Where did Spring go? It was March ... and now it's July!
Here are a few things that I really wanted to share with you, before moving on with Italy and Summer.
My Parents called me in May and told me they found a nest, in the fern, outside the back door. The next day there was an egg. And, the day after that, another egg. Each day another egg, until there were 5!
A little too light to be robin's eggs, but ... what are they? Sparrows?
Oh! And I know I'm late but here is Mendelssohn's Spring Song
I was housesitting, when all of the sudden ...
Five baby birds ... On Mother's Day!!!!
Pink and Fuzz
You can see how close the nest was to the house!
My parents put up big pieces of foam board, so it wouldn't scare the Mama away, every time we walked toward the kitchen or bedrooms.
It was a scorching hot day, so we ended up moving the planter into the shade. I was so worried they weren't going to make it, with the sun beating down against the wilting plant.
Time for a Mohawk
My nephew Benjamin and his little girlfriend Alex sneaking a peak, after their swim!
The Awkward Period
I had been in and out of town, but now it would be awhile until my next trip to Ojai, so I had my Mom and Dad update me with their camera and iPhone. The following bird shots are curtesy of them. :)
My parents looked outside ... and 5 had become 3.
They saw the next one leave the nest ... and then ...
My Mom said later she had empty nest syndrome. We all did, but what a joy and how fun to see them grow and change so quickly. Such a gift of Spring!!! Born on Mother's Day and flew away on Memorial Day!
The Mad Hatter Tea Party
Every year, my nephew's school has their Mad Hatter Party. Parents pick themes for the different tables, and this year my sister and her friend did a "Bugs and Butterfly Table."
Parents go crazy with the decorating, and the whole thing lasts about a half hour!
Even the food was decorated! Gummy worms coming out of apples ... lady bugs made of cherry tomatoes...
Not only were their a couple of aunt farms on the tables, my sister released hundreds and hundreds of lady bugs on the table, as well. The kids went nuts! (Later they were all taken to the school garden.)
And what is a Mad Hatter party without hats? Here is my nephew and little girlfriend Alex again. Look at her expression. According to Alex, she and Ben will be getting married.
Also in the month of May, was an art show at the Ojai Art Center, called "It's All About Me." Self portraits, of course, but they didn't have to be formal portraits. They just had to represent you, in some way.
I decided to put in a couple of pieces, from my Woman Series. The one with the two figures got an honorable mention! Kinda fun, right? For better views of the pieces click here and here.
A few friends and I gave a baby shower in Ojai, for our friend Beckie. I put myself in charge of flowers and went to the big Los Angeles Flower Market. I will definitely go back, when I'm not on a mission, and take more pictures to post for you. That place is amazing!
The baby shower was at the Old Creek Ranch Winery in Ojai. I know, it sounds funny for a baby shower, but it's a beautiful spot and they didn't charge us for it! (Those of us who set up, did a little wine tasting, with our few extra pre-shower minutes!)
Many of us have known each other for more than 30 years ...
I kept the flowers rustic, to go with the setting, and put them in Mason jars with raffia.
Beckie, our pregnant girl, is second from the left, in the electric lilac dress and long necklace.
Two weeks ago, she gave birth to her third child, and first boy ... Oliver. I just met him and he's a little dream!
Life stands before me like an eternal spring
with new and brilliant clothes.
~Carl Friedrich Gauss
Have an amazing week!!!
Blessings and light!