Rose of Sharon and friends

This past weekend,  I spent some time with dear friends.  We’ve known each other since our kids were little, and they also knew my husband.  We’ve known each other a long time-  30 plus years. We laughed, and enjoyed others’ company. Sometimes, we just listened to the sounds of the insects calling to each other. Delightful.

When  I came back home,  I noticed my Rose  of Sharon had blossomed, probably encouraged by all the rain we had.  I had planted the Rose of Sharon on Father’s Day, in my husband’s memory.  The purple blossoms are so beautiful.

Somehow the two events seem not to be separated.  Good friends and beauty.  A  good day.DSCN3123

 

Star light

Several times this past week, I’ve had  occasion to look at the stars.  It is something I love to do, to just sit and look at the stars and ponder. I can pick out the Big Dipper,  some other constellations and sometimes a planet.  Planets have a different glow, a somewhat different color, (thanks  to what I learned in Astronomy).  I enjoy applying that little bit of knowledge.

I often think, what are other people doing who are looking at the stars? Do they share my wonder?  Perhaps. Perhaps not.  But I know when I can see them, I do wonder in their exquisite beauty.   The stars “put on a show for free”.  (thanks to Joni Mitchell).

A poem I wrote  once, encapsules my thoughts:

    Night descends

 its beauty envelopes

   my soul

The stars twinkle

     I listen.

I hope to keep on listening.DSCN1957 (2)