This is Lu. She was sleeping on the pile of towels and blankets which I used to cover plants when we had a freeze warning. Of course, she had to get right up when I am trying to take a picture.
And what a disaster of a porch. But gardening is in full swing, so I have to get it all done before the motivation goes away and I just let everything go to weeds.
We have Rosebreasted Grosbeak couple setting up housekeeping near here. They are visiting the feeders every day. Daddy was chasing off a Cardinal when I ran to get my camera. Then he was sharing nicely with two house finches. So I didn’t get the Cardinal picture.
Just as I tried to snap another photo all three birds took off. What the heck?
Aha, that explains that.
Ashlee got a stingray tattoo on her foot today. I think they did a fantastic job!
And…..that’s all from me, today.
The star paths were even prettier today. Such a gorgeous time of year.
And this Snowdrift Flowering crab is the most beautiful tree I have ever seen. Every year it gets better and better! The buds are my background (a lot of pink) and the flowers all opened up are pure white. What a treat!
We have had some absolutely gorgeous days the past two weeks. I was out weeding and raking and getting rid of dead winter stuff like crazy. I got three of five rock gardens done, the strawberry garden almost completely weeded (with a lot of spousal help) and 32 new strawberries planted. Then I spent the last two days bringing all my houseplants back inside because of a freeze warning last night. It’s a good thing I did..it got down to 27 degrees! I tried covering the peach tree branches with blankets and towels, so I’ don’t know if that worked….we’ll see if the blossoms survive!
Bob and Sandy Crane are back again today! I wonder if they are going to raise babies here this year!
Here are some pictures of my yard. This is one of my new succulents. I had to cover him up to protect him from the cold last night, too. I love when the dandelions are blooming on the paths in our fields. I feel like I am walking on a path of stars. Reuben on a path of stars. And Orion just being big! I am hoping it warms up again soon. I think by Wednesday it’s supposed to be in the high 70s to 80. Then I can turn all the houseplants out to pasture again!
Here are Bob and Sandy in the front yard. And a red-bellied woodpecker on the tree in the front. He has a sunflower seed stuck in a hole in the tree so he can shell it!
Happy Spring, everybody!
I’m not redecorating my blog even yet.
We had one day in March that was close to 60. We had one day this week that was close to 70. I weeded one small rock garden that day.
Other than that it’s been hovering around freezing. Snowing, sleeting, raining. Our road is a quagmire. Wheeeee. When do you get to use quaqmire? I hope it means what I intend it to mean. Too lazy to check. Ha!
There are three areas of paved road between here and town that are under water. Passable at the right speed. You float off into the ditches if you go too fast.
It snowed all day yesterday. Nothing stuck. But it snowed. Today it’s a driving rain and 39 degrees.
So, just an update from around here. I love all weather, just passing on the facts, folks.
Anything else? Hmmm. I’m meeting a friend for lunch soon at a Chinese restaurant she claims is orgasmic. I wonder if she meant organic?
Has anyone noticed how no one bothers to even use the correct words, even in actual on-line news articles. (yours truly and “quagmire” included). There, they’re, where, we’re, to, too, two….all completely used interchangeably even by “journalists”. Lots of accent on those quotey marks.
Oh well….like the rest of the country our grammar is going down the torlet.
Ok, off for an either orgasmic or organic lunch! I hope everyone’s day is going just fine!
Nope. No sign of it yet. It’s been just above freezing with wind chills in the teens for two weeks. And rain. Lots of rain. I am not complaining about rain…..we have needed it, so I am quite glad to see it, but the cold is hard to take. And Mr. Weatherguesser just said that it doesn’t look like we will see a “spring-like warm-up” all the way through April. Oh, well. I am not really complaining….but just sort of. Ha. I’ll change my header photo one of these days…..it’s hard to redecorate the ol’ blog when it’s so cold and blustery outside.
We did have a pair of Sandhill Cranes stop by, but only for one day. I was hoping they would stay around and raise their babies like they have twice before, but they stopped for a snack and went on their way.
My dwarf irises (planted on Calli’s grave two years ago) have sprouted nicely…probably about a dozen of them out there, so tiny (three inches high) and so cute!
I guess we might as well stay inside and take a nap until May.
I just posted these in every bathroom at work.
And, someone put up a stupid plastic shield so that people wouldn’t leave drinking cups on the window sill. I took care of that, too.
Still cold and gray outside, but this picture just made my entire day!
We all have Cabin Fever. Last week we had two beautiful sunny days. The snow melted completely and we had these two lovely girls come to visit. They like to slurp up any cracked corn left under the bird feeder.
Slurp! Since last week we have had rain, freezing rain, slush and snow, snow, snow. I do love a season that stays around so long that I can get thoroughly sick of it. Then I am SO happy to greet the next season.
So, Orion’s cabin fever has taken the form of chewing up things. My farmyard boots were gnawed into non-existence last week. He ripped my Terry Pratchett book “Men at Arms” into several hunks, which I managed to hold together so I could finish rereading it for the fifth time before I threw it away.
And here is what he just did to the comforter which adorns the Dog Bed by the front window.
Most of the fluff that was internal is now outside the comforter. And that white stuff out the window…yes, that is what is plaguing us. It’s blowing. It’s freezing and it’s snowing non-stop. Oh how I love griping about the end of this season. Next week will bring some spring, I imagine!
Oh, yes. Ken left me a note that Orion and Sheldon killed a squirrel today at lunch time. Darn it! I put birdfood and peanuts out in front so the squirrels won’t go in back. Rawr.
I noticed a huge lump on Reuben’s rear leg near his hock. It was hard as bone. Ken did not like the looks of it. Reub is our lab that has lived the longest. Our first lab, Vinnie, died at age 2 of seizures. Our second lab, Chip, died at 10 of liver cancer. Reuben just turned 11, so every day with him is a bonus!
Anyway, Ken took him in today and xrayed the lump. It’s a bony protuberance, probably from Reub hitting it on something. It’s not a bone tumor! Yay!