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Let’s Go Swiss


A couple of months ago we took a little stroll through my home state, Montana, via the lenses of several very talented photographers.

Then the next day I invited you to Switzerland where our daughter, DeAna, lives with her husband and family. It’s our go-to place when we have saved up enough to travel… and are free to do so. Three of our grandchildren are there. Of course, it’s a wonderful place to “have to” go!!

Today in my “Antelope and Attitude” post I told you I dream of traveling in 2021 back to Switzerland. For my new followers, I dug out this old post and decided to update it and let you see why I love Switzerland so much.

We sat on a patio with this view eating raclette with our daughter last time we visited her in Sierre, Switzerland, spring of 2018.
We visited that quaint village and attended the wedding of a Swiss friend.
Here are our three Swiss grandsons, Mike, Nick & Chris. That was several years ago when we visited at Christmas time. They’ve changed considerably since then!
Here’s their mom, our daughter. DeDe. Such a sweetheart! She never changes.
Her sons, on the other hand, do! But, okay, let’s look at some of their Swiss scenery. That’s why you came, right?
The lakes are sites to behold!
Castles are plentiful!
Riding in the car with my son-in-law driving on these switchbacks is an experience to remember!!
Flowers in springtime are everywhere!
Towns often were built almost to resemble fortresses.
Grape vineyards border towns and cities where the ground is fertile.
How they built castles on such high, rocky mountain peaks is beyond me!
Every square inch of the sunny mountainsides of Switzerland is terraced and planted with grapes. (This is Lake Geneva). It is near Valais, the canton where De & Andre’ live).
The lakes in Switzerland are numerous, clear, clean and so picturesque!
Castles in Switzerland are plentiful and always points of great travel interest.
In every town and village, the church steeple is always the highest point!
The way they tuck houses into crevices is amazing!!
Trains are a wonderful way to see Switzerland.
You can set your clocks by the trains and their arrival/departures.
The train system is amazing in Switzerland. Andre’s uncle was an engineer who helped design some of these bridges!
Mmmm… Cheese Fondue!
Delicious melted cheese with potatoes, pickles and onions
is “the best” delicacy of Valais! (Of course that’s in my biased opinion).
Raclette is my favorite Swiss cheese.
I love the Swiss cows. We have one of the queen cowbells hanging in our kitchen here in Montana!! I’ll show you that another time.
We usually visit in springtime or in winter (Bob loves to ski), but autumn is a gorgeous time in Switzerland, too.
The Matterhorn is one of Switzerland’s most famous landmarks.
This year De & Andre’ were working at a mountaintop restaurant at a ski resort where the only access was by chairlift. Can you imagine the views??
I love the springtime the most. Flowers are everywhere and the mountains are green and alive.
Oh, here are some more of those gorgeous Swiss cows!
Switzerland is beautiful in every season!
Thank you for visiting a few scenes with me. Thank you to #IloveSwitzerland for most of the images. Some are mine, though. Isn’t it an amazing country?
This is my oldest grandson, Mike with his significant other, Tania. We can hardly wait til the next time we get to go and visit with them. Kids grow up so fast, don’t they?
Doesn’t matter what season it is, we know our “DollyWolly” will be there to greet us!!

Thanks for visiting with me for a while. Hopefully someday we will go back… and I hope you can visit Switzerland for real yourself someday, too.

The Lord be with you and keep you safe.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
See ya later!

The Change


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It was a snowy, blowy day –
How the wind blew!
How the trees shook!
How the temperatures dropped!

It was a calm and blue-sky day –
How the icicles hung!
How the snow sparkled!
How the birds sang!

It was an emerging, awakening day –
How the earth breathed!
How the buds swelled!
How the world smiled in relief!

Spring is here!!

Praise God!
The daffodil tells us
The welcomed change
is here at last!

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Have a Beautiful spring day.
Thanks for visiting JanBeek.

Tell me how the changing seasons affect you.
I love hearing from you.

Smile!


Let’s see a warm smile –
It will warm your heart and mine.
It reflects kindness.

Kindness is in you.
This is SO worth repeating –
Let your kindness out!

Like the morning sun,
Kindness can hide behind clouds.
The Son overcomes!

Look for openings
Where God’s Light can shine through you.
Kindness is SON RISE!

Happy SONday!
SMILE!!
I remembered SPRING UP
and turned my clocks ahead an hour.
Did you?

Time to get ready for church.

See ya later.

Some of My Favorite Montana Scenes


Some of you are new to JanBeek, and maybe you have not had a chance to peruse my blog enough to see this beautiful area around Montana’s Madison Valley where I live.

Here are some of my favorite shots of the scenery around me:

I found this one on the web and did a screen shot.
In the springtime, Bob & I take our ATV up to this outlook.
The wild flowers are magnificent
and the snow-capped mountains are breath-taking!
(God is quite an artist, isn’t He?)
I think this one was taken by my favorite photographer, Ed Coyle,
but he usually has his name on his.
So, if it’s not… and you know who took it,
please let me know.
I love it!!

Our fall colors are so beautiful and the “Big Sky” filled with wonderful cloud structures never fail to amaze me. We are so blessed to be here.

I love this one with the cattle out in the snow.

That was the scene that greeted us when we returned home late January from a 5 week vacation in California. The winter break was good, but it’s always good to be home!

My friend, Susan Phillips, took this one.

The Madison River runs through our little town of Ennis.
It’s a fly-fishing mecca!!
Can you feel the peace of the river?

My friend, Caroline Feldman, posted this one.
I think she took it on one of her ATV ventures with CG.
Go to Ed Coyle’s website, click “LOVE”…
because I guarantee you WILL love his photos!!
(Don’t use them without giving him credit, please.)
Ed Coyle Photography

You should put Ennis, Montana on your “Bucket List.” If you have never ventured to this part of the USA, make it a “Must Do!” We’ll be happy to welcome you.

Thanks for visiting JanBeek
and enjoying a few of our scenes with me.

See ya tomorrow.

Appreciating Photography


I appreciate
Good photography by friends
Here are my favorites

Ed Coyle’s view of the Tetons reflecting in Lake in Autumn
Caroline Feldman’s aspen in Autumn in Gravelly Range, Montana
Gloria Wilson’s pond in Sierra Mtn. area, California
Ed Coyle’s aspen & evergreens in Autumn
Linda Schott’s river and boat thru the aspen
Chuck Feldman’s boat on river
Brandi Seckinger’s Yellowstone National Park
Ed Coyle’s birds atop fir tree
Lisa Glines’ morning clouds
Madison River with scarlet reflections

Great photography
Inspires me to grab my phone:
Let SnapChat do it!!

Well, it was SOME of my favorites-
Hah! Too many to post ’em all!
See ya later…

Nature Speaks to Me


Autumn’s Here

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Sitting on toilet
Looking at the bathroom sight
I see Autumn’s here

Fall Too Soon

It’s only mid-September. Summer didn’t come ’til ┬álate June. I’m not ready for fall already! But, look at those orange leaves. They are speaking to me. There’s no denying it. Autumn is here!

Get Ready

Get ready for four-wheeling trips on our favorite mountain trails. I’ll let you go vicariously with me as we revisit this season of change in the Rocky Mountains – the Tobacco Root Range to the west of us and the Gravelly Range south and southwest of us.

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What speaks to you during this season of change? Add your own thoughts to the following prompts:

  • the beauty of the _
  • the softness of the _
  • the fragrance of the _
  • the rhythm of the _
  • the faintness of the _
  • the freshness of the _
  • the strength of the _
  • the taste of _
  • the trail of the _

And now, read the poem below
and see how poets George and Hirnschall
completed the prompts.

In their book, Spiritual Literacy, Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat speak of this relationship between us and nature. They quote a poem that speaks to my heart as the seasons change and the beauty of the earth shines around us.

Chief Dan George and Helmet Hirnschall, wrote this poem:

The beauty of the trees,
the softness of the air,
the fragrance of grass,
speaks to me.
.
The summit of the mountain,
the thunder of the sky,
the rhythm of the sea,
speaks to me.
.
The faintness of the stars,
the freshness of the morning,
the dewdrop of the flower,
speaks to me.
.
The strength of fire,
the taste of salmon,
the trail of the sun,
and the life that never goes away,
they speak to me.
.
And my heart soars.

Enjoy these beautiful days.
Share with me those things of nature that speak to you
and make your heart soar.
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See ya later!

Goodbye August


It Was a Very Short Summer

I’m ready for more beautiful sunny weather,
But the calendar says summer is ending
And autumn is on its way.

Are you ready??

Goodbye August

Ready or not –
September is on its way.
There’s no stopping it.

John White - mountain stream
Great photo by John White

Goodbye Green
Hello Golden Hills
Promises of Autumn Beauty…

 

scenic view of sky with rainbow

JanBeek sends cheers!


See ya tomorrow.

Bee a Joy-Bringer!


Bee a Joy-Bringer!
Why not spread lots of sweetness?
Plenty to be found!

animal bee bloom blooming

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There are so many reasons
To be joyful every day.
Open my eyes, Lord,
To the smiles in my way.

Mountains to climb
I can carry all the troubles,
See the gloom and the doom,
Or I can listen to the birds
As their song fills this room.

animals avian birds branch

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I can marvel at snow
Or complain of the drifts.

Open my heart, Lord,
To be ready for shifts.

Shift gears to the joy
Each fresh, new day brings.
Help me bee a joy-bringer;
Turn winter hearts into springs!

Breathe Daily Seasons


In the midst of a zero degree day
It helps to recognize daily seasons.
I’m not stuck in the winter when
The day progresses for different reasons.

pink cherry blossom tree

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Awaken to spring
Now pause for a few moments
See blossoming life.

apple tree

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Focus in mid-day
Smell fruitful summer‘s ripening
Invite new fullness.

autumn autumn leaves blur close up

Photo by Vali S. on Pexels.com

Afternoon respite:
Sense vulnerability
Autumn‘s letting go.

snowy pathway surrounded by bare tree

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Move to the darkness
Experience winter‘s call
Be still and know God.

Shortest Day


Tomorrow is December 21, 2018

Winter Solstice

It’s the longest cold night of the year.

All the stars are a’peepin’

And folks are a’keepin’

Their lights on o’er here.

It’s the Winter Solstice tonight.

All the folks are surprised by

The moon as it shines by

At 4:00 pm clear.

It’s the shortest day of the year.

It’s the Winter Solstice, my dear.

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