Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Sweet Peas

Sunday Sweet Peas
Photograph by: Karen Holmes

"I wanted to become the seeker, the aroused and passionate explorer, and it was better to go at it knowing nothing at all, always choosing the unmarked bottle, always choosing your own uproven method, armed with nothing but faith and a belief of astonishment."

- Pat Conroy (The Lords of Discipline)

Sunday Sweet Peas, fresh picked this morning in a local garden by unknown hands. Brought to the Farmer's Market, and cheerfully sold to me by 10:00 a.m. beneath a turning-robin's-egg-blue sky intent upon whisking away the morning fog. Then delivered home to rest in a sunlit jelly jar in celebration of spring and the forthcoming event of Easter. I delight in this weekend's determination to welcome flowers and spring into my home "armed with nothing but faith and a belief of astonishment." Flowers and warm receptions all around... ah, the abundance of spring even in the smallest of kind exchanges.

Wishing you a gracious beginning to your week... I hope that you will explore and seek out simple things that make your heart sing with pleasure.


Jelly Jar Sweet Peas
Photograph by: Karen Holmes

8 comments:

kiki said...

Oh the joy of finding a treasure and then making it look so breathtakingly beautiful. Your pictures make a simple jelly jar of sweet peas look like a costly dozen long stem roses from the florist.
I want to sit in your" spring" take a deep breathe, feast my eyes with beauty and let my heart skip a beat in awe and divinity of graceful pleasures you present.
please keep your pictures coming and words flowing you are disciplining us to savor a glorious moment in our day.

karen-holmes said...

*kiki...thank you for your kind, generous words...i am blessed to share my "spring" with you, and that it brings you such pleasure, too. -xok.

Birdie said...

awww Karen, I just couldn't take my eyes from the picture, the colors, I mean look at the colors, thank you so much for sharing, you must smile every time you look at them! and the jar how cute to put them in a jar and wrap the ribbon around, what a wonderful idea, I hope you will not mind if I start to do same back home :-) it's better than any vase I have ever seen! :-)
I love the quote too!! thank you for blessing me with joys every time I visit here! sending lots of love your way.

karen-holmes said...

*good morning, birdie. yes, the colors are so vibrant, and i am glad that you enjoy them, too! they smell so pretty. i know you will have fun playing with jelly jars and ribbon to hold your flowers - enjoy! much love to you today, -xok.

Betsy said...

Sweet Peas...simply inspiring.
The way a late night chat with a friend is...
and yet also the way a helpful computer repair man was last week for me - I am reminded of my exchange with him by your words, "the smallest of kind exchanges". I had sought a quote for a fix I needed, and it was tooe xpensive. So I said I'd get back to him. He called back awhile later, offering me next day service so I chose to tell him honestly it was the cost - not the timing. And so, he spent 20 minutes on the phone, walking me through the repair - no charge, just helpful. I hung up and actually started weeping. A kind touch...sweet peas in spring. It happens. Let's embrace the happening.
Betsy

karen-holmes said...

*betsy, blessings in return to your kind computer repair man...thank you for sharing this sweet story of small kindnesses - that includes the thank you that you now carry in your heart. each spring bud contains miraculous new life ready to unfold... the beauty is that we do not know when it will open - but we can wait in anticipation. yes, indeed, let's embrace the happening and the holiness of this joyful season. -xok.

Anonymous said...

Karen--
What beautiful sweet peas--colors so bright and cheerful. They speak of all that is good in this world. May we see the loveliness of simple pleasures and know we are cared for.
Pam xo

karen-holmes said...

*pam, so glad you enjoyed the sweet peas, and welcome back! -xok.

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