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April 3, 2007 at 6:23 pm | Posted in country living, dating, dogs, faith, family, food, gifts, hat patterns, Holidays, knitting, love, marriage, pets, photography, recipes, relationships, romance, scarf patterns, yarn | 10 Comments

Fireflys Flowers are Coming AliveEverything is coming alive; the feelings in the air and in the environment are exciting. Every day I look for signs of new flowers coming to life. I don’t want to miss one moment, or one photo opportunity. I moved here last year in early May, and by then this place was live with blossoming trees and flowers everywhere. This year, I will capture the evolution with my camera and then my year will be complete.

Sometimes at night the sounds of the peepers surrounding us everywhere keeps me awake for a time, but I enjoy the sound so much I don’t mind missing a little sleep to hear it. The moon was full when I awoke at one in the morning, lighting up the barn and the yard almost as if it were mid-day it was so bright.

Fireflys Flowers are Coming to LifeMy husband takes Blu outside at four in the morning, when he gets up to get ready for work. This morning he told me the full moon was shining above the river, and reminded me to have a look. I shudder to say that I feel back asleep before remembering to take a look outside. Perhaps it will be there again tomorrow at that time, not covered over with clouds.

When I take Blu out later in the morning, the sun is just rising and morning golden hour begins anew. I hear geese calling here and there, the woodpecker pecking away out in the woods, and fading peepers as birds are rising up in chorus.

How cool is this. I stand and linger in the yard, watching sweet Blu, listening to the sounds all around me and in the close and far distances of forever.

I love waking up to a cuddle, a sniff, and a wink from him: love in his eyes, knowing that he knows he is safe and secure here with us.

Fireflys Birds Await Her CameraBlu prances about as if he were a show dog, leaping joyfully and playfully pretending to nip at my sleeve as he passes by. He is growing every day, and learning everything we are teaching him very rapidly. Such a fine, beautiful puppy he is. It has been less than two weeks since we brought him home but already we cannot imagine what it would be like if he weren’t here.

Much different from waking up to rushing traffic, honking horns, and skidding brakes back in Southern California.

What a way to start the day, this gentle springing to life on a sunlit morning.

How very cool is this.

Fireflys Mothers Easter BasketYears ago, when I was pregnant with my first child, I saved pieces of wrapping paper from the baby shower my family and friends threw for me. The next year, at Easter, I used some of the pieces of wrapping paper to decorate blown and colored Easter eggs. I carefully cut out flowers and other designs from the paper and glued some inside of the eggs, viewable through an opening I had made in the front. Closeup shots and more details of the project are available at the I Live on a Farm dot com website. My mother has the eggs, and displays them each year in her Easter basket at home. Yesterday she shot these photos for me so I could show them to you … thanks Mom!

What ever did become of my new spring hat, which then became a new spring scarf? I scraped the project entirely. Something about my mojo with that project just never would make itself right, so I realize I should let it go and leave the yarn for another day. I think I just cannot get myself into the right mood to design or knit a scarf or hat right now, with the weather turning warm, birds sining with joy, and flowers beginning to bloom everywhere. However, I would like to share a couple of photos of a cool stitch I was using when I was still knitting it up as a scarf. It is called the granite stitch, and I have used it as a border on a hat before, but it also makes a very pretty stitch for a scarf.

Fireflys Mystery Easter Knitting ProjectCurrently I am knitting up another mystery project with some pretty, apple green cotton yarn. The stitch I am using on this project is the twisted purl stitch, and I just can’t tell you how pleased I am with this stitch. It is equally pretty on the reverse side, which means it will be perfect to use sometime for a scarf … but this project is not a scarf. I will finish it later this week and will give you the pattern on Monday.

My husband has Good Friday off from work, so I am cutting my own week short in order to spend a bonus day with him and Blu. We don’t know yet what we will do with the day. The weather is supposed to turn pretty cold by this weekend, so we might just spend the time indoors together. We’ll see.

Remember that miniature painting of the pear I showed on my blog two or three weeks ago? I put that up for auction at eBay with a starting bid of only $10, and no Buy it Now. There is also a new painting there I completed a couple of days ago. The Easter Lily watercolor auction doesn’t end until Thursday, and I posted a new Thistleonian auction. Plenty to choose from, in a variety of price ranges. Go have some fun with my goodies!

Fireflys Blue Jay Walks About on the FarmBy the way, I have appreciated the many comments of support, encouragement, friendship, love, and loyalty so many of you left over the past week. There are so many that I am behind terribly in responding. Your communication and thoughts are very important to me. I will respond to each and every one by email, but it will take me a few more days to get through them all.

I suppose that is it for the day. I hope you have a wonderful week and Easter weekend.


Copyright © 2007 J.L. Fleckenstein ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


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  1. Hello Firefly! I’ve been busy blogging and photographing over at my place, but today I made the time to drop in at ‘the farm’. And so glad I did! Everything looks lovely and full of springtime. The handcrafted Easter eggs are fantastic! I took the opportunity to check out the full array of pics over at the web site. So, so dear. This is a project I would love to do myself — thank you for the inspiration! The yarns look fab, too. Congrats on all of the paintings, web development, great photos and stories. Cheers!

  2. Thanks for a beautiful post. The Easter eggs you made are beautiful – you must have used tweezers to put the teeny little flowers on the shell!
    Thank you for the beautiful photo of a Bluejay. We have a blue jay here, but it is a Stellar’s jay and more black and blue with no white. However, his behaviour is similar to the Bluejay – noisy and bossy!
    Happy Easter!

  3. So much inspiration! I want to try the gift wrapped eggs with my boys, who love art and creative projects. Thank you for sharing the process and beautiful results. And I love the twisted purl stitch. The texture looks charming. My knitting skills are coming along. I have learned how to purl, and I finished a hat for my daughter… it’s every inch a first effort! Have a lovely day with your husband and Blu, and happy Easter too.

  4. Hello! Haven’t posted a comment in a while, but I still enjoy reading your blog.

  5. I just love your blog and website. I have frequented both often and have kept up with your blog for many months now. It is something I look forward to several days a week. Also, I am from NE PA and reading about your farm takes me back home. I remember the snow storms, the breaking of spring and all the rebirth of the land. I have been gone from there for 30 plus years, but reading your blog takes me right back – makes me feel like I am right there with you.

    You are very talented with many talents and seem to master them all so well.

    Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy and appreciate your blog. I am a knitter and love your patterns also. Beautiful work!!!

    Thank you….. Sandy – Midland, TX

  6. Those eggs are amazing! and I’m loving the photos of your emerging spring.

  7. How pretty spring is shaping up to be! You’re right! What a nice stitch that is:) Hope you enjoy the remainder of the week!

  8. My eldest daughter just entered the room and said, “Those are beautiful pictures.” She is so right. I love the tender hope and sweetness this post expresses. Those eggs are fabulous!


  9. So much life around you! Life up here is still mostly dormant although there have been a few birds and I saw some Canada Geese in the bits of the lakes that are open.

    Having a dog changes so much about life. They just seem to add a level of comfort that you didn’t even know wasn’t there until they arrived. Especially when they are asleep on your feet during the cold months. Aahhh.

  10. What a lovely place to live & such precious company to live among- you are a blessed woman.
    I really like the twisted purl stitch- will have to try it out soon- & am intrigued by the granite stitch.
    Enjoy the long weekend with your family & have a blessed Resurrection Sunday

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