Color and Joy

posted by Sharon February 7, 2014 27 Comments

How are you weathering this winter? It’s been a rough one for so many. Friends are coping with snow in places that usually gets none. It’s raining here today and the overall look of the landscape is bleak. This little plant on my patio is thriving, though. I’m pleased to find color in nature, especially in midwinter. My “find” this week is a cheerful one!

Here are my 5 randoms:

1. Sunday I found a new pair of red patent leather flats. I have loved red shoes my whole life. One of my earliest memories is insisting on red Buster Brown shoes at age 4 or so. I found this photo on the internet. I’m thinking my first pair of red shoes were this vintage.

2. My new (grown-up) shoes are to wear to my daughter’s wedding shower. We are driving to Los Angeles this weekend for the occasion. I can’t wait! This will be her time to shine, to be showered with gifts, to be surrounded by her friends and family, to anticipate all the future holds. I feel so honored to be a part of all the joy.

3. Did you know you can ride a bike in a swimming pool? I learned about this while editing a class on water exercise at work. It’s a new trend called aqua spinning. Maybe it will become an Olympic sport. Doesn’t it sound like fun?

4. This week I read Michael Connelly’s new book, The Gods of Guilt. The title refers to the jury, the men and women who decide guilt or innocence. It’s a crisp courtroom drama. I highly recommend it.

5. German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born this week in 1906. He lived only 39 years before being killed by the Nazis right before the end of WWII. His writings and his life inspire me. Here’s one of my favorite quotes:

In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.
Letters and Papers from Prison

I’ve read some of Bonhoeffer’s writings and his excellent biography by Eric Metaxas. One of my goals is to read more of his books.

How about you? How is your week going? Have you found any bright spots of color–outdoors or in?

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27 Comments

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justkaren@hotmail.ca February 7, 2014 at 6:46 am

Those flowers are a beautiful sight! We are knee deep in snow, and it’s minus 21.

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Mascha February 7, 2014 at 6:47 am

Oh, those red shoes were my childhood dream also (and I love to this day red shoes, even though I wear them rarely).
I celebrated a blue week against gray and boredom of winter, which no one is real … (such beautiful flowers we have not now)
Yes, Bonhoeffer adore too, I am pleased to read that.
Have a great weekend

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Thoughts from the Desktop February 7, 2014 at 7:38 am

I had a pair of red shoes so like that . Have a great time in LA

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Pieni lintu February 7, 2014 at 10:15 am

Those shoes are so so pretty!!

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Carmel February 7, 2014 at 10:33 am

Love your post and your find. Ah yes red shoes are the best.

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EG CameraGirl February 7, 2014 at 10:45 am

I like that combination green, purple and cream-coloured foliage. Very pretty.

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Ilene February 7, 2014 at 11:41 am

I remember Buster Browns. Those were the days when we bought American-made, even though it was expensive. We lived on an 80-acre Kansas farm, I was the youngest of 5 kids. When we outgrew our shoes, we’d go into Chanute or Humboldt to the shoe store and get fitted for a new pair. White sandals in the summer. Unfortunately, I never got to have a pair of red Buster Browns because my shoes had to go with everything. And so it was always brown. But they were good, sturdy shoes and often had a lot of life left in them when they were outgrown. My cousins got them then, as my uncle had health issues and often couldn’t work, and they were in need most of the time. We were not poor, but not what one would call “rich”, either.

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Hootin' Anni February 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Aqua spinning….now that IS new to me!! I too love red shoes. Enjoy the shower in LA…I’m sure you will.

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Nancy @ A Rural Journal February 7, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Cute lil’ red shoes — bet you were adorable in them. Thanks for joining in R5F this week.

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Beth February 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm

cute little red shoes. i don’t think they will fit me though. ha. ha!! ( :
i love the thought about bicycling in the swimming pool … but how do i test that out. i would love to try but i don’t think my area pool would allow it … how do i explain it??! excuse me i need to test out pool & ride my bike? do you have a problem with that? ha. ha!!! too funny!! happy weekend!

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Buttons February 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s words are beautiful. I love those red shoes well I love almost all red shoes or boots .Colour galore here right now I knit it into hats:) White white outside. Hug B

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sarahhuizenga February 7, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Love the red shoes. I could never carry them off, too big of feet. Bonhoeffer work is very inspiring. He has been quoted many times in sermons I have heard.

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Snap February 7, 2014 at 12:48 pm

It’s cold! Even my car thinks so … it keeps telling me “low outside temperature”. Enjoy your red shoes. For me it was penny loafers. Enjoy your daughter’s shower. Cycling in a swimming pool — sounds like fun. Bonhoeffer — too young gone. Happy Friday!

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jeanne stone February 7, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Love your new red shoes! and buster brown… how well I remember those shoes when i was little. Always went right before school to get my new buster browns…. How exciting to be going to your daughters shower, and hope to see some lovely photos from this wonderful event. I am sure she will…. SHINE!

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Robyn February 7, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Sharon,

I like your picture. How fun to have a bright colorful plant to inspire during the winter months.

In February of 1991 we were getting ready for a calf show and I discovered my old boots wouldn’t fit. Into town we went to buy some boots. Red Boots, in favor of Valentine’s Day. I came close to wearing them out. The boots bring back many good memories and currently sit on a shelf in my living room. They make for pretty decor with dried wheat plants sticking out of them.

Enjoy your weekend! Sounds like you are in for some fun.

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jeanne stone February 7, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Oh, and just downloaded the biography, and looking forward to reading it!

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Cheryl @ TFD February 7, 2014 at 2:17 pm

I remember Buster Brown! I always loved red shoes, but didn’t get to wear my last pair very much, they just weren’t comfortable. Have fun this weekend at the shower!

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Stephanie February 7, 2014 at 2:23 pm

I have several pairs of red shoes and wear them all the time. I think I’ll pass on the aqua spinning though.

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Inger February 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Love those red shoes and the Bonhoeffer quote, gratitude is so important to our lives. No bright spots here, but living in California, I’m grateful for gray skies and rain.

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Claire February 7, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Ahhh, red shoes… make a girl feel special 🙂
I studied Bonhoeffer in college, so sad he was killed just before the war ended…
It’s my first Random 5, so lovely to ‘meet’ you 🙂

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Rose February 7, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I love that pair of shoes…I may have had one pair of red shoes in my life. I like them, too, so don’t know why I have not had more. I like the quote….

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Dotti February 7, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Bonhoeffer is truly an inspiration. Love those vintage red shoes! And most importantly, enjoy your daughter’s wedding!

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diane February 7, 2014 at 8:06 pm

I had a pair of brown shoes similar to those … thought they were MaryJanes. I could be wrong! I loved them!!! Loved loved loved them!
Great photo.
diane @ thoughts and shots

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Ida P. Krause February 7, 2014 at 8:43 pm

The red shoes are cool. I don’t know as if I ever had red shoes but I remember a pair of Pale Blue/Peach colored saddles shoes that I just had to have and then got teased by the kids because they weren’t normal saddle shoes. Hope you have a grand time at the shower.
That plant has pretty colors.
I’m writing down books people recommend for future reference, this one sounded interesting.

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nicki February 8, 2014 at 12:16 am

Lovely color for a blah stage of the year – though while I moan and groan about the ice and snow – it is prettier than solid brown. Best wishes for your daughter – enjoy this time with her.

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pattisj February 8, 2014 at 4:58 am

I love those little red shoes. My daughter picked out red sneakers when she was about five–and had to sleep in them that night. Funny the little things we remember. How exciting to be in on the fun in honor of your daughter. This is the first I’ve heard of biking in the pool. What will they think of next? Bonhoeffer was a wise man. Our former pastor gave us a history lesson through the persona of Bonhoeffer, it was very interesting. He has a gift for bringing people and their stories to life.

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Linda February 8, 2014 at 1:40 pm

One fashon rule I have and sadly am currently breaking is every girl and woman should have red shoes! I just can’t find any right now that fit me. Tiring of taking snow pictures. Working on blog building / developing and avoiding too much cleaning. Dreaming of what to put in our front porch pots. LOVE Bonhoffer. The bio you refer to is most excellent!! The Costo f Discipleship and the one on community living are favorites.

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