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A Stroll in the Garden

Remember the sufferings of Christ, the storms that were weathered… the crown that came from those sufferings which gave new radiance to the faith… All saints give testimony to the truth that without real effort, no one ever wins the crown. -Thomas Becket

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My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy. -William Shakespeare

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A lot of people want the crown, but they’re not willing to bleed for it. -Scott Haze

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A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in. -Frederick the Great

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Being champion is all well and good, but you can’t eat a crown. -Althea Gibson

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He that hath no cross deserves no crown. -Francis Quarles

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A crown, if it hurts us, is not worth wearing. -Pearl Bailey

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By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy. -George Bancroft

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Behaving like a princess is work. It’s not just about looking beautiful or wearing a crown. It’s more about how you are inside. -Julie Andrews

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Stay safe. Stay healthy.

See the world around you!

A Stroll in the Garden

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze

Balsam Arrowroot

that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house

Balsam Arrowroot

and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,

Balsam Arrowroot

a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies

Balsam Arrowroot

seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking

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a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,

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releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage

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so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting

Rusted Wheel

into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.

Daffodil

From Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins

Hyacinth

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Traffic Jam One – It’s A Flimsy!

It is a bit overcast today, and a good time to show you the progress on Traffic Jam One.

Traffic Jam

It has been a flimsy for a few days now, but work and a couple of sunny afternoons prevented me from taking photos.

Traffic Jam

I had a bit of trouble finishing up this flimsy.  Call it ‘airhead moments’, ‘senioritis’, or just a lack of concentration.  

I thought that I had miscalculated and did not have enough cut green squares.

So I cut and cut and sewed my borders.

And my borders were too long.

And I miscalculated my miscalculations and never really miscalculated to begin with.

Here is what is leftover:

Traffic Jam

I will find a purpose for the parts eventually.

Of course, that defeats the original purpose of using up all of those scraps… in this quilt… in the first place.

Traffic Jam

Looks a bit like a stained glass window from the back:

Traffic Jam

Traffic Jam Two in progress:

Traffic Jam

Previous Traffic Jam Posts:

Pat Sloan’s Pattern

Traffic Jam One Update

What was I doing on the sunny afternoons after work?

Why, pruning and raking, and making discoveries in the garden, of course!

Here are just a few of my discoveries:

Crocus

Lots of crocus!

Crocus

Lots of daffodils (and larkspur)!

Daffodils

Stately Crown Imperials!

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Fragrant Hyacinths!

Hyacinth

Lots of budding shrubs, including this elderberry!

Elderberry

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

A Stroll in the Garden

“Blossom by blossom the spring begins.”
 — Algernon Charles Swinburne

 

I am not having a vegetable garden this year, as my Hubby is creating a new one with easier access and easier to water, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything to see!

I live in the north, so my season is a bit behind other bloggers.  

So enjoy this little garden stroll with me!

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I almost missed the Crown Imperials; they bloomed while I was away on vacation.

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I find it interesting that, in my garden at least, the tulips seem to bloom by color division, rather than color explosion.

The pink ones generally bloom first.

Tulips

Tulips

Then the red ones spring forth!

Tulips

Tulips

Last, but not least, the yellow tulips are just now beginning to flower.

Tulips

Tulips

The rock cress is wonderful!

Rock Cress

While the grape hyacinth (and the giant ones, too) are nearly finished with their display.

Grape Hyacinth

While the hyacinths and daffodils fade, the narcissus is just beginning a happy show!

Narcissus

Narcissus

And the magnificent crabapple is teasing us!

Crabapple

Slow Sunday Stitching

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
― Washington Irving

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“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.”
– Stevie Wonder

Bleeding Hearts

“I don’t know what it is about food your mother makes for you, especially when it’s something that anyone can make – pancakes, meat loaf, tuna salad – but it carries a certain taste of memory.”
― Mitch Albom

Crabapple

I am blessed to have a fabulous Mom!  She loves life and is a great example for me. 

And yes, there is a dish that is a must have when I visit her.  I must have her homemade macaroni and cheese!  It takes me back to childhood and warm memories.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!  Thank you so much!

Since this is a slow stitching Sunday, here’s what I am up to:

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 13

Block 13 of Aunt Bea’s Parlor is finished.

Onto Block 14!

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 14

I will be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching.