Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Upon Closer Inspection...

My yard has lots of goodies - I just need to stop and look a little closer than usual.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sunrise, Sunset

The little girl I carried

and now...

Is this the little girl I carried?
I don't remember growing older.... when did she?
When did she get to be a beauty?
Wasn't it yesterday when she was so small?

Sunrise, Sunset
Swiftly flow the days

Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers
Blossoming even as we gaze

What words of wisdom can I give her?
How can I help to ease her way?

Sunrise, Sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears.

(adapted from Sunrise, Sunset - Fiddler on the Roof Musical)

Monday, May 2, 2011

My Yard Wakes Up - Spring 2011

Come take a walk with me around my yard.  It's breathing a huge sigh of relief as the warm sun hits the bare ground for the first time in a while.  I love the new beginnings.

The Dandelion proudly wins the race to be the first flower to bloom!
This pesky flower that so many think of as a weed is really God's medicine cabinet giving us:  a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc.  Traditionally it's been used for many ailments:   kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and stomach upset, digestive disorders, appendicitis, and breast problems, fever, boils, eye problems, diabetes, and diarrhea.  Today, dandelion roots are mainly used as an appetite stimulant, digestive aid, and for liver and gallbladder function. Dandelion leaves are used as a diuretic to stimulate the excretion of urine.

Our yard is very wet because of poor landscaping but it really gives a variety of mosses which I find so pretty.

New needles and pine cones are appearing on the Spruce Trees

Beautiful lichen on the dead trees.  
Our yard obviously needs a lot of work, but there is so much beauty in the meantime!

The Alberta Wild Rose bushes are growing new shoots. 
I can't wait for the lovely smell of those delicate roses.