Sunday, February 28, 2016

On a Sunday












There was a lot of work to do in the front yard today. Well, the front yard and the shop. The Bear replaced the wood reinforcement strips in the concrete walkway leading up to the house from the street. The old ones were rotted away, becoming a hazard because they tipped up from the walkway if you stepped on them just so; you could trip and fall over them. It was a big job, because the old wood strips had been placed right into the wet concrete, so chunks of concrete remained when the old wood was ripped out. We didn't know this would be the case, and it was disappointing. Much chisel-work ensued, followed by hand-planing of the new wood to fit snugly into the crevices. It was an all-day job. Not that I did very much of it; I was mostly on sweeping duty.

Meanwhile, the small Bears helped some, played some, rode their bikes up and down the street like speed demons some. It was a beautiful day, with alternating sun and clouds and a light breeze. This has been the nicest February I can remember. Aside from on-and-off snow showers one day this past week, every single day has been warm, sunny and pleasant. I really hope March does not come in like a lion to spoil everything.

In between working like a dog on the walkway, the Bear also smoked salmon for dinner. It was delicious. He really has his technique down pat: brine the salmon from about lunchtime, get the wood chips (apple this time) smoking by mid-afternoon, get the fish in by four o'clock. I baked potatoes and steamed asparagus, and we sat down right at six. The work clothes were in the washer by then, the backyard was cleared of toys and bikes, the front yard was finished and the walkway looked like a million bucks. A good day all around.

The plum trees had their first blossoms of the season today. I actually think I photographed the very first open flower. I was waiting for this day. I watched carefully. I said last Tuesday that we'd have blossoms within the week and I was right. I know these trees. There were more blossoms as the day went on; I checked every couple of hours. By dinner time, I counted fourteen, all on the south side of the easternmost tree, the one that gets the most sun and the least wind, precocious and lightly frothing as of this afternoon.

29 comments:

  1. Jennifer - that first picture just makes me happy! I think Spring and first blooms are joyful. The walkway looks really nice, but I can see it was a lot of tedious work.

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  2. I agree; that first photo is just gorgeous - that blossom/blue sky combination will do it for me every time. Sounds like a job well done in your yard and a well deserved dinner afterwards. Have a great week, Jennifer. xx

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  3. Such beautiful beautiful photos . . . I will be welcoming the first signs of Autumn as our humidity has been crazy stupid

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  4. Beautiful, Spring is definitely in the air...sounds like an idyllic day. Supper certainly looked good.

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  5. A great Sunday, we have had good weather here too. I was sick yesterday and the girls walked out to the river with their dad and left me here to sweat and feel awful with my accompanying bucket, I was so cross to be ill on such a lovey day. Washing today so I can get outside hopefully. Your gir looks just like you Jennifer, so beautiful. Jo x

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  6. That looks like a job well done, it's great when these nagging jobs get crossed off the list. It was a lovely day here too yesterday, the grass had its first cut of the year and a bit of weeding got done.

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  7. That sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday. Those jobs that take forever and not in the least bit glamorous are usually the ones that give us the most pleasure. Have a lovely week!

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  8. I love how you all work and play together so beautifully. You have a gorgeous family my friend.
    Meredith

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  9. I love days like this, when you finish a satisfying job or two, tidy up and sit down to eat at a sensible time. It rarely happens in our house! It'd be dinner at 8, or tools still everywhere. Beautiful blossom pics (and of your lovely children). Sam x

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  10. I love this post about your family Jennifer. The look on the Boy Bears face as he helps his Dad. The snaps of your happy life. Love the blossoms and the salmon dinner too. What a great guy you have! Handy and a cook too! I hope your Momday is wonderful Jennifer.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  11. An excellent passtime I think! Good for the soul, the mind, the creativity, the energy we hide inside us.Love your bright pics Jennifer! So glad everything goes fine!
    Happy new month!
    Olympia

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  12. Thanks for sharing some of your beautiful Sunday with us, Jennifer. I enjoyed your sunny industry while we had a mostly indoor day between rain showers, but there is that wonderful sense that the earth is reawakening, throwing back the covers from its winter's hibernation, and flowers are beginning to bloom here, too! Hope your week ahead is happy :) xx

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  13. Beautiful photos! And such a lovely post. I love days like that, when it's us working outside and the kids pottering around on their bikes then we all eat something nice together. It's too cold for those days yet, but soon... Xx

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  14. It sounds like a perfect day Jennifer. I like the mix of business, play and helping each other. Your photos are beautiful. x

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  15. Hey Jennifer,
    We had a similar day yesterday. Industry in and out of the house. Walking the dog and tea on the table for 5.30.
    I love the thought of you checking the plum blossom every hour or so. It's stuff like that that makes me so happy.
    Leanne xx

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  16. Sounds like a perfect day. Your repaired walkway turned out great! We need to smoke some of the salmon my son caught. LoVe the blossoms! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  17. I had to smile at the photo of boy bear watching his dad. He so wants to have a go himself! :o)

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  18. Nice job on the walkway, it's so satisfying to get a job like that crossed off the list isn't it. Gorgeous plum blossom. I'm checking my peach tree every day. I can actually see a few pink petals bursting out of the end of the buds. CJ xx

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  19. yay for blossoms.. spring his here!!

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  20. I loved the pictures of the trees ♥ here it is still HOT summer ending thank goodness....Yum, love salmon and looks like he does a good job of smoking it there...the walkway if great too xo

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  21. Pink plum blossom against a blue sky - perfect. Here in the UK the white plum blossom should be out at the end of March. It's always a nerve-wracking time as a sharp frost can put paid to any plums. Great to see you enjoying such lovely spring weather.

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  22. What beautiful photo's you've shared, especially that first one it is stunning.
    Nice to see you all enjoying yourselves ...

    All the best Jan

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  23. Oh, you are definitely having change of season, and what pretty blossoms to herald the Spring. I love salmon, but have never had it smoked like that. How delicious! The little bears are looking good too :)

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  24. Sounds like an absolutely perfect day! Here in the Midwest (northern IL), we are still experiencing winter. We got 4" of wind-driven, icy snow today. And more snow coming Wednesday. Major yuckiness. March is a very fickle month here.

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  25. What a wonderful sounding day & plum blossom too. I think there are buds on my trees xx

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  26. oh my, home smoked salmon, how delicious x

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  27. What an enjoyably productive day all round. The Bear has made a beautiful job of that walkway.

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  28. what a beautiful (and productive!!!!) start to spring!!!

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  29. Oh! that was a cool post.I like it.
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    Fashions

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