…and our blooms are slower to open up this Spring. Compared to last year our Peonies, Clematis, Irises, and Columbine are all a bit behind in opening up in their glory.
We have 2 large bushes of this variety of Peony and 3 smaller ones. When they bloom I try to bring bouquets in and give away some, too. I was able to take a nice bouquet to a surprise birthday party we went to on Sunday afternoon during a dry spell with sun, some blue sky and lovely fluffy clouds. When we got home from the party the skies opened up with an amazing downpour with lightning and thunder and hail, oh my.
One of the many Iris bulbs opened up on Saturday. Several more to come.
Our weekend was filled with mostly rain with a few dry spells. During the dry spells I pulled as many weeds as my back and arms would permit. When the soil is wet with rain the weeds pull up easier. I figure 20 more hours of weeding and I’ll be ahead. I smile and sigh at the same time.
Even though we are getting a lot of rain and cooler temperatures this Spring we go with the flow and hope that this accumulation of moisture will help lower the risk of wildfires this summer.
How goes it in your corner of the world?
…and waiting on more blooms around the yard.
Lots of red peonies ready to show. We have 5 bushes.
White Bleeding Heart
Original Poets Daffodil
Johnny Jump Ups
What are you watching at your home?
This very pregnant mama deer was lounging in our yard for a full day last week.
I think she’s going to have twins.
We see this hawk flying above our area regularly. I had to zoom way in to capture it sitting at the top of a tree.
Our resident swallows have returned.
The rhubarb bush has exploded!
The earliest of our peonies that will flower are the red ones.
It has been fun to see these Johnny jump ups appear all over our property. They are such a sweet flower.
Hope May is bringing some sweet blooms in your corner of the world.
…our property to see what is blooming on Monday May 4th, 2020. In the midst of Stay at Home COVID-19.
In our front planter these pretties popped up.
Is it a variety of a daffodil?
The Hostas are breaking through.
The White Bleeding Heart.
Our crooked bush that the deer like.
A lonely daffodil with one of the rocks Addy painted.
The Red Peony. We have a few of this red variety.
The White Peony.
Our Star of Hope that shines every night.
We had a full day of rain on Wednesday. We were busy indoors and then had a babysitting date with our grands so our kids could have a couple hours on their own. Those grands are such a joy in our lives. I’m happy to be back to hugging. No kissing but the hugs are amazing.
The pain was real without those hugs. This photo was taken after his self-will was tested and his nap time was late and he was teething. A trifecta of pain. We love this boy!
Psalm 119: 9-16 (ESV)
9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O Lord;
teach me your statutes!
13 With my lips I declare
all the rules of your mouth.
14 In the way of your testimonies I delight
as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
16 I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.
Weekend last we had some precious time with our grands and kids.
On Monday the electric company sent tree trimmers to top some of the trees in our backyard that were encroaching on the transformer and wires.
On the first day of summer I took a walk about our country bungalow to document the plants that are growing and blooming.
These are the last of the pink peonies we have in our yard. The crystal vase on the left was a wedding gift from my little babushka. Some of you might recognize the Princess House vase on the right.
We can take no credit for planting anything you see in the collages/mosaics. We are enjoying the fruit of someone else’s labor in the planning and planting on our property. What’s left to us is weeding and pruning in the future.
Linking up with Angie at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf for Mosaic Monday.
Do you have any traveling plans for the summer? Lord willing, we plan to take some day trips into Canada and around our area and we are hoping for visitors to our country bungalow. This is Dear’s last week of his part-time contracting job so he will be officially retired come Friday afternoon. I told him I’d like to celebrate by making an appointment for a massage for myself. He questioned my logic since he’s the one retiring.
Our oldest flew in for the weekend to enjoy his niece and nephew while his wife was on an annual girls weekend away with her college roommates. Addy loves her uncle Josh and it’s fun to hear them interact and laugh.
Spring is greening and blooming at our country bungalow.
Some plants we recognize, others we have no clue. We aren’t even sure if they are a weed or flowers.
We have found at least 6 Peony plants on our acreage. I’m quite excited to see if the blooms are all alike or a variety.
We rescued this windmill from our kids property a couple years ago and moved it to our home in Kenmore and put it in our yard. When we packed up to move to our place in the country we dissassembled the windmill and moved it here. Dear reassembled it on Saturday and we set it in this spot.
We’ve had a couple days of rain and mowing was delayed. Tomorrow will be dry and I’ll try out our new grass catcher attachment on our riding mower. Hopefully using the catcher will help decrease the dandelion population.
Lots of times poop is the reason for prayer requests and this time it is literal. For my blogging friends who pray, could you please continue to pray for our little Jaymison, that he would be able to poop at least every 3 days. Thank you.
I’m linking up to Mosaic Monday with Angie from Letting Go of the Bay Leaf.
Can you see the sweet little bird peeking out from one of the bird houses on our son’s property? Katie took this photo during our recent trip to Chewelah.
June will bring some change-up projects around this old house. A little bit of this and a little bit of that. Now that Dear is not going into work each day I’m going to make a list of things that will be easier for us to do together when it’s raining outside. When it’s not raining he’ll be working on outdoor projects. I had the revelation that our bedroom furniture in our two guest rooms on the main floor need to be switched. The structure of the beds make better sense in the opposite rooms. The beds are both queens so we just need to move the bed frames. I have things to switch around in the living room, too. Nothing major but it just makes better visual sense. Do you get those revelations after living with something for a long time, that “aha” moment when you see the more logical arrangement?
June is the beginning of getting used to things being different daily while Dear is in between jobs. Good thing I’m in a de-fluffing time right now or I’d be tempted to suggest we go out for breakfast or for lunch or to the donut shop. The motivation to de-fluff is still with me and I plan to continue till the wedding. I’m happy to report that I’m down thirteen pounds. It feels good to have more room to breathe. June starts out with our new daily routine and ends with our son’s wedding.
What does June hold for you?
Hope I didn’t totally bore you with my little bit of this and that post. Here’s another photo before I go.
My peonies are opening up. I have one bush that has given us several blooms and the other only managed two!
Time for ABC Wednesday and the letter P! Thank you Mrs. Nesbitt, Roger and the whole ABC Team!
I love all the shades of purple that are growing in my yard right now. My lilac blooms are almost full.
Pansies and the ground cover have purple blooms.
I have the promise of more peonies this year than last.
More perennials that are purple.
And here’s my Bible Verse Card for the Letter P!
And on the subject of peace here are some words from the Prince of Peace, Jesus;
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27
I’m continuing to enjoy a peaceful week at this old house. We had some very warm weather here on Monday. It reached 76 degrees in our town. Tuesday is another story. Hopefully I’ll be able to mow the lawn before the rain comes in.
Do you have promises of more blooms in your yard?
After being gone so long from my home I’ve been spending lots of time catching up and getting things around this old house back to normal.
We don’t have a gardening service so the first thing I addressed was our lawn and some beds and shrubs. I spent four and a half hours last Thursday and my body is still recovering from being taxed like that.
I came home to blooms that were spent and blooms that were thriving. These are the sweet rosebud azaleas I bought with a gift card from the Mennonite Girls Can Cook to purchase something to plant in memory of my mom who passed away last September 13th.
This next collage is of my older azalea plants.
Most of my rhoddys are on their way out but I’ve been able to enjoy a few blooms.
While I was gone my pink dogwood bloomed and Dear took some photos for me. This is the fullest it’s bloomed since we planted it a couple years ago. The green leafed shot is the stage it is at now.
I’m so excited that my young peony bush has over 6 buds this year. Last year we only had one.
After I mowed and watered I took this before photo of our patio. Yesterday Dear put the covers on. I’ll take more photos of the after shots when a couple more projects get done like pressure washing.
When we went to barbecue steaks yesterday our barbecue would not cooperate so Dear has some extensive cleaning and de-clogging of the poor old thing before it lights up. Plan B went into effect and we broiled the steaks inside and microwaved the corn. It all tasted good and sharing the meal with our kids was wonderful.
It’s so so good to be home again. It’s so nice that Dear gets a long weekend at home before he has to travel again next Friday to Chicago. I can’t stop thanking God for the fact that our son-in-law is home from Afghanistan. We continue throughout this Memorial weekend and beyond to be thankful for those who have served and are serving our country.
What have you been up to this weekend?