Bright Blue Sky and Yellow Orb

Brilliant sunshine at last!

Brilliant sunshine at last!

Can anyone tell me what that yellow orb in the bright blue sky is called? Ahhhhh…the sun!

Finally!

I took some photos this morning to celebrate spring in the south today. I know that it isn’t quite spring, and winter will probably blow its nose at us one more time this March, but it surely is nice to see the color of hope, today.

Cute cardinal.

Cute cardinal.

Daffodils

Daffodils

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Pretty pediment.

Pretty pediment.

House with Gambrel roof.

House with Gambrel roof.

Played with color using Photoshop Elements.

Played with color using Photoshop Elements.

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Not a Sin to Kill a Mockingbird

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I just want to clarify something that people in Alabama really know:

It is not a sin to kill a mockingbird.  It’s not, friends.  No matter how hard Harper Lee tries to convince us otherwise.

The guardian.

The guardian.

Mockingbirds are bossy, fussy, messy, and they chase you and your dogs. If you think that you own your house, you are sadly mistaken. Just look at the highest pinacle on your roof and you will see the mockingbird, perched tall and proud like he owns the place.

This guy is like, "I own this place!

This guy is like, “I own this place!

When I was growing up in rural south Alabama, those things dove at my poor dog, Princess, making her life miserable. Right now I can hear them outside my window, screechy and loud, their gray and white feathers blending with the rain-ready sky. They also poop on your rooftop, which is a fact. That can’t be good for those shingles.

The guard and the decoy.

The guard and the decoy.

"Hey, follow me!"

“Hey, follow me!”

Okay, okay…I know those things are just trying to protect their babies right now. As a mom, I can certainly understand that. The birds are actually fascinating to watch. One serves as a sentinel, standing close to the nest, while the other one acts as a decoy to lure you away. They mimic other birds for some reason or another, which is another interesting trait.

"Yeah...you just keep your distance, Human."

“Yeah…you just keep your distance, Human.”

I wouldn’t really kill a mockingbird, as I typically like birds.

Buckingham Palace Guard.

Buckingham Palace Guard.

Back to Harper Lee’s book, To Kill a Mockingbird. It is one of my favorite books and probably yours, too. Do you know that I grew up about 2 hours from Monroeville, Alabama–Harper Lee’s home and the model for her book’s fictional town of Maycomb? They used to have a Vanity Fair and Lee outlet store there where we would go once a summer to buy jeans and other clothes for school. I could kick myself that I never visited the courthouse!

Naturally, now that it’s about 4+ hours away, I really want to visit Monroeville–especially the courthouse. I’ll see if I can get Lefty to detour through there the next time we head to the beach.

"Sigh.I'm ready to go eat."

Sigh.I’m ready to go eat.”

Anyway, more about To Kill a Mockingbird in another post. It’s just hard not to have it on my mind this time of year when mockingbirds are buzzing around and chasing our pups!

Mockingbird quote from To Kill a Mockingbird:

Atticus:
“I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
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Calpurnia:
“Your father’s right,’ she said. ‘Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Chapter 10, pg. 119 (depending on your book’s version).

Snuggles says, "Forget the mockingbird....Just get this pup away from me!!"

Snuggles says, “Forget the mockingbird….Just get this pup away from me!!”

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Unrelated cute puppy pictures:

Spike Robertson.

Spike Robertson.

Spike goes after Ms. Stephanie's handbag.  Not a good thing.

Spike goes after Ms. Stephanie’s handbag. Not a good thing.

Happy Easter!

Easter_bunny_dressHope you all enjoy the photos that I took that have an Easter theme. Happy Easter, and enjoy the beautiful sunshine!

Note: The children’s clothing and window displays were taken at Snapdragon Kids–113 W. Washington Street, Athens, Alabama.

Princess Buttercup's Easter shoes.

Princess Buttercup’s Easter shoes.

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Peeps at itsugar.com in Bridge Street Town Center.  Huntsville, Alabama

Peeps at itsugar.com in Bridge Street Town Center. Huntsville, Alabama

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Our dining table.

Our dining table.

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Adorable Easter dress.

Adorable Easter dress.

A local Athens lady makes this to sell.  Isn't it enchanting?

A local Athens lady makes this to sell. Isn’t it enchanting?

Detail of white tulle dress.

Detail of white tulle dress.

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House in Athens, Alabama, all decked out for Easter.

House in Athens, Alabama, all decked out for Easter.

Unique to Huntsville–Bennett Nurseries

We brought some of these home with us.

We brought some of these home with us.

Spring is here!

On the last day of spring break, we went to Bennett Nurseries–Voted “Best Nursery in Huntsville” for 5 years in a row.

One of our favorite places to visit

One of our favorite places to visit


I consider Bennett’s to be a part of a wonderful learning experience for kids. It is very kid-friendly with it’s outdoor train set and the free sodas that they offer from the old-fashioned drink box.

Miniature train that goes around a track, outside.

Miniature train that goes around a track, outside.

My teenage niece, Princess Buttercup, and I spent an afternoon wandering the 6-acre nursery, sniffing herbs and selecting annuals. We came home with bunches of fresh lettuce, spinach, basil, parsley, lantana, and other stuff to plant.

Hope you all enjoy the pictures that I took!

-Stephanie

http://www.bennettnurseries.com/

Princess Buttercup spotted the first butterfly of the year.  Some type of swallowtail.

Princess Buttercup spotted the first butterfly of the year. Some type of swallowtail.

Look at the dolphin!  I tried to get all fancy and blur my background with Photoshop Elements.

Look at the dolphin! I tried to get all fancy and blur my background with Photoshop Elements.

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Mint galore!

Mint galore!

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Although Bennett’s is a huge nursery, there are plenty of staff on hand to help answer questions.

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Oh, and p.s: Be sure to check back on Wednesday. I plan to post on the next place we went, Bennett’s sister store, “Across the Pond.” It is huge, too, and has lots of cool home pond stuff like fish and garden novelties. 🙂

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