Monday, April 10, 2017

Touches of Spring... and Winter too

Spring moments are here!


Our first family of robins has arrived...


Ducks and geese are back, swimming in the open waters again.



A quiet moment in the frigid waters.


I spotted this blue heron a good ways off... and even with my zoom lens, this is as close as I could get.  And it wasn't long after he spotted my lens, he was off and away, so this one shot had to do!


This is the time of in-between seasons with the cold wind blowing off the snow-capped mountains and yet spring is doing her best to settle in with warm sunshine, blue skies, and the arrival of robins and geese.


It was a cool sunshine-y blustery day, with the clouds sailing effortlessly along the horizon, hurried along by the brisk winds.


So nice to see these lakes, just a few weeks ago that had been ice-covered, now calm and crisp on this breezy spring day.


Nothing green growing in the marshes yet...



One of the first Idaho wildflowers to bloom in early spring, the buttercup has begun to grace the hillsides around us.



Did you know that this beautiful flower is poisonous? I did not either, but on visiting the Idaho website for wildflowers, this is what it said:

Ranunculus glaberrimus) 
POISONOUS!

History: The Buttercup gets its name because of the resemblance of the shiny petals to a cup of butter. "Ranunculus" is taken from the word "rana" which is the Latin name for frog and is a reference to the aquatic habitat of some of the Butterucps. The species name "glaberrimus" means very smooth. 

Description: This "first sign of spring" has bright, shiny yellow flowers which turn white with age. It has 5 to 8 petals, sometimes more, and numerous stamens and pistils. Stems can have one to several flowers with both entire and divided leaves. It can appear as early as the latter part of March in lower elevations and is flowering in mountain valleys in May. 

Habitat: This spring jewel can be found in several habitats ranging from sagebrush flats to moist mountain meadows. 

Comments: Buttercups as a group are poisonous. One species contains principles so acrid and poisonous that it will cause stomach pain if even a small portion of a leaf is eaten. It can also cause inflammation and blisters if applied to the skin. They can also be poisonous to livestock. The Sagebrush Buttercup, however, is an important spring food of blue grouse.

USDA Buttercup




The fields are beginning to respond to the sunshine and warmer temperatures, and it won't be long now, and the grass will be green!


Riley, Annie and I on our evening walk.  We climbed a steep hillside, and all of us took a moment for a breather at the top.


It felt good to be out hiking without needing boots! Our snow has completely melted, tulips are steadily growing in the garden, and the mud is drying up... why we've even got dust now on the gravel road!  With just a day or two of sunshine and wind, we went from mud to dust! But at this point, I am thankful for no more mud!




This happy package arrived in the mail, and a sweet little girl was hoping there was something in it for her.. and there was!  I won a spring giveaway that Carla from The River had, and in her note to me, she said: "Give that little pup a pat from me"... well, I was only too happy to oblige!



Carla sent me a lovely package of goodies, so very sweet of her!  And Riley got that extra pat, with great gratitude :) Thanks Carla for the happy mail!


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I've been spending a lot of time out in my yard and garden getting things back into shape after a long winter.  Lots and lots of raking taking place!  Oh, those pine needles, lol!


I put up this bluebird box last week in our yard close to the bird feeders.  I have seen some activity around it, but I'm not sure if a bluebird family has made it their home yet, but I'm hoping they will.

This morning after nearly a month without snow, it began to snow again.  So far the snow has accumulated about an inch on the ground.  No doubt it will melt quickly once it gets finished snowing.  It is pretty watching it come down!


I went into the garden this morning, and got this picture of little Riley watching from the outside looking in.  No animals of any kind are allowed in my garden right now, and she doesn't think that is fair... doesn't she have the cutest pouting face!


My tulips are growing quickly, and I anticipate the blooms, hopefully within a couple of weeks or so.  I planted these last fall.  I ordered them from Breck's which is an American company which ships the tulips from Holland.  I am eagerly anticipating their blooms to see the rich colors promised in the catalog!


It is nice to watch the snow come down, knowing that it will melt shortly!


Back inside, Riley was thrilled to find a cozy spot curled up with Mister Simba... for the first time ever!  Mister Simba has been slowly warming up to Riley's ambitious gestures of love, and today I saw a break in the clouds... Mister Simba allowed Riley to curl up beside him, and they both were sound asleep at my feet as I typed this blog post.  A milestone made today, lol!

I will be traveling to Texas later this week to spend Easter with both my family and my husband's family.  My 87-year-old grandmother and one of my aunts accompanying her will be flying tomorrow from New Brunswick to spend the Easter weekend with all of us.  I will join them on Thursday.  I ask for your prayers for safe travels for all of us, and that the Lord will bless our time together.  My husband's mother has been very, very ill, and has been in either ICU or the hospital for the last two months, so I am looking forward very much to seeing her too.  It will be a very busy, hectic time, seeing lots of family, and lots of traveling too.  I am looking forward to seeing the Texas bluebonnets too... this is the best time of year to visit Texas, in my opinion :)

If I don't get to post again until after Easter, I wish all of  you a blessed and very special time of celebrating and remembering what our Lord did for us at Calvary! 

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  1. It's so much fun to get happy mail and Carla is a sweetheart! Love that she said give your puppy a pat. I hope your trip goes well. I'll keep you in my prayers. I have lots of family in Texas...would love to be there too! Hugs, Diane

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    1. That was sweet of her to send a pat for Riley :) I had a very blessed trip, and I hope to write about it soon :) Appreciate your visit Diane!

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  2. Have a wonderful trip.

    Breck's tulips are wonderful, but I've been buying a bag every year from Costco and keep adding to my garden.

    The photo of Riley taking a breather is wonderful.

    Our snow has already melted.

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    1. I'm still waiting for my tulips to bloom, can't wait! Our snow melted too, by early afternoon. Now, lots of green starting to show up! Yeah, spring really is here :)

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  3. I hope you have a great trip, Marilyn!! (Now I can freely call you by name!;>) I have had very good luck with Breck's bulbs over the years. I know that the squirrels like to dig them up and eat them but I have had good success anyway.

    Love the package you got from Carla. What a sweet win...and a little love added for the pupster!

    Hope you have a really great Easter week- xo Diana

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    1. I am waiting on my tulips to bloom, I can't wait! I am glad you like Brecks. I don't have squirrels around - the dogs keep them away, for which I am glad for. However, I do have gophers, and they are just as bad.

      The package was so special from Carla, so sweet of her to send a pat for Riley ;)

      Hugs to you dear friend!

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  4. Praying for safe travel for all of you. I wish you and the family a blessed Easter.
    That is cutest pouty face on Riley! I enjoyed the scenes from around your home. I can't believe it snowed again! Cannot wait to see your tulips. Congrats on your win from Carla.

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    1. The snow melted quickly! Spring is here... green grass is growing, and I spotted a hummingbird today. Still waiting on the tulips though, but it shouldn't be long... :)

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  5. Hi Marilyn! Aw! Riley is a cute pouter! And I always love seeing the ginger cat!
    Stay warm AND soak up that mountain sunshine!

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    1. Thanks PomPom... our sweet ginger cat was really happy to see me get back home from being away, well, I think all the animals were, lol! And I did soak up lots of Texas sunshine, it was lovely, but as always, great to be back home!

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  6. Some lovely photographs included in your post, and those goodies from Carla look a lovely package.

    Wishing you safe travel, and have a wonderful time with your family.

    My good wishes

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, I had a blessed time in Texas. Appreciate your visit!

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  7. Have a wonderful trip and when you get home it will be full swing spring!
    Love your photography...
    At least I am not the last person to comment! LOL
    P.S. I do hope you are having these photos printed off!
    Hugs, Roxy

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    1. I saw a hummingbird today, so I KNOW spring has got to be here :) I do need to print these photos off, no I haven't had them printed off yet. Thanks for the reminder! Hugs :)

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  8. Have a beautiful trip, my friend...and I say, "NO MORE SNOW" {{{giggling}}}.

    Keeping you in prayer.

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    1. I think our snow has finally finished... I saw a hummingbird today! :)

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  9. Beautiful pictures and prose as always my friend. :) We woke up to snow this morning here also but it quickly melted off. Poor Jeff so wanted to get the lawn mowed today. Congratulations on your win and I hope you have a very special Easter celebration with your family. Much love to you!

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    1. Getting snow and mowing a lawn, just do not seem to go together, lol, but in North Idaho, you just never know what to expect! Hope you had a special Easter, I had a wonderful time in Texas. Hugs!

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  10. Such beautiful pictures. Interesting unknown fact about buttercups. Happy Easter!

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    1. I admit I did not know buttercups were poisonous! Who named them buttercups, as if you could eat them, lol! Hope you had a blessed Easter!

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  11. We had snow on Saturday evening. It was enough to make me cry. Dreaming of spring and warmth.

    Idaho has three distinct areas. The north is so mountainous and beautiful. The east is sage brush and desert, and the southwest has a little of both.

    Have a wonderful Easter.

    Hasi

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    1. Thank you for sharing about Idaho, I know that the terrain varies widely in this large state. I have not been in much of Idaho, although I hope to do more visiting of this amazing state as I can. Appreciate your visit, and thankful for our new friendship! Hugs :)

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  12. Marilyn, a blessed Easter to you and your family. I'll be praying for traveling mercies for all and that your mother-in-law is feeling better. xo

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    1. Thank you for your prayers, I had a blessed trip, and my dear mother in law is doing much better, praise the Lord! Appreciate your friendship!

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  13. Safe travels and Happy Easter!

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    1. Thanks Marie, and I hope you had a blessed Easter as well!

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  14. Spring is here!! Happy Easter!

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    1. Yes, I can certainly say spring is here - I saw a hummingbird today! :) I hope you had a blessed and special Easter too Mary!

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  15. Well I learned something valuable on your post, about the buttercups being poison as a group. Also learned you take wonderful pictures. Happy EAster

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    1. I did not know buttercups were poisonous either, it was new information to me! I wonder who would name them after a food, as if you could eat them? Oh my... well thank you for your sweet compliment. Appreciate your friendship, and trust you had a blessed Easter as well!

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  16. A blessed Easter to you and yours. Praying as I type for safe travels and for a wonderful time celebrating our Savior! Was a little surprised to have snow this morning in Colville and all along 395 driving to Spokane!

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    1. Thankfully the snow didn't last long :) I do believe it is spring here now, I saw a hummingbird today :) I trust your family had a blessed Easter as well!

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  17. Have a wonderful Easter, and enjoy your time with your family, sweet friend. I have been praying for your mother-in-law and wasn't sure how she was doing by now. Glad to see an update, but so sorry the news is not better. I know you will cherish your time with her and your grandmother in Texas. Life is so fleeting...it seems the moments mean ever more the older we grow and we realize they don't last forever. Safe travels to you and all of your loved ones! Take care, and God be with you!!

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    1. I did have a blessed time in Texas, it was full of much love, laughter and precious memories. You are right, life is truly so very fleeting, and each moment we have together, we need to cherish! Appreciate your prayers, and am so thankful for the good trip and memories that were made :) Hugs to you today!

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  18. The snow looks so pretty just dusted upon the ground. After the snow melts this time of year it seems as if the grass becomes greener quicker and the flowers pop up suddenly.
    Buttercups are one of my favorite flowers and I too did not know of their danger.
    Have a safe and blessed trip.

    Easter blessings as you celebrate our risen Savior ♡

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    1. I didn't know of the danger of buttercups either! Always was so excited to see them in spring. Appreciate your prayers for my trip, the Lord certainly was with us, and we had some very precious and special memories made. Appreciate your visit, and Easter wishes, hugs to you today!

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  19. May your travels be safe and your stay blessed.

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    1. Thank you Barbara, your visits are always a blessing to me :)

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  20. Love, love, love that spring has finally arrived for you! The photos speak volumes.
    Have a safe and happy trip to Texas, and enjoy your family at this wonderful Easter time.
    Blessings!

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    1. Yes, spring has arrived, I saw the first hummingbirds today! I had a wonderful trip, thank you for your wishes, and I hope your family had a blessed Easter :)

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  21. Oh Marilyn...what a beautiful post! Enjoy your time with your family :0) ... mari

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    1. Thank you Mari, always appreciate your visit :)

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  22. Hi Marilyn,

    Wow! You finally got some spring weather and then winter hit again! I love ducks and geese and robins and I could probably sit by a pond and watch them all day. I hope your tulips won't be affected by the snow.

    I didn't know that buttercups were poisonous. First, the wisteria, now the buttercups! Thank goodness for my beloved and adorable daisies!

    Wishing you safe travels and a blessed Easter. Enjoy your time with your family and hope your mother-in-law is better.

    Hugs,
    Poppy:)

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    1. Yes, thank goodness for daisies! And maybe even dandelions :) Spring and winter have been in a tussle, but I think winter has lost, I saw my first hummingbird here today! Thank you for the wishes for safe travels, it was a blessed and very special time! Hugs to you today :)

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  23. It looks like spring is well under way there Marilyn. We still have a lot of snow, especially in the fields and deep woods, but it has been melting slowly the past week and there are lots of bare patches on the fields and our yard. It's so messy right now with all the branches, twigs, needles and such but the ground is still quite wet to do any raking. I wish you a very blessed Easter weekend. Hugs. Pam

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    1. All our snow is gone, but we have gotten so much rain, it is hard to do much raking here either. But, spring is here - I saw my first hummingbird here today! I think they were just passing through, as I haven't seen them again, but still! I hope you had a blessed Easter. Hugs to you today :)

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  24. Your photos are beautiful, and your header is stunning! You have a lovely blog. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Linda, I appreciate your kind words so much, and your visit! Hugs to you today :)

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  25. It really is getting to be spring where you are! Isn't it fun seeing what all is poking it's head up above the ground year after year? Especially when you plant bulbs in the fall! Your photos are so beautiful and I particularly like the ones with the reflections on the pond! I hope you and your family have a fabulous Easter holiday and may the Lord grant you all traveling mercies on your journeys! Hugs!

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    1. I am still waiting on the tulips to bloom, but it hopefully will be within a week or two! I appreciate your kind words so much, you take such lovely pictures too! Appreciate your prayers for my travels so much, the time was blessed, and went by far too fast, but lots of precious memories were made! Hugs to you today :)

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  26. Robins and Snow...you must live in Idaho! (hahaha)

    Riley is such a sweet dog. Her face and eyes melt my heart. So now the cat has a given way to Riley, sweet!

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    1. Yes, we are quite happy about the turn of events with Mister Simba and Riley finally making peace!

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  27. Enjoy your trip! Have fun! Love all your photos! I think you need to have a photo album made...;)
    Riley is soooo stinkin cute!
    Enjoy your Spring!
    I hope you have a Blessed Easter, my friend!

    Hugs, Amy

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    1. Thank you Amy, yes, I do need to print off my favorite pictures for sure, that's a great idea! Riley just keeps getting cuter too :) I had a blessed Easter with our families, so thankful for a good trip. Hope your Easter was blessed too!

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  28. Enjoy your trip! Have fun! Love all your photos! I think you need to have a photo album made...;)
    Riley is soooo stinkin cute!
    Enjoy your Spring!
    I hope you have a Blessed Easter, my friend!

    Hugs, Amy

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  29. What beautiful pictures of your surroundings, even in the pre-green of Spring! We got a dusting of snow way over here in Upstate NY too and it was gone within a day. Your doggies are just adorable. What breed is Riley?

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    1. Riley is an Australian shepherd. She doesn't have papers, but she is a full breed. She is just the sweetest little girl, and we love her more every day :)

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  30. Your world looks like ours...everything is slowly defrosting and coming to life again. Carla is the sweetest. Of course she would include a puppy pat! Love that. Safe travels to you all and Happy Easter my friend. :)

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    1. Carla is so precious, and so sweet of her to send a pat to Riley. I had a blessed time in Texas, so thankful for the good memories made. Hope you had a blessed Easter too!

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  31. Sweet pics . I would have a ball photographing my grands at your place . Wow! You capture so much beauty . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

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    1. Bring the grands anytime, I'd be so excited to share a photo shoot with you! Hugs to you today dear friend!

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  32. Have a safe and blessed trip and I hope your husband's mom will recover quickly. How neat to see both sides of the family in one place! That is almost unheard of anymore. Love your "almost spring" photos.. and then snow! Reminds me of La Pine, Oregon where I lived 2 years ago.. I would go out and take pictures of any little flowering thing I could find in April. There wasn't much! I spent the last weekend at the Oregon coast with all 3 of my sisters.. kind of a sister's reunion for my baby sister's 60th birthday! Her best friend was there and her son and his wife.. so a nice big family get together and very noisy, loud and full of laughter.. I cherish those times.. but am exhausted! Will take me this week to recover! Hugs.. Marilyn

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    1. Oh I know what you mean, you love those family times so very much! How wonderful that you all got together for your sister's 60th! A wonderful milestone and great way to celebrate with family! I do believe spring is finally really here, I saw our first hummingbird here today :) I had a great trip to Texas, so many precious memories made, probably much like your Oregon trip! Hope your week has been going well :)

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  33. Oh Marilyn, I enjoyed taking a walk with you today. Thank you for all of the lovely pictures. I love Riley's pouty face. She is so cute anyway, but the pout just endears her even more.

    I will be praying for your trip to Texas...safe traveling for everyone and a blessed time of fellowship wiwth family.

    Hugs to you today, my friend...and a wish for a very blessed Easter celebration.

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    1. She has the cutest little pouty face, indeed! Melts your heart! Thank you for your prayers for my trip to Texas, it was a very blessed time, so thankful for the wonderful memories that were made. Appreciate you, and your friendship!

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  34. who knew buttercups are poisonous! wow. Riley is just tooooo cute.

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    1. I agree, who knew? And that Riley, so precious, we love her dearly, as we do all our fur babies :)

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  35. It was nice to see the signs of spring in your area and packages in the mail are always so much fun to receive. Have a safe trip to Texas and hopefully you'll have photos of the bluebonnets to share.
    Happy Easter.

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    1. I saw no bluebonnets in Texas! That was sad, because I was really hoping to see some, but all the rain they had this year took them out! I did have a very blessed trip though, so thankful for all the precious memories made :)

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  36. How fun that you have flowers already! I haven't seen any flowers yet here but otherwise our weather is sounding very similar to yours -though we haven't gotten any recent snow either.
    May God bless you and guide you in this trip to Texas. Have a wonderful time with family!!

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    1. Thank you Abbi for your prayers, that means so much, and I did have such a blessed and wonderful time with our families there. God is good! Hugs to you today :)

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  37. It was so wonderful to see your beautiful touches of Springtime, Marilyn, even though the snow came back. I loved seeing Riley's pouting face, looking into the garden. I've just said a prayer for safe travels as you head to Texas. Enjoy visiting your family and seeing all the beauty of the bluebonnets! Happy Easter blessings to you and your loved ones.

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    1. Thank you for praying Kitty, it was a blessed time, so many special memories made, I'm so very thankful! I hope you had a blessed and special Easter :)

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  38. The grass there looks like ours here in ND. I am glad it will be all green soon. Our mornings are chilly but yesterday the temp was up to 59 degrees. Love to see nature around your place. I just love the ducks, geese or any bird for they make Spring just heavenly. Pat your fur babies for me too! They're cute!! Blessings to you and happy Easter!!

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    1. It is spring here, I think! I saw our first hummingbird today :) Spring is just heavenly, I agree, and I am looking forward to more lovely days! It got up to 62 here today :) Appreciate your visits and friendship :)

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  39. Marilyn, your home is lovely no matter what time of year! I never would have guessed that about buttercups. I don't believe I've eaten any flowers except maybe dandelions.

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    1. Thank you Laura! I did not know that about buttercups either! I have eaten violets, as well as the honey out of honeysuckles, as well as others I'm sure, but I'm glad I didn't try to eat a buttercup! Appreciate your visit and your friendship :)

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  40. Hi Marilyn! We had buttercups that came up in our backyard, and I always thought they were so 'cute'. Little did I know that they were poisonous! Good thing none of us kids decided to try one!
    Your spring photos are just what we all need, spring is here, even if it gets a little snow. I hope that's all gone now. What a cute package from your blog-friend too. It really is a friendly place in cyberspace, isn't it?
    Blessings for a Happy Easter,
    Ceil

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    1. I've been so blessed by the blogging world, in so many ways Ceil, and am thankful for your friendship :) I am with you on the buttercup, it was new information for me too! I'm excited to report that spring is officially here... I saw my first hummingbird here today :)

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  41. Oh, that Riley is simply the cutest, staring into the garden!! You are fortunate that the squirrels and other critters don't eat your tulip bulbs - they LOVE them here! If I plant 50 tulips I'll be lucky to get 10 blooms!

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    1. Oh wow, that is not a very good return for your efforts with the squirrels! I don't have squirrels, but we do have gophers. I noticed that some of my tulips didn't come up, wonder if the gophers got them already. My tulips aren't blooming yet, maybe another week or so. But, I did see our first hummingbird here today!

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  42. Hey Marilyn! I only have some wildflowers popping up here and there in the yard. I managed to collect enough Rain Lilies and Buttercups for a small bouquet before they were mowed down. :(
    Riley is such a cutie pie! Between you and my son and daughter, I might just become a dog person after all. ;)
    Sweet package from your blog friend! Love it!!!
    Have an exceptional Resurrection weekend! Love you, my friend!

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    1. With a puppy like Riley, you just can't help yourself, she really is a very sweet precious dog. I may make a believer out of you yet that you need a puppy :) Hugs to you dear friend, hope you had a blessed Easter!

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  43. Hi Marilyn, What beautiful photos of the season in transition from winter to spring. Lovely buttercup but beware right? I just learned that the morning glories I started from seed are highly poisonous. I didn't know this either. Sweet Riley is adorable!! What a special package you received. Wishing you a very Happy and Blessed Easter!! xo

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    1. Morning glories too? Wow, good information, I didn't know that about them! It was such a special package from Carla, and Riley and I both benefited :) I didn't get to see any bluebonnets on my trip to Texas :( The rain washed them all away before I could get there. But, I still had a very blessed and wonderful time. Hugs to you today :)

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  44. Hi Marilyn, isn't it wonderful to see the birds returning? We have had numerous robins hanging around for the last while but I feel sorry for them every time we get a little more snow. We had flurries twice today but it will be warmer tomorrow. I had no idea Buttercups are poisonous, we used to rub them on our skin as children to make butter lol. It sounds like you will have a very busy Easter. Safe travels for everyone and I hope your husband's mother starts doing better. Hugs, Kelly.

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    1. I saw a hummingbird for the first time here today, and now, spring can officially be announced here, lol! It is so nice to see spring moving along now, my tulips should have blooms in the next week or two, and I can't wait! I agree about the buttercups, who gave them a name after a food? Glad that you never ate them either! My MIL is doing better, thank you for asking! Appreciate your visit and friendship :)

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  45. You live in such a beautiful area! I loved the heron shot - you did good with your lens. Riley is as cute as can be!

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    1. When I zoomed in, I lost some of the clarity of the picture of the heron, but I will keep trying to get a better picture, as I think he is a frequent visitor there :) And yes, Riley just keeps getting cuter and cuter!

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  46. Oh, the robin and blue heron! Spring is exciting. I did not know buttercups were poisonous! I am praying for your trip to Texas, asking God to give you favor everywhere you step. Have a beautiful Easter weekend with your family.

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    1. Spring is exciting, especially since I saw our first hummingbird feeders of the year today! Thank you so much for praying, I had a blessed trip to Texas, and lots of very special memories were made! Appreciate your visit and friendship :)

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  47. Yay! Your spring is coming, little by little! Loved the robin and the ducks and geese, and of course the doggies out enjoying the fresh air. Crazy to see more snow, but I guess that is to be expected in Idaho in April. Enjoy your trip to Texas. What a blessing to have so many loved ones coming together. Praying it will be a special time for all.

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    1. Yes, snow is not unexpected here, and we were thankful it melted quickly! I had a blessed trip to Texas, thank you for praying, that means so much! Hugs to you today :)

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  48. A trip to look forward to, a lovely package in the mail, great photos of your part of the world - such a lovely post. Enjoy!
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Lots of lovely, agreed :) Appreciate your friendship Amalia!

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  49. We woke up to a blizzard this morning, how about you?

    Blessings!

    Hasi

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    1. A blizzard! Oh my! No, we did not have a blizzard here. I'm sorry to hear that for you, I hope it has melted by now! Blessings to you today!

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  50. He is risen indeed!

    Have a wonderful Easter celebration, Marilyn ...

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    1. He is risen, and oh how thankful we are that He now lives in our hearts! Appreciate you dear Linda, and praying you had a blessed Easter!

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  51. I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Resurrection Sunday! Isn't it funny how spring and winter overlap? I think we've thrown off the last vestiges of winter. Now we've got spring and summer overlapping! :)

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    1. It is those in-between seasons that make life interesting, doesn't it! I do believe spring has sprung here though, I saw my first hummingbird here today :)

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  52. Love your photos ~ thanks for sharing and enjoy your trip!

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    1. Thank you Anne for your visit, and I had a blessed trip, so thankful for the precious memories that were made :) Hugs to you today!

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