All over the world, trees are planted by squirrels who bury nuts, then forget where they hid them. Maybe the tree in our yard where this effervescent little guy sits was planted by his great-great-grandfather!
And maybe if we plant an idea, a smile, a good deed or a kind word… it will grow into something big and beautiful, too!
Foto Friday Series and a response to RDP #71: Effervescent
The faucet at the kitchen sink is dripping again. Hmm, I thought we fixed that! It’s amazing how loud it sounds as I lounge in my favorite chair with my morning coffee. Just as I take a sip, the automatic ice-maker deposits its latest round of fresh ice into the freezer’s dispenser. The sudden racket startles me and coffee dribbles down the front of my pretty pink shirt. Now I’m perturbed… even the clocks annoy me! We have two pendulum clocks; a grandfather clock in the dining room and a mantle clock over the fireplace. Usually the pendulums swing at the same pace, but this morning one is out of sync, so the normal “tick-tock” in unison now resonates “tick-tick-tock-tock” instead. How can that be, I ask you? They both show exactly the same time! I take a deep breath – and another sip of coffee. Tap-tap-tappity-tap-tap! Are you kidding me? The obnoxious woodpecker is causing commotion again today. He thinks it’s funny – I know he does – to drill like a jackhammer on the gutters of our house rather than one of the dozen trees in our backyard. I march out onto the deck, flinging my arms like a mad woman to shoo him away. I settle back into my chair, slip my shoes off, put my feet up and grab my cup of coffee; which unfortunately has gotten cold, but I drink it anyway. A faint clank and a whoosh of air tells me the air conditioner has kicked on and there will be a bit of white noise until the temperature inside the house has met its goal. I reach down and pull a light-weight blanket over my bare feet (they get cold when the air is on). A contented sigh escapes me as I begin to relax. Beep, beep, beep! The dryer down the hall indicates the clothes that have long been tumbling are finally dry. If it wasn’t so quiet in here, I might have missed the signal. Wait, what? It’s not quiet in here! It’s chaos! I might as well get up and fold the laundry… and change my shirt!
Playing with words this morning, this is my response to RDP #68 Word Prompt – Play
Nothin’ says “summer” like throwing rocks into the water… every little boy’s joy!
Here’s a related haiku for Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge – Sates & Fuels:
His innocent dreams,
satiated by nature,
fueled by outdoor fun!
It’s the middle of a long hot summer where I live, but I have the changing seasons to look forward too! In a few months my morning walks will be gold instead of green.
Roses are drooping
Petals are falling
Ground is scorched by
the heat of the sun
Moon is waning
Stars are hiding
the dark velvet skies
Summer is folding
Autumn is calling
Crisp, pretty leaves
now crunch at my feet
Storm is brewing
Cold is looming
Icy winds bite at
the innocent breeze
Color is fading
Nothing is growing
Dreary days plague us
as winter sets in
Air is warming
Snow is melting
Clouds weep with joy
for hope has returned
Green is bursting
Birds are chirping
Spring has arrived
all’s right with the world!
Yellow roses were my mother-in-law’s favorite flower. I never met my husband’s mother – she died years before we were married – but because she loved these flowers, I love them too!
Photo taken in Loose Park Rose Garden, Kansas City, MO
Also a pic for Floral Friday Fotos
Waterford, a seaport in southeast Ireland, is the country’s oldest city. It was founded by Vikings in 914 A.D. and parts of its ancient city wall still remain. Famed glass manufacturer Waterford Crystal began there in 1783. We enjoyed a tour of the company’s facility located near the historic district. As we explored more of the city, we noticed this street portrait of a Glassblower embedded in the wall. Seemed appropriate for both the challenges “travel” and “portrait”.
For RTD #55: Travel and Tourmaline One-Word Photo Challenge: Portrait
Lovely views from the roof-top of Winchester Cathedral in Winchester, England
For Nancy Merrill Photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: From Above