Today is my youngest sister's 67th birthday---yes, my youngest sister! And it's my husband's and my 38th wedding anniversary. I have NO idea where those years have gone, but I do know that we have sons who are 36 and 34. My husband's birthday was on the 24th, so I took him out to dinner last night; our oldest son in New York called the restaurant where we were and paid for our evening. He's especially thoughtful that way.
My peonies have begun to bloom--a full month early! I have NEVER had peonies in bloom by Memorial Day, other than an old-fashioned red. One of the earliest peonies and most prolific is Coral Charm. This year, there's one pale pink one among the coral ones; it's the only bloom on the plant next to Coral Charm.
For the past three years, I have photographed the girls who make up the court for the annual local rodeo. The July rodeo is celebrating 70 years this year and the three girls competing for the title of queen are really fun to work with. Their "leathers" -- chaps, belts, headstalls and breast collars for horses, saddle blankets--were all made by a young local woman who has a leather business.
Our local Chamber of Commerce, of which I'm an active member, recently held our 5th annual city-wide free clean up day. This darling dog was with her owner, who was volunteering with the local Lions Club. She looked as if she had recently been clipped--not by a professional--but I thought I could detect an Australian Shepherd in her color and features.
One of the peonies to bloom first was this beautiful pale pink variety. The flowers smell absolutely wonderful (not all peonies are fragrant). I spent some time doing some still life photography with three of the flowers before delivering them to the local post office for their enjoyment.
Thanks for another fun Random Friday, Nancy!