May 20, 2018:

Hola!

Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...

Jan

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Care Package!

Today I received a care package from my honorary sis in Las Vegas, Isis or - 'Sis!  It contained:

(1) A beautiful ceramic egg with a robin and nest on one side and a saying written in gold script on the other side "Every spring brings a new beginning."  So true, so true!  I gently washed it and it is now sitting on top of my spring decorated mantle!

(2) A tall drinking glass with a pink elephant graphic on it, to add to my collection of pink elephants.  I gently washed it and tomorrow I will gingerly add it to the glass curio cabinet that houses my collection.

(3)  The cutest "egg" shaped votive or candle cover decorated with little birds that are tipped in gold paint.

(4)  Decorative plate with a "Kelly" green egg decorated with gold relief against a white porcelain background, and a patterned gold-relief border around the plate rim.  I have never seen anything like it.  It simultaneously "goes" with my collection of eggs made out of various materials (including an actual blown-out ostrich egg on stand that was given to me years and years ago by a very special person) and will be something I will work into next year's spring mantle and/or decorating schemes around the house.

It was dark, cold, rainy and gloomy here today and I'm not the best at taking photographs in the best of circumstances, not to mention I probably could get a much better camera now for $100 than my 2005 Nikon Coolpix 5600.  But it still works, I'm just not up on the special settings I should be using to take pictures in the dark or candlelight and stuff like that. I should learn, just don't want to take the time to do it.  Anyway, I did not photograph the entire new mini-treasure trove, but I will tomorrow, which is supposed to be bright outside once again.

I did pull out the camera and tried a few photographs of the bird/egg votive cover.  It's going right now on the table in front of the single window in the family room, which I'm facing as I'm working on the laptop.  They didn't turn out  good, but here they are anyway:


Just looks like a glowing blob in the photo above. 1990's lamp (one of a pair) - hmmmm....  They are in perfect shape but I'm soooo tired of them!


This photo turned our fairly clear!  See the beautiful little birdies perched here and there inside the openings where the candle light is glowing through, as well as the crowning bird with flowers and leaves.  It's a very pretty piece, about 6 inches tall and, as you can see, egg-shaped.

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