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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Beautiful Bountiful Blessings ...

Make Time for Small Reflections
Scroll down for T-13, Haiku Friday, Sky Watch
Camera Critters, and Pet Pride

Beauty found this week
in my garden, changing skies
and the Blogosphere ...
1. Janie in Utah bestowed this lovely Happiness Award on my blog (in the good company of 9 other bloggers) last week writing the following ...
"Small Reflections Visit here for lovely mosaics and other interesting presentations of photos on a variety of subjects, a visual feast."
... and I want to say THANK YOU Janie! I appreciate her 'no strings' policy because I have trouble with 'rulez' these days, but I will share
13 things I love:
the companionship of family, fur-kids, & friends
my happily retired life ... health & energy
the unexpected coincidence (God's way of remaining anonymous)
opportunities to learn and to share with others
the healing effects of laughter (and tears) in the moment
sunrises & sunsets
music, books & stories to enjoy
authors & people who inspire others
collecting & sharing quotes
taking & publishing photographs
creating mosaics & collages
writing 'conversational' haiku
visitors to & comments on my blogs
I offer this Happy 101 award to any visitors who would like to share what they love on their blogs and pass it along to their bloggy friends. I would appreciate a 'link' back here so I can visit your blog (and your friend's blogs too) if you do decide to share.

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Thursday Thirteen

2. These iris shoots popped up last October (one photo at left but more shared previously) after a brief rain followed by sunshine and now my yard looks like the photo on the right ... so I'm thinking I'll have irises in bloom sooner rather than later this year.

Click to embiggen for better viewing
Below you can see what they looked like last year ...

3. I already have Johnny Jump Ups spread by the birds each Spring, Nastursiums ready to bloom, and this lovely (but as yet unidentified) white bulb blossom (might it be Lily of the Valley as some suggested previously?) bursting forth in my very wet yard ... with new growth on my rose bushes and more iris shoots on the parkway near some purple 'volunteers' (also of an unknown variety).

Some folks suggested it might be Lily of the Valley and my neighbor thinks it could be Narcissus, but when I looked those flowers up in Google, I discovered they don't look like this ... so I'm still hoping someone might know what it is and let ME know too.

4. This Amaryllis bulb is showing signs of life too (on the left) and here's a view of what it looked like last Spring (on the right) ...

5. In between rainstorms we had some variable skies (always beautiful) with opprtunities to get outside for a while!

Looking out my front
window my view changes with
storms just passing through

In between rain storms
blue patches appeared for brief
moments ... happily

As for the fur-kids ...
Molly played and Ms Kitty
watched the world go by

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Finding Beauty,
Friday Fave Five,
Haiku Friday, Sky Watch,
Camera Critters & Pet Pride too
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Thought for Today
"Living on purpose requires us to find what we love fiercely, give it all we've got, and then pass it on, as if it were a torch, to those who follow." Dawna Markova


Quiet Paths said...

Love to see those palms in your skyline. Thanks for sharing your California world with those of us in the north!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, yes! Lovely California shots! Many of us would really love to see some of those when we look up!! Have a great weekend!


eileeninmd said...

It is looking wonderful there in California, lovely sky photos.

George said...

Thanks for a wonderful post. I like your lists and I really enjoyed seeing your flowers in bloom. I'm going to have to wait several more weeks before we have anything blooming here.

Melissa B. said...

Yes, I'll just have to face the facts. I'm envious. But I keep reminding myself that the DC Cherry Blossoms are just a month away...my favorite time of year!

Unknown said...

those palm trees are beautiful!

Gattina said...

You are lucky ! with palm trees in front of the door while we are sitting in the cold and snow ! Your fury babies are lucky too, my cats are confined inside, lol !

Susanne said...

Lovely irises. We are nowhere near being ready for spring flowers yet.

Akelamalu said...

It's Spring in your garden already! How lovely. :)

Karen said...

I so love your garden--I'm not able to grow a lot of what you have (red clay soil and lots of tree [meaning both too much shade AND lots of roots]), so I take particular delight in seeing yours bloom through the seasons. And I love your list!

pam said...

Loved getting to see blooming flowers...a reminder of the joy to come in a few months in my world.

Anonymous said...

I am new to your blog via Dipity Road. I am also new to participating in the Finding Beauty party.

Thank you for shining some warmth and your beautiful flowers. I am in NJ and we had a few feet of snow last weekend and 18 inches more Tuesday and Wednesday.


Lene said...

I love the one with the palmsilhouettes :) Have a nice weekend :)

Pamela said...

Johnny Jump UPs! woo hooo.
I haven't heard anyone call them that in forever.

Brenda said...

We have had some nice weather this week here in California. I love seeing all of your flowers. It all looks so happy.

Sis said...

Very nice post today, I enjoyed it

Jeanne said...

Look at those floewrs! Love irises myself. I had to do some hunting but actually found some tiny blooms this week.

Marinela said...

Lovely place here,I enjoyed it :)

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

Beautiful pictures!

Those look like Lily of the Valley to me.

Sweet doggy and kitty, too!

Happy weekend.

Patti said...

Such beautiful California skies! We have snow on the ground here. At least the sun was out today.No precipitation.

Cute pix of your fur babies ;-)

Diane AZ said...

Beautiful signs of spring in your yard. Nice to see Molly and Ms Kitty. Have a great weekend. :)

Alice Audrey said...

Amazing how different the rain can make the same scene look.

Ginny Hartzler said...

What a lovely post! I ADORE the blue Iris. Congrats on your blog award...you really deserve it! I've never been to California, or even off of the east coast. So your whole world seems quite exotic ro me. Kind of like a travelogue. I always enjoy the palm trees. Are there many different kinds of palm trees, or are they all one kind?

Claudia said...

Hi ya cute thing!

Wow... nice week here! I love how rain smells... YUM@

Your post always is BEAUTIFUL and most of all makes my heart smile.

Thanks for joining in on FFB -- :)


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

such a fun post; I always feel as if I've just spent a lovely few minutes visiting at your house! And always I enjoy the visit. The flowers are beautiful.

Carletta said...

Visting Molly and Ms.Kitty is beginning to feel like visiting family!
Wonderful shots as always!

LeAnn said...

Lots of fun things to see here!

Anonymous said...

Irises are always good to have & too many rather than not enough! heheheee

Hi Ms Kitty & Molly - Ya'll are lookin good, so very pretty!!!

Love the palms, Storyteller!!!

Maude Lynn said...

I love that picture of Molly!

eileeninmd said...

Loved your post, the flowers are gorgeous, the skies are pretty and your critters are cute. Wonderful photos!

LadyFi said...

Great shots of flowers, palm trees silhouetted against lovely skies and of course your dog and cats.

Have a great week!

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