Stan Hywet Gardens

"Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?" "It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine."
~ Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden

After a lingering winter, then snow plus snow plus snow in April, we are at last released from its grip and free to delight in the warmth and brightness of springtime.

On Jacki's day off work we take to the scenic byways of Northeast Ohio, pausing in Mt Hope to try a new-to-us coffee shop called Red Mug. If you live nearby or pass through the area, do stop in and try the Cubano. It's a perfect blend of espresso, milk, and a little raw sugar for a rich and smooth hot drink. The barista who answered our questions and took our order was just the right amount of gracious, informative, and helpful. The decor, the drinks, the staff, all combined to make this a pleasing prelude to our mother-daughter excursion.

Our next stop did not deliver in the least, so we rerouted and set our cours…

An April Day

Come along with me on a day that proved to be therapeutic as well as productive. I was on a mission to collect information on plants and get groceries afterward. Yay for smartphones! By snapping pictures rather than writing down the details on paper or typing it into my phone gardening list I was able to compile a list easily and quickly.

Comparing prices and plants at several greenhouses is beneficial in that it makes the actual shopping day, a week or two hence, seem more orderly and productive.

These flowers proclaim my color for the year. Red it is, the one shade I have been avoiding due to the red brick covering our house. Now it's time to give it a go.

Because of a stop at Lehman's Hardware, I swung through Kidron. Just a wild guess on my part, but is there a chance this is livestock auction day?

A considerable number of these strange conveyances were clip-clopping around town. Tonight, upon making inquires, I'm told by my husband it's called a stock trailer. Ju…

With Family in PA

The occasion that had the Yoder and Miller families gathering in PA was my cousin's wedding, but I failed to get a photo of the bride and groom. It was a beautiful celebration and we were so happy to be able to share the day with all of them.
In the evening my branch of the family met at a lodge we had reserved for a few days. One man is always particularly loathe to have his faced photographed, but I'm convinced he attracts more notice with his arms up like that!

I snapped a few photos over the next few days. Amid cold and snow and rain and clouds, we did manage to have one lovely afternoon of blue sky and sunshine. It was cause to slowly and cautiously trickle out into the sunlight on the back porch. Some of the gang thought it was too cold but most of us ended up out there to catch a few rays and watch the kids play. 

How happy I am to be reunited with my darling nieces and nephews. They light up my life!

I look at these gamesters whirling about and decide it's easier …