Images of Springtime!

By , April 22, 2014


Happy Spring to you!

Ohh this time of the year is glorious, with apple blossoms and tulips and the grass greening up by the hour. Lilacs coming soon, and some peach blossoms on the homegrown peach tree (above)!

It’s been a while since I posted, with the usual ups and downs of life intervening… a terrible cold germ that gripped our household and overstayed its welcome by weeks, more medical testing and appointments which drain my energy but are part of the deal right now, a long overdue visit to the dentist with shocking news of 7 cavities — then a couple appointments to get them filled, along with a definite improvement in my condition thanks to the fabulous antibiotic, and then a bit of a relapse with my lungs certainly improved (ohhhh what sweet relief!!!), but still with a ways to go, with the underlying issue persisting. A recent sinus CT scan showed sinusitis in several areas which has likely been there for the past 3 years, improved by — but persisting through — multiple rounds of antibiotics, and largely ignored by me (as were the cavities) because of so much other crap going on in my body. It’s possible that my sinuses have been seeding my lungs continuously with infection, but it’s not clear yet.

And so it goes. But of course amidst the churning and distress and medical decision making that goes with being sick, there is beauty and sweetness all around, and having My People around me (or thru phone/email/video skype) is highly sustaining. Good things have happened too — I won tickets to the theater to see our children’s chorale sing, which turned into the most wonderful, stress-free afternoon out with F., where we could each forget our respective life-stressors, be lifted out of Survival Mode for a few hours, and be doing something fun and not too energy intensive, simply for the Joy of it! What a concept!!!!!! It was something that we both sorely needed as life has been awfully Real lately for both of us. We got sushi after the show and came home and had a picnic outside in the pretty evening.

And this year our bird baths are overflowing with the comings and goings of robins, finches, chickadees, nuthatch type things, grackles, a mystery bird, and even a couple of blue jays one special afternoon. Birds and birdsong add such a wonderful element to life, and I’m very thankful for them personally. And I love that when I’m resting out on the grass, they feel safe enough now to come within a few feet to bathe and drink.


So here are a number of pictures from the past couple months, as winter has wound down and spring has begun in earnest. And now, with spring is in its peak week, I am loving every second of it!

I hope this post finds you all well and enjoying your springtime (or hopefully that you will be soon, if winter is still hanging on in your neck of the woods)!


6 Responses to “Images of Springtime!”

  1. Isabelle says:

    Lovely photos. Spring has yet to arrive in Central Maine. Crocuses just opened two days ago, am forcing forsythia which brings spring to my desk where I work and study (Master’s in Nursing almost complete). Did have fresh chives on my salad yesterday, sage and two lavenders (Munstead and Jean Davis) did make it thru under turned over flower pot even though buried under 5 feet of snow from the snow plow. Also evidence of black stemmed peppermint and oregano. My favorite nursery Black Eyed Susan’s in Augusta, Maine opened Monday, so off this weekend for herbs that did not survive the winter. Interesting, I have the same pitcher featured in several of your photos.
    Stay well, enjoy the gardens and I’ll look for your blog post next round.

  2. pP says:

    I am astounded that in spite of the issues that your body is hammered with, you can, at least for chunks of time, look outside and see beautiful surroundings. and you focus your camera and words on these stunningly beautiful pieces of the world. I am always flabbergasted at your eye for these images.
    probably my favorites in this group are two–the VERY wintery scene of the maple tree and a cold blustery gray sky–and then a few images later, another tree with spring buds shooting out and an equally powerful deep blue sky. I hope you can save those pics and publish them. and of course, your little home scaled cat scan–the same one that guards your back porch against encroaching mice.
    take care of yourself and get well asap.

  3. Lindsey says:

    pP- SUCH a nice comment, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    with much love,

  4. Lindsey says:

    Late Spring! Is that typical of Central Maine? Or is this year unusual?
    Almost have your Masters- NICE!!! congratulations on that.
    Especially interesting is that you have the same pitcher as in my photos. It was my grandmother’s, who lived in PA, but vacationed in Maine in later years. I wonder about its history; I must ask my dad! Where did yours come from?

  5. Hello Lindsey,
    It was so nice to hear from you recently. Wanted to pop by and say hello back!

    Lots of love to you!

  6. Evi says:

    Hi Lindsey,
    It’s been a long time since you’ve written to us, hope all is well with you.
    Been thinking about you a lot, you must be the most courageous person I know…
    Don’t get the time to write to you though as I have three little ones now, my youngest baby girl, Emily, is almost 11 months.
    But keep us posted please, even though we have never met you are in my heart as a dear friend.
    Love, Evi

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