Friday, June 20, 2014


 "Every morning when we wake up, we have 24 brand new hours to live.  What a precious gift."
Thich Nhat Hanh


We have had a record amount of rain so far for the year and, with four more inches yesterday, the total for June is 11 inches. Rivers and roads, fields and even lakeshores are flooded.  But today, we are promised some sun!

See the tiny black specks?  Tadpoles, thousands of them.  Although you can't see them because of the reflection, there are also larvae of Minnesota's unofficial "state bird" swimming around in there -- the mosquito.  Because of all the rain, there is a bumper crop of these tormenters.

Most of my peonies were beaten down by the rain to a sad and soggy state.  This is the last one to bloom and it is perfuming my whole house from a vase in the livingroom.  I could even smell it as I fell asleep last night.


Field of flax

Tomorrow is midsommersdag,  already the summer half gone where I live.

I wonder what today will bring to love and enjoy and say yes! to.


  1. It doesn't seem possible that we are half way through Summer already. Life seems to just speed up the older I get. I love the last photo of the flowers.

  2. Cynthia, you are right every day is a gift. At my place weather is better doesn't rain but it's cloudy. Typical spring weather but it's summer since Sunday times flies so quickly it is impossible but is half of the 2014.

  3. I love that Flax!~ Yes we have enough rain already. luckily we live in a sandy area. I enjoyed your photos:)

  4. Each and every day is a precious gift indeed. To be cherished and appreciated. Such a lovely post. Love those photos! Have a great weekend :)

  5. Lovely pictures, and we could use some of that rain in Texas! Send it our way!

  6. Dear Cynthia, I lived in Minnesota for 38 years and moved here to Missouri 5 years ago. I miss those northern climes still and probably always will.

    I so like the way you ended your posting because I, too, believe that we need to say "Yes" to life and embrace it. Peace.

  7. My peonies in Illinois were always full of ants so I never brought them indoors. I didn't even know they had a scent. Your peony is gorgeous! I love your wildflowers, but I hate mosquitoes too.

  8. Mmmmm another 6 months and it will be Christmas again! Some lovely photos despite, or perhaps because of, the rain.

  9. I like the flax I don't think I've ever seen it before.

  10. You never know what summer will bring you, it is unpredictable. Sad you had so much rain We are the lucky ones this year with lots of sunhine and nice temperatures. I wish you some sunhine too.

  11. That is a huge amount of rain, clearly appreciated by the mossie tadpoles! I love your opening quote, whatever life throws at us, it is a precious gift. Shame this is your last peonie, I hope it lasts a long time.
    Have a great weekend
    Wren x