Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thank you for the comments and emails in the passing of my mother. I appreciated each and every one of them.
 I am doing fine but it feels like I woke up, looked around and half the month has flown. I can't say I will be sorry to see August 2013 go.
I can tell you that it is the hard times that make a person realize that it pays to stop and savor the happy things.
Things like imperfect, busy work, scrappy table runners under brilliant farm market zinnias in a milk glass vase.
 $5 red geranium hanging baskets to replace the tired end of season baskets on the porch.
 Phlox like my grandmother grew on grandpa's farm. The scent brings back days of my childhood and the flowers glow in the August sunshine.
 And always the bright little flowers in the vegetable garden.  The veggies aren't much to look at quite yet, but the flowers never disappoint:>)
I hope you are savoring every last moment of these lovely summer days leading into Autumn. Here in Michigan the weather has been darn near perfect.  There have been blessings, My eldest daughter and her husband coming home for a week, time spent with family around the campfire, grilling with my new son and talking about the new home they are moving into this week:>)  Too many blessings to count really and always more to come.
The trees have been turning here for almost a month! Patches of brilliant color are appearing in the trees and sumac. I'm not quite ready to give up summer yet, but I look forward to everything the coming seasons will bring.
As my grandmother used to say, onward and upward:>)


  1. You've been on my heart and in my prayers much, my friend. So glad you are finding joy in summer things as you walk this new road.

  2. I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I have no idea how I missed that. You are so right it does make us appreciate the little things in life and savor every moment. You will be in my prayers dear friend. Patty

  3. You are so very right about savoring each and every moment. We get so caught up in life that we forgot to stop and enjoy.

    Sending you hugs...

  4. Lovely post. One of my very favorite quotes, from poet Sarah Teasdale: "Look for a lovely thing and you will find it. It is not far. It never will be far."

    Hugs, ♥


  5. I think as you get older you realize the time goes by so fast that you need to savor as much as you can.

    Beautiful flowers!

  6. Nothing like a flower to cheer one's heart. Still love zinnias best of all! Yes, we MUST look for JOY each and every day. It's all around us in the little things.

  7. Your flowers are just mom always planted marigolds in her veggie gardens...*now I'm missing her.:(
    I am sooo not ready to turn lose of summer...we've been stuck at home, trying to get this house vacation but have one planned for San Antonio with cousins, in the fall. Going if house is sold or not. :) The realtor can handle it.
    Fall is in the air here, too. Won't be long.

  8. The flowers are gorgeous! The trees are changing here too, I can hardly believe it's time. So glad your daughter is coming for a visit. Still praying for you friend!

  9. Oh I am so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. I miss mine every single day and it has been 11 years. No one loves you like your mom so my heart goes out to you.

  10. well, that was told me to toss my cookies and try again.

    SO! I can't believe your short summer...I am bottling up ours and shipping it to you. Buy a fan.

    Beautiful flowers!!

  11. So sorry to hear about your Mom....lots of hugs and my thoughts are with you.
    Enjoy your time with your daughter, and the last of the warm summer weather. xoxo


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