The Kiss of Morning Dew

An early riser, I enjoy the hush of morning. Right now there’s a nest of baby birds outside our bedroom window that are early risers, too. At 4:15am—on the nose—the “hush” is replaced by chirps of “Mama, we want food—now!”

We like to walk early enough that we can still see steam rising from shrubbery; Mother Nature enjoying her morning cuppa while she puts on her daytime face. For us it’s a refreshing way to launch the day.

“The person who doesn’t scatter the morning dew will not comb gray hairs.”
—Hunter S. Thompson

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A full head of silver hair, I’ve scattered plenty of morning dew.

Do you get up with the worms, or are you a night owl?

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June Is Bustin’ Out All Over!

June is Bustin' Out All Over by Laurie Buchanan

June is Bustin' Out All Over by Laurie Buchanan

You remember these lyrics from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel”…

June is bustin’ out all over
All over the meadow and the hill!
Buds’re bustin’ outa bushes

Buds are Bustin' Outa Bushes by Laurie Buchanan

Buds are Bustin' Outa Bushes by Laurie Buchanan

Well that’s precisely what’s happening at our home. Our climbing roses started out with zillions of buds. Then like ruffled petticoats, in a matter days, hints of pink started winking through.

Like ruffled petticoats, hints of pink started winking through by Laurie Buchanan

Like ruffled petticoats, hints of pink started winking through by Laurie Buchanan

Finally, the bush exploded with fragrant, tea-sized roses.

Bursting with fragrant tea-sized roses

Bursting with fragrant tea-sized roses by Laurie Buchanan

While taking these photographs we discovered that a pair of cardinals had set up home—with a cozy little nest—in this climbing rose bush.

A pair of cardinals have set up housekeeping by Laurie Buchanan
A pair of cardinals have set up housekeeping by Laurie Buchanan

Shhhhhhhh, be really quiet and tiptoe forward a wee bit. Don’t be shy, just a little bit closer. There now, upon closer inspection—and taking great care not to disturb anything—look who’s there. Simply click on the photo to enlarge it – enjoy!

Look who's there by Laurie Buchanan

Look who's there by Laurie Buchanan

Note: directly through the exterior wall that the roses are climbing on, is our headboard. We can assure you that the babies (and we think there are three of them) have great lungs—chirp, Chirp, CHIRP! chirp, Chirp, CHIRP!

What’s “bustin’ out all over” in your life?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
               — Laurie Buchanan

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