Sunday, June 23, 2013
It was difficult for me to imagine my childhood backyard being completely dug up but it had to happen...new sewer lines. Not very imaginative, I know, another one of those grown-up decisions that completely conflicted with my summertime imagination. When they tore up the sidewalk, I thought I'd never get over that one. Then the roses began to bloom again and my heart melted all over again...my imagination restored. I have a wonderful sense of my next work of art and I have been dreaming in colors lately.
When you are describing,
A shape, or sound, or tint;
Don't state the matter plainly,
But put it in a hint;
And learn to look at all things,
With a sort of mental squint.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
This past week I took my summer vacation so I planted some flowers, (really should take more photos now that they are really blooming nicely!) played with color and texture with my paints, and we took some nice long walks while it was very sunshiney weather that made us all smile. I realize it's not really summer yet, but I knew it was my only chance to rest up, so I gladly took my turn now and am still looking forward to those nice, star filled summer nights that are soon to come our way.
Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Purple flowers always make me smile. Big storms didn't destroy these pretty tulips and I'm thankful for that too. Watching these flowers grow and bloom was just like having a heart-felt talk with my mother, so lovely and inspiring.
Freely you have received, freely give. ~ Matthew 10:8
Saturday, March 30, 2013
It may be hard to believe that we were snowed in this week, with all the warm sunshine we are having this weekend but I had to hope with all my heart that Spring would arrive in time for Easter. There are still no beautiful flowers in bloom everywhere but at least the snow has mostly disappeared. An ice cream cake made a special birthday girl happy, although it hadn't reached the 50 degree mark just yet here. I made some pretty Spring time candles to forget how cold it was outside, but what really lifted our spirits was being outside yesterday evening and watching this huge hot air balloon going over. It felt so close and it was quiet so we could hear the roar of the fire and it was so nice, we were not shivering. Happy Easter!
Let all that I am praise the Lord, with my whole heart I will praise his Holy name.
Let all that I am praise the Lord, may I never forget the good things He does for me.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Small town news is much different than big town news so I thought I would give you a laugh today with our local newspaper that has a photo of me and my daughter on the front page. Yes, that's us, looking at prom dresses a couple of weeks ago, it was a rainy day...don't we look excited? Emily gave me her eye of approval when I showed her our photo. I think she laughed too.
This is our last week of Lent and I was so hoping for some spring time photo opportunities by now, but since the flowers are only about 3 inches high and keep getting frozen, I decided to post a photo that was taken a couple of years ago that so reminded me of warmer days. We are having blue skies today but by tomorrow, everything is supposed to be covered with snow once again. There is a tradition I was reading about, known as "praying the steps" that is done on Good Friday at a church in Cincinnati. This is obviously a lesson in patience as well. It takes people a good hour and a half to make this pilgrimage up the steps. So I will also be patient for spring to arrive and be thankful for every step along the way.
Be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead! I Peter 1:16
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Saturday, January 12, 2013
The weather here went suddenly to "warm enough to spin a flag" again and even though I know it will only be around for a very short time, it made me wonder if I had forgotten all the wonderful gifts of Christmas time...the snow came just in time for my birthday. The icy roads stuck around longer. So as I went for my walk this morning with just a jacket on, thanking God for all His wonderful gifts and warm sunshine, I thought I would share some of our special gifts we received for Christmas today...organic lollipops (love the names, don't you?) Chocolate Monopoly, what a great idea and they played the game before eating the chocolates, but were disappointed you couldn't eat the board too! Then there were the special handmade gifts...crocheted and baked goodies, and we were lucky to receive more beautiful doilies from my grandmother. Some other special handmade gifts were these beautiful little pendants, the little Emily pin, and flower necklace made with origami paper, all made by Judy (artsyclay) Mary already wore the necklace to school and got awesome reviews from her friends and teachers so we thank you for sending everything...plus treats for Emily that she approves of, so they must be tasty little heart shaped treats.