Cherry blossoms

In the woods between our house and our neighbors’ house is a cherry tree that normally goes unnoticed by me because it can’t readily be seen from our house or from the road. However, this weekend grandson Ben was visiting and was playing with our two neighbor children, and the youngsters brought me handfuls of beautiful cherry blossoms.

 

In the cherry blossom’s shade there’s no such thing as a stranger.  (Kobayashi Issa)

Fabulous Friday: Azaleas and happiness

Happiness held is the seed. Happiness shared is the flower.  (John Harrigan)

HAPPINESS IS CONTAGIOUS!  LET’S INFECT ONE ANOTHER!

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Spring – Wood

 

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Purple

Purple, since ancient times, has been the color associated with royalty because only the very wealthy and influential could afford purple cloth.  The process of making the dye was difficult, long, and costly.   Purple cloth was worn by kings, nobles, priests, and magistrates throughout the Mediterranean, by Japanese aristocracy and emperors, by university professors and divinity students during the Middle Ages, and by European monarchs into the 20th century.

But purple found in nature comes in many shades and is free. “Consider the lilies (and other flowers and berries) how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”  Luke 12:27

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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Crazy tree

Love these crazy, curly tree limbs!
Crazy tree
Seen in one of the gardens at the NE Georgia Medical Center

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: View from the Back, Bottom, or Underneath

Underneath a tiki hut at the Conch House Restaurant, St. Augustine, Florida

Tiki hut

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Weekly Photo Challenge: It IS Easy Being Green

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A salute for G-Pa and a visit with cousins

My latest post about grandson Ben…

Believing for Ben

It’s been three months since I last posted about grandson Ben, and since then our family has faced a serious medical situation.

Ben and his mom were visiting for the weekend when my husband, Ben’s G-Pa, had a major stroke last month.  The situation could have been quite frightening for a six-year-old boy, but Ben showed no sign of distress.

Because he idolizes emergency workers and because he, himself, has been transported by ambulance, Ben welcomed the EMTs as they came to treat his G-Pa.  As G-Pa was being taken out of the house on a gurney, Ben stood ramrod straight and saluted his grandfather the way soldiers, firefighters and police officers salute a fallen comrade.  I will never forget that sight as long as I live.

His own time spent in hospitals has made Ben very aware of proper hospital etiquette.  Though he spent many hours at the hospital while G-Pa…

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A New Center of Gravity: A Walmart Sunset #4

 

Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.   (Oprah Winfrey)

(I had stopped by our local Walmart on the way home from the hospital to pick up a few things for my husband.  He was at that moment in a hospital bed suffering from a major stroke, and I was exhausted and fearful.  Coming out into the Walmart parking lot, I witnessed a magnificent sunset that began to change right before my eyes.  This is the last of four photos I took that evening of a sunset that reminded me always to look up and have hope…)

Fear Not the Thorns: A Walmart Sunset #3

 

March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path. (Khalil Gibran)

(I had stopped by our local Walmart on the way home from the hospital to pick up a few things for my husband.  He was at that moment in a hospital bed suffering from a major stroke, and I was exhausted and fearful.  Coming out into the Walmart parking lot, I witnessed a magnificent sunset that began to change right before my eyes.  This is the third of four photos I took that evening of a sunset that reminded me always to look up and have hope…)