It is a truth universally acknowledged that a rainy day becomes much cheerier when one is in possession of a turquoise umbrella.


Splashes of Color

Does this photo make you happy? It makes me happy.'s colorful. The dreary winter grays are finally fading away and splashes of color are appearing everywhere.

Here's a shot at the same location without the blurring. Isn't it positively absolutely gorgeous? It's an...upside down...round, blown glass vase...I think. My grandmother is really creative in the garden and she comes up with  awesome ideas like that.

And I know what you're thinking. So technically most of the colors in these photos are man-made, but there are splatters of natural colors manifesting themselves in the blossoming flowers outside. I'm saving those photos for another post though, so you'll have to take my word for it. Let's skip back to the bokeh shot now.

Wow, I could just jump in to swim and splash around in all of that. Are you as glad as I am that God blessed us with beautiful colors? Think of how bleak...and dull...and bleak the world would be in only black and white. Bleak. Bleak. Bleak.

I guess we've established the fact that the world would be bleak?

Well, it's absolutely true. Give me color--and I feel oh so happy. And maybe a tad whimsical. And spontaneous. For instance, the photos above make me want to:

--Make a big pitcher of pink lemonade, pour in some clinking ice cubes, and draw happy smiles in the condensation that builds on the outside of the glass. Then pour it in a big Mason jar to drink, pour, repeat. :)

--Sing! Any 'ole happy melody will do.

--Take out my little sister's pink hula hoop that lights up and give it a whirl.

--Pick out a new song on the piano. I'm not very skilled at reading music, but give me a tune and I'll sit there for ages picking it out. Plink, plink, plink.

 (A stained glass window...also my grandmother's)

--Go skydiving! Well, that one may be a bit of a stretch. I'd jump at the chance to go flying anyway.

--Carry a good book outside, pull out a plastic lawn chair, and sit down and read in the sunshine.

--Paint a picture of a springtime scene. Squeeze the acrylic paint out of their respective tubes onto a pallet, set up an easel, and pull out my canvas and paintbrushes. Sounds wonderful, doesn't it? If I had a lick of artistic talent. Or owned a pallet or easel. Or had any acrylic paint, for that matter. :)

--Turn as many cartwheels as possible in the green, green grass in the side yard.

So do the happy colors in the photos make you want to do anything fun or spontaneous? Maybe something from my list? I don't expect you to go skydiving, but you need to do something that holds a little thrill. ...Hold on, let me select one for you. How about---cartwheels?

Go ahead. Who's going to care? Take off your shoes, dash outside with a colorful, spring-y song in your heart and turn some cartwheels.

Do it, do it, do it.

Unless you're sort of impaired at cartwheels and always end up falling flat on your back. Like me. In such a case, I'd suggest you refrain. Just keep that spring-y song in your happy heart and do jumping jacks instead. ;-)

7 thoughts:

Kara said...

MMm, I love your pictures. They are indeed "Splashes of Color". Ack, something different from white, brown, and gray. :((

Joni said...

Thanks for a post that made me smile. :)))
Isn't barefoot-in-summer-grass the greatest?

Anonymous said...

You writing this post has made me want to jump out somewhere neat and take photos! I've been craving it all week!

These photos are beautiful and your grandmother seems to have a style all her own - fantastic!

Sarah-Anne said...

yep, i love it! spring colors are the best.

Erin said...

Kara- Thanks! I know...the grays and browns haven't disappeared here completely yet, but hopefully soon. Just think...the first official day of spring is tomorrow! :)

Joni- You're welcome. :)) It sure is...especially freshly cut grass! Mmmhmm.

Mandy- Thanks! Yes, she really does...her yard is amazing! :)

Sarah-Anne- Oh, yes. :)

Jeanine said...

Just stumbled upon your lovely little blog and lovin your style, and the pretty pics, and your take on life! :) Do I detect some Austen undercurrents in your descriptive headline? :))) Love.

Erin said...

Thanks for your visit and sweet comment, Jeanine! lol Yes, you definitely detect a bit of Ms. Austen up there. I was wondering if someone would ever catch or comment about that...good call. ;D