I’m beginning to believe…

that Spring really is here!!

We don’t always get much of a Spring where I live.  Most often, the weather goes from really cold (for us) to lots of rain to really hot (for anybody) in the first 3 – 4 months of the year.  Rarely do we have moderate temps and wonderful sunshine many days in a row!  That happens much more often in Fall than in Spring.  This year, though, we seem to be having a bit more Spring than usual.  Maybe it’s wishful thinking on my part, but it’s nearly April and we have had quite a few 60s – 70s day temps and LOTS of sunshine! 

One of my favorite harbingers of Spring in our area is the Redbud tree.  While everything is still bare and brown, these beautiful pinky-red blossoms begin to appear as though they are arrayed with hope for the coming Springtime!  I have been wanting to get pictures of them for a month, but just haven’t felt like I should take the time to stop for that.  Yesterday, though, I was a bit earlier than I usually am coming home from work and Jeanne was with Dad and Mom for a while longer, so I stopped for a minute and took a few pictures.  Y’all remember that I am really not a photographer – I just love pictures of pretty things!

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This is a Redbud tree.  The blossoms come first, then these beautiful, heart-shaped leaves begin to appear.  It is such a gorgeous tree, although not usually a very big one.  We had a huge one (for a Redbud) in our yard at Dannye’s house, but a few years ago the Spring rains saturated the ground so much that it fell over!  Bill propped it up, and it lived for another year, but the next year’s rains did it in.  I just cried!

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Aren’t they lovely??

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This is Phlox that grows wild in some of the bar ditches near us.  The pink is much more common than the red, but the red is my favorite.  (Emily, you’ll probably recognize this as the ditches on Johnson Road on the way to Mamaw’s house.  I remember you loved these flowers.)

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I always want to pick some but some years they are pretty sparse, so I leave them, hoping they will multiply!

Speaking of my photography – Bill is trying to teach me a little bit about using a decent camera.  I’ve discovered I am a very hesitant, impatient pupil, though!  A long time ago, when we first began attending our church, the church kids usually played softball in the afternoon after the last service.  I asked Nathanael why he didn’t join them – he loves baseball, and he is a great athlete.  He said he hated softball…  The church kids talked him into playing, and what I discovered is that he didn’t think he’d be good at it, didn’t want to take the time to get good at it, so he “hated” it.  Well, of course he was very good at it, and he gained so much confidence that he is rarely (if ever) fearful of trying new things!  As I face learning a new hobby, I now see where Nathanael got his hesitation from!  I don’t want to take the time to learn photography – I want to automatically be good at it!!  I don’t want to learn photo editing – I just want to know how to do it!  I am determined, though.  I need to learn simply to help Petty Family Photography, and I need to learn because already it is difficult to get the pictures I want from Dannye and Bill because of the schedules of our respective lives.  Besides, I really need to stretch my brain a bit – it’s getting lazy!

Today is going to be a patchwork kind of day.  This morning Jeanne dropped me off at work so she could take Mama and Daddy for checkups.  My boss is gone for the day and left nothing for me to do except answer the phone, so the morning is kind of quiet and slow – really nice.  When the folks get through at the doctor, they will come pick me up and we’ll try to have lunch before taking them home, which will be when my day will really begin to pick up!  Bill and Dannye have a Senior photo shoot this afternoon, so I will be staying with Dan’s little charges until either their mom’s get home or Dannye gets back.  I have the feeling it will be the former rather than the latter!  Then I will need to rush home so Jeanne can get on to her home!  Of course, then all will be quiet again, unless the events of the day upset Mama too much.  Hopefully not, though.  Earlier this week Jeanne and I took Mama to her pain management doctor, and she said several times that evening how much she enjoyed the day.  I hope we can make good memories from this day, too!

I’d better get off here.  Jeanne will be here soon, and I don’t want to be in the middle of something when she comes.

God bless your day!



About Petty Bunch

The Petty Bunch is what we have called our family since Bill and I (Janina) began our family back in the early 1980s. We have gone down many roads together - homeschooling our kiddoes, enjoying the freedom of entrepreneurship many years, working at "real jobs" other years. Through it all, we have been loved with God's everlasting love, and have found that underneath are His everlasting arms! We are blessed to have been married for over 36 years, and have 3 incredible adult children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, an amazing son-in-law, and SEVEN grandchildren: four precious granddaughters, three handsome grandsons - so far. We are empty nesters, still enjoy the life of an entrepreneur and the freedom it gives us to continue enjoying our kids and now, their kids!
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9 Responses to I’m beginning to believe…

  1. The blossoms are so beautiful! I have said the same thing about Oklahoma… no real spring and a short fall. It’s usually either winter or summer to me! I absolutely adore the mildly warm days. It’s perfection!Photography can get a little exhaustive. There’s so much to learn! But it is definitely so worth it to see your finished photos, especially in print.Enjoy your beautiful day!

  2. ABAHM says:

    So glad you are having those wonderful days of spring.  They are refreshing!! The red bud tree is so pretty, I am glad you stopped and got the photos for us. The phlox too!  I know what you mean about the photography, but more with computers.  I just want to be able to use them, my hubby always wants to give me all this background info! Hope your lunch was nice.  I know that it can be nice to get out and have a change of scene, but kind of like with little kids, you just aren’t sure how it will go!  blessings to you dear friend, Jenny

  3. pettybunch says:

    @ABAHM – It didn’t quite end up like I planned.  We ate lunch at Sonic in the car, and Jeanne dropped me off here and took the folks home.  Hopefully, Mama will have time to relax before I get home and we will still have a quiet evening!

  4. auntkarl says:

    I know the history of those little flowers in the bar ditch Jean Johnson planted them and they spread across the road. The Webbs won’t mow them dowm until they are done blooming.

  5. pettybunch says:

    @auntkarl – I thought I remembered something about Mrs. Johnson and those flowers.

  6. AuntGen says:

    @auntkarl – Mrs. J did the same thing with blue bonnets, but they didn’t spread across the road.  They went into the pasture.  She definitely did her part to beautify our little community!  @pettybunch – It was hard for Mama and Daddy to have a very good day when it was so long and exhausting!  They were troopers, but the “check-ups” took soooo long!  I love the pictures of the redbuds, and am glad you didn’t call them “purple”.  We have friends from FL who wondered “Why do you call them redbuds when the flowers are purple?”  Love you! 

  7. i’ve never understood the “red” correlation of “redbud”, either! i remember thinking that anne shirley needed to figure out a new name for them. gorgeous pink flowering tree of loveliness? fuchsia blossoms of beauty? :)i miss Texas spring!! wish we could come visit NOW instead of in August. 🙂

  8. maryhurlbut says:

    Redbud…I’ve never heard of it or seen one…this is the best part of having friends around the county!As for photography, just enjoy it and keep snapping away. You’ll be surprised how much you will improve in a year just from taking pictures. Try to learn one thing at a time on a digital camera…like changing the ISO….and then practice that. Slowly and confidently you’ll add to your skills.

  9. pettybunch says:

    @maryhurlbut – Thank you, Mary.  I don’t hope to be or even desire to be professional, but it would be nice to be proficient enough to lend a helping hand to my hubby and daughter if they need me!

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