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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Spring and a GIVEAWAY--TIME'S UP



Spring is here!


Spring has finally arrived and I am so elated to know that warmer days and cleansing rains are here. Spring is such a beautiful awakening after a wintery slumber.

May I also say welcome to my newest readers...giving back is an act of appreciation for y'all that I enjoy doing from time to time.




As I walked through my neighborhood this last week, I took a few moments to watch the honey bees fly from flower to flower like a natural, sweet dance. One yard was plump with violet grape hyacinths, another yard dressed in sweet smelling lacey popcorn balls from bradford pears.


This is my favorite part of spring--rebirth and renewal. I look forward to dancing in the rain with my children (you still do that don't you) and curiously watching the bluebirds, morning doves, and mocking birds return to my yard. I just saw a female cardinal perched on the fence in my backyard this last weekend. I've set out a handmade birdhouse just for them hanging from my pecan trees.


This year will be a bountiful harvest.




In honor of spring, I am giving away this set of four embroidered linen napkins from Pier1imports to one lucky participant. All you have to do is comment here what your favorite part of spring is...




Contest ends Friday night (March 13th, 2009) at midnight. Only one entry per participant, please. TIME'S UP

30 Comments:

lmt1073 said...

flowers blooming and the smell of fresh cut grass... floods my mind with good memories from my childhood. i realized the other day that my wisteria is blooming. I've got to get pictures!

mindee@ourfrontdoor said...

These pictures are pure torture! We're still at below freezing with a bit of sleet thrown in just for fun. Ugh!

oddharmonic said...

Bradford pears are pretty but lots of them together on the walk to my local school smell too strong for my taste. I'm just not used to them, I guess -- this spring will be my fifth living in Texas.

We have rain forecast for this week. I am so excited because it's been so dry this year! And I'll get a day or two off from watering my patio garden!

Hohni said...

Is spring ever going to come?? We are in the middle of an ice storm right now. The DOT has issued no travel advisories for the day.

I love the green grass! Love to mow and love the smell.

Joshua Ligairi said...

I'm also LDS and I love Big Love.

I wish Big Love had an active Mormon on staff, but the one ex-Mormon they had for the first two seasons is still very believing and very thoughtful about the church. He just feels as though he was pushed away from the church by his LDS family when he came out as gay. I've heard several interviews with him (just won an Oscar for writing Milk) about how he hopes to return to the church in his lifetime if the church is ever more excepting of gays.

Anyway, I digress. I just wanted to say that while that writer was on the show, there was never any confusion about whether LDSaints are polygamists, as you know. Basically, the down side is that the Mormons look like the bad guys because they are always trying to expose the the polygamist characters (who the audience grows to love because they are the focus of the show). If feel that the show makes Mormons look really close-minded, but thus far has made them out to be law abiding non-polygamists. That's more than I can say or most media.

I am sad the ex-Mormon left the show, opening the writing staff up to having to find their information online, which will undoubtedly lead to more "anti" shows because of the horrible stuff on the internet.

It is also really interesting to see Utah life depicted on screen by actors who are actually talented instead of the typical Mormon movie tripe. That said, if this rumor is true, I will be disappointed and probably stop watching the show.

Carolyn G said...

THe best thing about Spring is my garden!

Screwed Up Texan said...

I promise, this comment will not be tallied into the overall number of commenters to this post. I must make a comment though to Joshua.

Joshua: I am glad you like Big Love. Big Love has been my all time favorite show for the last couple years. I make special time on Sunday (or Monday) nights to watch it. It is girl time for me.

I must also agree with you that if the RUMOR is true that the Big Love story line goes south and begins to add very sacred and intimate ceremonies such as temple ordinances to its story line without any context, then HBO will be forcing me to stop watching Big Love. There is no place for any media outlet to make entertainment of anyone's sacred points of religion. The day they make flippant remarks about something that I find sacred, will be a shameful day for HBO (oh, and I will cancel my subscription).

Emily and Tom said...

I am so jealous!! I'm a native Texan (currently living in the cold) and I miss the warm weather. Those pictures make me green with envy.

The things I most love about spring are mowing the lawn for the first time, sitting on my front porch after the kids are in bed, and planting my flowers and garden.

Amy said...

Hey Messed Up Texan, I just left a comment to you over on Katy's blog. I think you two crossed path due to the Blog Frog Forum. Just wanted to let you know!

Nancy said...

Well for heaven's sakes. I don't even go blog hopping, but for some odd reason I hopped here and began reading a bit of your crazy past -- is that for real!!?? But of course I have no idea who the current you is and how you got from there to here -- whatever "here" is. Can't you do a little synopsis of just who you are?? Or is that cheating like knowing the end of a story. I'm just so so confused . . . maybe it is the fact that I have been up since 3:30 cleaning up throw up . . . maybe that is why I am suddenly blog hopping . . . to escape the throw uppy pans I need to disinfect.

Anyway, none of that has anything to do with Spring (at least I hope not ever ever again will this much throw up signal Spring), but you know that being out running and seeing Robins in pretty darn exciting. That and running past a lilac bush.

Nova0437 said...

Not freezing my butt of anymore.

amaryllis_wings@yahoo.ca

Amy said...

I just finished reading your companion blog to this one, where you have links detailing parts of your past.

WOW.

In response to the giveaway, I would add that my favorite part of spring is watching my thorn bush bud into a love bush again. Gets me every year.

Rhea said...

Nice giveaway, gorgeous spring photos and great napkins!!!

My favorite part of Spring is all the blooming bushes, trees and flowers...all the animals scampering about and getting outside with the kids more.

Lisa P said...

The smell of the warm air before it gets too hot!

Ashley Ann said...

Hey SUT, I agree- I too would love to know more about how you are doing now? Are you raising your sister's kids? Where is her husband? I bet it must be pretty overwhelming, the thought of writing this all out after all of these years..but it is some pretty amazing stuff. Amazing in the sense that you SURVIVED it! Also, as a total side note on the Big Love thread- I have also enjoyed watching that show. I don't think that it would be a big deal to have them do episodes about the temple.

Stephanie :) said...

My favorite color is green and I love Spring Green the best!

Taylor Luv said...

Spring means a New Beginning to me! Time to clean up and clean out da house... start new and get ready for a new year with new things and new ages!!

I can't wait for spring here... we were teased a couple days with 45 and 46 degree weather and now today we had to wake up to -6 again!!

Please Come Spring!!

Taylor Luv,
Andrea

Jill said...

When I think of Spring I feel like new colors are added all over again, the blossoms and the tulips and daffodils. Love it!

Karen said...

The best part of SPRING is the way it smells. Last year in the spring I spent a week in Huntsville, AL. The way the dogwoods in bloom smelled was heavenly.

Shel said...

I think my favorite part is my lilac bush blooming in May. I love the smell when I go outside.

I'm also looking forward to not having to don my winter jacket anymore and getting to wear my sunglasses and short-sleeve shirts.

shel704 at aol dot com

SaMaNtHa said...

My favorite is Spring Break and having fun with my friends. I want to wear shorts eeverywhere I go and not worry about being cold. I cant wait until the first time I jump in a pool and feel the water all around me and getting sun burnt.

Mr Spooky said...

I love the fresh smell of newly cut lawn.... It takes me back to when I was child watching my Dad (he died 2 years ago) mow the yard.

mypixees3 said...

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush. ~Doug Larson
even though this isn't my saying, it is exactly how i feel!

A Mac said...

The Rain is my favorite, and I havent been getting your blog emails, the past week or two. Thanks!!

Lynne said...

Growing up half of my younger life in Massachusettes and the other half of my younger life in Arkansas I think I had a skewed view of what spring really was growing up! Today I live in Illinois and we're still (ANXIOUSLY) waiting for it to really arrive. My favorite things about spring are OPENED windows, blooming flowers, bike rides and cooking out!!!

Lola said...

MY FAVE part of spring is the idea of a 'fresh' start...so many possibilities......Thank God for fresh starts, right?
:)

Melissa said...

The look on my toddler's face when she pokes her chubby little naked toes into the grass for the first time this spring!!! Nothing better!

melissa
melissa@jessimels.com

R and R Stacy said...

I'm a blogstalker..love your blog and I love that your from Texas too!
Very cool!

Lauren said...

Springtime naps. Most people love napping during the rain. I love napping in the springtime when you can leave the window open and feel the newly warm breeze.

Megan said...

I love it when it is finally warm enough to plant my garden. There is nothing as rewarding as growing your own food. Even my kids like to help.

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