Fleeting Spring Days

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Here’s an up close look at the lovely apple blossoms in our back yard.

 

Welcome to the flighty days of spring, where only in New England there can be a cold rainy day in the 40’s and the very next day a drastic surge to 90 degrees with sweaty hot heat ( this happened to us this week and it was a shock!) While most of us expect crazy weather here, it still caught  us  off guard. One day the inside heat was blaring and the next, windows were wide open and fans were tirelessly cranking. It’s also a wardrobe nightmare. The dilemma is what do I wear to work from one day to the next? Long sleeve and pants one day and short sleeves and capris the next.

 

 

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A look at our neighbor’s apple tree, the one many deer and turkey like to visit.

 

In this enchanted season, our dark green grassy lawns thrive and all around apple blossoms paint a pretty pink scene! Not only does the beauty appeal to the eye, but heavenly aroma lingers as I walk by. Our cherry tree sports lovely white blossoms and since it’s grown close to our house, I can enjoy it with a mere glance out the living room window or on a trek on the front lawn. They won’t last long and before I know it,  just leaves will exist on the tree’s frame, yet twittering beautiful little birds will perch among the greenery.

 

 

 

 

 

Spring is here and nature’s precious blossoms and buds dominate our little world. On our front lawn we have two lilac trees. One was planted many years ago and greeted us when we moved in. It faces the roadside and much too close to the edge. Unfortunately one winter a snow plow accidentally cut it up. Tom cut back some limbs and happily nursed it back to health. That guy has a special way with things in nature!  Now, a couple of years later it’s bouncing back! Rich and healthy leaves are lush and it seems ready to blossom once again. A few small blossoms are appearing, so there’s hope for future lilacs.

 

 

 

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The lilac tree that’s coming back to life!

 

 

Our second tree stands on our front lawn as well, but faces the adjoining road( not as close as the other one.)  We planted it a couple of years ago, a present from a person who Tom works for. This tree grows dark purple flowers, much darker than the other tree.  The lilacs are slowly opening up to the hearty sunshine and a faint smell is a pleasant gift. In a week the tree should have several lilacs here and there, appealing to bees and birds.

 

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Our second lilac…looks like I need to do more mulching this year!

 

 

 

Although we truly enjoy and adore the lilacs, one drawback is that they don’t seem to last here long. I’m not sure if that’s my doing and I should try to prevent that by using Miracle Grow to increase their blooming. Last year we had them about three short weeks and then a raging rain storm hit our region and knocked every lilac flower down. The tree was a naked sight and it was sorrowful that it ended so soon.

 

 

 

 

This year it’s been about a week of purple buds and every day they pop up more. Just when we get to see to their delight, they’re gone! It’s one of those fast and fleeting entities, something we must cherish every moment until their time is up. In early evenings after supper, I enjoy walking the lawn and eyeing these flowers. With a chilled glass of wine in hand, I value this time on our lot and continue to thank God for blessing us with it.

 

 

 

As spring marches on, my mind wanders to my future window boxes filled with flowers and of course, my veggie garden. Within the next week I’ll be visiting Sullivan’s Greenhouse for my annual flower and veggie shop. Things will start to happen and with the promise of warmer weather comes my planting work in the early days of June ( not really work though because it’s a joy of mine).

 

 

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I also plan to extend my front flower gardens to wrap around the house to the front of our kitchen. I would like to pick out a hydrangea tree or bush, false sunflowers and purple cone flowers. Hopefully it will be a beautiful mix of yellow, white and purple flowers. That will be mid- June and like my spare bedroom project, when they are complete, I’ll post results.

 

I hope you are thoroughly enjoying whatever season you are immersed in and that you cherish the fleeting moments. As always, thank you for stopping by!

 

All My Best,

 

Heart and Soul 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gift of Self Kindness 🎁

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A co-worker and friend told me a few months ago that she couldn’t understand why I was the kindest person to other people but don’t give myself the gift of kindness. Why is it that I can smother others with free flowing kindness but can’t share with myself? Maybe it’s from habit or from my genes and how I’m made up but it doesn’t matter why. What matters is that I’m happily changing in my life. RIGHT NOW!

 

 

Being gentle to yourself means you care enough of your well being and life. Accepting yourself, shortcomings and all. It’s an acceptance of all your traits, even the ones you particularly want to change.

 

 

 

It means that you don’t have to take yourself serious all the time. I’ll never forget a comment a classmate wrote in my senior yearbook…”Don’t take life so seriously.” Good advice, Brandon Fied and it’s stayed with me all these years! Thank you.

 

 

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Being kind to yourself is a habit you can practice, even if you don’t feel it. The more you do it and forgive yourself, I would imagine it gets easier. My friend and fellow blogger Debbie from Forgiving Connects practices self forgiveness and that has inspired me to go easy on myself with love and forgiveness. Check out her lovely blog which focuses on forgiveness, love and acceptance

 

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This is me being kind to myself I never my favorite place, Ogunquit Beach, Maine.

 

 

 

This is a new day, an opportunity to destroy my low self esteem for once and for all. I vow to wake up everyday and simply love myself as I do with others. I deserve the same precious kindness I share with others. When you’ve lived all your life beating yourself up, it’s tough changing. Despite this, I’m traveling the road to self acceptance and love.
How about you….do you treat yourself with the kindness that you deserve? I hope so, if you don’t let’s do it together! Any suggestions on ways to show myself kindness and forgiveness?
All My Best,

Heart and Soul 💗

Endless Rain

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We’ve had so much rain here lately, that I feel like a duck. I desperately need sunshine and spring flowers to boost my mood! Instead Mother Nature has sent nonstop rains and clouds for weeks. I need tall boots, a rain slicker and an umbrella to cope with it. Despite being fed up with the deluge, I still welcome tinkling rain on the roof. Years ago I stayed at a house with a tin roof, ah what peaceful memories of rainy nights.

 
There’s something peaceful and calming

about rain sprinkling against a tin roof.

Ping-ping-ping.

It lulls you to a magical realm.

Spring time and it’s rainy days

bring pelting and cold showers.

Ping-ping-ping.

A lullaby soothing your soul.

It’s like a mama’s warm embrace.

Your mind quiets and welcomes rest.

Ping-ping-ping.

Tucked in the sheets and cozy as can be,

slumber softly visits with a hushed tone,

as mother nature coaxes you fast asleep.

Ping-ping-ping

Rain falling on a tin roof.

 
All My Best,

Heart and Soul ❤

Mother’s Day: Grateful For These Women💗

On this Mother’s Day I’m reflecting upon special women in my life and their roles. I’m extremely grateful for these moms!  As a mom myself, I wish to honor them, for how can I truly enjoy this day without paying homage to my loved ones who have made a difference and influenced my mothering?

 

 

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Thank you to my mom, who has supported me from day one and loved me unconditionally. I owe so much to her for helping me grow and overcome so much, when I was younger. She was my go to person, who I could always  count on, until I stood on my own two feet. What I love about her is that she has always listened to me no matter what. When I’m down and out she whispers sweet little prayers for me aloud. It does my heart some good to know that mom is still looking out for me, even though I’m grown and a mother myself now. Happy Mother’s Day to the lady who gave birth to me so long ago with love.

 

 

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There’s another sweetheart in my life who befriended me at work so many years ago and brought me to her home for a hot meal and loving conversation. That day I met her only son, who happens to be my husband now.

 

On this special day I can’t write this post without mentioning Theo, my second mom. I’m so thankful for my mother in law and her friendship. She’s always been there for me and a champion for our family. We’ve done baseball games together, camped with the kids in the summers and spent several Christmases cooking a meal. She’s been an outstanding grandmother to her grandchildren and has always been there for her four children. That’s the kind of lady who sets an example and someone I learned from when I was starting out. Happy Mother’s Day to her with love.

 

 

 

I must mention my sons today as well. There’s not a day that doesn’t go by without my grateful feelings for my two sons. Being a mother has been the most learning, humbling, exhilarating and rewarding experience of my life!❤️ If I would want to be remembered for anything once I pass on, it would be that I was a great and loving mom and that I was happy doing it. I have no regrets, even with mistakes I made because I know I made up for them with love. Also that’s what makes me human!

 

 

Last but not least, I’m extremely grateful for the group of women I work with. We all work in an elementary wing and every teacher and para there are kind, like old friends who support each other with love. I have to thank Laura, Carol, Anne, Brittany, Beth, Darcy, Aimee, Joanna and Donna who work together with joy, their main goal is to teach children, support them and provide a safe loving environment. These special women are all mothers in one way or another through their nurturing and loving actions with the school children. Kudos to these heroes I know, who are teaching our future leaders with a grace and confidence that’s impeccable!

 

As I wrap up this post, I challenge you to think of the special women in your life.  Have you made the time to visit them, message or call? Most importantly, have you told them that you love them? That means the world to mothers , coupled with tight hugs and lots of kisses.

 

Happy Mothers Day to all you moms out there! I hope you receive precious time with your children and hugs too!

 

All My Best,

Heart and Soul ❤️

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dancin’ Robin

Hello Robin, you’re a frequent visitor
to our parts.
Dancin’ on a hood of the Chevy
Hoppin here and there.
Perched on the mirror,
Are you admiring your fine feathered sheen?
Flying to the closest tree,
you keep coming back to
your metal resting perch.
Little birdie, what do you see?
Why do you prefer the truck over the tree?

Oh the spectacular sights of May in the country!
Our little friend, the Robin is welcome anytime.

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Please forgive my poor picture quality…it was shot through a window. I was afraid to startle it if I went outside.

The Serenade of Peepers

 

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It’s that time of year again, when the silent moments are magically transformed into  a pleasant melody from nature. My husband and I have listened to the serenade of the cheery peepers while lying in bed in the dark of the night and the early hours of dawn. I find it amusing that some people download these soothing sounds just to relax and we just need to go to bed or stroll outside for the same experience.

 

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It’s something that I look forward to every year, a beautiful and enchanting sign of spring. It usually commences in mid or late April and lasts through May, so short lived. Our bedroom faces a little pond, about one hundred and fifty feet away from the house and far enough to be on the opposite side of the property, yet it seems so much closer! It is a loud and joyous tune, an orchestra of little male frogs calling for their mates from the forest and the pond’s edges.

 

 

Do you hear the peepers where you live? What other peaceful songs from nature do you relish to hear?

Happy Spring from my corner of the world!

All My Best,

Heart and Soul 💗

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blueberry Lemon Bundt Cake

 

Hello Readers,

I came across this post that I posted last summer and want to share it with you again. This Blueberry Lemon Bundt cake was beyond delicious! Moist, full of plump blueberries and served as dessert and we even treated ourselves to a piece for breakfast one day! Who said you couldn’t have cake for breakfast…why not indulge in this scrumptious treat? I’m going to make it again real soon and look forward to seeing Tom’s face when he tastes it.

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My Blueberry Lemon Bundt cake, much more delicious than its picture! Taken from Chew Out Loud.com, found on Pinterest

 

 

 

This particular day I decided to make a recipe I found on Pinterest for Blueberry Lemon bundt cake. This recipe came from Chew Out Loud.com. The author comments that it could easily serve for breakfast, a snack or dessert. I agree with her  whole heartedly, as we had it for dessert but enjoyed it’s rich flavor for breakfast a couple of mornings.

 

 

 

I had planned to buy two pints of blueberries and two fresh lemons at the local fruit/ vegetable stand. All the other ingredients seem to be items bakers usually have on hand. I was ready to create this fantastic cake!

 

2 3/4 cup all purpose-flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking  powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1 3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup butter

1 cup buttermilk, I substituted almond milk for this because I’m lactose intolerant and you never would know the difference!

2 1/2 cup fresh blueberries

zest of one lemon

4 tbsp lemon juice

4 large eggs

 

For Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

zest of  one lemon

2 Tbsp milk, I used Almond milk

 

 

 

Preheat oven to 350 F and make sure oven rack is in the lowest position. Grease and flour a large bundt pan. In a bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until combined. Beat butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, making sure to beat until blended. Add lemon juice, zest and vanilla extract. Add buttermilk ( or almond milk if you’re lactose intolerant) to mixture. Fold in flour mixture until combined well. Do not over mix! Fold in blueberries gently. Pour cake mix into bundt pan. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 30 minutes and insert sharp knife along pan edge to loosen cake.

While cake is cooling, make the lemon icing. Once the cake is cooled and popped out of pan, drizzle glaze on cake.

 

It’s that easy! A few minutes of your time equals a scrumptious fruity cake for all to enjoy! 

 

 

All My Best,

Heart and Soul ❤️