May 20, 2018:


Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Another Winter Storm

Hola darlings!

This one defied all of the model predictions and dumped 8.3" (officially measured at Mitchell International Airport which is right on top of Lake Michigan in southeast Milwaukee).  It started snowing at 2:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon, and another 4 inches fell during the day today, with more lake-effect snow overnight.  Sigh.

There were also strong winds (sustained 20 to 35 mph) out of the northeast off Lake Michigan, which meant big drifts.

When I got up extra-early this morning and took a look outside, I knew there was no way I was going to make it into work today. Couldn't even make it out of the house to the road (which had not yet been plowed).  My driveway and the sides of the house got hammered!  The important part is the driveway, because that is my main entrance to my house - I do not have a separate sidewalk to my front door.  I don't drive and don't own a car, but I need to shovel a 30 foot path from my front door down the driveway to the road (my subdivision does not have sidewalks, thank Goddess!)  Not something I'm supposed to do (shovel) with my heart issues.  But I had to get out of the house.  I shoveled a shovel-wide path.  The rest of the piled up snow (we had a storm last week that dumped snow) will be here until June, I think...

It was pretty though, and with mild temperatures in the 30's not unpleasant as long as you don't mind snow pelting you in the face despite hood and scarf!  I took photos from inside the house early this morning -- the snow was 4" deeper once I started shoveling.  The last three photos below are of the backyard, all the rest were taken out of my front window or front door.

Yep, that's my driveway.  Hard to tell from this photo, but there's about 3 feet of plow slush and snow
boulders piled up at the end of the driveway thanks to the plows that came through.  The fricking jerks!
Imagine a lone woman out there with a snow shovel, trying to clear that by hand...  That's moi.

I took this picture through the front door - you can see the drops of melted snow on the other side of the glass.
I loved the contrast between the snow and the red berries still clinging to the barberry shrub at the front porch.



  1. Hi Jan - I came by after you left such a sweet comment on my blog!
    ( I'm the one that posts John and I's conversations lol )
    I came - I saw - I love - and so am now happily following you
    BTW - I live in Montreal - where winters look very much like your photos - beautiful to look at - but I'm sick to death of it already!!!

    1. Hi Suzan, thanks for stopping by and for becoming a follower. I am going to return the favor today, I have a college degree so presumably my brain will be equipped to figure out what I need to do. I believe I am a follower on a few other favorite blogs, so I must have figured out how to do it in the past :) I had no idea you lived in Montreal - duh! - I should have looked at your profile because I've been a visitor to your blog more than a few times now. The John-Suzan Dialogs just make me smile and sometimes laugh outright, they have a very familiar ring to my ears :) Mr. Don lived in Montreal, his place, a very narrow so-called "two bedroom" apartment (actually one large closet was his bedroom and one teeny-tiny closet off the balcony was the other "bedroom") was in Verdun. I visited Montreal several times when we first started "courting" but my last trip there was in June 2003. Mr. D preferred to come here to Milwaukee when he could get away. I preferred Montreal because there were actually people on the streets at night and tons of stores to shop at, unlike Milwaukee's little poopnoodle downtown area. The only thing that gets traffic here at night are the Water Street bars, and those are populated by thousands of 20-somethings. Been there, done that, snore. Mr. Don liked the "small town" charm of Milwaukee and the friendly people, and my big shady backyard and rickety deck :) Montreal and Milwaukee share nasty winters with ice, snow and damp bone-freezing cold, and hot, humid summers filled with mosquitoes, and Mr. D and I would yatter on Skype and email constantly, bitching and moaning about the weather, LOL! I always felt very welcome in Montreal, despite not being able to mutter more than a few words in badly accented high-school French, and Mr. Don always felt welcome here because Milwaukeeans are usually too polite to tell a yatterer to shut up already! Mr. Don's passing was sudden and unexpected. I miss him greatly but this house, and my heart, are filled with memories of him. When I read the John-Suzan dialogs I am flooded with memories of Mr. D's and my own dialogs, and that is a very good thing indeed.

  2. Hello, I hopped over from your sweet comment on my blog! I am astounded at these pics. I have never seen so much snow. I can tell you that I live in a desert in NM and we only see that much snow at the ski resorts (and lots of that is man-made). We shut down the schools and close govt offices for a mere two inches and a two hour delay is guaranteed if there is at least one inch. Did I mention that all this happens and yet it usually all melts by noon or 2pm?

    1. Thanks so much for visiting. I have only been to New Mexico once, for a few days, and that was back in the late 1970's when I visited a friend who had moved to Albuquerque. I don't remember much about the visit now except my friend took me to an outdoor area where many craftsmen, including Native Americans, sold jewelry and other items. I purchased silver and turquoise earrings and a necklace from an older lady who had her wares spread out on a blanket on the ground. Still wear them - the necklace is stunning against black. I have been slowly clearing the snow from the storm that came through on February 27 and I now have about a 3 foot wide path from front door to the road, except the stuff at the end of the driveway is frozen solid and I haven't been able to widen that out. I will tackle more of it today. It's been very sunny here the past 2 days and that has helped a lot in softening the snow up. When I grab a shovelful it comes out in big chunks like igloo blocks. More snow is expected started tomorrow night. Ah yes, the joys of encroaching spring in Wisconsin :)