Thursday, April 28, 2016

In The Pink

Even though today would best be described as "gloomy", the colors around here are more "in the pink".
The crabapple tree survived the snow..
The blossoms are not only pretty, they smell divine! (I wish I had "smell-a-blog).
This is our other crabapple and it too looks really lovely...even with gray skies.  The rest of the foliage is greening up.  Our temps this week have been cool, 40's and 50's, but that's OK...we're tough up North!  This month has flown by and I haven't posted very often.  Not too much happening around here except:
We have a bit of a water problem near the driveway entrance and some new tiles were put in with the hope that rain water will flow into the big drain near the road.  The jury is still out on that one.  We're not planting new grass until we're sure no more digging will be necessary. 
Our next door neighbor put her home and land on sale a few weeks ago and it sold pretty quickly. I suppose it wasn't any of my blog buddies that bought it, was it?  It's a pretty place with 5 acres, inground pool, sweet barn and fenced pasture and the nicest neighbors who will stop over with a plate of homemade cookies...just sayin!
Red winged black birds are back..I wonder if this is our old friend Sam who visited us regularly last Spring?
Last, but not least, I'll end with some more pink...or lilac color.  The lilacs didn't do very good this year but I managed to cut a bouquet last night. Again, some smell-a-blog would be nice...they are some of my favorite flowers and I hope to snag a few more bouquets before they are all gone.  May is here this weekend and I might get brave and plant some flowers....I need to see more than pink! 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Complete Turnaround!

I couldn't stand looking at the previous post and all that snow one minute more.  This past week brought warmer temps, a lot of rain, and melted snow...hopefully melted for the rest of the year!  It's been a complete weather turnaround.  My yard is very soggy and we're expecting a crew coming to put some new drain tiles in to divert the water to a culvert. We hit the 70's in the temperature department and worked outside all day on Saturday.  Windows and screens were washed, the lawn mowed and trimmed and deck furniture and the deck it's self cleaned.  Jack took some junk into town for Spring cleanup week.  At Church today we had Sunday School classes being held on the lawn and at the end, tons of little ones picking dandelions and making lovely bouquets to give their Moms. Everyone was mowing grass this weekend or working outdoors. It was hard to stay inside!   Since Tuesday we have had sunshine.  The weather folks say it's the longest period of dry weather since December...and I believe it!  Perfect pretty much describes this weekend.  As I was walking into Walmart on Saturday morning I noticed the garden section open and could smell the flowers and dirt...I just had to stop in.  I found some pansies on clearance and bought a few.  It's still way too early to plant anything here but I couldn't resist and pansies usually don't mind chilly weather.
The yard is snow free!
The deck was a good place for dinner tonight when the kiddos dropped by.
The path up to the Creepy Woods is greening up.
May Apples are blooming everywhere.
A tiny bit of green is starting to appear.
Chubbs is loving all walks in the woods.  He's feeling at home here and is eager to bark and defend his new digs.  With the warm temps it was a good time to give him a bath after all the wet and mud we had earlier this week.  Not his favorite part of the weekend!  So the flip flops are out and shorts and no jackets are the fashion once again.  Spring has finally sprung!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Speechless...Sort Of

SATURDAY, APRIL 9th...SPRING..I THINK.
Sunrise
8in. of snow...about an inch an hour overnight.
Deck furniture still safe.
Chubbs finding a spot.


No Chubbs, not there.
Do I need to shovel the whole 6 acres?
Crabapple tree..look at my header to see what won't happen this year.
Lilacs...goodbye.
Magnolia tree...so long.
Feeder is closed for today.
Country road take me home.
To a place I belong.
Breakfast with a magazine...yep, I'm speechless.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Everyone's Talking

If you lived in Ashland, the talk around the water cooler or the operating room today was the crazy weather we had this weekend.  I found out I wasn't the only one who mowed grass while the snow flakes flew...makes me feel a bit less crazy!  Sad faces and angry curses were talked about as it snowed outside today too.  However, it didn't stick on the ground.   Unlike yesterday.  We woke up to this view:
We were having the kids and grandkiddos over to celebrate a late Easter since we couldn't have them last weekend due to Spring break vacations and such.  I asked Jack if we should put up the Christmas tree instead!  I had him put a fire in the kitchen fireplace...first one all year!
The gang arrived around 2pm for dinner and also to celebrate Jordan's birthday.  He turned 32 on Saturday.  We had an Easter egg hunt all ready for the kids and after dinner the weather had improved considerably...all the snow was gone and temps were around 50de.  Heat wave!
See the difference? Lexi is hunting eggs without a coat on.  Her sister made me shiver however when she was egg hunting without a coat or sweater in a sleeveless number.
We grow them tough up North! Glad she had on her rain boots as the yard was still pretty wet.
Since we put money in the eggs it wasn't hard to convince the older Grands to hunt for eggs.  We had to tease them though because the youngest kids had found all their eggs first!  We had to help the older ones out! 
Jack and Jordan (with Evelyn on the side) are laughing at something....
They were chuckling at these two new besties....Happy, my Granddaughter Summer's dog, and Chubbs.  Happy was happy to follow him around all day!  Both are sweet, good natured dogs.
Cameron is pretty fond of Happy too!
After the hunt everyone came back inside to sing  "Happy Birthday" to Jordan and eat some cake and ice cream.  Not sure what deep conversation these brothers were having.  I felt bad that I didn't get a pic of Jordan blowing out all 32 candles in one breath!  I was too busy singing I guess!  All in all, even with the weird weather pattern we had, the day was great.  The sun shone and the snow melted and no eggs were lost!   Hopefully today family is talking about what fun we had instead of the crazy weather!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

April Fool's...A Day Late

In early December I said I did something I had never done before.  I even blogged about it.  Well, today I did something similar that I had never done before.  It all had to do with the lawn.  I actually mowed our grass in December.  We had a very mild Fall and it needed one last trim.  Today I mowed for the first time this season.  We've had a very mild end of Winter and early Spring.  The grass needed a trim.  What's so weird about that?  Well, as soon as I hopped on the mower, the first snow flakes began to smack me in the head!  It was a lovely sunny morning...just a bit chilly.  It got cloudier as the afternoon came on and because we're having the kiddos over tomorrow for a late Easter gathering, I wanted to make sure they would be able to see the eggs we hide without tall grass everywhere.  So, despite the snow flakes I mowed.
I took this shot as the weather was changing.  After a bit the sun did come back out.  Then it got cloudy again and snow came on harder.
And a bit more windy.
See the flakes?  It was the first time I watched snow fall and smelled freshly mowed grass at the same time.  The weather got weirder all day long..sun, clouds, rain, snow, and even thunder.  Jack had a Church meeting tonight and when he came home he asked if I had looked outside at all. 
That's not a new carpet on the deck...snow.
No grilling tonight!  It's like a mini blizzard with high winds and snow blowing all around.  The temps are in the 20's.  I would say Mother Nature gave us an April Fool's Day joke a day late.  I'm not laughing...

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Perfection

Today would have to be put in the books as a perfect Easter day.   We had lovely blue skies and temps in the 70's.  Although we're going to celebrate next Sunday with the kids, we did have a lovely dinner with Phil and Jordan (with Eddy) joining us.  Phil  picked up his girls at their Mom's later on and we had a fun afternoon with them.
Our son Jack is headed home from his vacation in Alabama and we talked with Craig in Portland...all bases covered!  I talked with my Mom and my sister in Chicago. Unfortunately, Midge has been super sick all week. A rarity for her.  It throws you for a loop when you're not used to being ill.  She sounded better today and hopefully will be on her way to 100% this week.   I forgot to take any pics of our quiet gathering for dinner but the steaks Jack grilled were fabulous and the rest of the meal turned out pretty good if I do say so myself!  Here are just a few of the photos I did take:
Addy loves this little toy.  It makes sounds and moves like a live dog.
Chubbs was a little confused!
We took a walk in the Creepy woods and the girls decided they could knock over this burned tree trunk.  A few kicks and it was down. 
We were really looking at all the trees and how some were dead and others were scary looking, like this one!
You can see that even though we've had pretty nice weather lately, the trees are still bare and the woods is still pretty see through.  In a few months that will all be changed.
It always makes me smile when I see flowers that appear out of nowhere and bloom without any help from us in the middle of the woods.  Hope your day was as lovely as ours.  Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Just Some Thoughts

      I feel very far behind in posting and reading blogs. I'm trying to catch up and see what all my blog buddies are up too.  This week has been busy with the every day business of life.  I'm on call 2 days this week...Monday and today.  I worked a lot on Monday...logged almost 16,000 steps on Mr. Fitbit!  He called me a stepgeek. Remember, my Fitbit talks to me.  The weather is weird...warm, cold, wet, dry. As I type, the wind is howling and shaking the windows and rain is again on it's way.  Cold air will replace a 70de day for a chilly Good Friday.  Easter is a favorite holiday of mine.  As a kiddo it was celebrated with lots of church and lots of family and lots of special foods.  With a Greek heritage we would also celebrate Greek Easter with some of my Mom's family.  A lamb on a spit in the back yard in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" fashion.  Baklava and Spanikopita and many other favorites.  These days, in my own family,  we gather and celebrate with good food and fun activities.  The little ones love the annual egg hunt.  We'll be doing all of that a week later though as some of the kids are away on Spring break.  Jack and I will still celebrate on Sunday with Church and some good food though.   Greek Easter is May 1st this year so I'm not ruling out another celebration!  My Mom and sister in Chicago will celebrate with some of my sister's children in a similar fashion.  We take on the traditions of our youth and remake them into the traditions of adulthood.  I know my own kids have their own way of celebrating...keeping a few old and adding new.  It's a good thing.
       I don't write a lot about my religion on my blog.  My kids and friends and Church members know how I feel, what callings I hold in the Church,  how I worship on a weekly, daily basis.  As a Mormon it's not just a religious belief, it's a way of life.  I'm mentioning it today as my heart goes out for the families of the 4 Missionaries hurt in the Brussels bombings.  I remember when our son Craig was in Taiwan on his mission and how we worried and prayed for him and for his safety.  Every time an earthquake or typhoon hit, we waited patiently to hear about him.  Thankfully for those hurt this week they will recover but it won't be quick or easy.  These young kids and the older Missionaries put their lives on hold to give service and teach about the Gospel. Many don't want to hear their message, and many people can be mean and hurtful to them.  I hope the one Sister Missionary from France can get to her destination to start her mission...that would be right here in the Cleveland, Ohio mission.  I would love to meet her.  I hope this Easter season can bring some peace in this crazy world.  I hope we all can be kinder, more understanding.  I'm grateful to my Savior, Jesus Christ, for his gift...his sacrifice for me.  His sacrifice for all mankind.  Happy Easter.