Sunday, June 21, 2009

Grace in Small Things 150:365

1. i got up & outside fairly early this morning in search of a photo for the Photo Hunt i joined. while i was out on my mission, i walked past a flowering bush that smelled *so* good. i have no idea what it is, but i stood there breathing in the sweet scent, heavy on the moisture-laden morning air.

2. also during my early morning venture, i passed by an older gentleman who lives in my complex, out for his morning stroll. he tipped his cap & simply said, "ma'am" as our paths crossed. now, i know that women are supposed to get all freaked out when they go from being "miss" to being "ma'am" and that we're supposed to get all up-in-arms in this pro-female world if men hold doors or pull out chairs for us, but i'm a traditionalist at heart and i never mind a little good old-fashioned manners & chivalry. so when this elderly man, who very obviously grew up in the deep south & has that "southern charm" just as deeply ingrained in him, it really just made me smile.

3. waking up from an impromptu nap just in time to see Nick Green hit a walk-off home run for the Sox.

4. finding some cute little Summer decorations in the Target $1 spot this morning. score for cheap fun decorations!

those little pails are adorable & the sparkly wooden stars are perfect for Summer decorating! i have another one tucked in between my candle holders on the other corner of my cabinet. i have so few Summer decorations that i've been very excited to find even a couple of new additions!

5. discovering that the new Autumn scents are listed on the Yankee Candle site. i *know* it's only the first day of Summer, but Autumn is my favorite time of year & i am almost drooling over scents like "Autumn Fruit," "Farmer's Market," "Lakeside Birch," "Macintosh Spice," "Moonlight Harvest" and "Vanilla Pumpkin."

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7 with their own thoughts:

Keri Monday, June 22, 2009 8:59:00 AM  

That's a honeysuckle bush... love them... such a clean scent.
and i need to get to target... LOVE that sign !!

~**Dawn**~ Monday, June 22, 2009 9:16:00 AM  

Keri: Ahh! Thank you for telling me what it was! I don't think I have ever seen actual honeysuckle before (though I have smelled things scented like it) and that is NOT what I pictured it looking like!

K13 Monday, June 22, 2009 9:25:00 AM  

Yummy candle scents. Autumn scents always seem to be the BEST ones!!

~**Dawn**~ Monday, June 22, 2009 9:27:00 AM  

K: I agree. Followed closely by the Christmas scents, for me. I have some good Spring ones but they are mostly clean scents, and there are some fun fruity ones for Summer, but nothing beats the Autumn scents!

Mollie (aka Mimi) Monday, June 22, 2009 11:50:00 AM  

Where I grew up in South Texas, we had honeysuckle everywhere. We would put it in vases and smell up the house with the sweet scent. We would also pick the individual blooms off and squeeze the nectar out of and eat it. Each one has only a tiny dab of liquid in it, and we'd put it on our tongues to taste it.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane Monday, June 22, 2009 12:05:00 PM  

That's honeysuckle! They're everywhere here, and we even have some growing wild out back behind our fence. It does smell good... you can nip the end off for a bit of sweet sap too :)

Cute stuff from the Target dollar spot, love the colors!

Anonymous,  Monday, June 22, 2009 1:09:00 PM  

You can "suckle" the honey in a honeysuckle blossom. Carefully pluck a bloom, being sure that the little green nub at the base of the tube end stays in place. Then very gently pull off the green nub, and out with it will come the long thin stamen. A tiny bead of nectar should appear on the end. That's the "honey." Just touch it to your tongue, then suck out the rest of the nectar in the tube. We used to do this for hours on hot summer days when I was a little kid.

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