march blooms and missing lalou

The first of March. Yay! It's my birthday month. One of my favorite things about having a birthday this time of year is that everything is starting to bloom. The other day I noticed bright yellow daffodils along the side of the road as I was driving by. Although it's still been cold and wet most of the days, seeing bits of color against the gray skies really makes me smile. And with all the candy colored Easter pastels filling the shops I always feel like someone is throwing a great big sweet girly birthday party just for me.

The fruit trees in my backyard are blooming too and today I did something I haven't done in nearly 3 months. I went out there and said hello to the trees and gave the pretty pink buds a proper welcome. I have been avoiding my backyard since we lost LaLou last December. I couldn't bring myself to visit the plum tree where she loved to sit and watch the birds.

I also walked by the spot in our fence where LaLou came through to visit me. She lived in the house next door but she spent most of the day in my backyard waiting for me. When she couldn't hop over our fence anymore I took off two slats so she could get through. I just don't have the heart to put the slats back. I keep thinking she might come walking through anytime.

LaLou's plum tree has been bare all winter but as you can see it just started to bloom. So I went out there today, under cloudy skies and in the frosty air. There still isn't much sun to warm the spot where LaLou and I sat together. But the flowers are so pretty and every now and then the wind would catch a lone blossom and I'd watch it fall gently to the ground. I imagined LaLou nudging it with her cute little nose, waiting patiently for the next one to drop.

My friend Marfi made this beautiful piece for me. I will treasure it always. It has been such a comfort  to have this picture of us under our plum tree. I took it outside with me today and brought it to our spot. I thought LaLou might like that.

Thank you for letting me share this with you. You can see that Luna and I miss our beautiful gray friend very much. These furry creatures just have a way of holding on to our hearts. I know many of you feel the same way.

I still want this to be a happy post and I'm honestly very excited about Spring and my birthday month. I have been dreaming about purple pansies, blue hydrangeas, old fashioned roses and of course frosted petunias!

How about these adorable potted pansies? Can you believe they're cupcakes? The recipe is at Woman's Day. Oh I would love one of these on my very own happy cupcake day.

What are you excited about this month?

Are you seeing signs of Spring where you are?

Hope you're having a wonderful first day of March. In honor of sweet LaLou and my birthday month, Luna and I have decided that March will be

"Treat Yourself to a Cupcake Month!"

Have a beautiful day.


Lisa said...

I honestly believe that Lalou's spirit still comes through the opening in your fence. And I think that nature throws quite a beautiful birthday party for you!

Donna said...

Happy March and Happy Birthday month! Enjoy your spot in the sun that you shared with Lalou. Close your eyes and just know you are not sitting there alone:-)

LuLu Kellogg said...

I think that is so sweet about the slats in the fence. I know you miss your furry friend. We have seven dogs and I can't imagine my life without them. They truly do have a way of wrapping themselves around our hearts!

Happy Cake Day Month! Cupcakes for all!


Diane said...

Anna, Thank you for sharing your heart and memories of your sweet Lalou. My heart hurt when I read this, I know how precious these creatures are and how much of your heart they take with them when they're gone. I'm thinking that maybe you can make some kind of remembrance to put under the plum tree, maybe it will help. Blessings, Diane

AlphaBetsy said...

It's my birthday month too!! Happy Birthday in advance. Thank you for sharing the memories of your lovely furry friend, Lalu. I will have a cupcake in her honor.

Linda said...

What a great month to have a birthday in...Like having a new start..New growth..Lalu's spirit will live with you always. She is now watching over you.

Love the cupcakes...amazing

Spring is 2 weeks away. Today it is going to be 50. Nothing is blooming yet but I am watching..
Hope you have a great Birthday Anna.

Toriz said...

I'm still missing my cat, Chance too; and we lost him a few years back. I'm sure Lalou's spirit still sits under the plum tree from time to time. *Hugs*

Happy March, and a happy birthday! :)

Spring is showing itself nicely here; yesterday it was so nice out we had all the windows open, and I sat outside for a while listening to the neighbours working in their gardens (we only have a little courtyard area, so no garden to work in, hence only listening to others).

Anonymous said...

Oh Anna, your post is so tender and beautiful. I have known the emptiness that you and Luna share and I wish you both peace and beautiful memories. Hugs to you sweet friend. Mina

Mademoiselle Angeline said...

I definitely like March the cupcake month! March is always such a fantastic time of year--still chilly, with that promise of spring in the air, with all of the flowers blooming. I love those pink blooming trees--I don't even know what they're called, but when I look down our street the front yards are just blossoming with those little pink and white petals and it makes me sigh with pleasure.

I am sorry for the loss of LaLou. You are right, these furry little friends have a way of attaching themselves to our hearts. But LaLou will always be remembered and cherished through the painting your friend gifted you (it is beautiful, by the way!) and memories of her.

Another amazing thing about March is that because Easter is right around the corner, there are so many candy pastels. (I think you mentioned this already, but I just thought I'd restate it to show how much I agree!) I absolutely love Easter and the whole blooming spring season. My birthday is in May, so everything is blooming at that time too.

March is the month of the March Hare from Alice in Wonderland and of course cupcakes and your birthday! I especially like March because the weather isn't too hot outside yet. It's still frosty :)

And what is life without frosting?

I hope you have a lovely birthday month!

xoxo Jess

Jessica said...

P.S. Sorry if my name appeared weirdly in my comment above!

Jorgelina said...

Happy March and Happy Birthday month!
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CuddlyBunny said...

Happy Birthday Month! I hope that every wish is yours on this birthday!

And for my own happy anticipations for March: The beginning of daylight savings time for long evening hours with open windows to listen to twittering birds.