Tuesday, April 14, 2015

You Can Keep Your Vacation Hot Spot

"But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create..."   ... Isaiah 65:18


Oh, dream-come-true Sunday afternoon! That's when Spring officially arrived where I live and we all got outside and puttered and played.

In 62 sunny degrees, for the first time this year, I did my famous sit-down-gardening and cleared most of the sunny-side-of-the-house flower bed of leaves and twigs (I belong to the 'leave them over the winter to leach good nutrients into the soil' school), taking breaks by reading this delightful book for the first time:

... at my wicker chair which I moved from the shady front porch to the bright sidewalk so I could watch the daylilies, forget-me-nots and daisy stems grow. I'd peeled off one sweater top and the temperature felt perfect in my remaining one and I spent the afternoon out there, blissfully.

Springtime and all your promises! You're a most welcomed sight, especially this year and you've pushed away all my dreams of Hawaii and Myrtle Beach for you are more than enough. I'd just needed to remember and breathe and feel you.

                                   Just another beginning....


Two of my tiny rosebushes didn't survive our hairy, wild winter, but my 'wedding plant' did, in all its many pots:

I call it that because Naomi attended a wedding during one of her Hobbit Cottage visits and gave me this plant which she'd received. It spreads like wildfire and always makes me smile with the memory which is Naomi.

Some people believe wedding reception gifts to attendees should be banned and the money used more wisely, instead. 

Call me Extravagant Ellie, but I disagree. 

If a bride wishes to leave her guests with little mementos of her most special day, she should do so without guilt. Giving is a godly gesture! It need not be expensive either--those 'wedding plants'? Most likely they cost less than $50, for all they required was a couple bags of soil, little wedding Dixie cups and ribbon. The plants, (given their wildfire-spreading tendencies), were probably free from someones yard. I can just see women gathering together, enjoying creating these tiny pots.

Besides, weddings in Bible days? Oh my, talk about your lavish affairs--they lasted a week and no one talked about sending money someplace else, instead. Jesus, Himself, even provided more wine at one of them.

What I've seen? We who are in our 50's and older need to be oh so careful that we age sweetly, for the easy tendency is to become a critic (I've watched it happen). It's too simple to pooh-pooh others' new ideas just because they aren't our old ones and to so revere our opinions that they become equal to Gospel inside our brains.

In fact, if you ever become horrified because I've turned into a critical old lady, you have my permission to just. shoot. me.  

Or you can bookmark this post and then remind me of what I wrote here. That might be better. :)


Weddings are important because they celebrate life and possibility.

...   Anne Hathaway

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” 
― Oscar Wilde

"Rejoice with those who rejoice..."   .... Romans 12:15


My new 'book blog' is nearly finished! Stay tuned--there's still so much editing to do because, especially when I began As I See It Now, I was like Chatty Cathy Gone Nuclear. Oh dear. I confess it's discouraged me a bit. Alas.


Free Kindle Books:

Worlds Apart

Lilies on Daybreak Pond



Anonymous said...

Oh Debra, I'm afraid I'm slipping in to old geezerhood! I cannot stand the popular music of today.... give me the 40's and 50's music anytime... oh and some 70's stuff too. We are about one mile from the location of the huge Coachella Fest which went on last weekend and this coming weekend. 90,000 20-somethings invade the area each weekend and yes, we can hear the thumping and bumping coming from the venue.... Yup, I think I'm officially into geezerhood! :)

Debra said...

Uh-oh, Susan! :) Can you take a little vacation this weekend?

There's lots of today's mellow-er style music that I really enjoy, especially when a young woman sings simply with a guitar, no fancy stuff. You know, like Zoey Daschenel (sp) and others who sound like her. There's some good country rock out there, also, and lots of times both Tom and I love the kind of music detective shows or movies end withm mellower with harmonies, etc.

But that might not be the type they'll play near you this weekend. :)

I've found when we're willing to search for what we like, we usually find it. (But yeah, I also prefer the vintage retro music and guess what's playing on my radio this very moment?)

Best wishes to you this weekend! :) Blessings, Debra

Pam said...

Debra, spring has sprung in our part of the country (and in my heart), too. How lovely to see the trees blooming and flowers pushing through the soil. We don't have a vacation home, but when spring comes, I feel like I live in paradise. I'm trying to be careful not to injure myself, so I have a yard cushion that I sit on, and scoot around, while I pull weeds. It works! Enjoy the season.