Tuesday, March 24, 2009

March Blooms

Lady Banks is putting on her annual bloom fest...

The bees were busy in the Wisteria, but my camera is not strong enough to get a good picture. Can you guess what is on my ever-growing "un-birthday" list?

We had a lovely drizzly morning, and the pansies were soaking up the moisture.

The Spiderwort is quietly beautiful.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spring Fever

Mark Twain said, “It's spring fever.... You don't quite know what it is you DO want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”

Used to, everyone had a dose of sulphur and molasses in the spring – it was cleansing! Great Gram would threaten cod liver oil for Spring Fever. Just the thought of it would cause a miraculous healing.

I have Spring Fever. Nothing really wrong, but just can't get energetic about anything...and I have so much to do!

I go out to work in the garden, and I end up laying on my back looking at the sky. I walk through the house and see everything that needs to be done, and I end up looking through picture albums...or looking through gardening catalogs...or getting on the computer.

It has been a tough few months since the new year began. We have felt the economic crunch like so many others. Hubby has had to close down three offices in Texas...even the office here in Austin. Thankfully, his job has been saved--for now. He is working from home. Setting up his office has been quite a chore, and the transition from commuting to his office to working at home has been stressful. He does seem to be handling it well. It has been challenging to train the girls not to scream and the dogs not to bark...or it that girls not to bark, and dogs not to scream...anyway...whichever...

I think I need a vacation! Only three and a half months away...sigh...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

...The falling leaves drift by my window...making me think it is Autumn--but no! It's Springtime in Central Texas. This is the time of year the Live Oaks shed their leaves. As the new ones emerge, the old ones turn brown and fall. Not only do I have all the leaves in my yard, but already people who know me are calling, asking me if I want their leaves...Uh, Yeah! Lovely brown matter to add to my compost pile as well as mulch for all the beds.

And look! I have actual blossoms on one of my Crab apple trees! I am so excited at the thought of having crab apples this fall!

We are having lovely rainy weather today. It has been gray and muggy all week, and the weatherman has been promising us rain. It finally came today! The cats are snuggled up enjoying this cool rainy day.

Look who stole the last box of Girl Scout cookies!

I can't believe I ate the whole thing!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Daffy Down Dilly

Daffy Down Dilly

Has Come To Town

In a green petticoat

and a yellow gown.

It seems Spring is bursting everywhere. I do hope my Crabapple trees flower this spring.

The Redbud is putting on a show this week.

And here is the first blossoms on the Mountain Laurel.

The sunset was even more colorful last night, but I couldn't get the camera out before it was gone. It won't be long until the houses behind us will be hidden from view when the trees have leafed out.