Helping Hands

Over the weekend I wanted to take advantage of our one day of sunshine and snap a few photos of what was coming up in the garden. Not much at the bungalow but my neighbor’s Magnolia was sure on full display!
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I also wanted to snap a few more pics of these beautiful eggs.
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Sporting her Easter loafers and favorite puffy jacket ~ I soon had an audience!
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Helping hands are always appreciated and made for a delightful photo shoot resulting in my favorite photo!
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Thank you Margaret for making my garden days more memorable. XO
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May there always be work for your hands to do
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
- Irish Blessing
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A Simple Gift

“The Spring came suddenly, bursting upon the world as a child bursts into a room, with a laugh and a shout and hands full of flowers.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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In this case, hands full of beautiful eggs!
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A naturally beautiful symbol of Spring, of birth and new life.
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 Wishing you and yours a blessed Easter! 
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I know it’s been a while since we’ve visited here ~ Thank you so much for stopping by!

XO Lisa

The Sunflower Knows

The sunflower smiles, the sunflower knows.
Unashamed she sheds her clothes.
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The sunflower smooth's the restless sky
and lovingly she warms the ground, on which you lie.
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The sunflower knows, the sunflower’s wise.
She sees the doubts within your eyes
and so she takes her sunflower time.
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Tells the moon to wait and the sun to linger.
Twists the world round her sunflower finger.
Lets you see the wonder of it all.
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If you’ve learned your lesson well
there’s little more for her to tell.
One last caress, its time to dress, for fall.
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My Sunflower bouquet sits happily on a wooden pedestal in my entryway. Displayed in a coffee press ~ Some flowers still fresh and ringed with halos of red and yellow flame-like petals ~ Others going to seed and beautifully beginning to droop. All searching to face the life-giving rays of the sun under a portrait of my Great-Grandfather Collier.
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From young seedlings to stately stalks, Sunflowers continue to give. After all the petals & seeds have dropped, their beautiful, dark & handsome heads take a final bow.
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It’s easy to see why people love them so much!
 Hope you caught my play with the lyrics of the classic tune ~ The Summer Knows. I hope you could hear Barbara Streisand singing as you read ~ I also hope you're looking forward to a really wonderful weekend.
XO Lisa
Click my readers to read more about my favorite Sunflowers grown during the lazy days of summer.


The rhythms of becoming an heirloom are rough for some & smooth for others. I thought of this when I picked these heirloom tomatoes at the farmer’s market. When I arrived home, I felt that they deserved a nice rest in the soft lap of my grandmother’s bowl.
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We spent our last summer evening appreciating much ~ along with a few heirlooms. As I was sitting in the cool grass with Granny’s bowl in my lap I was reminded of the cycles of life, of the rightness of change, loss & rebirth.
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For the first time, I used my Great Grandmother’s pairing knife that my cousin Kris sent to me. In her note she said ~ Grandmother Collier peeled a ‘million’ peaches for preserves and for pickling with this pairing knife. She always liked a very sharp knife. The best part though ~ the soft and comfortable handle.
Isn’t it amazing how memories can unfold. Thank you Kris ~ I love it & you too!
Hope you’re all having a great weekend!