Don't ya just love Spring flowers? They pop up as if by magic with their beautifully colored, smiling faces. (You don't see faces??? I can see faces.) And they do so without any effort on my part ~ well, ok I did put in some effort in the Fall but that was so long ago I've forgotten it.
Here are a few of my favorite scenes in my yard this week:
There is actually one tulip that I inherited with the house some 20 years ago. It has been blooming reliably and always brings to mind the sweet lady who lived here before us. Thank-you Frieda!!!
Now off to browse the bulb catalogs that came in the mail yesterday ~ gotta start planning for next year! :)
I was driving home from an appointment in town yesterday afternoon ~ meandering along Lake Shore Drive. It was the perfect Spring day ~ breezy with bright sunshine and temps hovering in the low 50's ~ the kind of day that turns Lake Michigan into a piece of art.
The colors near the shore started as that delicate pale green you often find in seaglass, then turned into a brilliant aqua-marine, deepening to luscious teal and finally ending in azure stretching to the horizon. The entire surface was dotted with tiny whitecaps from the breeze. Simply breathtaking!
And if you had been there you too would know that mermaids do exist . . .
Jodi Creager has brought back some very fond memories when she asked us to remember our last Easter basket.
Thought it might be fun to start with my first. My siblings and I would wake to find our first picture clue beside our beds, which would lead to some household item where the next picture was found, etc, etc, until we at last found the baskets. Here's me in my jammies digging in for breakfast!
And the annual photo dressed for church, both inside
and outside. That tall skinny girl next to me is my older sister ~ who is still taller and skinnier ~ and older. I do have to add that this was probably the last year for quite some time that we wore Easter outfits that didn't match *cringe* but we'll save those pics for future posts.
My last basket was around my senior year in high school. No, that's not it on the shelf. By that time Mother had long since established a family Easter basket that we all shared.
But back in those days we would visit with my Mother's family about once a week and during one of those visits shortly before Easter, I must have mentioned half jokingly that I was not getting a basket that year. Enter Aunt Gertrude (really) to save the day! At the Easter family gathering she gave me a little ceramic basket she had made filled with candy, and plastic grass of course. I still have the basket ~ it fits perfectly into the drawer of my sewing cabinet and is where I keep my stash of sewing machine needles.
But ~ that was not my last basket! As a parent I continued the picture clue thing for our kids ~ and a few years ago I awoke to find a clue next to my bed ~ my children had hidden a basket for me! But these clues were not picture clues. Oh no ~ they were science and math puzzle clues! (Yes, we are indeed a science/math kinda family ~ and as far as education is concerned the apples didn't fall too far from either tree ~ heck, you might say they landed dead center on the target.)
Needless to say it was the best Easter basket I ever got ~ though I think it may have been payback for when I left my daughter's clues in French the year before . . . .