Friday, March 30, 2018

Early Spring Drive

Hello, Dear Friends, I hope that you are finding small 
pleasures in simple things as we journey 
into spring together. 

Or autumn, if you are on the opposite end of this
beautiful Earth that we all call home.

My internet has been down the last little while.
Ramblin' Man was away ramblin' and I was here 
alone, so I waited for him to get home to figure things out. 

It's all a mystery to me.......

With an interactive phone call, he and the tech figured it out. 

So grateful for his 'expertise'.

I have missed catching up with all of you! 
I hope you can come along on an early spring drive!

The plum trees are blooming and I wanted to
share them with you before they fade away.  

Such a cheerful sight after a long and dreary winter.

A lovely touch of color against dark evergreen trees.

A sweet blue bungalow and pink tree = love. 

The very first home I lived in as a child was similar to this,
set in a pretty hemlock grove
by a small, New England lake.

I remember best, the 'sun-porch' with its high,
 pane'd windows just like this one.
I have a lovely memory of a cushioned, wicker love seat
under the windows where my Mother
taught me to sew.
I held a large, plastic needle, threaded with colorful
yarn that I used to sew bright felt bunnies,
chicks and flowers together through pre-punched holes.
The morning sunbeams shone through the windows
and a little bird sang outside.
The call had two notes - one high and one low.

I've always wanted to know what kind of bird that was.

Whenever I have gone back to visit loved ones in New England,
I occasionally hear that bird and
it reminds me of those precious mornings when
my Mother was young and I was small.

When I drive down these country roads,
my heart just smiles. <3

I simply can't get enough of the spring beauty.

 14,411 ft. Mt. Rainier dominates the skyline.

The wild plum on the road to home at the edge of the 'elk field'.

Right before we turn to reach the top of our little mountain.

We stop to open the gate.

We admire the pretty blossoms once inside.

Kai and Whitey Bear.......

The welcoming committee.

Come inside - I'll bake some cookies!

Have a Happy and Blessed Easter and Passover, Dear Friends!

So glad that you came along!



  1. So pretty! And so nice to see what's blooming on the other side of the country. We are supposed to be in the 50's today but then back to the 30's tomorrow. We have sunshine and remnants of snow. It is quite ugly here right now. Thank you for the breath of Spring air!

  2. Dear Karen ~ I just love your beautiful countryside with the lovely plum trees and others in bloom. You are so blessed to live where you do. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a very nice Easter filled with love, peace & joy ~ FlowerLady

  3. We have similar scenes with blooming pink and white trees here in Oregon City where I live in Oregon. So very pretty!!!! Many bulbs are blooming in my yard as well. I am so looking forward to getting out and about on little hikes and to the coast and enjoying great weather.

  4. Oh how I love spring with the dash of color that comes on the tree and the blooming flowers that bring back lovely color to our brown and cloudy days of winter. We are just seeing some color too, so exciting. Now if we can just enjoy some warmer days too with a break from all this rain.
    Hope you enjoy a lovely Easter!

  5. Thank you for sharing with us such lovely photos of spring's pallette of colors. It warmed my heart when you told the story of learning to sew with your dear mother. And, your cookies look delicious. Wishing you and your dear family a very blessed Easter. Pat 🐣🐰

  6. Dear Karen,

    Beautiful signs of Spring around your place and love the pretty pink blossom trees. You live in a beautiful place in the world and love your sweet welcoming committee.
    Wishing you and your dear family a happy and blessed Easter

  7. What a lovely Spring drive, Karen. We have the same Pink blossom trees that grace our town, but the rain swept them away, and now they are just the leaves. Your cookies looks Yummy. I hope you had a wonderful Easter. I'm wondering if your internet being down for awhile has anything to do with the "garden show" still showing on my side bar. It is a mystery to me, but I guess we'll see.

    Happy Spring days, Karen. It's always such a pleasure to go on your country drives.


  8. What a lovely Spring Drive, the colours are wonderful.

    All the best Jan

  9. I really like your post good blog on site,Thanks for your sharing.


  10. Oh Karen! It did my heart good today to see the beautiful blooms out in your part of the world! I know it can't be long now before we see such blooms, and I can't wait! The plum trees blooms are absolutely STUNNING! How wonderful to take such a lovely spring drive, and then come home to such a stately welcoming crew! Your dogs are just so special and beautiful! And those cookies, yumm! Perhaps I need to do some baking today, as it is a rainy wet day here! Always love a visit with you sweet friend, and praying for you as you mourn the loss of your precious kitty :) Hugs!

  11. Oh, the glory of your spring with those amazing blooms! And the pretty Easter cookies... Yes, something is definitely wrong with the google follow here. I might have missed one post, maybe a couple (if I was traveling or sick, which I wasn't) but not this many -- and I bet more.


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