December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Spring Photos

Tonight it's forecast to drop into the low 40's and possibly the high 30's.  Brrrrrr, it's going to feel so damn cold after the uber-warm (abnormally warm) March we've had this year.  It rained off and on all day and night Friday (I had a day off, wouldn't you know it -- poured buckets on me while I walked the half mile to the bus stop in the early afternoon to get to the Women's Clinic to have a mammogram done), and yesterday defied all forecasts by staying foggy and damp all day long.  I actually turned the furnace back on!

But all the rain caused an absolute EXPLOSION of growth in my yards.  Peonies are way up high, bleedings hearts are way up high, day lilies are way up high, even the barberry bushes out front have blossomed out already and that has never happened this early.  The plum trees in the backyard likewise have sent up their lovely pink blossoms; yesterday nada; today BOOM!  Just like that.


Barberry bushes already budding out -- and look - still haven't had a chance to clean up leaves and dreck from last winter!  In fact, the mugo pine is still bent over in places from the last snow storm we had, wet heavy snow, that flattened it down, poor mugo pine!


The plum trees in the back yard.  The arbor blew down in the last wind storm we had some weeks ago; I put it up and re-staked it after I took these photos :)  You can see it laying on it's back in this photo, lower left.


This photo shows a bit more of that gorgeous blue sky!

Grass needs to be cut, but not today.  It's alredy 4:23 p.m.  Been up since 7:30 a.m. and what did I do today?  Read the newspaper, ordered wallpaper online (finally), did some emails, worked on the family tree a little bit, did a little blogging.  Geez, where does the time go?


Shaggy grass already!  Plants coming up around the tree, and I haven't cleaned out the remains from last year yet.  Sigh.  Curb and gutter needs to be swept out.  Maybe I'll do that later.  It's a beautiful day today, but a little cool - only in the 60's.  LOL!  That's such an outrageous statement for SE Wisconsin at this time of year! 

Unfortunately I heard on the radio that some areas tonight might be under a frost warning!  Geez, after everything has sprung up so much, that would cause tons of damage.  Not so worried for my green things; my backyard has it's own little micro-climate and seems to be pretty frost resistant.  Now I've got go throw out some more nuts for the squirrels, who are doing sommersaults on my table on the deck...

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