Signs of spring

Today we finally had a warm, sunny day.  After the kids came home from school we decided to enjoy some of the warmer weather and sunshine.  I cleaned up a bit of one of the flower beds that had thawed, I hadn’t gotten to taking care of it last fall.  I was so surprised to find these!  (I only had my phone camera out today, not the Nikon, so the quality of these photos is not the best!)  They are going to be early blooming tulips.

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The kids found some water shooters from the summer and were very good at not shooting one another when I asked.  Although there could have been a little fallout…

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I shoveled the last bit of snow off the deck, then got out one of the patio chairs so I could sit in the sun for a few minutes.  It’s so good to have these days in the late winter!   I brought out the knitting because I thought I might get a chance to sit, but my daughter got me doing other things.  I hope there are signs of spring where you live!

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Butterflies in Bloom 2013

Yesterday I started a new volunteer job – at Dow Gardens in Midland, Michigan.  This is a wonderful place to visit if you live in Midland or are there for a visit.  From now until April 21, they are hatching butterflies in their conservatory and I am one of the people who is working the exhibit!  A friend of mine has worked there for the past four years and I am working there with her.

I got some lovely photographs yesterday, once my camera lens recovered from the 27 degrees F (-3 degrees C) outside to 90 degrees F (32 degrees C) with nearly 100% humidity inside!  They are tropical butterflies so the conservatory is kept very warm and humid for them.  It feels good when it’s so cold out but it takes a while for the camera to warm up.

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Zebra Longwing

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Orchard Swallowtail

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Yellow Mormon

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Blue Morpho

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Grecian Shoemaker – male

Frosty morning

Spring is just a few weeks away and I am getting very tired of winter.  We have had a dark winter with a lot of rain, and a lot of snow that turned to ice too quickly to enjoy for long.  The snow all came late and while I might have wanted it a couple of months ago, I certainly do not want it anymore!  I’m done!

That said, there is something very lovely about thick frost in the morning.  I caught these just before the sun started to melt them.  

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All photos taken with a Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm lens, most using macro setting.

 

A sigh of relief

Finally I have a full quiet day.  For longer than a week, I’ve been taking care of sick people.  Everyone in my house was sick!  And yesterday was a snow day.  Finally today I can breathe!  I have a lot of housework to catch up on, but I decided that would wait.  I have been feeling so exhausted and run down for the past few weeks that I decided I needed a day to rest. 

So what better way to get rest than to knit some Estonian lace!  Yes, I am sure that was your first thought too.  I’m so tired, why don’t I knit lace.  Sounds like a good plan!Image

I have been wanting to knit this little scarf for a long time and I finally decided I had a large enough block of time, plus a quiet house.  So I pulled out some lightweight white wool and cast on.  Lily of the valley is not only the flower for the month of May (my birthday month) but it is a flower I love not just for the looks but for the wonderful scent!  Plus I found I was able to conquer very easily a stitch that had struck fear into my heart – the nupp for any of you who have tried to knit lace or who have contemplated it.  I will be expanding on this at Finngarian Knits.  

What are you doing to nourish your soul today?

 

It’s the little things, right?

Everyone in my house has been sick, with the exception of me.  Which is a good thing, because someone has to take care of everyone!  I am very thankful that I’m healthy, although I am feeling a little bit run down from so many nights with poor sleep.  I had a rough night with my son the other night due to an earache, so we went to the weekend clinic yesterday.  Then today my daughter came home from school with an earache!  We will see the doctor tomorrow for her.  This equals one stressed out mama!

Today I felt an overwhelming urge to open all the windows, even though it was only about 37 degrees F (about 3 degrees C) outside.  I can hear my mother telling me to stop heating the outside!  I did turn the furnace off and because of the afternoon sun, the house didn’t cool too much.  The other thing I did was hang all the blankets from the beds outside to be in the sunshine and get aired out.  All of the beds got clean sheets.  I still have quite a bit to do inside the house but today it was sunny and warm for this time of year.  I wanted to take advantage of that because we are supposed to have snow again tomorrow.  

When my daughter came off the bus she thought I was crazy for using the clothesline in the winter.  But it felt good to look outside and see this, knowing that the bedding will all smell fresh too.

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SURPRISE!

This morning when I got up at 7 I could still see the road outside.  We got a surprise of 3-4 inches of snow in the past 3 hours!  I know what my cardio will be today – cleaning the driveway since the snow blower is still broken!

In the meantime, the birds are hungry, and so is the big fat squirrel.

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