Today my granddaughter Avalyn arrived in a really adorable outfit that just screamed of springtime. I have been wanting to take a few pics of her outside, but I didn't want to attempt it without Grandpa or her mom there so she didn't fall while I was behind the camera. Fortunately, grandpa came home an hour early, so we had a little time. The weather was absolutely perfect. Tonight when I left work, it was raining out. There is really nothing else like the smell in the air when it has been raining. It wasn't too cold out, just wet, and frankly, it just felt very good. By the time I arrived at the house, there were big raindrops falling. I hadn't heard any thunder yet, but there was lightning. There were no great streaks to be seen across the sky, more like a giant cosmic camera with an enormous flash. It wasn't until I'd been in the house about an hour that I finally heard the roar of thunder. IT's still wet out, but it's 5 a.m. I am thinking the birds approve as they are singing.
When I was in school, I can recall lessons about the importance of choosing a good title. It all sounds well and good, but coming up with an interesting title seems impossible sometimes. Spring has sprung might not be clever enough, but I figured that spring was a much loved topic after the crazy winter times we've had and might spark some interest. ;) It's really been nice out most of of the week, and it is a welcome change. Bring on the warmer weather!
This weekend I was able to get out and photograph a few of the sights in my front yard. There is evidence both of death, as in the old withered rose hips, and new life in the flowers, flower buds, newly formed and forming leaves and green grass. Dandilions are practically everywhere. I was able to capture a few decent shots. The part that made it difficult was the breeze which blew the flowers about, but one has to make the best of things. I imagined what it might be like with no breeze at all to keep a good attitude.
At any rate, here are a few of the resulting photos:
Sunday, I went to church and was pleasantly surprised to see Dennis and Sandy Zech. They have a ministry that uses magic tricks laced with humor to illustrate Biblical points, and it's always a lot of fun. I didn't really know about it ahead of time, so no photos to show for it. That's probably a good thing, though. LOL I did pick up a few magic tricks (e.g. turning a penny into a dime) for my husband. By the time Avalyn and Jocelin are old enough to appreciate it, he should be a master at it!
I have been keeping pretty busy between watching Avalyn, and work lately. Things are starting to get really busy. I had hoped to check my leave schedule today, and then see if I could work something out so that I could see This Providence on the 28th. Before I could even ask, we were being offered credit leave with restrictions, namely that it cannot be used until after the program completion date which is probably sometime near the end of May. This means they are a little behind, and that no one will be too thrilled to grant me any unscheduled leave. Unfortunately the tour was announced a little to late for me to put in for the show ahead of time. I have really missed This Providence, and I so want to see the guys again, but I'm not seeing how at this point. Hopefully it won't be such a long time between tours and I can see them in the fall? I just keep telling myself that there is a reason for everything.
On the bright side, I do have a ticket to see The Spill Canvas on Saturday. It's been a while, and I am definitely looking forward to it.
On the 27th, Fireflight will be here, and I have the same issue as with the This Providence show. The difference is that I usually do work for the promoter, so I will most likely be working for the concert before the show and leaving to head for work before the show even starts.
It's so hard to believe that April is more than half over, and that it will soon be May. This year is most certainly flying by rather quickly. Have the days gotten shorter, or am I just old? Wait -- that is a rhetorical question!! LOL
Falling behind is something I do well. I really haven't fallen off the face of the earth, but I have been busy, and a little overwhelmed with the mundane tasks of living. In the midst of goofing off (aka facebook), watching my granddaughter, going to shows, working full time and trying to get my house babyproofed, I keep hoping there will be time in there somewhere for a good night's sleep.
The last couple of days had me rather preoccupied with filing taxes. Hopefully that is done and I will soon get good news that my tax forms have been accepted. Then, and only then, will I breathe a huge sigh of relief. It will probably be heard for miles.
Apart from working and filing taxes, I have been to a few outstanding concerts: Sherwood with Seabird and John Allred (what an awesome show, which definitely deserves it's own blog) and We Shot the Moon. I am another year older and officially eligible for the senior menu at many fine establishments.
My granddaughter is quickly becoming the world's most photographed baby. And, a few of my garden flowers are trying to bloom, if the snow will just stay away long enough.
I love music! And I love going to concerts!! My favorite thing to do is to go to a concert with my Canon 20D and take photographs.
I love God, but I don't always live it out like I should. I'm trying to work on this, but I really need His help. I can't do it on my own.
When I look at the mountains I'm reminded that God truly creates, we can only duplicate it in some way. He is the author of beauty.