hello lemon tree. i have noted your location and will return forthwith to harvest a couple of your prized fruits. my lemon tree only bore 3 lemons this year and I already picked them and turned them into marmalade. you want me to do this. i can sense it.
you make frozen winter hearts everywhere smile. people wave at you when they pass. everyone admires your flashy coral pom poms. you’re great. i love you and so does everyone else.
right on yellow house!
you’re special. i can tell by the little pot of plastic daisies on your porch rail. only a house who is trying in earnest to be cheerful has those.
dear driveway garden,
you’re doing a good job. everything looks happy and alive. you’re just as good as all the other gardens. you’ve got spunk.
dear yellow mum plant gone wild, you’re very extroverted i can see. the way you’re growing right through the fence is astonishing. i bet when you’re owner bought you at trader joe’s last year and planted you she never dreamed you’d get so VOLUPTUOUS!
dear bougainvillea, you make me want to put on a pair of platform shoes and dance to loud disco music. or get out my pogo stick. one or the other. you’re FUN.
and you. old garage the color of sky. through your layers of peeling paint and clouded windows i can see the essence of who you really are. you’re a real find. steady & true. those boring new garages don’t have anything on you.
dear blog readers:
it’s friday. i’ve just started my 45 day vacation. i can now be a self i haven’t been for awhile. galloping free! disco dancing! writing love letters to plants and houses. it’s how i roll.
You have the very BEST schedule and I love how you take FULL advantage of it. Enjoy enjoy!!
I so enjoy your travelling whether in faraway places or in your backyard. Like Anna above it is so colorless here that your photo tour and commentary gives us hope.
I hate Ohio winters. My imagination spurred by your S Ca winter pictures makes me smile.
anna maria says
I love your love letters. I can see the houses and plants bashfully smiling and hiding how proud you make them feel.
I love your wonderful blog!
Have a great holiday. I am! Aloha from the little town of Pahoa on the Big Island. It’s gonna take a cattle prod to get me on the plane for home next Saturday. A wicked mean cattle prod….at least!
dear Mary Ann,
I love the way everything over here exudes warmth and vibrant color (chilling in the cool quiet winter tones over here) – and I too am in love with the blue garage, imagining a double date with the driveway garden – I’ll come in my floral bogs in lieu of the platforms…
xox – eb.
just in case I haven’t told you lately I wanted to say, you really are magical Maryann Moss 🙂
Melinda Bilecki says
Oooh, JOY!!! Hope every minute of it is fabulous. Lovely post! 🙂
Janet Ghio says
Love your photos!! So warm and sunny! Enjoy your time off!
amy in Texas says
Dance, sing, and create! Enjoy your vacation!
Saucy Chick Sherry says
Happy vacation Miss Mary Ann Moss. Your love letters are so very charming, just like you! Your style is always so fresh and inspiring. Thank you! Happy Hearts to you my dear…
ellen kelley says
Oh, you wild woman, you! Frolic to your heart’s content. The open road of vacation time is marvelous.
Nancy Pashugin says
Hi Mary Ann,
No matter what sort of day I’m having if I stop and take a peek at your blog, I always end up with a huge smile on my face and sometimes even burst into laughter!
We are lucky you share your view of the world with us in blogland…
Debra Mason says
Woohoooooo! Enjoy those bliss filled days. Looking forward to reading about them!
Thou shouldst ROLL ON !
Enjoy your time off. Reading your post is like time off to me.
disco and dancing to all that color!!!! Have a terrific vacation!
missy from the bayou
peggy mcdevitt says
Your a hoot, enjoy and have fun.
Debbie Gaetz says
45 day vacation sounds like bliss . . . is this also the time you jaunt over to Paris for two weeks? Your pics and your script are always inspiring. Everyone should have the whimsy in their life that you definitely enjoy in your life that lives loudly. You go, girl!
dear mary ann, love seeing the world through your eyes. you are groovy.
Your post made me think of: hello lamp post…
Man, Susan stole my line! Lol!!!
EeeHaww! 45 days of freedom. Looking forward to following your frivolity. I made the Meyer Lemon Marmalade. Shared with Mom. Gave friend the recipe. Scrumptious.
What a dancing, tapping, smiling sort of post! Lucky you to have a winter break in a summertime places 🙂 Kick up your heels and don’t forget the drink umbrellas.
jeanette, mistress of longears says
Forty five days????? If I had not retired this summer, I would be extremely jealous!!! But, having retired, I’m must mildly jealous….:-) hope this means lot of posts!
Lisa Hoffman says
Standing on the side of the street cheering and clapping as you run by in your platform shoes!
Maybe I’ll follow you down the street for a few blocks and throw rose petals and chocolate kisses in your wake!
Don’t forget to Lounge Around. All good teachers need to re-charge. I’ll be over with the exotic martinis…..
Ahh, what you could say about my garden beauties… Unfortunately, the nasty low temperatures that have hit Phoenix took a toll on my babies. I have a lot of plants to nurse back to health. In the meantime, thank you for sharing some or your bright neighbors!
Susie LaFond says
I am sooooooo smiling. This post just made my day. HAPPY HAPPY WELL DESERVED vacation time. I thinks me hears that disco beat, thumpin my walls!!!!! ENJOY!!!!!!!
I am so jealous of the lovely blooms. Winter just seems to be droning on here in central IL. You inspire me to find beauty and pleasure in the simplest of things. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your vacation.
susan w says
Platform shoes ON the pogo stick is even better.
violet cadburry says
Enjoy your vacation, I hope the weather stays lovely. I have been enjoying it down in San Diego, seems Jan-Feb has been our summer we missed out on last year. Cheers!
Tracie Hanson says
You make me so happy to live in L.A. – as if I needed reminding with our beautiful skies and neighborhoods….but still you let me see them, even when I’m indoors enjoying my fireplace when it’s 70 degrees.