Thursday, May 22, 2014

Early this morning.............

and, again, eight hours later.......  my first Peony of the Spring season. 

 I could not help myself, I just had to cut the first blooms.
There is just something about these soft pink, fragrant blooms, that
lift my spirits and bring me a smile.  So clearly I remember, all that 
remained last Fall were the brown stalks. But then they come back.
Did you know that Peonies live long, and successful lives?
In China, there are 300 year old bushes that continue to
bloom year after year, every Spring?

And then, because all the Spirea bushes were blooming, I just had to cut some of them, and
add them to the pink blooms.  A simple, pretty bouquet now graces my kitchen table.  Makes me
love the Springtime of the year!

Two patriotic desserts that my nieces brought to last year's Memorial Day party.

However you choose to express your patriotism is fine, as long as it is expressed.
Freedom is a gift, and those who fought for it, and those who continue to, are thanked
and remembered this weekend.

I personally am so thankful for our America!

My nephew and his wife being honored recently, by a "Quilt of Valor" for his years of
service in the United States Army.
He recently had the honor of being promoted to "Captain". 
We appreciate him and his loyal service greatly.

Happy Memorial Day to each one of you!


Judy said...

Most special...your 'first fruits'-of-the-pink-peony bouquet! Enjoy.

Your nieces know how to turn out some beautiful red, white and blue desserts! Congrat's to your nephew...and best wishes to you and yours as you celebrate Memorial Day!

Lovella ♥ said...

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful Memorial day. Your peonies are so delicate and beautiful. I have vases in the house and waiting for them to fully open. I didn't know that peonies could live so long. Amazing.. thank you.

debi said...

How beautiful those first blooms are..such a fresh new feeling they exude at this time of year...

Love the memorial Day desserts!

Have a great weekend


corners of my life said...

Am so making the patriotic cookie cake for Monday. Thanks!

Anneliese said...

Your peony spirea bouquet is so beautiful! God bless you as you remember the cost of freedom today! We have much to be thankful for!


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