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My First Spring Flowers

As you may have noted from my last posting, the weather this winter has been erratic to say the least.  My crabapple bush tried to bloom last month, two months early, and the buds got frozen out.  So that bush is a bust.  And the wild raspberries in my yard are trying to go for it too.  So there will be a lot less flowers and fruit this year and probably some dead plants as well. If it doesn’t get cold enough to put them to sleep they either freeze to death or use up their food stores and starve to death before spring is properly sprung.

I’m happy to say that it appears my bulbs have weathered this nonsense well (no pun intended) and are beginning their annual show. (Except for the daffys, which are early.)

Peaking through the leaves I haven’t raked off yet.

A purple crocus peaking as well.

My mini irises.

Even if they’re early, I still love my daffys!

My first ‘bouquet’ of daffys! I love their smell. It’s the scent of spring.


The Last of my Irises

A few years back a I was gifted Irises by a neighbor.  I think of her every time they bloom.

Spring has been sporadic this year and last night we were to get frosted.  Since a rain storm had already knocked over a bunch of the Irises, I decided to go out and cut down the remaining Irises and bring them indoors for me to enjoy. (Throwing sheets over Irises without supports to keep the sheets off the Irises is usually bad for the Irises.)

Here's my bouquet last night in the weeds garden.

Here’s my bouquet last night in the weeds garden.  Notice all the buds.

Evidently, bringing them in from the cold causes an explosion of bloom.  Here’s what I woke up to:

Yeah, too much sun. But inside the house was meh.  Aren't they bee-you-tee-ful?

Yeah, too much sun in the picture. But inside the house was meh. Aren’t they bee-you-tee-ful? All but a handful of buds burst open overnight.  So I won’t be having these more than a day and a half.  *sigh*  They fill the whole kitchen and dining area with their scent.  It’s wonderful.


On a side note:  This year has been the worst year for June Bugs I have ever seen.  Take a look at this:

Now imagine this many on every screen where there is light.  And if it is cold and you have the windows closed the little suckers just bang away on the glass.

Now imagine this many on every screen where there is light. And if it is cold and you have the windows closed the little suckers just bang away on the glass.  It sounds like someone is throwing gravel at your windows.  Yeesh!

Just Touching Base

Random Thoughts

So life has been making me crazy.  It’s taxes, which my husband’s work screwed up and we’re probably going to get stuck paying the penalties.  It’s financial time for my daughter’s school and I’m late – again.  It’s getting my son’s admissions and financial shit done so he can start college in the fall.  And I need to get him a passport for the school trip in June.  Oh, and did I mention the sleep deprivation that’s helping me function so well? (heavy sarcasm)  And, of course, Boston.  So I’m a little bonkers right now.

However, I did want to try to get at least 100 posts up this year.  Hopefully, I’ll do more than that, but that’s at least 2 a week and I’m behind already! 🙂  I need to start making notes.  I think to myself, “Oh, I should put this on the blog.” and then it scoots right out of my brain.  Notes, I need to make notes.

I have nothing profound to say today.  Just touching base.  Hopefully, I’ll get all the financial crap out of the way by Wednesday and have myself a sleep in day.  And then it’ll be onward and forward.  Spring is here and there is sooo much to do!

“There’s a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets in.” — Leonard Cohen

Life At Our House

Saver came home for the weekend.  It is always nice to get some daughter time.  Saver came home because Spider Bait was given his Eagle Scout award.  I cried.  Saver cried.  We were so thrilled.  He doesn’t like his picture on the blog or I would show you how handsome he looked all dressed up.  You’ll have to make do with a picture of the pin I got ’cause he’s an Eagle Scout.

Dad got one, too.  Only it says 'Dad' on it!  :)

Dad got one, too. Only it says ‘Dad’ on it! 🙂


I caved and bought a rosemary plant and a basil plant (I have seeds).  Even though the basil is still a baby I pinched some leaves and made a tomato sandwich.  *sigh*  I wish it was summer all year.



Fur Babies And Other Critters

I'm going to climb wherever I want to!

I’m going to climb wherever I want to!

Mmmmmm, Saver's home.

Mmmmmm, Saver’s home.

Out In The Yard

I took these pictures about 2 weeks ago.  My crocuses’ last hurrah.

Little irises and crocus

Little irises and crocus

Lotsa purple

Lotsa purple



Mug of the Day


I cannot remember how I got this mug.  There’s a story.  I just cannot remember it right now.  *sigh*  Saver, how ’bout you?