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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