If you have a case of the winter blues (or even if you don’t), there is nothing quite so revitalizing as bringing a bit of nature’s beauty inside to freshen up our décor. Living in the Northwest does have its perks – because of all our abundant rain and more moderate temperatures, the first signs of spring are already peeking out. And since February is a great time to prune your shrubs, why not bring those branches in to liven up your living space!
The New Year is upon us, a great time to reflect on our past accomplishments and time to contemplate goals we may want to improve on. This past week, I had the amazing opportunity of visiting the beautiful Washington coast. As I stood there, watching the sky change every minute into limitless configurations, it made me think how many times I limit my own creativity and expression!
So this year, I want to live without the limits I seem too often to set on myself. This is the year to accomplish my goals with great passion and persistence. To help inspire you to follow your own passion, I’ve created the following memes. Here’s to you and all that you want to accomplish this year! And may this be an amazing year for us all!
Have you ever passed a field filled with endless stalks of golden wheat swaying in the breeze, and been inspired by it? The wheat seems to spring up so carefree and easy, yet we know how much endless toil is really behind such a beautiful field of grain.
How does the farmer, day in and day out, rain or shine, tend to his acres of crops without vacations or taking a break? I have always admired the farmer’s work ethics and tenacity. And today is the day in America when we actually pause to celebrate the achievements of the American worker, whatever each’s specific vocation may be.
Don’t we all have a place where our heart longs to be? Even if just once a year, one of my favorite places to visit in this big, wide, beautiful world is Suttle Lake in Central Oregon. Kayaking along its grass- and driftwood-lined shore is a peaceful and tranquil experience as you glide along enjoying the quiet beauty of nature. This past week I decided to risk it and bring my non-waterproof Canon Rebel T5i along with me so I could capture its charm.
I can’t think of anything better to liven up a yard quite like an arbor, with a beautiful climbing plant winding its vines, greenery, and flowers around its structure. Have you noticed how many gardens you admire have these magnificent, green clad arches?
So you are ready to build an arbor! What materials should you use; what shape should it be? Should your arbor have a gate or a bench? And once the arbor is in place, what climbing plants should you use? Here are a few pictures to view as you contemplate and answer these questions.
When I think of May, I always think of two things: mothers and flowers. One of my all-time favorite flower gardens that I’ve ever visited is Claude Monet’s lovely garden in Giverny, France, an hour train ride north of Paris in Normandy.
Today, I will take you on a tour of these gardens. And the bonus is that all these pictures in today’s post were taken during this month 3 years ago, so are very representative of a “May garden!”
What is it that is so enchantingly beautiful about spring blossoms? Do we see in the magic of the first blooms the beginning of new life? Perhaps the new possibilities that spring might bring us? Or maybe it is simply that the bright colors of new life are refreshing against the gray stormy clouds of spring as we shed winter’s chill. Whatever, the reason, I am simply in love with the delicate, vibrant blossoms we have the pleasure of enjoying in March and April. The adage, “April showers bring May flowers” is all good and well, but let’s not forget to admire and appreciate the lovely early flowers that grace us with their upturned faces when the sun is yet to shine as brightly as it does in summer.
As I drove around my hometown here in Oregon taking pictures of these beautiful blooms, I was inspired by the intricate detail in even the smallest petal. A lovely spring reminder that even flowers were designed in every beautiful detail.
What is your favorite spring flower? Today I’ll share with you some of mine.
Are you looking for some original quotes you haven’t heard before? Well, it might just be you needed to look into Irish Blessings! With Ireland being famous for its Saints and Scholars, it should not surprise you that it’s also a country famous for its blessings. An Irish blessing is about welcoming, warmth and turning a negative situation into a positive one, sometimes with a little humor thrown in. Many are hundreds of years old; others can be recent.
So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and the Irish’s clever Blessings, I thought it would be fun to quote some of my favorite verses in combination with pictures of all the beautiful spring greenery that is popping out in March in Oregon (Ireland’s green county in the West)! You might be surprised how much wisdom and humor are in these little Irish blessings. So this is officially a “Green” post! And I sincerely hope you didn’t forget to “get your green on” today :)
The Ocean, that majestic and enchanting place that always moves the soul to seek serenity and gives peace to the mind. What is it about the strength and beauty of the sea that always seems to put everything about life in perspective? One of the things I love about the coastlines of the various oceans are they are so diverse and each is so unique. I live just 50 miles from the Pacific Coast of Oregon. The thing that I adore about our coastline is that, in addition to miles of sandy beach, there are many places where jagged cliffs and rocks meet the roaring waves – what a powerful sight! So here is a quick peek at our magnificent shoreline taken this January – with temperatures in the 60’s no less!