Do you think Winter is finally winding down? It's a beautiful Spring day here today. I've got the windows open just a little to enjoy the fresh (although still cool) air. The mounds of snow are getting smaller every day and yesterday, for the first time in ages, I was able to get out for a walk in the garden. I even noticed a few green shoots coming up! Unfortunately, the rabbits have already gotten to most of them (darn rabbits!).
I've always thought that ranunculus were beautiful. I've never seen them as cut flowers where I live but they are sold in pots in the Spring. I nabbed this one last week. It had one little flower but it also had a couple of buds so I bought it, hoping that it will keep blooming for a couple of weeks.
The buds are getting larger and I think will probably open up later this week. I've enjoyed a steady stream of potted plants this year without spending a lot of money. A local garden centre gave away small pots of primulas as a promotion every weekend in March and this pot of ranunculus was only $3.99. Pots of flowers last so much longer than cut flowers which means I get to enjoy them longer.
This tea cup belonged to my Mom. We've started going through her things. I know some of you have had to deal with this so you know how difficult and emotional it is. I'm trying to keep only the things that I will use or want to display. Of course, there will be a few sentimental things that will be tucked away but I don't want to stash everything in boxes and shove them in the basement, never to look at them again. Mom wouldn't want that. She enjoyed her things and I believe that they should continue to be enjoyed.
I kept her tea cups. I plan to display them and change them seasonally - and enjoy a cup of tea in them every so often! They always sat on a special shelf, some of them given to her when she was married 60 years ago. As I washed them up, I thought how often we stop noticing the beauty of the things in our homes. I made a decision to try to enjoy my pretty things and actually use them for more than just photo props. Do you use a pretty cup when you have a cup of tea? Or, like me, do you grab the closest mug?
My grandmother always thought tea tasted better in a pretty tea cup. I think she was right.