Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sunny Easter Thoughts

I do believe this is our last party at Sunlit Sunday- I think we all hate to see it end don't we?
I want to thank our host Karen for these parties!

We've had a real mixed bag of weather this week.  I had a birthday on Tuesday and the sun was shining like crazy which I appreciated.  We went for a drive up to Petoskey and visited some little shops that I like and had a nice dinner at a restaurant.  The next day it was bitter and snowing which was repeated a couple of times more through the week.  Last night it went down to 4 degrees!  Enough!!

I found the bunny and eggs at one of those stores back in February when we had also visited Petoskey.  
I combined them on this tiered cake stand for a centerpiece.

As you can see in the aerial view my Christmas Cactus is blooming up a storm….and some remnants of snow outside.

This plant starts out with pink buds and they end up almost coral in color when the flowers open up. 

Here is the plant when I got it in November 2011.  I didn't realize how much it had grown!

I'm glad to share a little bit of my sunshine and happiness with you all and I look forward to seeing you again next year!
I'll be out in the gardens as soon as weather permits! I hope you'll visit me through the summer too!

Easter tablescape 2014
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pastels of Spring

I am turning my thoughts towards Easter.

When I look at the morning sky filled with these pastel pinks and blues I can't help but think this is the kind of inspiration that motivated the traditional pastel colors we see during Easter.  Of course spring flowers like tulips and daffodils help with that too!

I've created a door arrangement for Easter with the colors of spring in mind!
I was thrilled to find this long skinny basket that can fit between the storm door and the main door.  It will change with the seasons!

These are the things that bring sunshine and happiness this week to me!
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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sunshine In and Out

Seems like this has been the most sun filled winter that I can remember in a long long time.  I guess it's due to the fact that we haven't had as many snowstorms as normal.  We are way below the snow totals received over the previous few years which I am delighted about!
A year ago at this time we had received 183"and this year we have only received 101" !

This quote made me happy so I copied it from the net 
and added a border.
We all need a little bit of optimism!

For a few brief moments the sun shines over here on this fence.  We are beginning a warming trend and there is a crust forming on the snow and even the fence wall is crystallized.

I'm excited to see the sun rising earlier and earlier and how it's shifted on the landscape which are more signs of spring coming!

I need a bigger lens.  I tried to capture how the trees in the background were being highlighted by the sun.  I always say I'm glad I'm a morning person and get to witness these little things because they make me happy.

Upon opening the door to take pictures I also enjoyed the sounds of the birds chirping away.  Mr. Cardinal is a regular and couldn't look more beautiful against the stark contrast of the snow.

I was going to close the closet door but decided it added to the ambiance created by the sunlight streaming in.

I am prepping for St. Patrick's Day.  I wanted to see how my centerpiece looks with the sun shining on it.  I had a little fun with this one by cutting an opening in the top.  You can see a hint of some forsythia I added in the background- yes I am rushing spring!

The black squirrels were out and about happily bouncing and chasing each other!  
Seems like a happy morning to all!

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Graceful Sunlit Sunday

This day the softly lit snow just seemed graceful...
From the bedroom window you can see the pattered footprints from the birds and squirrels that lead to and surround the bird feeder station.  The sun is there but the wintry sky is acting as a filter today.

We've had a tough week temperature wise which I'm sure a lot of you've also had.  I awoke to -22 (F) degrees a few days ago and that's not a wind chill factor- that's straight up.

Glistening snow fluffed on every surface…the colder it is the more it sparkles!

Patiently waiting for spring!

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Here Comes the Sun!

It's always such a joy to see the sun coming up over the horizon especially after a difficult couple of days weather wise. 
24 hours earlier white-outs and blizzard like conditions overtook the area.
I guarantee Valentine's Day was a bust at the restaurants around here!

The thermometer was as -12 degrees this morning.
Creaking sounds come from the woods as the trees adjust to the extreme temps.

The birds were even reluctant to come to the feeders but as the sun rose more and more they all started showing up.  I tried to capture some pictures through my windows- I'm staying inside!

The Beatle's tune "Here Comes the Sun" always pops up in my mind on days like this.

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say it's all right….

Looking out my office window as I tapped away at this post.
The day is looking promising!

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunrise to a Sunny Day!

Having my morning coffee watching the sky change as the sun rises on this crisp morning.
It's all of 7 degrees right now!

Hues of pink appear as the sun accents the clouds

Quietly the sun rises and then birds visit the feeders

 The Nuthatch feeding off the suet

Some Chickadees are also visiting.  The Cardinals haven't shown up yet but they will.  

Well enough of snowscapes and bird watching…time for breakfast!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Season's Greetings Everyone!

I couldn't leave well enough alone- I had to plant something!!

November 10th

I planted some Amaryllis.  One is called Magic Green and the other is called Wedding Dance

November 22
These bulbs took off growing like they were on steroids!

December 7
I put everything near the sliding glass window to catch the morning sun.  The Magic Green is now 36" tall!  My Christmas Cactus decided to join the fun too and is budding out!

Dec. 10
The flowers opened fast

They have a soft yellowish green to ivory coloring 
with burgundy accents

As they age they get lighter in color and look more ivory

With the sun cast on it the Magic Green really looks yellowish/green.  The white Wedding Dance one started blooming promptly

I love this one- the flowers are huge- 8" across and have this pretty lime green center and a wonderful textured petal.  This one is described as being from Africa

Dec. 18
The Magic Green is all done blooming but the the Wedding Dance Amaryllis is in full bloom.  The Christmas Cactus are blooming nicely.  That's a seed ball on the right that's going out to the birds soon.

I decided to set it on the hearth.  I've been reluctant to put anything fragile there because of our 7 month old kitten that can be a bit rambunctious!  

I wish winter was sunny like this more often!   We were under the "gray dome" for days.  Snow has come and gone 3 times.  I think this might stay through Christmas- let's hope!  So far this winter is nothing like last year- thankfully!  We had 70" of snow by the same time last year and were experiencing sub-zero temps.  It was a brutal winter!

I hope you are relaxing and enjoying the holiday season!  
Merry Christmas to you all!

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