This is a rescue dog! We found Wiley at a no-kill animal shelter called the Hillside SPCA in Pottsville, PA. He joined our family in July of 2011. Rescue dogs make the best pets; I would know. My family has had pound puppies my whole life and I am a better person because of it. This is a place we can share our stories and spread the word: get a rescue pet!
These are my lilac bushes. I wait all year for them to bloom.
If you live around lilacs, then you may understand what they mean: it's starting to warm up. Spring is proceeding full speed ahead.
When I was growing up my grandmother had beautiful lilac bushes in her yard. They were white and dark purple, and eventually my parents transplanted them to their home sometime in my teenage years. Nothing smells better to me than real lilacs (although honeysuckle comes pretty close). No candle or perfume or soap can imitate that smell; in fact I actually hate lilac-scented things. But the two weeks these flowers bloom I love sitting outside in the evening just to smell them, and to be honest I'm not much of an outdoorsy kind of person.
I took these pictures on a spring evening that was stormy. It made the lilacs heavy so I thought it would be a great time to get Wiley and the flowers together in the same photo.
The past few years we have had terrible storms right in the middle of their blooming period that have ruined the flowers by making them too heavy.
This spring we lucked out. They got drenched but not destroyed, and I got to enjoy every petal until they drifted to the ground. And Wiley enjoyed them too, because he loves anything that makes me come outside and throw the ball.
So although this night was pretty bleak at times. . .
Wiley and I made the best of it. . .
and we were even rewarded with a little sunshine from time to time.
How gracious of God to give me a flower in my favorite color that also smells so wonderful. Like most blessings though, they have to be thoroughly enjoyed while we have access to them. We cannot take them for granted because they will go away, and it will be a long time until we're blessed with them again.
Go enjoy your blessings, especially your furry ones. And don't forget to send me pictures of them too! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.