"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Monday, May 24, 2021

The early morning air is still cool............

but there is now a fragrance in the blowing breeze, coming from the fields and road sides 
that are covered in vibrant, multi-colored wildflowers. 
As the day warms up, the fragrance gets stronger.........
it is May.
Recent, welcoming, rains have brought life to the grounds and to the surrounding 
woods. The mesquite trees, which were ragged and bare just a few weeks ago,
are now fully dressed in their vibrant green leaves.  The woods look dark
and cool with all of this greenery.  

At this time the mesquites are covered in blooms which look much 
like fat, yellow caterpillars.  They are soft as such, and have a sweet fragrance.
The large cactus bushes that I selected to remain for my dry garden
are in bloom, 

They have large cabbage style flowers in vibrant yellow with
rose colored buds. They are at their prettiest this time of  year.
The month of May has awakened not only the flowers and plants,
but rabbits are selecting their hiding places for their nests of
warm tiny bunnies,
and the  same kind of wild bird, with the long beak and vibrant orange
eyes, has come back to build a nest  in the old metal tub 
that hangs on the wall of my vintage dishware shop. 

No matter how much activity is happening in and around the shop, 
it feels perfectly at home. 
Speaking of my shop...........
I have spent these past weeks working at rearranging 
shelves of vintage dishes and glassware for display.
I also painted and designed the floor. I hope to 
open to the public for sales, now that the virus has
seemed to be calmed down.  I have a tour of my shop
if you would like to see on my embroidery blog. You can visit by clicking onto
this link     Yesteryear Embroideries

I want to thank you all for still checking and leaving comments......
asking about how our son Zack is doing.  He is doing very well. 
He is back at his work and feeling like his normal self. 
He has been very humbled in knowing how many of  you have asked about him
and have prayed for him........he and I both say 
"thank you" 

May is also the start of "stormy season"
Sometimes the clouds give the sense of 
hope and relief of welcoming rain...........
sometimes they give the sense of dread
of hail and high wind coming.
Here's wishing for you....... pleasant weather and with pretty things
growing in your backyard. 


Lady Locust said...

First and foremost, he is back at work! Wow!!! God certainly is good~ Amen.
And next wow is your floor. Oh my you are a talented one. Your shop looks like so much fun. I too hope you get to have sales. It needs admirers :-)

happyone said...

Things sure looking beautiful out your way and the bunny made me smile. It always amazes me how quickly everything greens up once it starts.
So glad to hear how well your son is doing!!
I didn't realize you had a shop - it looks lovely - would love to see it in person.

Nancy J said...

Love, care, prayers and our thoughts travel like a cloud, scudding across the skies and above the seas to arrive and spread it round you all, Zac , such good news, take care and go slowly, Love your garden, the wee bunny, those cactus flowers are like our peony ones down here, beautiful, and what a bird's nest there, safe and secure and she is able to sit and see what is about the ground.

Haddock said...

Never seen such large flowers on a cactus. That yellow is real bright.

Henny Penny said...

I just love your posts. It is so pretty there. I would love to visit your shop with the vintage dishes. It looks so pretty. So glad to hear the Zack is doing well.

Olde Dame Holly said...

The mammatus clouds are so frightening, as they are signs of violent energy. I can remember being very scared to see them when I lived in West Texas. Your dishware shop is lovely! I didn't even know you had such a shop. I will be visiting Yesteryear Embroideries to see the tour! So nice to see you able to blog again. THAT was a storm of anxiety I am sure, but how wonderful that things are getting back to normal, praise be to God.

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

Your shop looks so welcoming and interesting. I'd love to visit, but I think it's a little too far! Your cactus plants are all so pretty and I love seeing the mesquite tree blossoms. So glad Zack continues to improve. God is good!

Granny Marigold said...

I love the pictures in today's post. And I love your shop. Since I can't actually come and visit it I have to be content with the virtual tour. There's just so much prettiness to admire. The rug that you painted by the front door is so lovely
I'm so glad that your son has recuperated and is doing well.

lil red hen said...

Oh Kathleen, the news about Zack is just what we've been praying for! So very thankful for his recovery. The work you've done on the floor is outstanding!! I started a floor cloth once, but I'm afraid it has ended up in the WIP pile.

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Hill Top Post said...

What is there about the desert that seems to draw one to it? I love the bright, vibrant colors of the cactus. The wild critters are certainly wise to take up residence there. Now I am headed over to see that shop!

Prims By The Water said...

What a beautiful blooming cactus! So glad your son is doing better. Janice

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

The desert is always so enchanting seen through the photos in your posts, Kathleen. The cacti in bloom are one of the loveliest I have ever seen and I wondered if they were ever in any other color. The yellow is like sunshine which may be why is thrives so well. Great news about your son, Zack, and thanks for sharing the update. I toured your shop through the link and it is lovely and a place I would visit if we lived a bit closer, but cross country is a bit of a distance :-(.

Texastracking said...

good to read of your son's health improvement and yes ma'am - cactus flowers are always a joyful touch in the spring landscape. best wishes in opening your shop and hoping you get enough rain to keep the critters healthy

Megan Wallace said...

I'm happy to know that all is well with your family.
The cactus flowers are spectacular!
Wow, the shop looks like something that is very much worth a visit. I hope that life starts returning to a state where you can welcome customers soon.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

I hope all is well with your family. I love your photos especially the sky and sunset photos. The cactus flowers are awesome. You live in such a pretty place. I hope you son is health is continuing to improve.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

I love your photos. I hope all is well with you and you are having a great season in your part of the country.

Gretchen Joanna said...

I've never seen mesquite trees in bloom - they are lovely. You have an eye to see, and the artistry to catch on camera and with your words, the beauty in what many people would only see as a parched landscape. I've never been to Texas, but your post makes me remember the feel of the desert in parts of the Southwest that I have enjoyed visiting. Thank you!