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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Small Celebrations, May 23, 2014

Welcome to Friday and the Small Celebrations blog hop, started by VikLit.  We all sit back, take stock (Fridays are good for that) and notice the little things that make our lives happy, that make us smile, or that give a moment's joy.

The information on the hop is below.  Why don't you join?  Or, at least, visit the various posts and smile.

Today I am celebrating two rather small things.  Aside from a soft, spring rain that is making the grass green (and, unfortunately, making it grow!)

Shining Brightly
The photo of the spring rain did not turn out well.  It looked rather like the view you get through your reading glasses after handling them with hands that just boned a roasted chicken (smeary, I mean).

So we are celebrating two other things.

This is a hydrangea of a particularly bright pink.  It is bright even on a rainy day.  I forgot I had it, since I don't generally go in my own front door.  Imagine my surprise when I saw this beautiful plant glowing in early twilight:

...and doesn't the pink go beautifully with the handmade pot? 

Once it is gone by,  I will be putting it in the ground by the front door.  With any luck (and some good feeding) it will bloom again next year.

...And I am posting about a small celebration.  I've mentioned her before.  I think I called her an attractive nuisance.  She answers to 'Princess', though her name is 'Frida'.  She is also referred to as 'Little Miss Mess'.  And she is a very sweet illustration of a bit of poetry by Katherine Lee Bates:
Little Miss Mess, the Attractive Nuisance

Dawn love is silver
Wait for the west
Old love is gold love -
Old love is best

Frida celebrated her tenth birthday this month.  She is healthy, lively, in good flesh - but she is more than half the maximum age she is likely to reach.  (Burmese cats tend to be long-lived)  The time has passed so swiftly, and she is my best little girlfriend.

So what are you celebrating?


  1. Hi Diana .. wonderful hydrangea - amazing colour .. I so agree: I sincerely hope it flourishes so well each and every year ahead .. and Little Miss Mess looks a purring delight .. while the poem is yes, just plain heart warming and so true ... old love is best ... Cheers Hilary

    1. She IS a purring delight! Even cat-haters love her. The dog, though, worries that she might whack his backside. I'm still smiling about your book! Diana

  2. Smeary--I like that word! I think it turned out kind of cool. I use Instagram filters a lot and it tends to blur things just enough to make them interesting.

    1. ...instagram filters? I do like the effect. Must look into it. Thanks for visiting!

  3. Happy birthday Freda. She must be a good cat, not to have destroyed that beautiful hydrangea.

  4. Beautiful flowers! And your Miss is gorgeous as well :)

  5. Princess Frida is very cute. I'm sure she had a lovely birthday. The flowers are beautiful.
    Hope you're enjoying the weekend.

  6. I love burmese cats and yours looks beautiful.

  7. The hydrangea is beautiful and is in one of my favorite shades of pink. :) Little Miss Mess looks adorable, nowhere near ten years. May you be blessed with your best feline friend's presence and love for at least another ten! Thank you for being a co-host for this wonderful blog hop. I'm so glad I joined. Eva

  8. I love your little brightness on a rainy day! <3 And I absolutely love your little kitty! <3 <3
    Thanks for sharing and keeping the positive.
    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    Be Positive in Life and Writing
    Caring for My Veteran

  9. Isnt she lovely? Also beautiful hydrangea.