April 7, 2010

Spring Ramble

It's a rainy day here, and a good time to blog, but since I'm still coming off of a very hectic few weeks, I seem to have no inspiration for a coherent post! So, I decided to share a random sampling of what's been going on around here.

Our Easter guests - DD and two friends from school. It was so nice to have them here and I thought it was appropriate that the Home Sweet Home sign was behind them. Hosting others in our homes is what makes it sweet, and we have been extra blessed lately. BTW - what can I say about the gal holding the pansies from the table? She just had a moment of artistic inspiration - ha! They were a lot of fun!

All of the food pre-prep and freezing that I did for the rounds of guests worked out beautifully. I would definitely go that route again. There were a few things that were last minute though, like this amazing green bean salad. Like my sister said, you could make a meal on this alone! It's full of good things like red bell pepper, Swiss cheese cubes, and toasted almonds. The recipe is on the recipe page. At the back of this photo you can see the beautiful mugs that my sister brought us from Alaska. The design series is called "Northern Lights".

She also brought us some wildflower seeds, and made this great apron for me! I love these beautiful Alaskan fabrics, and as you might be able to tell from this photo, I've been putting it to good use! Thanks again sis!

The daffodils/jonquils are back this year and our perennials are also coming back. Even the roses and our hydrangea seem to have survived our nasty winter. We didn't get around to our usual mulching of these plants last fall, but the snow drifts kept them buried all winter and I imagine that protected them just as well. It's always such a nice surprise to see what's coming up next!

Our favorite birds are coming back - the cardinals! There has been the most beautiful cardinal couple on our deck most mornings, but they are still very skittish and my DH caught this male in a hurry. We hope that as they get used to the movement in our house, we'll be able to have some better shots of both the cardinals and the gorgeous goldfinch and blue birds that are here as well.

DH also caught this amazing scene in the early hours of the morning this week. He's been watching the pond for ducks, geese, and our returned blue heron, and had the chance to see this beautiful reflection. If you click the picture to enlarge it, or just look carefully, you can see the three subjects on the hill, looking back at the photographer!

Hope you're enjoying your spring days too. Our next big task is getting our house on the market. Anyone interested in a lovely acreage in Iowa?!

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