Sunday, April 11, 2010

Spring Is Bustin' Out All Over!

Actually, it's bustin' out even more than in this picture, which was taken four days ago, but the main reason for this post, is to ascertain the species of the magenta flowering tree in the picture. I have lived here for over 17 years, and I still don't have any idea what it is. There are trees just like this, all along the sides of I-64 into Richmond, but just this one on my entire 4.25 acre property. A virtual Kewpie Doll goes to the the person who can tell me with metaphysical certitude, exactly what kind of tree it is.

More on last night's support group meeting.......when I got there last night, and set my lasagna down on the kitchenette counter, the first thing I noticed was that there were already two pasta dishes there, not including mine, but nothing at all vegetable based. There was a ham and macaroni casserole, a ziti and chicken casserole that admittedly had a few carrot slices in it, some potato salad, something that resembled date/nut bread, a Whitman's Sampler (chocolates), some pork barbecue, some very delectable peanut butter cookies, some muffins, and a few other things, but not a green, yellow, or red fibrous vegetable in sight. I'm thinking maybe I need to teach these poor girls how to eat, so next month, maybe I'll bring a huge bowl of salad, and an assortment of salad dressings. Whattayathink? Will they appreciate it, or will they say, "Veggies? Blech!"

Melissa XX


Brittany Lynn Roche said...


That looks like a redbud tree to me. I grew up in the Ozarks of Missouri and they would bloom about the same time as the wild plum trees and dogwoods (which have large white flowers). Here is a link showing a redbud tree:

Take care,


Melissa said...

Hi Brittany!
So nice to hear from you! You may be right, but your picture shows a flower a bit pinker than mine, which is definitely magenta. My Dogwoods are just now starting to sprout leaves. They haven't bloomed yet, but will do so shortly.

Good to hear from you sweetie! I hope your real life experience is going well! You know you have good on-line friends. When are you going to give us an update? We really do care about you!

Melissa XX

Stace said...

Wow, looks like everything is coming back to life after the winter.

Does this mean that you no longer get to see your lake?


Melissa said...


You wouldn't believe the transformation that has gone on over the last two weeks! We have had temperatures in the upper 80' and lower 90'S (lower 30's to upper 20's C), and yes! The lake is becoming more and more invisible with each passing day. By early May, I will no longer be able to see it, unless I walk down through the woods to it's bank.

Happy spring sweetie!
Melissa XX

Jenny said...

If it were me and Mrs. J presented with a salad than we certainly wouldn't eschew it. But then we're health freaks.

Go on, do it - educate them!

Melissa said...

@ Jenny

Jenny sweetie, is there any way you can go into your Blogger controls, and switch on your "pop window for comments"? I've been wanting to respond to your wonderful blog, but apparently my server won't allow me to leave comments on any blog that doesn't have the pop up window for comments enabled. Its a shame, because I really like you blog.
If you do this, everyone her should be able to respond to your posts.

Melissa XX

caroline said...

Feed them some veg and save their lives!

Caroline xxx

Sophie said...

Melissa, It is hard to tell from the picture, but it looks to me as though it could be an Eastern Redbud. They are native to our area and this would be the right time for it to bloom around you. The flowers can range from pink to purplish. It could also be flowering dogwood. Do you remember what shape the leaves are? Redbud has larger leaves that are heart shaped.

Jenny said...

Thank you Melissa for your praise of my writing!

I've made the requested change, hope that works.

Melissa said...

@ Sophie

I think you and Brittany may be right. It does have large heart shaped leaves.

@ Jenny

Thanks sweetie!

Melissa XX

Two Auntees said...

I am glad that you are feeling comfortable with this group. I get the sense that you are growing more comfortable with Melissa by your upbeat posts.

Yea feed them salads, a good mixed salad with oranges and nuts and raisins.

More power in them tools.

Take Care,

Keri Renault said...

Bring a fruit salad. If it doesn't work for dinner, perhaps it'll pass for a healthy dessert:)

Calie said...

Love the picture. Don't have a clue.

Prefer the salad.

Calie xxx