Reflections of Shabbat

Yesterday, as is typical on shabbat, I spent time relaxing and taking in the outdoors.

Breathing in the near-country air, and reveling in the sights and sounds of a healthy yard give me great satisfaction.  It’s a necessary recharge for this introverted gal.

What I noticed yesterday in particular was the insect population, both good, bad and neutral.

Ant hills dot the yard.  These busy yard citizens are defying the hard packed soil and building in every bare locale.  Fat ones, skinny ones, red ones, black ones – constant motion all.

Gnats are beginning to show, little annoyances that tickle my skin.

Mosquitoes were mostly quiet yesterday, although they are certainly amassed and ready for conquer this year.  Our drained pool/pond was an attractant like no other, of this I’m certain.

Paper wasps are busily building a structure on the fence, just behind my clematis bush.  I’ll warn visitors who choose to sit in the area, as I’d rather they build there than above the entrance door as they tend to do.

Ladybugs are every place I look in the yard this year.  Not en masse, mind you, simply quiet little worker bugs who have spread out to selectively rule over their predators in every corner.  As I sat, I watched many of them lifting and alighting across the lawn.

Flea beetles have managed to find the broccoli, in concert with the cabbage moth.  Little holes, big holes – they’ve done much damage in a short time.

Negro bugs are appearing across the gardens.  I just identified these little shiny things today, and cannot quite decide if they’re foe or neutral.  I don’t see damage on the leafs they’re on, but will watch them closely.

Butterflies are making an appearance, flitting and flirting in crazed dance recitals held in the air.

A special treat was the aerial flight of a goatsbeard seed, gracefully floating like a parasol bent upward, to land just nearby.  I can’t describe the simple joy this flight imparted.

goatsbeard seed head

Isn’t God’s creation grand?

Dreamin’ Gal

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Sabbath Beauties

The sun came out from behind the clouds and the fog burned off.  The afternoon was irresistible, and so I enjoyed a thorough review of the yard.

Here’s what I enjoyed today:

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Making Progress

I cannot tell you how relieved I was once the electricians had completed the kitchen rewire!  One of our light fixtures was surrounded by blackish marks on the plaster and furring strips when we pulled the ceiling tile, and that light crackled when I next turned it on.

Now, a fabulous new ceiling fan with light hangs in its place:

New ceiling fan and light

Most fabulously, this light wonder of air movement was on sale for less than $40!  Win!

We’ve been moving right along with the kitchen redo, squeezing in work in between other obligations like jobs and events and garden and such, oh my!  Slowly but surely, we’re making progress in the kitchen.

bye bye redHere is a peek at the cubby corner, where the red is losing ground.  Hurrah!  Hubby never wanted red in the kitchen, but I was in my “phase”, ya know?  Out with the darned country blue and in with the fresh new red.

Ha!

Well, now I’m ready for some calm and serene, so green is the color of the new “phase”.

Color scheme comparisonJust for a quick design check, I set a few of the new laminate floor tiles in the corner.  I really think I’m going to enjoy the final effect.

No more peeking now, ya hear?

It was a fabulously sunny day, so I did take a few minutes to soak in some sunshine and enjoy the colors of spring:

Wild Violets Yellow tulips Yellow and Red tulips Color combination tulips Long tulip stemsPerhaps I do yet enjoy red – just not in the kitchen.  ;)

Keep dreamin’!