July 27, 2010

Queen Ann’s Lace

Posted in Garden, Holidays, Travel tagged , , at 6:52 am by Liliana

Queen Ann's Lace

Queen Ann's Lace

One of my favorite summer bouquets is a simple assortment of Queen Ann’s Lace wildflowers.

These fragile, transparent, soft swirls of white seed were aptly named – they look remarkably like delicate, graceful Victorian lace.

I love to walk in the little wood not far from my house and pick handfuls of Queen Ann’s lace. I know that they won’t last long. But when I bring a bouquet home, and place it in a simple white pitcher, my room is transformed.

I feel like I have taken a brief time-travel holiday into a simpler, less demanding age.

July 15, 2010

Michigan Wildflowers

Posted in Garden tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:47 am by Liliana

Walking through a filed, looking at wild flowers and remembering their names, picking a bouquet to take home with me, gives me a sense that all is well with the world. Nothing we create can be more beautiful than these creations of nature.

Here are a few kinds of wildflowers that grow in my part of Michigan in the summertime:

beach pea

beach pea

pink lady slipper

pink lady slipper

black-eye susan

black-eye susan

star flower

star flower

blue iris

blue iris

trillium

trillium

columbine

columbine

coreopsis

coreopsis

daisies

daisies

day lily

day lily

everlasting pea

everlasting pea

fireweed

fireweed

flox

flox

forget me not

forget me not

marsh marigold

marsh marigold

July 5, 2010

Small Gestures

Posted in Children, Women tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:41 am by Liliana

A hug from Sam

A hug from Sam

I am a person of small gestures.

Little things in life give me pleasure.

  • Sitting on my old couch, after an afternoon nap, and sipping a cup of coffee
  • Walking on the sandy shore of Lake Michigan and singing the same Serbian song over and over again, like a mantra
  • Walking on the sandy shore of Lake Michigan and looking for treasures – twigs, stones, wild grasses
  • Walking Kaya late in the evening, darkness around us, the two of us invisible
  • Walking Kaya in the afternoon, finding wildflowers along the path, making an extravagant bouquet
  • Lying in my bed, listening to a torrential downpour outside
  • An honest conversation with a friend on a Saturday morning at the Farmer’s Market
  • A hug from Sam, for no reason at all