Happy First Day Of Spring!

Happy First Day of Spring, dear readers!  After what seemed like an especially long, gray winter, Ms. Jeannie couldn’t be more thrilled to brighten up with some pastel colors and warm sunshine.

Ms. Jeannie's 1949 Vintage Flash Card reminds us that spring has come again:)
Ms. Jeannie’s 1949 Vintage Flash Card reminds us that spring has come again:)

To mark the occasion,  Ms. Jeannie is taking you on a little photo tour of all things blooming here in her yard.


Sixteen Bradford Pear trees line the driveway, 8 on each side. They look spectacular in the Spring. In a few more weeks they will start dropping their petals, which look like a flurry of snow when the wind blows. Ms. Jeannie has to get her snow-fix anyway she can:)


If she were a bird, Ms. Jeannie would definitely follow suit of this brown thrasher and make a nest here in the tulip tree. He’s quite proud of this new abode and stays pretty close to home. Ms. Jeannie can totally understand why. If you lived in a tulip tree would you go wandering as much?



Ms. Jeannie was surprised to find the rosemary bush blooming also. For some reason, the idea that rosemary even blooms always surprises her, maybe because it is a year round evergreen in the South. Since it grows big quickly it is used in a lot of landscaping as a filler plant.  When Ms. Jeannie lived up North, she never imagined that rosemary could get so big. But this particular bush is 4 feet wide and 3 feet tall!


The bright yellow forsythia bushes are like balls of sunshine popping up all over the yard! This particular batch sits next to the now famous fig bushes that you all have read about in past posts.


And of course there are the clusters of daffodils here and there. One day Ms. Jeannie is going to have a giant patch of all different varieties of daffodils. They are one of her most favorite flowers and really perk up the garden in early spring.


The Austrian poet and writer, Rainer Maria Rilke once said ” Spring is blooming so recklessly, if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking in the night.” Ms. Jeannie couldn’t agree more, although she likes to imagine there would be singing in the night instead of shrieking!  Maybe Vivaldi felt the same when he composed the Four Seasons concerto!

This is the text of the Spring Sonnet, which is as lovely to read as it is to listen to!

  1. Spring has come and joyfully the birds greet it with happy song, and the brooks, while the streams flow along with gentle murmur as the zephyrs blow. There come, shrouding the air with a black cloak, lighting and thunder chosen to herald [the storm]; then, when these are silent, the little birds return to their melodious incantations.
  2. And now, in the pleasant, flowery meadow, to the soft murmur of leaves and plants, the goatherd sleeps with his faithful dog at his side.
  3. To the festive sound of a pastoral bagpipe, nymphs and shepherds dance under their beloved roof, greeting the glittering arrival of the spring.

If you’d like to share any pictures of spring arriving in your neck of the woods, Ms. Jeannie would love to post them on the blog as a spring around the world campaign. Just comment below and she’ll get it all arranged!

In the meantime,

Happy Spring!


Thank You! Design Love Fest

A big thank you to Stephanie from Design Love Fest for featuring Ms. Jeannie’s Climb Any Thing vintage flash cards on her blog today! Click on the photo to go directly to the blog post…

Design Love Fest blog

Design Love Fest is the incredibly creative blog started by Bri Embry, which combines her love of photography and type face. Such a unique combo but so complimentary. Ms. Jeannie is  a HUGE fan of font herself!  A few years ago, she watched this documentary called Helvetica.  I know,  it sounds not very exciting – but it is really fascinating! Many of Ms. Jeannie’s friends like to chide her for her interest in it, using the documentary as a qualifer…’Well it is not Helverica, but…” anyway – it was well done…

Here’s the trailer – you can see for yourself…

The vintage flash cards are not printed in Helvetica font – but are none the less fun and engaging! Ms. Jeannie has several available in her shop, so if they intrigue you, stop by and have a look.  They are from the 1949 Alice & Jerry Second Reader edition, which was intended as a teaching tool for early readers at the second grade level.

Ms. Jeannie likes to get a little philosophical with these! Each word on their own is so powerful. Combine them and you practically have a war with words!

More Alice & Jerry cards will be available soon in Ms. Jeannie’s shop so keep your eyes out. In the meantime, peruse Design Love Fest  for an amazing little escapade into the land of lovelies…