Lilacs

Lilac close up
Lilacs sing to you with their fragrance.

 

I came home from work, pulled into the carport and intended to go straight indoors to crash.  As I got out of the car though, I thought “Maybe I’ll just peak at the garden first”.  There are three steps that lead down into the back yard.  The ground felt soft from the recent rains, and then it hit me, an intoxicating fragrance, but what?  I have a small backcyard garden with mostly dadelions and violets right now, and we have no flowering trees.  What could it be, some flowering vine or strange tree flowers up in the sky?  I closed my eyes to focus on the scent and then I knew.  It had to be lilac!  Over the fence, in the neighbor’s front yard, there was an old motherly lilac bush, reaching out to touch my mind.  Do flowers ever do that to you too?

Brick and Board Shelves II

brick and board shelf

In cleaning out some of my old posts, I realized I deleted this rather popular photo of my brick and board shelves at the old apartment.  My brother and sister made versions of these in their first apartments back in the 60’s.  I decided to replace some of the bricks with storage.  The bottom plastic boxes obviously don’t get opened very often since you have to remove the upper shelves to get to them, but the middle plastic drawers worked nicely.  My rattan boxes were slightly shorter so could be slid off the shelves when needed.  The red “bricks” were concrete blocks that came from the lumber yard which I painted with two coats of red.  Since making the transition to apartment life in 2001, my motto has been “keep it small, easy to move and light enough for me to carry myself”!