Long lived balls of fluff
Too bad they draw ants.
Note: These fragrant beauties are Peonies, which come in just about every color except blue. Ants feed on the sweet nectar of the buds and don’t harm the plant, or so the experts say. Best for growing zones 3-8.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
If you have to go out at night a lot, be sure you have a piece of Red Jasper with you.
Illinois is broke. — Gov. Bruce Rauner
Sad to say, this quoted headline — in nearly one and a half-inch tall type — greeted me this week as I picked up our local newspaper.
An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. ~Henry David Thoreau, American author
Have you ever noticed how many different shades of green there are, especially in Springtime?
Painful though parting be, I bow to you as I see you off to distant clouds. ~Emperor Saga, 52nd emperor of Japan
Two birds playing on a sunny Spring day
Flew too close to a shiny glass building
And crash landed.
The closer one was merely stunned.
Sat on the sidewalk blinking and gathering its bearings.
The farther one wasn’t as fortunate
And lay on its back, feet skyward.
Maybe it hit the glass too hard.
Maybe it hit the glass wrong.
Maybe it wasn’t as physically strong.
A nearby maintenance fellow with a sack
Explained he’d already picked up several
Of the delicate creatures this week.
All were dead.
Shouldn’t man with his knowledge do better
Than construct buildings that attract wildlife
To their death?
Note: Did you know up to a billion birds die every year in the U.S. after colliding with windows?
Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. ~Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul
Sometimes you don’t get to choose the challenges Life tosses your way. Sometimes you’ve just gotta wing it, hoping and praying you can make the best of what some would consider a “bad” situation.
People are divided into two parts: some of them look for and cannot find anything, others find but are not satisfied. ~Mihai Eminescu, Romanian poet (translated by Oana Platon)
Have you ever had something so unexpected happen that all you can do is accept it for what it is and carry on?