Saturday, February 18, 2017

Sunshine and Flower Power

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do." ~ Helen Keller

Monday, February 13, 2017

Redeemed by Love...thinking of Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day

I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love.

- Wendell Berry -

A Bright and Windy Day

The sun is shining, the wind is howling, but the tulips and daffodils are pushing green spears through the cold ground, and I am so glad I planted bulbs last Fall..!

“I love tulips better than any other spring flower; they are the embodiment of alert cheerfulness and tidy grace, and next to a hyacinth look like a wholesome, freshly tubbed young girl beside a stout lady whose every movement weighs down the air with patchouli. Their faint, delicate scent is refinement itself; and is there anything in the world more charming than the sprightly way they hold up their little faces to the sun. I have heard them called bold and flaunting, but to me they seem modest grace itself, only always on the alert to enjoy life as much as they can and not be afraid of looking the sun or anything else above them in the face.” 
― Elizabeth von ArnimElizabeth and Her German Garden

Thursday, February 9, 2017

I couldn't sleep last night....

Awesome storm last night!!! Thunder, lightning, high winds....the whole shebang! But I woke up realizing I could have brownies for breakfast (I made them yesterday) and my day got brighter. I will need the treat and my coffee to give me the courage to walk my dog in this still rough weather....

I'm going to imagine that I'm the wind that is blowing up there in those tree-tops. When I get tired of the trees I'll imagine I'm gently waving down here in the ferns — and then I'll fly over to Mrs. Lynde's garden and set the flowers dancing — and then I'll go with one great swoop over the clover field — and then I'll blow over the Lake of Shining Waters and ripple it all up into little sparkling waves. Oh, there's so much scope for imagination in a wind! ~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

The best kind of rain, of course, is a cozy rain. This is the kind the anonymous medieval poet makes me remember, the rain that falls on a day when you’d just as soon stay in bed a little longer, write letters or read a good book by the fire, take early tea with hot scones and jam and look out the streaked window with complacency. ~Susan Allen Toth, England For All Seasons

Ten Good Quotes from Marc and Angel

1. Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality. So pay close attention to the thoughts you choose. They have a way o...