Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April Showers.

We've had quite a few rainy or cloudy days this month.  Only one day in the 10 day forecast is predicting a sunny day.  Otherwise it's rain or clouds.  It must be April.  But the warmer days and rain have the Spring Peepers peeping!  This wind chime isn't a Spring Peeper...but close enough.


The night of the lunar eclipse was very clear, but also pretty cold!  I took this shot of the full moon before midnight, so it counts as my photo for April 14th!


Brian and I stayed up most of the night so I could take a picture of the eclipse every 10 minutes.  Well, he stayed up because he was doing homework and that's what he does.  It started at 12:55 a.m. and ended at around 4:30 a.m.  If I were doing it right I would have used a tripod instead of hand holding the camera...then I could have kept my ISO lower when the moon turned red!  But I didn't, it was too cold to sit outside and I wasn't going to leave my camera out there without me!  So the red shots are grainy, but I like how it turned out anyway!


The next day it rained and rained.  We were lucky though, because it snowed at the farm.  Snowed and snowed almost 15".  The winter that never ends!


I haven't been very motivated to take pictures, but Molly lounging on Brian's pillow like a queen seemed like a good enough reason to get the camera out.


My cactus is still blooming, the blossoms are fading though.


We spent the weekend at my Mom's celebrating Easter.  The snow had melted, my boy was happy to see me! He still has some shedding to do!


Easter morning was really foggy!  I love how this one looks like it's a black and white.  It's not, it was just that foggy.  I was itching to take more pictures but had to get ready for church.  The fog burned off, the day turned sunny and warm.  Minnesota weather, it's full of surprises.


The warm days made the lilac buds pop.  Spring is coming!


A busy day and not much picture taking motivation had me taking my daily photo well after dark.  A meeting for the golf league and going out with the girls afterwards were a fun reminder of the summer outings to come!


And finally, my little statue looking out into the mostly green backyard.  Patiently waiting for the rain to stop and for the days to get warmer so he can have some flowers in his wheel barrow!


April showers are here...the May flowers are just around the corner!  I'm looking forward to it!  Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring Winds

Love calls like the wild birds
it's another day
The spring wind blew my 
list of things to do away...
~Greg Brown

One of my favorite folk singers Greg Brown sings a lot of songs about spring...but the chorus for this one fits the best right now. So many things to catch up with when spring finally rolls around.  Apparently my blog was at the bottom of my list.  Let's catch up on some photos for now.  Lots of photos.  Not much talk.

 Greta...she's growing up.

 Balancing an egg on end for the Spring Equinox.

 Some tulips on my table that never really opened up.  Still pretty though.

 My littlest turned 19.  What a treat to have him home for his birthday over Spring Break.

 There was a little cake left over, but not for long.

 Greta LOVES to be outside.  Glad that the snow is now gone!

 More tulips for the table.  Gotta bring in Spring where I can!

 Loved the bright orange color.

 They didn't last very long, but were pretty the whole time.

 April showers...but this was still March.  At least it was rain.

 My gardeners are eager to see some green!

 The tulips went crazy...but I still like them!

 The snow at the farm always stays a little longer than here in the city.

 My Christmas cactus is blooming in time for Easter.  Maybe it's an Easter cactus.  Lots of blossoms this year!

 Grapes...because they are such a pretty green.

 Eric went to the Como Park Conservatory with me.  It was a nice day to wander around.

 The viola were blooming like crazy.  They remind me of my grandpa, the tough, gruff farmer that loved flowers.

 And then winter returned.

Nine inches of winter.  It melted in a few days, so that wasn't too bad...but yikes.

 Brian got all cleaned up for a date.  Such a handsome guy!

 We've been trying to get to the farm every weekend.  It's good to see our folks, and it's really good to see my boys when the days are getting nicer.  So glad that they survived the brutally cold winter.

 We went to the Twins home opener.  The highlight was this eagle soaring over the field.  It might be a long season for the home team.  Still fun to go though.

 More tulips.

 This one kept growing after they were in the vase for a few days.  I liked the touch of pink.

Our sweet old dog, enjoying the first 70 degree day in 6 months.  Like I said, it was a long, cold winter!

 I made a spring wreath for my front door.  It's a little bright, but we need that right now!

 I'll end with a picture of my boy. Skylar in the wind.  The snow is gone, they are starting to nibble on a little bit of green grass. Spring, it's a wonderful thing.  Now, it's time for me to try and find that darned to do list again.  Thanks for stopping by!
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Busy Days!

We've had a few busy days, so this will just be a quick update.  On Saturday we went to my great niece's birthday party.  She is so cute, and so sweet.  But who knew that a pack of little girls and boys could be so loud!?!  Fun noise, but yikes!  I don't remember little boys being so loud, physical with each other yes, high pitched loud not so much.  My niece threw a very fun, fish themed party.  We're always so happy to be included.


On Sunday we went to the farm.  I checked on my boys, they weren't shedding quite as much as I thought they'd be.  Good thing too, it was a very raw 22 degrees.  The unending winter of 2014.  We went out and celebrated Billy's birthday with his grandparents too.  It's always good to get the generations together!


St. Patrick's Day was pretty uneventful.  We had two volleyball games, Billy filled in for one of the guys that was out of town, so that was fun.  No green beer for us.  Some pretty green flowers on my dining room table though!


We had a little snow last night and this morning, a lot of snow is predicted for tonight.  Doesn't that sound fantastic??


Yea, I couldn't convince myself that it sounds good either.  Oh well, as they say, "this too shall melt".  What, that isn't how the saying goes?  It's what we need to hear in Minnesota right now, so I'm going with it.  I hope that Spring has arrived in your neck of the woods.  We're impatiently waiting for it here.  Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Happy Sounds, Happy Heart

I'm done complaining about winter.  So many posts about how stinking cold it was here...and it was horribly cold...but Spring is finally in the air.  Here are some spring tulips in my "Watch 'Em Grow" pot.


The Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament means spring is coming.  Always in the first part of March, always when Spring is right around the corner.  Eric's dad has had tickets since 1960.  I've been going since 1979.  The only year I missed was when I was very pregnant and over due with Billy.  19 years ago!  Our school made it into the tournament this year.  That always makes it more exciting.


Billy had played baseball with a few of the boys.  We knew of a few other boys through their parents.  There has been a lot of pain and heart ache for some of the players on this team.  One boy was playing with a broken hand.  One boy lost his dad to cancer during the section play-offs, the team attended his funeral a week before they were playing in state.  Eric and I had both worked with the man that died years ago.  Another boy is losing his dad to ALS.  Too young for that kind of pain.

During the intense second game, the other schools fans were chanting "Daddy's Money" at our team.  Yes, there are some wealthy people in our town, but money doesn't by everything.  Money is nothing when you are a young man losing your dad.  Granted, it was teenagers and they wouldn't have anyway of knowing. But it sure makes you realize how making sweeping judgments about others is really a bad idea.


The team won their first game, lost the second in double overtime.  Best game of the tournament! And then lost in the consolation game.  I thought it was pretty outstanding that they even made it to the tournament after all they had been through.

 #12 is my best friends sisters nephew.  I call him her nephew in law.  She said he's a really good, nice kid, just like my boys.  What a nice thing for her to say!  It made it more fun to watch him knowing that.  This is a picture of him and the boy whose dad had just passed away watching the 3rd place team accept their trophy.  You could feel their bond all the way into the stands.  Teammates, friends, supporting each other. Isn't that what it's about?


On a lighter note, even with the unfortunate chanting, the sounds at the hockey tournament are generally happy sounds.  Energetic teenagers.  Loud high school bands, fans, cheering, vendors selling ice cold drinks, the swoosh of skates.  The sound of the puck hitting the goal post...and not going in when it's against your favorite team! Happy sounds!


The sounds of spring are definitely in the air outside too.  The temperatures are nudging up to a more normal range.  The sounds of melting snow are everywhere.  Dripping from the roof into the rain spouts...plop, plop.  Running along the sides of the road into the gutters.  Spots of grass are starting to show on the hill sides.  It won't be long until we see green outside!  For now we're enjoying the green inside with these flowers in the "Watch 'Em Grow" pot.  I think these are grape hyacinths, but I'm not sure.


Monday the temperature reached 51 wonderful degrees.  It was a perfect day for a walk.  A little wet, but still wonderful.  More happy sounds with the birds singing their spring songs.  Even the splash of the passing cars sounded nice.


Greta is loving to go outside.  I think those spring bird songs are tempting her.


I've got a pretty bouquet of pink flowers inside on my table.  The gerbera daisies are just plain a happy flower.


My photos of the day were basically just reversed on these two days, and I didn't realize it until I was uploading them.  Oops.  Double the fun.


My friend and I went to the Como Park Conservatory to smell the spring smells and take pictures of the flowers.  Such a happy treat.


The birds have been busy singing and looking for food.  I took this picture through Brian's bedroom window.  The Cedar Waxwing wasn't going to give any of those precious berries to me!  That mask sure makes them look intimidating!


But I have to say, the happiest sound of spring is right inside my house.  The sound of Sports Center on the TV, the sound of two young men laughing together and reconnecting.  Billy is home for Spring break and it just plain makes my day to have my family all in one spot again. I think we've all missed the kid!


 I know it won't be long until he heads back to school again, but for now I'm truly enjoying the sounds of spring with a very happy heart. I hope you are finding some happy sounds in your part of the world.  Thanks for stopping by!