Monday, April 26, 2010

My Dear Readers

I may not have a lot of readers, but the ones I've got are top notch. I recently received a popover recipe and a clipping from a shelter magazine that reminded the sender of my bed linens post. They both made me smile. Thanks guys!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Lawn Flowers

Is there anything better than picking violets from your back yard? I doubt it. 

Anyone know what these guys are called? They're so cute!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Cherry Blossom Memories

We used to have a gigantic cherry tree in our back yard. My safety hazard of an 80s metal swing set rested beneath its great canopy. I spent many a summer afternoon sitting on my swing, kicking around cherry pits in the dirt. (This sounds awful, but I assure you it's a pleasant memory — I'm a thinker.) The cherry pits and the expansive shade were not good for the rest of our yard's ecosystem, and the tree eventually came down. Today I asked my dad if the petals on those cherry blossoms were pink or white. He thinks maybe white, while I think they were pink. How can it be that neither of us remember? 

The more I think about it, the more I think they must have been pink, because I have such an affinity for pink fallen petals on grass. They're so beautiful, unlike the mess magnolia petals make. Seriously if you have to rake up your tree blossom petals, it's not worth it. 

I am considering planting a pink-blossomed cherry tree in our yard if the opportunity ever presents itself. For the time being, though, I can enjoy my neighbors small ones that were planted way too close to our fence. If I'm patient, one day my kids will be able to swing underneath their canopies.

Every morning I see a a sign advertising a cherry blossom festival in Branch Brook Park. I figured it was out in Western NJ but apparently it's in Newark! More conveniently located, but less idyllic... It's happening from April 10th to the 18th so get it while it's hot if you're interested. Maybe I'll see you there.

This is the best thing...

That NYU ever offered NYC in return for taking over the Village.

And they even took the fences down this year!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Sharing A Poem: Welcome Spring

Loved this poem from the Writer's Almanac and had to pass it along and give thanks for living on the East Coast, where we have four seasons and spotting spring flora is a spiritual experience.

The Saints of April
by Todd Davis

Coltsfoot gives way to dandelion,
plum to apple blossom. Cherry fills
our woods, white petals melting
like the last late snow. Dogwood's
stigmata shine with teh blood
of this season. How holy
forsythia and redbud are
as they consume their own
flowers, green leaves running
down their crowns. Here is
the shapeliness of bodies
newly formed, the rich cloth
that covers frail bones and hides
roots that hold fervently
to this dark earth.

-For Jack Ridl