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!
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!
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.)
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!