springstuff, the list

“Imperfection is beauty,

                                    madness is genius

and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous

                           than absolutely boring.” ~ whosaidthis?


And isn’t April ridiculously mad and delicious?


Elise-the-Niece, the very personification of spring, is here for a visit on her way from almost a year on the YWAM base in Hawaii back to Aberdeen, SD and her family.

Things of spring: MY LIST~


Hunter, Gavin and Guini; Guini and Averi ~ artwork on the patio

Sidewalk chalk and seed packets.

Salad greens and spring showers.

Blue skies and garden bunnies.

Family birthdays and family food daze.

Birdsong and backyard play.

Sugar snap peas and Cherry Belle radishes.

Grandbebe chatter and catching up with neighbors over the fence.

Home Depot then home work.

Sidewalk sweeping and wagon pulling.

Clean windows and fresh air.

The boys building forts and digging holes for buried treasure.

Perennials popping up around the pond.

Sprouts in the garden and sproutonline.com

Petunias and pansies.

Lilies and lilacs.

The lawnmower’s roar and squeak of the swing.

Azure-blue dusk and snow-capped mountain horizons.

The smell of hot soil and the intoxicating scent of wet cedar mulch.

Fertilizer and polished furniture.

The whoosh of kids swinging and the wind’s soft whisper.

The grill fired up and sweet girls dressed up.

Terra cotta pots and tomato seedlings.

Bright lights and short nights.


The Kelley kids at church one evening last week; Elise-the-niece with Amelie Belle, the newest of the grandbebes.

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. ~William Shakespeare


Stormie and Amelie; GemGem and her Aunt Tara; Stormie and Guinivere.  At Stormie’s family birthday dinner.


Celebrating with mi familia!  Happy Birthday, again, Stormie Dae Rhoades, spring baby and lovely girl!  The grandbebes eating. 

In springtime, love is carried on the breeze. Watch out for flying passion or kisses whizzing by your head. ~Terri Guillemets


Wrex and Stef with the birthday girl.  The cookbook holder Wrex made for Stormie with his own two, bare hands!  Same as the high-ticket model at Anthropologie.  But better!  Wrex practicing eating while holding a baby.  He vows a tiny human being will not interefere in this department!

If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom. ~Terri Guillemets


The coconut cake for Stef and Elise, icing/filling kinda to die for.  Tara singing a song Stormie wrote for part of her birthday gift.  Fruit Pizza is ever-so-much-more-scrumptious the next morning.  Approximately 3872 calories.  And I HOPE I am only kidding!


Outside after dark: the boys building their fort.  Averi and GemGem, best cousins…just before the tragic accident.  Gemma “ran right into” Hunter’s construction site and got quite the owie on her face.  But a band-aid and a kiss makes everything better.  That and getting some attention.

“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.” ~ Rainer Marie Rilke


I love spring.  And I LOVE lists!

5 thoughts on “springstuff, the list

  1. Spring… yes a time of rebirth, a time of brightness, a time of warmth… a time of… poop! Yes, it seems that my job every Spring is to clean up all the mess that Sandy has left in the backyard. Because of all the snow, I hadn’t had a big chance to pick up after her. She’s a big star now, so she feels like she can go anywhere she wants and probably thinks her “stuff” doesn’t stink! Well, she would be wrong! But I am glad that all the snow is gone and Spring is here but now it is time to work… Oh, well, such is our plight…

  2. SERIOUSLY great night! Spring just makes people cheery, doesn’t it? LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Now, time for flowers!

  3. Your poem made me smile, and I really loved your pictures. (It is so good to see Elise’s smiling face, too!

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