Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunlit Sunday ~ Promises

No winter lasts forever;
no spring skips its turn.
~Hal Borland

A week of sunshine and rain.
Warmer temperatures with a 
little chill each morning and night. 

The first Ruffled Pink Azalea buds hiding inside the bush.
The tiniest lavender flowers, no larger than the end of your finger,
nestled in the grass.
My favorite hydrangea coming back to life.
Just beyond our backyard neighbor's house is this quiet little pond.
 Seems the visiting Canada Geese are enjoying swim in the sunshine.

It is difficult to believe that March is at our doorsteps. 
Enjoy the last bit of February.
Hope you all have a lovely week! 

Joining Karen for Sunlit Sunday
over at My Little Home and Garden.
Please take a peek and visit the other participants!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sunlit Sunday... The First

Can Spring be far away? 
The very first daffodil!
This is the only bloom in the garden right now, 
but there are lots  more to come. 
Anxiously awaiting!

If you'd like a bit more "Buttercup Love"  
check out this February 2013 post.

Please visit My Little Home and Garden 
and the other participants for 
Sunlit Sunday. 
Thanks to Karen for hosting. 
Hope you enjoy your visits to lots of sunlit places!

Thanks for stopping by. 
I am a bit early to the party this week. 
On Sunday off to visit the son and daughter-in-love.
I appreciate your visits and comments!
Have a wonderful week filled with 
good people, 
sweet moments, 
lots of smiles,
and much love!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day... For the Birds

I Gave a Hundred Valentines
A Hundred did I say?
I gave a thousand Valentines
One cold and wintry day.
I didn't put my name on them,
Or any other words
Because my Valentines were seeds 
For February birds!   
Author Unknown

For many years I was a preschool teacher. IMHO, it is the BEST job in the world! Really... teaching 4 year olds! The enthusiasm, the curiosity, the boundless energy, the loving spirit, all make up the fun, fantastic 4 year old child! Were they always angels? Of course not, they were children, but the good far out weighed the naughty. "My children" have grown up to be teachers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, accountants, firefighters, police factory workers, farmers, mamas, daddies... the list goes on.

The little poem was an activity that I always did with the children before Valentine's Day. The day is about loving and sharing that love... not just candy and cards. For some reason, I remembered the poem and decided to gather a few pinecones, peanut butter, and bird seed. Sent a few of those Valentines to my fine, feathered friends and the results were so worth the effort! 

Of course, it wouldn't be Valentine's Day with hearts and flowers. 

Hope you are having a wonderful day... filled with people you love! 
Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Flowers in the House...Tuesday Tulips

I am not sure what happened to Monday... it came and went in a blur. I thought retirement was suppose to be a mellow, go-with-the-flow time... NOT yesterday! Anyway... no excuse for not getting to the party on time.

No flowers here at the house, but Walmart came through with another lovely little bunch of pink tulips. Two weeks ago, I treated myself to a bundle of orange ones! Brought much delight. Didn't know $5.88 could bring so much joy! 
Pretty in Pink - Mama's shell vases have been part of my life forever!

Pink so Soft and Sweet

The vase of orange tulips morphed into its own "ikebana" type arrangement.

Mama and her vases... her favorite color, pink, of course!
Tomorrow is my mother's birthday so the pink tulips are in her memory. I shared a bit about her last year here.

Joining Jane at Small but Charming for Flowers in the House. After these cold, wintery days, we needed a reminder that Spring is coming. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sunlit Sunday... & Rocking Chairs

The comfort and rhythm of rocking chairs plays an important part in my life. Throughout my growing up years, our home always had some sort of rocking chairs on the front porch. Family and friends spent idle time rocking, chatting, or just enjoying the sights and sounds of the world from our front porch. Following the family tradition, our front porch is also home to a couple of comfy rockers.


I have special memories of spending "rocking chair" time with a wonderful friend on her front porch. Over the years, we would rock and chat as our growing boys played in her front yard. She lost her battle with breast cancer four years ago. She left us much too young. I thought of Carol today as the sun cast its light across the empty rocker. I long to rock, chat, and enjoy the company of my very special friend. Carol's light still shines in the eyes of her son and daughter and in her precious mother... and in lucky friends like me who shared the rhythm of her life in a front porch rocker.

Join us for a look at Sunlit Sunday from all over the world! My Little Home and Garden is so kind to host this little glimpse of the sunshine in our lives. Have a lovely week...  check those ta-tas monthly and have those mammograms as directed... stay healthy! You are the sunshine in someone's life.. take care!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunlit Sunday... You don't know what you've got till it's gone..

It has not been a great week in Georgia... the understatement of my year. Cold weather is not a problem. We can cope... really, we can. Snow and ice throw us for a loop. We stew, fret, worry over what is to come. Anxiety and uncertainty prevail. Our Southern minds and hearts ... not to mention our infrastructure.. are just not equipped. Atlanta, the "other Georgia," was tied in knots. Government officials made terrible decisions that put many at risk. Not a pretty sight, but good folks with good hearts and helping hands made a bad situation at least tolerable. Michelle Sollicito who created "SnowedOutAtlanta" on Facebook was incredible. Social media at it's best! 

No gridlock down here in South Georgia. We stayed in, warm and cozy, and only ventured out to see the bit of snow that fell. A few icicles hung from the roof. No major interruptions to our life. The kids got two days out of school. Ice on the roads is nothing to ignore especially when most of us have no idea how to navigate. Glad our officials put the safety of our children first and kept those school buses off the roads.  

Luckily, no loss of power! With the exception of the fireplace, our entire household is electric. We could have spent a few chilly days if the wires had succumbed under the weight of the ice. My Sunlit Sunday offering pays homage to what we readily take for granted...  electric power, utility pole, and electrical wires. Standing proudly in front of our home.. it weathered the storm... and came through without fail! Thank goodness! Joni Mitchell, you were so right.."You never know what you got till it's gone"... so glad we didn't have to find out! 

Looking up our street

"Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot"

Joining Karen for Sunlit Sunday over at 
 Hope you all have a pleasant week.