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{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ March 30, 2014

Joining Like Mother, Like Daughter . . .

A snowdrop!  Lookee!  So it's a month later than usual, but the first flower in spring is always a big occasion.  Next will be the crocuses.  Hurray!

Please ignore the dead leaves.  We never really got this flower bed properly cleared out last fall before the snow started.  Then we had snow constantly all winter except for a few days around Christmas when we were busy with other things (not surprisingly).  
The view from the end of our street.  There's no green yet, but the trees are putting out their buds and the sky was the bluest of blues.  

It's a terrible picture, I know.  It was very back lit, but I wanted proof that it was warm enough to open a few windows for a little while today. Felix was grateful.

A visiting pastor and his wife stayed out our house this weekend, and I made apple panakucken for dessert.  It's always a hit!  The batter is a little bit custardy, and you can't go w…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ March 23, 2014

Joining Like Mother, Like Daughter for {phfr}, as usual. :)

I know, you're thinking, "Enough with the robins already," but it's so much fun to have them back.  Last week there was a flock of dozens and dozens in our backyard, all with white patches on their bottoms.  This one even had a largely white tummy, and what red there was was subdued.  Did you know there is such a thing as a white robin?  There is, and though this one is far from all white, it was the whitest robin I have seen.  This particular flock of robins has not appeared in our yard again.  They must have moved on.

Last week, I told you we had planted our tomatoes.  Guess what?  They're up!

The fact that these little seeds will grow into large, bushy plants that will produce oodles of tomatoes is still amazing to me.  
The Winnie the Pooh stories are favorites of mine and always will be.  My granddaughter (with the help of her parents) gave me this darling book for Chris…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ March 16, 2014

Let's just dive right in, shall we?


The robins have returned, whole fat flocks of them.  The first winter we lived here, I didn't even notice they were gone until they returned in the spring.  I'd never lived in a place before where the robins left and I was glad to see them back.  I'm grateful to hear their song again!
This little fellow (gal?) sat on a rock and looked around for the longest time.  Robins are such sweet birds and I'm happy to see them in the yard again.


I started the tomato seeds yesterday.  That's a sure sign of spring!  I hope they "take" this year.  Last year, they didn't, so we had to buy some seedlings from the nursery, which is not as frugal or satisfying.  We started 24 to allow for some misfires.  We want about 16 in the end.  Gardening season will soon be in full swing!

The snow is melted (except for the great mountains the snow plows made) and we had a day or two in the low 50's, so I wandered …

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ March 9, 2014

The pictures I took this week have all disappeared.  Poof.  Just like that. Into thin air.  Someday I will probably find them in some dark corner of my computer, but this week's {phfr} will be archival (in other words, fairly recent pictures but not from this actual week). 

One of the ways I tried to keep February cheery was with fresh flowers.  These are just from the grocery store, but they can't help that, and besides, they are still pretty!

Flowers really do add color and vibrance to a room.  The difference is amazing.

One cold but sunny day when I came home from being out and about, I caught a fresh glimpse of our living room as I came through the front door.  I was struck by how comfortable and inviting it seemed, so I grabbed my camera and took some pictures.  I am always happy to come home!

We regularly chat with our daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter via Skype.  (I love you, Skype!)  One Sunday evening, the conversation turned to music and D…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ March 2, 2014

Is it spring yet?  No, not here, as in most of the rest of the country.  I've just been informed that it's going to be a cold spring.  Gosh, I hope not, but I don't have very high hopes.  We had four inches of additional snow last night . . .

I'm not complaining, just stating the facts. ;-)

We took a quick trip to Missouri to visit Dave's parents last week for a couple days.  They have had a challenging autumn and winter as far as health goes, and we wanted to check in and offer help.  Their house sits on some acreage with a pond, plus it was warmer there and sans snow, so we took the opportunity to wander through their woods.  Landscape without snow was a welcome sight!

This little guy spent quite some time digging under our window for berries that had fallen in the snow.

I know, I know, not another snow picture.  But just look at it!  

Our town normally has 23.5 inches of snow a year.  We are nearly double that now, and I don't think it'…