Friday, April 24, 2015

And Down She Came

Two years ago we were notified that some trees were going to cut down because of concerns with the power lines. 

 The crew arrived Thursday morning (yes we got a touch of snow the night before) mother nature pranking us once again!  They trimmed up the smaller branches.

For some reason they pulled off the job, tidied up the yard and left early that afternoon.

They came back this morning and got back to business. I took pictures of the workers like the paparazzi  
from a distance. 

The day before I let them know I had a little honeysuckle bush right next to it and I'd appreciate it if they didn't demolish it.  He accommodated me by making sure the wood fell to the opposite site.

 Trimming off lower branches before he parked the bucket and came down.  

Starting to make the final cuts







 There she goes!

 I clicked away and caught it mid-air.
When it dropped the earth shook!  It's exciting to witness and feel the impact and it makes you realize just how much weight there is in a tree.  I'm sure glad they know what they are doing because that fell in line with to the corner of the living room!

We did note last year that it barely had leaves on it so it was on it's way out but it's very sad to see such a big tree have to be taken down (just glad I didn't have to pay for it).

You can just barely make out the honeysuckle next to the stump.  Doesn't look like much now but once things green up it will be pretty again!  

This is the honeysuckle bush I asked them to be careful of.  I'm grateful I was here to be able to ask them because I'm sure with it's close proximity it would have been a goner.   
I darn near killed this honeysuckle once before by transplanting it at the wrong time.  It took two years for it to start making a comeback but now it's recovered nicely and I hated to think I'd loose it. 

 They rolled the pieces over by the woods.  A friend of ours will be coming by to take the wood away since he uses it to heat his home.
Quietly at peace-  only the sawdust of it's shadow remains….



Wishing you all a great weekend.
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Spring

I am so grateful to see the snow all gone and signs of spring popping up.

Tulips and daffodils are on their way up too and it's going to be raining on and off this week so I expect them to grow quickly!

The last two weekends have been fabulous and I got some raking done on the garden beds.  


It all looks so naked!  Before long this will be flooded with hostas, coral bells, and astilbe.
We dug out the pee-gee hydrangea tree that was here and moved it out front last fall.  Hoping it comes back with vigor and blooms better than ever.  It definitely wasn't happy in the spot I first chose for it.

Dan decided to burn the old burlap that some of the shrubs were covered in.  He's blown off all the debris since I took the picture.  It always amazes me how much crud appears after the winter since we left it all cleaned up and tidy last fall.  This fire pit is a propane gas cylinder cut down into rings and then the design cut-outs are created.  It's nearly 4 foot across!  We always have some branches and sticks to burn that fall from the trees.  

I've relocated the little cottage for my fairy garden.  I can walk up to it here and play around with it more easily.  I've got a bad knee and find getting down at ground level to be much more difficult these days.  These are thoughts I've dreamt about doing through the winter.  

We've brought out the lawn furniture and I've set up my black planters on the deck this year.  They were new last year and I had them out on the patio but I decided to try them here this time. The squirrels keep eating away at our deck- they've literally taken chunks of it and have ruined the stairs.  We don't know what they're attracted to but it's really becoming annoying!  The only thought we have is that during the winter we use a salt mix to melt the ice and make it safer to get in and out of our home.  Perhaps it's the salt their going for?

Here is a link to a post from last year showing how different this all looks!

It's been an easy going spring around here and I'm looking forward to the summer months as I'm sure all of you are!


 
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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter




I visited one of my favorite local garden centers and picked up these daffodils.  
They actually have a pleasant fragrance which I usually notice in the mornings. 
I'll plant them once they're spent!  

All the snow is finally gone although as some kind of joke we are supposed to get some this evening!  
Boo!!  Good thing it will melt quickly!


 
Wishing you blessings at Easter!



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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sunny Easter Thoughts

I do believe this is our last party at Sunlit Sunday- I think we all hate to see it end don't we?
I want to thank our host Karen for these parties!


We've had a real mixed bag of weather this week.  I had a birthday on Tuesday and the sun was shining like crazy which I appreciated.  We went for a drive up to Petoskey and visited some little shops that I like and had a nice dinner at a restaurant.  The next day it was bitter and snowing which was repeated a couple of times more through the week.  Last night it went down to 4 degrees!  Enough!!

I found the bunny and eggs at one of those stores back in February when we had also visited Petoskey.  
I combined them on this tiered cake stand for a centerpiece.

As you can see in the aerial view my Christmas Cactus is blooming up a storm….and some remnants of snow outside.

This plant starts out with pink buds and they end up almost coral in color when the flowers open up. 

Here is the plant when I got it in November 2011.  I didn't realize how much it had grown!



I'm glad to share a little bit of my sunshine and happiness with you all and I look forward to seeing you again next year!
I'll be out in the gardens as soon as weather permits! I hope you'll visit me through the summer too!

Easter tablescape 2014
Wishing you all a pleasant Easter and remember the real reason we celebrate it.





 
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pastels of Spring

I am turning my thoughts towards Easter.


When I look at the morning sky filled with these pastel pinks and blues I can't help but think this is the kind of inspiration that motivated the traditional pastel colors we see during Easter.  Of course spring flowers like tulips and daffodils help with that too!


I've created a door arrangement for Easter with the colors of spring in mind!
I was thrilled to find this long skinny basket that can fit between the storm door and the main door.  It will change with the seasons!

These are the things that bring sunshine and happiness this week to me!
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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sunshine In and Out

Seems like this has been the most sun filled winter that I can remember in a long long time.  I guess it's due to the fact that we haven't had as many snowstorms as normal.  We are way below the snow totals received over the previous few years which I am delighted about!
A year ago at this time we had received 183"and this year we have only received 101" !


This quote made me happy so I copied it from the net 
and added a border.
We all need a little bit of optimism!


For a few brief moments the sun shines over here on this fence.  We are beginning a warming trend and there is a crust forming on the snow and even the fence wall is crystallized.
  

I'm excited to see the sun rising earlier and earlier and how it's shifted on the landscape which are more signs of spring coming!

I need a bigger lens.  I tried to capture how the trees in the background were being highlighted by the sun.  I always say I'm glad I'm a morning person and get to witness these little things because they make me happy.


Upon opening the door to take pictures I also enjoyed the sounds of the birds chirping away.  Mr. Cardinal is a regular and couldn't look more beautiful against the stark contrast of the snow.


I was going to close the closet door but decided it added to the ambiance created by the sunlight streaming in.

I am prepping for St. Patrick's Day.  I wanted to see how my centerpiece looks with the sun shining on it.  I had a little fun with this one by cutting an opening in the top.  You can see a hint of some forsythia I added in the background- yes I am rushing spring!


The black squirrels were out and about happily bouncing and chasing each other!  
Seems like a happy morning to all!

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Graceful Sunlit Sunday

This day the softly lit snow just seemed graceful...
From the bedroom window you can see the pattered footprints from the birds and squirrels that lead to and surround the bird feeder station.  The sun is there but the wintry sky is acting as a filter today.

We've had a tough week temperature wise which I'm sure a lot of you've also had.  I awoke to -22 (F) degrees a few days ago and that's not a wind chill factor- that's straight up.

Glistening snow fluffed on every surface…the colder it is the more it sparkles!

Patiently waiting for spring!

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