Sunday, January 24, 2010

Green, I Miss You!

Today I enjoyed a fizzy strawberry soda in this lovely, cheap glass. I closed my eyes and thought about the tiny store on Guemes Island, my little self putting my money on the wooden counter and walking away, the happy possessor of a bottle of Strawberry Crush. I tried to remember the smell of the sea air and the feel of my ugly little cut-off jeans (too tight in the waist ALWAYS!) but it is just too cold here for me to muster up those nostalgic moments gone by.

Oh, I LONG for flowers and I am far too cheap to buy them. I browsed around the newly refurbished floral department at our fancy grocery store. I walked by the bundles of roses (too expensive!) and the variety bouquets. I did stop when I came to the potted primroses. Nope. Maybe if I dust. Maybe then.

I'm feeling such a craving for summer that I made potato salad! It looks a bit grubby but it was delicious!

Another mayonnaise salad (so pretty before the mayo!) created and served. Aren't the colors divine?

I'm desperate for green, so I put the celery tops in a vase by the sink.
Look at the delicate asparagus! Isn't it gorgeous?

The wind blows and the temperatures have taken a dive. Bill and Jeff are off to Africa tomorrow. They shall experience extreme heat and I shall shiver here. I'll keep thinking of all my favorite warm things, like hearts and smiles.

Sam is warm in her hip baby clothes. Look at those blue eyes!

I'll wait for spring. I'll plant my sweet peas in February. I might break down and buy a hyacinth. I'll spend some quiet moments reading my Bible aloud to the silence and to my own little heart. I will embrace contentment.


Deborah said...

I would buy you some flowers if I lived nearby! I too am missing the green. It's not too cold here the past couple of days, but today we have had rain all day. It's washing away our lovely blanket of snow and making the world wet, muddy, and yucky. Just think! It is almost February! We can immerse ourselves in a world of pink and red for a couple weeks anyways, and then maybe it will be time to start some seedlings.

Blessings, Dear Pom Pom! Praying you have a good week, and for traveling safety for Bill and Jeff!


Gumbo Lily said...

I'm looking forward to "green" someday too. It'll be May before I have much green to see outdoors.


Anonymous said...

Your strawberry soda looks so pretty in your Valentine's glass, makes me want to decorate for Valentine's Day. It also makes me thirsty ;)
Ya know, DH and I passed up all the pretty flowers we saw at the grocery store yesterday. Just didn't feel like spending the money.
Thanks for getting me in a festive mood :) Hugz~

åslaug abigail said...

I LOVED how you wrote that you wanted to embrace contentment! I will too =)Thanks for being such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your longing for greens and joy over strawberry crush. I have never tasted strawberry soda, but it does sound like something LOVELY to drink!! Praying for you and your lovies leaving for far away places.


Elizabethd said...

I think we're all longing for green, the green of Spring! I sometimes just pick some leaves and branches to bring a bit of Nature into the house.

Charlotte, Cottontails said...

I love the veggies in the vases idea - and so does Humphrey bunny. He LOVES celery tops!
Love Charlotte

The Mud Spattered Man said...

That Samantha has amazingly blue eyes! I love you mama and I will see you soon.

debbie bailey said...

I see plenty of green from where I'm sitting; boxwood hedges, evergreen trees, and other shrubs. What I'd like to see is the whole thing covered in a few inches of snow.

Don't we always want what we don't have?

Kari of Writing Up A Storm said...

I'm glad you are writing about the longing for green. Just one word, one color, can mean so much. I've been thinking about all the things that come to mind: Green Mansions, and Dylan Thomas' "The force that through the green fuse drives the flower." It's such a powerful word. If you add it to a sentence, it adds such a powerful green dimension. I'm going to be looking for all things green today! xo Kari

scrappy quilter said...

As I look outside my window and see the winter blizzard we are having, I needed to hear "I will embrace contentment". Great post!! Hugs

Gigi said...

Mmmmmm green, yes I love it too. Our world is decidedly brown during winter, so even some white snow would be nice, but guess it's not coming our way this year.
Sweet, sweet baby face and eyes like her granny methinks?
Bless you,

wayside wanderer said...

I am missing green, too, though I still have weeds and they stay green year round. The asparagus is lovely! How will you prepare it?

Left-Handed Housewife said...

I saw a crocus poking its head out yesterday--lovely and hope-provoking. Go, green!


libbyquilter said...

i think that potatoe salad looks yummy and i'll have mine with a side of that stunning green asparagus~!!~

embracing contenment = a very good idea . . . i think i'll go make myself a cup of hot cocoa and settle in for some contentment by the fire . . .


Heart Felt said...

Sam is just adorable...xx

Bradley Maston said...

Yea Summer! Is it here yet? I still feel cold...maybe next week.