This photograph is so lovely with the little white spring flowers. But I love how it also looks as if it could be have just been dusted with the first snow of the season. Yes, the colder weather is here.
This photo is courtesy of one of my other sites ~ https://surprisinglives.tumblr.com/
Not long ago a couple of the latest lists of so-called, social media and marketing “Influencers” were published. Congratulations to all of the deserving influencers. These latest lists looked quite impressive because the authors had included backup information about the process and criteria used to create these bills of influence. Because there were data and calculations listed
Satirical post about the pitfalls faced by bloggers and online writers. Real-life experiences are offered. By Amanda ricks
I click to open another tab in my browser absent-mindedly thinking it's time to check my email. After casually deleting a few spam emails, I check to see what Seth Godin has sent me today. This is what I find...
Terry of Spearfruit wrote this beautiful and wonderful post about the ‘Stars.’ I think you’ll love it as much as I do.
Photographs of "Mia," my cat sitting on the edge of an old dresser from a lower angle looking up at her. Titled, Pawsed on The Edge and submitted to the wordpress.com photo challenge for the word, "Edge." Cat quotes have been added for a touch of humour.
Green With Ivy
This post is a participant in Norm Frampton’s Thursday’s Doors
Buddy is the eldest of our cats and reigns supreme as pack leader.
Admittedly, he’s losing it a little and has developed a few funny habits. I seem to be spending a lot of extra time accommodating his special requests.
But I don’t mind the extra effort because we all still love Buddy a lot.
The Lineage of women that follow me can now move forward into the 21st century strong and brave. This time is a momentous occasion for the women in my bloodline. My daughters, their daughters, their daughters, and even their daughters are now rest assured a positive future. And all of this is thanks to me and
Suri tried very hard to take a glamorous selfie for everyone for this post but unfortunately, due, of course, to my inexperience he was unable to. So here is my Suri making himself at home just like every other male I’ve ever had in my life. #Sigh I have finally been won over to the dark
Jane Lurie’s talent seems to just keep getting better each time I visit her site. Please do yourself a favour and drop by. here’s a sneak preview.
Photographic interpretation of a lovely photograph of an old wooden blue door set in a very old stone wall. Titled, 'I Adoor You.' by Amanda Ricks
I feel terrible that I missed the birthday of the talented and lovely MichelleMarie of Show An~Tell Me About It. No matter what is going on in her life, she always offers words of encouragement and support in all of her posts. Her blog is a real testament to strength and caring. So belatedly, I wish
Sweet Michelle, from Show An ~Tell me About It, is an amazing Graphic Designer and today she created this lovely “Simply Friends” image of two Cats that I just had to share.
A Photograph story summarizing our family vacations at Delawana Resort in Georgian Bay, Canada. By Amanda Ricks
My friend, Skipah @Skipahsrealm was quick to let me know that I may have committed sacrilege when I titled a post last week “The Long And Winding Road.” The thing is that I made the title completely forgetting thIt i was using the same title as George Harrison’s song.
HOWEVER, Skipah also committed sacrilege because it was Paul mcCartney that wrote the song! Thank you @oglach, at least someone knows what they’re talking about!
So, in an effort not to be haunted by the ghost of George, as Skipah has suggested that I might be, or Sir Paul when the day comes, I offer this post as an apology.
If you really love this song you can get it at the link below. Paul and George will be super happy. I think. I hope. Just say I sent you.
The photograph is wonderful simply because the flowers are so pretty. If you had a bunch of flowers like this anywhere you put them would be that little be nicer and happier because pretty is just pretty. By Amanda Ricks
"This beautiful photograph of a country road with old farmhouses off to the side almost calls out to me," read more.... by Amanda Ricks
An interpretive submission to the wordpress.com photo challenge for the word "Morning." A Photograph of a cemetery at sunrise and the quote: I'm mourning the loss of "U." By Amanda Ricks
For me, not only is Seth Godin a master Marketer but also a man of great wisdom. What I appreciate the most about his blog posts are how he manages to shrink huge ideas into a few simple words. Our feelings (anger, shame, delight) appear almost instantly, and, left alone, they don’t last very long. But
‘Summers For The Birds’ and thank goodness, what a lovely sight to see.
Photo via https://surprisinglives.tumblr.com/
A poem about lust and fierce fast relationships. The poem is called Overexposure. By Amanda Ricks
It feels as if our world is in a crisis. Chaos reigns. People are yelling about racism, building walls around entire countries, corruption, and war. Thank goodness our precious planet still offers peaceful harbors such as the one in this photograph. Beautiful green nature and fresh lakes beckoning our weary souls. Thank you, Mother Nature.
Photograph courtesy of Jannik Heck from Instagram
Traveling The Straight and Narrow.
I took this photo last month on one of my rare excursions to downtown Toronto. I was unexpectantly but pleasantly surprised to find that the city had upgraded the subway cars to these modern all-in-ones. I thought it looked cool being able to see all the way down the long narrow train.
Bless his heart, Dear Terry of Spearfruit, has written the most touching and beautiful post that relates to a comment I made for him on one of his posts. I told him that ‘Love is in the trying” when it comes to our children and how we have to let go of our guilt that we have let our kids down or not done enough for them.
But we need to give ourselves some slack. Forgive ourselves. Stopping judging ourselves for perhaps situations that we had no control over and things that we didn’t know any better at the time. As long as we keep trying, that is where the love for our kids lies. Hence the saying, love is in the trying.
Please visit Terry’s amazing blog to read this post and many more incredible and insightful ones.
The Video is also included in Spearfruit’s post.
A humorous look and review of women's lingo and sub-language. A checklist of how to understand this lingo particularly from a man's perspective is included. By Amanda Ricks
Find out the highlights of some of the great things happening in Toronto this summer of 2016. Beautiful photographs give you a glimpse at what you can expect. Links to informational sites provided. By Amanda Ricks
Me: Amanda (Just a few years ago!)
One summer we decided to visit one of my favourite places, Niagara-On-The-Lake, in Ontario Canada, for the weekend. If you get the chance to visit this lovely town, do so, because it really is one of the prettiest towns I’ve even seen. Niagara-On-The-Lake is also the home of The Shaw Festival every year for theatre enthusiasts.
The main architectural centrepiece of town is the Prince of Whales Hotel. Perhaps you can see the red sign in the background of the above photograph. We stayed at this hotel and I loved everything about the stay.
The “cucumbers on top,” or “cherry on top“
of the trip was when we had dinner in the hotel restaurant and I had the best Chilled Cucumber Soup in the world. Everything about the soup was perfection.
Although I didn’t take a photograph of my soup at the time here is a photo of Cucumber Soup from The Rachel Ray Show and I have included the link for you can get her great recipe. Try it, you’ll like it. Yum.
The visit was definitely a severely magical thing.
Photograph courtesy of Christopher Kerksieck from Instagram
Photograph courtesy of Olga Kovaleva from Instagram
Apparently, mirrors are only for those of us born of a certain “older” generation. Today, the way to check your makeup is to take a selfie.
~An ‘Observation’ shared by Amanda Ricks
Photograph courtesy of India Earl from Instagram
Mia (and I) finally taking a break after a busy day.
I do feel like a silly old cat lady lately. My cat Mia is my best friend right now.
She has minimal “Baggage” or “stuff” to interfere in our relationship. She loves to do everything that I do. She’s a low maintenance but devoted companion. She’s nice and compact and doesn’t take up too much room if I have lots of paperwork out.
Mia loves just to drop by for quick “Hi, I love you” “Pat and purrs” that doesn’t interrupt everything I’m doing for extended periods of time. She has the best purr I’ve ever heard in my life.
Perhaps Mia’s coolest personality trait is that although she’s a petite, loving tabby girl, inside she’s a warrior. She is the one who prowls the windows at night, keeping all stray cats and raccoons away and warning us of anything amiss. If the cat world weren’t so patriarchal she would be pack leader in our house for sure.
Most of all, she simply gives me great comfort. I can literally feel the stress leave my body when she comes and snuggles up with me. Ahhhh
Image courtesy of #shirayukimizore
Why hello there! My name is Emily (stated in the title of this post of course). I am officially a new editor to Severely Magical Things so I thought I’d politely introduce myself to you! I will admit I’m new to this website so I’m a little nervous to try it out. But I’ve been told the people here can be really nice so I shall be as well!
So, as a starter, let’s get to know me a little bit more: First of all, I’m what society considers a “nerd”, I love video games, anime/manga, and card games. Second of all, I love writing! I have my own account on Wattpad where I write fictional stories about things I like because it’s my passion! Third of all, I may be very shy in real life, but online, I love to talk and interact with people!
So now that I’ve expressed a little bit about myself, how about you tell me a little bit about yourselves as well in the comments? I’d love to see what you and others have to say! I’ll make sure to reply! Farewell for now!
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If I were a princess I would have a country estate filled with only the best, people waiting to attend to my beck and call and acres of wonderful countryside to wander and explore.
Unfortunately, I might also have a husband named Charles, who acted really pompous like he was king and who had a compulsion for phone sex with his lover Camilla.
Photo via Johnny Foy from Instagram
Flowers For Algernon. I have seen a few different movie interpretations, read the book and the original short story. From my first introduction I admittedly found it haunting on many levels. Brilliantly haunting. The title just came to me for unknown reasons when I saw this photograph.
If you can I would highly recommend reading the quick write-up from the link I have attached. It’s a good summary of the author and the progression of the story.
Photo by Elisabeth Dunker from Instagram
This cat manages to look very sweet and adorable lounging so comfortably in bed. Admittedly when I see cats do things like this I have been known to think to myself: “Oh, I want to come back as a cat in my next life!”
How lovely we (as in the royal we, of course,) have been featured on
Katzenworld’s Happy Tummy Rub Tuesday! #111
Precious, sweet, adorable: nature’s creatures.
via Ezgi Polat
Curious cat eyes are always watching. How often have I been deep in concentration and look up into the questioning eyes of one of my cats?
The forests of The UK are always so green, lush and alive. This photograph of a forest in Northumberland seems to be saying: “Come and walk my path and be a part of my peacefulness.”
One of this life’s greatest pleasures is sitting outside as evening approaches, watching the sun go down. With the sun’s disappearance seem to also go your stresses.
When I have my porch like the one in the photograph I will also hand DIY mason jar lights.
Sitting in the silent bond of two friends, watching the world go by while feeling grateful to just “be” together.
Misty blue fiels of tiny flowers conjure feelings of mysticism and dreams.
Weeping red tears of loneliness, the tree still managed to stand tall arching its leaves out as if to touch a friend.
Fog can be scary as it cloaks a mysterious shadow of darkness giving you no reassurance.
Fog can be comforting as it cloaks a dark memory of pain giving you some reasurance.
“And on the forest floor, amoungst a carpet of multicoloured wild flowers, toned groundcover, and mosses, lived the fairies.”
The most romantic, loveliest, and prettiest bunches of flowers I am still waiting to receive one day!
Although a winter shot, once again I’m drawn to the lovely cozy look that the cabin has in this photograph. There’s snow but it doesn’t look cold at all. Just lovely.
Are there actually people who wake up to a sunrise like this one, outside their window or door? What an incredible thing that must be, as opposed to waking up to traffic noises and the sun bouncing off buildings.
It’s so pretty and simple. It seems to be a picture from the past taken today. Make sense? Hope so!
“It is only in France that one builds castles in Spain.”
~ Mme. de Villars, when made dame d’ hon Eur to the wife of Philip V, of Spain, grandson of Louis XIV. of France – Quotes
“Take me Somewhere,”
“Away from all the noise,
in the world,
always around me,
and too often inside me.”
Definitely a Severely Magical landscape photo. Beautiful nature, pretty flowers, and you can almost see the peace and quiet.
Plus, what is it that’s so appealing about fog in the distance in photographs?
This photograph appeals to my love for Cats (especially when being adorable) as well as my love for snuggling a cozy fresh bed. Awww
Particularly in the last few weeks as I’ve been burried under an ever growing heap of self-hosting, and SEO problems I envision escping to a lovely cabin just like this one.
I just love how this cat is so totally enjoying just being outside in nature. Next time I’m in nature perhaps I need to take a lession from the cat and just get down, roll around and really let the countryside absorb into my soul?
Is this not the sweetest photograph ever? How wonderful it ould be to have the honour of a baby deer either recuperating, cuddled up in blankets in your house! Of course, I would never want to keep as in restrict or negatively effect a wild animal’s ability to live in nature. But I can dream.
Just because they’re so adorable.
By now I’m sure it’s quite obvious that I’m a “cat person” and well on my way to becoming an official “cat lady!”
So, if it’s a cute photo and it’s a cat, I automatically love it!
Admittedly as a girl I dreamed of being a ballet dancer. Still today, their grace, beauty, strength and power all rolled into one compell me.
So sweet, sitting there, looking down the street, as if waiting for a friend or perhaps a kind stranger to offer a stroke.
No other reason than it’s pretty and pink. Plus it feels like spring.
Photographs like this need no other reason than they are just so pretty.
I can imagine coming across this place, stopping, smiling and saying wow.
The title is tragi and the girl in this photograph does fit the title, yet also, I find it beautiful in an amost surreal way.
Blue, from me to you….
I like to think that this adorable photo is showing a much-needed shelter that a kind passerby or stranger built for this sweet cat.
“Lily of The Valley” are perhaps my favourite flower. Sadly, despite repeated attempts I cannot make them grow in my garden, so I’m left to admire them in florist shops and photographs. lol
p.s. Ladybugs are the cutest!
I admit I adore Bunnies! We have had three dwarf rabbits over the years and they are the sweetest, cuddly little pets. But never fear, they are also brave little things. Our first dwarf Rabbit “Pookie” ruled the whole household, including all 6 cats that we had at the time!
Another great combination from my friend G.C. at Lazure Painter.
I’m obviously not the only person to think this photo is cool because since saving it as a draft I’ve seen it posted on quite a few different platforms.
It’s just pretty and very surrealistic. Sort of like peeking into a fantasy land.
Okay, this sounds odd, but I find that photos of rain soaked windows are so intriguing. They also always remind me of a cozy afternoon at home while it rains outside.
When You Left. GC © 2016 When you left… in the part of me that yearned, in the part of me that burned, I missed you everywhere… and in that everywhere of urgent longing, I couldn’t find you anywhere in the nowhere, I went. Re-blogged from When you left… — poems I have been a fan
To be honest, I think I love the title of this photograph almost as much as the cool blurred close-up shot of these pretty delicate little white flowers. I fully admit that I’m easily taken in by photographic editing that enhances a photo’s features. Why not? If I like it, I like it.
from500px: Blurry Pine Forest by sorstrommen
There’s something about forests that bring back great memories for me.
When I was younger and living in England I would often ride my horse in the New Hampshire Forests. As if it was yesterday, I can still hear the soft thud that his hooves would make on the packed forest ground. It felt as if there was complete silence except for his hoof beats.
I found it freeing and also comforting wandering those forests with my horse.
from500px: **Light Through the Clouds** by Damian McCudden Photography
Some people only accept “true” or absolutely untouched photography as the “real” thing. However, from knowing a photographer in the past I have learned that very rarely does such a thing exist. Therefore, I’m fine with photos that have another step of enhancement added.
from500px: Before The Big Bang by paloszorros
Obviously the Big Bang referenced here doesn’t include Sheldon’s quirky contribution. Would his desire for logic allow him to stop and appreciate such splendor I wonder?
surprisinglives: photos by griffin: The quiet life.
Admittedly, The thought of escaping all of the insanity of city life and also the psycho world of the internet does appeal to me greatly on certain days. On those days, a small secluded cabin like this looks like paradise.
Sometimes, just a field of little white flowers can take my breathe away.
Daisy in a Storm.
Having the correct and acceptable positive attitude does not grant us any greater amount of control over inevitable, unseen, and unknown future circumstances. Sometimes, it isn’t possible to “think” or “attitude” oneself out of life’s storms.
Perhaps a more realistic perspective would be to accept the unknown, traverse these storms, and come out the other end with an appreciation for the beauty of a simple daisy. ~ Amanda
Macro-photography is a total fascination and addiction of mine. This amazing photograph includes one of my favourite subjects: water, and it’s Macro!
This is our view directly out our back door. Sometimes the sunrises are so spectacular and full of beautiful colors. The wisteria lines the fence and the trees frame the sunrise.
I have been a fan of Sonya Lira’s Photography for a long time, therefore, I am pleased to offer this beautiful example. This gorgeous sunrise and her beautiful backyard make me want to move to Texas!
#beautiful #woman #young woman #pretty #mysterious #IsSheMyDaughter?
from500px: Lumen Vespere by PByrne
from500px: Pink Dawn by PhotonPhotography #photography #travel #photographyontumblr #landscape #nature
from500px: The Nearness of You by naturephotographie
from500px: Yin and yang by Smelov
from500px: Goreme Sunset by miguelangelmartin #photography #photography on Tumblr #travel #landscape #nature #blog what a #beauty!
©2016 Amanda Ricks This Quote is no longer available at Surprisingly Wise, please enjoy it here. Thanks
This Art Photo Quote is available at surprisinglywise.com
I hope you like this Art/Photo and Quote that I am posting for the WP Photo Challenge —Life Imitates Art. I chose it because I see it as a contradiction to the phrase. The message is showing present life versus the dream of a different future life. However, the medium in which the message is being depicted could be called art. In other words, Art, in this case, is imitating Life.
Surprising Quotes is no longer available, please enjoy this image quote here. Thanks
©2016 Amanda Ricks
This Quote is not longer available at Surprising Quotes, please enjoy it here. Thanks
A fun and colourful gallery of edited photos of the author to show off the theme of Vibrant for the WordPress Photo Challenge. By Amanda Ricks
© 2016 Amanda Ricks
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We came home one day and found this poor skinny ginger and white cat in our backyard. My Mother who was staying with us during some medical care she was receiving immediately took to him. He returned the affection and they fast became friends. We left them to bond.
The next day we heard frantic yells and knocking at our door from my Mother. It turned out that “Chester” was actually three brothers who had for reasons unknown suddenly shown up in our backyard half starving. They all stayed for the summer and when the weather started to turn cooler the brothers and my Mother all moved in together for a winter of warmth and companionship.
photo via by daughter and not an original of “Chester”
New York City looking from The Empire State Building
I have had the beautiful and unique pleasure of travelling to many corners of the world. However, later in life as an adult, I finally had the opportunity to visit New York City and I instantly fell in love.
The multitude of horror stories about New York was completely fictitious. We walked for endless miles on clean streets, within safe neighbourhoods. There was Transit Police present during every trip we took. Everyone was friendly and courteous but not trying to immediately con or rip us off.
It was such a treat to go to all the places that were mentioned so many times in all the books that I had read. What a treat as well to have my picture taken at One Police Plaza! The Russian Tea Room, Carnegie Hall, Broadway, Times Square, The Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty all before our second day! My poor husband collapsed in the hotel, so I left him there and off I went again to explore some more.
New York City is my biggest treat. It has everything you could want. History, Theatre, Shopping, sight seeing and of course celebrity spotting! The best treat to end each day was at The Broadway Deli. This take-out deli has anything and everything you could ever want. Plus it all tastes delicious and doesn’t cost a fortune. Where else in the world would you find such a treat?
Mother Nature is amazing in the ways in which she will overtake and make her own man’s abandoned things. And as odd as they may seem in their new attire of greenery and trees. These things take on an incredible new beauty that they never possessed before in their former life.
“Earth’s Entry” by sweetpeaandbell
I love photography. Unfortunately, I am not blessed with the innate talent that I feel is needed to convey an emotional message onto an image through a photograph. Nevertheless, I am moved, inspired, enlightened, awed and even changed by some of the magnificent photographs that I have seen.
The subjects include nature, animals, our world, people, and things. Everything it seems has a story. We just have to stop, look the right way and be open to seeing it.
This photograph almost mesmerises me. It’s beautiful, soft and gentle. The title suggests beginnings, new things, fresh starts, and innocence. Yet that dark heavy suitcase is trailing in from behind. What’s in there? Why? I wonder so many different things.