Monday, April 12, 2010

Spring Rain

I was raised by learning in school that "April showers bring May flowers". Only in Southern California, some of the flowers bloom in March. My azaleas have already had their first show and are now gearing up for round two. Winter pansies are almost done, and the tomatoes and bean vines are large and strong. So to get a nice, hard "April shower" overnight was a gift from the Heavens.

Is there anything more gorgeous? To wake up to a beautiful cloudless deep dark blue sky, everything wet and sparkling . . . sigh. One of God's little gifts. Rain. And for those of you who don't appreciate it, fear it, hate it . . . I'm sorry. I just love it.

Here is a little of my morning . . . with a few new things we worked on putting together in the back yard over the weekend. It's not finished yet so you only get a sneak peek . . .

I cannot think of the last time the rain came in 
from the north . . . to get the back door and screen wet.

My small statue "Little Scholar" amongst the 
Hydrangeas and Calla Lilies
Everything is wet and clean! Our new little firepit . . . 
And maybe a new counter or something . . . 
Out the front door . . . 
The geraniums are in FULL bloom - all around the yard :)
Yep - this is one of those "diamond days". 

Happy Monday! Hugs to all!


Annie Joy said...

So beautiful, Karen. I love your "Little Scholar." Annie Joy

Theresa said...

Oh how sweet, we both called it a diamond day:) I love all of your beauty where you live. Your firepit is perfect and all of those beautiful flowers... ahhhhh! A Spring rain is a good thing. We were drenched here for so long and now we are a little dry! Hope you have a wonderful day! Love you, see ya next week:)

Love the Decor! said...

What a beautiful yard and home you have Karen!!
Have a lovely day!!

Anonymous said...

Your yard is gorgeous! Trying to catch up it's been a long winter for us.


stefanie said...

your back yard is gorgoeus!!! you definitly need to show us more!!!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Looks so lovely. I just got home from the hospital after having emergency gall bladder surgery. I am pretty sick, I was there for 5 days. I wanted to say hi, and now I need to go lie down.

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

ok...I'm typing all of this OVER again because it didn't go through the first time....I'm really getting SICK of blogger!

I love your new patio! Call me when Mark has the TV up and running, I'll book my flight :)

Love those swirls in the the rich people have. Oh...I forgot are rich if you have yard help! hahahaha

sissie said...

Hi Karen,
Your yard, landscaping, outdoor fireplace,'s all so pretty!

There is nothing nicer than a spring shower. I just love to sit on our screened porch and listen to the rain and take in the sweet smells.


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

What an awesome home you have Karen...and hey you girl are the sunshine here ha ha!! hope your having a GREAT day my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

The Victorian Parlor said...


Thanks for visiting and leaving me such kind comments! I can't wait to meet you and Jodie next week-we will have so much fun! I have known Jodie in blogland for so long-I can't wait to meet her face to face:). Have a safe trip and I will see you next week:).

BTW, your pictures are gorgeous!



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Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

so that a pool? Oh how I would love to take a dip in a pool!!

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

oh your place is looking AMAZING! I love the little scholar, and the firepit is awesome! We have been wanting one of those and keep going back and forth on it. Your outside space is just beautiful.

xo Heather

Mimi said...

I love the rain!!!!LOVE the smell, love the way the light shines through it and we get a magnificent Rain Bow!!!!
love your flowers!!!!
My sisters friend works for Cal Poly tech-something to do with the earth shaking, and he told my sis, the earth is really shaking over Calif right now and that Calif could get a sizable one in the next few weeks!!! Get ready!!!! He told her to tell her friends!!! So just passing it on!!!!
have a great week

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi sweet Karen, your pictures are just a feast for the eyes!!

Some of our azaleas bloomed in Feb here in Florida. Yikes.

Such a gorgeous post!!

Hugs, Barb ♥

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Karen...

Oooh...your yard and patio is just lovely, my friend!!! I am a bit envious though, we have just begun to turn green out here in Colorful flowers yet! It's hard to imagine that you've had flowers for awhile now...awesome! Well my dear, I think your yard and patio look absolutely fabulous after that you said, so fresh and clean!!! I too, just love the rain!!! Of course, we live in a very arid region so any rain is always a blessing!!! Love your new firepit...I'm sure that you'll have many an enjoyable night around it!

I just wanted to thank you for stopping by and taking a little peek at my Peter Cottontail vignette...I really enjoyed your sweet note! Thanks so much for coming by!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Ginger said...

This is the time of year when I miss living in California. I woke up to more snow today. It got old in December.
Your yard is so beautiful. I would love coming home to it every day. Not to mention your house...not too hard to take, Karen, you lucky gal. lol.

Our Back Porch said...

Karen, your yard is just wonderful! I love rainy days too! I especially love a good thunderstorm. I have been catching up on the new baby. She is just beautiful!!! Have a lovely rest of the week.


Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Karen, Your new fireplace is wonderful! I'll be right over to sit and chat with you in your beautiful garden. In case it starts raining we can still play in your lovely studio :-).
Big hugs and love,

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Karen!! What a beautiful, happy post!! I love your description. It is the most perfect way to wake up! And I love the sounds of rain when I sleep :) You have a gorgeous yard!! We hardly have any flowers here yet, but by next month, they will be in bloom and I cannot wait!
I want to thank you so much for your kind words on my blog post yesterday! You made my day :) I hope you get your cottage!!

Our Back Porch said...

I see where you have been by my blog recently and spied something for a sweet friend of mine. *wink* I think she might just like it!