This "Observe" Thing is Hard!

Well, for someone who's supposed to be 'observing' things this year, I'm having a hell of a time keeping my mouth shut! 
I guess I don't have to be totally silent but seriously, each time I turn on the news, or read a blog post, or talk with a friend on the phone, all I want to do is chime in. 
I am finding it rather hard to observe with out saying how I feel. I guess that's not bad, it is what it is, but I was hoping to observe more while talking less.
In my own defense, I am being more observant, but my mind keeps racing with tons of things I want to spurt out - even more so than normal.
This year's word is going to challenge me, I can tell already!
I'm really glad that Sally, over at The Studio Sublime is continuing on with her Focus On Life photography challenge in 2014.  This photography challenge has helped me focus on life (hence the title. Sally's so clever!) a bit more and I think that's how the word 'observe' found me this year.
On Sunday I received my prompt for this week's photo challenge from Sally and as I was out for a walk, looking around and actually 'observing' my surroundings,
I found this little leaf.
I know it's January, but here in the Valley of the Sun, Fall is taking place. Literally. The leaves are finally changing to some beautiful golden colors and orange tones and they're falling off the trees to the point where it looks like a leaf-storm in some areas.  
Click on Photo To Enlarge these Beautiful Trees.
Photo taken January 1, 2014 - Glendale, Arizona
It's beautiful.
Anyway, as I was walking and observing my surroundings and taking things in, I was overwhelmed with gratitude and felt so blessed to live where we do.
I have sympathy for those of you going through all the snow and ice storms right now and hope you're staying warm and 'hunkering down' and enjoying things the best you can.
I hope you'll come back tomorrow - Saturday - and see what Sally's first prompt is for the Focus on Life 2014 photography series!
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Observing My Surroundings!


  1. I have to tell you I always love when you chime in and would never ever want you to stop. You have given me so many boost and hugs in this cyber world! I like that you are being more observant though and I can not wait to hear about what you observe!

    1. Thank you so much Kristen - you are such a doll!! *hugs* :-)

  2. Wow, it does look like fall and it's beautiful. We still have some leaves hanging on but
    only a few.
    Change is hard, but you'll get it. Look at how much you've observed already!

    1. Yes Annette, I do think that I might be sharing things I observe a bit more than I did last year here on the blog. So, it's a good thing my word for the year wasn't 'silence' or something like that! LOL!!


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