Double the pleasure amidst life’s little turmoils

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
Søren Kierkegaard

(a saucer tulip magnolia blossom / Julie Cook / 2015)

Do you remember that catchy little jingle form the late 1950’s for Doublemint chewing gum?
It went something like this. . .
Double your pleasure,
Double your fun,
Chew double mint, double mint
Double mint gum!

Well that little blast from the past always comes flooding back to the forefront of my mind whenever I spot my Tulip tree blooming. . .again.
This saucer tulip magnolia is more akin to a magnolia tree than to its often misquoted name, the tulip poplar tree which sports a similar bloom that is yellow in color.
The saucer magnolia with its fuchsia colored blooms resemble tulips blooming as well as the large showy white magnolia blossoms.

Here we are back in March, sans leaves, yet loaded with brightly colored fuchsia blooms—a boon to those colorless days of transition between Winter and Spring


And here we are today in mid June. . .a regalia of large deep green leaves fill what was once empty space as a bevy of colorful magnolia-like buds and blossoms adorn the Summer landscape with rich colorful fullness.


Doubling my pleasures while out in the yard. . .

I leave you with the double pleasant images of blossoms and blooms as I am now off to Atlanta to tend to Dad–all prayers are greatly appreciated as I take him downtown on Monday to the hospital for a procedure that may or may not shed light as to why he’s so sick—Prayers that he will fly through the procedure as the doctor has explained to us the heightened risks.
Prayers for some semblance of recovery.
Be home, hopefully Tuesday. . .

13 comments on “Double the pleasure amidst life’s little turmoils

  1. Lynda says:

    Julie, of course my prayers are with you as always. Your dad is blessed to have you there for him in so many different ways. On a different note, the flowers are magnificent! God creates beautiful things.

  2. Luggage Lady says:

    Thank you for this beautiful post, Dear Julie. Sending positive energy and healing prayers for your precious dad. As Lynda said, he’s so fortunate to have such a caring/loving daughter by his side. May your journey be safe and productive!! Hugs, Strength, & Love to you…💕

  3. SwittersB says:

    Very beautiful bloom…saddens me to think our Magnolia Tree is in the throes of some bad juju since May…some fungus or such.

  4. SwittersB says:

    And, best wishes and blessing for your Father too!

  5. Jenna Dee says:

    I am standing by our side holding your hand in spirit ❤

    • Jenna Dee says:

      i meant …….I am standing by your side holding your hand in spirit ❤

      • I knew exactly what you meant and it touched me deeply—Thank you Jenna— I’ve gotten Dad situated for the night and I’m now in my little hotel room—kind of weird being here in Atlanta in a hotel without family—and yet kind of peaceful 🙂
        Fingers crossed for tomorrow’s tests—
        Love to you Jenna—Julie

  6. Ya know, that’s odd. I found a few additional blooms on mine a couple of weeks ago. And actually I have a fellow asian blogger who says if we feed the after they bloom they should bloom again in the fall. Mine didn’t last year, but I’m gonna try again and see what happens. I’ll be praying for you and your dad, sweet Julie. I do hope it sheds light on why he’s not feeling well. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

  7. lljostes says:

    Doubling the prayers today for you and your dad. Double hugs ~ Laura

    • Thanks Laura—“he done good”—-came through with flying colors—colitis—which is such a relief—hoping to get some meds to help all the inflammation and slowly get him back to food and nourishment—thank you for the love and prayers!!!!

      • lljostes says:

        Oh I can hear the relief in your voice! Thank heavens you have and answer and your dad has a treatment plan to get him feeling better again! God is good!

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