I bought some Halloween candy two weeks ago. We ate some. Bought more candy last week. Ate a tiny bit more. Grocery shopping yesterday realized because I get so many Trick-or-Treaters I better buy more candy. Just dumped all of the bags into my big wicker pumpkin.
Mmm, do I have way too much candy?
Time zooms and life gets in the way and I’ve neglected my blog for far too long. I apologize to all of you who sent me comments without me responding. Your remarks really touched me. I appreciate each of you.
This morning when I finally logged back into my blog thanks to a very thoughtful reader who prodded me back I realized I missed you guys. Very much.
Thank you for your patience and encouragement. I’m back — so watch out!
Someone asked if I was dreading Christmas season this year. I think they were joking.
Maybe not. Last year I got the flu, was ill through much of the holiday season and the year before I fell & broke my ankle curtailing many holiday activities. Both still were very special Christmases full of blessings.
Many times over the years the holidays have been bittersweet missing lost love ones and facing life challenges. Yet the eternal spirit of Christmas always shimmers through– whether it’s a choir singing like an angel chorus, or wonder sparkling in the eyes of a child, or the joy deep within as we listen once again to the story of baby Jesus.
So I intend to celebrate the holiday season this year and will try to share a few moments with you, family & friends.
by Karen Elizabeth Rigley
Magic exists. It’s not just in the pages of story in once upon a time or happily ever after, sparking imagination of riding upon wings of a dragon, finding leprechaun gold or chasing a unicorn.
Every day magic surrounds us. Hear it in the whisper of butterfly wings, the snick of a door at midnight or the sigh of a baby dreaming. Discover magic in communications at your fingertips, the glory of a sunset or music that lifts your heart. Revel in the magic of a kiss, the purr of a kitten, or the timely call of a friend when you’re feeling blue. Savor a pine-scented breeze or ocean waves swishing your toes, or share wonder through a child’s eyes.
Our world teems with magic – we only must look for it. I wish you magic!
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Grass and weeds won the battle, tangled with flower roots so badly in my front flower bed, all plants had to be completely dug out. Now I need to start over. Reboot with new plants and bulbs. Only a few old-fashion daylilies and iris survived. I’m going for easy care perennials hardy enough to handle the cold snowy winters and hot dry summers in my area. To my delight there’s a potpourri of choices, restricted somewhat by price, time, energy and planting zone.
So far I’ve planted snow-in-summer, columbine, lavender, purple sage, basket-of-gold, plus the bare roots of daylilies, dwarf lilies & oriental lilies. I want to get balloon flowers, Cupid Darts, and something fragrant. Also planting anemone Grecian windflowers, hardy gladiolas, and bleeding hearts. Waiting until after Mother’s Day to plant tender flowers. The Rockies are notorious for sudden spring freezes or snowstorms hitting after a sunny seventy degree day. 😉
My goal is add a potpourri of color with coreopsis for cheerful yellow next to feathery blue flax, some pink evening primrose, purple Liatris (feather flowers) and coral bells. It’s fun to cluster color together the way Nature paints a meadow.
Right now my garden looks sparse and a bit sad, but hopefully someday it will bloom like these: