Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring Day at Home

I love being home in the Spring.

However, I had the opportunity to travel for 10 days on a wonderful trip!  I didn't go.  Some of my family did go.  Every night the phone rings and I hear about what a great adventure everyone had that day.  But I couldn't be happier staying at home.

Dog in the window.

You see, this is the week the azaleas bloom.  

Next year I'll go on a trip, but this year I just wanted to be home
and laugh with the azaleas!

And enjoy the wonderful banana bread my sweet neighbor baked! 

Who wants to travel the world when you can stay home and your neighbor hands you a hot loaf of banana bread just out of the oven across the fence .... yum!

Hope you enjoy your Spring days!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April in Washington, GA & Old Houses

It's April and time for a"pilgrimage" to Washington, Ga.  For years, we have visited this sweet little town outside of Athens, GA.  To be honest, we love to have lunch on the 1st Saturday in April at the First United Methodist Church.  There is always a Tour of Homes.  Here are a few pictures of homes around town not on the tour and I'll post a few on the tour at the end. 

This house has a beautiful side porch in the back.  Very ornate .....

Next are three homes that were on the tour.  I was so overwhelmed I forgot to take pictures of the others.

The 1894 Inn

Fireplace mantel in living room in 1894 Inn

 1886 Granade Home

1827 Wisteria Hall

And here are a few interior photos of Wisteria Hall.

Ballroom that runs across the middle of the house.

     Porch off the ballroom and next to the kitchen.

Other side of the porch. (Yes, that is me in the mirror talking.)

Men's parlor or study.

More children's bedrooms ...

Wisteria Hall is named after all the Wisteria growing on the trees in the front and back yard.

We love April in the South.  It was a wonderful day.  Thank you for joining us on our trip!


Friday, April 4, 2014

Flowers of Distraction

Hello today.  Are you busy, too?  Join me in the yard. Have you ever been so busy that the flowers distract you?  Every time I walk by  the tulips start laughing at me!

I find myself walking down this path out my back door to the swing in the backyard.  There I enjoy swinging, enjoying the breeze, spring ... tulips.  I think to myself, "How did I get out here?  Did I fold the laundry?  Did I unload the dishwasher?"

The tulips laugh all around me!  They are so beautiful! They are incredible!

Some flowers look like pieces of art!  I can't stop looking!

I stop in front of the first iris of the spring, purple on April Fool's Day! I'm unable to walk a step further.

I'm distracted by how delicate, how reminiscent of lace, these flowers are.

And across the yard, there is the first blooming azalea.  I stare .....

My knees stop so I can't walk up the steps by the old pansy barrel ... The pansies laugh at me every time I climb the steps to the door.

Spring is a lovely distraction ...

And why I stop and look INSIDE a tulip, every time I walk by, I'll never know.

I think it is probably a good thing that we are so distracted in our lives.  How else would we have the time to feel inspired by all the beauty that surrounds us?

Thank you for visiting and sharing my distractions!  Are flowers laughing at you when you walk by?