One of my greatest sources of simple joy lately is my back yard. And my front yard, too.
Everyday I get to discover something new that is popping up. New plants, new perennials, and maybe even a few weeds that are kinda pretty. 🙂
First came the periwinkle border with its lovely purple flowers. Next were the crocus, the daffodils and the fern. Oh. My. Word – those ferns are getting HUGE! I’m having so much fun peeking in my yard to see what surprise awaits. As soon as I find where I place my camera connector – I’ll have to upload some pics.
One of the most pleasant arrivals are my lilacs. I have 3 on my property (two lavender, one white) and another purple one that borders my yard & my neighbors. Lilacs have always been one of my favorites. They bloom right around my birthday each year and I love. Love. LOVE the way the smell. Yum. I have a few jelly jars and bud vases around the house right now with purple and white blooms in them. They add so much cheer – and my place smells great. 🙂
Imagine a whole, big, windy vine of these! photo by ladycarolina19 - taken from photobucket.
But – here’s the real winner so far this spring: I have two wisteria. I’ve never seen them before, but the neighbors told me about how pretty they were, and how great they smelled. One is way out on the corner of my lot, but the other is right outside my family room doorwall. Each afternoon they are getting more full and more lovely. And the perfume – Wow! I can’t get over it. So sweet and rich. I just discovered it tonight and inhaled deeply a few times.
I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings….
I’ve been feeling a major disconnect the last few months. Now that the winter is over – and the sun is finally blessing us with it’s presence – I’m hoping that this feeling will ebb away.
But it’s not just the weather. I feel like I’ve been so busy with all sorts of activities – but not really plugged in. I’m around people, but all alone. And I’ve been completely unable to find time, and more importantly, the words to share on this site for close to 1/2 a year.
I realize that I’m in a stage of “pruning” in my life. God is really cutting things out that I don’t need. And even things that are good. Many of my friends are moving on to new stages in their lives. Beth – my constant companion – has moved to Venezuela for 3 years. Melissa leaves this weekend for 6 months in Vermont and Colorado. Kelly, my best friend for over 20 years just got engaged, and therefore won’t be moving back in the area like she had planned. Kathrin just got engaged as well.
And for those of my good friends who might be more available (and on the same continent) – our schedules just haven’t fit. I’ve also been spending a lot of time lately with family in town (or going out of town to see them.) When I emerge back into my social sphere – I feel more than a little out of the loop. I find that I’m spending more time alone then I have in a long time, and it’s a hard adjustment.
On a plus side, I’m getting some things done around my new house. Not any big changes yet, but baby steps each week. I now have a guest bed room. And some flowers. I think painting some of the all-white walls is next.
And, hopefully, some updating on this site as well. I miss the time I spent flexing a little creative muscle, and visiting my online friends.
Here’s to Spring – a season of new beginnings.