For years now I have made the drive from south Alabama to north Mississippi, but never have made the time to detour off I-65 north to a little town called Jemison, home of Petals of the Past until yesterday. I had heard about it for years, and a friend recently mentioned that I should make it a point to stop. And what a gem in the heart of Alabama! Started in 1993 by Jason and Shelley Powell and Steve Wilson, there are 25 glorious acres to behold. Dr. Arlie Powell, Jason’s father and a retired Auburn professor, now is instrumental in the lecture series they offer year round. Dr. Powell is a pomologist (studies fruit cultivation). He has developed a procedure for cultivating native blackberries here. Their specialty heirloom roses such as the chestnut rose which originates to the 1800’s, climbs to six feet, and is said to “laugh at…
View original post 149 more words
Dad has always taken a lot of pride in his yard, and Mom has always loved their flowers. As time passes and they are in the Winter of their lives, they are getting nearer and nearer to the day when they will have no choice but to say “No more.” It’s part of life, just like the flowers, but when Dad and Mom are gone I have a feeling the yard will know it.
Yesterday evening, while the sun was still up, the yard was once again alive with critters and flowers, so I grabbed several pictures through the window just for fun (stay with me, they get better). These next three were the only pictures I took from inside the house, and I try not to post them when I do take them through the window, but I wanted to give you an idea how lovely Spring in our little Ozarks town is!
There were two of these kind of birds foraging around in the yard seeing what they could find, so I’m guessing they are a “couple.”
This shot even had to be taken standing a ways back so as not to spook a rabbit that was right close to the window as it was getting dark.
Then last night, as the sun was sinking behind the trees, it looked like a big orange ball. Nice sunsets are so peaceful! Who could resist stepping outside to enjoy it (and take pictures of it)?
Bright and (halfway) early this morning, the tree that had been only budding out yesterday was covered with blooms! It is so beautiful!
Tonight’s evening sky was fairly low-key because of the clouds (compared to our orange ball sun from last night), but peaceful and pleasant just the same.
It’s been a great week, with some storms and some sun, some warm and some cold, some turmoil and some peace — things are not always sunny, warm and peaceful, but that doesn’t make it a washout. Long as we remember there is no storm that somebody can’t help us through, because it rains on everybody at one time or another — we’re all in this together.
Have a delightful weekend full of peace and blessings!
Spring has certainly sprung in our little corner of the world! Flowers and wildlife are springing to life all around our yard.
Our resident robin decided to vacate the hanging basket on our front porch where she spent the winter — her nest is now in a place with much less traffic!
One of the backyard bunnies attracted to our yard with its overabundance of clover popped in for a visit.
The Bradford pear trees are now in full bloom all around our house and up and down the street in our neighborhood — we’re surrounded with them and we love it!
Our front yard has a baby Bradford pear — he’ll catch up with the others one of these years!
After a long winter we are really enjoying this wonderful metamorphosis, and hope your Spring so far has been fantastic!
It’s a great world we live in! No matter what is happening in the world that can make us doubt that, we can remember that it’s still a great world!
You’re going to get tired of hearing about this, but Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Why am I already talking about a day that is over three weeks away? City Boy wonders the same thing. “Why are you already decorating for that? It’s still January!”
Sigh. Yeah, I can wait until the week before, like he wants me to, put all the decorations up, enjoy them for a few days, then be pressured to take them all right back down again as soon as the Big Day is over. That’s really a barrel of fun for me. But, I like to be difficult and make the place look festive.
With Frank, I think the problem is fear. That’s right. He is wondering if he’s going to have to come up with something special for me for Valentine’s Day. And since I’m a planner, he knows he can’t get away with giving me a tootsie roll and telling me he didn’t have time to get me anything more chocolaty because Valentine’s Day “snuck-up” on him.
Actually, he is pretty good to do special things for special days. He has good taste in flowers, and is thoughtful in a lot of ways. I think what he’s more worried about is that I am expecting more somehow. You know, the big flourish of emotion and him gushing his undying love for me. A trip to Figi would be nice, but I’m certainly not expecting it.
So, I’m starting early enough that everyone who knows me is not going to forget — everyone sees it coming and knows to get out and get that special someone something special, or plan that special event. I thought about trying to find the movie he and I watched together on our first date (The Notebook). I don’t know — he’ll probably say, “Why did you get this movie? Don’t you remember that we’ve already seen it?”
To intermingle Valentine’s Day with Christmas (I try to keep THAT holiday going as long as possible!), we just received the Christmas portraits of Becca’s Precious Baby. Actually, it doesn’t matter when you get pictures of a baby, they’re never too late. And most especially if it’s your grandchild. At the time these were taken Precious Baby couldn’t have been more than a week or so old.
That’s the perfect Christmas, and Valentine’s, greeting!
- Valentine’s Day Fun and Games for Kids (personalcreations.com)
- Valentine Ideas for a Casual Relationship (redenvelope.com)
- Dazzling gift ideas for Valentine’s Day (365newsng.wordpress.com)
- Valentines Day Gift Ideas (runningrachel.com)
- I want to be your Valentine (stylebizarre.com)
- DIY Valentines: Secret Message Valentines (formulamom.com)
- Valentine Doily Decoration (bedifferentactnormal.com)
- Your Guide to Valentine’s Day ’13 (inexpensivechic.com)
- Valentine crafts :: make a Valentine’s gratitude tree (nurturestore.co.uk)