22-W by Beverly

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W is for Weddings

A I worked on an art challenge for Sunday Postcard Art last week whose theme was “June Brides”, I thought about the two women and two weddings depicted in the card.

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I used photos of my mother and myself, on the day of our weddings – 52 years apart.

My mother’s wedding gown has a glorious long train and a veil that was borrowed.

My mother was only 21, embarking on a marriage to a widower with a young son. It would be a challenge at times. There would be four other children – two boys and two girls.

At age 50, I was marrying for the second time and I so wanted to look and feel like a princess.

We were blending two families – each of us with three children. We became a real “Brady” bunch.

There will be many weddings in the months ahead. My own daughter will marry in August and she has asked me to walk her down the aisle – what an honour.

May all these brides experience the “love, laughter and happily ever after” that I have.

 

 

22 S by Bevely

S is for Spring

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S is for Spring – which has finally made a permanent presence here in South Western Ontario. With  snow and ice late in April and still some frost warnings even last week, I despaired of ever seeing Spring.

But there are now flowers growing in gardens, magnolia trees blossoming and grass growing so long, it is needing its second mowing.

For me, spring means a farewell to winter finally and a time for warmer weather. Here’s a poem I wrote using a common form:

Here’s a tribute to spring as we say goodbye to winter:

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring
Goodbye to winter coats and boots
Hello to jackets and runners

Goodbye to frigid temperatures and snow
Hello to warmer weather and rain

Goodbye to slipping and sliding on ice
Hello to sloshing and stamping in rain puddles

Goodbye to furnaces and closed up houses
Hello to windows flung open

New life, green grass, mud and sun – welcome spring.

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Flowers though, are my true favourites. Here to provide a touch of beauty are a few flowers growing in our gardens.

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I was finally able to put out my hanging baskets and planters. Last to plant will be the tomatoes and peppers – maybe next week.

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But it does mean dandelions – I spend at least an hour today getting rid of them from our lawn. I am still sore!

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The days will get warmer, more flowers will bloom and summer will soon be here. I plan to enjoy Spring now that it has really arrived.

 

 

22-O by Beverly

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This week at ABC Wednesday, O gets centre stage.

O is for ONE and Opportunity – because it really only takes one opportunity to succeed.

This month I have been taking part in the A to Z April Blogging Challenge. For this challenge, I have been creating art tags, using stamps I have carved.

I carved the number one for O – and found two quotes I liked – therefor had to create 2 tags.

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When opportunity comes our way, we need to know how to recognize it.  There are many quotes referring to this:

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
Milton Berle

Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.
Bobby Unser

Every day is a new opportunity.
Bob Feller

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas A. Edison

 

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Winston Churchill

Luck is where opportunity meets preparation.
Seneca

Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.
William Arthur Ward

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
Helen Keller