It’s been quite a while since I played in the #Weekend Coffee Share but I’m so happy to be sitting down with you today and catching up.
If you’d stopped by yesterday, we most definitely would have sat out on the front porch – it was our first really warm bordering-on-hot Spring day. It’s cooler today, but there’s no holding Spring back now – almost all the trees are at least in some stage of budding if not outright leafing now, and yesterday the first of my lilies-of-the-valley started popping. Hopefully by mid-week they’ll be enough blooming so I can pick a small bouquet – I truly love their scent.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this has been a fairly strange atypical week. I managed to pull a muscle/pinch a nerve in my shoulder last weekend and was pretty much out of commission all week, as I was doing my best to keep my right arm immobilized. I found it easier to just give up and have an unscheduled online break, rather than trying to figure out how to navigate a keyboard without reinjuring myself. My plan paid off as I’m better now, but as a result I feel a bit behind in everything AND I’m feeling extra chatty. It must be all those backed up words I couldn’t type!
While we’re sipping our coffee, let me mention that today is Herb Day, always observed on the first Saturday in May, and it’s a celebration of herbs and all things herbal. Did you know that the International Herb Association has chosen Capsicum Peppers as the herb of the year for 2016?
One doesn’t often think of peppers as herbs, but a general definition is “a seed-producing annual, biennial, or perennial that does not develop persistent woody tissue but dies down at the end of a growing season; a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities.”
I usually reserve my limited gardening space for growing flowers and leave the veggie growing for my green-thumbed brother who generously shares his bounty, but I suspect I’ll be planting a pepper or two in honor of this year’s winner.
My mind certainly seems to be on the garden and all things flowery. It IS May so I’m not surprised. I had been considering blogging a Merry Month of May abecedarium of flowers, but perhaps I’ll settle for a few scattered posts instead.
But I do have a few more floral things to share with you now. I participated in iHanna’s DIY postcard swap, and this week it was time to send our ten postcards winging their way around the world. I sent mine out under the auspices of House of Good Fortune – I eat the cookies for you! That’s just fair warning that I’m a collector and not above including cookie fortunes in almost everything. Here’s one of the cards I sent out.
I’d also let you page through the latest issue of Flow magazine, the gem from the Netherlands dedicated to the love of all things paper. Admittedly the subscription was an indulgence, but I never regret it any time an issue shows up in my mailbox to delight me. Each issue contains a few papery treats, and among them this time are some pull out cardstock-weight flower prints. I’ve taken a photo of one of my favorites, and on it I’ve place a fabulous new brooch I purchased. Well it’s not new, it’s actually a treasure from the 1940s – a lovely reverse carved clear lucite pin with white flowers. Isn’t it wonderful?
Now that I’ve let you peek into my week, what about you? What are you celebrating? What treasure is making you smile? Share my belief that there can never be too many flowers? Have a favorite Spring flower? Do tell – you know I love to hear.