Bubbles and Bees

I hope everyone has had a peaceful and love filled holiday. Ours certainly has been.

The world outside is a buzzin’ with life now that the temps are rising and the rain has been falling; but this weekend was beautiful and mild, making for long outdoor intervals. For us, it is always the highlight of Spring to plan and plant, and this year we are waiting and watching to see what shows up in the new place before we add or take anything away.

The Carpenter bees have been asserting their territorial tendencies lately, forcing a showdown at times; but they fight with each other more than us, so I am hoping soon they settle down a bit. They love to show off and virtually taunt me to take photos. The lens’s reflective nature will scare them also so it is tricky getting good shots. Still, there are those shining moments…

 

So annoying…..yet so beautiful!

So I just blew some bubbles and let them have their way in the blossoms!

 

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This image brought to mind a favorite song from my..ahem…school days. I hope you will click on the link and enjoy it while viewing the remaining images of the friends and flowers in my world today.

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Big Red carefully makes his way to the feeder.
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The Jonquil tree finally blooming
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This one tried too early. 😕
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Spent some time working on jewelry
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These are my new favorite pieces.
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The ‘wings’ are actually tree seedlings
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These seedling pods are known as Samara and are from the Maple tree
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They hang in clusters before twirling to the ground like tiny whirlybirds!

I know not all of these magnificent seedlings will become new trees so am working on ideas to allow them to continue on in special ways. The jewelry is just one! Stay tuned.

When hubby researched the samara seedling he discovered that observation of its movement has inspired the design of a drop delivery system for emergency supplies and someone is working on a single blade helicopter design based on its movement!

Amazing nature!

Someone even managed to capture the seedling falling in a stop motion setting. What a beautiful job they did too!

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Image by Patterson Clark.

 

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A Closer Look/Photography

Glimmer.

 

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A childish delight!

Yet take a closer look,

like the magic in a book..

 

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sparking the imagination

into throes of bright creation-

spinning!

 

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Blinking!

 

Eyes tell mind to loose its grip,

mind abandons thought- I slip

into Wonderland.

 

Merely bubbles….

 

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Whirling globes

of chemistry

dancing in the air….

for me! 

 

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Captivating!

There inside,

oh let me in!

 

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Magnificent,

enchanted realm

of yesterthen…

 

Let me dream,

let me send

foolish worry

to the wind…

 

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Cradled in

your care,

light as air,

to be propelled,

and thus dispelled…..

poof!

 

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And with a gentle breath

blown into oblivion..

 

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Leaving

but a memory….

Bittersweet.

 

Cheryl KP 2018

Copyright words and images

 

Eleanor’s Secret/#Thursday Doors

Did you say, “Speakeasy”?

That’s what I said when hubby recently suggested we try a local food venue for the first time. We are slowly branching out and trying new restaurants in and around our city. Atlanta in general is a food and shopping mecca, and our little section of it has plenty to offer. So, when our son said he was coming up from the city for a visit we suggested brunch at Muss and Turner’s for our meal, a funky little casual place with some intriguing menu choices. While the seating and ordering process are not ideal to our liking, following more of a NY deli style arrangement (images of Seinfeld’s ‘Soup Nazi’ fill my head), the one thing that was a selling point for me was the description of the little bar that is tucked away, Speakeasy style, behind this unassuming, seemingly utilitarian door.

 

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I mean, it is exciting enough to think that delicious future dinner items might be behind there; but to find the magic of being transported to a cool little bar with knowledgable, friendly bartenders was almost thrilling. Sadly, our brunch plans were cancelled but we still had to pop into that bar…

 

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This is the lovely lady for whom the bar is named, Eleanor Seale.
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It was kind of scary creeping around dark corners
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And down this hall

 

And I must apologize here for not having a photo of the actaul bar. I have a phobia about taking photos in bars where there are other people present. I don’t know them ,or their circumstances, nor do I want to irritate anyone. But you can look it up online and see for yourself and perhaps our next visit I will be able to snap a quick photo.

I did get a photo of the absolutley delish and unique wings we had as well as the perfect Old Fashion the bartender made for me. There was also a lovely little drink made with Breckinridge whiskey called Beauty and the Beast. Yep, I tamed the beast. 😉 He made a couple of great tequila drinks for hubby that he enjoyed as well, stepping away from his usual beer choices. We will definitely be back to visit Eleanor’s again very soon.

 

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My Old Fashion
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Moroccan style wings…so good!

There are two locations in our area and we hope to try them both at some point. So, welcome to Muss and Turner’s!

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And for more great posts visit our host and fellow doors Aficionado Norm . You will find the rules there, and if you follow the little blue froggy you can see some wonderful doors and add your own!

 

Happy Thursday. Which brings us another day closer to Saturday….💕

People these days think they got some moves….

 

Forever Young/#SoCS

When #SoCS host Linda Hill posted the prompt for today’s event, I felt excited. For once it was not a question of if I could find a suitable subject but rather which one to choose.

While I will freely admit to never wanting to fully accept my role as an ‘adult’ in the sense of leaving all childish things behind, there are a few moments that number among my very favorite to keep that inner child alive and well in me.

 

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On our last ‘freeze in’, I longed to be outdoors even for a bit, so I looked up a recipe for homemade bubbles and, well, the rest is bubble history. Someone had told me about blowing them and watching them freeze. Of course her temps registered at nearly zero. I managed to snag one that didn’t burst and it began freezing on the ground.

 

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It is like a bubble ballet watching them float and dance on the breezes.
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The sun created wonderful reflections for me!
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This was the closest I got to a frozen bubble.

 

And when you look up, you see other pretty, often unnoticed happenings…

 

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In case you want to feel carefree and childlike again, here is the recipe I used. These are pretty tough bubbles too. Enjoy!

Homemade Bubbles

Measure 6 cups of water into one container, then pour 1 cup of dish soap into the water and slowly stir it until the soap is mixed in. Try not to let foam or bubbles form while you stir. Measure 1 tablespoon of glycerin or 1/4 cup of corn syrup and add it to the container. Stir the solution until it is mixed together.

Happy Weekend everyone!