Friday, May 20, 2011

Consider the lilies of the field...

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"... how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." Matthew 6:28b - 29 (KJV)

I ventured into the back yard this morning, thinking that I would mow before the thunderstorms anticipated for later today.  Sorry to say, I didn't have enough "oomph" in my muscles to start the mower.  I think it's about time to invest in one that will start at the push of a button. The lawn will go un-mowed for a few days until I can make the purchase or (more cost-effective) get someone with more muscle power to get it started for me.

Just under my bedroom window, this day lily had opened this morning, the first to bloom in the long row next to house.  How do I know it opened this morning?  Because that's what day lilies do; open for a day, then wither and die.

This particular lily, whose name I no longer recall, was gifted to me by my youngest sister.  I always think of her when it blooms.

Tomorrow is also a day (and there are many lily buds waiting to open.)

Post-publication P.S. Happy Birthday, Baba.  My father would have been 125 years old today. My granddaughter observes her 30th birthday today.


Abby said...

I understand that lack of oomph to start a mower. My previous one started okay when cold, but if I stopped it to empty the bag, restarting it was nearly impossible. Last year I purchased a new mower very much like my old one, but no choke and it starts much easier. So still no battery starter for me. Yet.

I like seeing what is blooming in your yard because you are several weeks ahead of me - lets me see what is in store!

rhymeswithplague said...

I have had an electric mower for ten years now. No more having to fool with gasoline and oil, just taking care not to slice the cord in two.

We planted lilies of the Tiger and Easter varieties, but so far no blooms this season, only leaves.

Snap said...

It's on my list to plant more lilies!!!!!

Arkansas Patti said...

I have both kinds, pull and turn key. So far the pull one is only used for hard to get places. Still, I always dread starting it. Sometimes easy, sometimes not. Hope you find an easy solution.
The thunder is rumbling now. Think the state will get wet today.

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a beautiful way to open up your blog Pat - it's gorgeous. blessings, marlene

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful daylily, Pat. Ours are not even thinking about budding or blooming yet. It will be awhile. Can't wait though.

That is neat that your granddaughter shares a birthday with your dad... SUPER....Happy Birthday to her.

Hope the rains/storms don't get severe there... Good luck with the mowing.

George said...

I'm envious of your day lily blossom. It's going to be a while before ours bloom. I hate to admit it, but I sometimes lack the "oomph" to get our mower started. I'm waiting to get a mower that will start itself and mow without me. (I'm afraid I'll be waiting quite a while.)

Elizabeth said...

What a beautiful lily, Pat, and that verse just sums it up. Only our Creator God could have come up with something so marvellously designed and in such a gorgeous colour. I'm always in awe of His attention to detail in those small things of life that we so easily overlook. x

Hilary said...

How lovely that your granddaughter and her great grandfather share the same birthday.. and that this lily bloomed for the occasion.