Thursday, May 14, 2015

They’re right. You CAN’T go home again.

A couple of weeks ago we had a 50th anniversary celebration in my hometown. We hadn’t been there in a while and we didn’t want to be late for Mass, so we left a little earlier than we thought the drive would take. Well, with all the improvements to the interstate system, we got there really early.  The house I grew up in is only a few blocks from church so we decided to check it out. It was in pretty good condition, at least better than I expected from the last time we drove buy a few years ago. Our house sat on one city lot and we also owned the adjoining second lot. A hedge ran along the front of both lots and it was gone as were all the flowers. My mother had beautiful flower beds. All around the house, along the fence line that lined the property and a couple of huge flower beds separating the front lawn from the back half of the second lot where we had a huge garden. Mom was a firm believer that you can always find room for one more plant. And she had a real green thumb to go with that believe. The one car single garage was gone and a huge two car garage sat where a lot of our garden had been. All the fruit trees were gone, too. It was bit sweet to go through the old neighbor. Brought back a lot of memories.  That house with its beautiful grounds of old is where we had our wedding reception so many years ago.

    Seemed bigger when I lived there. It has four bedrooms but they would
seem so small now.
Original one car garage sat where that trailer is parked.

Have you visited the home you grew up in lately? Did it change? 


Thursday, May 7, 2015

My Little Corner of the World

It is a rainy day here in Iowa. The farmers probably aren’t too happy about that since there are crops to plant. But they have been hitting it hard and I figure God decided they needed a break. Time to rest and reconnect with their families and friends.

We all need to take a break from time to time to enjoy the beauty around us. I did just that the other afternoon. I took by camera and walked around the yard admiring the spring flowers. With rains and possible storms on the way, I figured a few pictures beforehand would be nice. Sometimes the heavy rains are hard on plants in bloom.

This one has a way to grow to climb the trellis.

Hope you enjoyed a little glimpse of my corner of the world. God is good.

We have busy weekend ahead.

Happy Mother’s day to all of you mothers.
Enjoy your day.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

April showers bring May flowers and VISITORS!

First weekend of May started out cold and rainy. But by midafternoon, the sky cleared, the sun came out and it was beautiful. Today was even better. Sunny skies and temps in the upper 70’s. Wonderful way to start the month of May. Saturday evening we had a fun time helping cousins Sue and Frank celebrate 50 years of marriage. Today we walked the trail then enjoyed our Dr. Pepper out on the deck. Couldn’t have been a better weekend.

With all the rain the plants are thriving. They have only been in their pots for a week and have grown a lot. Rain is forecast for everyday this week. 

Decided to pick some lilacs before the rains come tonight.

We also had some old friends visit this weekend. It always amazes me how they arrive around May 3-5 every year. 

What a wonderful weekend. Hope your weekend was great, too

Have a good week,