Monday, April 29, 2019

Crawling All Over Me

Many of you know I love the ladybug,
but I never told you why it's so special to me.  
Whenever I see one, I think of our Mother Mary.
(This is my garden at the old house).
Originally, it is said that in the Middle Ages, farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help to save their crops from a plague of harmful pests.  A swarm of ladybugs came, ate up the pests and saved the day.  Thus, they became known as the "Beetle of Our Lady" or Lady Beetles.  ~Wild Gratitude

When I create a fairy garden for my grandkids someday, I want to surround it with a dozen ladybugs. 
"When I was a little girl, I used to spend hours looking for ladybugs.  Finally, I'd just give up and fall asleep in the grass.  When I woke up, they were crawling all over me."
~Katherine, Under the Tuscan Sun
Last week, I opened my front door, and a ladybug was right there on the front porch saying hello.

There is a big garden of yellow roses in front of the church, and it was only when I downloaded the picture that I noticed a ladybug underneath the petal of the rose.
So, now that you know what the ladybug means to me, you can imagine how surprised I was when my son brought me these small cakes from the grocery store one day.  Their chocolaty goodness was so moist and Yummy.
Seen any ladybugs lately?

Monday, April 22, 2019

April Happenings

When Palm Sunday comes every year, my kids sometimes make different things using just the palm branches.  This year my son made a rose.  Isn't it creative? 

The flowers are all in bloom now,
and we are in full Spring.

This is a Yellow-billed Magpie,
and we see a lot of them around here.

I thought this was the sweetest picture of Francesca and Papa soaking up the sun.

California Poppy. 
They grow wild on the edge of the hills, usually in the countryside.  This is our state flower, and we're not supposed to pick them at all.

Saw this little rascal on Easter, and he was just too fast to get a good picture of him.

I went to the Rose Garden,
and the roses are starting to come around.

Some lovely sunrises.

I thought this picture was so precious
of Mia and Dad.

Love these M&M's in pastel colors.

I met my friend, Anne, at church, and every person was given a candle before mass.  The lights were off in the church, and all the candles were lit.  Hundreds of candles, and it was so beautiful. 

One sip
Two sip
Just for you sip!
~Dr. Seuss


Tuesday, April 16, 2019


Isn't my mom an amazing photographer?

(Those photos from "A Cup of Tea in One Hand" are breathtaking, Mom♡)

(Can you believe I found a Red Rose Taverne??)

I miss taking my camera out and capturing the special moments, but I guess my phone pictures will have to do for now while I run after my toddler, the clock, and my dreams. 

These are my Spring happy moments. ;-)

What are yours?


Monday, April 8, 2019

Purple Love

Sometimes I love the color Purple at Easter.  It's such a beautiful color to me.  Here are a few Purple items I put out for Easter this year.
My Rosary beads from the Vatican.
Jess brought these back for me
when she visited Rome.

This frame is put out every year.

I bought this brooch years ago,
and I thought it looked like a Cross.

This bunny snow globe plays a sweet tune.

I've had these swinging bunnies
since my kids were little.

Her rose bonnet makes me laugh.

And some Pink.....
I call her Skinny Bunny, and she reminds me of Jess.  My almost 9 lb. baby turned out to by my smallest and thinnest child.

Yes, Purple at Eastertime is so lovely.


Monday, April 1, 2019

A Cup Of Tea In One Hand

My son is doing better and healing nicely, and I want to thank you all for your prayers.  It was comforting for me to read your comments and e-mails, and it was so special to get a card in the mail from my friend, Carla.  I am blessed with blog friends like you who are always there with a kind word and a caring heart.  Here's some pictures of nature, which I hope to visit again very soon.
After a long week of taking care of my son and getting his strength back, it's time for me to rest.  A cup of tea in one hand, and a brownie in the other, I think I'll watch a lighthearted show.  Love the characters from the town of Mayberry, and isn't Opie the cutest little guy? 
Tomorrow is a new day,
and grateful
 is the word that I'll whisper today.