Bring on the Spring!

Now that the last of the snow has melted from our unexpected and unwelcome March storm, we are feeling optimistic that spring might finally make an appearance. The famed cherry blossoms of Washington, DC reached peak bloom yesterday (March 25), however, only about half the blossoms survived the recent deep freeze. You can read more about the blossoms and view some beautiful photos on the Cherry Blossom Watch website.

Neil starts his tomato seeds indoors in February. For the past two years he has also tried to graft several varieties, with some success. He does a lot of research during the winter months and continues to refine his technique. Last year several of the grafts survived and provided a nice harvest of fruit well into the summer. There haven’t been any survivors yet this year, but he is not giving up. Other fruits and vegetable plants are thriving! They are enjoying the sunny windowsill in our kitchen until they are either moved to the cold frame outdoors, or planted after the last frost. Our first Brandywine tomato is doing well, as are the butternut squash and cantaloupe plants. Neil planted some carrots and shallots outdoors since they will not be affected by any late season frost.

My life without Facebook continues to yield wonderful benefits. I finished Julie’s winter scarf just in time for the last few chilly days of March, much to her delight. I’ve also been spending more time just sitting at the kitchen table, watching some of God’s most fascinating creatures — the many colorful birds visiting our backyard feeders. If my nose had been buried in my timeline, I would have missed the flock of Cedar Waxwings visiting our birdbath during their migration, or the huge Pileated Woodpecker hammering on the dead tree in the wooded area behind our house. (If you’ve never seen the largest woodpecker in North America, check out this Audubon link!) Yesterday morning I visited our local Wild Birds Unlimited store and attended a presentation about using native Virginia plants to attract a wider variety of birds. The added bonus would be attracting more pollinators to our garden too. That would be a win for the birds and the bees!

Our temperatures soared into the low 80’s yesterday and it was a gorgeous day to be outside. After running errands, I took a quick a tour around the yard and caught the last of our daffodils blooming, and noticed our peonies are poking through the soil.  We are also getting ready to plant two blueberry bushes (pictured below).







We are all looking forward to spring! How about you?

Snow Day

It’s March 14th. The daffodils and forsythia bushes are blooming here in the DC region. It wasn’t the best timing for a snowstorm, but it turned out to be a good day to work from home.

The 6 to 10 inches of snow that was forecasted fell north and west of us. My brother had all snow in Winchester, VA. We ended up with an icy, slushy mess.

After 90 minutes of scraping and shoveling, I was ready for a break. I set up my workstation at the kitchen table where I could also keep an eye on the activity in our back yard. We threw cracked corn and sunflower seeds on top of the hard crust of snow and in no time at all our patio was covered with feathered friends. Our visitors included two pair of Northern Cardinals, dozens of Dark-Eyed Juncos, and Mourning Doves. The suet station was busy too with Downy Woodpeckers and Carolina Wrens. My favorites are always the chickadees!

Our kitty, Nicky (20 years old!) watching the birds.


I worked most of the day on rebuilding our church website. I’m not a “techie”, so this is no small task. I enjoy a good challenge though!

Our daughter had the day off from work so she ventured out once the roads were clear. She came back a while later with special treats for us, wishing us “Happy Pi Day!” (Giving a shout out to Mom’s Apple Pie in Leesburg, VA) Who can resist a slice of Butter Pecan Apple Crumb Pie? That was my signal for a coffee break.

I’m ending this Snow Day knitting a scarf for my daughter. I started it almost a year ago but ran out of yarn. She found a skein of the exact same yarn on clearance at AC Moore last week so now I have no more excuses. Of course who would think you would still need to wear a scarf on March 14th?