Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
~ Irish Blessing

This is not a technically great photo because it was shot through the dirty window of a speeding train, but it was such an amazing scene in the midst of this otherwise very wet and wild winter we're having here in the Western U.S. that I felt compelled to offer it as part of my New Year's wish for everyone. (Taken on December 13 somewhere near Salem, Oregon.)

Here's hoping 2011 brings health, happiness, and rainbows to all!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas! 

May you enjoy all the delights of the holiday.

~ Leslie

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

To those of you who celebrate...
wishing you a special day
with family, friends, food, and fun.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Anyone else out gardening?

I have been neglecting my blog (but trying to keep up with yours)! But I have a really good excuse... I've been spending a lot of time outside getting my fingers nice and dirty in the yard. Until the sudden heat of this week, we've had perfect weather to get out and spruce things up a bit. It sure feels good! I hope all of you are enjoying outside kinds of things too.

When weeding, the best way 
to make sure you are removing a weed 
and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. 
 If it comes out of the ground easily, 
it is a valuable plant.
~ Author Unknown

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence 
every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers 
who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, 
but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, 
the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. 
 You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.
~ Erma Bombeck

Thursday, July 1, 2010

A thought for this first day of July...

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.
~ Nadine Stair

Monday, June 28, 2010

Cactus Monday

Happy Cactus Monday!

Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus engelmannii)

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, 
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, 
if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, 
Rejoice, for your soul is alive.
~ Eleanora Duse

For more cactus fun, visit Teri's Painted Daisies.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer Solstice

Happy Summer! 
I hope it was as beautiful everywhere else around the globe as it has been here in Southern California today.

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.
~ Celia Thaxter

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

Stopping by to wish all of the fathers out there a very happy day. I hope everyone has been enjoying this day with their families.

Me & Dad

For those of you who may have been wondering why I disappeared for a while, I had some family matters to attend to. Nothing drastic, just requiring my presence and undivided attention. The good news is that I got to spend a bunch of quality time with my Dad. An early Father's Day treat we both enjoyed.

Have a great week, everyone!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Matilija Poppy II

To answer Out on the prairie's question about my previous post, I went back and looked at the other photos from that day. Here's one of a different bloom that includes a bit more of the foliage. I also found a good image at this link. It does not resemble thistle the way prickly poppy does. I know prickly poppies also have some pretty good stickers (they are named appropriately). You can see that this foliage is darker, and more smooth and "friendly" than that of its prickly cousin.

Matilija poppies are also quite large—they grow up to eight feet tall. The ones in my photographs were only about waist- or chest-high. Now, for those of you who are wondering what a prickly poppy looks like, CalPhotos has some good examples of a variety that's native to California.

Thanks for asking—I always like learning new things about flowers!