Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Daffodils On The Hill

Finally, the daffodils are on this hill!
It's been said that what's real in life is also lasting.
Well, then my love for daffodils is for real because I've been 
loving 'em my whole life!


The vase is from my mother-in-law's home. We inherited it when she down-sized.


Each spring I have a private ceremony in my backyard—find the first daffodil 
and press my nose close to inhale the fragrance.

It smells like life
and
hope.












Thankfully, spring is here, 
summer is near, 
and I am feeling much better about the world!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Growing Up Girl




A few weeks ago, we headed to the beach for some R&R.
I snapped a bunch of pictures of youngest daughter, 
BeBe.


She's obsessed with gymnastics
and 
lacrosse
and 
her iPod
and 
her friends.


Adolescence is barking at her heels.


She is smart and funny
and just a
tad
rough around the edges.
Blunt, I mean.


We're working on it.


For a number of years, I was home with my girls, a full-time mom, 
part-time writer of young adult fiction:
Artichoke's Heart, Somebody Everybody Listens To, and Irish Guys.


A couple of years ago, I took a full-time teaching job and the department chair position
at a local high school.
Yes, it's as busy as it sounds.
I wake up at 4:00 AM in order to maintain my writing life.
I leave for work at 6:30, and often don't get home until just before dinner.
My girls play sports and are involved in 
LOTS 
of activities.

Sometimes I wonder if going back to work was worth it.
Money is good, insurance is great, and as teaching jobs go, 
this one is pretty darn perfect.
Still, I can't help but fret at how quickly my girls are growing, how rapidly they change.
And often I think I'd like to hit rewind to those mornings 
when they still shared a bedroom, and I would
tiptoe in and find the two of them sharing the same crib.


Monday, March 31, 2014

My Sad Little Porch

My favorite room in our house is actually 
the screen porch.

I relax here.

I read here.

We often eat supper here.
Or lunch.

Oh, but currently it's in a sad state.


I took this picture yesterday.
On March 30th, 2014, 
about an hour
before it 
SNOWED.
Yes, it snowed again.
Ha! But it didn't stick!
Winter, you are losing your grip!

Here's what my porch looked like in all her glory.


Ah, summer!


You can't really tell from these shots, but the fabric is faded and stained.
Currently, the slips covers are with the lady who made
some of the window treatments in our house.
She is giving them a fresh new look.
I've chosen Sunbrella's cilantro green.


I am itching to clean this space and make it pretty again!





I'm seriously in a Think Spring mode!

Have a great Monday.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mucky March Getaway

Last weekend the family and I escaped for a too-short weekend
at the beach.


My husband and I have been overworked, the reason I haven't blogged much these past couple
of weeks.
Plus, I am facing Mucky March.
It's cold and dreary.

But last weekend was perfect. 
And Saturday was warm enough to sit outside!


We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott, which is right on the Ocean City boardwalk.
A lovely place, well decorated, too!


Middle daughter worked on her photography skills.
She's inherited my husband's college camera.



You might say youngest daughter was exuberant.


Sisters got along.
In our house we have a saying: Sisters first and forever.




Life is too busy for my taste sometimes.
Occasionally, it's good to leave your to-do list behind
and go enjoy the things in life that  
actually mean something.







They're are calling for more snow this week.
The day is gray and cold.
But as I write this post, I am grateful to have had the weekend
with the folks I love most.
The Assateague ponies were pretty cute, too.


Have a good week!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Springy Spring!

Walked into my local Michael's last week and found this pretty vase.
I bought not one but two!

Right from the start, I envisioned pussywillows in these, and lucky for me,
the grocery store had them in stock.


Taa-daa! Have some springy spring, people!


I'll even light some candles for ya.


Soon I'll have to check myself into tulip rehab.
It's becoming a problem.


I know, I see the snow outside this window.
But very soon there will be green grass and a blooming magnolia tree.


I can't wait!

Linking up!
http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/2014/03/wow-us-wednesdays-160.html

Friday, March 7, 2014

Good Country Houses

Most weekends I take a walk or a run or a walk-run.
I need exercise, but I also crave the outdoors, even in winter.


For a long while, I've been meaning to snap some pictures because there are lots of pretty houses along the way, 
good country houses.


This beauty is less than a mile from our home. 
Even in dreary, old winter, it's gorgeous!



There's a babbling stream, and when you walk/run/run-walk past, 
you can feel the coolness of it 
rising up.


It reminds me to listen.
It reminds me to keep quiet.
It reminds me to see.
Not look, see.



If you see closely, you'll notice an owl in that tree. 
In the tree just outside this frame, there is another owl.

Signs of spring are here and there.


Green!


This brick home is always so neat and buttoned-up. At dusk, candles appear in the windows. 


So classic and elegant.




I'd like to have a painting of this shot.


Middle daughter kept me company during this walk.


Often I hear Canadian geese squawking and honking and living it up.
They're a raucous bunch.


A river runs through it.





This house is like something from British literature, Thomas Hardy perhaps.
You can practically feel it's heart beating.
There are stories here.


And a sweet ass.


Not that kind of ass!
I'll call this one camouflage ass since you can hardly see him.


My favorite house of all.


Of course, there's this home, and she's a favorite, too.



Work has been too hectic this week.
I've spent too much time worrying about the long to-do list
and not nearly enough time
listening
and 
seeing.

At some point this weekend, I vow to put on my sneakers and step outside. 
I vow to relax.
I promise to have the presence of mind to be thankful.
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