  13. leslie on October 30, 2012 at 10:13 am

    thank you for sharing this beauty, even in the midst of your pain.

  14. Lori on October 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Wow! these really are joyful images:) The original photographs are beautiful but what you did with them is very exciting. They really do seem like they are jumping for joy with their brilliant colours and textures. Thank you for being part of Mandarin Orange Monday:)

  15. Anyes - Far Away in the Sunshine on October 30, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Love is the answer and you always send so much our way. thinking of you and wishing you a better November xo
    The sun light still lingering on your photographs is warming me all up. Thank you 🙂

  16. beth on October 31, 2012 at 7:46 am

    i am often without words, too…’s not so bad especially when we have photos to fill the void !!

  17. Faye on October 31, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    The fewer the words, the more apt I am to visit a blog. I have a slow computer so each visit is a labor of love. When I have to wade through many words, I get discouraged. I love your photos, especially the maple leaves.

  18. kathryn on October 31, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    ohh…seeing that photo of the gold leaves makes me miss Wisconsin…walking in them, piling them up to jump into…you brought me much joy in the memories…thanks!!

  19. Relyn on October 31, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Oh those trees, those trees!!! Our color here in SW Missoui is beautiful, but muted. We were so delighted on our trip to Illinois with all the vibrant reds and yellows. Heaven.

  20. Suzanne McRae on October 31, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Thank you Jennifer for all these beautiful paintings you did for us. Your photos are beautiful and your words always. Sending you lots of Love to fill your heart and soul. Thank you for sharing. xo

  21. Behind The Smile on October 31, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Lovely art Jennifer such lovely colour and words. My heart my soul always feels better for seeing your beautiful art.
    I also wanted to thank you Jennifer for your kind, encouraging words and for sharing with me to help me on my post I’m worn out. It helped me very much and I wanted you to know that and how I thanked God for you. Take care and God’s blessings to you.

  22. Ebie on November 1, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Oh, my, those yellow leaves, they look so golden!

  23. LindyLouMacinItaly on November 1, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Even if your words are few they are still powerful and your colours are vivid. I am so pleased to be back after my enforced break from blogging.

  24. Red or Gray on November 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    love your bright beauty !!

  25. Lance on November 2, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    We are rich, indeed…

    Love all the pictures you’ve shared!

    Love and joy to you, Jennifer…

  26. Relyn on November 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Huge joy… I love that sentiment. And to you, my friend. And to you.

  27. Michele Bergh on November 3, 2012 at 12:28 am

    We are sooo rich. Fall is my favorite time of year and I feel pulled into that time as soon as I see your golden leaves. It wasn’t so long ago and, yet, in some ways, it feels like it was forever ago…

  28. Nina on November 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    What a splendor of colors and light your pictures are reflecting! Your art is filled with energy and joy, I hope you’ll be blessed by the inspiration when painting and sharing your art – Your art is beautiful, tender and strong!

  29. Dagmar on November 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    What a way to be rich my friend. Thanks for sending out the golden glow and share it’s beauty with me. Be happy and have a great day.
    Hugs Dagmar

  30. Ashley Haupt on November 4, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I.Love.Your.Art. Period.
    Fabulously, deliciously colorful and brave.

  31. eydie on November 16, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Such beautiful JOY
    you painted with a slash of sunshine
    So pure and bright.

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