Country Days

A few days in the country. Driving on the roads where I grew up in Wisconsin. It always restores my soul.

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A sturdy blue flower pot

Of all the beautiful flowers and plants I saw on my Valentines Day visit to the big Bachman’s garden center on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis, MN it was this charming green plant in a sturdy blue flower pot that appealed to me the most.  The rich color and simplicity spoke to my soul.  I took it home and put it on my desk.  And the fact that it is just a tiny bit lopsided appealed to me even more.  We are beautiful in our imperfections. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

My New Valentines Tradition

When it  comes to holidays, I prefer quiet, sweet traditions.  I had the day off on February 14 and woke too early.  Without giving it much thought, I went to the wonderful big Bachman’s garden center on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis.  I love winter, but this Minnesota winter has lately been too white and too dreary with some cold weather.  A visit to somewhere relaxing with flowers,

plants and a cute little French cafe was just what I needed.  Because it was Valentines Day, I was delighted to see they opened early at 8:00 am. I spent a lovely morning watching the exotic, colorful fish swim back and forth swishing their feather tails.  I quietly observed the staff getting ready for their big day (“we need more roses!”).  You could see that they took care to wear a bit of red and they were all so helpful and gave their best service for all the folks coming to buy their flowers.  I brought my Olympus PL7 and after months of not really taking any photos, it was wonderful to take photos of the rich colors.  I just might do this every Valentines Day.  Early in the morning.

August Break Day 13 “I Crave”

I wasn’t sure what to post for this word prompt but then realized this photo I took of this old quilt was perfect.  Because it symbolizes that I Crave simplicity, order, comfort and time to reflect on country days.  I’ve been thinking of taking up sewing again.  I’ll make smaller quilts – baby quilts or lap quilts for elderly people.  Nice simple blocks – no fancy designs but a cozy flannel with cotton squares.  I’ll donate them to those who need them.  My Mom spent many happy hours quilting at church and it is wonderful to still see all the beautiful quilts they make for charity.   She taught me the beauty and value of simplicity and elegance in how she lived her life.

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