Tag Archives: Spring

Theme Song Thursday:) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

21 Mar

“Some say hope springs eternal, but I say Spring hopes eternal? Either way, I’m covered.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“Don’t forget to leave your handprints on the ones you love and your footprints around the neighborhood.”

― Lisa C. Miller, Godly Inspirations for the Troubled Soul


Current temperature in Mckinney is 75. (Google just informed me when I asked) Wow! A gorgeous day. I want to hurry up and get this posted so I can walk a little more before going to karaoke. Such a busy girl. Such a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

A few sights and sounds from my walks…

The birds are chirping, the busy ants are building super fortresses, and the bugs are flitting around. Ah, Spring is in the air.

Saturday:) Spring Is In The Air

1 Apr

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”

Rainer Maria Rilke


My first full day back home, sleeping in my own bed, sitting on my couch, sipping tea in my kitchen, and enjoying a beautiful Spring day in Texas. A little different than Chicago. It’s good to be home.

I got out for a VERY long walk, savoring a spectacular Spring day. The birds were chirping in the trees.

Blossoms were bursting from trees and bushes.

And Toni went for her walk, taking pictures, greeting neighbors, and stopping at Mr. Larry’s garage to catch up on neighborhood gossip and drink beer. Yes, back into the swing.

Friday:) From the Depths of Winter

15 Apr

From the depths of Winter 

To the fresh breath of Spring

New buds burst and blossom

While the sweet robins sing

Dark grey skies send the rain

To the dry earth below 

Then the sun reappears

With a radiant glow

From season to season 

From each Summer to Fall

Just one thing is certain

Who we thank for it all.

(Thank YOU for YOUR blessings.)

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It was a beautiful day, blue skies, sun shining, air crisp and clean, as I walked this evening, the clouds started forming puffy and grey. It reminded me how fresh and fickle springtime is. A big fat robin sat in a tree, singing and warbling a sweet song.

These tiny white buds were waiting for the sun on Thursday. It was chilly on my walk yesterday.

The same tree today, with happy blossoms. No hat or jacket for me. What a difference a day makes. Spring…very fickle. When I started my walk, it was lovely.  A half hour later, I had to scurry back inside when it started to rain on me. 

Montage Monday:) A Week In Peek~ Spring

4 Apr

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”― Anne Bradstreet


Spring is in the air, dreary skies, rainy days, storms, hail, sunshine, and green growth everywhere. All this in the same week. This is spring. 

A week in a peek.

Saturday:)Sights and Signs of Spring

5 Mar

“Every man and every living creature has a sacred right to the gladness of springtime.”— Leo Tolstoy


The temperature in North Texas has varied from sultry upper 80’s to frigid 40’s…and usually in the same day. The unseasonably warm February has prompted the trees to blossom, the grass to shimmer green, and the birds chirp in delight. It’s March now, and Mother Nature is still as confused as I am. 

These were just a few of the beuatiful blossoms on my evening walk. Another sign of Spring approaching, gloomy grey skies. A couple of days ago, I was walking wearing a short sleeved t-shirt. Today, a different story. Hat, hooded coat, gloves, and a drizzly cold day. I’m so confused!

Wednesday: Words of Wisdom and Poetry

9 Apr

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” 

― Rainer Maria Rilke


After my morning walk, I stopped to pull a few unsightly weeds in my front yard. Then, I meandered over to the front flower bed where I had planted a single solitary Knockout rose bush last fall. It was the only new thing I planted at my new house. I wasn’t sure if the tiny thing was going to make it after the bitter winter. So, I giggled with delight when I saw my first red rose today. 

“We made it! We made it!” I related to the struggle of the delicate rose. We made it through the harsh winter together, and now we are going to grow and blossom and thrive. A new rose, a new house, a new life. ” We made it!” A lot of metaphor stuff going on here, but that’s what I do. I also like to write poetry when I am thus inspired.



The harsh grey of winter melts away in a hush

As the first blooms of Spring apply their colorful blush.

Then tiny red blossoms peek from branches and stems

With the radiant glow of fine rubies and gems. 

My heart sings a song when the first rose appears

And the sky gently sprinkles the earth with her tears.

~Toni Andrukaitis




Friday:First Flower, Furry Rock, a Found Penny , and Fun on the Square

12 Apr

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
This morning when I went for my walk/run, I noticed a tiny tinge of red hidden under the leaves on the rose bush in front of the house. I was so excited. My first rose of the season. The Knockout Roses are prolific, but the first rose is always a welcome sign of Spring,

Further down the street, I saw this amazing rock all covered in furry moss and had to take a picture with my phone. You see the coolest things when you’re not looking for cool things.

A few minutes later, I was getting ready to change my brisk pace walk into a turtle pace run, when I noticed a lucky Penny on the sidewalk. Boy, a lot of distractions this morning.

It was a glorious Spring day, so I headed off to the Square to see if I could help a couple hours at the art show before heading off to Towne Creek and my senior art group. I totally forgot that they were having the High Noon activities on the lawn in front of MPAC. April 11 – Magic Show with Main Street Magic and Fun. The kids loved the magician.

And all that was before 1 in the afternoon. That was just the beginning of my day. I did a lot more, but we’ll save some of the other activities and photos for tomorrow. I’m exhausted just recounting it all. Plus it’s almost midnight and I want to get this published under the wire.


Montage Monday: A Week in a Peek

31 Mar

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
[Meditations Divine and Moral]”
I could be mistaken, but I believe the bitter winter weather has sailed past Texas. Now, I’m not speaking for our neighbors to the north. Tomorrow is only April 1st, and anything is possible. But, for us, the buds are popping from their branches and fuzzy green shoots of grass, (and weeds of course), are bursting through the dry brown earth. However, if we don’t get a lot more rain, we’re going to have only dry brown earth this summer. “Hope springs eternal.”

Here’s a week in a peek. Enjoying the sun, fun, and friends.



Wednesday: Words of Wisdom and Quote of the Day

13 Mar

O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?

Percy Bysshe Shelley


Winter has been coming and going like a revolving door here in North Texas. One day, it might be 80 degrees and another in the 30’s. The parched grey lawns are starting to show little patches of pale green, and the trees and bushes are beginning to flower. The colorful palette of Spring is painting the landscape with glorious color. Enjoy each blossom and appreciate each day. Thank goodness for Spring!