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Beautiful fern fronds uncurling

 

For those of us in the North East, it felt like Spring would never get here.  Just as we would have a glimmer of warmth, we would get another cold snap or a snowfall.  I, for one, was VERY anxious for Spring to arrive and I’m ecstatic that it is finally here. I’m downright giddy with excitement.

 

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Gorgeous PJM blossom

 

I think the arrival of Spring had an even more powerful impact on me this year because of the long wait.  I must have said “This is so exciting!!!” about 20 times as I walked around and saw all of the things that were waking up after the long winter.  I felt like the whole world was breathing and coming alive.

 

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Phlox in its glory

 

We were able to go to our cottage for a quick ovenight get-away and it was refreshing to simply be able to sit on the porch in my rocking chair and enjoy the warm weather.  All winter I’ve been looking out the window and wishing it was warm enough to be out there.

 

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My happy place…in my rocking chair with my feet up on the railing

 

I enjoyed every second of the evening.  First I was treated to many different birds coming to my feeders and was thrilled to see the return of the hummingbirds.  I could hear the sound of the ‘peepers’ from nearby Laurel Lake.  If you don’t know what peepers sound like, listen to this: Peepers   I thoroughly enjoyed the sounds of the woods as night fell.  (except for the buzzing of a few mosquitoes)

 

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Best place to enjoy the morning

 

I fell asleep listing to the night sounds through the open windows and the chirping of birds was the first thing I heard in the morning.  I went right out to the porch and assumed my favorite possition.  It’s the perfect place to watch the birds and hummingbirds as they come for their breakfast.  I even saw a bird I’d never seen before…a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.  (pictured below)

 

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak…gorgeous!!!

 

I experienced so many things that I hadn’t been able to do during the LONG winter. I soaked it in and was thankful for every second.  I was also able to experience another spring delight–my husband opened up his out-door kitchen and made me bacon and eggs.  I LOVE Spring!!!

 

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A man enjoying his outdoor kitchen AND making me a scrumptious breakfast.  🙂  

 

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Rainy morning in the Florida Keys

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We are on vacation in the Florida Keys and we have had gorgeous weather—until this morning when I awoke to the sound of rain.  I looked out the window and saw that it was ‘raining cats and dogs’.  I decided to make the best of things and get some jewelry made.  (Yes, I bring jewelry along on vacation. 🙂 )

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My morning work tray

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As I sat and worked on some jewelry, I just kept looking out the window toward the bay and watching the heavy rain continue.  After working a while I got up and looked out the window behind me and I got a beautiful surprise.  There was a white and dark pink orchid growing on a tree only about 10 feet from me.  Back in Pennsylvania I would not see an orchid growing on a tree.

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You can see the raindrops dripping off the stem.

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Apparently in Florida, you can attach certain orchids to a tree that is in the perfect location…not too much direct sunlight, but not all shade either.  If the orchid receives indirect sunlight and some fertilizer it will flourish.  I sure wish we could do that in Pennsylvania!!!

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Stunningly beautiful!!!!

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Later in the day the sun came out and I was able to appreciate the orchid close up.  Seeing the beauty of that orchid at a time I was not expecting it brought a smile to my face. Orchids are a thing of beauty and I’m thrilled that I was given the gift of seeing one today.  I am very thankful for my rainy day surprise.

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Last evening I was given an incredible gift.  It was a custom-designed treat that touched my heart and lifted my spirit after a rough day.   Yesterday was an emotionally challenging day because my granddaughter had the surgery to fix her cleft palate.  The anxiety leading up to the surgery and the pain of watching her suffer as she woke up and began her recovery made it a very long and tiring day.  I was very thankful that the surgery went well and she was doing well.  All in all, it couldn’t have gone better and I was already feeling very thankful and blessed……..

…………then came the unexpected blessing.

 

I walked out on my front porch late in the evening and was greeted by the sight and scent of at least 30+ moon flowers.

 

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They grow all over the railing of my front porch and vine up to the ceiling as well.  I’ve grown moon flowers for many years and have never had a night with so many blooms.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of smelling a moon flower I recommend that you find a way to do so.  They have one of the sweetest and unique scents of any flower I’ve ever smelled.  They are also incredibly beautiful–so delicate and pure white.

 

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I brought out a glass of wine and simply enjoyed being surrounded by the beauty and the sweet aroma of my favorite flowers.

 

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I don’t see this gift as just good luck.  I’m learning more and more to accept these moments as gifts from a God who loves me and knows how to bring joy to my soul.  I’m also learning how to enjoy these gifts to their fullest.  🙂

 

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Your ‘gift’ might not be a porch full of moon flowers, but I would encourage you to look for those special little things that occur in your life and recognize them as gifts from above.

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I love being able to experience changes in season.  Here in South-Central Pennsylvania, we are anxiously awaiting the end of winter and the beginning of spring.  The charm of winter has worn off and I, for one, am looking forward to warmer weather.  In the beginning of winter the snow is delightful and exciting.  Sitting by the fire with a cup of coffee is heart-warming.  All of the unique and special experiences that come along with winter were fun for a time, but by this time of year, I am ready to move on to the next season—spring.

I look forward to being able to go outside without a coat and to see the first of the spring flowers begin to bloom.  I always enjoy the first day that I can open the windows and let the warm, spring breeze blow through the house.  It feels so refreshing to hear the birds chirping in such a way that you can tell THEY are excited about spring also.

I also look forward to being able to do one of my favorite things—riding my bike.  I live in an area with many country roads and there aren’t many feelings better than hopping on my bike for a long ride on a beautiful spring day.  Sure, it has been warm enough to ride several times lately, but it has only been possible if I’m wearing all of my winter gear.  It feels so much better to be able to feel the spring wind on your face and feel the sun warming your back.  I’m fairly certain that I have a smile on my face for most of the first ‘spring’ ride of the season.

Unfortunately, I’m going to have to be patient and wait a bit longer for all of these delights.  The first official day of spring may be in a few days, but the true warmth won’t be here for several weeks.  Until then, I’ll keep my warm riding clothes handy and be grateful for any taste of spring that comes my way.

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