Random Thoughts and Photos . . .

I recently turned fifty.  My oldest son will be the age I was when I had him in November.  Some days it makes me shake my head in disbelief but most days it makes me smile.  I hear people say they wish they could go back in time to when they were younger but I don't feel that way.  There are definitely times that I wish I could go back for maybe a day or a night to be with loved ones and friends that I have lost or no longer have in my life for other reasons but I will always have the memories of them.

We cannot always be responsible for the happiness of others.  We make our choices and then we live with them.  We need to take responsibility for those choices without putting the blame on others.  This is something I've told my children over and over again as needed.  : )

Years ago, I read a quote that has stuck with me ever since.   "There are two lasting things we can give our children.  One is roots and the other is wings."  "Roots" are relatively easy for me.  It's the "wings" part that's definitely a little more difficult for me.  Seeing them soar, though, definitely makes it all worth the pain!!

I believe that there's a definite plan in everyone's life.  Something so much bigger than us is in the driver's seat.  We are just the passengers along for the ride.

I believe in letting go of what I can't control.  Unfortunately, sometimes it takes me a while to remember that's an option.   : )

I learned in a 12 step program years ago that when you point your finger at someone there are more fingers pointing back at you.  Try it.  It's true.  : )

I've learned that you don't have to be busy all the time.  For so many, this is a deterrent from having to be alone in your thoughts and taking an honest look at yourself.  It's so much easier to be in denial, isn't it?  : (

I've learned that what people think of me is none of my business.  I've learned that committing random acts of kindness makes me very happy and sometimes it's best just to listen without saying a word.  

I've also learned that the opposite of love is not hate.  The opposite of love is fear.  You either come from a place of love or you come from a place of fear.  That was a very big lesson for me to learn and it put many things into perspective for me.

Finally, I've learned that EVERY DAY I am a work in progress.  I am not the same person today that I was yesterday.  Hopefully just a little bit better.  : ) 

What are some of your favorite life lessons?  I would truly LOVE to hear them!!

Many blessings to you for a beautiful Thursday ~ Wendy  xo


And Just Like That . . .

. . . Spring has sprung!!

Can you spot the bumble bee?  He's in the middle of the photo.  : )

This lilac bush is blooming right outside my bedroom window.  I can't wait to be able to smell it!!

A cluster of pretty little violets.

This tree in our back yard had nothing on it last week.  It's amazing what a little warm weather, rain and sunshine can do!!

Can you spot the little woodpecker?  I heard him when I was walking back into the house from taking these photos this morning.  He's in the middle of the photo, on the right side of the middle branch. 

Now he's on the left side of the middle branch.

Now he's looking at me!!  : )

Grape hyacinth.  I don't remember seeing these in our yard last year.  They smell soooo good!!!

The woods across the street from us.

The forsythia has finally bloomed!! 

This part of our garden is currently under construction.  The plan is to clean it all out and eventually make it a bigger vegetable garden for next year.  This year we're probably just going to throw a box of seeds on it that I found in our local dollar store.  They're supposed to be a mixed bunch of annuals that are good for cutting.  Next year we'll plant perennials in the garden where the vegetables are and move the vegetables to the bigger space.  It's really a nice size and I just may be able to plant potatoes and even watermelon. 

This is what's been cleaned out so far.  The people that we bought the house from had planted a lot of greenery and ornamental grasses.  We definitely prefer flowers.  Each season, we'll add a little bit more depending upon our budget.  We have a lot of beds to fill and it can get so darn expensive.  The gnome and mushroom stool were added last week.  I put them where you can see them from the dining room table when you look out the window.  : )

The kids are back at school and work today.  My love is working as well.  With the exception of the five fur babies, I'm home alone for a change.  Hallelujah!!!   xo

~ Wendy


Easter Eggs and Finishing Touches . . .

Megan and Gracie (her bestie) colored eggs the other day.   There are sooooo many different coloring techniques and kits to choose from now.  I personally like the good old fashioned PAAS egg dying kit which, by the way, is great for dying ribbon too.  : )  We opted instead for a glitter egg kit and another one with rub-on transfers which is where all of the silly faces that you see are from.  We also opted out of the glitter.  Too much of a mess!! 

Those transfers can be a bit of a pain to clean up as well but they are certainly a lot easier to clean up than glitter!!

 A few Easter touches that I added this week . . .

Salt and pepper shakers.

My Easter mantle.

My mother in law made this for me in ceramics years ago.  It used to have candy eyes but they fell off.  It looks so real that you almost want to take a bite.  : )

Guess who finally got a haircut??  And he even got an Easter bandana too.  : )

Hanging next to the front door.

This little guy has lost part of his beak and one of his wings and his eyes look a little cock-eyed.  He's still adorable though.  I call him my "special" chicken.  : )

Happy Easter if you celebrate!!  A few friends and some family will be coming here tomorrow.  I'll be making a roast pork and a roast beef.  Also, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, red mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, gravy and applesauce.  Now my mouth is watering.

 ~ Wendy  xo