And Now We Have May🌷



”Let all thy joys be as the month of May”

~Francis Quarles


🌷Hello, sweet friend…🌷



There was enough rain here in April to nourish the garden…

I plan on using May to refresh my spirit…



focusing on all the joys in life.



As I look out the kitchen window I get a glimpse of how quickly everything is growing. very quickly






all this gets me to thinking about time…



do you ever wonder where the time has gone?



In just a few short months I will have been retired for seven years.



Trust me…



I don’t take this luxury of time for granted.



I’m glad I have had this time to write…paint…garden…try out new recipes…play with photography…



exploring and discovering creative things…



about myself…



to experience sharing in new friendships that this luxury of time brought.



I feel lucky or rather blessed to have had this time to discover these new things around me and more.



do you ever wonder where the time has gone?



Soon the year will be half over… some moments wasted perhaps I was too busy focusing on the wrong things in the moment. Now it’s time to focus on those moments that matter most. Each day is filled with possibilities of moments of discovery and great joy. The only thing I can grasp is this moment.



Time after time I pause and consider the blessing of the moment.

May all of  May’s blessings be yours…🌷







14 chile de arbol

1 tsp cumin

2 tsp oregano

1 tsp peppercorn

3 cloves  garlic

1 tbs.white vinegar

1 15 oz. can of petite tomatoes (or tomato sauce)

1 bunch of chopped cilantro

1/2 whole onion

1-2 chopped fresh tomatoes (or 1 can of petite diced tomatoes)




  1. Roast in a pan: chile, cumin, oregano, peppercorn & garlic cloves for about  10 minutes. (or until flavors emerge) Set aside.
  2. In blender add white vinegar, salt and can of tomatoes, cilantro, onion, & diced tomatoes. Blend for about 1 minute. Enjoy!





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6 Responses to And Now We Have May🌷

  1. Joe says:

    Thank you so much for helping me to appreciate the ‘moments’ of my life!
    Salsa is yummy!!

  2. Kristie says:


    Your reflections and pictures above are beautiful! You are so right in taking the time to appreciate and notice the beauty around us…and to take the time to nurture our souls. I, also, like to do this and to foster new endeavors; planting flowers , creating landscapes in my yard and garden, writing, trying new recipes, etc.! I really enjoy your posts and the friendships you have created! Thank you for you!

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Kristie,
      Thank you for stopping by today.I’m humbled by your kind comments…and so happy to have become friends here. I’m sure you have created a beautiful space where you live. Thank you for YOU!

  3. Mary Jane Newman/Pike says:

    My Dear Friend,
    Another posting of all your beautiful creations and the yard is so lovely. I am trying to get our deck back in shape and this huge property! Never enough hours or energy in my day! I have been living here for 3 years and enjoying my new spot. I have taken the time to nourish my new hubby, my soul and new dog Sasha, becoming grateful to the universe for all my new blessings. Guarding my precious time with only quality good friends, bringing them together for holiday gatherings.

    You are loved and appreciated stay your sweet special self.

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hello sweet Mary Jane,
      Sorry for my late response to your most gracious and loving comment. I’m so happy that you are finding joy in your new surroundings…and stopping here for a little visit & chat makes me smile. Take care…and happy weekend! XOXO

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