OK, I'm a believer now. Spring is indeed here. My King Alfred daffodils in my back garden were blooming this weekend.
My purple Jackmani Clematis that grows over my arbor and up into the Magnolia tree is still in hibernation. The daffodils seem to be shouting, "Wake up!"
April Fool's Day we celebrated my Mom's 88th birthday with pizza, ice cream, and cake. She loved her quilt top and was only slightly disappointed that she had to give it back to be quilted. It looked lovely on her bed temporarily. I forgot my camera and didn't get a picture of her or her quilt. :-( In honor of my Mom and all mothers, I'm sharing some pictures of elderly mothers from the Civil War Era.
This first unknown lady is a Southern mother. I hope she was happier than she looks in the photo!
This last lady is dressed richly as well, but not in mourning. I love the brooch at her neck. Her identity is unknown, but she was from Granville, New York.
On April 4, 1861, the Virginia state convention rejected secession by a vote of 89 to 45. With the growing hostilities, on April 6, President Lincoln notifies South Carolina that he will be ordering the resupplying of Ft. Sumter and 2 days later, Secretary of State Seward declares the Union will defend its installations if attacked. A feeling of foreboding permeates the entire nation. The country is on the brink of war with itself.
Happy Spring to you all! Keep stitching.
Old Tobacco Road and En Provence
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