Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I Think I'm an Over-Pinner

Hey, I'm on Pinterest now! And I love it! So much so that I'm neglecting the Loquat and Twitter! If you're on Pinterest too, come follow me and watch me over-pin!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Holy Week

As you know, Pascha and Easter don't often fall at the same time, and this year they're a week apart. So we the Orthodox are just now beginning Holy Week. And, as usual, I'm signing off for the week. Goodness knows how much or how little I'll actually be on the computer, but as far as you know I'm gone. ;)

Yes, Mom, my phone will be on.

Blessed Holy Week to all!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bluebonnets

Nothing says "Texas" more than bluebonnet season, and although these pictures have a dearth of the lovely red Indian Paintbrush (I love that red mixed with the blue), I thought I'd post some pictures from the trip out to the cemetery to take bluebonnet pictures. Bluebonnet pictures are another Texas tradition. Texas Monthly (motto: The National Magazine of Texas) put up some irreverent ones from Texas photographers--one was particularly shocking, as it depicts a man on a mower mowing down a field of bluebonnets. Non-Texans must understand: It's against the law to even pick bluebonnets unless they're on private property. That's why the picture of them being mowed down actually caused me to gasp. Anyway, most bluebonnets are sown on the highways of Texas, so I was grateful that the family and I weren't pulled off to the side of I-35 with cars whizzing by at 90 MPH.

For the sake of privacy, I won't post pictures of the family. I did take a few pictures of just bluebonnets, and I'll post those to celebrate the season--the season of bluebonnets! Man, I love this time of year. I love being a Texan.

I was so shocked when we got out there and there was a yucca blooming! It reminded me of West Texas and spring in the local state parks. But bluebonnets aren't big out west, so I loved this lovely meeting of my two favorite places. 

A good shot of just bluebonnets ... and grass. The cute little five-pronged leaves belong to the bluebonnets. So wish I could pick them because they'd look lovely on my icon corner. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Coptic Orphans

Post, post, post. All I do is post blog posts. But this one's important. Coptic Orphans is an organization that allows you to sponsor a fatherless Coptic (Egyptian) Christian child. If you don't follow the news, life has been particularly hard for Coptic Christians lately: Persecutions have been stepped up, and their beloved Pope Shenouda III recently died. It's very hard to be a Christian in Egypt. So view this lovely video and consider sponsoring a lovely child. :)

Everything's Coming Up Roses

One of my homeschool families presented me with roses from the garden yesterday. I know I'm posting about nothing but roses lately, but I still wanted to share. I like roses. 

I transferred this beauty into the vase on the icon corner table. You can see the shorter roses from my own garden in the background. 

A yellow rose of Texas!

All the roses, surrounded by my extensive headscarf collection and a turban squash. 

One of my favorites--a lovely white rose!
This family also took me out to a hillside covered in bluebonnets to take family pictures. It was wonderful. I feel like I'm finally recovering from the failure of art school and getting back into taking pictures. :)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

After a Weekend Away ...

... the pink roses are droopy and fading ... 
... but the yellow rose from the side of the house is going strong!