Porch dreams…

Porch dreams…

By now, I thought there would be two white rocking chairs and a table on my porch…along with lots of flowers and a couple of healthy green ferns.  Maybe a colorful grapevine wreath on the wall.  All through the endless winter with so much snow, I dreamed of Spring.  Now, it is Spring.  It is May 2nd and it is pouring snow…and 36 degrees!  What is wrong with this picture?  Don’t tell me.  I already know.

It is supposed to look that this…well, okay, maybe not quite like this.

Instead, there is an icy floor…

and two birds who have taken up residence and are making a mess…

and, obviously, walls that need cleaning.

I have my first terrible cold in I don’t know when and it is Spring!  

I had plans to sew and catch up on things but I just don’t feel like it…

so I think I will simply relax. 

Supposedly, colds last for one week or seven days…

at least I hope that’s all. 

So, in the meantime, I have a good book to finish.

  I will listen to the birdsong coming from the icy porch…

and hang on until next Tuesday when it is supposed to be 71 degrees!

Look who moved in…

Look who moved in…

It only took them one week to build a home and move in – right on my porch!  You know, the porch I was looking forward to using after I buy a couple of chairs and a table.  I was in Dallas last week enjoying a wonderful visit with my son and his family (next post) and these two little birds took advantage of my absence to move in!  As I sit at my desk beside the sliding glass door leading to the porch, they are not intimidated at all.

I’m not sure what type of birds these are (maybe finches?) but the male is definitely colorful.  I haven’t ventured to the nest yet to see if there are eggs in it.  Anyone recognize these little critters?

I’ll be patient for a little while, but I really want to use my porch, guys!

Mr. Colorful with his dowdy wife.  Paying their rent with lots of song…

They should be in the construction business…they built this home in one week. 

Unfortunately, it’s on my porch!

Blooming hope…

Blooming hope…

Outside, it is 26 brisk degrees with bright sunshine and plenty of snow still on the ground…

but, inside, the promise of Spring is blooming.

There is hope!  Winter will end…

A promise of Spring…

A promise of Spring…

There may be snow on the ground – and evidently more in the forecast – but there is a promise of Spring on my table, a sweet gift from my precious daughter.   These are Long Life tulips from Bloomaker.  They will be a gorgeous shade of pink and I am looking forward to seeing them bloom!

My daughter purchased one for me and one for herself as she, too, looks forward to Spring and planting all 32 varieties of vegetables and herbs that she has ordered!  Her plans are to rent two large gardening plots in a local gardening co-op.  My beautiful, artistic, athletic daughter has turned into a homesteading, cooking-everything-from-scratch goumet cook!  She would love a farm on ten acres or more!  Maybe that will be in the not too distant future.

In the meantime, we’ll watch our tulips grow and wait for Spring in the midst of an Iowa Winter…

Longing for Spring…

Longing for Spring…

I long for Spring.  I long for warm sunshine and a thermometer that proudly proclaims 72 degrees.  Granted, I’m not a fan of hot, humid Summers.  I would be happy if there were just two seasons – Spring and Fall!

Native Iowans sagely comment that “it’s been a mild Winter”.  Two snowstorms and a few other snows here and there were enough for me, thank you.  Evidently, it isn’t over.  This morning, it is cold and windy and the thermometer appears stuck at 10 degrees!  We’ve been warned that “a ‘blizzard’ is coming tomorrow about noon (they can now predict the time?!) and will last until the following day with heavy accumulation”!

So, yesterday I reconciled myself to the fact I’d better prepare just in case.  I headed out in yesterday’s 18 degrees accompanied by a brisk wind and the bright sunshine that fooled me into thinking that it was warmer.  I went first to the wonderful library about 3 miles away and stocked up on a stack of knitting books and the new book by Earlene Fowler.  I have 8 new skeins of wonderful yarn for my next project after I finish this one.

The large, wonderful West Des Moines library.  Designed in a Craftsman style…

Next, it was to Walgreen’s to refill a prescription and stock up on a few toiletries.  The last stop was the grocery store.  Milk in a glass bottle, bread, a whole roasted chicken, a dozen eggs, organic mixed lettuce and a few other things.  Last night was roast chicken with my meal…today I will make chicken salad with it.  I also baked the Ozark Mountain Apple Cake last night.  If I’m going to be “snowbound”, I may as well have dessert, huh?!

I hope wherever you are, you’re staying warm and enjoying these days before Spring eventually comes…

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