Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Springtime Moments and a New Birth


We have been having an incredibly beautiful spring here. I hate to say that too much because I know so many of you who are my dear precious readers are just now beginning to have spring weather. Usually our spring is just getting started, but this year, it seems we are a month ahead!

The lupins are already starting to bloom, and the wild roses are just about to bloom out too.  My wild strawberries are full of little berries.  These usually don't come until closer to the end of May. We have had beautiful sunshiny weather, up into the 80s for several weeks, and I've already had to use our window air conditioner a couple of times!  Can you believe it?   Most years we never turn the air conditioner on until July.  We have also gotten lots of rain.  We have had several large rain systems come through with rain that left puddles (which is a lot of rain for us here, as our ground is porous and absorbs moisture very quickly). Needless to say, we are enjoying an amazing spring this year!

I hope you will enjoy the collection of pictures I've taken over the last several days of the springtime moments I've enjoyed over the past week.

Rufous hummingbirds visiting the feeder outside my window
 
My plants just about ready to go in the garden
Our pine trees don't have good branches, so we used a downed tree to make our own "branch"
for bird feeders and the flowers. 


My Prairiefire Crabapple is in bloom... gorgeous is an understatement! We planted it earlier this spring as a bareroot tree. 

Seeing these beautiful pink blooms in my very own yard just makes my heart happy! 

A butterfly enjoying the sweetness of the crabapple blooms



I'm reading an encyclopedia.... Organic gardening - so much to learn! So don't call me a walking encyclopedia yet! {grin}


A dozen white roses.  See that black rose? It is a metal rose crafted for me by my son for Mother's Day.


A beautiful rose that will never fade!

Some lilacs picked from my neighbor's yard and a peach rose handed to me by a lovely lady driving around handing out flowers to friends on Mother's Day. 

Treated to dinner on Mother's day.. enjoyed baked salmon with asparagus and a baked potato... wonderful! 

My kids surprised me and brought me a greenhouse for Mother's Day!  I could hardly believe it!  


We haven't put it together yet, because the instructions call for a specific foundation for the greenhouse, and that will need to be done properly before it is put together.   My two very special children put their heads, and their hard earned money together to buy me this greenhouse as a surprise for me.  I was incredibly surprised, and thrilled to receive such a special gift from them!  They were as excited as I was, to have surprised and blessed me so.  :)


Around the yard... a silly tomcat perched on top of the car. 


The two Eleanors perched on the roost for the night. It amazes me how the chickens separate themselves, and hang out together with their like kind.  I've seen them do it a lot.  They don't have a mirror to know what they look like, lol!  I'll often see the two Eleanors (can't tell them apart) together, as well as the two Martha's (my two Rhode Island reds) hanging out together in the yard, and roosting at night next to each other.


A new birth on the farm!  We let some of our hens sit on eggs fertilized by our one and only Mr. Rudy to see what would happen.  I walked out to the coop today to hear loud chirping, and met this sweet baby chick, just an hour or so old.  We have three other eggs that are still being incubated by our hens, and we are looking forward to meeting them too!

I hope this sweet little one is a she  {smiles} 


 She just melted my heart, so sweet and precious.  She cuddled into my hand, and quieted her chirping when I held her.


Exciting days for sure... and more work for me, because now the little chicks who have gotten old enough to not need the light and enclosure, are not too happy about being pushed out of their cozy space by the newcomer, and keep trying to get back in.  I've been going out to the coop every hour or so since the little one was born to check on her.  She is alone for now, but hopefully by tomorrow or the next day we will have some other little chicks to join her.  I'll keep you posted :)


55 comments:

  1. What a wonderful spring you've been having! And a greenhouse!!!! Your kids did REAL good!!

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    1. They sure did, I was surprised, and so blessed! We will be putting up the greenhouse this weekend, and it is very exciting! :)

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  2. Your spring looks just lovely! Congrats on the new baby. How fun!!

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    1. Spring has been amazing here, and I am thankful every day for it! And the little baby chick is doing great :)

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  3. Love those Eleanors!

    Springtime is just starting to bloom here in New England. And not soon enough! I'm just loving this ...

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    1. Happy springtime!! So exciting when it finally arrives! :)

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  4. Spring is full of gifts for you!
    I'm still waiting for our hummers to return. No sign yet but the feeders are full of fresh food.
    What a cutie, the new chick!
    I love your "farm".

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    1. Spring has been so wonderful this year! I hope you get to see some hummers soon, they have been here for a couple of weeks now. The little chick is doing great too... thank you for your visit, and have a blessed day! :)

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    2. Hummers have arrived!!!!!!!!

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  5. AWWWWWWWWWWWW how precious...thank you for the smiles...it really warmed my heart and I know I say this a lot, I miss the (our) farm. Blessings

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    1. I would miss your farm too... I love having all the animals around, it is a joy! Blessings to you too! :)

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  6. Enjoyed all your pictures! The flowers are beautiful, the baked potato looked yummy and the little kitty is precious!! Blessings!

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    1. Thank you Mary, it was such a blessed day! :)

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  7. What beautiful pictures! And that baby chick is so adorable. All the chicks we have hatched have been white and yellow. :) I love baby chicks.
    Love,
    Ashley

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    1. Thank you Ashley, I think the baby chick is a mix of barred rock and Rhode Island Red, and we can't wait to see what she looks like with her feathers all fluffed out :) We love baby chicks too! :)

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  8. Did you receive my comment yesterday? Victoria is going to send me the colors you can choose for the headband. The picture that's on my blog is only for the wallets, she told me. Could you please send me your email address so I can get you in touch with Victoria? Thank you so much. :)
    Sorry for the confusion.Love,
    Ashley
    creatingpreciousmoments.blogspot.com

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    1. Sure, have done that! Have a blessed day :)

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  9. Oh how I love this post! New chicks, beautiful flowers and amazing kids who blessed their momma! Absolutely perfect. :)

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    1. It was such a blessed, very special day! Motherhood is full of many blessings :)

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  10. Oh how I love this post! New chicks, beautiful flowers and amazing kids who blessed their momma! Absolutely perfect. :)

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  11. What a wonderful gift! You will so enjoy planning your greenhouse.

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    1. I am full of plans for the new greenhouse for sure! It is so exciting to now have one :)

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  12. You certainly are into spring there and it looks beautiful. New growth and new life is what spring is all about. How sweet of your kids to get you the greenhouse which you will enjoy using and getting a head start on plants each year. I like the photo of the 2 Eleanors. Have a lovely weekend.
    Blessings,
    Pam

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    1. It was certainly a very blessed weekend, and the greenhouse was such a highlight for sure. My relatives told me about the snow NB got this week, just crazy! I look forward to a visit with you soon to see what you've been doing :)

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  13. Wow, a green house! Lucky you. Your blooms are lovely to view. I met my husband on his last leave from the Navy while he visited family nearby. I said goodbye to him at the airport as he caught a flight to the east coast. He gave me a beautiful turquoise vase with a single black rose which opened up in time. Very creative I thought and I read a lot into it, of course. His life was dark until he met me!!!!!

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    1. Oh how awesome, I love how your analogy worked with the black rose! Mine will never die or fade, and it is so very precious to me. The gift of the greenhouse is one that I will enjoy for many years too, and hopefully we can have an amazing garden because of it this year and years to come. Hoping that your week is a lovely one! The weekend is almost here :)

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  14. Love catching up on what's happening at your place. We've had a few warm(80 degree)days, but our weather is up and down. One day rain or snow and then it finally warms up. Hubby and I planted two Lilac bushes and four Burning Bushes yesterday and today.
    Thanks for sharing all the babies too. Love your gifts and your dinner.
    Hugs
    Noreen

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    1. I feel that I've been absent far too long from "blogland", but things have really been so busy. It rained last night, so I am catching up on some blog visiting as I don't have to water today :) I love lilacs and the burning bushes, so beautiful to have! Hope you have been enjoying a wonderful week :)

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  15. I'd say it's near 80º here today as well. Yesterday was also warm. I LOVE your Prairie Fire crabapple ... lovely pics with the butterfly. An enduring rose, a greenhouse ... your kids are indeed special and thoughtful! Your dinner looked wonderful also.

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    1. I am in love with my Prairie Fire crabapple too! So many beautiful things to enjoy in springtime, for sure! The greenhouse is so exciting, and my new baby chicks are keeping me busy. Will be by for a visit with you as well... hoping your week has been a good one :)

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  16. Hello, We just got a humming bird feeder today. I liked the way you had that post for your flowers and feeders! Yes Spring and new life is always so enjoyed! Hope you are well! Blessings,Roxy

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    1. It is so exciting when the hummers show up! I've been enjoying them right outside my window. Yes, that small tree hung up is perfect to hang feeders and flowers from, as our pine branches simply cannot be trusted. I love spring! Hoping you are getting to enjoy spring too! Hugs today for you :)

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  17. Such lovely springtime photos. Such sweet pleasures and simple blessings. So much to be thankful for. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs ♥ Teri

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    1. Indeed, I am SO thankful for the beautiful spring we are enjoying, especially when so many in other places are having a late spring, and relapse of winter. God is so good! Hope you have had a lovely week! Hugs sent your way :)

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  18. Hey! I was wondering if you would like to design your blog? my blog is http://thedepthofmyfaith.blogspot.com

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    1. Hello Allie! So happy to meet you, and I certainly enjoyed my visit at your blog! Appreciate your offer for blog designing! Have a blessed day today :)

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  19. Hi Marilyn, another lovely post. Every photo you share takes my breath away!
    Your Eleanor's are so adorable, and how funny that they like to hang out with their own kind.
    What a fabulous Mother's Day gift from your dear children. You are going to love and enjoy that for sure.
    We are still experiencing cool weather with moisture, but we're soon going to have warmth. I put our humming bird feeder up this week as we have two so far. More are yet to come. We usually put out 5 to 6 feeders and during the rush we fill them every other day, some every day. It's a job all its own. I do enjoy them so.
    Thank you for sharing your beauty with us.
    Enjoy your weekend~

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    1. I am always amazed at our chickens, and how funny and unique each of them are. My kids are starting to call me the "chicken whisperer", lol! The greenhouse is proving to be so amazing to have, I'm so excited about it. We have had such a lovely spring here, and I am enjoying every precious moment that I can! Sounds like the hummers certainly keep you busy! I have 6 feeders out, and so far having to change them out about once a week. You are right, it is a job all its own, but enjoyable to watch them!

      Praying for you today, as I know this is a day full of memories, sorrow and yet joy for the legacy your father left you. Sending hugs and love to you today and praying your heart is comforted by the Lord!

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  20. Hi Marilyn, another lovely post. Every photo you share takes my breath away!
    Your Eleanor's are so adorable, and how funny that they like to hang out with their own kind.
    What a fabulous Mother's Day gift from your dear children. You are going to love and enjoy that for sure.
    We are still experiencing cool weather with moisture, but we're soon going to have warmth. I put our humming bird feeder up this week as we have two so far. More are yet to come. We usually put out 5 to 6 feeders and during the rush we fill them every other day, some every day. It's a job all its own. I do enjoy them so.
    Thank you for sharing your beauty with us.
    Enjoy your weekend~

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  21. Great photos of Spring life.
    A greenhouse! Wow, that is great. I am excited to hear more about the greenhouse, how you set it up and so on. FUN!
    Thank you for sharing,
    Carla

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    1. Yes! A greenhouse, I can hardly believe it! People in the south probably don't understand why a greenhouse can make you so excited, but us folks up here in the north know that a greenhouse makes gardening so much easier, as it helps extend the short growing season that we have. I am having FUN! LOL :) Hope you are having a lovely week so far!

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  22. It all looks so lovely. I need to mix up some hummingbird food. I'm excited to see your greenhouse.

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    1. The hummers are really enjoying all the feeders I have out for them already, it is so enjoyable to watch them! And the greenhouse is just such a delight for me to have! Thank you for your visit Valerie, hoping you are having a lovely week so far!

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  23. It all looks so lovely. I need to mix up some hummingbird food. I'm excited to see your greenhouse.

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  24. I thoroughly enjoyed your post (as always). I love how you created a plant/bird feeder hanger, what a great idea. What great kids you have, I bet you can't wait to use the greenhouse. The rose is beautiful too. The tomcat is so sweet and I love the chick. How cute!

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    1. Thank you Kelly, always a joy to visit with you too! I am having so much fun in my greenhouse, and my plants are really loving the natural light! I had them under lights, and the natural light is soo much better! We have been having lovely spring moments around here, so thankful for our wet and warm spring!!! Have a lovely weekend :)

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  25. Marilyn
    It's not especially warm here, but we have leaves! Supposed to warm up this week. Your photos of spring are so pretty!!! How nice of your children to give you a greenhouse! Can't wait to see it once it's put up....also couldn't help but notice the blue and white dishes.....we had the very same dishes when I was a little girl! A nostalgic moment for me!....hope all is well,
    Xo
    Linda

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear that your weather has been so crazy! I see that more rain is coming your way, oh my! I have certainly been enjoying our spring here, it is an unusually lovely one, and for that I am so thankful. Aren't those dishes darling! I love that you used them when you were little, I just picked them up at a thrift store, and we love using them here. I am enjoying my greenhouse so much, and my plants are very happy in it! Hope that your weekend is a good one... have fun using up your new fabric and lace! I know you will create something amazing with them :)

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  26. Marilyn
    It's not especially warm here, but we have leaves! Supposed to warm up this week. Your photos of spring are so pretty!!! How nice of your children to give you a greenhouse! Can't wait to see it once it's put up....also couldn't help but notice the blue and white dishes.....we had the very same dishes when I was a little girl! A nostalgic moment for me!....hope all is well,
    Xo
    Linda

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  27. Oh what glorious Spring photos. Love the Crabapple flowers, such a pretty pink, and those white roses are gorgeous. What a sweet little chick. Oh how I love Spring.

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    1. OH, I do so love spring too! Especially when it is such a lovely one as we have had this year. My baby chicks are so sweet and growing so fast! I love them so much, that I keep getting my broody hens to sit on more eggs, lol! Hope you are having a lovely week my friend :)

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  28. What a beautiful post! I loved seeing all that is going on in your world. :) That was SO sweet and thoughtful for your dear children to buy you the greenhouse! I know you will cherish and use that for years to come....and the rose your son made you! Oh, my! What a dear thing for him to do for you. Such kind-hearted children you have! Sorry it took me a while to make it here, my friend. My computer has started blocking all google blogs from reaching me again. I have no idea what triggers that, but I haven't been getting the emails to know when people post. So frustrating. God bless you with a wonderful night. Sending you much love.

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    1. Oh the greenhouse was SUCH a blessing for me, it touched my heart so deeply that my kids went to the effort to get something so nice for me. It will last for a long time, Lord willing. My plants are so much happier already in the natural light, instead of under the grow lights.

      I'm sorry that you are having trouble again with google doing such strange things! Oh it is so frustrating when things with the computer go wrong, and no one knows how to fix it! I surely hope that they come up with a fix for the issue. I will pray about it, the Lord is able to provide a solution! :) Praying for you my dear friend, as I know this is a trying difficult time for you. Your family is always in our prayers! Hugs and love sent to you today :)

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  29. Delightful post. I just love the planter across the trees you built with the branch from a downed tree. - Loved the baby chicken too & the sweet farm kitty. I bet you've been busy with planting (I have too).

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    1. I too was very happy with the way the downed tree worked perfectly for a natural hanger for our bird feeders and plants. I think I may try to create more of them in the yard. I can't have plants on the ground because of the chickens, who decimate them, lol! I have been busy outside this time of year, it is always so busy, and then so nice to have the beautiful spring we've had! Hope you are having a lovely spring down there. Will look forward to visiting with you by email soon :) Many hugs!

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