A Nosegay for You

I wanted to share some of the beautiful little moments that have come my way lately.

First of all – ranunculus for sale at the grocery store! I tried valiantly to grow ranunculus in Bakersfield, and would have succeeded were it not for the creepy beetles who came along and ate all the blossoms at their peak. I don’t often purchase flowers, but these reminded me of peonies. I love their curly stems.

A beautiful wee tabby at one of the garden centers we visited this week. She was curled up on a shelf on one of the displays and was quite hidden, but was more than happy to accept a chin rub. Don’t you love it when businesses have resident pets?

Phone calls with my sister, one in particular on a snow day when the entire town was closed in. And another one this afternoon. I always enjoy our chats.

An e-mail from a friend that I hadn’t heard from in a few years, informing me of the birth of her third baby and the pending adoption of another foster child. I am blessed to know there are people like her out there. And she’s still several years away from age 30!

A small quilt binding class. Binding has been my last hold-out. I need to practice, but at least I (sort of) know how.

A delicious cool front that came in Friday night, just before our big day of yard work. It made our work much easier. There’s something so gratifying about physical work.

Beautiful, meditative Liturgies at church, especially Presanctified Liturgy and Adoration of the Cross. These services, for me, have so embodied the often-quoted story about the ambassadors sent to learn about Orthodoxy who reported back that ‘they knew not whether they were in heaven or in earth’ during the Liturgy. My mind often wanders during services – how easily I lose my focus – but there are also profoundly beautiful moments.

Preparing a small birthday gift for my husband’s 87-year-old grandma. I love sending mail to elderly people.

No, it’s not all sunshine and roses around here, but small moments mean a lot to me. What blessings, big or small, have come your way lately?


Anonymous said...

I love these flowers! Spring in AZ has great weather, but I sure miss my old garden and all the bulbs in the spring! I feel blessed right now with a healthy, happy family. Lovely post!

KatCollects said...

Hi Kristina,
I love the picture of the pink ranunculus, georgeous! I am glad you are having beautiful little moments, that is what life is all about. I saw your comment on the tulip festival I went to last April. Yes you would love it there, you take beautiful photographs and you would have had hundreds of opportunities for pretty pictures. My beautiful moment for the day is after waking up to 5 inches of snow, the sun came out and melted most of it, yeah! : )

ELK said...

another image from you ~ and happy daughters elk

Mimi said...

I stopped and stared at some ranunculus this week too, I should pick them up. Gorgeous.

Happy Birthday to your Grandmother in Law. Many Years

Marfa said...

Absolutely lovely...I have a request...would you please change the header photo to those "ranunculous"? Are they the same as "nosegay"? Both words do not match the beauty of the flower in my opinion.

Yes, I LOVE shops that have pet residents...

Snow for you or your sister???

I hope your grandmother-in-law had a great 87th birthday!

elizabeth said...

beautiful! my happy moment/s are being in my newly bookshelved living room and loving how my apartment is coming together!

Letters From Midlife said...

I love those little moments and little things that grace the humdrum of our days. I call them Grace Notes...

Andie said...

Gorgeous photo and your lovely moments were beautiful indeed.

KatCollects said...

Hi Kristina,
I found some of these beautiful flowers at my local grocery store a couple days ago and had to have them after seeing your photo : ) I hope you are having a good weekend.

Meadowlark Days said...

Your comments made me smile! Kathy, I'm happy you came across some of your own ranunculus! And Cindy, you're right, grace notes are a good name.