Wednesday, April 29, 2009

April Shower of photos 2009, #19

To everything there is a season and a time
to every purpose under heaven

~ Ecclesiastes 3:1

Beauty abounds!

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here

All simply in the springing of the year

~ Robert Frost
Beauty abounds when spring arrives and floral beauties enter our lives more fully with multicolored explosions of color in private or public gardens, city parks and even on the floors of natural forest landscapes.

Displaying floral beauty in our homes not only offers us a gentle reminder to always remember to offer thanksgiving for the gift of God's creation all around us, it also offers us a loveliness present in our daily midst to ponder the richness of each seasonal cycle over the course of a year, realizing how much our lives are blessed daily with a simple observance of new buds, colorful blossoms and the smell of the seasons to come. Yes, *the smell* is what I said because here in Ontario one can truly SMELL spring wafting through the air, on its way over to us straight through until summer begins.
The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month
~ Henry Van Dyke

When spring arrives;
  • It's a time when subtle tones of earthy colors morph into an artist's palette of colorful rainbow hues.
  • It's a time when we begin itching to take our schoolwork outdoors.
  • It's a time when we can shed the winter woolens for cottons and pretty spring pastel colors again in our wardrobes.
  • It's a time to ponder the cycle of nature and new life.
  • It's a time to sift through the deep recesses of our garages, perhaps a shed, under decks and everywhere else a family stores the patio furniture and a time when the BBQ gets fired up again for dinner cooking abilities withe pleasant weather for cooking outdoors.
  • It's a time to rethink the family food menu by offering lighter fare and less hearty stick-to-the-ribs carb fests.
  • It's a time to realize to everything - there is definitely a season, and this is our season (we hope and pray) to relax a bit more with health issues ever-present still but not emergent, to be gracious in offering continuous thanksgiving every day for all we have been blessed with and the overall gift of life in general.
Here today, I have much to be thankful for, oh yes I do.

Have you ever felt like you're going crazy because you KNOW something isn't right but everyone you've consulted with simply cannot find a solution to the suspected problem? My problem has lasted four months!

Yesterday I had an emergency visit from the gas company where it was discovered and confirmed at long last that I did indeed have a gas leak in my gas dryer, the culprit for my long standing saga of continuous headaches since our move here. All this time (four months), I thought they came from either stress or hormone related situations, but not so. I am so incredibly thankful for the gas leak behind us as I shudder to think what could have been....and for the protection from possible tragedy and for the relief in store for headache reprieves.
And spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley