Monday, March 9, 2015

March days


I don't care what the calendar says. When the plum trees flower, it's officially springtime.


There are two more weeks until spring break. I'm so ready. Life has felt too much like a treadmill lately.


I've been trying to take photos of the plum trees as they bloom, since this time of year can be so windy. I'm always afraid of missing the brief period when they burst into flower. Yesterday, they were full of bees. You could hear the buzzing from the top of the yard and I had to go down to stand among the sound and the scent. I think we won't have very many plums this year, though; the blossoms seem sparser to me.


I'm almost done with the Midsummer Sprigs sampler. I tried so hard to stitch it slowly! I just couldn't keep myself away from it. I could be finished this week. I'm going to have it framed professionally. I'm torn between a plain black frame and a slightly ornate gold or bronze one. I'm leaning toward a little glitz, to tell the truth.


I have a love-hate relationship with Cadbury's Mini Eggs. Seriously, it's a bad romance.


I treated myself to some needlepoint wool during Purl Soho's recent sale. I have a project in mind for two or three of the skeins but the others I just wanted to have. I wish you could feel this yarn; it's a blend of silk and merino wool. It feels like my little girl's hair.


We moved the clocks ahead this weekend. I really dislike changing the clocks. Nothing seems right for a good week afterward. I do like lighter evenings, though. It's easier to catch the sunset when I'm not in the middle of cooking dinner, and I like to roam around the yard after the small Bears are in bed. Soon.


I'm so glad I planted grape hyacinths a couple of years ago. This year's crop just started blooming. I meant to plant more this past fall but I left it too late and there weren't any left in the stores. I think I want to try ordering bulbs (all kinds) online this year; do you have a preferred source for them? Please share.


We're spending lots of time outside now, the bikes and scooters and digging toys taken out every day and gathered before dinner. They ride up and down the sidewalk, zooming past me, shouting "Hiiiiiiiiii!" as they go by, two springtime daredevil Bears.

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Thank you for your kind comments, especially the ones about my little family and the things we do. Every day, your comments warm my heart and make me proud of the life we're living.

42 comments:

  1. Looking at your photos, it seems like you are way ahead of us here in western europe, when it comes to spring... We had one sunny sunday yesterday, the first in a long time, and that was such a big issue it was on the news on every channel on TV. Go figure...
    I absolutely LOVE your plum tree blossoms... Sooo pretty ! And that sunset...

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  2. blossom. oh my. I am hugely envious. it is wild, grey cold and windy here. I long for blue skies and blossom, and scooting in tshirts........ happy spring time to you xxx

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  3. Pink blossom, blue sky and fluffy white clouds - be still my beating heart! We had something similar on Saturday but are now back to drizzle and grey skies. Love the look of your embroidery threads. Enjoy the sun. x

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  4. Gorgeous blossoms, beautiful blue skies... We'll have magnolia here before fruit blossoms. So much prettiness to look forward to :)

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  5. Such a lovely post and photos. Your blog is wonderful, you deserve the love. It's starting to look very springish where you are. X

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  6. Awesome pictures, very colorful. Thanks for sharing...

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  7. Such beautiful blossom photo's Jennifer - we're not quite there yet, a think another couple of weeks to go before the blossom bursts here. Your embroidery looks so lovely too,
    Kate xx

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  8. Beautiful blossom pics with that lovely blue sky above. I'm afraid I'm seriously addicted to Cadbury's Mini Eggs. Have a lovely week, hope the fine weather continues. Jane xx

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  9. Beautiful photo's Jennifer, no sign of Spring here yet just gales, rain and freezing weather. :) xx

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  10. Oh that blossom thank you, it will be weeks before we get any here. I hope it doesn't blow away too quickly it's lovely. How wonderful to be outside on bikes too, such fun after a winter inside. :)

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  11. Hey Jennifer,
    The colours of the blossom and your mountain are incredible! Spring is still a very hit and miss affair here. The garden is getting busy, but I'm still in my waterproof when I pick up Olly from school. I would imagine that your blog is an inspiration for many Jennifer. You are clearly a genuine soul, with a deep love for family and home. I love visiting here.
    Leanne xx

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  12. If you have many bees you should have plums. Another mini egg fanatic here. I daren't buy a packet, I know what will happen..

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  13. Spring is certainly in the air where you are, the blossom is looking a real delight. It must feel so good that the children are out and about again.

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  14. i just squealed with excitement.. not out loud.. the baby is sleeping.. in was more of an internal squeal.. oh the cherry blossoms..
    our everything is still buried under the snow but today was 50 something degrees and everything is melting.. and it's coming.. spring is coming.. :)

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  15. I love the photo of your daffodils, sampler, and coffee... the colors are amazing in this photo! The plum tree blossoms are amazing, too! And I have the same relationship with Cadbury Mini Eggs. I once ate an entire bag at one time... so bad!

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  16. Lovely photos of your plum trees, Jennifer. They're beautiful! :o)

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  17. Beautiful blossom Jennifer. You must be a bit warmer than us in southern UK. Such a beautiful sunset. It is so nice when the children can get back outside a bit more. I'm looking forward to the longer days here but we have to wait until the end of the month to switch to summer time! Enjoy your precious family. Sharon x

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  18. Beautiful blossom Jennifer. You must be a bit warmer than us in southern UK. Such a beautiful sunset. It is so nice when the children can get back outside a bit more. I'm looking forward to the longer days here but we have to wait until the end of the month to switch to summer time! Enjoy your precious family. Sharon x

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  19. No blossoms here yet. There was a frost this morning and it's been chilly/cold today. Seeing your photos makes me look forward to Spring arriving xx

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  20. We're spending more and more time outside as well, the boys playing and me doing odd gardening tasks. I noticed on my American calendar that your clocks would be going forward. We have another couple of weeks I think. A gold frame will look lovely with that black fabric, a really nice contrast. I shall look forward to seeing it. I love that you tried to stitch slowly and savour it. Have a good week Jennifer. CJ xx

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  21. Thank you for your cheery uplifting post, Jennifer. The plum trees are gorgeous, and I always love your golden mountains. I'd go for the ornate frame for your sampler, to match its dramatic colours. It will look great! You have chosen a beautiful blend of colours for your skeins of wool - I will look forward to seeing what you do with those.

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  22. Definitely looking like spring there x

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  23. I love your blossom photos Jennifer, so beautiful. I love it when the clocks change and the evenings get longer, we have three weeks here before ours change.
    V x

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  24. You know what, Jennifer. I consider it a privilege to visit you and your family through your blog. Thanks for taking the time to share some moments from your March days with us. I'm glad you enjoyed stitching your A.P. pattern and I look forward to seeing it and how you decided to frame it. I am working on knitting a baby hat and finished crocheting one using Teresa's pattern this past weekend. Hoping you and yours have a happy week! xx

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  25. Oh, those plum trees are beautiful! It will be quite awhile before they're blooming here. I love the spring time change only because it means it stays light until 7 PM now, but on the downside, it doesn't get light until after 7 AM so I'm sleeping in later. And then my body just feels "off" for about a week. I think your sampler would look really pretty with a gold frame.

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  26. Oh my goodness.. *LOVE* the plum images and the amazing orange mountains! I'm so glad we found each other and are blog pals. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  27. PS - Did you ever receive my Valentine card and crocheted heart? Just curious!

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  28. Pretty blossoms Jennifer. Spring does seem to have arrived early here on the west side. Not so much the east coast! :-). I am looking forward to seeing your sampler all done. Some projects are like that aren't they? So much fun to work on you just can't leave them alone, I don't like changing the clocks either. Add to that a 3 hour time difference for me today and my body is a bit messed up. I prefer the extra hour of light at night too. I wish it could just stay this way year round.
    Loved seeing the small bears outside playing. It's a great time of year to be a child.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  29. It's looking so pretty there - Spring for sure! I hate to change clocks too. I wish they would just leave it be. :)

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  30. Spring is coming .... very nice pics of it !!!! Glad you're having such loely moments there ... Have a nice day !

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  31. How beautiful the plum blossom is! I haven't even got buds on my plum tree. Visiting here is a bit like coming home Jennifer. Have a lovely week. Cx

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  32. Gorgeous photos, especially the blossom. It's definitely not spring here! But hopefully it isn't too far away. Cadbury mini eggs are just too good aren't they?!
    Marianne x

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  33. It's looking very springlike there, and here today too, we've got blue skies for a change. I'm really looking forward to the clocks going forward at the end of the month, it's moving them back that I don't like. Your cross stitch is coming on a treat, it's going to be beautiful when it's finished and framed.

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  34. March sure looks lovely where you live my friend. Love the new needle point wool.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  35. I feel the same way. The minute blossoms start appearing on the trees I feel like it's spring! Sadly down here in Melbourne Australia autumn is just starting and soon we'll turn our clocks back an hour.
    Xox

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  36. Jennifer, I love it! - Looks like you all are enjoying this beautiful weather. It feels good being back and reading your blog posts again. :)

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  37. We have seen some bright days here too. My kids are gunning to be outside. Jo x

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  38. It's all looking lovely over in your part of the world. The colours on your mountains look so much like central Australia, just lovely. Enjoy your Spring, and the Cadbury's mini eggs too!!! x

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  39. Wow, the view from your yard is exquisite! And so are your photos of the plum trees. x

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  40. I am always smitten with photos of your plum tree! It is the most glorious sight!!! And how lovely that your kids are enjoying being outside in the fresh air!!! All of your colors here are stunning! But I am with you on the clock thing...it has completely thrown me off! Now as for bulbs I get mine from Eden Brothers and they have always been fantastic! Happy spring you!! Nicole xoxo

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  41. Spring has certainly sprung in new Mexico, Jennifer. Ours is so far behind this year. Perhaps when our clocks go forward at the end of the month spring will finally decide to stay with us.

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  42. The blossom on those trees is just glorious, I'm not surprised you're keen to capture it with your camera.

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