DP Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

Oh, boy. What a state of mind! Here I am just sitting at my desk this morning trying to catch up on a few things. I’ve just been moping around feeling sorry for myself because it’s cold out and I miss my Florida home, family and friends. Moving away from all of this and out of my comfort zone (not speaking of the weather on this one…well, maybe a bit) was not an easy thing for me.

Winter Garden Water Tower_Fotor

Walking from house to town. Downtown Winter Garden_Fotor

Walking from house to Lake
Lake Apopka Sunrise_FotorCrying FaceCrying Cat Face

I’ve been wanting to post more about our new surroundings but haven’t braved the cold new world. So I’ve been pretty much staying inside going through and catching up on my emails, some Facebook and trying to figure out when I’m ever going to get consistent again on my posts. Waaahhhh! Big baby.  When lo and behold! What to my wondering eyes should appear out my window?  It’s too late for reindeer! But wait, there’s a whole herd of gorgeous deer (that I have yet to get any pictures of).

Not taken on our property but in Blairsville (give me time)

They’re so beautiful! And I watched about seven or eight of them just dilly-dallying on the hillside down from my window. Of course, I tried to sneak out to snap some group pics but, no matter how quiet I was, I think my black jacket gave me away! So off they went on their merry way. Well, all in due time. Now, can someone here in North Georgia please tell me when hunting season is over? We’ve heard shots (albeit in the distance but still sounds too close for comfort) since we arrived in the middle of December. I’m nervous for my new friends because I’ve been hearing shots all afternoon. If I could just explain to the deer that if they hung around our house, they’d be safe. We’re not hunters; we’re feeders.

At the closing on our house, the previous owners told us about how in the spring it becomes so beautiful around here with all kinds of flowers and plants, etc. I can’t wait (but I guess I have to).

But looky, looky!! White Down Pointing Backhand Index + Emoji Modifier Fitzpatrick Type-1-2

I’m thinking daffodils? I don’t know my flowers at all but I suppose it’s time I started learning! Are they usually early bloomers? I know the weather has been absolutely crazy.

Daffodil buds_Fotor

And what wonderful new friends we’re making here. I’m just loving the people we have met here. All of our new friends at church — I just love them to pieces already! And this week, we’re going out to lunch with two of our neighbors. We’ve been emailing but because the weather has been so off-putting, we haven’t met face-to-face yet. Well, we’re going to change that! I’m excited! The good Lord has sent us here for a reason. One of these days, I’ll find it out! I still don’t like the cold one bit but this too shall pass! Right?!

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

43 comments on “DP Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

  1. It’s hard to believe, but daffodils are popping a few at a time in our area, too. I’m in that springy sorta state of mind!!!

  2. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Give it time, Linda. What a huge challenge to move from Florida to Georgia. Of course you feel all discombottulated. (my word) And yes those are Daffodils!! I have some of those coming up in my garden and I have this bright orange Crocus that has been surviving in freezing temps! I so look to the day SHE opens because I shall be there with my camera to celebrate Her courageous efforts to stay alive. I cannot believe how STRONG these early flowers are!!! Amazing!!! Welcome back to WP! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

    • Thank you, my friend, for your words of encouragement! I know what I need to do and when warmer weather gets here all will be well again! I’m going to be keeping an eye on these brave little flowers and will document their progress! It’s good to be back. I’ve missed it! 🌷❣

      • AmyRose🌹 says:

        I love the connection I have made, Linda, with such wonderful people. Life at times though packs a punch and it is so important for me to stay Centered and grounded in Mother in order to survive and continue what I do. When you get your “rhythm” back it will feel SOOO good! I’m just getting mine back bit by bit so I will think of you as I do. 🙂 Good luck!!! ❤

  3. Pat Rice says:

    Linda, I too am perplexed about the gunshots. That’s been happening ever since we moved here in 2002, and it makes me so edgy! Apparently the yahoos around here are allowed to just sit on their porches and fire at will with no specific laws to stop them. Think we need to have a chat with Sheriff Mason about that! Yes, your yard has many pretty flowers to greet you in spring. First will be a forsythia at foot of your driveway just up from mailbox. Always look forward to seeing it. There is always a little bunch of early daffodils around the corner just before Mulkey Gap. Look for those too. Saw the herd of deer sprinting across your front yard around 10:30 this morning with their white tails flaring! Beautiful sight! Looking forward to our lunch next week! pat

    • If you all ever decide to broach the subject with the sheriff, count me in. I’ve always lived where you couldn’t shoot firearms where there are residences. But maybe in the mountains they only sound closer than they really are. Let’s hope! As the flowers begin to bloom around here, maybe you can help me put a name to them! Aren’t those deer just gorgeous! Love seeing them. Looking forward to our lunch! 🌷🌷👍

  4. SwittersB says:

    Well. are you comfortable wearing camo? 🙂

  5. cindy knoke says:

    Those are daffidols and they will be awful purty! 🙂

  6. Warm hands, warm feet are the keys to enjoying this time of year in the colder parts of our country. I have been walking and riding my bike since January when the temperatures were in the 30’s and 40’s. Good gloves, two layers of socks, a scarf, and layers of clothing for your core will really change your ability to enjoy the outdoors this time of year…Do not forget a good hat, you loose over 50% of your body heat through the top of your head.

  7. Brenda says:

    so when did you ever see deer in your back yard here in Florida, your doing things that you never did her enjoy

  8. smilecalm says:

    looks like the weather is fair
    & flowers are blooming 🙂

  9. carmen says:

    A move is never easy but there’s always something to be glad about! Deer are so beautiful. We have them in the forest behind our house. I’m always in awe when I see them!

    Happy Sunday!

    ❤ carmen

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  11. Definitely daffodils, mine came up weeks ago, but are stalled, waiting for warmer temps. The lake is quite a treat to have within walking distance. You have much to discover. Enjoy.

    • I’m not sure when our daffodils began peeking through but I’m keeping my eyes on them now! Doesn’t seem to be a lot of activity since the last time! The lake was quite a treat but it is no more for me. BUT apparently there are quite a few waterfalls and lakes around here that will be cool to explore even if we can’t walk to them. So anxious for the warmer temps!

  12. Paula says:

    I’m relieved to hear that you are settling well, and now that Spring is approaching you’ll like it even more 🙂 Keep well dear Linda.

  13. Oh dear, I ‘m still looking!! and the weather here is so miserable.. Lovely images of your new country ( so to speak) and watch out for those gorgeous deer they will destroy your flower beds in no time lol!!

    • The weather here (at least for now) is crazy. Monday was 60s and sunny. Tuesday was cooler and stormy. And now this morning it’s 32 degrees and cloudy. BLAH! So far the deer haven’t come close to the house but we want to try a small garden. Yeh, I bet that happens! HA! The garden spot is just next to where Tom has been feeding the birds and the squirrels. 🙄

  14. DG MARYOGA says:

    Nice read your post,dear Linda,it started with some clouds above and in your soul,nostalgia had taken over,but as I continued reading and walking down the road to Lake,the scenery changed,the placid waters of the lake and the beautiful rosy clouds moderated the dark silhouettes.And then,came the deer to wipe out the tears.They came to pay a visit and welcome you,but they felt a bit embarrassed.Further down the first signs of spring had popped up from the ground to catch the sun and start showing off their beauty.I stopped reading and shouted :
    Linda,it is time to count your blessings,to be grateful for what you have.Om,everything is so beautiful around there and you met some nice people at church,you’ll soon share wonderful moments with them and have fun.Every hour brings something new!Sending you sunshine & hugs 🙂 xxx

    • Oh, dear Doda, how right you are. We are making wonderful friends here already. And on the days when I can get out, I’m falling more in love with the beauty of this area. When spring finally really arrives, there are so many places we want to visit. Thanks for the sunshine and hugs for this afternoon we’re having rain and snow! sigh! But, it’s not sticking and spring is doing its best to rear its beautiful head! Wishing you a beautiful day, my friend! Love and hugs! 😀 ❤

  15. DG MARYOGA says:

    I am so glad to read that you start appreciating what life had holden for you,dear Linda!Look at the bright side of each situation and smile to spring,to life 🙂 Love & hugs to you ❤ xxx

    I'll post something quick and I'll start playing catching up again ~ See you soon at your place,I think,I 've missed your last work.

  16. Sonel says:

    I think it will take some time for you to acclimate to that weather Linda and I am sure it wasn’t an easy thing, but knowing you, I know you will soon make new friends and will learn to love everything there. 😀

    It’s such a lovely town and the view from the Lake is just so amazing and I can see why you miss it. I would too. 😦

    I can only imagine your surprise when you saw the beautiful deer and it’s such a pity that there are hunting allowed on them. It looks like you and Pat and quite a few other concerned citizens are going to sort them out for good! I wouldn’t like to hear gunshots around me all the time either. It sounds dangerous as well. What if they accidently shoot someone in the process?

    It looks like the daffodils came out just to make you smile and show you that it will all be well. I am also glad to see that you are already making new friends and yes, I also believe that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes what we see as something bad is just a blessing in disguise.

    Have fun and hang in there and thanks for sharing these beautiful moments. ♥

    • Thank you, dear Sonel, for your sweet words of encouragement and friendship. I’m finally really starting to see the wisdom in our being guided here. I do still (and always will) miss my friends and former home but this is my new home and it’s beautiful! I may never be a cold weather person but it’s fairly mild here and the temps are on the rise. And so are the daffodils! i hope you have a wonderful rest of the week! Hugs! 🌞🌼🌼

      • Sonel says:

        You are very welcome Linda. Yes, it’s always a bit strange to go out of our comfort zones, but in the end we always win. 😀

        I am a cold weather person and don’t mind the summer as I do love our pool, but Autumn is my favourite time of the year. I think if we got snow I might think otherwise. hahaha! Glad to hear your temps are getting better. 😀

        Thanks darling and you too. ♥

  17. Prior-01 says:

    Linda – this is great for state of mind (I am late!) and take your time getting pics of the deer – and it warmed my heart to read you are feeders and if they knew how safe they were there! Even though I love love love deer meat! Ha….
    Anyhow – I hope they do not chew up your garden – and those look like daffodils – I did not read the comments to see if someone answered – but mine come up in late January or early febr – and would you believe that they are bulbs from 2004 and 2005? The tulip bulbs are long gone – after a few tries – maybe the Ants eat them-but the daffodils come up year after year and how fun to see them emerge! Also how very cool to have a church and other connections- this really was meant to be!

    • Thanks, Yvette! We don’t see the deer very often (rarely, in fact, for now) but that may change. And, yes, they are definitely daffodils. They’re beginning to bloom now. Time for more pics! Things are going well here (especially since the temps are getting into my comfort zone – HA)! Hope all is well and you’re enjoying your “free” time! Hugs! 😀

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