Friday, March 17, 2017

As the Snow Melts...Springter is Here

We are fully into our early spring here, which is quite simply - a mess!  Lots of rain, lots of mud, and lots of gray drippy skies.  But the happy thought is that the snow is melting, and once the snow melts and ground thaws, then the happy faces of spring will be with us.  For now, we must just endure the messiness...


I took Annie and Riley for a walk and now the gravel road is completely free of ice and snow. The snowbanks are dirty too, all signs of spring melt.


Riley still thinks that walking herself is more fun (by holding her leash in her mouth lol), but when she starts to try to walk Annie, then we have problems!


Someone needed to be taught a lesson, and Annie gently growled at her to let her know that she is the boss, and does not need to be walked!



So our walks have turned into more of a circus than anything!  If we get a few uninterrupted steps in, that's progress!


 You can see the snow is gradually melting away, and patches of bare ground are appearing.

 

Spring is coming, it really is.  We just have to be patient while the ground thaws, and that is the hardest part.  So I got busy planning for spring!  I had begun this garden journal last year, but it needed some more work.  I used Heat-n-Bond to adhere a fabric cover to the little journal, and then "spiffied" it up with some scrapbooking stickers, lace, ribbon, buttons and a shabby rose.


Last year I kept track of when my seeds were planted, and when they were harvested along with a chart recommending dates of planting in our area.  It was interesting to go back and see that I am approaching the date for early planting.  However, I am not sure if I am going to start so early this year. I think I am going to wait until April because our spring this year is so much later than it was last year.


I kept every package of seeds I sowed, and then photocopied them (4 at a time) onto plain paper, cut them out and pasted them in my journal.  I decided this would be the easiest way to track how my seeds did, and which companies or particular plants did better than others.  I kept fairly good records, but hopefully this coming year with my journal in place and ready to go, my records will be even more precise.


Some years ago we were blessed to live by a neighbor who had gardened all of his life.  He was in his 90s and still gardening. He showed me all of his gardening journals that he had kept, handwritten, all those many years.  He could tell me which year was the best or worst, what weather conditions were, and what varieties grew best in the area.  I've always been inspired since then to try to keep better track of my gardening efforts, and I hope to continue to work towards that this year.  I still have notes to make in my journal from last year.  I took pictures of my garden in various stages and had the pictures printed in 4x4 format so I could write my thoughts beside the pictures.




Then I needed to write our sweet little child a letter whom we sponsor through Gospel For Asia. We are not able to send anything bigger than flat things that will fit in the envelope.  I decided to make him his own bookmark with his initial on it, along with my letter to him.  I can tell how much he has grown over the past several years that we have sponsored him, and he tells me that he is playing football now, whereas before he would tell me how much he likes to color {smiles}.  He always tells me that he prays for our family. And we do likewise for him.  It is such a special communication and blessing to be a part of this little boy's life in India.
 
 

On my way into town, I saw this rushing stream created by all the snow melt.  Normally there is little to no water here, but in the spring, things change quickly.


This year is posing a bit of difficulty with water runoff.  Since we had a very wet fall last year, the ground was very wet, and then we had an extremely cold freeze in November before we had any snow.  This has created a deep frost layer in the ground that is preventing the water from absorbing into the ground, and now it is just running off.  This year is a bad year for our county, and on Thursday our county was placed under emergency protection because of so many road wash-outs and flooding.


And of course the pot holes have turned the road into an axle disaster! Nothing like a road full of pot holes to keep drivers within the speed limit, lol!


The deep snow we had this winter is slowly but surely melting, and while I am sad to see it go... I am looking forward to bright green hues again soon...



The call of the ducks and geese are filling the air again... and the open water in the ponds are full of geese once again.  Such are the seasons of life... passing so quickly!


It is this in-between time of year, when it is not really spring, and yet not really winter, that one must appreciate the beauty one finds, wherever it is.  And these happy geese swimming in open waters free of ice made my heart happy to watch them enjoy the day.



Springter... as I like to call this season... has a beauty all of its own :)
 

The cold wind blowing off the snow-covered mountains, despite the sunshine was a cool reminder that the mountains know nothing of spring.. yet!  They will not lose their snow until May or June.



Cats have perfected the art of sleep!  A cold rainy day makes for perfect naps...


And this sweet face... has perfected the art of sleeping too! She plays hard, and sleeps hard too.
 

A peek of our yard... quite a mess!  Time for rubber boots!


Animals know nothing of boots, gloves, hats, scarves or coats.  They are always prepared, no matter what weather they face.  I never cease to be amazed at their resiliency in all the seasons and weather!


Happy songs breaking forth from Mr. Pepper's heart in the bright sunshine that lit up the afternoon skies.


Remember my 6 orphaned chicks that I took in this past December? Well, here they are.  Three hens and three roosters.  Anyone need a banty rooster?  {smiles}  We have reached our max capacity for roosters here, even though they sure are handsome fellows!


My garden is beginning to look a little lighter, but still, the snow melt has a long way to go yet before I can see if any of my tulips will come up this spring :)



We are all looking forward to spring, but I think my chickens are most glad that the weather is warmer, the snow is melting, and green grass surely can't be far off!

So there you have ... this in-between season that swings wildly between winter and spring hence my calling this season "springter", and yet the promise of spring is there... and while I forgave winter last week... I'm ready this week to bid winter goodbye and welcome late spring with all her loveliness, but I know we must endure early spring weather first, and so we are doing that as patiently as we can.  :)

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  1. I smiled about the rubber boots. The pastor at our former church retired and moved close to Sandpoint,ID about two years ago. His grown daughter, her husband and children also moved. Almost all of Katy's pictures show her children in rubber boots. :) We've had a mild winter, but usually this is the time of the year that I struggle with patience. I just want the warmth and green to come! I enjoy seeing your pictures.

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    1. Yes Sandpoint is very close to us & it is such a beautiful town, I'm not surprised with the pictures of children and rubber boots, lol! It is exciting here to see the snow melt, but this in-between season of mud & rain is not easy. Appreciate your visit :)

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  2. Lovely, Marilyn...not spring here in western NY, that's for sure, sigh. smiling

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    1. We are in early spring here, and can't wait for late spring with all the pretty blooms :)

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  3. I love the photos of the ginger kitty.
    I hope the mud goes away soon.
    Sprinter - that's funny!

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    1. We hope the mud goes away soon too, but for now, it is still here, lol! Springter is a great way to describe this season, indeed, lol!

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  4. There is beauty in every season! I like your term, springter! That about sums up what its like her in PA too! We'd had a mild winter overall, then we were so mild we thought we'd have an early spring, but now we've got snow on the ground and cold temps for days!

    Come on Spring!

    Love all your photos!

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    1. The weather is strange this year, everywhere I think! Yes, we are ready for late spring here, but it will be a month or so yet... so patience is in order, lol!

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  5. In a few days your landscape has changed, there's a new light in the sky, probably talking about the Spring coming, you're right, dearest Marilyn !

    Wishing you a most pleasant end of your week,
    and to realize very soon your projects for your garden,
    please embrace your furry babies for me

    XOXO Dany

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    1. I gave the fur babes extra love from you, they appreciated it! And we must just be patient, because spring takes a while to get here, we must get through the mud and rain for a while yet, lol! Hugs to you today!

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  6. Springter, such a great name, SUI. That in between time when the weather can resemble spring or winter. Love it.

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    1. Yes, that in-between season that seems to last forever, it is here, lol!

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  7. How wonderful that you kept track of your gardening activity in a journal; it must be so much help every spring! I can sense your anticipation for the upcoming season, and it will soon make its debut, especially as the snow in your parts is slowly melting, making room for green scenes everywhere.

    Happy weekend,
    Poppy

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    1. I enjoyed looking back through my journal, and have made some changes in my gardening plans due to it, I'm glad I made it. The snow is melting quickly here, and mud has taken its place... but soon green will be here and that is something we look forward to!

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  8. I loe your word...Springter...it's exactly the weather we are having here. We also have the same dirty snow, the same potholes and the same yearning for all things green! :-) Enjoy those animals.

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    1. It is a bit of a dreary season, but what helps us through is anticipation for the loveliest of seasons that soon shall be with us :)

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  9. Ha! That's a great word for this time of year, springter! We will be close to your neck of the woods come Monday. Heading to Colville to catch the delivery of our granddaughter. Those potholes this year are way bigger than the pots I use. :) Do you have you wash your dogs fur and paws after those walks? Hope the roads stop washing out. Happy weekend to you!

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    1. How exciting to hear that Miss Addy arrived safely! Yes, the weather here has been pretty rough, lots of flooding & mudslides. I wipe my dog's paws before they are allowed in the house, so much mud! Have fun enjoying all the precious moments with Miss Addy!

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  10. Springter! I love it. We are still firmly in winter here, although we had a brief detour into spring some weeks ago. It was about 4º this morning and we had a major snowstorm on Tuesday.

    Have a blessed weekend.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that you are still getting snow! Thankfully our snow is melting, and we hope to see spring flowers soon... and I wish the same for you, that your snow will melt soon! Hugs :)

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  11. I love seeing Annie and Riley and your pretty ginger cat. Your chickens look happy too. Springter definitely describes what you have currently! Maybe it won't be long now til spring is there to stay. Wishing you a very nice evening. xoxo

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    1. Spring isn't far off, I don't think.. we are enduring the mud looking forward to when it will dry up and happy blooms of spring will abound :)

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  12. Such a wonderful post!
    Loved all your photos.
    Your dogs are precious.
    Those roosters, smile!

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    1. Thanks Annie... all of us are glad spring is making its way to us, mud and all! :)

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  13. I always get such a kick out of your posts and the 'doings' of all your animals/dogs, chickens, etc. We cannot plant outside here until at least the first of June. Otherwise, we are in danger of things being lost to freezing or frost.
    Hope your weekend is a great one! xo Diana

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    1. We don't plant here either until June but I do begin to start my seeds by the end of March, first of April, hence my words "planting", but really it is just seed-starting, lol! Oh yes, we have danger of frost here and not until Father's Day is it usually safe to plant anything that doesn't want to freeze! Hope you had a great time away :)

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  14. It's almost like we need to find the Joy's in each season. Some are longer than others and some test our patience no doubt. We didnt have much of a winter here this year, but still thanking God for what we did receive. It's very warm here this week and it doesn't look like we are supposed to get any moisture for awhile, so I've been outside watering as our trees want to bud.
    I love all your photos and I enjoy stopping in to see how all of you are doing. It's so good that you get out and walk....dogs, mud and all...mud boots are a must!! ;)

    Enjoy your weekend my friend!

    Hugs, Amy

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    1. Mud boots indeed! This year the mud has been especially bad, with all the rain we've gotten, but I'm trying to look forward and think of how the spring flowers will be so beautiful with all the moisture we've gotten :) I wish I could send some moisture your way, as I know you surely need it!

      Hugs to you today dear friend!

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  15. Love the sleeping Riley and cats. Annie is so patient with Riley but everyone has their breaking point! :-)

    Our yard is a mess too. Lots of mud. Hopefully the grass seed will take and fill in the most messy places.

    I am so excited! Just a hint - (I'll blog about it Monday), I am finally getting chickens! I've been wanting them forever. I'm so excited. No doubt, I will have a question or two from my chicken keeper friends. ♥

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    1. Yay for you to be getting chickens, how exciting! Please do email me anytime if you have a question, not that I would always have an answer, but I'd be glad to do my best to answer :) Hugs to you today!

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    2. Marilyn, sadly, the chickens will have to wait a little longer. I was all set to get them and I was reminded that I will be very busy with the new baby (due in May). I can't argue with that. :-)

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  16. Enjoyed all your pictures, doesn't seem that Riley is missing the snow! Your garden journal is a great idea, love the way you have it decorated.

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    1. It has been really fun to decorate my garden journal :) I hope to keep better records this year since I've got it finished! Hugs to you today :)

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  17. You can keep your banter fellows, Marilyn, handsome or not!! I don't think there is any animal who has the art of sleeping in the most comfortable of beds than a cat. Your Riley is so sweet, both awake and asleep. My goodness those roads are filled with potholes. I would imagine one would have to drive every so carefully. Though there seems to be a lot of mess in your corner of the world, your photos of "springter" are as always....sublime. Have the most lovely week, lovely lady.

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    1. Springter has certainly brought its fair share of woes this year with the mudslides and rain, but we do have a beautiful spring to look forward to, and that is the saving grace! Appreciate your visit Kim, just a visit to your site with all your gorgeous flowers is a boost to my soul to the see the loveliness in your world :)

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  18. "Springter" - I love this term you coined here, because it actually describes perfectly what's going on in your neck of the woods.
    As always, your photos are delightful, and I certainly look forward to them always brightening my day. Love those animal babies!
    Blessings!

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    1. Springer certainly does seem to fit this in-between season well, lol! Appreciate your visit, have a blessed day :)

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  19. My friends, who have lived here in Idaho for years, call this the Mud Season. I now know why!
    I really like the idea of a Garden Journal and I think I will start one this year. I'm even inspired to decorate it!
    Riley cracks me up, especially when she takes a walk.
    Thanks for the entertainment and ideas!

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    1. Yes, mud season it is! Only those who live in the North could understand, lol! I hope you do get to make your own garden journal, it is a great place to keep good information in one place. Riley is doing a bit better at walks, but not much, lol! Hugs to you today :)

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  20. Springter is a good description of this transition between the seasons. We had frost again last night. A Garden Journal sounds like such a great idea. I've thought of beginning one, but never have. Sounds like a walk with the dogs is great entertainment mixed with a little frustration!

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    1. The walks have become a bit tedious, for sure, but with all the rain and mud I haven't walked her as I usually would. She is just a pup, so hopefully soon she will understand what it means to walk calmly, lol! And yes springter seems to be this crazy in-between season that flip-flops back and forth. Soon though, we will have spring, it is coming :)

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  21. This was such a wonderful journal of your "springter" season...I love that idea! And your garden journal is wonderful! You are so organized! What a wonderful idea! I love your doggies and kitty and chickens...such a happy little farm you have! The beauty surrounding you is amazing! Thank you for allowing us to peek into your part of the world. I love it!!!

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    1. The garden journal is handy to be able to keep all my notes in one place, I will be glad to begin starting seeds in about a week or two! It is still very muddy and wet here yet, but the hopes of spring blooms is coming :) Hugs to you today!

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  22. Our driveway looks like yours - mud, water, ice and snow. :-) We are loving the feeling of Spring approaching. The river is now open behind our house and yesterday their were swans out on it. I love hearing them honk.

    I love your garden journal. You have made it very cute. I have one too - a homesteading journal actually where I try to keep track of beekeeping and chicken raising as well. I am not very good at keeping up with it. I would like to do much better.

    May you have a wonderful week!

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    1. How wonderful that you have swans! I would love to see them swimming in my backyard, amazing that you can enjoy them like that. It is nice to have a homesteading journal, a great place to keep all your information in one spot, although I agree, it is hard to remember to jot things down when you are so busy. That is why I take pictures, and then I at least can have dates of when I did things. Hope your week has been wonderful too :)

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  23. I have thought about making a nice garden journal but have never done. Now a days my garden is so small. We live in a parsonage so there is only so much soil I can have in the backyard. Love your animals, the chicken, the kitten and the dogs...all adorable!

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    1. I've had a garden for years, and never had a journal, always wanted one, but didn't. I'm glad I have finally gotten around to making and using one. I understand that you have a small plot now, not really a need for one! Thank you for your visit, my friend, always appreciated :)

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  24. Hi Marilyn! I've never heard of 'springter' before, but I really like it. (I may use it too!)
    We have potholes here too, the product of cold followed by a warm-up, followed by more cold. I've been able to avoid the big ones so far, but I can see from your photo that yours will be harder to steer around. Hang in there!
    Come on spring :)
    Ceil

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    1. Springer is a great way to sum up the in-between season that we have now, and it is not a pretty season at all... but we endure it because we know it means it must do this for spring to come! The county grader came out and fixed the roads, but not sure how long it will last as the rain continues! Yes, hurry up spring, indeed :) Hugs to you today!

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  25. Hi,
    I really like the garden journal. I think I am going to start a journal like yours. What a great idea. My son is so excited to get into the garden. He will be 15 in May. I have a feeling he is going to go into horticulture or farming. He enjoys working with the land and plants.

    Thank you for sharing your life with us, always fun to see your neck of the woods and your pets. :-)
    Carla

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    1. So wonderful that your son loves to help you in the garden! My kids, so far, have not shown much of an interest in it, but it may come later too. It is wonderful that you can have his help too! I enjoyed looking through my journal from last year, and can't wait to get my seeds started soon... in a couple of weeks :) Hugs to you today!

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  26. I can't believe how much snow you have, we are already wondering when we can go to the beach :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Beach-time is a long ways off for us, not until July-August here, lol... the cold snow runoff keeps the water a bit too chilly! LOL! Enjoy your time at the beach :)

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  27. Springter is quite apt! Whether you go by calendar spring or meteorological spring, I think the groundhog got it right at the beginning of February!! Still, I'm sure you enjoy seeing some melt!! Your fur babies are awfully sweet! :)

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    1. Yes, the groundhog definitely was right this year... winter just doesn't want to give up easily! We are still getting freezes at night, but thankfully the snow continues to melt during the day. Now, it is just mud, mud, mud, lol! But, our hope is that this season must be so that spring blooms can come, so it gives us something to look forward to :) Hugs to you today Denise!

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  28. I remember living in the country in SW Washington and oh the mud and dirty snow! What a mess that was! I enjoyed your photos and remember how fun it is to see little bits of ground and grass as the days go by. Even living in town now, I LOVED it when all the snow melted off and I could actually see the grass! Your garden journal is so neat and such a good idea. I used to keep one, but never could remember to keep it up, so they weren't too good for referring to. I tend to just go by memory from year to year, but would be nice to know some of my favorite things that I plant.. the ones that do well in my climate. Maybe I'll start one again this year! When I lived in Wyoming for a while back in the 70's.. I remember that spring was so bad for all the gravel roads, that you couldn't even drive on them as they were so muddy and with deep mud you would just sink down and get stuck. The ranchers would drive on the grass to the side of the gravel roads until it got warm enough to dry out the roads! Marilyn

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    1. Oh it is a mess for sure! I understand about the farmers driving on the grass on the side of the roads, we have become adept at trying to miss potholes, which does sometimes mean hitting the road at the edges! Thankfully the county grader came out and cleaned up the potholes, but with the continuing rain, they will be back, lol.... such is this in-between season here, but the hope of spring is here, and it won't be long now :) Hugs to you today!

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  29. Hi, Marilyn!
    Interesting to see your views and the melting snow and, of course, watching your animals interact in it all. Great idea, that garden journal. It's awesome to sponsor the Indian boy too. We've done that and the reward of communicating that way is great. Have a great week!

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  30. Hey Marilyn, I like your 'new' word, Springster! That's what has been taking place here. Our days have gone from 70s to 30s with sunshine, then rain, then gorgeous snow showers yesterday morning. The snowflakes were huge! None stayed on the ground. Just made a soggy mess everywhere. Your sweet doggies and chickens make me smile!

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  31. Oh Marilyn...I do like the new word :D yes, it is time for rubber boots now. My garden is still under snow and ice and more is forecasted. Oh Spring where are you? :/

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  32. Hi Marilyn, Spring is definitely on it's way. Yesterday it had warmed up and we had flies outside. Although I don't have any use for them, it sure is a sign of Spring. I love your scenery photos, the animals and the chickens. We've been hearing the geese fly over although some do winter over, things just sound more a live, lots of birds chirping, etc. Have a wonderful week, hope the flooding subsides.

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  33. I love those chickens, I always love animal farms. But of course, i love pets..your cat and dog just look so content and calm. You are doing great with that journal for your gardening. I wish I can do gardening but we don't have enough lot in our yard. I can only plant flowers. Thanks for these beautiful snow photos, and spring is truly here. :) Have a blessed week!

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  34. It is definitely rubber boot season there! I really don't care for this part of the spring season before everything dries up in May but we have to live with it. I'm glad our road is paved, potholes and all. It seems our spring is one step forward and two steps back for a while. Have a wonderfully blessed week Marilyn.

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  35. I'm glad to see bare ground at your place! I loved the snow pictures...they are always so beautiful the way you capture it, but I'm glad for your sake that the snow is melting into spring.

    Thank you for sharing about your garden journal! You have given me an idea of something special I can do for my hubby! :)

    Have a wonderful week!

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  36. I find this time between winter and spring the dirtiest with all the salt and sand left behind after the snow melts. We're down to just a few patches in shaded areas but no sign of spring bulbs yet.
    Your garden journal looks like a work of art, mine is all text with only the facts I need.
    xx

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  37. Ah yes...spring at last! We have finally recovered from our bitter cold that we received last week and today it nearly feels like summer! What a great idea to have garden journal. I don't have my own garden but my son Aaron has one every year and he keeps us in produce all summer long. I just bought him some seeds of some things I requested him to plant. He will probably be statting his soon! Happy Tuesday!

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  38. Wonderful photos as ever; thank you. Especially the chickens. I'm so glad you're successful with your planting. All I manage to do is grow plants with no fruit - e.g. figs, cherries, although we did get a few apples and pears last year.

    Remember the story you picked for my humourous book? The book is ready now. See my Blog.

    God bless you and yours.

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  39. Wow , how awesome that you kept up with your gardening . I think that's awesome . Happy spring sweet lady . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

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  40. Springter... I like it! It's a perfect description of this time of year :)

    That gardening journal is wonderful. I keep meaning to start one myself, but haven't yet. Maybe this year.

    Anyway, I hope the weather warms up for you soon, my friend.

    xo,
    rue

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  41. I love your gardening journal. You are so creative. I need to get a little project going soon and it may be a journal. Love seeing the ducks in the water and chickens. Hope the sun warms you this week! Thank you so much for the prayers! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  42. Oh, it makes me sad to know that winter is leaving! I used to always feel that fall is my favorite season, but anymore, I like winter just as much! I so enjoyed all of the wonderful photos, as always. God bless you, my sweet and precious friend. :)

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