Weekend Wrap

The weekend went by so quickly yet again; here we are once more on Sunday evening. As I get closer to retirement time and find my attention turning toward a new phase in life, I find it challenging to stay in the present and appreciate today. I am trying to find that balance between anticipation of the future and being mindful and thankful of what is in front of me at that moment.

So, that is the topic of this weekend wrap: taking pleasure in what I find in front of me at the moment.

Yesterday morning even before I got out of bed I enjoyed some belly laughs.

Kat Magendie had a dialog going about weird food we ate as a child before we knew what it really was. Lawd, lawd! Gerry and I almost fell out of bed reading about one person’s contribution of a delicacy called “Pork Sorpotel” made from clots of pig blood and other things you just don’t want to know about. Kat’s response to this post had me rolling on the floor…seriously!

Then there was a hilarious clip in the Huffington Post I came across from Who Wants to be a  Millionaire. Why do I laugh at things like this? I have no idea; but it was darn funny at the time.

Finally, to ground me, I enjoyed spending time on Alyssa’s Boston Bee blog. (It was her birthday on Saturday!) Beautiful photographs, beautiful ideas, and time well spent.

In the spirit of appreciating today, here are a few pictures I took in the garden this afternoon. I got most of my flowers planted and it felt so good to have my hands in the dirt again! Many of the perennials are in bloom and the color is beautiful right now.

Bright red azaleas in bloom with my remaining yellow winter pansies in the background.

I appreciated that bright yellow all through the dark and went winter months. 

The heather is beautiful right now!

This little teacup tucked amidst it was a surprise we found in our garden when we moved here a few years ago.

I’ve moved it to the front garden temporarily as we are making some major changes in the back garden this year.

 I bought a different type of Wave Petunia this year (my favorite flower for my large pots).

I can’t wait to see this big pot overflowing with flowers in a few weeks.

Dahlias. What’s not to love?

I look forward to having many cut flowers from this new plant this year.

Pink gerbera daisies always remind me of a magical day

when I gained a brand new daughter-in-love named Nicole.

I decided to plant some in my yard this year.

So, all in all, it was a wonderful weekend and a beautiful Mother’s Day. We attended church this morning where Gerry and I were on duty greeting people as they arrived.  Gerry is a natural at this task; it is a bit of a stretch for this introverted woman but I still enjoy it.

I was blessed to talk with all of my children today; Gerry made crepes for lunch after church (Yum!); We got a lot done in the yard and it felt so good to be out there enjoying the afternoon. In a few minutes I will join my husband in the hot tub where we’ll talk and plan and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon.

I am blessed. 

I hope your weekend was filled with magic and blessing and that you find yourself refreshed and renewed on this Sunday evening. Happy Mother’s Day to all the women who are mothers in one form or another; because I know that the word “mother” can mean so much more than a woman who gives birth to another.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Happy Mother’s Day to you! I’m glad you had nice weather. Our flowers are finally blooming and it’s been fun to plant again. It was such a long winter, and it’s been a very wet Spring here. Have a great week!

    1. And a belated Mother’s Day greeting to you too! Isn’t it great to be able to get out in the garden again!

  2. Happy Mother’s Day to you too! Thank you so much for the sweet print! 😉 You will enjoy retirement so much! My parents are both retired and LOVE it! It was an adjustment, but an exciting one. Love your blog too! Have a wonderful day! ;)Alyssa of Boston Bee

    1. Welcome Alyssa! Your blog is beautiful – I enjoy poking around there. Hopefully I’ll have more time to do that in my retirement years too!

  3. Glad you had such a good day, Linda. I did also, but it was so different. Just spent with my guy and a nice half-mile swim in the pool at the Y by myself, a good book with tea, and at the end of the day, crawling into a nice warm bed and sleeping soundly. Couldn’t ask for a better day.

    1. Your day sounds wonderful, Djan!

  4. I did planting too, with my daughters. We filled our deck pots with red geraniums and ponytails, the sun was shining, it was a beautiful day … Bring on summer!

  5. Happy Mother’s Day to you, too! Lovely photo!
    And what a funny memory it is… weird foods from childhood. You’ve got me belly laughing on that one. Things like liver and onions, ambiciously ambiguous meatloafs…. aaahhhh, the memories.
    Thanks for the laugh.

  6. It sounds like your day was a perfect one. I’m so glad for you. Gorgeous pics! It’s been way too wet here for that color to emerge yet.

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