Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cherry Blossoms in the Nation's Capital

I'm in Arlington, VA for a conference for work.  After sitting in on two straight days of various panels talking about stuff, my butt and my attention span were both crying uncle.  So I took some time off this afternoon, hopped on the subway and headed for the National Mall.  I walked a couple miles wondering around looking at the sites of Washington DC.  The cherry blossoms along the Potomac were in full bloom and absolutely glorious.

I got to see lots of pretty flowers:

But my take-away from today's walk through the monuments was the feelings I had as I pondered the sacrifice so many have made to give us the freedoms we have in this country.

For all the problems our country and our government may have, I really do believe the United States was founded on some great principles.  I am grateful to my sons and brother,  my father-in-law, uncles and cousins,along with countless friends and strangers who have given honorable service in the defense of our country.  I have not agreed with or supported all the military actions our country has been involved in.  But I DO support the men and women who so willingly serve.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Boise is Blooming!

The old saying goes, "April showers bring May flowers."   In our case April showers bring APRIL flowers.  We had a good, soaking rain over the weekend and that was all we needed to make flowers start to pop all over the place.  I've been really enjoying my walks with the dog, seeing all the many trees and flowers with new blooms.  Here are just a few of the things that are sparkling up my yard: