April 24, 2012

Oh Sunny Day!

Hello sweet people. Happy Tuesday to you! I hope you're all having an amazing week.

So far, so good here. As I'm sitting here typing this, there are glimmers of sunlight just peaking over the trees...little bands of light are sprinkling themselves over all the leaves and flower buds that are growing fresh and new. Oh, it looks wonderful!  It's been kind of dreary and I feel like I'm craving some rays.

One of the things I love about spring, in addition to the sunny days and warmer weather, are all the pretty flowers that are coming into season. Ranunculus is one of my favorites...along with big, beautiful peonies and heavenly-scented lilacs. I got a few flowers the other day, along with that little vase. I'm really loving the pink and turquoise color combination...I'm going to remember that for future photos.

I always look forward to all the trees that flower during springtime too, don't you? A few weeks ago, on my facebook page, I talked about how we had a few chilly nights and I figured my trees wouldn't end up to bloom. Well, my plum tree never did, but my snowdrift crabapple tree has surprised me with a few pretty, white blossoms. Oddly they seem to be all on one side of the tree though...luckily it's the side I can see :)

I'm still trying to figure out what to do about a garden. I really want to see some veggies growing outside, in addition to all the pretty flowers. I can just imagine their yumminess, not to mention how interesting the whole process would be for my children. The Mister isn't really jumping into action as far as my outdoor plans are concerned...I'll figure something out though.

Anyway, time's just ticking along over here. I feel like I'm busy with a whole lot of nothing...mostly cleaning, organizing and purging. I'm having a hard time blogging lately. I don't know if it has to do with the weather or what, but I'm feeling kind of restless and it's hard for me to come up with things to share with you.

It was my birthday last weekend and I had thought about putting up a photo of myself since I never do that...maybe you could've guessed my age or something. LOL. Luckily, the smart part of my brain thought better of that idea. I have been thinking of doing a post on photography though, since I often get emails about that.  Maybe that will be next week's topic.  What do you think?

Well, so long for now.  I have a hair appointment today.  The weather is always so glorious when I have to go to the salon...of course :)

xo Tricia

April 17, 2012

Happiness Here and There

Today is one of those days where I don't really know what to talk about.

For whatever reason, I feel a little unfocused lately. I took these photos without a real plan or purpose in mind. It was one of those things where they just sort of came together in their own way as a reflection of little bits and pieces of my life. 

The photos probably started with the twelve pounds of strawberries I bought the other day. I planned to cut them up and freeze them for smoothies. But first, I decided, maybe I should take a few pictures.

As I was putting everything together, styling my shots, I thought about how much I would like to have a garden. I imagined growing my own vegetables like radishes, onions and carrots...those carrots that grow in a variety of colors. Have you seen those? Anyway, I thought about that and then started to imagine how I could have a corner of my garden set aside for fruits...some raspberry bushes and a strawberry patch full of rosy-colored berries. How wonderful that would be.

After awhile, my thoughts started to drift to my grandpa...he's been on my mind a lot lately. I remembered the little strawberries he would pick from his garden. How he'd fill a metal bowl with those tiny little things, then come in the house and wash them in the sink. I could see them sitting there in that bowl, floating in the water. Little bits of yumminess that he would serve at lunchtime.  Thinking of that brought me happiness and sadness all in the same moment.

I look at the delicate creamy white petals of these viburnum and they tell the story of my love for flower gardens.

Each week, the gardening store beckons me with all its lush green plants and flowering blooms in every color of the rainbow. Each week, I give into my whims and come home with something fresh from someone else's garden rather than my own. Hopefully, it will warm up soon and all the flowers on my own plot of earth will start to bloom and I won't need to do that any longer, I tell myself.

When I look at the face of my sweet girl I see someone who likes summer and being outdoors as much as I do.  She's still wondering when it's going to be gardening time. "Don't plant those sunflower seeds without me!" she kept saying the other day while we were outside. I reminded her that I still had to finish digging the daylilies and catmint out from underneath last year's foliage so there was no need to worry, it wouldn't be happening quite yet.

While I was tending to my plants, she busied herself with the dandelions she found here and there, proclaiming them to be some of the prettiest flowers she's ever seen. Maybe they look like miniature versions of the sunflowers she's waiting to plant :) 

When I look at the pretty patterned fabric I bought the other day, along with the food, the flowers and the cute little face, I think about all the things I love, reflections of the things that fill my thoughts and time each day...and it brings me a flutter of happiness.

I hope you have a wonderful week, full of things that makes your heart happy ♥


April 06, 2012

Tarts, Berries and Blooms

Well, here we are already with the first week of April coming to a close. Easter is drawing near, the sun is shining, things are looking greener and warmer weather is inching ever closer.

I'm enjoying the beauty of the season and see signs of spring all around me..in the grassy plumes of the daylilies, the joyful sing-song calling of the birds and the fresh little leaves on the trees. I can hardly wait for everything to burst out in its full splendor.

I've been feeling impatient for my flowers to start blooming so I picked up a few violas the other day to capture a little more of that springtime feel. My daughter was so excited to get her fingers in the dirt and start planting. Over and over, she said, "Please Mommy, is it time to start making our garden?" She got out her little shovel and watering can and was all set.

Once she had her fill of playing in the dirt, she noticed these blueberries that I had purchased the same day and wanted to get right into those too!

These big, blue, tasty berries were a key ingredient in some tarts I was making. And the left over berries? Well, she ate those faster than a wink!  

Our treat turned out quite delicious...and rather fattening too, since it had a cream cheese filling and an almond shortbread crust. Although sweets like that are a very occasional occurrence at our house, I've been thinking that I need to eliminate even more sugar from our diets.

Food-focused articles or documentaries are something that always capture my attention. Have you been hearing all the discussion lately about sugar? I worried about it before, but even more so now.

So, goodbye tarts...I bid you adieu. Blueberries, you can stay...and the flowers too. Oh look, that rhymed :)

I'm determined to be an even healthier eater...just enjoying all the delicious fruits and veggies that will soon be found springing up fresh from gardens all around town.  I can't wait!

Well, I guess that's all for now, sweet people. I hope you have a wonderful and joyous weekend. Happy Easter to you ♥

xo Tricia