Saturday, April 20, 2013

Snow on the pansies, and beloved posts

John's pansies in a silver jug
watercolour and marker
on watercolour paper
6 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2013
(I took a new photo today in daylight.
Much more like the real painting!)

Over and over again on Facebook we're getting exclamations
on the late snow.  Today I woke up to the sight of
snowflakes outside my window. Again.  These poor
pansies.  My friend John brought them to dinner two weeks
ago, and frankly it's lucky they're in a pot and not the ground.

They've had some vacations on the back porch.  I had to bring
them in on more than one afternoon because it was too hot!
Then bam, freezing cold and in they come.  Yet still they keep
putting out flowers and more power to them.  I picked some to
put in this lovely little antique, silver jug.

I'm posting tonight, even though the doctor had to come
again today because my horrid cough would not disappear.
More antibiotics were ordered and bought and here we go
again.  For a healthy person this is dragging on and on.

But yesterday my husband, not a saint, gave me a sweet
compliment.  He said that when I don't write my blog, he
feels sad the next morning.  I didn't know that he reads the
paper and my blog with his morning coffee, and misses
my contribution when I don't post!  How adorable.

This from a fellow who has been known to make scary
faces when a work I'm developing is not at a perfect
stage.  So all the more moving.  Before I take the antibiotic, the
evening's cough syrup and head to bed -- here it is for you
Steven.  Apparently the temperatures are going up again
tomorrow.  Maybe both of us will feel much better and be
able to join the pansies on the back porch, and watch the
neighbourhood children digging for worms in the garden
for a school project. That would be bliss.

Have a getting-out-into-the-spring-world day.


Laurel Daniel said...

Oh no!! I hate to see you down for the count. I agree with Steven - a day without Barbara is not a good day! Get well for the pansies. They need you on vacation with you on the back porch. XOXOXO

Laurel Daniel said...

on vacation with THEM!!! (note to self, proofread before hitting go.)

cohen labelle said...

The portrait of Sam and the pansies are sheer delight, Barbara.
But not the progress report on your cough with another prescription for antibiotics.
Amazingly the two beautiful watercolors are so filled with your typical energy - it's a tribute to the high spirited Barbara come hell or high water - an inspiration to all of us and to me who likes to loll around for any or no good reason.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a return of sunny, warm weather so that you can loll around too and luxuriate with a good book in bed or in the garden....hmm

Love, Marcia

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laurel,

You are such a sweetie. Today seems like a good day for the pansies and me to enjoy at least part of the day on the back porch.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Marcia,

You've got my number. My onerous tasks are completed for now. The cough seems to be receding a bit. And I have a good book. Painting is my joy I will be painting. I'd like to see you lolling! That's a funny one -- you are always busy Marcia.



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