Monday, March 31, 2008

Shhhh.....

March is going out like a sleeping Lion.
Severe thunder storms are just south of me today.
The winds have been gusty and a few sprinkles caught me while I was walking.




I turned the radio on after lunch to listen to the first baseball game of the season.
Not our opening day, that will be next week. We played the Detroit Tigers, in Detroit.
I listened as I finished unpacking the April things.
I cheered as the boys in blue played twelve innings and won their first game.

The Forsythia is beginning to bloom.

I saw a Mourning Cloak butterfly pass through the back yard.

It is time for me to put the oranges out.
The Baltimore Orioles and the Orchard Orioles are on their way.
While having a cup of tea outside I looked up at the feeder.
I was so surprised to see a male House Finch in his orange colors.
I have never seen this variant.
Goodbye March!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Earth Hour

Tonight at 8pm
people all over the planet are turning off their lights for one hour.
This is known as Earth Hour.

An hour for awareness.
Please join in from 8-9 pm your time zone.
I hope to see some stars!

March is going out at my house like a sleeping Lion.
I shall keep the lights off and let him rest!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Cabbage White Butterfly

This afternoon I was on the deck reading.
It felt warm in the sun even though it was only 52 degrees.
Out of the corner of my eye I saw the Cabbage White.

Butterflies!

Sweet Comeraghs

video

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper is little
only 5 inches (13 cm).

I heard him before I spotted him.

Such a cute little bird.

My bird book says they breed north of me.
My bird book says they are a winter bird in my area.

They will leave soon,
Spring migration has begun.
I heard Canadian Geese high in the sky.
They are bringing Spring to my friends in the north.

Daffodils

The Daffodils have begun
to bloom.

This clump is in a southern exposure
flower bed near the house.

Some food for a bee.

All the flower beds but one have daffodils.
I will see which clumps need dividing this spring.
I will mark them so in the Autumn I can find them.
I need about 500 bulbs to do my next flower bed.

It is cloudy today and kind of chilly.
The sunshine crawls out of the throat of the Daffodil
and spills out onto my face.
I am having tea with the Daffodils today.
I am waiting for a bee.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Periwinkle and a bee!


The sun is shining this afternoon.
A strong breeze is blowing out of the south.




All of my crocuses are in bloom.
I was hoping for a fun bug.
House flies never seem very fun!



I walked down the street in my neighborhood.
My neighbor's periwinkle is in bloom.

While I was admiring this charming
ground cover in flew a bee!

"Hello, bee!"
First bee of the season.
Spring is here.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Rabbits

We went for a car ride.
Too cold for a walk.

The Rabbits are out on the Country Club Plaza.


I remember the Rabbits from my childhood.
When my children were little we would visit the Rabbits on Easter.

The Rabbits on the Plaza
are a spring tradition.

Easter Crocus

The purple crocuses are blooming.

Every year when the purple crocus
bloom I think of saffron.

I do not know if these are saffron crocuses or not.
I want to grow saffron.
I want to learn how to harvest and cook with saffron.
I would like to dye some raw silk with saffron.

Just the word, "saffron" brings visuals of romantic places.

Happy Easter.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Heaven on Earth

I am home from my spring retreat.
I am ready to live in bliss.
I am ready to create
Heaven on Earth!

It is all about good digestion!

I am learning what is the best food for me.
I am learning the Ayurveda way.

I also would like to make a few changes to my house and to my gardens.
I have desires and ideas.
I feel creative!
Spring has come and the Robins are singing and building their nests.
I too am singing.
A new day had dawned for me.

Home

My first couple of days at the Raj, in
Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa,
the weather was rainy and foggy.

I stayed in my room and read between spa treatments.
I watched instructional videos.
I came to learn about the Vedic way of life.
It is all about digestion!

As the week unfolded I began to feel lighter.
I felt enthusiasm;
creative ideas began to flow.

The morning chorus greeted me each day.
Spring came in gently while I was away.
I returned refreshed, renewed
and nourished.

My daughter had a package sent. It was waiting for me when I checked in.
I read her card off and on during my stay. "The poet John Berryman said, "We must travel in the direction of our fear." But we certainly need not travel alone!"
I snuggled with little Penguin chick at night. She is a Llama Llovable.

The hand loomed, wool shawl came from India.
The colors were just perfect for my Spring Rejuvenation.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Snake Saturday

Snake Saturday!


The morning snow shower ended in time for the start of the parade.



I am staying home.
I have packing to do.


My spring rejuvenation, spa retreat,
begins Monday.




My husband will take care of the birds while I am gone.




Happy Spring!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Bugs!

I saw a couple of Lace Wings flying about
when I went on my yard tour.
I am so happy to see bugs again.
I miss the bugs in the winter time.

More crocuses have opened.

I could slip lots more of these hope filled bulbs into flower beds.

I chased a cat out of the garden.
The Robins were grateful.

I can hear thunder.
I see dark clouds in the south.

I shall go look for more bugs before it rains.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

On the way

The Hummingbirds are on their way.
They are expected to be in my area the middle of April.
This afternoon my husband prepared a garden spot to plant our potatoes.
We will put them in on Sunday.
The ground is still very moist.
It warmed to 77 degrees F (25 C) this afternoon. Too warm too soon! Storms are brewing. Rain and cold is coming in.

Too many Cardinal feathers let me know
to expect one less male at the feeders tonight.

The robins sing their evening songs.

It is time for me to go walking with my husband.
Twilight is our time.

"Hello!"

The crocuses just opened today.
Two blooms is all I have.
It is enough.
Two blooms.


The parade of flowers has begun.
More blooms will follow now.
The bees and the butterflies will return.



I waited until noon to run my errands.
I wanted to put the top down.

If the parade has begun at my house than it is
traveling all over my city.

"Hello, Spring!"