My Butterfly Magnet

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
~Irish blessing

Last year, a friend gifted me a couple of stalks of something I researched and learned was Sedum.

Someone had given a bunch to her, and she had no clue what it was. Just that it was easy to grow, even for a person without a green thumb.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Sedum, here’s some in bloom this year at one of our parks:

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Central Illinois Spring

Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men. ~Chinese Proverb

I’m up to my ears in web design projects right now, but I figured if I didn’t get these Spring photos posted, it might be Summer before I come up for a deep breath!

We’ve been fighting our share of wind, rain, and coolish temperatures, but Mother Nature knows it’s time to put on her striking glory. See if you don’t agree:

Not sure but I think this might be a magnolia. Yes, we have them here! This one was in a little park outside of the business district.

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Easter Joy

Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness.  ~Floyd W. Tomkins, Episcopal American deacon

Time off to celebrate the day

For Easter Alleluias.

And eleventh hour flute practice

For a band concert this week.

I’ll return soon — til then

Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

Love is on the Ground

He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began. ~Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer

She: A chunk of bread and you, my sweet,

No more is needed; my life’s complete.

He: Oh, life, indeed, is fair and fine.

What’ll it be, your place or mine?

 

Note: April is National Poetry Month.

 

 

Avoiding Confrontation

He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet and philosopher

A healthy respect for a goose

In the open and walking around loose

Is a wise path, it would seem

For they can be mean

Especially when it’s one versus deuce!

 

Note: This is another Limerick. I saw these birdies outside a shopping mall recently. Quite defensive over their territory (might there have been a nest nearby?), they’re BIG creatures (almost waist-high!) and can be intimidating with their hisses, open mouths, and bold approaches. Didn’t Shakespeare write, ‘Discretion is the better part of valor’?!

Won’t Be Long Now

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~Proverb

Here in Central Illinois, we’ve come to accept that “spring” really doesn’t arrive until May 15.

Just this past Saturday, we had a mix of rain, sleet, and snow (thankfully, it didn’t stick!).

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Going, Going, Gone

I willingly confess to so great a partiality for trees as tempts me to respect a man in exact proportion to his respect for them. ~James Russell Lowell, American poet

Remember this?

I decided you might be interested in the rest of the story, so here goes:

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