A Day to Celebrate

My perennial garden with garden house.

My perennial garden with garden house.

What is there to celebrate today?—-ME!   Today is my birthday, and I’m taking the day off because its going to be a very busy day.

Just thought I would share a few thoughts with you before the day gets started;  a break from my usual blog format.

This evening I am dancing in a special show called a “Showcase Ball”,  where I’ll be dancing a solo routine with my teacher/dance partner.  We’ve been working on this since  February;  first choreographing and learning the routine, then practicing it, then tweaking and polishing it till it’s performance ready.  Hope all goes well.  I don’t usually get nervous at these performances, but you never know what may happen and I need to stay focused.

Early morning sun filtering through the young leaves of a red maple tree.

Early morning sun filtering through the young leaves of a red maple tree.

So far this month, the weather has been spectacular.  The sky is the deepest blue, and the light green of budding trees silhouetted against it is so awesome .   All the homes in my neighborhood have beautiful flowering trees in full bloom.

Flowering Crab-apple tree.

Flowering Crab-apple tree.

White flowers now, red berries in the fall that the birds love.

Kousa Dogwood tree;  white flowers now, red berries in the fall that the birds love.

Purple phlox, and chartreuse Euonymus, a striking color combination.

Purple phlox, and chartreuse Euonymus, a striking color combination.

There is so much beauty everywhere I want to photograph it all.   I think May is the prettiest month, and I feel so lucky that it’s my birthday month.  It makes me want to celebrate.

A tiny beauty peeking out.

A tiny beauty peeking out.

Another tiny beauty; a species tulip.

Another tiny beauty; a species tulip.

More of the same.  Aren't they cute?

More of the same. Aren’t they cute?

The photos I’ve included in this post were taken in my yard.  Although I love to see mass plantings of one kind of flower for its impact value, when I take pictures I like to focus on just one or two flowers and bring out the details.  I also look for color combinations that I find striking.

A white daffodil, so lovely!

An all white daffodil, so lovely!

Flowering Qince

Flowering Quince

Grape hyacinths, a mass of them planted outside the garage welcomes us home.

Grape hyacinths, a mass of them planted outside the garage welcomes us home.

I hope you enjoy my photos.  You probably have some of the same in your yard, but its kind of fun to see others, too.

This azalea provides a bright spot of color at the side of our deck.

This azalea provides a bright spot of color at the side of our deck.

Sunday, coming up, brings with it Mother’s Day.   Another wonderful day for celebration.  Honoring our mothers  (and fathers, too, on their day), is a wonderful thing to do.  We owe them so much—we wouldn’t be who we are, or where we are without them.  So if you still have your mother with you,  give her a big hug and kiss, and do something really nice for her.  And for all you mothers out there I hope you have a wonderful, love and family-filled day.  Be good to yourself, and have a great weekend.  See you on Monday with another really yummy recipe.

View of the perennial border.

View of the perennial border.

Early May morning.

Early May morning.

All photos taken by yours truly.  If you would like to reuse them, you may do so only with my permission.

Waiting for Sandy

11:00am. ESDT.   I’m not in the habit of posting on Sunday, but I wanted to let you all know what may be happening in the next few days here on the East Coast.  Everyone seems to be scrambling around getting stocked up and filled up while we wait for the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy.  I, like everyone else have done the same, so I’m as ready as I can be.  In addition to preparing for the storm, I baked yesterday for my father-in-law’s big birthday party which is today.  I finally decided to make apple cobbler cupcakes with caramel frosting, which I ‘ll be telling you about real soon.  For now though, I want you to know that I have a series of postings lined up to self-publish, however if we lose power for any length of time the internet will go out and you will not be hearing from me.

The weather here yesterday and today has been so weird.  The skies are dark and threatening with hugh dark clouds, but the air is so still; not a leaf is moving.  I guess that’s what is meant by the calm before the storm.

It is now 7:00pm EDST. and we have returned home from the party.  Outside a misty rain is falling and the wind is picking up.  Forecasters tell us to expect the storm to start earlier than previously predicted.  I took some photos of the sky on my way home to share with you.  As I close down my computer for the evening I will note that we are expectantly waiting, but hoping things do not get as bad as the weather forecasts are predicting.  I hope to be back on line and “talking” with you very soon.