Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring Break, Blossoms, and Poetry!

                               So excited to join Saturday Celebrations with Ruth Ayres! 
                       It is fun to live my week thinking about what I will celebrate on Saturday.

Discover. Play. Build.
A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember!

1.  Spring break in California filled with sister time, sunshine, lemons, reading time and extra sleep time!  We shopped for a new chair for my sister's desk, and watched "Frozen" (I hadn't seen it yet), "Call the Midwives," and "Catching Fire."  We enjoyed glorious sunshine every day I was there and filled my hunger for Mexican food with frequent stops.  I picked 3 buckets of lemons from my sister's tree. (Did you know that lemon trees have thorns?)  I slept in most days, finished Wake Up Missing, and started Rooftoppers.  

2.  Blossoms everywhere!
The cherry trees at our public library, 
this tree discovered on a Friday evening walk with husband,  
 and red rhododendrons on our lane (snapped this morning). 

3.  A new favorite anthology of poems!
Run to your nearest indie bookstore and pick up a copy of Firefly July, a delightful new anthology selected byPaul B. Janeczko, that takes us through the seasons with a year of very short poems.  It is gorgeously illustrated by Melissa Sweet.  As you meander through its pages, you'll recognize familiar poets and poems, but also discover new poems. 

My favorite new discovery:

Uses for Fog

to conquer skyscrapers 
to make a magic cloak
to become thistledown

-Eve Merriam


  1. I am completely enamored with your lemon bucket photo! It is so striking. I did NOT know that lemon trees have thorns.

    And I LOVE the fog poem. Thank you for sharing it. Fog is inherently poetic, no? Carl Sandburg's fog poem is a favorite of mine.

  2. Hooray for sister time in California! It sounds like you had a great time. Thanks for the recommendation for the poetry book.

  3. Spring break well spent! Picking lemons, that is one thing I have never done! Your spring photos are wonderful testimony that seasons really do change! Thanks for the book recommendation!

  4. That bowl of lemons is so beautiful! Gorgeous spring pictures and happy celebrations - delightful! :-)

  5. Did you bring a bag of lemons home? Love, love, love the flowering pictures! You sound absolutely joyful, spring break was good for you. That book is on my wish list, love the fog poem!

  6. Sounds like you had a wonderful break! We finally "blossomed" this week - it sure was a long time coming! Those lemons make me want some fresh-squeezed lemonade! Forget spring - bring me summer!

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  8. Too many errors, Ramona! Wonderful to hear about your California trip, and the Mexican food-yum! I just reviewed Firefly July this week-marvelous anthology, now in our library! Love the fog poem too! Glad your spring break was terrific!

  9. The blossoms are so beautiful!

  10. That lemon bowl is remarkable. I love the perspective of your photo. Your joy comes streaming through your words straight to my heart. Thanks for celebrating.