Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Flower Power

I LOVE lilacs.
AND Lily of the Valley or Muget as I know them best.

I have a huge lilac tree right of of my "studio" window. I have been admiring it for days now and I finally decided to pick a couple of bouquets. At first, I kept thinking "why?...... they die too fast when I cut them and bring them in."
When I decided to do it anyway, I realized the "why?"
My mind was transformed back in time to a safe place, free of any problems or concerns. A place where my little girl knew nothing of real life. It was free of cancer, money, children, significant others......
When I smell the intoxicating scent of lilacs, I go back in time.
I would love to be there but I can't. So I have to live in the moment with all of it's gifts AND trials
and thank God every day for the seemingly small gifts that actually are the center of true happiness.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Been at it again!

One of these days I will learn to center my photos!
I wanted to take some pictures of my ever evolving flowers this morning. The white lilac was given to me by a mutual "horsey" friend about 10 years ago. I've almost killed it several times, but thank goodness, It has survived me and this is the most blooms I have had so far!!! Last year I think I had 2 small, wimpy ones. Since Harmon got into the picture, I thought I'd take one of Mel so he wouln't feel left out ;)
Please no one call animal police on me, my field is one big muddy mess and they love to roll.....I do take care of them, really I do!

Blast from the past!

I've been in a scrapbooking mood lately. It's about time, since I have countless photos waiting patiently to be put into albums and a life time (or more) of supplies to embellish them with!
This is a photo I came across the other night as I was looking for Daemyan's school picture taken this fall. The store has some really cute school themed papers and embellies, so I thought I'd make some displays.
Anyway, this picture was taken in front of Whitey's grandpa's house when we went back there the fall after we got married. My son said it looks like "Beauty and the Beast"!!! ha ha! Dang, I'd sure like to be that skinny again! I'm sure Whitey wishes he had that hair again!
So, I have been wanting to do a "Heritage" album for the kids and grand kids, not for now, but for when we're gone and they actually miss us, they'll be able to look through the album and hopefully find as much joy looking through our story in pictures as I did creating the layouts.
I loved looking at my dad's photos when I was young and I'm sure it had a huge influence on my love of photography and scrapbooking. The card designing part of me came from both my grandmothers who faithfully wrote me letters as well as my maternal aunts who were great letter writers. Nowadays, this is as close as I come to letter writing, but I try (really I do!) to send cards that I have created. Just a little part of me, as personal as a hand written letter.