PINECONES & ROSES


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Friday, February 27, 2015

It's still a thrill.........................

........when Leonard walks in the door with a bouquet of flowers.  After 32 years of ups and downs - many downs, illness, and just plain getting on each other's nerves.  Flowers can speak so well and heal so much.  It's no wonder they're such a huge business.  And he's finally learned that they don't have to be arranged, I love to arrange my own.  These were for Valentine's Day, aren't they beautiful?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Shades of Third Grade.....................

As I went to throw a sweet potato in the compost, remembering making sweet potato plants in school, I cut the end off and put it in water.  What the heck! I thought, I need some green this winter.  It has rewarded me with long shoots and now I think I'll put it in a hanging planter in the skylight and see what happens.

Unfortunately my memory can't call up what happened to my third grade plant.  Maybe it died from neglect, maybe Mother got tired of watering it,  Right now I have a bright spot of green and the rewarding feeling that something will grow for me.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A blanket of white..............

New snow last night covered up our illusions of having the snow and ice gone.  St. Francis wore a warm white hat and stole
 and Rascal enjoyed making new tracks.  Below is the Contorta Bush which looks better in winter than any other season.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Winter companion...............


Is there anything cuter than a chickadee?  All during the cold winter months they appear on warmer days to feed  and show off their antics.  If I don't fill the feeder fast enough they hover around and hurry me along.  They don't seem to be fazed by the cold but go on about their chickadee business.  How long the winter would be without these little characters.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Winter sunshine............

Just the time that winter seems to drag on forever we had a visit from Amanda bringing with her a ray of sunshine to brighten up our days.  We enjoyed her visit so much - me, Leonard, and I believe that Rascal enjoyed it more than anyone.  When she's here he follows her everywhere and becomes a puppy again.  The time just flew and it wasn't long before it was time for her to leave.  And after she was gone the house echoed with the sound of her laughter, the warmth of her hugs and the happy sound of her whistling as she puttered in the kitchen.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Come what may................................

There's always something beautiful, something sweet, someone kind no matter how bleak things are or how dark it seems.

This time of the year I tend to really start searching for small ray of sunshine.  Maybe its the lack of sunlight, or the endless snow and/or slop but it gets really tiresome!  Everyone seems to feel it so they hunker down with their phones and hide from people or don't want to bother to smile and say hello.  I feel particularly isolated and depressed this winter mostly because the pain in my foot makes it hard to even get outside and take Rascal for a walk - and that kills me.  That's the joy of my day.

So I have to go back to my first sentence and remember this.  Today I had an errand so I grabbed my camera and Rascal we drove a back road to get some pictures.  That felt good.  The mountains were breathtaking.  My shots didn't turn out but I'm going to post them on here anyway.  You'll get the idea of how beutiful they were.      

Friday, January 30, 2015

Goofy girls.......................

 These make me laugh.  This is Amanda playing a tune on a lilac leaf.  Never sure what she's going to do.
 Brenda on a visit to Alaska.  Do I need to say anything else?
Catherine, Miss Glamour Puss modeling some old sunglasses.
 
And Jess, my daughter-in-law and Jordin trying to be ugly (but not really succeeding).  My girls make me laugh.  I love that.