keeping it simple







Did you hear that? It’s the winds of change…

A lot of bad things have happened to me lately, which are making me appreciate the little things in life. When I feel down, I go outside and soak it all in, and it usually makes me feel better. I can truly enjoy looking through my lens and seeing frost on tiny parts of plants, flowers, and rocks. It helps me cope, and it helps me stay in control of my creativity, which is one of the first things that goes out the window when I feel down.


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  1. Hey Wink! Sorry to hear this. All the best from me. Regula

  2. I think winter cold and not being outside has a tendency to affect our spirits. I am sorry you have had a bad time. Just remember spring is coming and new life begins. God starts a new time of life and beauty. God bless

  3. Take care. Our thoughts are with you.

  4. beautiful pictures, wish you a little happiness and a lot of good things.

  5. I LOVE your photos and yes, I can feel the winds of change too

  6. Love and hugs, Wink.

  7. I’ve had much the same time as you lately and looking at the beauty of little things is the best cure to sadness and tough times. I wish you a much better time soon. You give a lot of pleasure through your creativity and it has helped me through some difficult times so thank you x

  8. It’s lovely to know you are still able to find things to feel grateful for. Expressing your feels and gratitude via your photography may not be the same as crochet but still it IS a form of creative expression so hold to that small shining nugget when the darkness prevails. Sending You some Love Light and a reminder that in time the darkness will pass too. xox Twigwoman~

  9. Hello Wink, I am sorry to hear you are going through such bad times, but it makes you make beautiful photos and “things”.
    Please know this stranger is thinking of you and burning a candle for you!

  10. Hey wink

    So sorry you’re feeling down I’ve been there what with cancer (all clear now) and lose of family members
    feels like you’re staring at a big black hole and it’s all around you…
    when I feel like that my ever so cute doggy gives me big doggy kisses just lookin in his big browns while being out walking on the beach just makes you feel happy!

    Really hope you feel better soon just think you have us all on here sending our love and prayers to you


  11. I have only recently found your wonderful website which really inspires me. Your skill, inventiveness & generosity of spirit in sharing your ideas is a gift to all of us, & I thank you. I am truly sorry to hear you have had bad luck recently & I hope matters soon improve for you. Blessings & warm wishes to you. Grandma Rose X

  12. Love is all around, you just have to be willing to see iT, and abviously you do :) keep UPC the good spirit in seeing the beauty of things, let happyness in :0) xxx

  13. You have a lot of friends to help you thru the bad times They will pass as all things do. Thinking of you, Mary

  14. The same here, I take in the beauty of nature all around us. It’s easy to lose that creativity when other things are weighing on our minds. Smile, it makes you feel better.

  15. Hi do not get down spring is on it way .the nights are getting longer and you will see all the spring flowers comeing soon

  16. Hello. So very sorry you are feeling down. I will add you to my prayer list. Remember God never shuts a door without opening a window. Donniek

  17. So sorry to hear this …. Your photos are beautiful and I do hope things will turn for the better soon – hang in there …. I just know a lot of people – me included – will keep you in their thoughts! Love, Marianne xx

  18. Nature has a way of helping us get our thinking back into balance.Many blessings to you.

  19. I love these photographs- thank you for sharing them. Sending you love and well-wishes.

  20. Sending positive vibes your way, blue is a beautiful color, not so good when it’s your mood.

  21. I’m sure things will get better for you.Love your photos and your lovely creative blog,very inspiring,keep going.Hugs x

  22. Sorry to hear that you’re going through a rough time. I’m sending good thoughts and wishes your way! These photos are beautiful and I can relate to the therapeutic value of photography!
    Wishing you the best,
    Kate :}

  23. I am sorry that life is using you for it’s punching bag. You and your website continue to amaze and inspire me. You have great insight and strength of will and character. Be strong and remember that you have countless “web” friends. Pat McAnally

  24. Hi Wink…I think you and your blog are awesome!

  25. Hi Wink! I’m sorry you have been having a difficult time. Spring is coming! I had to have my dog of 17 years put down, and that sent my creativity plummeting, so I totally understand. The creative muse always returns, ‘tho, if we are patient with ourselves.

    Extra hugs!

  26. Praying for the wrinkles to smooth out in your life. Hold fast, this too shall pass. Sending good thoughts and hugs.

  27. Wink, It saddens me to hear you have had a rough time of it lately. It took some courage to put that out there and I’m hoping all these lovely comments help you some. It is easy for folks to read a beautiful blog such as yours and think life behind that screen is all colorful yarn, leisurely crocheting, and hours & days of endless inspiration. We all fall on hard times and have shoulders big enough to support each other. Please remember that what you give ultimately comes back to you – and you give beauty & smiles to many, including me, with your blog and your art. xo

  28. I totally agree with Renee above. Hope things get better soon.

  29. Super pictures and simple is good it makes you appreciate life x

  30. Sorry to hear you’ve got the blues Wink…keep your spirits up! Spring is March 20, less than 2 months away! I agree with Renee above; it did take much courage to put your feelings out there. The last year of my own life has been pretty awful, so I can relate! Hang in there – we do care! :-)

  31. Hallo Wink I have just discovered your blog on the Deramore website. I’m sorry to hear that you are not well and hope very much things will go better for you. I was trying to write in Dutch but my IPad does not like a foreign language. I have lived in England now for 50 years, I was born in The Hague

  32. Hi Wink,
    I, too, add my prayers and thoughts for you during this tough time. God has given you many beautiful talents and has great plans for your future. The darkness of night shall pass and joy comes in the morning!
    A California USA Friend,

  33. Hi Wink, sorry to hear you going to bad times. Simple but great things can make the difference in life. I wish for you that the possitive spirits and possitive things came back and make the sun shine for you.

    Love, Margaret

  34. What a lovely way to cope! I hope you’ll feel better soon, and get on top of things!

  35. I hope you be better, but congratulations because the way that you trying is the best!!! Because the Bible says in Rom. 11:33:
    “33 O the depth of God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How unsearchable his judgments are and beyond tracing out his ways are! 34 For “who has come to know Jehovah’s* mind, or who has become his adviser?”+ 35 Or, “who has first given to him, so that it must be repaid to him?”+ 36 Because from him and by him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.”

  36. Sorry things aren’t going smoothly. Hang in there, Wink.

  37. Keep doing the things you love Wink! Hope you feel better real soon…big hugs Marjolein

  38. So brave of you to share what most of us go through sometimes – turning to nature is really healing and your photographs are beautiful – best wishes for things to improve very soon – all your web friends are thinking of you

  39. I completely understand how you feel, my creativity is the first thing to disappear when things get tough. Then I get even more down. Being outside really lifts my spirits. Hope you feel better soon lovely.xx

  40. Beautiful pictures of nature. I enjoy nature study…if does give peace. Keeping a Nature Journal is one solace I have, except I sketch what I see….you have a wonderful eye for photography! I love your shots above!

  41. Sorry to hear you’ve been having a bad time :( I really do hope change is coming your way x