I love South Florida mornings

It will get sweltering, but early mornings are delightful. Here’s a peek into my back yard!

I am not a gardener, but, I don’t care! My back yard looks great to me. No grass to contend with — drip irrigation, so I don’t have to water, and even though some numskull planted the oakĀ  tree under the power line, I can still have it pruned in such a way that it’s not a problem (yet). And another piece of good news — the mosquitoes don’t care about me anymore!

I think about my mother when I enjoy my back yard. Her’s was so perfect, manicured and prim, blooming and verdant. But I think she’d have liked my yard, too.

Let’s go to church

But let’s only go for a couple of minutes

Here’s the text that came with the video: It’s from Tim Sanders’ site, and he suggests taking a few minutes off every day to spend some time in a quiet place — a great idea — a gift to the soul. Sounded so good to me, I wanted to keep his video close to me, like on my site, so I could visit virtually.

Now, I’m going to get on my high horse, and do some art history. Thought I’d check my books first. Yes, I still have some! I knew my old Praeger book on Medieval Art had lost its cover (and some of its pages), so I thought it would be easy to find on my bookshelves. Pulled out Mary Poppins instead — That book is coverless, too!

But alas, Santa Maria del Mar isn’t in the Praeger book or Janson’s History of Art either, so here I go back to Wikipedia.

The cathedral, a Catalan Gothic in Barcelona, was built in the mid 1300s, although first mention of the church dates from 998. Churches take a long time to be built, it seems, especially taking into account that one of the towers was finished in 1902!

Exterior architecture is said to be severe, and belies the spacious interior, which gives the impression of being filled with light.

So, there you go.

Inspiration: June 18

Realized I had run out of coffee. Used some vanilla flavored that John had given me. Don’t like flavored coffee. 8 a.m. and am drinking coke.

It will be hot, I’m sure, but this morning, it’s still ok. Walked around the garden (which, of course, needs work), and found this to share.

Am I in Tahiti? What a great trip that was! From California, it took 10 zillion hours and cost a fortune and that was almost 30 years ago, and I promised I’d go back. Yikes, and I can’t even figure out tickets to Portland, Oregon.

For fun, I think I’ll look up how much it costs to go to Tahiti today…

Stress-buster: Garden, 7 a.m.

I know my garden is messy. and old. But i enjoy the mishmash. What about that orchid? not bad for someone who has no garden know-how. The delightful thing flourished in spite of me! The other gorgeous plant to the left was a gift. it needs some tender loving care, but I don’t have a clue, and it’s so pretty anyway. The crown of thorn is also flourishing, but, alas, in these times, that doesn’t surprise me.

And another piece of good news. Mosquitoes no longer like me!