Since City Boy is from Texas, our front entrance has a bench with a Texas star on it to greet us and guests alike. Too bad we use the garage entrance mostly. Anyway, being outdoors in Spring is enough to shake off the blues and knock some cobwebs out that have settled in over the winter.
When we first moved here City Boy was fascinated by the blanket of pretty yellow flowers that covered our back yard. He asked, “What are those little yellow flowers?”
“They’re dandelions, honey.” I guess I had to go easy on him though — once I thought about it, I didn’t remember ever seeing any when I lived in Texas. I told him, “They’ll go away when it gets really hot.”
There are worse things, and Frank lost his humor with them when they grew straw-like stems and the tops turned white and fuzzy, and when he’d mow the lawn the yard was full of them the very next day.
Today I just have to slip in another picture of Frank’s granddaughter, Precious Baby. She is wearing one of the headbands her mother Becca made for her. That toy Precious Baby is in looks like it has everything but the kitchen sink and could keep a baby entertained for hours! Becca can keep these pictures coming all she wants as far as we are concerned!
Have a glorious day today!!!
- Researchers at Ford and Ohio State look to dandelions for ‘green’ material (reviews.cnet.com)
- The Dandelion. If you hate them, maybe you misunderstand them. (bugmag.wordpress.com)
Yesterday evening, while the sun was still up, the yard was once again alive with critters and flowers, so I grabbed several pictures through the window just for fun (stay with me, they get better). These next three were the only pictures I took from inside the house, and I try not to post them when I do take them through the window, but I wanted to give you an idea how lovely Spring in our little Ozarks town is!
There were two of these kind of birds foraging around in the yard seeing what they could find, so I’m guessing they are a “couple.”
This shot even had to be taken standing a ways back so as not to spook a rabbit that was right close to the window as it was getting dark.
Then last night, as the sun was sinking behind the trees, it looked like a big orange ball. Nice sunsets are so peaceful! Who could resist stepping outside to enjoy it (and take pictures of it)?
Bright and (halfway) early this morning, the tree that had been only budding out yesterday was covered with blooms! It is so beautiful!
Tonight’s evening sky was fairly low-key because of the clouds (compared to our orange ball sun from last night), but peaceful and pleasant just the same.
It’s been a great week, with some storms and some sun, some warm and some cold, some turmoil and some peace — things are not always sunny, warm and peaceful, but that doesn’t make it a washout. Long as we remember there is no storm that somebody can’t help us through, because it rains on everybody at one time or another — we’re all in this together.
Have a delightful weekend full of peace and blessings!
Last Spring Lucy got in big trouble. City Boy left one of his school books out on the ottoman and Lucy laid down beside it. It gave me an idea for a picture using a method I had seen Jay (my younger daughter Emily’s photographer husband) demonstrate. I made the picture and posted it on Facebook, and poor Lucy created quite a stir without even knowing it!
The caption on the picture had read, “Frank shouldn’t have left his textbook laying around.”
A few people were shocked, including one commenter who stated that he would have kicked the you-know-what out of Lucy for that! I didn’t expect reactions like that so I hurried and posted that this was a fake picture and Lucy didn’t hurt Frank’s book. I had been trying to learn to do pictures like this, and didn’t even think it looked real or that anyone else would think it was. Anyway, except for the mix-up, my first try at pictures like this was fun!
Earlier that same Spring we were in Texas to visit Frank’s family and happened upon a field of Bluebonnets, the Texas state flower. There were droves of people in the field taking pictures, so we went to the very edge of the flowers to take a picture of Lucy in them.
I might need to mention that, unless she is held down, Lucy does not hold still more than a second. Ever.
We gave up after the last one. I had not started trying to get “good” at taking pictures yet (and it shows), and Lucy was having too much fun. I even tried to make the cars less noticeable in the first picture by casting that “mysterious shadow” effect around the edges of the picture. You already see how well THAT worked (or didn’t).
This year our resident birds (which we seem to have a host of) seem to always be picking around in the yard. I couldn’t quite get all the photography “noise” out of these, I’m assuming because of operator error and also that these were taken from a long way and my camera does not have as big of a zooming capability as I would like. That said, I caught this little fella/girlie-girl in the yard the other day. I am not familiar with this kind of bird…
While I was trying to take pictures of it, he/she began to get agitated, and then the feathers started ruffling up.
When I got my face out of the camera long enough to look, I realized what the bird was getting bent out of shape about…
Our resident robin decided she didn’t want any trouble, so she flew into the front yard and found that Frank had put some more bread crumbs out for her (he always does that and that’s why she was so fat over the winter), so all was well.
I captured shots of these two birds while I was in my house, shooting through the window — they were perched at the top of a high tree that was located in another yard, so they were quite a distance from me.
One of these days I’ll actually get out of my yard and go take pictures someplace else. Laziness does have its drawbacks! I tend to do a lot more picture-taking in the warm weather — in fact, it’s about all I do when I can wander around outside and find things to take pictures of!
Frank’s daughter Becca has been working hard to craft Precious Baby some hair accessaries, and so now Baby is really in high fashion! Becca did a fantastic job, and City Boy and I love when she keeps those pictures of Precious Baby coming!
Well, the evening hour is upon us, and I hope everyone is snuggled in at home ready to have a relaxing evening. If not, be careful out there!
- Bird Walk: April 2nd, 2013 (quintamazatlan.wordpress.com)
- PHOTOS: Beautiful bluebonnets bring royal color to Texas countryside (kens5.com)
- the texas bluebonnet. (acitybornlove.com)
- The Colors Of Wild (thismansjourney.net)
- Common Flowers in Texas (proflowers.com)
- The Texas Bluebonnet (ourgrainofsand.wordpress.com)
Spring has certainly sprung in our little corner of the world! Flowers and wildlife are springing to life all around our yard.
Our resident robin decided to vacate the hanging basket on our front porch where she spent the winter — her nest is now in a place with much less traffic!
One of the backyard bunnies attracted to our yard with its overabundance of clover popped in for a visit.
The Bradford pear trees are now in full bloom all around our house and up and down the street in our neighborhood — we’re surrounded with them and we love it!
Our front yard has a baby Bradford pear — he’ll catch up with the others one of these years!
After a long winter we are really enjoying this wonderful metamorphosis, and hope your Spring so far has been fantastic!
Wow, what a crazy two weeks it’s been! Never dull, and a good mix of good and not-so-good things. By that I mean that good things help us get that nice and fuzzy feeling, and not-so-good things help us appreciate the good things.
Our internet went down. City Boy, without warning, decided to switch carriers for our phone service. The phone carrier we had did not provide fax access so Frank decided we needed to make it so we could send them from home.
So, I found out about the change when I went into the office one day and noticed that the big hanging paper on the wall with our phone number on it (I frequently forget my own phone number) had our old number crossed out and replaced with a different one. When I asked Frank about it, he told me, “Oh, yeah, I switched to a different carrier, and decided to bundle.”
So that’s what all this had to do with our internet — Frank had everything switched at the same time. This was a good thing, except our internet suddenly went down on its own. Poof. The beginning of two snowstorms hit us and so our whole area was without internet for that carrier.
So, the first of many reasons for not posting this week hit us hard.
Workers were scheduled to install all three services on the day we got heavy snowfall, so we went without internet for days until technicians were able to get here and install everything. What internet I used last week was with my phone. Anyway, installation took all that day, and I am still unhappy with the TV service, but it’s good to have everything working again.
Then, back-to-back visits from both of my daughters and their families made things extra-special. There was snowfall all the way through, and during the visit with Emily, my daughter from Iowa, my three-year-old grandson became ill while running a fever. He suddenly became lethargic and then lost consciousness, so we all trekked into the city following the ambulance. Poor Brisbane was in a lot of pain, and ended up after two days and two trips to the ER to have a bad infection nobody had known about, and the sudden fever had caused him to have a seizure (his first and hopefully his last). My daughter had to extend her visit to Missouri and stayed with us and various relatives until Brisbane was recovered enough to travel.
The first snow we had finally thawed away, and then Sunday morning we woke up to get ready for church and discovered that it was snowing hard again. Snow may be a bit confining, but it is so beautiful! City Boy and I went to church anyway, and after two hours of being there it was still snowing, and we drove home in a blinding, windblown snow.
So, for several days Frank, Lucy and I were all hunkered down in a warm house, snow everywhere outside, along with the fattest robin on earth living in our front porch fake plant basket (Frank feeds our resident robin and she makes all the other birds look scrawny in comparison — I think maybe we are being enablers). Then another flu bug hit me — immunosuppresent medication has now made it so that I catch every bug that comes within a mile of me, and I’ve been sick with one thing after another since Fall. It gets old, but it could be worse. I’m wanting very badly to be well for our trip to Texas this weekend, so I’m working on staying that way!
For most of the pictures of Megan’s family I forgot to change the camera settings, so those pictures could have been better color-wise, lol — here are a few pictures from Frank and my activities over the past two weeks :
This is the closest thing to a photograph taken from the front of my oldest grandson I will probably ever get a nod from his mother to post online, lol. I think it’s neat the way his eyes seem to show through the paper he’s holding.
There were so many more pictures, but most included front views of the baby or of Megan (who doesn’t like her picture taken). So alas, only a few pictures here, but we had a great visit and evening with all of them.
Most of the time Emily and her family were here involved Emergency Room visits, but I managed to catch a few pictures of them as well.
Hopefully Brisbane is on the road to recovery and doesn’t have a repeat of anything like this — it was a traumatic and painful time for him!
It began snowing and Jay had to get back to Iowa before the worst of it hit. Pre-storm all the way through post storm was quite a show both times!
As a precursor to the storm, birds of every kind teemed all over the tree in our front yard.
The same night I took the above picture, I took another one over the same part of the back yard fence, except the snow cast a glow on everything so that the night settings on my camera made everything too bright, so this is the picture of the back yard without the night settings.
The next snow storm that came along was so fun looking to Lucy that she just had to be out in it as soon as the snow started!
Our holly bush and other foliage out front looked pretty as they were getting snowed on.
So, visitors, snow, technical difficulties, a whole day of installers, illness, getting ready for our trip and just general every day life, hasn’t left room for a dull moment this past couple of weeks, and we sure don’t want any dull moments!
Becca’s Precious Baby, who we will be meeting this weekend, is three-and-a-half months old (no WAY!!), and time has flown! So I thought I’d add the latest pictures of her:
While we’re gone I’m hoping to be able and continue posting, and I hope all of you are gearing up for a fantastic Easter Sunday! Only a few more days!
Lately we’ve had two snows here in the city, and although it’s been really fun and lovely, it’s been really cold! Just when I thought we might actually squeak through the winter with no more big onslaught of winter weather, along comes ice, snow, rain and hail, in just three days!
I’ve been staying at my daughter’s in Arkansas, helping some with their new baby, born the end of December. I couldn’t come down here sooner due to an unending round of pneumonia that I didn’t want to expose a newborn to, so now I’m enjoying spending this time with my newest grandchild!
Frank is missing me, so I am looking to be home soon, getting ready for March and Easter (yet another holiday for me to nag you about, lol). Spring is so close I can almost smell the blooming flowers! There are so many wonderful things about Spring that it’s hard to get everything in one blog.
Until I arrive back home and catch up on my posts, I am wishing all of you a great end of Winter!