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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

From Buds to Blooms - Daffodils

Spring is showing more of its' face these past days.
I thought it would be fun to show you what can happen in a week...

   From buds to blooms : Daffodils

budding but still tight daffodils,
what color will they be?

starting to show a peek of yellow
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                                            white daffodil buds just barely showing their creamy white blooms
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 Yellow daffodil bud just starting to smile

We have had 3 glorious days of weather! 2 in the low 70s with night times dropping to 40s, and today a high of 85! ☺
The darn weather man is forecasting back to cold and maybe snow before the weekend, grumbly mumbly. Typical Wisconsin spring weather.

yellow daffodil bud is opening,
hey what is that inside?
(sorry this photo should of rotated)

The sun came out and these daffodils sure perked up!
By afternoon this is what I saw...

White daffodils smiling with their pretty yellow cups.
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A few days later look who else opened up their smiling faces...

(darn it, this was suppose to be rotated too)
A big smiling yellow daffodil says Hello!

Here they are in all their glory, (never mind my mess)
a mix of buds and blooms,
popping their heads in naturalized grass right outside the lower level front door

Signs of spring make me happy!
How about you?

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Music Moves Me

  Today I am participating in Mondays Music Moves Me this week!
I was invited by Host Dolly, owner and writer at XmasDolly !
A cool friend, blogging buddy and southern state neighbor ♫.
(though we've never met in person).

Click on over and enjoy her neat blog with fun things and giveaways too!

The Music Moves Me theme this week is "Friends", so I picked 2 from my younger years of growing up that I love and fondly remember. I am going to attempt for the first time embedding (or leaving a link) the second song for you to listen.

 By the Beatles


   A little help from my friends

What would you think if I sang out of tune,
Would you stand up and walk out on me.
Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song,
And I'll try not to sing out of key.
I get by with a little help from my friends,
I get high with a little help from my friends,
Going to try with a little help from my friends.

What do I do when my love is away.
(Does it worry you to be alone)
How do I feel by the end of the day
(Are you sad because you're on your own)
No I get by with a little help from my friends,
Do you need anybody,
I need somebody to love.
Could it be anybody
I want somebody to love.
Would you believe in a love at first sight,
Yes I'm certain that it happens all the time.
What do you see when you turn out the light,
I can't tell you, but I know it's mine.
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends,

Do you need anybody,
I just need somebody to love,
Could it be anybody,
I want somebody to love.
I get by with a little help from my friends,
Yes I get by with a little help from my friends,
With a little help from my friends.

​Another favorite from my teen years is:​

You've gotta friend ​, By Carol King, Tapestry album,
shown recorded by then husband James Taylor (looks like a link to click at You-Tube, maybe I will figure out how to embed another time ☺.


Lyrics ♫ ~

When you're down and troubled
and you need a helping hand
and nothing, whoa nothing is going right.
Close your eyes and think of me
and soon I will be there
to brighten up even your darkest nights.

You just call out my name,
and you know wherever I am
I'll come running, oh yeah baby
to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall,
all you have to do is call
and I'll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.
You've got a friend.

If the sky above you
should turn dark and full of clouds
and that old north wind should begin to blow
Keep your head together and call my name out loud
and soon I will be knocking upon your door.

You just call out my name and you know wherever I am
I'll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer or fall
all you got to do is call
and I'll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Hey, ain't it good to know that you've got a friend?
People can be so cold.
They'll hurt you and desert you.
Well they'll take your soul if you let them.
Oh yeah, but don't you let them.

You just call out my name and you know wherever I am
I'll come running to see you again.
Oh babe, don't you know that,
Winter spring summer or fall,
Hey now, all you've got to do is call.
Lord, I'll be there, yes I will.
You've got a friend.
You've got a friend.
Ain't it good to know you've got a friend.
Ain't it good to know you've got a friend.
You've got a friend.

 ​Are these songs you remember?
What songs immediately brings "friends" to mind.

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until next time ...

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Spring Teasing ...

April showers continue, spring is teasing.

Last year at this time (the year of one of our worst ever droughts) many trees where in bud or leaf, bulbs and plants showing colors and encouraging more.
Daily temperatures were warm, most days no need for coats and sunshine!

This year...
totally different, as shown below, the good the bad and the ugly.

some of the Ugly!

With almost a month of rain of solid rain, sleet and occasional snow, of did I mention rain?? The result has been lots of drenched yards, fields and puddles or more like little lakes have appeared all over like this lake (above) just down the road. Flash flood warnings and soon that lake along with many others near by will reach from one side of the road to the other. Bad and yes, ugly. Opposite of last year. Cold, nasty, gray dark skies and continual dampness. Yuck!

If I recall correctly we may of had 2 or 3 days of partly sun in these last 30 days. Yesterday was nice and sunny. Temperatures a high of 71! I was elated and rushed to make up hummingbird and oriole juice for their return! Today back to dark, gray and cold.

Now some of the good ...

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male goldfinches showing color!

The male goldfinches are molting their drab winter feathers and starting to show their lovely yellow plumage for the spring and summer seasons. The females are not quite showing their just a blush of gold.

The tulips are stretching their green leafy legs not caring of the left over dead leave debris of last summer. Hopefully buds will be forming soon.

The ever resilient crocus are plunging their greenery and pretty petals right through any messy leftovers blown in to blanket their bed for winter. They are usually first to arrive in my garden.

Sounds fill the air with spring teasers as well. Robins are singing while they dig through the woods looking for bugs and maybe an early worm. Woodpeckers have been noisily pounding their love drum songs to alert the females of the season. Too many times on my house! Squirrels are in ever present running and chasing each other in their spring ritual dance. And the chipmunks have woken from their winter slumber digging new holes and tunnels while eating and filling their fat cheeks with seeds. They are to speedy for me to catch them, but I still enjoy watching the antics and sometimes bad destructive behavior.

We enjoy them from our windows and between the raindrops when we are forced to venture outside. When the squirrels get too naughty we both have been known to open a window to "bark" at them! Since our dogs are gone over the rainbow bridge we have to improvise. Banging on the windows doesn't do a thing, so out comes the bark!
I never said I wasn't a tad on the looney side (disclaimer, ahem...).

Hopefully this cold nasty weather disappears until next winter soon. I know this area is not the only one fighting with Mother Nature. We have been lucky so far, that it is just rain, we don't have to shovel it. But, it is damaging to what is left of our yard and is fighting to come inside. Very Bad and Ugly! (let's not dwell on the bad)

I am sending good thoughts that the spring season changes are being pleasant and bountiful in your area. If you are in the part of the world where autumn is arriving, I hope that is a gentle change for you.

Tell me, is it good, bad or ugly where you live?

Until next time
(if I am not flooded out or covered in mold)
I bid you fair weather skies!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Earth Day Thoughts, Quotes, Images

Another Earth Day is here to remind us to take care of Mother Earth.
Sharing some thoughts, quotes and images for inspiration.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."  
       ~Margaret Mead

"What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?"

 ~Henry David Thoreau

V. Pickering photo source
"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need,
    but not every man's greed."  

"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown,
For going out, I found, was really going in." 
   ~John Muir

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"You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet."
  ~Hal Borland, Sundial of the Seasons, 1964

 Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.   
   ~Cree Indian Proverb

A simple reminder to reduce, recycle, green-up, lend, share or borrow, reuse EVERY DAY.

 What if any of these do you do?
 Have any new ideas to share?

My post on the origins and history of Earth Day
can be found HERE.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

April showers has arrived...

and with those showers they have brought ...

heavy down drenching rain,
messy yuck all over the yard,
broken braches,
matted leaves and leftover plants...

in other words a big muddy wet mess!

just a small drizzle in-between the downpours today

just one of the many flower beds I was not able to clean up last fall
still too cold not to mention sloppy and slimy to even attempt yet

just one of the many muddy and drenched areas

another mess, but a sign of things to come! 
green tulip leaves, under part of the deck and closet t the house

April showers are a good thing...
they are quickly melting the last of winters dirty snow,
though I bet there will be at least 1 more snow fall before winters snow gives up the ghost this year...
April showers are helping the much needed ground water tables from last years heat and drought...
some grass is trying to green up were it wasn't dead from previous said drought...
and it looks like some trees are preparing to bud out in flower and leaf!!
Now as long as Aprils' showers do not wash my house away or completely send what is left of the top soil we added and any good ground we had left down across the road. And please dear showers do not decide to leak into my lower level (pretty please!). Maybe slow down into a nice gentle spring rain and give the land a chance to drink it in.

  Any showers and spring time behavior in your area or are you still covered in snow?

   until next time...

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