A “Thank God that life exists after winter” fix. Thankfully it’s warmed up since the day hell almost froze over. It’s now only 10 degrees Fahrenheit which is definitely better but really… let’s be honest, it’s still pickin’ cold!

So I decided that I need some color before my eyes. I need to be reminded that there is life somewhere under the impervious layer of snow that gets dingier and dingier each day, making us do something that we might not normally do unless we were skiers, which we’re not, pray for MORE snow just to clean the place up a bit, cover over some of the grungy browness that happens when snow is no longer fresh.

So here is my (lengthy) tribute to flowers, color and life. Summer can’t come soon enough.

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purple cone flower close up

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easter lily

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yellow rose

hummingbird gladiola focal color

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Looking at all of these flowers makes me imagine myself as Miss Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady when she is in the marketplace, collecting little bunches of flowers to sell to all of the snooty folks who happen to pass by and throw a coin in her direction. I have always loved that musical.

Do you have a favorite musical? What is it? Here’s my list in a very particular order:

  • My Fair Lady
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Singing in the Rain
  • Oklahoma!
  • The Sound of Music
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the original)
  • And… um… The Muppet Movie. :^D

It’s funny because I find musicals terrible and addicting at the same time. Nobody breaks out into song like that in real life. And I’ve always hated the dream sequences that seem to always find their way into so many musicals obviously just so that the producers can fit a “certain number” into the movie… and since they make no sense and have no bearing on the plot, they stick them in a dream. I could sit and mock just about any musical and at the same time sing along with it and love every minute of it (except for the dream sequence of course!)

That had nothing to do with Spring or flowers or anything but this is a rather stream of consciousness blog so there you have it. My mind went from flowers to Eliza Doolittle to Musicals in general.

16 thoughts on “I need a Spring fix… a Summer fix…

  1. Oh, thank you for the summer diversion! It’s 20 degrees here and my heating bill just came today and it’s $400. The flowers made me feel a little bit better.

    My favorite musical is Oklahoma; of course, since I live here and I’ve been singing the song my whole life. Still, it’s a beautiful film in its own right.

    P.S. I used to live in Claremore, OK, the home of Lynn Riggs (the author of the play on which the musical is based) and the setting for the movie. A local college in Claremore has the Lynn Riggs Memorial, and in it were the Surrey with the Fringe on Top (from the movie) and Shirley Jones’ dress. Shirley Jones was the size of a 10-year-old. I kid you not; it’s the tiniest dress ever.

  2. I love musicals.

    Fiddler, Funny Girl, A Star is Born, Grease,
    Siging in the Rain, White Chrismas, Oklahoma,
    Cinderella, West Side Story, Sound of Music, Rent….

    They make me happy :o)

  3. You said that “nobody breaks into song like that in real life.” I have to differ with you on that one. My husband was raised on musicals. I did not have much exposure to musicals before marrying him, but I enjoy them now. He will, on many occasions, break into song (although not in public) for any reason or no reason at all. Maybe it is because he is a musician, but I really think it is the influence of the musicals. He told me that when he was a child he wondered why it was that people did not just break into song and dance on the street, at the playground, etc. I think he thought musicals were a normal way of life.

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  4. Okay Heather… ya got me. Perhaps I should have said, “In public” because… well… uh… I sorta forgot that *I* break into song at random! ROFL! Only it hardly sounds as good… nor as well thought out. Rarely does it rhyme well. :^D Thanks for callin’ me on that! LOL

  5. I LOVE musicals!!! My favorite oldy is Fiddler on the roof. I was in it in college and directed it when I taught drama. I love the more contemporary musicals Les Miserables (my all-time fave), Phantom, Ms Saigon, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I just discovered Wicked (you can watch an illegal recording on You-tube) and I can’t wait to buy the soundtrack!! Great music!! I also fell in love with Little Women, the Musical this fall when my dd was in it.

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  6. Thanks for your visit & comment on my just-born-blog! (I do love legwarmers!)

    Okay…MUSICALS!!!! Yes! I love pretty much all of them. I had to laugh when you talked about the dream sequences…those are the built-in potty breaks for me. 🙂 Like in Oklahoma or Singin’ in the Rain. I think the Singing dance number was put in there because Gene Kelly wanted Cyd Charisse in the movie and this was how he did it. I’m not too fond of the Lonesome Polecat number in 7B7B, either.

    I have so many musicals I like…let’s see…in addition to the ones I mentioned…Fiddler, White Christmas, Sound of Music, Showboat (my husband’s grandmother’s favorite), Calamity Jane, Yankee Doodle Dandy…there are a lot. Loved Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease, & Barnum (I was in these high school productions as well, so they have a warm place in my heart!).

    Thanks for the post…sorry so long! Great photos, too! Love ’em!

    Jenn

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  7. I love hummingbirds. They are the most majestic of the birds in my opinion and I wish I could see more of them in my area. Guess I will need to step up my efforts to make them more welcome. Beautiful flowers too.

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