It is Tulip Time in Topeka. Years ago a man who lived out in the county came up with a unique idea for a fundraiser. He would plant hundreds--thousands maybe--of tulip bulbs, charge people to stroll across his pretty property in the spring, and use the proceeds for beautification projects throughout Topeka. A few years ago the man was no longer able to keep up with the physical labor such an undertaking entails. The city, recognizing how popular the event had grown, took up the spirit of the event filling public spaces around town with an abundance of tulip bulbs. Now is the time the city is in full bloom--Tulip Time.
I am thankful that Gerald Binkley had this vision years ago.
For all the people who plant gardens for others to share.
For my friend Terry who happens to be the Parks Director of Topeka who helps provide serene spots for Topekans to linger.
For the smell of blossoms in my yard right now. The apple blossoms smell especially sweet this year;I'm hoping that sweetness translates to the apples.
I am thankful that my husband has embraced the idea of fly fishing whole heartedly. I gave him equipment for Christmas hoping he would enjoy it. After a winter of practicing his casting in the school gym and the driveway,we are now trying out some nearby fishing spots for more realistic practice. I take my camera and while he fishes I wander around snapping photos. The experience helps us both relax, get some exercise and soak up some Vitamin D. A bonus of the empty nest lifestyle.
In a strange way, I am glad that Picmonkey photo editor has been on the fritz. It caused me to try BeFunky to edit the photos for this post, and I had fun experimenting.