Million Bells

Mini Bells, trailing petunia.  Calibrachoa.

This is a worthy plant.  Easy care, constant blooms.  And deer resistant, I am told.  

I am growing quite a variety of colors this year, and there were plenty other colors to pick from!

This quote seems especially appropriate:

Understanding is the basis of care.  What you would take care of you must first understand. Whether it be a petunia or a nation.  -Dallas Willard

Gravitational pull

What is it about him, all the kid’s flock to be around him.  Uncle Kevin.

Had a great afternoon with my nephews and their families today.  And yes, there is Uncle Kevin again, the favorite target for water balloons.

The sand box had many occupants.

We celebrated Natalie’s birthday.  Here she is reading her cards, with Colton ready to help if needed.  They are growing up quick!

Judging from her reaction, she loved the Paris themed quilt I made for her.  ❤❤❤

Climb that tree

Last year I had lovely hibiscus plants blooming all summer in three planters. I did not bring the three ginormous planters in, so the hibiscus perished over the winter.   This summer I’m hoping their skeletal form will serve as a support for my purple hyacinth bean plants.  At best, it will be a glorious topiary of purple splendor. Fingers crossed.  Will keep you posted because I know you are at the edge of your seat with anticipation.  

Pretty flowers enshrining a dead tree.

Hello April

 

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain

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Time flies, sometimes we fly with it, and sometimes it just drags us along.  Lately I’ve been flying on the wings of much to accomplish, plan for, and loved ones to help and be with.  Each day has an agenda of stuff to accomplish and a list to check off.  I must admit, I find it exhilarating to be so busy once again.  It’s a happy time around here….tax season, spring, a shower and wedding to plan, and time with my favorite peoples, with a few snatched moments to work at art projects.

march 02Indoors or out, no one relaxes in March, that month of wind and taxes, the wind will presently disappear, the taxes last us all the year. ~Ogden Nash

I love watching the trees bud out each day, the snow melt away and the greening of our Mitten.  The birds are singing once again, and we’ve had days with the windows open.

Every April, God rewrites the Book of Genesis. ~Author Unknown

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I am watching a sweet dog for a few days, Maggie, and we are enjoying a morning walk together.  She’s sending me mental telepathy here….walk, walk, walk…..this is what I miss about having a dog.  She accepts no excuses!

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We enjoyed a few outings in March, the urge to escape these walls was great.  We went to the new aquarium that opened at Great Lakes Crossing, and to the zoo….all were interesting distractions and I especially enjoyed watching little eyes take in the new sights and sounds.

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The aquarium deserves a blob post all its own, as Jeff captured some beautiful images.

A few images from our visit to the Detroit Zoo:

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It was CCCChilly, still. And the Littles were most interested in exploring the environment.

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The zoo deserves its own post too!

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. ~Henry Van Dyke

The month ahead promises to be a memorable one.  We have Jackie’s bridal shower, mid month.  Also I have this house and yard to whip into shape for the upcoming wedding reception in our backyard on May 30.   Spring cleaning, sprucing up, and various projects will be on the agenda.   But in the end, the wedding will happen regardless of how much I manage to finish.  Nothing like a party deadline to open one’s eyes about the less than lovely aspects of your home.  It’s a way to get things in shape and be able to enjoy the rewards long past the event.

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We wish you a happy and blessed Easter!