Some came from my sister- some make me smile because I found them while on vacation, some from not very good bottles of wine (purchased for the cobalt blue bottle, not the questionable quality of the wine!) and a lot came from people who love me who saw them and thought of me. A collection of pretty things that makes me feel loved- not such a bad thing to collect, huh?
All this cleaning and such is not really my favorite thing, but I must confess to a lightness of spirit that has graced my days since we finished the big jobs. The cobwebs of winter are gone, fingerprints on the wall from many Sundays of inside hide and seek played by uncles and kids have been wiped away- the fireplace cleaned out (not from ashes- it never got that cold- I forgot to take the little fireplace candle holder I put in there at Christmas away) and now we look to a season of cooking out (Love It!) sitting on the deck (Gotta get a new umbrella for out there) watching Zoe and Noah blow bubbles and the dogs tear through the yard (tearing the yard up- er- aerating the soil! ) and outside games yet to be discovered. Our winters aren't severe, and the "bad' weather doesn't last long, but the spring here is so beautiful and we have so much fun in the yard. Even though we don't have Northern winters to contend with, Spring is still very welcome!