Day 20

Day 20 finds me down and out with a nasty cold.  I despise a nasty cold.  I have yet to meet a cold that is not nasty.  The plop, plop, fizz, fizz of Alka Seltzer is music to my ears tonight and oh!  I am looking forward to that sound in a few minutes.  Dedicated soul that I am, I have put off muting  my cold symptoms until I could get my photo(s) edited and posted for my viewing pleasure.

There was no real planning in what I shot today – the paper clips are always on my desk and today as I was cleaning it up from the day’s book repairs and the rest of the minutiae of my day I decided to shoot them.  I was proud of myself when I managed to narrow my choice from 6 down to 1!

The Reese’s cups are leftovers that the Easter Bunny put into my cupboard after stuffing the kids’ baskets – Lucky me!!!  I love the colors of the foil wrappers at Easter, particularly the green.  Add the shine and metallic and I am oohing and ahhhing over them.  It doesn’t take long before I am Mmmmmming over them!  My favorite treat!

Look, there's no metaphysics on earth like chocolates. ~Fernando Pessoa

Anything is good if it's made of chocolate. ~Jo Brand

Day 18!!!

With daffodils mad footnotes for the spring, And asters purple asterisks for autumn - ~Conrad Aiken

Day 18 found me sitting near tears as I looked at a black screen with a simple cursor after dealing with a trojan virus uploaded at deviantart while getting a brush from a source I had trusted.  I had removed the offending bugs via Malwarebytes, however, after doing a Windows update about 15 minutes after my normal reboot, I could not re-boot again.  Persistence ended up paying off, as well as pressing F12 to boot into safe mode and voila!  I have my trusty little friend again!

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into. ~Henry Beecher

I ended up out in the yard yesterday afternoon during one of my rare reprieves from cooking and cleaning up to get a couple of photos.

I will be the gladdest thing Under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers And not pick one. ~Edna St. Vincent Millay

The weather was perfect, just warm enough with a nice breeze and it was lovely to hear the kids outside screaming with laughter.

The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers. ~Basho

It truly was a fabulous day spent with family and friends, but I am relieved that my hostessing duties are done for another year….

Day 17

Q: What do you call a bunny with a large brain? A: An egghead.

Day 17 found me cleaning, cleaning, cleaning.  I am getting ready to host the whole family for Easter and Bob and I get a little paranoid about how the house looks when we are hosting a group.

Q. What do Easter Bunny helpers get for making a basket? A. Two points, just like anyone else on the team.

The furniture has all been moved and the floors waxed.  Windows are clean and wall washed.  Cupboards were rearranged and the garage was swept .  Winter’s cobwebs have been swept away.

Q: What do you call ten rabbits marching backwards? A: A receding hareline.

I spent the evening making hors d’oeuvres dips, and getting other foods ready for tomorrow.  Samantha and Michael put together a batch of brownies.

What does the bunny trying to say when he is leaping about? Hoppy Easter!

The Easter Bunny has been here delivering a couple of Easter Baskets and his little ceramic watchmen are guarding them through the night.

Happy Easter to all.

The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world.  Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice.  But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.  ~Henry Knox Sherrill

Day 16

Earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Day 16 found me at my mother’s house to celebrate her birthday with her and make her a nice dinner – she requested ‘tacos’ of all things and strawberry short cake for dessert.  The day was made sweeter as we welcomed my Aunt Bonnie home from the hospital – a 108 day stay.  God is good.

Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity. ~John Ruskin

Mom bought this lovely little pot of flowers to help brighten the table for Easter.  I will be hosting the whole family again this year in my home.

Flowers really do intoxicate me. ~Vita Sackville-West

I am looking forward to the time spent with family  and we are blessed to be able to find the lot of us all together for each holiday instead of gathering for funerals as is so common for families these days.

I am especially looking forward to heading to early services at Riverside Church – the light show is set to blow everyone away and the band will surely rock it out.  Pastor Paul will deliver a message that will have us praising our Hosanna to the Highest.

Can we conceive what humanity would be if it did not know the flowers? ~Maurice Maeterlinck

The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size. ~Gertrude S. Wister

Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair... ~Susan Polis Shutz

If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom. ~Terri Guillemets

I had a very hard time selecting not one, not two, not three but SEVEN photos for today and I cringed at the shots that I deleted because I simply had to pare down the choices.  Ah….  what a dilemma.