Sunday, April 18, 2010

Wildflower Adventure

On Saturday, Rachel and I headed down to the Ennis Bluebonnet Festival in search of... bluebonnets. And find them, we did! The Ennis Garden Club had maps printed up directing people to the best fields, and so we drove out into the country, along with quite a few other bluebonnet hunters, and had a blast taking pictures of the beautiful Texas state flower. They were everywhere! Huge fields covered in blue...

This was by far the best patch of bluebonnets, at least the best that we could actually wander in, and certainly the most picturesque. The picture doesn't do it justice - it was huge!
This cute little dog just sat there while I took his picture. :)

There were also fields full of Indian Paintbrush, another wildflower that looks similar to the bluebonnet, except for its bright coral color. In the past I've only seen a few indian paintbrush interspersed with the bluebonnets, but this year they were in huge patches all on their own, or with just a few bluebonnets mixed in with them. So pretty.

Most of the patches were mixed with bluebonnets and indian paintbrush, which was really quite neat to see, evenly dispersed blue and coral (not orange!).
We had a lovely picnic in a field full of both flowers.
All in all, it was a fabulous day of enjoying God's creation, made all the better by the fact that it was pouring down rain in Ft. Worth, but we only had a couple of sprinkles in Ennis. Every year I look forward to wildflower season in Texas, but I think this year was the best year since I've lived here.

Spring Planting

The other night I set out to plant my spring flowers. I've been spending a lot of time on my balcony lately, and wanted to prettify it with some spring blooms. When I explored Home Depot, I found some container-ready tomato plants that were already full of yellow flowers and even a couple of tiny tomatos, so I decided to give one of those a try this year. Amy came up from Ft. Worth to help, since I really don't know what I'm doing when it comes to planting. We had a good time and ended up with three pretty pots - one with mixed blooms, one with beautiful purple daisies, and one with a rapidly growing tomato plant!

Getting our hands dirty

I love me some 'maters! And my plant now has at least 15 little green tomatos on it!

Is this color not fabulous?! I can't believe how gorgeous the daisies are.

My mixed pot is full of red verbena,
"lemon zest" petunias,
blue laguna,
and white petunias. Isn't it pretty?

Friday, April 16, 2010

"For Good"

I bought tickets to see Wicked in Dallas in June - I can't wait! So I've been listening to the soundtrack, reading the synopsis, and watching videos online, trying to learn the music and story before I see it. And I must say, the song "For Good" is my absolute favorite! It's sung by Elphaba (who becomes the Wicked Witch of the West) and Galinda (the Good Witch), a story about their friendship. And maybe I'm just being a sentimental mess these days, but this song makes me reflect on my own friends and how thankful I am to have been blessed with such fabulous friendships. So I decided to do a tribute using the lyrics to "For Good."

(I've also included a video of the song so you can hear it - it's fabulous! I can't wait to see Wicked live in two months!)



"For Good"
I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you...

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good
It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend...
Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
Because I knew you
I have been changed for good
And just to clear the air
I ask forgiveness
For the things I've done you blame me for
But then, I guess we know
There's blame to share
And none of it seems to matter anymore

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a bird in the wood
Who can say if I've been
Changed for the better?
I do believe I have been
Changed for the better
And because I knew you...
Because I knew you...
Because I knew you...
I have been changed for good...