Some Flowers and Berries For You

Another day where I’m just feeling a bit melancholy, so I went walking outside, looking for some color and got snappy.

Just a little more Spiraea (above)…

And Nandina.

I believe these plants were here pre-’55, before my grandparents moved here, with Mama and her brother in tow, so these beauties have some history. 

I love our old house.  I love that Mama was raised in this old house.  I love that we visited here in the summers.  I can still smell the tomatoes cooking on the stove, preparing them to be jarred.  I love our old pecan trees that I’ve watched grow and I used to climb.  Now I have a swing hanging there for me and Hallie.  I used to lay in this back yard with my brother, making pictures out of the clouds.  Now, me and Hallie do that.  I used to shuck corn here, and shell peas, and eat ice-cold watermelon, fresh out of the fridge.  It was mine and my brother’s reward for working in the garden and with the vegetables.  I can still feel the watermelon juice dripping down my arms.  Oh, the yummy, juicy, sticky deliciousness.  And then, we’d go inside and watch Flipper on the tube. 

Those days may be long gone, but the memories feel almost like yesterday.  Whenever I catch the fragrance of pecans, tomatoes, watermelon, gardenia, even coffee (Grandma used to cook it on the stove in a percolator), it takes me back there, to that place, to this old house, to my youth. 

Sometimes, I still hear Grandma calling my name as I’m coming up the steps to the back door.  “Carol!  Is that you?”  Hallie never hears it, but it’s crystal clear to me.  I wonder why. 

Her ghost visits here, and she has frequented this house ever since Hallie and I moved here about ten years ago.  Ever since that first Halloween. 

Sorry, I’m rambling today.  I guess I’m just in that mood.  Carrying on…

So, anyway, here’s some flowers for you with some berries mixed in (don’t eat ’em!), my friend, and I hope ya like ’em.  Don’t forget to put ’em in some water.  😉  *hug*

– Carol


Author: Carol B Sessums

Writer, Editor, Coffee Addict, Lover of Mountains. Lives to shrink the planet, one story and connection at a time.

16 thoughts on “Some Flowers and Berries For You”

    1. Me too. I just love ’em. They are planted on the east and west sides of our house, and when they bloom, I just wanna eat ’em up. I love dainty things, and these tiny flowers are so leetle. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah. Come over anytime. 😉


    1. That’s cool that your grandmother had raspberries. 😉 I haven’t heard my grandma’s voice in a couple of years, but when I did, it was sort of freaky, actually. I asked Hallie, “Did you hear that?” She was like, “Hear what?” It was clear as a bell to me, but Hal didn’t hear a thing. I mean, it’s kind o’ cool, but kind o’ freaks me out, too.


  1. You may call it rambling…I call it reminiscing…and you have taken me back to a sweet, sweet place in time… The only thing missing from the renderings, and memory of your Grandma’s house, and my Grannies…
    would be a pot of Grits that always sat on the stove, and some peach cobbler.
    Bless You

    They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning,
    No-one you see, is smarter than he,..
    And we know Flipper, lives in a world full of wonder,
    Flying there-under, under the sea!


    1. You are so sweet. Happy to take ya back to a sweet time and place.

      Oh, yeah! The grits! I actually hated grits as a child. But she’d fix me yummy buttered toast and give me a bowl of honey and I’d dip the toast in it and eat it like that. Soooo fine! When I need comfort food that’s sweet, that’s what I go for. Comforts the soul. But I love me some grits now! Especially with melted shredded cheddar. Makin’ me hungry! Oh, and we used to have this awesome deli downtown that served garlic cheese grits as a side all day long and it was soooo popular, for good reason. *sigh* I sure miss that place. Nobody can make it like they could. And peach cobbler? Don’t even get me started! Love it!

      Thanks for singin’ the Flipper theme! Really takes me back. You make me smile. 😉


    1. Thank YOU, Claudia. It always helps me to take a walk, get some fresh air, and look for beauty, when I’m down and out. I do this even in the rain sometimes, which is kind o’ difficult, holding an umbrella, when a camera usually takes two hands to get snappy. I’m sure I’m pretty funny lookin’ and the neighbors are probably wondering, ‘what the heck is she doin’ now?” 😉


  2. Beautiful berries and flowers. I always feel amazed by how much pictures can focus our attention on what we actually walk by day after day, but are unable to see. Thanks for the great reminder 🙂


    1. Aw, thanks. I just love color. That’s one of the things I love most about our yard. Plus, my daughter is always picking the flowers and bringing them in for me, so I get to enjoy them on the kitchen table, as well. Beauty is everywhere. 😉


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