More Puddles, Blossom Explosions & Mother's Day

Sometimes beaches feel too crowded so I take the less traveled route and I imagine Penelope does that too. Straying from sand and sea, she discovered new puddles at a farm where a butterfly with big colourful wings flew by. Meanwhile, petals fluttered and exploded like pink popcorn where I roamed. Short-lived beauties bloomed all around.

Penelope painted the floor (and I painted her) so we are never bored.

At left she is teaching her umbrella how to spin like a top. She stopped counting her days at home because an open umbrella indoors is no longer bad luck and tons of fun. She never runs out of things to do! Her creative imaginings have come to my aid often over the years as a rainy day therapeutic tool of sorts.

I wish I could declare the horrid virus gone with a poof of a magic wand but, of course, I can't. The best I can do is to take precautions to avoid getting sick or making others sick.

This is the first Mother's Day I will meet up with my daughter wearing a mask and NOT giving her a hug. I still look forward to it and on this special day in May, she, Penelope and I are giving virtual hugs to all the caretakers who fill in the gaps and keep us afloat with food, mail and medical care. A BIG thank you also to all who are distancing (but still social), not passing the pandemic along.

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Still the kid I used to be

Visit Postcards From Penelope Puddle and Penelope Puddlisms: BC Life Is A Whale Of A Ride to view more West Coast scenes.

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  1. Hello, I enjoy the less crowded routes. The blossoms are so pretty, even on the ground they look lovely. Pretty butterfly image. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend ahead.

  2. What a lovely post! A definite smile in my day :) Good advice for all of us and one I intend to follow, for in this we not only care for ourselves but we care for others too.

  3. Happy Mother's Day to you and your daughter ~ Your Penelope artwork is so divine and happy ~ Thanks ~ ^_^

    Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  4. What lovely flower pictures ! I won't see my son and family anyway because they live in Amsterdam ! But next year there is another Mother day ! Wearing a mask the whole day is difficult, it gets warm ! I only wear one when I go shopping !

  5. Thank you Maria and Penelope. You brought smiles with your pictures the real spring beauty and the fun ones I imagined (the umbrella is spinning in the living room in front of me as I write). I know what it’s like to take a masked walk with your daughter, sans hugs. Better than no daughter walk at all though!

  6. Oh I love Penelope!! The virus is hard on families who try and get together. My brother is locked down in a long term care facility and will be so until mid June at the earliest.

  7. What a lovely petal carpet. Our wild cherry trees in the neighbourhood have dropped most of their petals. - Margy

  8. I loved your story of Penelope. Thank you so much. And the flowers were gorgeous. Happy Mother's Day. I am joining you today at Our World Tuesday

  9. I like your creativity, how you make the image of the first one. The Mother’s Day hugging scene is touching, where I imagined both healthcare worker and her daughter wearing raincoat for protection. Various pink flowers are so beautiful and I like the 7th photo with tapestry of fallen petals and heart flowers on the windowpane. I got inspired and encouraged. Take care.


  10. I wonder how much the reluctance to hug will become ingrained and simple acts of affection diminish. In our circle we are all huggers and kissers, so perhaps a lifetime of conditioning will overcome restraint. The two kids next door, who call us Grandpa and Grandma, and who we have known since the day they were born, would rush to us the moment they saw us to hug us; of late they sidestep so as to maintain their distance as their parents have instructed them, and as is necessary now. It is all becoming regular conduct unfortunately.

    1. The spontaneity of children towards others can quite possibly diminish. We already have been through teaching our kids to be wary of strangers for understandable reasons and now this has happened to increase the caution. Added to that is more screen time and less of the human touch.

  11. I liked your story of Penelope twirling her umbrella. Have a wonderful day.

  12. Some lovely images here! So glad you joined us at

  13. Such pretty blooms! I enjoyed your story of Penelope!


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