Monday, May 28, 2012

All About May . . .

Memorial Day 
Honor  Freedom  Respect

Springtime weather is fading away,
Summer has arrived in Michigan.
Ninety degree temperatures here the past few days.

It has been a busy month on Riverwood Drive.
Landscape replanting, new gardens planned,
flowers in bloom, trees leafed out. 
Such a gorgeous time of the year,
I have loved watching things "come alive!"

My surgery is a thing of the past and my hand is improving daily. 
The pin removal will be next week.  Hopefully I will regain full usage. 
Thank you for your caring, prayers and for staying in touch.

"Today I will do what others won't,
so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't."
 Jerry Rice
Contributed from Amy of

A Poppy Popping

Although I was unable to do my usual these past weeks,
I was able to spend time reading some good books,
collecting blog quotes, snapping many garden pictures,
anticipating prom and graduation for Tyler and Amanda,
organizing and planting my cutting garden,
and being a sergeant and supervisor of Jack
(he hasn't liked that very much)

So this post is filled with a mixture
of flowers, grandchildren and
some words of wisdom
I have found from some of you.

Garden House Pansies

"We must never forget that freedom is never free.
It is the most costly thing in the world.
Freedom is never paid in lump sum. 
Installments come due in every generation. 
All any of us can do is offer the generations that follow a chance for freedom.
President Ronald W. Reagan
from Theresa of

Corners of my World

Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog
Taylor Mali
First of all, it’s a big responsibility, especially in a city like New York.
So think long and hard before deciding on love.
On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:
when you’re walking down the street late at night
and you have a leash on love
ain’t no one going to mess with you.

Love doesn’t like being left alone for long.
But come home and love is always happy to see you.

It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,
but you can never be mad at love for long.

Is love good all the time?
No! No! Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.

Sometimes love just wants to go for a nice long walk.
It runs you around the block and leaves you panting.
It pulls you in several different directions at once,
or winds around and around you
until you’re all wound up and can’t move.

But love makes you meet people wherever you go.
People who have nothing in common but love
stop and talk to each other on the street.

Throw things away and love will bring them back,
again, and again, and again.

But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you
and never stops.

Retired Knitter's son was recently married.
Her nieces read this to the guests.
You will find the retired knitter here.

Our senses are indeed our doors and windows on this world,
in a very real sense the key to the unlocking of meaning
and the wellspring of creativity.
Jean Houston
Found from Nancy

Grandson Tyler and Friend, Prom 2012


The mountains are calling, and I must go.
John Muir

Cutting Garden Beginnings
Then indecision brings its own delays,
And days are lost lamenting over lost days.
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute;
What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it;
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
 Goethe's "Faust"
Not my credo, but I love it
and try to live it.
Quote was found on

Japanese Iris
"Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be part of ..."

These words were from Penny who is a new granny.
You'll find her at

Granddaughter Amanda and Friend, Prom 2012

On Mothers
"I've been a mad, bad mother as well as a good mother, 
I've been a caring mother and a forgetful mother.
But the wonderful thing is that in the end I've got these wonderful children."
Vanessa Redgrave

I found Redgrave's quote on a reflection Joan Anderson did on being a mother.
Have you read JA's books;
Unfinished Marriage
A Year By The Sea
A Walk on the Beach
The Second Journey

They are very good, she makes me think and I love her authenticity!
I met her at a seminar a few years ago.

In closing, look at these cuties . . .

photo by Andrea, Rural Revival
. . . upon my skin, bears no less healing,
than the love of a friend.
I have saved many more May blog quotes, thoughts and reflections,
but the day is getting away from me.
So before I totally lose you 
I will close and save the rest for another time.

In closing, please visit this site
and view the amazing video from the Girl Twin.
Rural Revival

Treasure each of your days and enjoy,
Love, Lynne


Gail said...

A wonderful tribute to today.

Great photos.

dee dee said...

So many wonderful photos!
Have a wonderful day!
dee dee

Jill said...

Your photos are absolutely beautiful!

Pamela Gordon said...

Your gardens look beautiful. Lots to celebrate in the month of May. I've been planting and transplanting and digging the past week. I love it! Hugs, Pamela

koralee said...

So glad you are starting to feel better. May is always a busy much happens. Have a great week and enjoy your lovely garden. xo

MarmePurl said...

I enloyed this post very much. Lots to take with me into the next day.
The grandchildren are quite grand! I love the poppy that matches the color of the prom dress!
I have read a Year by the Sea, but it was a while ago. Perhaps time to revist.

TexWisGirl said...

such beautiful grands. thanks for repeating the quote from reagan. i really liked it, too. :)

Fiona said...

Hi Lynne,

Your gardens are just gorgeous.

I am so glad that your hand is feeling better,
take care of it and don't do too much! You need to take it one step at a time.

Tyler is so handsome and is friend is so pretty too, lovely to see the photos of them both at the
prom and Amanda and her friend look gorgeus too.
She is like a model.

Love the quote about Mothers by Vanessa Redgrave.

I have never read Joan Anderson books but think I might see if I can download one for my kindle,
do you have a favourite that you could recommend?

Thanks for your lovely happy post.


Rural Revival said...

You have and are a sweet, sweet soul. : )

I love your gardens, they are almost as beautiful as your grandchildren. Oh how I hope I get to be a grandma someday!

And I am happier than the cow jumping over the moon to hear you are on the mend. (Maybe almost as much as Jack!) : )

Nancy's Notes said...

Your grandchildren are beautiful! Wonderful photographs and great post, Lynn~

At Home in English Valley said...

Dear Lynne, You always manage to lift me up! Your photos of your garden are amazing...and those beautiful young people...and the quotes...I just love a thought provoking quote, an quote that makes you that gives you hope. Thanks my friend. So glad that your hand is healing... Love, Penny
PS... the quote isn't is by Geri Weitzman

Nancy said...

Nice of you to feature some of my favorite bloggers' words... and your photos are lovely.

Be well!

Sall's Country Life said...

Hi Lynne, Glad to hear your hand is on the mend! Looks like you spent your down time well...healing, organizing and reading!! Lovely post! Thanks for stopping by this morning. Unfortunately, it'll be raining here soon and the only barefoot running I'll be doing is up and down a painter's ladder. I'm looking forward to a restful weekend!!

Kerin said...

Lovely post!
From the beginning to the end!!
Thanks for sharing :)

Hope that once the pin gets taken out of your hand, that you will be able to get full use of it again!

Thanks again for this lovely post.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

good news your finger is healing as it should; happy days once again when you're fully well.
June is tomorrow and can hardly believe May is almost gone...where?! The tractor is calling my name, must go.

GardenofDaisies said...

Your gardens are lovely! And your grands too! I can totally relate to the Vanessa Redgrave quote! :-) I really did try my best, I know I wasn't perfect, but my kids are wonderful!

donna said...

Lynne, sorry I didn't visit often enough to know about your surgery. Hope the recovery has been 100%.

Flowers and grandchildren equal the perfect post...and also your words of wisdom and awesome photos.

Love the prom photos...prom dresses are so pretty. I should have included my step-granddaughter's photo in my blog post. Your Amanda looks like a Grecian Princess. Lovely.

Happy Growing!