This trio of hugging frogs came home with us today from the garden center, in addition to a bunch of seed packets, one daphne, one rhododendron, new Mud gloves for me, and 50 feet of plastic edging for my enlarge-the-garden project.
The yard has been raked/blown free of winter debris, I'm pruning shrubs and laying plans for flower beds and the veggie garden, and soon spring planting will be in full swing.
We've had gorgeous spring weather for a couple of days, and today was a day that Johannah said was a "the kind of day you should spend with family." We put our clans and produce drawers together for cousin play outside and stir fry for dinner.
My niece, Stella, who is such a YUMMY baby:
She finds her mama yummy as well:
The boys are all too busy digging to look at the camera:
Just as they did last year, an enormous flock of robins and a few cedar waxwings descended upon the neighbors' holly trees this morning and picked them bare within about 20 minutes. They then retreated into the trees to digest, and then flew away, leaving nothing but colorful dappled sidewalks behind them.
I looked into the migratory patterns of robins and discovered that, while we tend to think of robins returning in the spring, this is only true of much more northern climes...like Canada. Here in the states, Robins are around throughout the year. We just don't see them as much in the wintertime because they flock together instead of being more evenly spread over an area. They also stay up in the trees more until the weather warms up. So the true harbinger of spring is not a huge flock of ravenous berry-eaters, but rather a lone robin or two, digging for worms. Hope to see that sight soon!
Look at that! Three boys in one shot! It's a miracle!
And look at all that snow still sticking around. You should see the piles in the parking lots all over town, they're as big as houses. It's going to take a month or more for the stuff in our yard to melt and probably more for the parking lots. Yikes. How do places that get more snow than this deal with all of it? I mean, where do you PUT it?
We have had a string of snow days as yet another winter storm has swallowed up the Mid-Atlantic. A lot of people are sick of snow, but I couldn't be happier. Ok, I'm sometimes a little stir-crazy, but a walk can do wonders for that - tromping in boots, catching some vitamin-D-promoting rays, and snapping pictures. Ahhh, good for what ails me. Once the winter blahs are banished, I'm totally content to have pajama days and marvel at all the white stuff. It's awesome to have a winter that is, for once, really wintery. Griff is ecstatic. I don't think we've ever had a year where he really got his fill of snow and ice.
There is nothing like a gorgeous ice-crystally snowfall to bring out the awestruck geek in me. Perfect convergence of nature, science, wonder, and photographic opportunity. I've created a gallery of photos from this year's images, with a few of last year's at the end. I recommend viewing it as a slideshow.