Magical and Beautiful

I've been scrambling around trying to get ready for the Easter weekend.  I've checked off many of my tasks and still have tasks to do.  Isn't that life?  Yup.  How are you?  Are you enjoying some decent weather?  This week has been overall a nice week. I love when I'm driving to and from the gym and I see tree after tree leafing out.  The beginnings of spring are beautiful and remind me of springtimes past.

My parents had half an acre of land in a quiet suburb.  We moved to this house when I was 11 years old.  The previous owner planted everything imaginable on that little tiny plot.  The first spring was exciting as we watched many ornamental trees blooming.  I remember:  dogwood, cherry, magnolia and pear trees.  Lilac bushes lined the driveway and underneath were grape hyacinths galore. 

The yard was magical and beautiful.

We'd like to plant an ornamental tree in honor of my husband's father somewhere on our property.  I'm leaning towards a weeping cherry tree but who knows what we will decide when we are out shopping. 

Yesterday I was out of sorts and didn't make the most out of my day.  I was grumpy, angry and fretful.  I dislike when I'm like that, thank goodness I'm rarely like that.  Today I woke up early in the morning and reflected on this day being THE day to be better.  And I was.

I rested and relaxed.  I spent time daydreaming while looking out the windows drinking in the beauty of the day.  I knitted for an hour and I plotted out some more ideas to sketch or watercolor. 

One day at work this week the preschooler picked 19 dandelions that I carried in my pocket while we tried to take a walk.  I marveled at how she repeated over and over 'there's another one' (then picked it).  Her joy over discovering dandelions was infectious and our walk was replaced with a dandelion study. 

There is beauty in a dandelion!

If you celebrate Easter, I wish you a happy one.  And if this is any old weekend, I hope it's a joyful one.

As always, thank you for visiting, reading and commenting.  I value our little community and how wonderful all of you are. 


  1. The house where I grew up had a backyard like the one you moved to when you were eleven. It had a cherry tree, pear tree, pussywillow, and jonquils, hyacinths, and bluebells ( the white version). It was, as you described, a magical place in the spring.

    I love the nineteen dandelions!

    Happy Easter, Karen. <3

  2. Happy Easter to you and yours. When my parents passed, friends gave us a gift card to a nursery so we have a Japanese Lilac Tree in honor of my Mom and a lilac bush in honor of my Dad. Planting a tree or bush is a wonderful way to to remember a loved one. Good luck with your shopping. Hang on to those beautiful dandelion memories.

  3. My grandparents and my aunt lived next door to us when I was a child. My aunt worked at a nursery. She was always bring home beautiful flowers and trees. Our shared yard was amazing. The best thing was she never fussed at us kids for picking flowers and goodness we sure did. I hope you have a nice Easter.

  4. We have no idea what all is growing in our yard. Each new thing that leafs-out or blooms is like -------------0hhhhhh, so THAT'S what that is. It has been a beautiful week here.

  5. Nothing like the magic of a Garden! So cute the toddler and the dandelions. Funny thing. In my neighborhood we don't have dandelions. If I want dandelion tea I have to order it. The weather in Georgia has been mild so far. Happy Easter to You and Yours !

  6. I can't wait to see the tree you pick! The world through little eyes reignites our adult passion for the here and now.

  7. Have a great weekend, and a Happy Easter!

  8. That sounds magical en beautiful indeed. My parents had a garden like that too. Lots of fruit trees, lilac and other trees or bushes that I don't remember the name of. I do remember wandering around that part of the garden (I wasn't supposed to) and feel the magic. Happy Easter to you to!

  9. I think you give a great reminder, sometimes our day is set by our mind - and thinking it will be a good day puts us on that path. Have a blessed weekend, Karen!

  10. Everyone gets an out-of-sorts day once in a while, but I'm glad you changed your mind and outlook. I do love the idea of planting something in honor of a loved one and think I will do that for my mother-in-law. Happy Easter to you and your family!

  11. It kills me that I did not inherit a single gardening gene from my mom. We lived in the city but your tiny little yard produced more than most farms. Mom grew tomatoes and peppers among the rose bushes, peas, green beans and cucumbers vined on the alley fence and she grew every flower imaginable and tucked in between them were lettuces, spinach, squash and array of herbs. She didn't have ornamental trees (until much later, after I'd moved out) but there was rarely a time when at least 5 or 6 things weren't blooming in different areas of the yard.
    Glad you're in better spirits now. Happy Easter!

  12. Happy Easter! I'm so glad you were able to turn yourself around to a good place ... and trust that will last through the weekend :-) (also, your sweater is looking wonderful and I think a weeping cherry would be lovely.)

  13. I personally have always liked dandelions. I don't get them this far south. Love the idea of planting a tree to honor someone you love. Happy Easter.

  14. I love the dandelions story. It is so cliche, but I have to say it: Seeing the world through a child's eyes never gets tiring. Their joy in discovery of the things we take for granted is the ultimate mindfulness.

    I hate those grumpy days, too. So glad yours was just one day!

  15. I value our blog relationships so much! We had a quiet Easter. We were so blessed with amazing sunny 70s weather! I knit in the car when we took Zach and Bear back to Chicago. :)


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