Morning glory

Apple blossom

Apple blossom

I adore walking early on spring mornings. The air is fresh and crisp. The world is full of promise. Anything and everything seems possible. It’s gorgeous and glorious.

Last year, when I cared for my mom in her rural home, I treasured getting up at dawn in spring and summer for a bit of alone time.

I would sneak out of the house while Mom was still asleep (and before Caroline arrived to share the care-giving responsibilities), and take pictures of the beauty I found around me.

I stayed close enough to the house so Mom could find me if she awoke. Being outside as the new day hatched gave me a taste of freedom, even while I was imprisoned (voluntarily), in my care-giving role. These stolen moments in beauty and solitude kept me going from one day to the next. I especially loved discovering summer flowers in full bloom, and finding unusual things like these 16 surprises on a rare weekend away.

Mom was placed in a home in mid November. I’m still close by, and I visit her every day, sometimes after an early walk, which has become a bit of a tradition.

Here’s a sample of this morning’s glory:


About AmazingSusan

Dementia care advocate and blogger.


  1. Pretty photographs πŸ™‚

  2. Myra RIpley

    A lovely reminder to see the beauty in everything that’s so clearly all around us. Thanks for an inspiring post Susan.



    • Thanks My. Sorry I didn’t call you at Christmas when I was in Calgary. I wonder if thinking about doing it every day counts for something…? Yes, I think it does, in the whole cosmic balance of energy thing, yes, it counts for something… as does following my latest new online channel – but the following here counts for so much more than my everyday thoughts on which I didn’t follow through. Thank you for staying connected and for supporting me, it means a great deal to me, a lot more than you may think, I think πŸ™‚ XOX Susan

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