Summer’s Coming

Summer’s coming. It’s almost here. If you’re following my blog, you may already know, this is my favorite time of year. Right now, when the days are warm, and sometimes the nights are cool.

The rabbits are big this year.

My little girl self loved flower gardens. I frequently invaded them, proudly bringing mom prize-winning blossoms. And a few angry gardeners.

My garden is not prize winning. It’s not even big, but it yields surprises every year, when things I planted last summer come back.

Those dahlias the rabbits ate down to the ground last summer? They’re up and blooming.

An old prickly pear dazzled us this year with an abundance of brilliant yellow blooms. We cut down a big maple tree and there it was. Turns out, all it needed was sunshine.

Life comes full circle. It’s especially evident this time of year, when another little predator visits my garden. Just like her grandma, she loves flowers.

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Another lily.

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.–Matthew 6:28-29 KJV

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May Musings

It’s Derby Week in my part of the world. Looks like it’s going to be a rainy one. But that won’t stop the celebration and it won’t halt the horses. It’ll just be muddy.

I usually avoid the crowds and peek at the pageantry from my television screen. Oh, I’ve attended Thunder Over Louisville–the big fireworks bash–in the past (I was one of 750,000 spectators at the waterfront). I’ve attended the mini-marathon (not as a runner), and had breakfast next to Pat Day. He was at the table next to mine, and completely unaware of my presence.

I’ve been to Churchill Downs several times, but never during the Derby, or even The Oaks. Avoiding the crowds, that’s my preference. But I love Derby Week. I love watching the beautiful horses, the smartly-dressed attendees and their fine hats. I almost always watch that two-minute race, and cheer as the winner crosses the finish line.

But the real reason I love Derby Week–tradition. Derby weekend signals the beginning of gardening season in our area, when it’s finally safe to plant the annuals. And it’s time to start my “annual” battle against the cute new crop of long-ears who love to nibble my flowers.

Then, just around the corner, since we didn’t have any significant snow days this year, school will be out for the summer! Fun!

So that’s my reason for loving this week. What’s going on in your area?

If you’re interested: 28-minute video of this year’s Thunder-Over-Louisville fireworks event.

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The Winter That Almost Wasn’t

This is my usual stance in Winter, waiting for that first glimpse of Spring!

But this year, the first glimpse of Spring happened in … December! When we should’ve been shoveling snow, we were worrying over sprouts.

 

Here we are in mid-March with buttercups, crocuses, and forsythias blooming.

We’ve already had high seventies and sunshine.

And then, today … snow flurries and twenties … but we know it won’t last. You can’t hold back the Spring.

Forty years ago, we had two of the coldest winters on record. In 1978, the Ohio River froze over. I’d never seen anything like that. And now, the 2016-2017 winter almost wasn’t. Not complaining.

I’m even looking forward to these guys. ⇒⇒

I’m planning new ways to outsmart them.

What’s the weather been like in your area?

Coming up: Exciting News!

See you back here next week.

Hearts and Flowers

Ah, Valentine’s Day.

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Or chocolate? By the way–just so you’ll know–chocolate in any form is always nice, and perfectly acceptable. Hot chocolate . . . chocolate cookies . . . a chocolate lab . . .

A cutesy Valentine card,

valentine-1170622_1280Even a bowl of sweet tart hearts will show you didn’t forget what day it is.

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I wouldn’t mind a fancy dinner.

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Or even one not so fancy–just so I don’t have to cook or wash dishes.

 

Oh, and something like this–

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Always welcome! 🙂

So, those of you who stuck with me till the end, what’s your favorite Valentine’s gift? Do you remember your first Valentine?

What’s your favorite love story, book, or movie?

valentine, valentine's dayHappy Valentine’s Day!

 

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