Photo 365 #289

I’ve been cleaning and chopping and cooking and freezing and washing all day long and I am exhausted.


I’m so tired I can’t even come up with a decent caption for this lovely picture of dandelion seeds preparing for flight, like a dream upon the wind.

Here’s hoping tomorrow is more restful.

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Photo 365 #287

I find the prettiest little scenes in my yard.  Last year it was a couple of tree roots sticking up out of the ground, and this year it’s a stick and a flower:


There is beauty everywhere, even under a half-dead pine tree, if only we take the time to look.

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Photo 365 #286

2015-05-19 12.57.59I still can’t get over how beautiful it was yesterday.  It was a little chilly, but not bad.  Sweatshirt weather.

I love sweatshirt weather.

But today?  Today we’re back in the cold, gray dumps.  It’s wet, but not windy (for the first time in a good week and a half).  I woke up exhausted, which makes the grayness seem even more dreary, somehow.

So today I’m sharing another of the beauties I captured yesterday.  It fairly screams spring.  It’s cheery and bright and just the thing to chase away the gray.

How do you chase away the gray?

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Photo 365 #285

White coral bells, upon a slender stalk...

White coral bells, upon a slender stalk…

Despite the forecast, it’s a lovely day outside.  After running some errands this noon, the boys and I came back home and spent some time in the yard playing.  They played with each other, and I played with my camera. 🙂

We’ve got some beautiful lily of the valley coming up along the north side of our house and as I stretched out in the grass to capture it, Shadow and Opal stopped by to keep me company.  Turns out Shadow just wanted to laze about on my lap in the sun.  If I hadn’t had other things to do (and others to keep track of), that would have been a lovely way to spend the afternoon.

Cricket finally tired of the wind and decided he was ready to go back inside.  “Do you have just one more picture to take, Mom?” he asked me.  I assured him that I only had just one more, but after about ten just-one-mores, there was no more putting off the inevitable and we all headed inside.


Except Buddy.  Despite the puppy-dog eyes, he stayed parked outside in the shade. 😉

Do your cats demand your attention while you’re trying to work?  How do you handle it?

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Photo 365 #284

Prior to this spring, I don’t think I’d ever seen a baby pine cone before.  Imagine my surprise, then, to see what looked like bright red berries on the pine trees outside my bedroom window.

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I found this on the ground a few days later.  With all the wind we’ve had lately, they’re all over the place now, but this first one intrigued me to no end.

Ain’t nature grand? 🙂

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Photo 365 #281

It was a beautiful spring day today! Mother Nature surprised us. It was supposed to be warm and rainy, but instead it was warm, sunny, and humid. I’ll take warm and sunny any day, though if I had to judge by today, I’d say it’s gonna be a long, hot summer.

Still, you can’t beat a day like this. 🙂

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Photo 365 #280

It’s a wet and windy day today, so of course, the boys were up at the crack of dawn wanting to go outside and play.  There’s a chill in the air, so all I wanted to do was stay snuggled up in bed.  Luckily, I was able to reach a compromise – the boys came and snuggled in bed with me.

They watched cartoons, I worked on my story.

And for a while, everyone was happy.  Then, of course, the begging for food began.  Kids these days – they think they need to eat three times a day. 😛

How do you like to spend cold, wet mornings?

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Photo 365 #274

In the process of picking up the yard Saturday, I also pruned my rhubarb patch.  It was starting to go to seed, so I pulled the seed pods out and tossed them in a pile, but the thing about pulling seed pods is that they often pull up a stalk or two of rhubarb along with them.

I figured as long as I was inadvertently pulling rhubarb, I may as well pick some intentionally, too.

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I picked all of this rhubarb Saturday afternoon, and there’s lots more where that came from!

Photo 365 #273

We spent a lot of time outside Sunday afternoon, and it was really quite fun.  Bubbles helped Seymour with the sandbox, Cricket played with his tricycle, Thumper picked flowers, and Miss Tadpole wandered around.  She climbed trees, chatted with the guys, and followed the boys around.


At one point, she helped Thumper pick flowers.  He already had quite a few, but by the time the two of them were finished, they had quite a bouquet. 🙂

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