June 4, 2018 ~ Rolling Along Into Summer

View of our front porch, which I just adore!

For several weeks now I've had the pleasure of setting up my outdoor furniture, planting flowers and tending to things in the yard. Now I can relax some and enjoy the beauty of it all! 

A few days ago, Dean and I purchased a hammock (which might as well be called an outdoor bed, it's that big and comfortable) that we've had a few chances to enjoy since putting it together. What's great is that it's fairly lightweight and has wheels on the end so it can be lifted and positioned in the yard anywhere we wish - under the shade of a tree or in the sunshine. The first day we set it up was quite warm, so we opted for jumping on it under the shade of our big maple tree out back. 
Wow! It felt so good to just lay in the quiet of the afternoon after a busy day for me, and an even harder day of work for Dean in the great outdoors.
That evening, we ventured outside and sought the comfort of our new hammock once again, only this time under the beauty of our wide open, starlit sky. Amazing! For just a moment, we were lost in the hush of a balmy, breezy, almost summer time night and the cares of the world slipped away. And it felt, well.... wonderful!
While it's not always possible to "drop everything" and enjoy the day on a whim, having something to look forward to helps. A peaceful, dreamy moment of rest on our new hammock sure does remind us to take some moments to reflect on and enjoy life, even if it's in little snippets of time. 
Since this time of year happens to be our busiest in Dean's line of work, we try to remember that even though the days fly by so quickly, it's still important for us to find time for ourselves. And we like the new direction we're heading! ;)
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March 8, 2018 ~ Hope and Promise

March brings with it the hope of Spring. New life and rebirth. Beauty and color. The beginnings of bird song round about me as I step outdoors each morning to tend to my bird feeders. Everything seems so new and fresh. How uplifting! I'm ready for all this snow to be gone until next year.
I find that as my excitement mounts for the coming of Spring, I want to have my house in order so that I can be ready to start setting up my outdoor things as soon as the weather finally breaks. We're not quite there yet, but almost. 
The other morning I stood near the window holding my breath as I saw various birds peeking in and out of the holes of a few of my bird houses, seeking a safe place to raise their family. I remembered that I still had two of my smaller bird houses for the likes of Wrens and Chickadees still tucked away in the screen room. I dug them out and hung them up. You've heard of the saying, the early bird catches the worm? Well, I guess you could say, the early bird secures the house, too! With so much activity going on in their little community, I'm sure it won't be long before all the houses are occupied. That makes my heart happy!
It's nice to see brighter mornings and longer days. The sun has been moving higher and higher into the sky.... Some of our sunsets have been simply amazing. They chase away the far too many dull, dreary evenings we've been so accustomed to all winter long. We've hunkered down, kept busy and carried on, but, oh how lovely it is to be stepping into the hope and promise of Spring!
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February 12, 2018 ~ A New Week

Still not much sunshine, but I got up and got moving early today. I had a mission of grocery shopping to complete, and just didn't want to be out among the crowds and risk the chance of more exposure to germs! I arrived at the store just after breakfast and was so happy to be one of very few others who were shopping as well. I always like when I can move through the aisles efficiently and quickly without much hassle!

Interestingly, while out filling my bird feeders and suet log this afternoon, I heard, then saw, a pair of geese flying over, heading northeastward. That sure is odd for our area, and especially at this time of year, though I know we do have some geese that winter over in our parts a bit more than in years past. 

Joanna, our black lab, and I decided to get a bit of exercise and took a walk way to the back property line that overlooks a ravine. Imagine our surprise when we came upon 2 does foraging for anything they could find to make at least a bit of a meal for themselves. Despite our crunching footsteps through the hardened, dense snow, the deer did not even scurry away! The bigger of the two raised her head, pointed her ears straight upward and looked at us all while she was gently stomping her front hoof into the snow. Deciding not to disturb them any further, I led Joanna away, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw them still standing where we left them, content to eventually resume their foraging. A short time later, Dean spied one of them up in our yard digging for apples underneath the apple trees. 

With such severe cold and snow, I feel sorry for the critters outdoors. For several evenings we had a mystery on our hands of just WHO was getting into our bird feeders that are normally left untouched over night. Well, we finally found out over the weekend. Mama deer and her now grown twins, both of which are does! I must say, they sure do look much bigger when you're up close and nearly nose to nose through the glass with a deer! Not wanting to scare them into the road, we let them be, but from now on I have been bringing in the feeders at night time. I'd much rather put apples and carrots out for them to nibble somewhere in the safety of our backyard. And away from where, if left to keep coming, in warmer weather they will make a nuisance of themselves not only at the feeders, but in my flowerbeds as well! Not to mention deer ticks.... Of which I have already had 3, and thankfully tested negative for Lyme Disease. Now THAT'S some scary business....

As evening falls, I'm thinking of all the good "grub" (as Dean calls it) I brought home, and pondering on what to prepare for dinner. I think a bit of golden baked fish, gently steamed asparagus, and some deliciously sweet, canned peaches sounds good for dinner tonight. I guess I should scoot and get busy in the kitchen, my friends! 

Have a wonderfully relaxing and cozy evening!
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