Sunday, April 9, 2017

Springtime, more or less













Every time I think spring is really here - finally - to stay for good, the weather gods laugh. They must be rolling in aisles up there. Oh, so you put away the winter pajamas? Tee-hee! You wore flip-flops to the grocery store? You're so cute. You want to use the screen in that new door? Here's some wind and snow! 

That's early spring around here, though. It can be eighty degrees without a cloud in the sky one day and then you wake up the next morning to slushy rain. The furnace doesn't run for an entire week and next thing you know, it's on all day long. We've had another round of colds over the past week and I blame the weather. Nobody can figure out how to dress. And people do crazy things, assuming that one warm day is all it takes and now it's just spring forever. I saw some kids using a Slip 'N Slide a couple of weeks ago! It really wasn't warm enough that day and I'm not just being a curmudgeon. My own two watched longingly and made noises about wanting to join them or get their own, but I shut it down fast: we don't know those kids, and we don't have a slope in our yard. I didn't say Only dummies use a Slip 'N Slide in this kind of weather. But I was thinking it.

In spite of the meteorological roller-coaster, all the plants are blooming nicely. We have a few iris buds here and there; I think there will be flowers sometime next week. The apple tree bloomed rather pitifully this year. We won't have many apples but the flowers looked nice while they lasted. The birdbath and hummingbird feeders are out again. After severely pruning the vines over the courtyard last fall, we've had a lot more wisteria in bloom this spring than I can ever remember before. Maybe it was being choked by the trumpet vine it's intertwined with up there. There's nothing like blooming wisteria directly outside your front door. I want to walk out the door a hundred times a day just to have it hit me as I step onto the mat. As it is, I find a lot of unnecessary excuses to go out that way. I could get the mail and the UPS packages in one trip, but I treat myself to two - wisteria is worth it. I will never stop feeling grateful to the couple who owned this house before we did. They were very talented gardeners and we're still reaping the rewards eight years on.

Our evening garage-biking program continues. We did this all winter and now we're getting close to the time of year when we can open the garage door while we ride. We're going to look ridiculous, but we're exercising and that's a good thing. I do feel healthier. I'm less tired during the day, for one thing. I've never been an enthusiastic exerciser but I've always loved that feeling when you're finished. If I could make myself feel that way before I started, that would be awesome. Then I'd never want to stop. Instead, I try to relish the great feeling after I've taken a shower and am sitting down with a book or watching TV. That's a great feeling. It sounds really lazy, and to be fair, I am pretty lazy. You know what I mean, though. I love that "being done" feeling.

We're getting ready for Easter. I wish we had a bit more time off for the holiday but we're in full-steam mode now, finishing up the school year. I think we have about six weeks left. I've got the Easter menu planned and will finish shopping this week. It will be weird holiday weekend because the Bear is having his knee surgery, finally, on Friday morning. There's no school, and I don't have childcare help, so the small Bears will be at the hospital with me. I plan to pack a lot of activities and snacks. We'll take a walk around the building. It's outpatient surgery and isn't supposed to take all that long, so we'll make the best of it. The LB had his surgery in the same hospital two years ago and he knows all about the Subway in the lobby, so maybe I'll spring for lunch. You can keep kids quiet for a while with a Footlong. Everything is ready for the surgery; we borrowed a set of crutches, we bought a new ice pack and we added a lot of new things to our Netflix streaming queue. Wish us luck.

I'll be back soon to tell you all about the latest incarnation of my Never-Ending Blanket Project. I know I've waxed poetic about approximately 15 different ideas over the last year, but hear me out. I've cried wolf an awful lot, but I finally feel like I'm doing the right thing.

27 comments:

  1. will pray about Friday for you all! Hope you have a nice weekend and that the recovery goes well!!! God bless you all!!! so nice to hear from you :) and those flowers and the wisteria sound so nice! and great about the exercise!!!

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  2. Your spring sounds a lot like ours. We've had some nice days and since it's almost the middle of April we thought it was safe to go out this weekend and open up our trailer. Well that was silly! I watched the news tonight and they're supposed to have snow out at the lake tomorrow. I hope the water lines don't freeze since we blew the antifreeze out and ran some water. This is been the strangest winter I've seen in a long time. It seems to never end. I will be keeping your husband in my prayers this Friday. I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend celebrating Resurrection Sunday!
    Blessings, Betsy

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  3. It's been like summer here for a few days, which makes me nervous - it surely won't last. Fruit trees like to take the occasional year off I think, I know my pears only do well every other year. Your wisteria is absolutely gorgeous, and amazing for me to see in the high desert, I think of it as an English country garden plant. I have a tiny one in a pot and it looks as if it may flower for the first time this year. I hope everything goes well for the Bear on Friday and that he has a swift recovery. And I hope you all have a lovely Easter. CJ xx

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  4. It sure looks like spring time in the high desert! We've had a few really good days but there are always surprises in Scotland. Snow, wind, rain, blasting sun, we have it all in a day, sometimes in an hour. Wishing the Bear all the best for his surgery! Easter is a non event with us, apart from the chocolate eggs that the children would not go without. Reading your post, I wish now that we make a bit more of a celebration of it. I am looking forward to your next blanket post, I like the way your mind works with blankets and always file your ideas in my own idea box. C xx

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  5. Oh Wow, that wisteria bloom against the blue sky - goooorgeousss!! And a happy bird bath sighting too: wish I could find one like that! Somebody is painting a la Georgia O'Keeffe, and I like it!

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  6. Oh your photos...just beautiful and so spring like. We are just on the cusp of spring, in that inbetween place, but it won't be long now. All the best of Friday, I hope the surgery goes well, and that you and the kiddos keep yourselves busy.

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  7. So many lovely images. I sure do love a blue, blue sky. I've been lazy the last couple of days. Gray weather does that to me. I should get out and do so many things but just can't motivate myself to do so. I saw on the news that wintery weather would be visiting Albuquerque again and then a friend in Santa Fe NM posted snowy pictures outside her window. My boy in CO had snow last week. But the NY boy is mostly getting rain, rain, rain. He finally saw the sun yesterday after weeks of dreariness. Have a good week.

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  8. Hi Jennifer, I love your pictures. They make you 'feel' like you're there too. I especially love the crochet - as I've only just found you, do you have a previous post I should look at to read more. All the best with the surgery for your husband, will be thinking of you. Cathy x

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  9. A lovely cheerful collection of photographs J. We've had similar hot and cold variations of weather in the U.K. The flip flops were most certainly out and it was back to warm felt clogs today! Hope all goes well with the knee op, it sounds like you'll be well prepared for the waiting around. Maybe even with a spot of crochet? J x

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  10. So much lovely colour in your pictures, I love the bird bath. Our weathers a bit up and down too, after a lovely sunny weekend, it's back to wearing jumpers today xx

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  11. Such pretty pictures! We have little glimpses of spring here now, so surely yours is about to be here to stay. The lilacs are getting buds, the fruit trees have leaves about to pop...everything is just on the verge. We tilled the veggie garden and planted three rows of potatoes. Another week or two and we'll get the rest in. Your chicks are growing so quickly! Hope LB recovers soon and y'all have an easy time with it.

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  12. Hey Jennifer,
    April beguiles us all with her promise of flip flop clad feet from now until October! On Saturday I was on the beach and Olly was in the sea. Today I've pulled out my Uggs again, it's that nippy.
    I'm sending your husband the best of British for his op. Can I recommend A Series Of Unfortunate Events on Netflix? Oh and Fargo. I'm always late to the party, but they're both good.
    Leanne xx

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  13. The weather has been strange here too, very warm and then a frost which is so unusual, I've lost a few plants. Love your bloodbath! Hope the surgery is quick and successful.

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  14. Prayers that the surgery is easy peasy.
    Lovely photos today, Jennifer!

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  15. As I type we are being hailed upon! Spring has sprung, but we had ice on the windshield Sunday morning and it seems Winter does not want to be forgotten. I have had a good long visit with you this afternoon, reading/re-reading your posts since the end of January. Thanks for sharing memories of your grandpa, Jennifer. I care about your loss. I am sorry you have had illness in your household over the last few months and hope that the Bear's knee surgery goes well. Yay for your regular cycling and feeling better! I especially admire your apple hot mats, and your pineapple loaf recipe, and thank you too for letting me enjoy your new flock of hens vicariously. I am cheering you on as you race through the last six weeks of school and plan your summer routine!

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  16. It's looking very pretty and Springlike there!
    Praying Bears surgery goes well and recovery is quick. I think the kids will do great, and it will be good for LB to be on the other side of things this time.

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  17. Spring has been capricious here too, but I guess April is all about 'sunshine and showers' so I don't mind. I did see some blue-white Scottish skin out on display last week when we had a bit of sun, but really it was way too early in the year. I am very cautious about wearing summer clothes too soon. No bare legs until June for me! I do hope Bear gets on well,with surgery, it will be an anxious day for you, please do let us all know how he does X

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  18. I left a big comment but it disappeared! so will just repeat my good wishes for your husband's surgery and wish you all well X

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  19. Beautiful spring pictures...and yes, the weather is like that here so it's hard to know if it should be boots or flip flops some days!
    Sending good wishes to your husband for his surgery and speedy recovery. Helen xox

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  20. Spring's arrived here too but as you say, it comes and goes. I'm just hoping that we get some decent weather over the bank holiday weekend. Good luck to your husband for his surgery, I hope everything goes well.

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  21. Gosh a busy time ahead for you guys. Take care of everyone but especially yourself. I love those raspberry crochet squares. Hope all goes well. Jo x

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  22. Our spring weather is nuts here, too. Yesterday it was 70 and partly sunny, then storms moved in. We had a torrential downpour and lots of thunder and then the temp dropped 30 degrees! Yesterday I was running around in just a tshirt; today was back to the winter jacket.

    I'm sure your hubby's surgery will go fine. You are right - it's a quick operation. But as you know, there's the waiting in pre-op and then more waiting in recovery. They will inject pain med into his knee after the surgery so that he will actually be able to put a little weight on his leg immediately afterwards. I couldn't believe how well I felt right after. But then about 6 hours later, reality hit. ;-) It's not fun trying to figure out how to bathe either. Can't stand in the shower on one leg. And can't immerse the leg into a tub of water for a few days. Sponge baths will become his friend.

    Hope you have a lovely Easter dinner with your family!

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  23. Good luck for the surgery and the recuperation. I'm sure it will be fine. And snuggling up on the sofa with Netflix sounds lovely!

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  24. It sounds like the same weather we are having here at the moment hot and sunny one day, cold and drizzly the next! Hope all goes will today with the op x

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  25. How lovely to have wisteria directly outside your door. I love the sound of that. I'm thinking of putting up a trellis on the fence by our kitchen door with something scented. Your spring weather sounds as changeable as ours, although I doubt we'll get any more frosts this year. I hope the Bear's keen operation goes smoothly, I'll be thinking of you. xx

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