pretty flowers and glowing eyes

April 9, 2020

Cell Phone Photos
Taken Today
April 9, 2020

I took these photos earlier this morning, before all the storms. We actually never got any severe storms, just some high winds and a little rain. They were calling for sever thunderstorms today… It was already windy when I took these photos, which I think you can tell – especially in the second photo. It’s not as crisp as I would like it, but that’s what happens when you take pictures in the wind.

purple lilac

Some quick facts about Lilacs…

  • there are 25 species of Lilacs, over 1,000 varieties and belong to the olive family, Oleaceae
  • are native to woodland and scrub from southeastern Europe to eastern Asia, and widely and commonly cultivated in temperate areas elsewhere
  • European colonists first brought lilacs to North America in the 1750’s
  • only flower for three weeks in early spring
  • In Russia, holding a lilac sprig over a newborn baby would bring wisdom
  • The Celtics regarded the flower as “magical” due to their incredibly intoxicating fragrance
  • 8th wedding anniversary flower
  • giving a lilac was meant to be a reminder of an old love in Victorian times. Widows were often seen wearing lilacs
  • official state flower of New Hampshire, represents the “hardy” nature of people
  • Rochester, NY is the lilac capital of the world
  • Lilac flower aromatherapy oil is supposed to be good for relaxation and sweetens smelly rooms

“When Lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d
And the great star early droop’d
in the western sky at night
I mourn’d
and yet shall mourn
with ever returning spring.”
~ Walt Whitman

purple grape vine

I was actually holding the vine, but the wind still wanted to do its thing. I think this year we will actually get grapes that we can eat.

When life hands you lemons make grape juice.
Then sit back and watch as the world wonders how you did it. ~ ?

…with glowing eyes

And Mr. Kalimba… he still gets me up way to early – 530 this morning, but I still love ‘im and I will miss him when he’s gone. He’s 13, so I’ve hopefully got a few more years with him.

Samantha and Gato (mother and son) were the only other cats we’ve had that have pulled at my heart strings. But none so much as Kalimba. That’s what pets do, right?

“It’s impossible,” said pride
“It’s risky,” said experience
“It’s pointless,” said reason
“Give it a try,” whispered the heart
~ Unknown

to see what photos/art I have available, click on any link below…
photos are also linked…
*I was going to work on uploading some new photos today, but time got away from me. Maybe tomorrow…


Abstract Spiral Notebook featuring the photograph Solar Eclipse Outer Space by Holly Morris
other styles/options available

Tomorrow is…

April 10
National Cinnamon Crescent Day
National Encourage A Young Writer Day
National Siblings Day
National Farm Animals Day
National Day of Silence

Hope you have a great day, night or evening
where ever you may be!
Thanks for stopping by!!

John Updike | April


It’s spring! Farewell
to chills and colds!
The blushing, girlish
World unfolds

Each flower, leaf,
and blade of turf
small love-notes sent
From air to earth

The sky’s a herd
Of prancing sheep,
The birds and fields
Abandon sleep,

And jonquils, tulips,
Bloom bright upon
The wide eyed hills.

All things renew.
All things begin.
At church, the bring
The lilies in.

~ John Updike

Tale care
Stay safe
Much love

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