If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Honoring The Fallen

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Low on Effort/Long on Cheer

Perennials make me smile.

They are so determined to leave their mark and return year-after-year.

They are like a greeting card that comes in the mail on a random day that just makes you smile.

They require so little effort but offer so much cheerfulness.

They dress up the ordinary.

And they add intrigue to our daily walk.

This post brought to you by Peonies and False Indigo - two of my favorites!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

What a difference a few days make

A few days ago I was out in the yard with my camera and snapped some photos of the beauty out there.

I couldn't stay long because my allergies had brought on coughing, sniffling, wheezing, and gasping.

Not pretty.

Not pretty at all.

Then, I was out again a couple of days later and all the difference in the world had taken place...

The warm, sunny weather and humidity had done its job.

The blooms of the yellow Knock-Out rose had completely come to life.

It was loaded with sunshine and pale yellow blossoms.

The peonies were bursting open like fireworks.

The ones by the back porch are a deep fuchsia pink which contrasts so beautifully with the mulch, the greenery, and the grey of the lattice-work.

 They were heavy with blooms and brilliant with color and simply luscious to look at.

After a heavy downpour and a few more days, everything - and I do mean everything - was a bit bedraggled and it looked a bit like the chapel after the I-dos and everybody had left.  The only thing remaining was the flower petals scattered along the ground.

So, yesterday I got out my nippers in the cool, late-afternoon light and snipped off the sad, stemmy leavings and await the next round of blossoms from the rose and next years bursts from the peonies.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Random Thoughts

I got one of those forwarded emails that you read and chuckle and forward on the other day.  It was just lots of random thoughts.  You know, things like...

Wouldn't it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes; come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller?

My people skills are fine.  It's my tolerance to idiots that needs work!

Even duct tape can't fix stupid...but it can muffle the sound!

Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the friends to post my bail when I finally snap!

Of course I talk to myself.  Sometimes I need expert advice!

Old age is coming at a really bad time.

I don't have grey hair.  I have wisdom highlights.  I'm very wise.

At my age, getting lucky means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for!

In more random sharing...

Here is a post I wish I had written: This One's for the Mothers

As I'm aging, I really appreciate that "precious years aren't meant to last forever," and I think I absorb miracles a bit more than I used to do.

I find that I agree with Emily Freeman who says, "We are all leaving a trail of beauty to those who come behind us." I am truly becoming a woman who realizes that we all need to muster up The Courage to Leave a Legacy.

I told my daughter-in-law this week that I didn't really feel like I was so successful at what this writer said in this post but there is still hope for her.  Sweetly, she reassured me that her husband could indeed be sweet and thoughtful at times and that, like me, she may or may not have teared up when she was reading the post.

And, like Karianne at Thistlewood Farm, I'd like to grow up and go to something... Becoming  ...maybe when I retire and that date isn't the crucial beginning-of-the-school-year-time for me.

Happy randomness!

This post was brought to you by Mother's Day gifts past and present.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Party time!

Lydia's birthday party was Saturday.
It was a great sixth birthday party, I think.
One for high rollers...
...large and small...
...style and technique were important...
...for the amateurs...
...and the pros, alike...
...the stance plays a major role...
...the stance before releasing the ball...
...as well as after the release...
...makes all the difference in the world.
Well, maybe not all the difference in the world...Angela and Jessica had completely different styles and techniques and stayed tied through most of the afternoon.  We all were high rollers for a while.  Then, we had the ritual present opening...
Lydia's loot was quite impressive.
She and her friends - and, well...all of us, for that matter - were excited to see the treasures which she was gifted.
Sweet girl that she is, folks were rewarded with a hug and thank-you after she opened each gift.
Even the most bashful were pleased with the hug!
Some were loaded with treasures...
...and others only promised the fulfillment of wishes.
There were some special requests she made for her birthday...
...and some surprises...
Each was met with a smile.
Each touched a special place in her heart.
Those which were wished-for as well as those which were a surprise on the spot.
Of course, EVERYBODY wasn't as curious about what was hidden in the gift wrap as Lydia...
SOME FOLKS were a bit curious about the other offerings at the bowling alley...
...you know, those things with wheels, and buttons, and flashing lights...
...again, big and small, alike had to give lady luck a try...
...for some it was all about the levers and such...
...or maybe just curiosity was the challenge.
Different ones took turns holding the littlest folks...
...it was a tough job, but somebody had to snuggle with those little ones!
Moms and Dads sometimes need to be the go-to snuggler.
Every birthday party offers something delicious to eat!
The birthday girl gets a special song before she blows out the candles...
...and we ate pizza, cupcakes, and ice cream.
Cute as well as yummy!
Tasty treats for everyone!
It seems everybody found something to enjoy...
...and somebody to share it with made the treats tastier!
Double yum!
Some folks kicked back with a full tummy.
Others chatted and finished up the last few frames.
Then, there was a group photo...
...made in a couple of takes...
...or even more...
...and a fun time was had by all...
...especially the birthday girl!