"Are they coming?"
"Yes, I see them now."
"You look good."
"You're a sight for sore eyes too!"
"It's funny, you and me. I never imagined that I'd fall in love with...well, you!"
"Yeah, it is funny. You're not changing your mind are you?"
"No, even if I could, I couldn't change my heart. I've never felt this good before,
and I wouldn't go back for anything, you know that."
"Me too. You are the bees knees and I just love being with you.
Look at this beautiful day!"
"Isn't it glorious?"
"Better than I ever imagined it would be."
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
A blast from the past! From 2/15/2012.
I thought this might be the flower of the eggplant, because of the color,
but it turned out to be a Pipe Vine,
which is host to a certain caterpillar,
which turns into a beautiful
I will let you know if we get the butterflies!
After last night's rain, the larger caterpillars are missing in action.
But there are still some little ones.
When the web of your days and nights gets so tangled
that you start losing sleep,
is it really so complicated?
If you look your life in the eye,
it's not all roses and buttercups
it's not half bad either.
All the loveliness, that is your life,
outweighs the self doubts and insecurities,
if you let it.
Breathe in the Troubles,
and breathe out the Joy.
It's really not half bad,
Just ask DJ...
...who has become fond of a certain flower pot with Rosemary.
Nestlings are so very vulnerable.
This little one endured severe thunderstorms, only to be stalked by a crowd of noisy crows
and survived that too.
Nature provides lots of drama for her creatures.
Perhaps we all have a nestling within us...our inner hatchling.
It's the part of us that has come through the storms
and evaded or slayed the scary monsters -
sometimes with grace and other times not -
but through it all have come to trust the deep instinct to grow stronger and to thrive.
Spring is upon us - a good time to acknowledge our strengths
and our connection to the fragile new arrivals.
After all, we were once just like them.
Baby Robin, reprinted from Laine's Blog, March 2012.
"Hey, you forgot to put the seed out.
I can see you in there. You forgot to put the seed out.
Can I come in?
I bet I could find it and save you the trouble of carrying it outside.
I can see you - is that a cat in there? Is that you, Dj?
Hi Dj, can you get the bird seed?
Dj, can you hear me? I'm here, over here, by the door.
Is somebody cooking?
That smells good.
I'm over here!
First posted in June, 2012.
"...if a mirror ever makes
you should know
that it does
Excerpt from the poem, Where Do The Eyes of Women Fall?, by Kabir, a 15th century Indian poet/songwriter,
and used with his permission, © 2002.
(From the Archives of Laine's Blog, January 2013.
The clouds above us join and separate,
The breeze in the courtyard leaves and returns.
Life is like that, so why not relax?
Who can stop us from celebrating?
The poet Lu Yu quoted in The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff.
Photo of celebrating flowers taken in a small New England town while waiting for lunch!
As beautiful as the night.
You might ask.
The night of shooting stars or lightening bugs,
or the first time you held the hand of someone you really loved.
One of those beautiful nights that you can't forget.
Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, Water Garden with tropical water lilies.
From Laine's Blog, August 2013, edited and used with permission!
Catch Laine at the Wednesday Farmers and Craft market and this Saturday at the Nocatee Farmers' Market!
When I spotted this spider weaving her web, there were only two rows completed.
By the time the camera came out,
She would take one leg and latch onto the strand that was to receive the new link,
and another leg would deliver that new link all the while she was walking
and probably talking to herself,
never mind where the silk is coming from.
A work of art in a matter of minutes,
and then swaying in the wind that comes with the afternoon storms,
showing the strength of her work as well as the beauty.
(And that's the spider that I didn't know which end was top and bottom.
Well, I know now!)