Happy anniversary to me!

March 4, 2015

Wordpress sent me a Happy 5th Anniversary notice.


How in the world did that happen?

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It’s hard to believe that five years of my life are chronicled here. (OK, maybe four, because the first year I was so scared of that blank screen that I avoided writing anything…you know…it might not be perfect and someone might criticize me. I have a very strong “anti-critical mother” vibe.) But here it all is; the ups and downs, the whimsy, the silly, the beautiful, the tragic. Life. My life. I’m rather proud of it.

But I don’t have much of anything monumental to say today.

Actually, I was going to write about these clumps of daffodils. Well, I still am.

These, (of which there are at least ten clumps round the garden), started life as those cheap dafs one buys at the grocery store for about $4 to make one’s house springlike and cheerful. Well, when they’ve bloomed their little hearts out, I just plop them into the garden where they green up, feed their bulbs and come back next year as cheery and as happy, and even bigger than ever.

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In the garden are also lettuce seedlings. In the cold frame for now…as I don’t really trust the March weather…but I’m so looking forward to some home-grown veggies. That first salad from the garden is such a treat.

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There are some few garden flowers in the house. The hyacinth, same as the dafs, began life as grocery store cheeriness. It’s always a good idea to plop the bulbs into the ground and see what happens. After all, I figure since I bought them anyway, I have nothing to lose.

In the studio, is a map. I picked this map up at the local thrift for a couple of dollars, but when I took it home I realised what a special map this is. It’s a 1959 map of Austria showing the old Czechoslovakia, and, specifically, showing the exit route out of the old Czechoslovakia into Austria that my family took when we escaped as political refugees.


And, after a bit of internal debate…there be Merlins!

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Here is the male Merlin,

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And here is the female. Still a work in progress, but I’m pretty happy with it so far.

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Of course, Morgan couldn’t care less…lol.

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But for me, five years! It’s a small monumental achievement. 😀

By the way, my friend Vibeke at A Butterfly in my Hair, is having a month long giveaway. Each day a new artist, craftsperson, amazing woman is offering a something special and unique to win. EACH DAY! My turn will be on the 10th with three sterling stacking rings in beautiful spring-toned stones. Go get yourselves in on something special. 😀

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  • Reply Patty/NS March 4, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    A lot of lovely posts in the last 4-5 years – thanks for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

    • Reply Veronica March 4, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you so much Patty. I hope your week is lovely too. 😀

  • Reply forestpoppyJulie March 5, 2015 at 5:02 am

    Happy blog birthday. I’m looking forward to lots more reading here! I do love your map. What happy circumstances to bring it your way -and the merlins are stunning.

    I am always amazed at what harsh treatment bulbs can survive……when we were packing up to move last spring I had a couple of indoor pots of bulbs that needed planting out, so rather than leave them for the new owners I decided to bring them with us to the new house. But that meant they were transported to storage, held in storage for a month with all of our belongings (and my outdoor pot plants all of which miraculously survived), and then transported almost the length of the country before hanging around up here for a week or two before I got them into the ground……..and I can see them peeking up now. Wonderful! Juliex

    • Reply Veronica March 6, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      Gosh Julie, that’s a fantastic story. 😀 I’m so glad the plants made it. Each summer I leave the England and something in the garden dies by the time I get back two months later. It’s a given. But at least that means I get new plants every so often. 😀

  • Reply Gill March 5, 2015 at 6:24 am

    a happy Blog Anniversary from me too. I think it will be my 7th year this year. I need to look it up. Still covered in snow here!!

    • Reply Veronica March 6, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      Holy smokes Gill! That’s wonderful…Not the snow! Gosh, I hope that melts for you soon. I can hardly believe the East coast and the West coast are in the same country. Darn Jet stream! 🙁

  • Reply Marlene Stephenson March 5, 2015 at 6:48 am

    I know i haven’t been with you even a year but i do enjoy reading your blog.Happy 5 yrs. to you.

    • Reply Veronica March 6, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      Hi Marlene, I’m so very glad you stop by and say hi. I’d love to get to know you a bit better. 😀

  • Reply debrashewhoseeks March 5, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Happy Blogoversary and may you have many more!

    • Reply Veronica March 6, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Thank you so much Debra. I plan on it. 😀

  • Reply Molly March 5, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Happy blogoversary (it’s a real thing)! I love how the male Martin has a bit of road in his beak 🙂

    • Reply Veronica March 6, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Thank you so much Molly. I was wondering if it perhaps was looking too much like a rein. I’ll live with it a day or two and then decide. Have to pop over to yours and catch up with you! 😀

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm March 5, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Congratulations to you Veronica! Yay … how very exciting. So nice to see the daffs and that lettuce .. And as for those maps – you are so very very clever! I just love these … Can you give Morgan a big pat from me. Congrats again Miss – love your blog!

    • Reply Veronica March 6, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      Aw, thank you so much Julie. I love the daffs and lettuce too. And the maps. I wish I had more time to save all maps and music papers and old dictionary pages and give them worth and new life thru art. Morgan will take all the pats she can get. 😀

  • Reply michellepond March 6, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Happy 5th Anniversary, Veronica. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us.

    • Reply Veronica March 6, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you for being here with me Michelle. I’m so very glad we met way back when…what is it now…4 year this April at Wordsmith? I love that we know each other. 😀

  • Reply daryledelstein March 6, 2015 at 6:15 am

    happy blogversary!!!!!!! and thank you for sharing your glimpse of spring .. seeing as March has come to NYC in a very cold/nasty way …

    • Reply Veronica March 6, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      Thank you so much Daryl, and I know! I can see that! The only solace is that it might go out like a lamb. I hope so. 😀

  • Reply Jennifer J. Chow March 6, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Happy blog-iversary! I’ve loved reading all your posts. Now, go celebrate!

    • Reply Veronica March 6, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      Thank you so much Jennifer. I love popping over to yours too. 😀

  • Reply Sharmon Davidson March 6, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Happy blog anniversary to you, Veronica, and happy spring! I think you merlins on the map are amazing!

    • Reply Veronica March 6, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Aw, thank you so much Sharmon. I’m pretty pleased with that map so far. 😀

  • Reply Dewena March 6, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Congratulations on 5 years of blogging, Veronica! And on finding a map that was so personal to you and turning it into a thing of beauty.

    I’ve never planted the potted bulbs into the garden after blooming but I certainly will from now on.

    • Reply Veronica March 6, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you so much Dewena, I can hardly believe it’s been so long. I’m glad you’ll plant those bulbs. Bet they’ll grow beautifully for you. 😀

  • Reply tinyWOOLF March 7, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    time flies, and all that… don’t it? it seems to me, the more we long for a season to happen, e.g., the faster it arrives and then, and then… love your pencil cases, veronica. and happy, safe travels down to mexico for y’all! n?

    • Reply Veronica March 9, 2015 at 7:07 am

      Oh for sure it does! I have to stop and stay in the moment a lot more in my life. I’m always looking forward to the next thing. X

  • Reply Catie Porter March 9, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Hi veronica for some reason your blog posts were not able to be downloaded and then all of a sudden there they are. I love spring flowers and ours are actually through the dirt. Tomorrow it will be 64 so plan on getting out and doing some pruning. Your art on your map is wonderful…..how special and happy anniversary

    • Reply Veronica March 10, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      Oh, that’s a bit strange. But hooray for spring! Out East has had the most horrible winter, hasn’t it? Definitely time for spring! Thank you so much. I love painting my maps and music sheets and old book pages. Saving the world one discarded, old piece of paper at a time. 😀

  • Reply dianeschuller.com March 10, 2015 at 10:44 am

    that pair of Merlins are really remarkable. And, especially because of the significance of that map, it’s a real treasure with incredible meaning.

    • Reply Veronica March 10, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Hello Diane, thank you so very much. 😀

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