Sunday, April 27, 2008

Simple Joy ~ updated

He didn't pick a flow'r

as ev'ry girl desires;

He didn't sing a love song

to ignite passion's fires.

He slipped out in the morning

as he often did as a boy;

And bro't to me an everlasting

dew-laden Simple Joy.

(written by Lana Manis 2008)


My husband enjoys rising bright and early, feeding the horses and mule, and walking out to the garden to see how things are growing, and sitting on the back porch and drinking his coffee. One morning last week, he came back in and asked where my camera was. I gave it to him, but he wouldn't say why he wanted it. When he came back in, he gave it back to me, not saying anything, as is his usual quiet way. When I put the photos on my computer ~ there were beautiful photos of tulips loaded with dewdrops! I nearly cried! That was so thoughtful of him. He knew that I love the flowers out in the yard, and instead of picking them, he left them for others to enjoy and brought me an everlasting simple joy ~ the photos AND the memories.


I've made antique style puzzle blocks using prints of ladies from the Jane Austen era, and they come in their own little keepsake box. Visit my auction for this quaint keepsake here. If you bid in the first 24 hours of the auction AND are the winner, you will receive a set of my fraktur watercolor cards along with your auction item. Several other artists of The Eclectic Artisans are offering a free gift with the same requirement in their ebay auctions. Search TheEA to find them.

Have a beautifully blessed day!


  1. Oh Lana. What a beautiful thing for him to do for you....quite romantic, I think!! The tulip is gorgeous, xxoo, Dawn

  2. what a sweetie.... mine got one of a tiny baby bunny one day. Ya gotta love our guys...

  3. How romantic! He sounds like a keeper to me. Very thoughtful indeed!

    I received my little 'May Day' basket. Oh...I just love it. I've posted about it on my blog. Thank you so much for making it. It is something that I will treasure. It's just so darn cute!

    I'll be back later to see what new creation you have made. I can't wait to see.

  4. See the raindrops have brought flowers to your door!(with a little help from Hubby)'Tis the simple things in life that make the heart skip a beat.
    xo Susan

  5. Beautiful Lana! What a sweet husband you have...and a great photographer too!
    Love your pretty puzzle blocks and box!

  6. Lana, these are beautiful puzzles. I love how you have captured the era in the blocks. Just beautiful.

  7. That is one of the sweetest I have ever heard of....Have a beautiful Monday....

  8. your little saying above...of course...I could say the same thing to you my dear!!!!!

    Lana..these woodblock prints are stunning..I wish I could snatch them up!

    How sweet of your husband to take the beautiful pictures for you. :) He's a sweetheart.


  9. My sweet husband took a picture of the polling place as I voted in the democratic primary. We moved to the country 2 years ago and were delighted to find things much slower. Including the voting process. It was a volunteer fire fighting stations' storage closet w/ one voting machine and a couple of people manning the democratic and republican sides. All people wore jeans and boots! And my sweetie took a picture of it all! Love your sweet May Day baskets. I'll be back!

  10. Lana the tulip picture is beautiful. Not only was it wonderful of your husband to think of you but he took an absolutely gorgeous picture as well. This was my first time visiting your blog and it was so pleasant! The perfect way to end my day, I will visit again and again. Blessings, Cassie

  11. A lovely photo
    A lovely poem
    And a couple obviously perfect for one another.
    It definitely made me smile on a dreary day! Patti G

  12. Thankyou for sharing that sweet moment about the photo...
    my husband also does sweet simple things..that will bless me.

    I am so thankful for him!
    We all need to be reminded sometimes.

    love your sight..first time to visit

  13. these are amazing, wow, you did an excellent job, and very creative too!


  14. That is just too sweet, Lana.Roger seems to have a talent with the camera, too!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.........


  15. You have a very sweet husband! I just love your puzzle too.

  16. What a sweet, thoughtful hubby you have! Love your puzzle too!

  17. What a great guy you have!! Very thoughtful!! The flower is so beautiful!!
    Love the poem!:o)

  18. LL... how thoughtful and sweet - both the giver of the photo and the poem penned by his true love.

    aaaah - a match made in Heaven!

  19. My ship was close by so I thought I'd pop in for a quick hello. I will save you a spot in the crow's nest. And if you can't make it no worries- I believe you already have a swashbuckler for a husband who picks you flowers!!!

  20. Awww Lana... Roger's a sweetheart!

    It's always these moments that last forever... don't they? :)

    LOVE your blocks and box!

    Jean :)

  21. How sweet is that, Lana!

    Your puzzle is so unique and charming - Lucky winner of this auction is going to have a real treasure!


  22. Beautiful!! Have a blessed day!!

    kari & kijsa

  23. Wow, made me get teary eyed and he isn't my hubs!!! Hahahaha... I think I should have my hubs come on in and read this!! Very thoughtful and meaningful gesture...The picture is gorgeous, I love it... Hugs, Mo

  24. Lana what a great idea would be a nice gift. Quite clever ,neat looking i think i might need a few.
    And the flowers are gorgeous. Well done.