Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -Summer 2020- Pot Luck – I Give Credit to the Tulips, the Woods, the Words by Erica/Erika

Welcome to the current series of Posts from Your Archives… and I will be picking two posts from the blogs of those participating from the first six months of 2020. If you don’t mind me rifling through your archives… just let me know in the comments or you can find out the full scope: Posts from Your Archives – Pot Luck – 2020

This is the first post from Erica or Erika of Behind The Scenery Photo and in this post she shares three elements that have helped sustain her during the lock down.

I Give Credit to the Tulips, the Woods, the Words by Erica/Erika

The Tulips In My Back Yard

My husband and I still like each other.

We have had a lot of togetherness. A lot of uncertainty. A roller coaster of emotions.

Tulips take my husband outside. He tends the garden. The brown, rich earth is his medium. He disappears in the beauty of creation. He returns with a smile.

Tulips allow us some separation and space.

The garden helps us stay friends and our marriage stay healthy.

I give credit to the Tulips in our back yard. A sign of Spring. A sign of Renewal. A sign of Hope.

My Neck Of The Woods

We are allowed to go for walks in our neighbourhood. We are encouraged to exercise.

I am very grateful. I am aware many people on our planet do not have this privilege.

We have access to a forest and farms nearby.

We move one foot in front of the other. We are aware how time marches on.

Today’s present moment is more important than the past or the future.

I give credit to the Woods. Tranquil moments in nature replenish my soul.

Same trail in the woods. April 7, 2020Same trail in the woods. May 12, 2020

     Trail in woods April 2020                                           Same trail May 2020

Beautiful Words

I have many words that enter my life every day.

Words entertain me. They teach me.

Words comfort me. They sustain me.

The words seep into my pores.

I give credit to the Words. Words forever change me.

Grateful For My Life

Today I am healthy. I live in a tranquil, beautiful part of the world.

Today’s present moment is all I truly have.

I give credit to the Tulips, the Woods, and especially the Words.

What do you do to stay mentally and physically healthy?


About Erica/Erika

I am an eternal optimist and a grateful Human Being.

I have been living on the beautiful West Coast of British Columbia with my husband for the past 28 years. I am thankful our two daughters and their families live close by.
My career was in health care as a Dental Hygienist for over 25 years.

I am surrounded by people who inspire me on a daily basis. I love the concept of sharing new perspectives with each other and learning from each other.

I am always observing and paying attention, especially to the lessons that begin in whispers, lessons that get louder and louder.

I love taking pictures and I am often surprised by the hidden gems I missed the first time around. I chose the name Behind The Scenery Photo because there is always a story behind every photo. I am passionate about health, wellness and mindfulness. I am a work in progress, constantly learning, evolving, recreating.

Why the Names Erica/Erika?

A question I am often asked is why the two names?  The answer is found in this link.  I also learned a great deal from the Comments. Erica or Erika? Which Name Should I Keep?

Connect to Erica/Erika website: Behind the Scenery Photo – Facebook: Behind the Scenery Photo

Thank you for dropping by and Erica/Erika would love your feedback.. thanks Sally.

32 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -Summer 2020- Pot Luck – I Give Credit to the Tulips, the Woods, the Words by Erica/Erika

  1. Hi Sally, You bring back a snapshot, a memory of my life a few months ago. I forgot about the initial feelings of adapting to this new world. Thank you for the reminder. Thank you for your generosity sharing “the Words” in this community. xx Erica

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  2. The Tulips in My Back Yard made me smile in agreement. My wife and I retired at the same time and transitioned from not being around each other during the day to full-time roommates. We often laugh at the two most common questions our friends ask us: 1. What do you do all day? 2. Are you getting on each other’s nerves yet? 😎

    We stay busy and get along fine, but spouses must have their own lives/hobbies.

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    • Well said, Pete, having your own lives and hobbies. I just looked up the date I posted this. Approximately four months ago. I do feel we have new perspectives and we have grown individually and in our marriage, despite living a quieter life these past few months. After 42 years, I feel especially grateful for every day. As you well know, it is easy to fill up our days. Most of the time we can choose our activities.

      I greatly appreciate you reading and your thoughtful comment.😊 Erica

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  3. What a beautiful post to share, Sally. Erica/Erika (the double name always makes me smile) shares her gentle soul and positive approach to life with every post. Despite this time of pandemic, when everything seems topsy-turvy, there is still beauty and peace and much to be grateful for. Lovely post.

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  5. Great post, Erica. I wish to have those tulips in my garden. I appreciated your humor/honesty in that your husband enjoys what he loves to do for you to enjoy – the tulips while you could do something you love to do. My husband was retired in 2016. It took me a while to adjust having him home all day long. And now we pretty much understand and accept to have our own schedule most of the time during the day and spend time doing thing together in the evenings.

    Thank you for sharing, Erica and Sally.

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