Wednesday, April 25, 2007

OK, people find beauty in different places, in different things. While some may think the picture below is ugly—it’s not. It’s a photograph of promise…The Upper Peninsula is waking up.
This is my Lilac bush coming back to life after a long winter’s nap. My first sign of spring. I’ve been looking for days—for weeks.

My Mother-in-law and Sister-in-law are flying in tomorrow for a visit. I’m looking so forward to seeing them. Tonight might be a little busy getting things ready, but the minute their plane lands I’ll be relaxing. They’re real low maintenance and team players game to do almost anything.

I’ve been catching up on my journal reading. Lots of great quilts out there –

Gratitudes
Warming Temperatures Outside
Macaroni and Cheese
Chocolate Mint Anything

16 comments:

Fiona said...

Nope, that's not ugly at all. Have a great time with your MIL and SIL.

Patti said...

I can't imagine anyone with an eye for line and design thinking this is an ugly picture - or anyone with the sense of wonder I feel every spring as I watch the world wake again.

Juliann in WA said...

lilacs bushes are amazing - from this to the beautiful flowers they will yield - have a great visit with you MIL and SIL

Libby said...

Seeing the first buds of life on anything really is the best sign of hope *s*
No lilacs will grow in my area - you are lucky you get to enjoy them. Have fun with the fam.

anne bebbington said...

Aren't low-maintenance guests that are happy to 'muck-in' just the best sort to have - enjoy your visitors and the rest after all that 'prom' hard work

Jane Ann said...

Down South we're still assessing the damage wrought by several 20-degree days following 80-degree days that brought everything to bloom. The crape myrtles, Japanese maples, and boxwoods look ready for ICU, but the garden gurus tell us not to prune; leave everything alone. I wonder if anything that lives will have a second bloom or just struggle till fall.

Love your description of your MIL and SIL. Another way of saying "good sport," which is a trait I tell my children is highly important in a prospective mate (his family too). Lucky you--but I bet the fondness is reciprocated.

May Britt said...

It is always so lovely to see spring wakening up from the cold winter. The snow is meltet now where I live. We had rain today, and it is going to be sun and warm the next day's. And if it does it will probably be an explotion of spring!!!!!!!

Carol said...

What a wonderful picture...spring is certainly there...we are not lucky enough to have lilacs in Florida so this is truly beautiful to me...enjoy your visit with family.

Leigh said...

Lilac is one of my very favorites. Enjoy watching those buds develope. :-)

Rose said...

Autumn here, so thing r starting to look plain (except the fantastic tree colours) after a long spring and summer of brilliant colour.....the first signs of spring r so special, lilacs r gorgeous...plz post pics when the beautiful flowers appear!!!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Love the new banner and the signs of spring. We are at the opposite stage! Prom idea looked great, Tracey

Finn said...

Hi Mel, I love your 'promise of spring'..*VBS* I posted a very similar one on Sunday, Earth Day. Just the barest hint of leaves coming. Of course you are many degrees further north than we are, but the promise is there. Happy Springtime! Love the prom pics, Chelsey is so beautiful, and what a cool theme! Hugsm Finn

Beemoosie said...

I love that picture...I was outside this morning thinking how beautiful the budding trees look...it's a good thing!

Wendy said...

My lilacs bush has just started to bloom...love the scent. Have fun relaxing with the MIL and SIL.

Clare said...

This sounds terrible! We are in the last throes of Spring. The lilac is nearly over, all the blossom has turned into small fruit and everything has a look of June about it. Can't believe it is still only April (nearly May) and the temp is in the top 20's (centigrade) - no rain for about 2 weeks, maybe longer. Your Chelsey is beautiful and she is so lucky to have a Mum like you.

Karen said...

Very neat picture; it's underway.