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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 137 :: happy friday

22 May
Happy Feel Good Friday!
Tonight, just a video. It brought me some serious awe and a little bliss today. 

How does he do it?

More tomorrow.

  {what brought you awe today?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 134 :: before and after – grow, grow, grow

19 May

Today’s bliss report….the garden is officially in.



Okay garden….Bring it on!

Grow… grow… grow…

More tomorrow.

  {what are you planting?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 131 :: birthday part 2

16 May
Baby Grapes!


And …gardens!

A blissful Saturday for Justin’s birthday weekend.

More tomorrow.

  {bliss on}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 129 :: butterfly flyby

14 May
I saw her move out of the corner of my eye. She was fluttering through the front yard, so I grabbed my camera and slowly moved out the front door. I didn’t want her to see me but I wanted to catch her.

And, as she slowly stopped on the purple rhododendron…  I took my shot. 

It was a moment of pure bliss. Just me and a butterfly in the front yard sitting still for a moment.

And maybe that’s the point of this year of bliss?
Taking some time to stop, watch, wait, listen and capture the moment. 
Before it flies by.

More tomorrow.

  {look for beauty}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 127 :: the four leaf clover

12 May
I’m having a hard time choosing flower photos to share from our trip to Eugene. Do I share the the bleeding hearts? Or the rhodies? Or the roses? Oh the colors!!! They all bring such bliss.

Who knew I could get so excited about flowers? For most of my life flowers were what followed me around hospitals and surgeries. Or what I didn’t receive on Valentine’s Day.

Until we had a garden I thought flowers came from the store, or a florist, or Now, they are what lights me up from the inside out, what grows in the garden, what blooms with life. So tonight, I decided to start sharing some of my flower photos from our trip. Starting with clover.

We spent some time in the park looking for a four leaf clover. For a moment I questioned if these even exist… is it just a myth?

This is what Wikipedia has to say on the matter:

  • “The four-leaf clover is an uncommon variation of the common, three-leaved clover. According to tradition, such leaves bring good luck to their finders, especially if found accidentally. In addition, each leaf is believed to represent something: the first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck.[1]
I particularly like this line: 
  • “It is debated whether the fourth leaf is caused genetically or environmentally. Its relative rarity (1 in 10,000 clovers[2]) suggests a possible recessive gene appearing at a low frequency. Alternatively, four-leaf clovers could be caused by somatic mutation or a developmental error of environmental causes.”
A somatic mutation? It stood out to me, jumped off the page. What does that mean? So I looked it up…

Somatic mutation:

  • “A change in the genetic structure that is not inherited from a parent, and also not passed to offspring, is called a somatic cell genetic mutation or acquired mutation.[77]
And there it was. Staring right back at me.

The somatic mutation is me. I am a genetic conundrum. I like to say I am now the bionic woman with so many surgeries, removed organs and implants, well, let’s just call them new parts… the transition seems complete. I have mutated.

And now, as I sit here with clean bill of health in hand, I realize that as I was looking over that bed of clover, searching for the lucky leaf, it was with me all along.

I am the four leaf clover. A somatic mutation. And, if I don’t say so myself, one hell of a lucky girl. Instead of counting leaves I am counting my blessings. And all the well wishes and love notes and FLOWERS I have received on this journey from the people who have held my hand and uplifted my soul – friends, family, nurses, doctors, medicine people and angels.

Thank you for your love and support.
May it return to you a million times over.
And may beautiful flowers be with you.

More tomorrow.


  {are you counting your blessings}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 126 :: clean bill of bliss

11 May
Whew! What a day. We are finally home after a roundabout trip to Portland and back, this time carrying a clean bill of health home!

I think I will say that again. CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH. I was expecting it but it’s so nice to actually have it in hand, tucked inside my pocket (or maybe I should say between my new cleavage!). Regardless where it goes I am holding onto it and the BLISS that it brings me.  

The other blissful moments of today included… bringing my own “Janes” wellness gown (instead of Johnnies)… the day after I interviewed the founder and visionary of GetJanes,com, Sharon Linder (more coming soon on that!).  

You can bring your own gown too! Check it out. They are so soft and comfy and make you feel so cozy even when you’re all naked and vulnerable at the doctor’s office. I think it’s one little step that helps you take control of your medical experience…. and they are so comfy!

They are so comfy …I actually wore my Jane later in the day too! At a spa!

Justin TOTALLY surprised me with a side trip to a spa, an out-of-the-way stop on our way home to celebrate the good news day. We soaked in this outdoor mineral bath at Belknap Resort…. and it was heaven! Outside, next to a river and floral garden… and my favorite kind of warm (hot water!).

It’s enough to make me want to have more blissdays to celebrate my wellness. (And I think you should too!!)

More tomorrow.

  {happy blissday}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 125 :: more and more flowers…

10 May
We are on the road! Headed to Portland for a one-year check up (yes, one year!). So on the way we stopped at a floral bonanza in Eugene. I think I have more flower photos than I could possibly ever post.So today…I’m just sharing a rose… it’s just a start.

Because there are so many more photos to share… okay, one more:

I know my mama would have loved them. Happy Mother’s Day!

More tomorrow.

P.S. AWESOME #LoveMoreDoMore interview with Sharon Linder today from Get Janes! I will post a photo tomorrow of my Janes at my doctor’s appointment. Want to get one of your own? Click here.
{happy mother’s day}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 124 :: and she chops! yard art heart

9 May
I have never chopped down a tree. Until now.

Actually, it was a bush. It just happened to be over 15 feet tall (I thought it was 30 feet tall but Justin believes it was 15 and I think he’s right). After this warm and wet spring our lilac bush had overgrown and was hanging over our neighbor’s side of the fence. So…

…I chopped it down to this (I read it will grow back and Spring is the best time to trim):

Then it turned into this gnarly pile:

Which Justin shaved down into parts like this:

And we painted like this:

And then I wired it all together on the kitchen table (almost giving up twice and almost crying at least once because it was so frustrating) but then Justin helped me hang it up on the fence and shape it into a heart:

And now we have this!

And I love it. Just another reason to not give up… on a lilac  bush, or an art project, or whatever else your heart desires.

With a little help it made for a blissful end to the beautiful Saturday.

More tomorrow.

P.S. Next up! Tomorrow is the next installment of live #LoveMoreDoMore Sundays! Find out how one woman is changing the medical world one gown at a time. I am so excited to interview Sharon Linder of Get Janes.

P.P.S. C’mon, join us!!  Sign Up Here

  {how was your saturday?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 123 :: BFF forevs!

7 May
This is from today’s Bliss Files. Friends are forever but these two ladies put a whole new spin on being BFF’s for 94 years. They are each 100-years-YOUNG and I love them! 

It reminds me about how special lifelong friends are, and how extra-special growing old together is too. I want to be 100-years-young laughing and joking and not quite following what the young, hip kids are saying (whatever it will be by then).

So until then, all I have to say tonight is “You Go Girls!”

More tomorrow.

P.S. Next up! This Sunday is the next installment of live #LoveMoreDoMore Sundays! Find out how one woman is changing the medical world one gown at a time. I am so excited to interview Sharon Linder of Get JanesSign Up Here

  {you go girl}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 122 :: hello iris!

6 May
And just like that… we have a new visitor. Hello Iris! 

There is just one stem that put on buds this year (I have no idea why) but we have been watching with anxious anticipation. And today…. she bloomed.

Miss Iris is so short-lived. One day here the next day gone. But she brings me bliss. Maybe greater bliss because her beauty is so fleeting and that makes me pay attention.

And maybe paying attention is really the point.

More tomorrow.

  {are you paying attention?}
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