Everything Else Can Wait

April 1, 2014

Cleaning your sock drawer can wait.

Your FB friends can wait.

Get outside. Go watch seeds ripen. Finches flutter.  Lambs blink. Lilacs bust out like popcorn.

Pick a flower. Drink in the blue air.

Go. Now. Everything else can wait.

Landscape in Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Landscape in Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Two Carob Trees in Sicily, copyright Jann HuizengaSicilian Shepherd, copyright Jann HuizengaSicilian Farmers, copyright Jann Huizenga

Sicilian Man with Dog, copyright Jann Huizenga***

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55 comments to Everything Else Can Wait

  • This is so inspiring and eye opening. Especially on these days when tons of us spend more time with our noses in a computer that enjoying something beautiful without even noticing it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jann

      Suki, welcome to the blog, and thanks for your comment. I’ve enjoyed looking through your fun site!

  • Jann, I just noticed your ebooks on the righthand side there. I hadn’t properly noticed them before. I’m blind! They’re wonderful and I like the simplicity of looking at them and purchasing them. How is the “blurb” facility working for you?

    • Jann

      Hi Narelle, you’re not blind! 🙂 Au contraire. You’re very observant–I just put those at the top of my site yesterday. I like Blurb. It’s very easy to work with and once you make an ebook in Blurb, you can convert it to an ibook and put it in the iBookstore. Another way to self-publish directly is through iBook Author–it would be less costly though there’s a steeper learning curve, I think. (I’m trying that now.)

  • sue gaughan

    Ciao Jann~ thanks to you Sicily is on my bucket list! these photos are gorgeous! and make me believe (even just a little) that I am right there!

    It is cold and gray here ( Cleveland Ohio) so this warms my soul.

  • Ciao Jann! Beautiful and touching as always!! It has been beautiful here, but today windy, grey and raining….. A good day to catch up in the house! Have a pot of fave bean soup simmering in the kitchen for tonight! 🙂 A presto!!!

  • John Schinina

    Ciao Jann, You did again, you captured my heart. The photo’s are beautiful, thanks.

  • Anitre

    Oh my! I am actually taking a massive Spring cleaning break to read your wonderful blog. Only a few more days to go before we return to bella Sicilia. Your photos are amazing, Jann.

  • A simple thought Jann but a true one.

  • Oh so true and often forgotten, no more socks for me lol xx

    • Jann

      I’ve found it’s better for forgo socks completely in Italy, Lisa, because it takes so much time to hang each individual one on the line, and then the wind blows them down and you have to run down 3 flights of stairs, etc etc….

  • Spring is bursting out here in the Garfagnana too. My cherry trees are covered in blossoms…I love it. Your photos make me want to go to Sicily.

  • Spring is bursting out here in the Garfagnana too. My cherry trees are covered in blossoms…I love it.

  • Wow!!! I’m refreshed now. Have fun everyone xx

  • Just beautiful, Jann. Thank you.

  • Anasthasia

    I seem to spend all winter packing and repacking my suitcase to come back to Sicily,but anyone who’s ever been there will understand.It makes me feel like
    I am going at anytime which is what I want to do! Your pictures bring me
    back to the good life!!! Thank you!

  • Wise words….. nothing else matters and now is all we have anyway. Un abbraccio forte amica xx

  • Well, I would love to, only our area is still buried under 4 feet of snow. Thanks for providing this delightful virtual escape!

  • Yes, yes, yes!!!! Everything else can wait! Spring is finally here, too. Now, getting ready to work is hard. Why can’t I just go out and enjoy Nature???
    I hope the spring weather will last till Easter, I can’t wait to be back home for a holiday break!
    Enjoy the colors xx

  • Ria

    The colors are spectacular. Absolutely beautiful.

  • –Beautiful.
    Wish I were there, Dear Jann. XXXXXXXXXX LOVE from COLD Minnesota.

    • Jann

      All good things come to those who wait, Kim. Even Minnesota will get green one of these days. Till then, stay warm! xxxxx

  • Sam

    But what if we get out there in the green fields and there’s no cell phone reception??

  • A good philosophy, especially when their are fields ( campi) full of ancient olive trees.

    • Jann

      Yes, in Sicily they’re called Saraceni–or something like that–because they’re as old as the Saracens…

  • Deborah

    Never been to Sicily. Know that’s a big mistake, but looking at your photos reminds me of the Greek countryside. Arid, tough, culture-rich, eternal. Touches your soul in moment. You realize you’ve come home.

  • Most excellent advice, Jann — it’s hard to coop up inside when so much is going on outside in nature!

    • Jann

      I think there’s a subset of people, though, who find it hard to get up from the glowing screen no matter what’s going on outside–and sometimes I count myself in that number. (I shudder.)

  • Nancy

    Was in Sicily in February. Countryside is beautiful. Love the shepherds. Was a bit disappointed this trip as never came across the sheep crossing and blocking the road. Can’t wait to go back again.

    • Jann

      Hi Nancy! Glad to hear you had a good time. Did you get way into the interior of the island? That’s the easiest place to find herds of this or that blocking the road.

  • I wish I had a house sitting at the top of that dirt road in the second picture and it was me looking over the valley. Sigh. Such beauty – I’m going outside now and watch the calves jump around playing!

  • I totally agree with your sentiments.
    Although I am in Paris, the Italian lady nearby makes incredible panna cotta. I will take it to the park. Perfect spring day.

    • Jann

      Salut Debra, Please give Paris a great big kiss for me. There’s nothing better than a perfect spring day in Paris, and then when you add panna cotta, I cannot even imagine the bliss. Welcome to this blog!

  • Linda

    We just got back from a 3 week visit state-side (had not been since 2006).We came back to no hot water,broken down car and our street torn up and blocked- lovely sewer smell. You know what? I didn’t care. I practically got down on my knees and kissed the runway in Catania.The sun!The sun!There is nothing like the Sicilian sun.

    • Jann

      Such a sweet story, Linda–sort of the same whenever I return to Sicily after a while away. The balcony will be littered with dead pigeons and the water tank will no longer work and there will be those stupid Sicilian worms all over the place and yet it always feels great to be back.

  • “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea,
    Drink the wild air‘s salubrity:
    Where the star Canope shines in May,
    Shepherds are thankful, and nations gay.’

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