Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Amazing and lots of fun

Hope you haven't seen this yet.
Enjoy the creativity and technology: trop forts
( P.S. You can find more on YouTube.)



One of our little "waterfalls"!



Sunday, May 12, 2019

Our First Creek Walk

The temperature was better, there was no rain and it became a perfect afternoon for our first Seven-mile creek walk of the spring. It starts right across from the bottom of the big hill as you go onto our Glinodo property and it ends right at a cliff above the lake.

May apples are up...here's one with "an apple."

Ditto Jack in the Pulpits.

Numerous pairs of Canada Geese are around.
No goslings with these two.

Two little evergreens we planted 3-4 years ago.
Looking great!

Our neighbor's bird ferry boathouse,
at the very end of the path.

Pesky lawn and garden violets are pretty--
for about two weeks

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

May brings forth everything!

A couple weeks ago I posted "one of my favorite spring sights." Here are the other two (making them my top 3). When they've all appeared I know spring is truly, truly here to stay. Now if the temps would only settle down into a consistent 60 or so!

The tree in the center of the library courtyard is pure white for two weeks a year.
Drop dead gorgeous. Here it is from the library windows.

The two bleeding heart plants in the inner courtyard bloomed this week,
I mean the hearts themselves finally dropped. Another gorgeous sight.

Otherwise things are going along well in this Easter season. Our spring visitors are arriving every weekend. Last weekend we had 5, yes 5, of the blood sisters of one of our sisters here. They were delightful....it was like having 5 clones of her around all the time: voices, mannerisms, laughs, everything. Great fun.

This weekend leaders in the L'Arche movement will be with us. Nice group to have, too. Some weekend retreats of our own are also going on this month, so we're all in our best hospitality mode! And, finally, our own vacation times are just beginning as some of our sisters are on a couple weeks of long-awaited vacation, now that the nicer weather has appeared and travel is a bit more doable/less risky. Hope they're having a wonderful time!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Weekend snips

A delicious pre-performance reception showcased the Mercyhurst hotel-restaurant management majors' talents.

Marinas are starting to have boats in the water and the bay is looking more and more summer-like.

Sweet chirping birds are appearing at all the feeders around the monastery.

Earlier blossoming trees are fading and later ones are just starting up.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The eye is better



My friend and I are having a kind of unofficial contest (no rules, no prizes) to see which one of us can take a photo of our thin, vertical chapel stained-glass windows that really captures what they look like to the human eye. We've taken so many of them--different light, flash or no flash, different times of the year, month, day....and they always, up until now, came out flat--never quite catching the gem-like twinkle and gleam that shines through them at their best.

Until now. Here's her latest, taken last week. It's a beauty and very, very close.

My turn now.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Monday, Monday

Did you ever have one of those weekends where you can't wait to get back to work on Monday---so that you can relax? That's what we had this weekend! Two days of great times but, whoa, lots of people, lots of wonderful input and lots of energy and experiences but I can't wait to get back to the relative calm of Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays....you get the idea!

See our community website here for the usual fine, fine coverage of our life and you'll have mercy on me for wanting the "normalcy" of Mondays!

Did I mention that they were great days?!?!?

One of my top three favorite spring flowers in our gardens--white, white hyacinths.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Could be Minnesota

Today I talked to "Cathy" a gal in Minnesota that I talk to every year at this time. ..business chat. In the course of the conversation I asked how they're doing, as I told her we've been watching the horrible April storms that have passed through. She said they were doing ok and that most of the snow has melted. "Most?" I thought, holy cow! "Are your daffodils up yet?" I asked. "Almost," she replied, "they are trying." My gosh, it's April 24th and they still have snow remnants and the daffodils "are trying." WOW....

Our last snowfall was March 31 and here are three shots of our inner courtyard. Daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and a gorgeous flowering magnolia tree are truly taking our breaths away. Sure we won the golden snow globe contest a couple times (this year we were fourth, thank God) but spring does come in April here.

Cathy ended with, "But it's a beautiful sunny day today, so I think we've turned the corner for good." I should hope so for their sanity---after all--next Wednesday is May 1.




BTW, that's a feeder that's suppose to attract Baltimore Orioles, who love oranges. Hmmmmmm, we'll see. One sister asked if someone had hung a pumpkin in the courtyard! Another thought it was a small basketball. We need a field trip to Wild Birds Unlimited!