April 30, 2014

April in Pictures

Perhaps T.S. Eliot was correct that "April is the cruelest month" since it teased us with glimpses of sunshine and early blossoms and punished us with so many cold and rainy days. But perhaps it's best to remain hopeful that "April showers bring May flowers."


April 30, 2014 Photo (120/365): "April Morning"

"When you rise in the morning, 
give thanks for the light, 
for your life, for your strength. 
Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. 
If you see no reason to give thanks, 
the fault lies in yourself." ~ Tecumseh

April 29, 2014


April 29, 2014 (119/365): "April Showers"

"Let the rain kiss you. 
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. 
Let the rain sing you a lullaby." ~ Langston Hughes

April 28, 2014


April 28, 2014 Photo (118/365): "Budding"

Facing a week of unseasonably 
cold temperatures, high winds, and rain, 
it's difficult to imagine that May is only two days away.
Yet a closer look hints at brighter days...

April 27, 2014


April 27, 2014 Photo (117/365): "Weather"

"In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours." ~ Mark Twain

[Today was one of those days!]

April 26, 2014


April 26, 2014 Photo (116/365): "Pure Joy"

"Forsythia is pure joy. 
There is not an ounce, not a glimmer of sadness. 
Pure, undiluted, untouched joy."
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

This is how I know that spring is finally here!

April 25, 2014


April 25, 2014 Photo (115/365): "Crocus"

"Then from my heart will young petals diverge,
As rays of the sun from their focus;
I from the darkness of earth shall emerge,
A happy and beautiful crocus."
~ Emily Dickinson

April 24, 2014


For Easter Sunday, I made this lovely spinach salad 
with fresh strawberries and candied pecans. 
I created my first Steller photo story with these photos,
 and thought you might enjoy the recipe too :)

April 24, 2014 Photo (114/365): "Strawberry Spinach Salad"

April 23, 2014


April 23, 2014 Photo (113/365): "Cent mille mercis!"

Today, I surpassed 100,000 visits to my blog --
Now that's something to celebrate!
Merci cent mille fois! XO

April 22, 2014


April 22, 2014 Photo (112/365): "Earth Day"

“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity…These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.” 

~ Gaylord Nelson, Wisconsin governor, US Senator, and founder of Earth Day

April 21, 2014


April 21, 2014 Photo (111/365): "Through"

"The only way round is through." ~ Robert Frost

We made it through the winter and preserved our sanity.
Now we look toward summer on the lake...

April 20, 2014


April 20, 2014 Photo (110/365): "Crocus"

So thankful for the blessings of this lovely day with our families! Happy Easter!
April 19, 2014


April 19, 2014 Photo (109/365): "Easter Eggs"

"Beauty seen is never lost;
God's colors all are fast."
~ John Greenleaf Whittier

April 18, 2014


April 18, 2014 Photo (108/365): "Barefoot"

A warm spring day at the lake: 
Hard cool sand between your toes,
water so cold you almost can't stand it,
sunshine so bright you have to shield your eyes.

April 17, 2014


April 17, 2014 Photo (107/365): "Partout"

"Il y a des fleurs partout pour qui veut bien les voir." ~ Henri Matisse
April 16, 2014


April 16, 2014 Photo (106/365): "Jelly Beans"

"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all." ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

April 15, 2014


April 15, 2014 Photo (105/365): "Inside"

“Your vision becomes clear when you look inside your heart. 
Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” ~  Carl Jung

April 14, 2014


April 14, 2014 Photo (104/365): "Perspective"

"Change in all things is sweet." ~ Aristotle

Everyone once and a while, 
it's good to look at things from a different perspective, 
to reconsider the obvious or comfortable choice. 
To that end, it's time for a spring makeover -- 
 a clean layout & subtle palate to showcase my photos.

April 13, 2014


April 13, 2014 Photo (103/365): "First Forsythia"

One tiny shoot at the base of the forsythia 
decided that it was just as tired of waiting for spring as I am!
April 12, 2014


April 12, 2014 Photo (102/365): "Au café"

Day 1 of Spring Break Staycation 2014: Breakfast at Le Rêve 
(If I can't be in Paris, at least I can pretend ;)

April 11, 2014


April 11, 2014 Photo (101/365): "Wanderlust"

It's officially Spring Break and I have a major case of wanderlust. Last year, I was enjoying long strolls under blossoming trees and the lovely weather that is quintessential "April in Paris." This year it's gray skies, a good chance of rain (possibly snow!), and brisk walks under bare trees -- springtime in Wisconsin. What Spring Break 2014 lacks in atmosphere, I hope to make up for in much-needed rest, a couple of good books, and a bit of pampering. Maybe I don't need a change in latitude to change my attitude...but it wouldn't hurt!

April 10, 2014


April 10, 2014 Photo (100/365): "Camomile"

Camomile is a lovely little flower 
that offers health and beauty benefits that can make you even lovelier! 

Chamomile tea bags applied on eyes reduce dark circles and puffiness. / Bathing in chamomile-infused water leaves skin refreshed and luminous. / Chamomile lotions help soothe sensitive and irritated skin. / Chamomile tea at bedtime helps calm the senses and induce sleep. / A natural muscle relaxant, camomile helps relieve aches and pains. / Chamomile tea also aids digestion and treats tummy trouble. / Chamomile tea can help to reduce anxiety and migraine headaches.
April 09, 2014


April 9, 2014 Photo (099/365): "Growth"

"Growth itself contains the germ of happiness." ~ Pearl S. Buck

Yesterday's nourishing rain and encouraging sunshine
brought forth tender green leaves: 
coral bells announcing the arrival of spring.

April 08, 2014


April 8, 2014 (098/365): "April Showers"

"April is the cruelest month, breeding 
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing 
Memory and desire, stirring 
Dull roots with spring rain."
~ The Waste Land (T.S. Eliot)

April 07, 2014


April 7, 2014 Photo (097/365): "Unique"

"In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different." ~ Coco Chanel

April 06, 2014


April 6, 2014 Photo (096/365): "Gates"

Today the sky is blue, the sun is warm, and the winds are fair.

One month from today, the grass will be green, 
the ice will be gone, these gates will be open,
 and our boat will be in the water!
April 05, 2014


April 5, 2014 Photo (095/365): "Fleurir"

"Soyons reconnaissants aux personnes qui nous donnent du bonheur. 
Elles sont les charmants jardiniers par qui nos âmes fleurissent." ~ Marcel Proust

April 04, 2014


April 4, 2014 Photo (094/365): "Farewell Buster"

Farewell, Sweet Buster, my first nephew. You always greeted us with a smile, an enthusiastic howl, and tail that never stopped wagging. You were a good dog, a loyal friend, and a great big brother. Thank you for the joy you brought to your family for nearly twelve years. You have left our lives, but you will never leave our hearts. 

Love always, Auntie

April 03, 2014


April 3, 2014 Photo (093/365): "Les moules"

We were disappointed when our favorite restaurant here in Okauchee Lake closed last fall, but we're thrilled that it has since reopened as Le Rendez-vous. The proprietor is Parisian and the chefs are experimenting with a variety of French fare, including crêpes, mussels, soupe à l'oignon, crème brûlée...miam! Delicious, but now I miss France even more. 

April 02, 2014


April 2, 2014 Photo (092/365): "Cardinal Rules"

“A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer; it sings because it has a song.” ~ Maya Angelou 

His morning song, crimson feathers, 
and suspicious stare challenge me
as I peer through the glass.