Monday, April 14, 2014

I'd Like To Add...

"I'd like to add some beauty to life," said Anne dreamily. "I don't exactly want to make people KNOW more... though I know that IS the noblest ambition... but I'd love to make them have a pleasanter time because of me... to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn't been born.”  ~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne's House of Dreams

 Ditto and Amen!

Wishing you little joys and happy thoughts....

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sending A Quick Note...

Inside the heart of a tulip, Brenda Leyland 2014
I am NOT telling you that we woke to snow this morning.... 

...because I just read on Vee's blog that she is enjoying summery temps already in the 70's F. Enough on that, as she would say. It's pink tulips and apple blossom thoughts we're having today...regardless!

Besides, family is arriving any moment so who cares what's going on outside.

The ham baking in the oven makes the whole house smell welcoming (ham on a bun for brunch with homemade mustard sauce).

And, for dinner later this evening there's turkey ready to go in the oven, with all the trimmings. No doubt it will be tempting and jostling our nostrils all the live long day with its savory smells wafting from the kitchen. How blessed I feel with such bounty today.

On a different note I'm wishing Susan Branch the HAPPIEST of birthdays today!  Hugs to you, dear lady! May all that you do to make our world more beautiful come back to you 100-fold.

Cherish your human connections--your relationships with friends and family.  ~Barbara Bush

On that note, I'm wishing each one of you a beautiful day....



Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Introducing My Dust Bunnies...

Dust bunnies are quite shy, did you know that? They tend not to come out into the wide open spaces but prefer nice quiet, undisturbed corners of one's house. Under beds and behind book cases seem to be particular favourites.

Which is why I was quite surprised to find a pair of them right out in the open yesterday. Perhaps they thought they could get away with not being seen, what with all manner of Easter bunnies showing up this time of year. But we spotted them right away. Cute though, aren't they, with those big brown eyes. Amiable too.

Judy mentioned the other day that she enjoys the way I share my dust bunnies stories. I smiled. Oh my, I didn't realize just how often they do figure into the conversation around here. And, as we all know in blogland, just about anything works for blogging material, doesn't it!

Neither hubby or I put dusting near the top of any to-do list. We seem quite able to live happily ever after with our little dusty friends. It's only when the sunlight makes their presence too well known along the piano top or bookshelf that we take feather dusters and skitter them all away...for the time being at least. It isn't long before one sees evidence of their quiet return.

Please don't feed the dust bunnies. ~Author Unknown

If dust bunny conversations really stir up your sense of fun and imagination, then you might enjoy some of my past posts on the topic.  Soon I'll be able to make them their own category!

On that note... I'm away.  The dusting is done. The carpets are cleaned. And today we're gathering up the silver for polishing (believe me I don't do that very often, but I'm in the mood), and then tomorrow I'm going to shop for favours and little plants or spring things for our family celebration on the weekend.

Wishing you a beautiful, dust-free day... 

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

We Got Mail!

Oh, the delight of lovely surprises coming from out of the blue. Not to mention the unexpected pleasure of a letter -- real mail -- arriving in one's mailbox. Yesterday such a treat arrived with my name on it.
Tucked inside a hand addressed envelope from Lorrie was this exquisite tiny watercolor 'wafting with spring cheer'. Artistic in so many ways, Lorrie tells me that she's been enjoying her attempts at watercolor -- it's fun and something she does with pleasure and with no pressure. That's the key isn't it? To find the pleasure with no pressure. 
I'm just tickled to be the recipient of one of this little treasures. It will have a special place in my study. And yes, Lorrie, its waft of spring turned our Alberta day into something that really was spring!


Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~ John Muir

Wishing you glimpses of heaven in unexpected places....