Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Spring is Here!

Oh, the delight-filled days of spring!  They have arrived... mixed in with days of cloud and rain, but in the last week or two, we have seen days with temps in the 80s! Spring yard duties have called me outdoors, and I've not spent much time inside, working in the yard and garden.  Today I have found some time inside as spring rains are pouring down outside so that I can share some pictures from the past month with you. 

These purple beauties were the among the first flowers in my garden to
lift their faces to the sun. 

Our son turned 20 years old, leaving behind the teenage years forever.  It feels strange to
no longer have a teenager in the house!

A new foal born to our neighbor is standing with its mother against the glorious sunset backdrop. 

You can see in the earlier picture that they were quite a distance away from us.  However, the kind mother brought her little filly right
up to the fence to meet us!  What a delight that was! 

She was the cutest little thing, all legs, and not quite sure of herself.  In this photo, she was only 4 days old. 

Seeing this sweet baby girl almost made me want to have a horse, but I had to rein myself in because they don't
stay babies long, lol! 

Glorious sunsets in the evening.  I enjoy walking at sunset, as the land is still and quiet, and I love listening to the gentle rustle of the trees and sweet chirps of the birds and turkeys as they bed down for the night. 

We had some chicken drama here this past month as well.  Mr. Pepper must have broken his beak somehow in a fight with the other rooster, Mr. Sal.  Because he was unable to eat, he became weak and lost his throneship.  Mr. Sal took over Mr. Pepper's duties quite gladly, and a sad and dejected Mr. Pepper now follows me around the yard. You can see his broken beak.  I researched how to help him, and discovered that their beaks are like fingernails and can be clipped.  So I did a little surgery on Mr. Pepper, removing his lower beak carefully until they were closer in size.  He now can eat, but remains the underdog, for now. 
It felt great to hang clothes out on the line for the first time this season!  My wool sweater has been folded
and put away for now.  Spring/summer weather is here to stay :) 

A day trip with a friend of mine along the river was enjoyed immensely.  The sunshine was brilliant, with not a
cloud in the sky, and the distant snow-capped mountains added the perfect touch to every view. 

A train cheered at us as it steamed along its own path down the river. 

Great views from every bend in the road had us stopping and getting out of the car quite frequently. 

We walked across this pedestrian bridge that crosses the river.  The rush and force of the spring run-off water below
us was incredible to see. 
An osprey had built a nest atop the bridge and kept a vigilant gaze upon us as we walked underneath.  

My garden journal has been updated for the last year of gardening and is prepared and ready for this season of gardening. 

I use a cheap journal notebook, embellish it, and keep track of all my efforts in the garden. It is helpful to look
back and remember when I planted certain bushes and trees as well.  

I keep track of which seed companies I use, how well the seeds produced, and any other tidbits of information that
might be helpful in years to come. 

Another of the early bloomers in my garden, these purple hyacinths were a fragrant gorgeous addition
to the garden just waking up from its long winter naptime.  
Both our children are graduating from college this spring, and my parents are here visiting and to celebrate with us.  I plan to share another post soon with pictures from our trip to Canada, and the graduation.  :)

I hope you are all having a blessed and beautiful springtime... we are enjoying the flowers, the blooms, and the bright greens of spring... because we have already seen that summer's heat is hovering near at hand.  We are enjoying the spring days as much as we possibly can :)


  1. What lovely blue colours in your, garments etc!

    1. Seems like spring blues are the nicest shade! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  2. Love you spring photos, Marilyn. I hope you and your family have a great time together. Congratulations to the graduates!

  3. Oh such beautiful photos. Each one has a special beauty. I love sunsets as well.The calm you mention is something I can relate to.Have a wonderful Mother's Day.

    1. Thank you Ruth!!! Have a blessed Mother's Day too :)

  4. Marilyn, I love all your photos. That sweet little colt. I would love to watch it learning to walk, then to run...speaking of walking then running...Happy birthday to your son...sad that the teen years are past, but he is so young and a life ahead. Good wishes for him. Blessings , xoxo, Susie

  5. Sounds like a glorious Spring filled with God's creation and the bonus of your loved ones around you. Enjoy all the celebrations.

  6. Oh I love your garden journal. I would love to be able to sit down and look and look! Congrats to your grads! Enjoy this time with family and the beautiful weather! Hugs, Diane

  7. Oh my goodness!
    What beautiful photos of your spring days!
    I wish I could garden.
    Sadly, I have never been able to grow anything!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Have a cozy evening.

  8. Lovely sunset pictures! And the little foal is adorable.
    I love your garden journal. Mine consist of two very bulky ring binders filled over the years but I think I'll start a smaller one and make the cover pretty as you have done.
    Congrats to the grads and also a Happy Mother's Day to you.

  9. Those LEGS! They go on forever!
    She’ll be fun to watch develop.
    Hung my clothes out for the first time, too. Love the smell of clothes lined laundry.

  10. How wonderful Spring has come to your beautiful part of the world. As ever your sunsets are glorious and oh how sweet that itty bitty foal is. How exciting to have had a trip to Canada. Congratulations to your sons on their graduations. Enjoy your lovely garden in the springtime, lovely Marilyn. It has been such a delight to visit you once again.

  11. The foal was a delight to see, such beautiful colouring. Also a joy to see the sunset, such beauty. I love the smell of line dried clothes/bedding. Sadly I am still wearing winter woollies.

  12. Congratulations to the new graduates!!! And, how wonderful to have your family here visiting. Spring is such a wonderful time of renewal and this spring seemed to be a long time arriving so we’re all enjoying it to the fullest. What a sweet little filly. It makes me want a horse too and we live in the city! So sorry about poor Mr. Pepper. I hope he heals up and gets stronger again. How wonderful of you to be able to help him.
    I hope you enjoy your company and springtime!

  13. Oh, sweet friend! It was SO nice to get to visit with you tonight! Oh, I just loved seeing all of your amazing photos and hearing all of your news! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your son! Wow, 20 years old...unbelievable how quickly they grow up and time just slips right through our fingers. Oh, for the days that they were little again. But, time marches on, and we have no choice but to allow it to propel us forward in spite of all of our longings for yesteryear. CONGRATULATIONS to both of your children upon their graduations!! How exciting for both of them! May God hold them close and guide their paths for the future and make it all so clear to them. You are a wonderful mother and have done an amazing job raising them. They will remember that all the days of their lives. Have a wonderful time on your vacation to Canada, and I will be looking forward to hearing all about it when you get home and seeing the amazing pictures that I know you will take. You are a precious blessing and gift to this world, and I am so thankful for you. Sending much love and hugs and praying for your faithfully!

  14. I love Spring and spring flowers. Happy birthday to your son!

  15. Gorgeous photos as always, Marilyn. And wow - a birthday celebration and college graduations! You have lots of happy moments this spring. How wonderful is that?

  16. Loving your pictures. Awe...No longer a teenager! They just get grown too quickly. How precious is that little baby horse. I hope you have a great Mother's Day. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  17. Oh yay! Celebrating each and every good thing about spring ... any breath of warm air, any flower blooming, every time the sun peeks through.

    Yes, please!


  18. I follow you on Instagram and saw that you had a blog, so I'm now looking through this, too! I am your newest follower and also have your blog listed on my blog roll on the side of my blog. Looking forward to going through more of your blog and getting to know you better! I hope you will pop over to my blog and pay me a visit if you get a chance, too!

  19. So much springtime, I love it!! Things are just starting to bloom here, too and I am so happy with all the color. We've also been in the middle of birthdays and graduations. Exciting!! Congratulations to you!

  20. Marilyn, your posts are always such a delight to read and your photos are just beautiful. I'm so glad your spring has finally come...we are about to get into summer here...going to be 90= over the weekend! Congrats on your baby turning's just crazy how times passes, isn't it? I hope you have a lovely Mother's Day weekend!

  21. Gorgeous views. That sweet little baby horse makes me want one too but I live in a village! My son turns 20 this year too, in August. I have lost a teenager at home but gained one when my granddaughter turned 13 in April. Yikes....time is flying by!

  22. You truly live in such a glorious area, Marilyn! Congratulations on the graduations - such exciting times!!

  23. Happy Birthday to your son. They grow up too fast. Oh, that is the cutest baby horse I've ever seen.Glad spring has arrived there. We are actually into very warm weather now...near 90 degrees today. I love your garden journal.

  24. Birthdays and graduations are special times for family to gather. Your springtime photos are gorgeous with all the blues in flowers, sky, and laundry on the line. What a darling little colt.

  25. I love your garden journal!
    Wow! You have such lovely views. Happy spring, Marilyn!

  26. Hello Dear Friend,
    We have a graduation this Spring as well. Also some big news regarding our oldest son that I will share soon.
    I love your idea regarding the garden journal. I have a simple garden journal, I do like to look back and read what we were doing when.

    Looking forward to your Canada trip photos.

  27. Hello! I just love looking through your spring pictures and hearing about your days.
    I love your garden journal, and I think it's a wise thing to do. I have one, but not so nice. Enjoy all the nice colour around you!

  28. I don't think I commented yet on this post! Time sure gets away from me! Your photos are so pretty... LOVE the river and lake pictures (or all river?). Love the horses of course... have had horses almost my entire life, since I was 13 and saved money by knitting, for my first horse. How precious are the newborns. Congrats on two kids graduating from college. What a feat.. what an accomplishment. You must be very proud. We've morphed from spring right into summer here... was 92 today! I was outside working in it but had to come in.. just to hot for me to be outside working. Phew. Little by little.. may get things done over time. Hope you are enjoying your parents visiting! Hugs... Marilyn

  29. We had that kind of drama when we had more than one rooster too. Glad your rooster can eat again.

    Both kids are graduating from college and one is only 20! Well done!

  30. I always enjoy your posts and photography so much. The area where you live is so breathtaking!! I would never get anything done, I 'd be walking around taking pictures all the time and breathing the fresh air. So lovely. I truly enjoyed this post, and am happy that spring has finally arrived for you. Enjoy your time with your family, and congratulations to the graduates!! Wow! two at once!! How exciting!!!!

  31. Poor Mr. Pepper. My heart just hurts for him.


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