Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Thinking About Pink and Blue and a New baby On the Way~

 Isn't he lovely?
Why yes, he is;')~

Pink and white Candy stripe Phlox in my side garden above~

Who does not enjoy the fragrance and lovely blossoms of a southern Magnolia~

On just about any given day, the one bird voice, that I can always count on hearing, is that of a Blue Jay~

Blue and pink Hydrangeas, and those colours found in between, all beautiful~

* Note...
Now for some fun information, that you may, or may not have known...
I did not until I looked it up for this post.

"According to, the shift toward pink and blue happened gradually. For centuries, all children had worn practical white dresses, which could easily be pulled up to change diapers, and bleached when said diapers inevitably exploded. Pastel baby clothes were introduced in the mid-19th century, but according to University of Maryland historian Jo B. Paoletti, author of Pink and Blue: Telling the Girls From the Boys in America, the colors weren't gender-specific at first.

Ladies' Home Journal article in June 1918 said, "The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl." Other sources said blue was flattering for blonds, pink for brunettes, or blue was for blue-eyed babies, pink for brown-eyed babies, according to Paoletti.
In 1927, Time magazine printed a chart showing sex-appropriate colors for girls and boys according to leading U.S. stores. In Boston, Filene's told parents to dress boys in pink. So did Best & Co. in New York City, Halle's in Cleveland and Marshall Field in Chicago.
In the 1940s manufacturers settled on pink for girls and blue for boys, so Baby Boomers were raised with wearing the two colors."

Now for my news...
We have 4 grandsons and coming in December, I am delighted to announce that our first grand-daughter Maci Marette will arrive, and we could not be more delighted! 
This is her first photograph and here she weighs 11 ounces and is seen sucking her thumb.

Have a very Happy week, be blessed and stay safe~

 I am linking up with Mary for:
"Mosaic Monday"


Stewart at:
Wild Bird Wednesday


  1. congratulations, mary! i hope all will go well for your new little girl addition. :)

    loved the pretty back on the peacock, and those gorgeous magnolias, too.

  2. I have missed your posts and great photography Mary.
    Need some time to catch up.
    Great photos as always.

  3. Oh, you have happy days ahead! I'm so happy for your family...babies are such a blessing. Love your photos, especially the hibiscus! Enjoy your afternoon!

  4. I knew as soon as I wrote it I was wrong...I meant hydrangeas! Hugs!

  5. All beautiful shots! Love the different angles of the peacock. And congrats on the baby girl!

  6. We have our 2nd great granddaughter coming the end of this year and couldn't be more excited, sugar!!!

    I've never smelled a magnolia but I'll tell you, your photos are absolutely magnificent, honey! ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!

  7. Very beautiful Mary. I had that bandy striped phlox at my previous home. Love the blue jay. Congrats on the news of a soon to be new grand daughter. Our 9th grand child (a boy) arrived Friday evening. Now we have 5 boys and 4 girls. Aren't grand kids fun?

  8. Congratulations on the new granddaughter! That will be so much fun! Gorgeous photos! Love the colors on the peacock!

  9. This is an incredibly beautiful post! I'm speechless! My heartiest congratulations. We have been blessed with 7 grandsons and 4 granddaughters and all are such treasures!!! Cathy

  10. Hello Mary
    That was interesting on the history of blue and pink! Having a family of daughters and granddaughters, (well, there are 2 grandsons) I understand how excited you are to have a little girl finally coming along. Congratulations!
    Thanks for sharing the beauty of the male peacock.

  11. What fun! A little girl to spoil! You are going to have such fun! Beautiful flowers and feathered friends!!!

  12. Exciting times for you! I always love to see the little ones early. I so enjoyed that part of it with my own grandsons.

    Your photos are so pretty that it looks like a movie set.

    Say, I thought of you this week reading My Letters to Emily...a poem about a hawk. A very good poem, too.

  13. congrats on the happy news. that is so exciting for you & your family. i love these views. you do great work. i love magnolias ... i can smell them now. my grandparents had a tree when i was a kid ...oh the scent. heavenly. the peacock so gorgeous. what a lovely bird. just amazing!! (:

  14. Congratulations on your new little bundle of joy that is coming! The beauty of all your mosaics is such a pleasure to look at. Beautiful captures of the birds!!
    Have a great week.

  15. Congratulations to all. Will that little girl be spoiled or what ;>)... your collages are beautiful and a lovely tribute for your first granddaughter!!!

  16. Your mosaics make me want to take more time with mine - yours are just beautiful.
    Congratulations on the expectation of your granddaughter. I'll be you'll be spending the next few months searching out all the feminine bits and bobs that you've missed!

  17. always such a delight to come to your page Mary. The info about the baby colours is so interesting - they swapped! And of course the peacock is always a show off.

    And congratulations. So very exciting! We have 2 grandsons, and my sister is looking forward to her first grandchild in December too! although they don't know whether it is a boy or a girl.
    My dear mother desperately wanted a great-grand-daughter and sadly won't be here to see it - although I know she will be watching over.

    Thank you Mary for your lovely thoughts recently at the time of my mother's passing. It was heartening to know that thoughts were coming from such a long way away. Thank you.

    And have a wonderful week.

  18. Congratulations Mary, and to all of your family. A new baby is such a sweet thing to look forward to.

    Wonderful photos. And interesting about pink and blue. I didn't realize the tradition was so recent.

  19. Congratulations on your news - how wonderful for you.
    Another selection of beautiful photographs - your Blue Jay is fabulous - so much colour, they are a lot brighter than our UK ones - you just see a tiny flash of blue as they fly past but mostly they are a beige colour. And I love your peacock photos, they are stunning - I tried to snap peacocks this week - Great minds think alike they say!!!

    Hope you have a great week.

  20. Hi Mary,

    Congratulations on your happy news! How exciting for your entire family. :)

    As usual, your photos are just gorgeous. I love the hydrangeas best; I simply must plant some of those this fall. Also, your Phlox is so pretty and colorful, and yes, the Magnolias do smell wonderful.

    I don't see many blue jays in our yard for some reason. I know they have a reputation for being aggressive birds, but I still think they're quite handsome.

    Thanks for sharing and have a great week!


  21. Wonderful images Mary..
    Many thanks for your recent comments about Mum.. a shame but she has it all to go through again.
    Hugs Drew xx

  22. So happy for you, Mary! These are such gorgeous blues and pinks, and your detail is fantastic. Will the babies get some pictures on their walls?

  23. Wonderful photos. Love those Peacock shots. Congratulations on the Baby girl! Cute name too.

  24. First of all congratulations on the news Mary. I know it will be exciting to have your first granddaughter - maybe she will arive on Christmas Day for you. Once gain your colours combinations are just superb, and brilliant shots of the Blue Jay.

  25. Your photographs are absolutely gorgeous

    And congratulations! :) You must be so excited! :)

  26. You will be happy about baby, I'm sure. The difference of the Peacock is quite amazing, and the flowers are fantastic.

  27. Breathtaking photographs as always! Hydrangeas are a favorite of mine so I'll enjoy another scroll through your pics. What wonderful news to share, a girl to so you can have fun buying and making frilly things. Hope all is well with you and you're having a good week.

    The French Hutch

  28. Congratulations!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  29. Lovely post and mosaics. The peacock and flowers are gorgeous. Congrats on your first grand-daughter.

  30. Hi there - very nice set of pictures - of course the ultra sound one is the most exciting! I think I may have to put your ultra sound video on soon to show the kids! As I say to them "I've know you since you were really small!"

    Cheers - Stewart M

  31. Lovely photos1 I love the detail shots of the Peacock feathers.
    Congratulations on the coming event!

  32. Lovely photos. So much to see in your post!

  33. all beautiful images but that cute little sonogram shot is magnificant!! it just can't be beat!!


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