Sunday, March 30, 2014

Not Meant to Be

One of things that gets me through the cold, bleak winter months is the promise of spring. (Isn't it that way for most people?) The thing I look most forward to is the blooming of my lilac bush. It has never failed to produce gorgeous, delicate, fragrant blooms, perfect for displaying in a lovely crystal vase, or perhaps a sweet, shabby container. Lilacs make me smile, simple as that.

2008: A great year for my lilac bush
2009: Absolutely stunning

2010: Looking promising in early spring

2011: Lush and lovely

2012: Dainty and delightful

2013: Best year yet

This year, however, it is not meant to be. :(

Much of the bush looks like that: brown, drooping buds and half-open blossoms. I am not sure what the culprit may be--too much rain, perhaps? I've never had any problems in the past, as evidenced by the photos above, and the bush is basically left on its own to grow freely. (I've read that lilacs grow best when left alone, and it's worked well in the past.)

Things looked so promising just a week-and-a-half ago.

When I snapped those last two pics, I was so happy and hopeful about the status of this lilac bush. Now the best I can do is hope that it isn't a goner. I really hope that it recovers and blooms well next spring. I shall keep my fingers crossed.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Looking Back at 2013

There were succulents in the window in bought hydrangeas in February...plum tree blossoms in March...rainbow skies in April...dreamy evening clouds in views out the window in June...purple flowers in the garden in July...smoky sunsets in August...old views out a new window in September...misty pink sunrises in October...locally grown lavender in November...and snow, snow, snow in December. 

Nature never fails to leave me in awe. Here's hoping to a beautiful 2014.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Through the Curtains

This fall has been one of the most beautiful ones that I can recall. The tree leaves positively glow, even through the curtains. :) I have absolutely loved the view outside my windows this year.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Glimpses of Autumn

If you look around my house right now, you can see glimpses of Autumn everywhere you turn.

My favorite candle for fall--"Harvest" by Yankee Candle

A lovely Quaker sampler--a work in progess

A candy corn-colored dishcloth I crocheted

I love this time of year!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

Photo Fun

I have been having so much fun editing my photos with PicMonkey.

Actually, I use a combination of PicMonkey, Picasa, and Picnik. I thought I wouldn't be able to use Picnik anymore, but I can access it from Picasa. It is very limited now in what it offers, but it has more fonts than PicMonkey.

Now, I just need to wait until more of my flowers are in full bloom. I can't wait to snap pics of them and see what I can do. ☺