Thursday, February 19, 2015

Long Winter

It seems like winter is lasting forever. Granted, we have again been blessed with a mild one. More rain than snow. Not alot of the usual howling winds creating below zero wind chills. Just lots of foggy grey mornings that blend one into the other. The morning commute out to the chickens, past the pond that never really froze this year. The koi swim restlessly, in that half hibernation state. The buds are swelling in the magnolia, along the branches of the lilacs. Spring bulbs are awake and pushing up from cold but unfrozen ground.
The robins came yesterday. Flocks gathered in the cherry trees, in the windbreak trees along the property lines. Singing, calling out to each other. James said he heard the osprey yesterday. I had just commented as to when we would see them sitting on their nests at the end of our street and along the river.
The chickens look plump and healthy. They scatter in the garden, looking for plump worms and bugs in the soft dirt. Hoppy the coop bunny has picked his hen girlfriend and follows her wherever she goes. What a strange couple they make! We are getting the greenhouse ready for Spring. Already rhubarb seeds are sprouting and we are getting the benches and flats of pots out for the tomatoes and other vegetable seeds. A more cautious ordering of seeds, bulbs, and plants this year as I am not working, but I still need to keep my stock up for Farmers Market, of which I hope to add the Wednesday Market to my usual Saturday one.
I have been sending out applications for the seasons craft and vintage shows. Betsy and I have been busy scouring thrift stores for projects. Well, as best as we can since neither of us are driving and we have to rely on others who are not as welcome to the idea of spending time at the shops. the Great Cleanup has trickled down a bit from the gangbusters it was. Too many treasures unearthed in the craft room led to creating instead of cleaning! But I am proud to say I am actually getting some of the started and discarded projects finished! So in a way that is still pushing forward. As I say this I look over at my eucalyptus heart wreath that I have had for over 10 years and finally got around to adding pink rosebuds to! Better late then never, right? Dan and I are both trying to shed some additional weight brought on by our lack of being able to move around alot. It's hard when it's even a burden to walk. But hopefully the tease of sunshine and warm days will get us outdoors. I know I'm ready! Even the dogs show some extra plumpness and lethargy. This being said, I look out through the sunroom and see the sun has finally burned off the fog. It is time to go outside and do something. There are trees that need pruned. Pots and flats to collect for the greenhouse. Terrariums, fairy gardens and planters to be planted up for upcoming shows. Just get up and keep moving!


  1. What a lovely blog! I'm so happy I came across it recently! I enjoyed reading about your early spring preparations, and the flock of robins intrigues me! Robins stay here in western Oregon all year long. What a sight it must be to see so many all at once! Happy March!

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  3. April 11, 2015

    Hi, and thank you for leaving a comment in my blog... Explaining why you do not usually leave comments. :-)

    Right now, you have an awful lot on your plate. Of course you don't have the time to blog or to spend on lots of comments. I'd say your kind of blog reading, is more a quiet-time-enjoyment. A respite from your busy life. And I can understand that.

    Believe me, it is lovely, that you did leave a comment, and tell me about your life, and etc. It is really wonderful, to put a "face" on one of the many people, who only Read/Visit my blog.

    Yes, my StatCounter shows that many read me daily, and are many more, than my daily comments. Which is sort of a help, when I get this silly pouty feeling, about lack of comments!!!!! -grin-

    If only each of those just-visitors, would say something, now and then. Like you did. It would be super-sweet.

    Best wishes with your busy season, and with your family health issues. You have your hands full.