‘Sunday Thoughts’ ~ When The Flowers Bloom

“I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.” Anne Lamott

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Good morning, dear friends.  I want to thank those of you who left sweet comments last week on my blog post.  You are special friends and I appreciate each of you very much.  All went well with my eye surgery and hopefully, by next week, I should be back to normal.   

Does today find you with your  “eyes closed, listening to the sounds of spring, looking up at the hectic trees, paying attention, and not missing a thing?”  Certainly, I hope so.  Because spring is too dear to miss a sound or a bloom. 

Spring is a whimsical wanderer, blooming beauty along her path. ~ Angie Weiland-Crosby

While typing is still a bit of a challenge, I thought I would send you beautiful words and blooms.  Simply to send a little joy your way or inspire you to truly open your eyes to all the exquisite beauty of the garden world.  The magnificence is at every turn during spring.  You may discover it on a wee walk in your own neighborhood.  Just imagine, gorgeousness you have never noticed.

 

And now one knows what is behind that brick wall.

“Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil.” ~ Bishop, Reginald Heber

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“Flowers rewrite soil, water, and sunshine into petal’d poetry.” ~ Terri Guilemets

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If a peony is not poetry, I can’t imagine what is.  I have adored them since I was a child and to me, they are the ‘Queen of the Garden.’

They are available in a wide variety of colors, and forms.  There are the singles (such as the one above), the Japanese, anemone, semi-double, bomb, and full double.  When I first began growing peonies (40 plus years ago), I was partial to the semi-double and full double.  Now, that has changed and they all steal my heart.

“The peony was unchaste, dishevelled as peonies must be, and at the height of its beauty.” ~ Robertson Davies

Dear friends, I hope you have enjoyed your visit.  Many thanks again, to all who left such lovely comments last week.  I will leave you with a few blooms from our garden that I cut this morning.  May they bring you joy!

Know I wish you and yours a wonderful day and a week full of beauty and blue skies.  Be well.

 Look closely out of the window and you will see the rhododendron just opening.

 

“Open the bloom of your heart and become a gift of beauty to the world.” ~ Bryant McGill

Amour,

Sandra

 

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‘Sunday Thoughts’ ~ When Things Change

“True life is lived when tiny changes occur.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

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Good morning, dear friends.  Thank you so much for your visit and I do hope this finds you enjoying lovely spring days.  

Perhaps, you may have noticed that I am not as quick to comment on your blogs or answer your lovely comments on mine, as I once was.  There is a reason for that ~ I have recently had two cataract surgeries.  The first surgery went well,  as did this last one.   However, after this last surgery, I cannot use my glasses, so reading and typing are difficult.  I won’t have new glasses for a few weeks, so I will try and be a good girl and do all the doctor tells me to do.  And, by the way, I am so very fortunate for my wonderful doctor and our little hospital that is more like a spa.

Things do change in our lives ~ don’t they?    For most of my life, I have been a ‘slow learner.’  By that I mean, I usually go until I drop and perhaps the issue with my eyes was no different.  God knows me and He knows sometimes He has to intervene and place something in my path that  makes me stop for a while and simply ‘just be.’  Thankfully, I see extremely well at a distance.  The colors of my tree peonies seem more vivid than I remember and I can’t wait for the others to bloom.  The weather has been so cool, most are still in tight bud.  I will send photos as they open.

Dear friends, know I wish you and yours a beautiful day.  

And. . .

May your week ahead be full of dazzling spring days.

And. . .

Hopefully, I will be back to normal soon.  Be well and many blessings!

ps.  Many thanks to Rita, Bonnie, Penny, Judee, Jeanie, Pam, Dewena, and Lorrie for your lovely comments on my post last week. 

 

 

“Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words.  They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all for their beauty, though few can begin to capture even fragments of their meaning.” ~ Lydia Maria Child

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

 

 

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‘Sunday Thoughts’ ~ The Joys of May

“All things seem possible in May” ~ Edwin Way Teale

Good morning, dear friends.  As I write this on the last day of April 2022,  I think of how fortunate I am to be sitting in my little corner of the world, with the window open and listening to the local bird orchestra playing their tunes.  Our Carolina Jasmine is in full bloom and the fragrance drifting through the open window is divine.  Yes, May is a real joy.  And, truly Edwin Teale spoke true words. “All things do seem possible in May” ~ don’t they?

“The spring is fresh and fearless And every leaf is new, the world is brimmed with moonlight, The lilac brimmed with dew.

Here in the moving shadows, I catch my breath and sing.  My heart is fresh and fearless and overbrimmed with spring.” ~ Sara Teasdale

May is a sure sign spring has arrived or at least is moving fast toward all corners of our land.  May does offer so much hope ~ new life, new blooms, beautiful green fields, and blue, blue skies.  Gorgeousness lies at every turn, and is a feast for one’s eyes.

“. . .as I wandered the forest, the green leaves among, I heard a wildflower singing a song. . .” ~ William Blake

 

And if it wasn’t the wildflowers that were singing, perhaps it was this pair of sweet baby bluebirds.  Anxious to see what the world has to offer.

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“The foxglove, with it’s stately bells of purple, shall adorn thy dells.” ~ David Macbeth Moir

Foxgloves are a favorite of mine and Mike is especially fond of them.  He lets them go to seed and scatter their seeds where they like.  Then, on a cool late summer morning, he transplants the new little plants to a spot of his liking and takes good care of them until the fall rains.  When May arrives they reward him for his work. He so enjoys watching a bumble bee disappear deep into their trumpets.  I love their freckles.  

And then, along comes the lilacs.  Many years ago, Mike gave me a vintage piece of needlework that said, “You will know it is here or getting near when the lilacs bloom.”  The author was not mentioned but the words are true, at least they are true in West Virginia, where one has learned to place a bit of faith in old garden legends.  

Now that lilacs are in bloom She has a bowl of lilacs in her room And twists one in her fingers while she talks.”  ~ T. S. Eliot 

“I will go into a sweet garden, with fountains and low benches and roses trained over arbors, and find one path ~ jeweled, perhaps, with rubies and emeralds, soft enough for a king’s daughter to walk upon with her little sandalled feet ~ and it will lead me directly to the palace which lies under a spell.” ~Shirley Jackson
 These lovelies are from last year, as their buds are still tight.  The lilacs, however, are currently in full bloom.  
The dining room table full of blooms waiting to be scattered around the house.

“When April steps aside for May, Like diamonds all the raindrops glisten; Fresh violets open every day:  To some new bird each hour, we listen. ”  ~ Lucy Larcom

Dear friends, I hope you have enjoyed your visit.  May this glorious month of May provide you and yours with dazzling beauty and great joy.  

And…

I wish you days full of magnificent blue skies, sunshine, and many reasons to “hold your breath.”  Be well!

Violet tree peony, Shimadaijin.

“I held my breath as we do sometimes to stop time when something wonderful has touched us…” ~ Mary Oliver

Amour,

Sandra

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Beauty ~ A Balm For Our Hearts and Souls!

“. . .Beauty is life-giving and creativity is our birthright ~ and we need these things now more than ever.  They stir our souls and transport us to a place where we, if only for an hour or even a moment, transcend the mire and muck of this fallen world.” ~ Margot Shaw, Editor-In-Chief, Flower

Paeonia (Peony) ~ Raspberry Sunday.  She is about to bloom in our garden.

Good morning, dear friends.  Perhaps you tire of me saying, “I hope this finds you under blue skies.” However, that is truly my wish for all of us ~ every day.  Honestly, I can’t think of a better beginning to any day than to peek outside and see a blue sky. 

My opening quote is from Margot Shaw, Editor-In-Chief of Flower.  The quote is from her column named, The Watering Can.  Her writing is always cheerful, inspiring, and informative.  Should you not be familiar with this publication, I urge you to purchase a copy and then subscribe.  You won’t be disappointed.

“Beauty is a wonderful tapestry embroidered by the many single threads woven together by the unspeakable tender hand of God.” ~ Joseph Jacson K.

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Mary Oliver tells us, “It is a serious thing just to be alive on this fresh morning in this broken world.”  Such true, true words.  However, despite the brokenness, there is breathtaking beauty just waiting for us to admire and appreciate. We need to bask in the beauty, it is a balm for our hearts and souls.

“My garden is my most beautiful work of art.”  ~ Claude Monet

I would like to share something I deem quite lovely.  I do hope you will take a few moments to relax and enjoy it, and carry away something you love. It is not long,  although, I believe it is long on inspiration and beauty.  Perhaps, you will be dazzled by the beauty and find enchanting inspiration.  Visit Here.

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While many of you have had the extraordinary pleasure of visiting Giverny, I know many have not ~ myself included.  Claude Monet is one of my favorite artists and his garden design knowledge and plant knowledge were truly amazing.  A gifted soul, who continues to inspire and uplift so many.  

“Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.” ~ Claude Monet

Dear friends, know I appreciate your visit and I hope you enjoyed your virtual visit to Giverny.  It is my wish that your visit to his gardens was inspiring and a lovely beginning to your day.

Know I wish you and yours a happy and peaceful day.

And. . .

May you find your “Inspiration in Bloom.”  Be well.

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Amour,

Sandra

“Just when I think I am losing my faith and optimism, Just when I think the world has gone utterly insane, Beauty in her majestic manner, intercedes, …And, with her restorative grace,  resurrects my hope for tomorrow.” ~ unknown

 

 

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Information on Monet’s Gardens from, My French Country Home Magazine.

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Easter Sunday ~ A Glorious Day

“The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies.” ~ Kate McGahan

Good morning, dear friends.  I hope this holy day finds you under blue skies and surrounded by those you love.  To me, Easter is such a glorious day.  A time to celebrate the season of hope and renewal.  Blooms abound, as does new life.  And, there are mysteries to celebrate too.  Mysteries we don’t understand and perhaps, we must wait for our explanation.  However, I do know one day we will see and understand.

 “Mysteries, Yes” ~ Mary Oliver

Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
to be understood.

How grass can be nourishing in the

mouths of the lambs.

How rivers and stones are forever

in allegiance with gravity

while we ourselves dream of rising.

How two hands touch and the bonds

will never be broken.

How people come, from delight or the

scars of damage,

to the comfort of a poem.

Let me keep my distance, always, from those

who think they have the answers.

Let me keep company always with those who say
“Look!” and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.

If you have never held a newborn lamb, I urge you to find a farm and ask to see the babies.  Anyone who has been through a successful lambing season is always proud to show off the precious ones.  They are so sweet, love to be held, and nibble about your face.  They enjoy nuzzling in your hair or smelling whiskers or a beard.

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“It’s not just in the air.  Spring is in the light.  There’s a different light in March and April.  It’s in the grass, leaves, and flowers.  It’s in the birdsong and baaa of baby lambs.  Mostly though, spring blooms in my heart.” ~ Toni Sorenson

“There is something of the marvelous in all things of nature.” ~  Aristotle

To be adopted by a wild bunny makes one feel as though they have been chosen by a divine and loving source to enjoy a unique gift of nature.    We had such a gift a couple of springs ago.  A delightful bunny would come to visit when I called him.  He would sit on the patio with me and check out the blooms when I was weeding.  His name was Buggs.  The following spring she returned with her babies and we name her Blossom.

“For I remember it is Easter morn, and life and love and peace are all new born.” ~ Alice Freeman Palmer

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Dear friends, thank you for your visit.  Know I wish you and yours a beautiful and peaceful Easter Sunday.

And. . .

In our torn and ragged world,  May “peace be new born.”

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

 

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‘Sunday Thoughts’ ~ A Will That Is Gold

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Good morning, dear friends.  My thoughts this morning are with the Ukrainian people, as they are every morning and all throughout the day.  Each morning, I sit with Mike in our safe, warm, and sweet kitchen and ask, “Did anything dreadful occur through the night?”  He rises before I do, checks the news, and usually always has the answer.

I have thought about my precious mom and grandmother so much these past few weeks.   As much as I would appreciate hearing their wisdom, I am thankful they are not here to see the current evil and horrific, barbaric destruction of another madman, this time in Ukraine.  Both my mom and grandmother lived through wars and dreadful times, so they well understand evil. However, this time it seems unbearable because we hear it every day from journalists scattered around the world and our communication is immediate. Also, we live under the looming fear of gruesome nuclear destruction should we try and put an immediate end to the brutality.

When I was about ten years old, I remember my grandmother talking about something she thought was evil.  I replied, “I don’t believe in evil.”  And, she said, “Honey, unfortunately, if you live long enough you will.”  She was certainly correct.  When I think there is nothing worse the Ukrainian people will witness ~ it seems as though they do.  However, throughout this war, we have been exposed to something beautiful, unlike anything I have seen in my life ~ the Ukrainian’s unfathomable strength.

“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.” ~  Bob Marley

The Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine

 

To me, being strong is the only choice for the Ukrainians.  They do not want their lives and the lives of their children and grandchildren to be under the rule of a dictator ~ who would?  I pray their strength will endure to the end and I pray our leaders will make sound and timely decisions, oh, how I pray.

 

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien

The Ukrainian people have a will that is gold and its light glitters and sparkles for the world to see.   And in the end,  once again, “the crownless will be king.” 

“Either we all live in a decent world, or nobody does.” ~ George Orwell

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Dear friends, in closing I believe we all should have a world where, without fear,  children can walk to their special friend’s home and hand them a bouquet from their mom’s garden.  Lemonade stands will flourish, little ones can jump rope and ride bicycles and neighborhoods will once again overflow with giggles.   Perhaps, “from the ashes a fire will be woken” ~ in all of us.

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Know I wish you and yours a most beautiful and peaceful Palm Sunday.

Amour,

Sandra

 

“Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall.  Always.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

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‘Sunday Thoughts’ ~ “April, Warm and Blue”

“Outside it is warm and blue and April.” ~ Sylvia Plath

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Good morning, dear friends.  I hope this finds you well and under blue skies.  We are having a few April showers today, but I do know that as April unfolds, she will bring us magnificent beauty ~ she always does. 

While on my weekly journey through my volumes of quotes and poems, I realized there was a significant amount of words written about the month of April.  Some transported me to the enchanted place of which they spoke and yet, others, the writer was almost cruel to this wondrous month. Evidently, April was not a month that appealed to everyone.  Of course, I selected the words of beauty and I hope they will transport you to lovely places, remind you of precious moments, and inspire you to relish the days of this glorious month. 

“Of all the months that fill the year, Give April’s month to me, For Earth and Sky are then so filled With sweet variety!” ~  Letitia Elizabeth Landon (1802-1838)

“April’s Charms”  by, William Henry Davies

“When April scatters charms of Primrose gold
Among the copper leaves in thickets old,
And singing Skylarks from the meadows rise,
To twinkle like black stars in sunny skies;

When I can hear the small Woodpecker ring
Time on a tree for all the birds that sing;
And hear the pleasant Cuckoo, loud and long ~
The simple bird that thinks two notes a song.”

In past years, I was never a fan of the Primrose.  I found their leaves to be scratchy and their bloom not outstanding.  However, like many other things that change as we grow older, I have become quite fond of them.  To me, they are a lovely harbinger of spring.

“Today has been a day dropped out of June into April.” ~ L.M. Montgomery

 

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 I know you can smell them.

“In the first week of April, the weather turned suddenly unseasonably, insistently lovely. The sky was blue, the air warm and windless, and the sun beamed on the muddy ground with all the sweet impatience of June.” ~ Donna Tartt

In closing, dear friends, know I appreciate your visit so much and wish you and yours a beautiful day.    

And. . .

For you, may the month of April be “warm and blue.”

A gift from me to you ~ enjoy!

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” ~ E. B. White

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

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‘Sunday Thoughts’ ~ ‘Life on ‘The Gentler Side’

“Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago; to take the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.” ~ Robert Kennedy

If you love sunflowers in the summer, then this row of sunflowers is going to look so cute on a wall as a border or a sign at someone's house. This reusable stencil measures 16.5" x 6" and is designed by Carmen Medlin for The Crafter's Workshop. This stencil can be used with your favorite inks, paints, sprays, texture products, or any other mixed media products (sold separately). It can be used on wood, tile, metal, plastic, or other surfaces. This stencil is made in the USA.

Good morning, dear friends.  As I write this, it is snowing and we have about two inches on the ground.  But, it is March and although I am ready to see spring in all her glory, there is such a peacefulness to the beauty of snow.  Its tranquility seems to make the world stop and breathe. if only for a moment.   To be calm.  Therefore, this post is about the gentle side of life.  Personally, I think it would benefit all of us if we could find what makes our own worlds more gentle.  It is my hope that such things will take root and let us begin to be a better, and certainly more loving world.  

If you love sunflowers in the summer, then this row of sunflowers is going to look so cute on a wall as a border or a sign at someone's house. This reusable stencil measures 16.5" x 6" and is designed by Carmen Medlin for The Crafter's Workshop. This stencil can be used with your favorite inks, paints, sprays, texture products, or any other mixed media products (sold separately). It can be used on wood, tile, metal, plastic, or other surfaces. This stencil is made in the USA.

“A gentle heart is tied with an easy thread.” ~ George Herber

Nature is the place that always manages to lift my spirits.  There never fails to be something to entertain me ~ squirrels doing their acrobatics, birds practicing their songs, or bunnies playing chase.  Nature is gentle and beautiful, it never fails me.

 

I love to watch Mr. Cardinal feed his lovely wife.  They mate for life and it is a pure joy to watch a pair enjoy themselves.

“ It is not the language of painters but the language of Nature that one should listen to. ” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

 

If you love sunflowers in the summer, then this row of sunflowers is going to look so cute on a wall as a border or a sign at someone's house. This reusable stencil measures 16.5" x 6" and is designed by Carmen Medlin for The Crafter's Workshop. This stencil can be used with your favorite inks, paints, sprays, texture products, or any other mixed media products (sold separately). It can be used on wood, tile, metal, plastic, or other surfaces. This stencil is made in the USA.

“No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle, and good, without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.” ~ Alan Alda

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Dear friends, I hope you have enjoyed your visit and perhaps your heart is a little lighter.  Know, I wish you and yours a wonderful day.

And. . .

In these difficult days, may we remember. . .

 

“. . .There is a crack, a crack in everything.  That’s how the Light gets in.” ~ Leonard Cohen

Amour,

Sandra

If you love sunflowers in the summer, then this row of sunflowers is going to look so cute on a wall as a border or a sign at someone's house. This reusable stencil measures 16.5" x 6" and is designed by Carmen Medlin for The Crafter's Workshop. This stencil can be used with your favorite inks, paints, sprays, texture products, or any other mixed media products (sold separately). It can be used on wood, tile, metal, plastic, or other surfaces. This stencil is made in the USA.

 

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‘Sunday Thoughts’ ~ “Hope Floats”

“Hope springs eternal in the human breast.” ~ Alexander Pope

Good morning, dear friends.  Mary Oliver tells us,  ” It is a serious thing just to be alive on this fresh morning in the broken world.”  Her words are so true and notably so for the people of Ukraine. Oliver passed away in 2019, I would love to hear what she would say about our current world.  However, hope moves us forward and to me, spring is the season of hope and renewal.

If you love sunflowers in the summer, then this row of sunflowers is going to look so cute on a wall as a border or a sign at someone's house. This reusable stencil measures 16.5" x 6" and is designed by Carmen Medlin for The Crafter's Workshop. This stencil can be used with your favorite inks, paints, sprays, texture products, or any other mixed media products (sold separately). It can be used on wood, tile, metal, plastic, or other surfaces. This stencil is made in the USA.

The following are the words of, Amanda Lea Browning.

” In the spring the earth renews itself once more

with flowers in the tallest wind-blown trees

to the mossy forest floor.  Creeks thaw and gurgle

down babbling brooks.  Bees busily buzz through large open fields

and tiny little nooks.  Geese honk noisily for all to hear.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds magically appear.

Birds flirt with one another in the trees

Soon there will be chicks for them to feed.

Bright shining sun warms the chilly air

Fiery red tulips dazzle with flare.  Sweet is the fragrance

of lilacs and honey-locust trees.  Hyacinths and honeysuckle

are sure to please.  Frogs sing happily in a faraway lake.

Insects hum and groundhogs wake.  Winter is over so we cheer!

Hearts rejoice that spring is finally here!”

If you love sunflowers in the summer, then this row of sunflowers is going to look so cute on a wall as a border or a sign at someone's house. This reusable stencil measures 16.5" x 6" and is designed by Carmen Medlin for The Crafter's Workshop. This stencil can be used with your favorite inks, paints, sprays, texture products, or any other mixed media products (sold separately). It can be used on wood, tile, metal, plastic, or other surfaces. This stencil is made in the USA.

“Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.” ~ Langston Hughes

As I was writing this post I thought, “How easy it is for me to talk about hope.” Sitting in our sweet home, the sky is blue and the daffodils are blooming.  Anyone could speak about hope under such circumstances.  Mike and I,  as well as most of you, are fortunate in today’s world.

As in any life, I have seen my share of dark days, but hope has always kept me afloat. And may it also keep the Ukrainians afloat.   I pray this gruesome war will soon come to an end and the Ukrainian people will not lose sight of their dreams for themselves and their children.  Dreams are precious, especially those a parent has for their child.

While my first prayer is for Ukraine and its people.  My other prayer is for the remainder of the world.  I have read many times in different publications, that after World War II it was said, “Never, Never, Again.”  When will we learn?  Perhaps, it is because I have read so much about WW II, Hitler, and his friends, that honestly, I can say, “I saw this coming.”  And, I know I am not alone.  But the difference this time is, we all are aware of what is happening and we cannot say we didn’t know. 

If there is any good to come from this, I believe it is to be our wake-up call.  A call to bond us together, to scatter joy and beauty, stand up to hate and horrid remarks, and name them for what they are.  Just as the Ukrainian people are doing ~ what an inspiration and example they are to the world.  They do understand, that if you don’t deal with evil when it is knocking on your door, it will chase you forever.  

“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” ~ William Wilberforce

 

If you love sunflowers in the summer, then this row of sunflowers is going to look so cute on a wall as a border or a sign at someone's house. This reusable stencil measures 16.5" x 6" and is designed by Carmen Medlin for The Crafter's Workshop. This stencil can be used with your favorite inks, paints, sprays, texture products, or any other mixed media products (sold separately). It can be used on wood, tile, metal, plastic, or other surfaces. This stencil is made in the USA.

 

“. . .Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

The Carpathians in Ukraine

For those who have neven been to West Virginia, the photo above looks very much like our Pendleton County.  I can honestly tell you, anyone would have a dreadful fight on their hands should they try to take land away from anyone in Pendleton County.  However, I rather imagine the same holds true all across our land.  While we seem to have been separated lately, I do believe for the majority of Americans, the appreciation of our freedoms and respect for others who want the same is solid.  If you love sunflowers in the summer, then this row of sunflowers is going to look so cute on a wall as a border or a sign at someone's house. This reusable stencil measures 16.5" x 6" and is designed by Carmen Medlin for The Crafter's Workshop. This stencil can be used with your favorite inks, paints, sprays, texture products, or any other mixed media products (sold separately). It can be used on wood, tile, metal, plastic, or other surfaces. This stencil is made in the USA.

In closing, know I wish you and yours a beautiful day and a spring full of beauty, birdsong, and joy.  And, while spring may go unnoticed by the Ukrainians this year, it will visit them again and hopefully in peace so that they may treasure the moments and enjoy.

Be Well!

Dove of peace

 

“Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Amour,

Sandra

If you love sunflowers in the summer, then this row of sunflowers is going to look so cute on a wall as a border or a sign at someone's house. This reusable stencil measures 16.5" x 6" and is designed by Carmen Medlin for The Crafter's Workshop. This stencil can be used with your favorite inks, paints, sprays, texture products, or any other mixed media products (sold separately). It can be used on wood, tile, metal, plastic, or other surfaces. This stencil is made in the USA.

 

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Hope Floats is a 1998 American drama film directed by Forest Whitaker.

‘Sunday Thoughts’ ~ March Madness

“March is in need of a mental health professional.” ~ Mike Lambiotte

Good morning, everyone.  As I write this, it is snowing and we have about six inches on the ground.  Mike came in the other day and announced, “My snow shovel is now in the garage and my boots are going to the basement.”  I replied, “Careful, remember this is March.”  And, sure enough,  March showed her true colors.  The daffodils are under snow.  

One of my husband’s many fine qualities is his sense of humor.  I thought I would share a bit of it with you in his quote above.  I had to laugh when he said those words, but perhaps there is some truth to it.  But, how would one go about finding help for the weather?

Back to ‘March Madness.”  I am not a sports fan, but I understand why the basketball ‘play-offs’ were given this title.  Because March weather can be maddening and it appears to me that the play-offs are too.   The weather may be 65 degrees and sunny one day and heavy wet snow the next.  Perhaps, that is why horticulturists cultivate early, mid-season, and late-season varieties of bulbs and plants. Fortunately, we have specimens of all three varieties in our garden. By planting in this manner it extends the bloom season, which is wonderful to enjoy after winter.

“Everyone Knows March’s Way” ~ by, Annette Wynne

“Everyone knows March’s way,
Rushing, blowing, night and day,
Rushing, blowing, day and night,
Not a single flower in sight,
Not a bud upon a tree,
But wait until the end and see
When March is packed at last to go,
Every twig will start to grow ~
All in a trice, before you know.”

“Spring comes quickly: overnight the plum tree blossoms, the warm air fills with bird calls.” ~ Louise Glück

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While each month holds its own beauty and lovely secrets, personally, I believe March is in the mix simply as a way of saying goodbye to the elegant bare trees, the flawlessness of new-fallen snow, and peaceful winter days.  And, to remember and be grateful for the season of winter and to look forward to the magnificent days to come.

“Each season has its distinctive odours. The spring is earthy and full of sap. July is rich with the odour of ripening grain and hay. As the season advances, a crisp, dry, mature odour predominates, and goldenrod, tansy, and everlastings mark the onward march of the year. In autumn, soft, alluring scents fill the air, floating from thicket, grass, flower, and tree, and they tell me of time and change, of death and life’s renewal, desire and its fulfillment.” ~ Helen Keller, “The World I Live In”

Dear friends, please know I appreciate your visit and I wish you and yours a lovely day.  

And. . .

 

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   May love find a way into the heart of evil.

                                                                                                                             

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

Images: Tumblr and Etsy

Note:  The stained glass suncatcher (shown above) is available on Etsy.