On a Beauty Search

Some people love earth tones. You know, creamy, sandy, brown, beige and taupe.

I’m so NOT an earth tone kind of girl.

My kitchen is yellow. My office a soft green. If I had my way it would include splashes of bright pink.

Last year I fell in love with walking.

I adore cobalt blue skies paired with snow capped peaks. Rainbow hues in flowers lining a planter box. A profusion of roses. Rich green leaves–or bright yellow, red, and orange ones in fall.

But plain ole brown.

Not so much.

I usually love winter. Diamond dancing when sunlight hits snow. Frosty air. Twinkle lights and homemade snowflakes.

But this winter has grown long.

And in between the beautiful snowfalls there is sure a lot of brown.

And when it’s cold I’m finding it hard to brave the temperatures and walk.

This post is a reminder to myself that there is beauty in brown. If I will just get my you-know-what outside and put my feet to the sidewalk, I can find it.

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And if I look hard enough I might even find a little green and blue.

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So I need to dig a little deeper, hit the pavement, enjoy the world one sidewalk at a time . . .

And cling to the promise of spring.

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9 thoughts on “On a Beauty Search

  1. disappearingwoman March 5, 2014 at 12:18 pm Reply

    Very nice! I’m having to find beauty in white in my little corner of the world! I think the temps are supposed to be above freezing today, so maybe I’ll get to see a little brown (perhaps the top of the bench in my front yard!). I really enjoy walking outdoors, too. There’s a park near my home, with a lovely fitness trail that I’ll be utilizing once it melts.

    Have a lovely time walking and stay warm! 🙂

    • Paula Moldenhauer March 6, 2014 at 11:52 pm Reply

      Thank you! It’s that time of year here for cold and snow one day and warm and dry the next. Enjoy your park. How wonderful to have that so near home!

  2. weight2lose2013 March 5, 2014 at 1:21 pm Reply

    There is beauty in the winter. Newly fallen snow, the silhouette of trees against the winter sunset. Sometimes it’s difficult to appreciate that, but we really ought to take the time and appreciate it.

    • Paula Moldenhauer March 6, 2014 at 11:53 pm Reply

      Gratitude really does help with perspective and joy . . . and I do love snow!

  3. mariekeates March 5, 2014 at 7:29 pm Reply

    Spring is coming. The magnolia are out here now. Even in winter though there are things to see on a walk. There really is beauty everywhere if you really, really look 🙂

    • Paula Moldenhauer March 6, 2014 at 11:54 pm Reply

      And your blog helps me find that beauty. Thank you!

      • mariekeates March 7, 2014 at 12:19 am

        Lots of spring flowers today! 🙂

  4. Paula Moldenhauer March 7, 2014 at 1:33 am Reply


  5. mariekeates March 8, 2014 at 10:49 pm Reply

    Hi Paula, just read a blog from my friend Alan in New Hampshire and thought of you. If you need inspiring to get out in the snow Alan’s blog will do it. He is so knowledgeable about nature and always seems to find something interesting no matter what the weather. http://nhgardensolutions.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/winter-isnt-going-anywhere/

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