Easter Wishes

Wes came up today to work on a problem in the basement.  Debra came along to clean the berm out as she does every year for me.

Despite the cold she started in .

Despite the cold she started in .

This is the results when she finished

This is the results when she finished

She also cleared under the Quince bush

She also cleared under the Quince bush

I am so please because she does such a complete job every year and the area looks so much nicer when she is done.

I found the blossoms (not open yet) to the royal purple flowers in the front yard today.

They remind me of what royal robes should look like.

They remind me of what royal robes should look like.

Inside the latest on the Cactus

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Well I have finished reading The Raising by Kasischke and was so impress that I have order some more of her books.  I also read vol 2 of Locke & Key  by Joe Hill ( graphic novel series).  I have decided to catch up on my Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock short story magazines (I’m 4 behind) before I start another novel.

I hope tomorrow will find you celebrating Easter with friends and family. Happy Easter everyone.

The Word!

On my calendar on the fridge in the kitchen when I turned it to April I saw a word in my handwriting on the the 3rd.  I have looked at it a multitude of times trying to figure out what it says.  I asked Cindy, my daughter, when she was up visiting on Wednesday if she could make it out.  She couldn’t help me after making several suggestion of what it could be.  So I continued to peruse that page several times a day.  Then this morning as I sat up on the edge of my bed it came to me.

SURGERY!   As I sit here now I wonder who’s surgery.  Not mine obviously but who’s.  My next thought is that it was important enough to note there and I’m supposed to acknowledge it, maybe even be there and I can’t remember  for who.  Please forgive me  If you expected to see or hear from me today.

001qIn all it’s glory the bloom on my Christmas Cactus that thinks it is an Easter Lily!  There are many more on the way.

Grammie Pammie, my dear and very long time friend, with her hubby, Earl, visited with me yesterday.  What a good time when someone you love dearly and miss frequently shows up on your doorstep to share a couple of hours with you.  ( Her blog is in my sidebar),

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Oh by the way Cindy won the card game because i messed up.

The winner (my rummy card shark!)

The winner (my rummy card shark!)

You see I had this very comfortable lead and then went backward on the two last hands and all she did was smile big!!!!!

 

Early Morning Surprise

34 degrees—7 mph wind now but at 2 am this morning it was this.

Those big white dots are snowflakes

Those big white dots are snowflakes

Out the front door at 9:15 this morning

Out the front door at 9:15 this morning

Looking out the kitchen door ( our main entry)

Looking out the kitchen door ( our main entry)

View from the French doors in the dining room

View from the French doors in the dining room

Looking out the living room door.

Looking out the living room door.

The last day of March 2015.  I’m going to watch my newly purchased Downton Abbey Dvd (series 5), crochet another few rows on my afghan, read a few more pages in both The Raising and Writing Home, and the priority is stay inside!!  Yes this is Spring in Michigan–That is why my winter boots still sit out and my down jacket hangs in the front of the hall closet!

This has been live from Sparky the Winter hermit North of Otisville, Michigan!!!!

Trouble Getting Myself Humming!

Well the showing yesterday was canceled because the gentleman was called into work but hey at least the house is in good shape in case.  Les, Anne, and Kathy came up yesterday in the afternoon for a visit.  I, like Brandy, really enjoy company.

Today is one of those ‘lot I can do’ days but I really can’t get motivated to do anything.  Kathy returned my copy of Cindy La Faerle’s book Writing Home  yesterday and I pick it up trying to remember if I had read it before I loaned it.  I got as far as page 34 and  decided even if I had read I’m going to read it again because I enjoy perusing the pages.

Of course I’m still reading The Raising (on page 25).  I would be further but readying the house for a showing and trying to crochet an afghan keeps getting in the way.  Then this morning Brandy and I went into Otisville to get the Sunday newspaper so that is on the counter waiting for attention.

With Easter a week away I thought you would like to see the old stuff that I hung outside to celebrate the event.

The bunny is by the door but sadly her eggs are cracked from the weather.

The bunny is by the door but sadly her eggs are cracked from the weather.

I’m going to have to retire her soon.

Still have the flag but it reminds me of the Cadbury commercial

Still have the flag but it reminds me of the Cadbury commercial.

On the front of the house is the other sign.

On the front of the house is the other sign.

There is a small wreath on the entry door and that is my Happy Easter to everyone.

Now in the bay window is a very mixed up Christmas cactus that doesn’t know it is Easter.

Looks like blooms are busting out all over.

Looks like blooms are busting out all over

This is the first one up close and personal!

This is the first one up close and personal! 

Now there will be more pictures as the blooms continue to developed.  Of course I really can’t blame the plant because it is cold out and snow on the ground even confused me!!

 

 

A walk around outside promises the Spring flowers will soon be dancing in the extension flower beds.  I am also looking forward to the blooming bushes and trees that delight me every year. It is 37 degrees and very windy but it has got to get better soon. Then I won’t be so jealous of Silver Fox with her bare feet, in her rocker, in 90 degree weather!!

What Is this?

Yep it is true –if you don’t like the weather just wait around a bit and it will change. (Welcome to Michigan.)

Tracks in the snow

Tracks in the snow

21 degrees, wind at 13 mph, and snow –what a Spring this is.  Brandy and I walked out this morning then high tailed it back in quickly!

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This brave thing stayed put when i went out

On to what else is going on.

This darn afghan three days ago.

This darn afghan three days ago.

True to my word I ripped that thing out and put the pattern away.

However

The diagonal square

The diagonal square

I went back to my old stand by and will use the yarn there.

The novel I’m just starting now is The Raising by Laura Kasischke. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Before the snow fell this was on the side of the house.

First blooms peeking up.

First blooms peeking up.

A couple of days back this was the scene in the dining room.

Oh sunshine!

Oh sunshine!

These two always  find the best spot in the house when it comes to some warm  place to rest.

Well I have to get busy I have another showing tomorrow and a tidy up job is due.  Take care!

O K I Can’t Stay Away! (poet ?)

I really tried but even though you (most of you ) never even say anything  I miss visiting. Lots of stuff going on but how important any thing is questionable.   First out the French doors this morning you can see a bit of my frog pond.

I don't know if the ice is gone yet.

I don’t know if any of the ice is gone yet.

I do have to walk out here and clean out birdhouses.  I have two to do and I would like to get them ready for the new tenants when they arrive.  I have seen my Robins, Red Wing Black Birds, some Woodpeckers, and of course the small birds that are around all Winter.

Well have had three showings on the house but nothing serious yet.  But the hilarious thing is when I do have one It is prep everything of course.  Last Saturday It was pull all the afghans off the living room furniture, dust, get out the fancy doilies, hide the stuff off the computer desk, clear the bathroom counter,  hang the fancy towels, open all the blinds, turn on all the lights, and light my black cherry candle for a while.

When I came back home it was everything in reverse but after I did that I got a call later that evening that there would be another showing the next day!  So now there is a little change in my routine to minimize the work involved.

I have finished Gaiman and Reaves The Silver Dream  and have been reading short stories from my Alfred Hitchcock magazine and the new Reader”s Digest at the same time.  My reading material is growing on me.

The Darn Afghan!

The Darn Afghan!

Take a good look at this baby because it ‘ain’t’ gonna happen!!!! There are so many mistakes in it that it is going to be history by noon today!  I have two patterns to try instead so I’m trying them.  I do not have the tenacity that my dear friend Pam does and I don’t need the stress!

Saturday I took Brandy to the Davison Doggy Park.  She was at a loss about what to do because she is always on a lease when she goes outside. But she sniffed every square foot of the small dog area and then I had a bit of a time getting her to go home.  I’m going to take her back again soon.because she loved it.

As I sat this morning after my shower putting lotion on my feet I remembered something my first hubby used to say. “Mary, if you’d polished your shoes for a nickel you’d have to paint the courthouse for a dime.”  Also my daddy used to say,” If they hadn’t turned so much under for feet Mary, you could have been six feet tall.”  Funny how memories sneak back in at odd times!

If you come visit just leave a HI and I will be happy!

On Brandy’s Walk!

Today is the second time Brandy and I have been out walking the driveway but today we explored a bit.

Down the driveway to the mail box.

Down the driveway to the mail box.

The driveway is almost clear all the way down.  So I said we would go get the mail and Brandy started dancing.  I  was able to walk safely with her stopping  every few feet to smell what was going on out there.  It has been a long cold Winter and going for walks was out of the question until now.

Trees are great for checking out who has been around.

Trees are great for checking out who has been around.

The pine needles make great throwing material to exercise those hind legs.  She delights in kicking the lose things under the tree.  We walked back up the driveway, up on the deck, and down on the other side of the dome and found this.

The very first sprouts that will soon be flowers.

The very first sprouts that will soon be flowers.

Another small patch fighting through the dead leaves.

Another small patch fighting through the dead leaves.

Late year when I found this I decided to wait a bit before raking out the area.   This was a big mistake because I broke some of the sprouts off.  So today I’m off the the store to buy a new metal grass rake.  I will start cleaning out the area tomorrow and also continue to work on clearing as the snow melts in the beds.

This is what is happening all over the yard.

Even the berm is starting to show.

Even the berm is starting to show.

 

It is 54 degrees with sun and  no snow in the forecast.   I think we are on our way.  (fingers crossed).

 

It Is Coming!

Good morning on another sun shiny day.  Temperature is mid 30s with no snow or rain in the forecast for the next couple of days.  Only confusion in the picture right now.

This is the back deck this morning.

This is the back deck this morning.

Also the view out the kitchen door (used as my front entrance) is also becoming more ground and less snow.  This morning Brandy went out and didn’t want to step where there was no snow.  She seemed confused at what was happening.  She gingerly step out onto the dirt but then hurried back up on the porch again.  A sure sign we had a lot of snow this Winter when your dog doesn’t remember grass.

With son Wes’ help I finally got a hold of the credit union yesterday, got my transfer made, and found that next Monday things will be back to normal on their phone system.  I do have to drive down and redo my system of distribution due to the change.  But today after my appointment with the foot doctor I have nothing pressing to do  so I have planned nothing .  I can read or pick up that darn afghan.

Have a great day and soak up some coming Spring time.

Don’t Dance!

Well good and bad news this morning. Starting with the bad first.  Sadly I will not be swinging my cowboy boots to the happy music. (In fact I don’t even have to buy the boots,)  My first lesson yesterday proved that even though I know my left from my right my balance is bad and my heart just isn’t in it.  I should have known if I walk funny I’m not going to dance well.

The good is that I was able to ‘overnight ‘ a payment due on the 13th to Dallas, Tx.  My credit union attempted a system change starting on  February 28.  This has resulted in not being able to reach them for a transfer of funds ever since.  I finally called the company and got an overnight address which I set up at the post office yesterday.  The payment should be there by noon today costing only $19.98 to accomplish.  Obviously this resulted in anxiety for a couple of days when I realized I wasn’t going to be able to transfer the additional funds to pay it off.  But that is settled for now.

i woke up at 5:30 this morning and decided to finish off part of my to do list–vacuuming is done.  Now the mopping is up next.

As I sit here the words to a song echo in my head.  “I don’t dance –don’t ask me”.