Its origin is a mystery. Possibly it was at a bike ride. Possibly at the open house to view our friend Dick Hill's art. That was a masked occasion, except when we were outdoors, eating. I think that's less likely, as we were both there. The walls were filled with paintings -- it was a glorious sight.
The open house was great. Dick disappeared (too many people) but we saw all his lovely art and more besides. He had asked us to take a photo in front of our favorite of his paintings or in the garden -- this is mine! (If you didn't read my earlier post about how this remarkable man is dying with extraordinary dignity and grace, you can find it here.)
(They even had little cookies with the design of this painting on them!)
Since my gardening skills (and let's be honest, desire) are close to nil, I've been buying flowers at the market!
And on occasion, I do something right. Or rather, nature does. I had nothing to do with these glorious irises except to say "thank you" for the blooms!
Fortunately, if I'm in need of garden color, I have to do no more than look outside the window and spot neighbor Rosie's garden!
I cannot grow poppies to save my soul, but her bright orange poppies make me smile every day. I treasure them, knowing they are short-lived blooms.
I think I missed the fledging of the chickadees -- I've not seen the feeding frenzy between the two adults in several days and I am surprised to realize how much I depended on watching their daily visits to brighten the days. Meanwhile, my oddly-marked squirrel has been keeping us entertained.
There also a new critter -- this horrid photo was taken from inside, through the window as it was nearly dark, then cropped, so it's pretty fuzzy. Mr. Possum!
And then there's this one. She's always good for cheer!
I leave you with a few blooms pulled from Rick's yard. I love pretty weeds!
I've been painting, too -- and will share those soon. Meanwhile, I'll leave you with another shameless photo of me with the painting that supplies me with some inspiration!
Inspiration is always a plus!