I love Spring! I love those precious early morning moments between sleep and wakefulness. Bird song is drifting through the open windows, and along with it comes the soft clucking of the chickens and the crowing of our rooster. The sounds speak to me, "God's in His heaven and all's right with your world." I lay there a while just drinking in the peacefulness of the moment and thanking God for the gift of a beautiful new day. But I don't lay there long...I can't wait to get my day moving.
After enjoying my favorite breakfast of buttered toast and freshly brewed coffee, I throw a load of laundry in the washer. I sometimes do a load on days like this just so I can hang it out on the line. Every time I spy it out of my kitchen window it says "home" to me. I come back inside and open up windows and doors allowing the scent of freshly blooming honeysuckles to waft through the house. The breeze stirs the lace curtains at the windows, and all of a sudden I hear a loud "BANG!" Oh no, it's our bedroom door again, it just can't seem to stay open with the breeze circulating through the house. But I find a remedy for that. I round up an old upholstery sample book someone gave me and select a good thick (pink and yellow) fabric from which I make a doorstop that will hold the door open no matter how strong the wind gets.
After a day of chores and daydreaming, I look forward to Neil coming home from work. I'm peeking out through the screen door as his truck is coming up our long driveway. He smiles and waves at me even before he opens his truck door. I love homecomings. He gets a chance to rest a little, while I put the finishing touches on our simple meal. I call our boys into the kitchen for supper where we all prepare our plates and glasses of iced tea to take out on the front porch. We sit in the rockers and porch swing enjoying the meal and the slow, easy talk. We reconnect. We're comfortable with each other. This is home.
After a few chores, Neil and I take a very enjoyable stroll up our country road. Neighbors call to us as we walk by. We know all our neighbors and they know us. We stop by to chat with Robert, the neighbor with the green thumb. He's out working in his garden this evening. He's always a step ahead of us with his garden work, but that's okay, he's also very willing to share his vast knowledge of vegetable gardening with us. Another neighbor is out tending to his horses. We stop by and swap fishing stories with him awhile. Then we take our time walking back home. Sitting out on the front porch again, I notice the lightning bugs have made their spring appearance. That brings back lots of childhood memories for me...catching a jar full and bringing them in for a nightlight...making a cigarette by putting one of their lights on the end of a stick...gross I know, but that's what we sometimes did.
Yes, Spring is a wonderful, happy season for me, and our community is certainly living up to its name ~ Pleasant Valley. I hope you are enjoying the season in your neck-of-the-woods. I would love for you to leave me a comment this week telling me where your neck-of-the-woods is.
Here are a couple of places you might want to visit. First of all, Beverly's blog, where you can enjoy visiting the other members of the Pink Saturday Club, and here's a link to instructions for the pyramid doorstop. (I filled mine with rice instead of sand and I didn't use interfacing because my fabric was thick.)
Hope you have a terrifically Happy Pink Saturday!