Plum Blossom

In its Infancy

Stars and blossoming fruit trees: Utter permanence and extreme fragility give an equal sense of eternity. —Simone Weil


What a beautiful quote. I thought it paired well with the plum tree blossoms. I saw them all over our baby tree this afternoon, when the sun was shining bright, and I just knew that I had to get out there and do some shooting.

Thank goodness, too.

Social distancing is pretty much a part of my life these days thanks (or no thanks) to online classes—but the RAIN we were having did a number on the members of my household. We’ve been a little loopy.

Anyway, I liked the idea of blossoms signifying infancy, because infancy is synonymous with beginnings. Yesterday and today I realized I needed to start fresh on some of my goals. I need to go back to the beginning.

I’m afraid I failed to take my OWN advice when jumping into the New Lifestyle program… it was supposed to be about baby steps. Tiny, barely noticeable changes that would become habits—habits that would slowly build on the next; like a snowball effect.

It worked like a dream in week one, then the next thing you know I’m professing my confidence in “the step counter,” and setting the bar high… at 10,000 steps per day. Well… as it turns out, that was a bit of a stretch. Going from borderline couch potato to fitness guru does not a small step make!

Enough crying and blubbering. I’ve looked it all over and have restructured the plan. My goal for the next two weeks is 5,500 steps per day. That’s 1000 over my daily average and it’s small enough to actually DO.

So… my new beginning starts tomorrow; New Lifestyle, New Me in its infancy. I like that.


Thank you for reading! I hope you found something useful or entertaining here, and I hope you enjoyed the image. Those plum blossoms are macro for sure—they’re barely the size of a dime. It was difficult to get them all into focus, hence the dramatic effects.

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      • You too, Janet. We’ve been using the opportunity to spruce up the courtyard garden and everyone’s been getting their hands mucky. All good so far my dear and there’s always something to do at home to keep us off the streets. Also hoping that you’re managing okay. Crazy times indeed and I have a feeling this is only the beginning. Keep well, Janet. Best, Rob 🙏

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  1. The photo is plum gorgeous!! Do they have a fragrance, I wonder? And I loved the quote too–you find such good ones! I can relate to your struggles with making manageable goals…I’m always way gung-ho when I begin, and then, well you can guess the “then” 🙂 I do better on the sedentary and spiritual goals–like so far, I haven’t missed a day reading my Bible 🙂 But I have yet to return to the sedentary goal of completing the novel I began during NaNoWriMo last November… Blessings to you!! 🙂 ❤

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    • Thanks Z! yes, sedentary goals are fairly easy for me to do as well, but I also rarely finish a book. Most of mine are non-fiction so it’s easy to read only portions then set it aside haha. Well.. I am still short of my goal for steps today but might run around my backyard later hahaha!! xoxo

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      • Interesting, what you said about books! I, too, am hard-pressed to finish the non-fiction ones…crazy, I start with great enthusiasm–highlighting and underlining–and then one, or a few chapters, later I re-shelve them in pursuit of something else! 🙂

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