Well, the Easter holiday is over. The kids and grandkids have been fed a holiday dinner and my DH has gone back to work! Of course, with all the activity, especially my DH working in the yard and garden, there's a lot of cleaning to be done - AGAIN. But, I guess that's life. I just wanted to be able to go into my studio and do a little painting since I spent a good bit of last week cleaning and cooking, the weekend cooking and entertaining, and yesterday as support for my husband's efforts in the yard and garden! It seems as if it's been a month since I've been able to paint or even do any sketching!
We went to a couple of garden centers on Saturday and I did get some really nice photos of flowers. We're between blooms as the daffodils, tulips and such have finished blooming and the azaleas, little native iris and lilacs are just beginning. We haven't gotten any bedding annuals yet as it's still a little early for the warm season flowers to be planted. We'd seeded some flowers a few weeks ago and did transplant them into larger containers though. We'll plant them out in a couple of weeks.
In the meantime, we're getting lettuce, asparagus, arugula, spinach right now and hopefully some radishes, broccoli and snow peas soon. The cool season stuff is doing great even though we've had 90+ degree weather lately!
Poor Bon is miserable as she's shedding and being as dark as she is, the heat really bothers her. I brushed on her for about an hour this morning and got a couple of 5 gallon buckets of loose hair and it didn't look as if I'd even made a dent in what she needs to lose! She's so itchy that she let me brush her way longer that she'll usually let me so I know it was a relief for her to get that stuff gone!
We also have bluebird pairs in all the bluebird houses (5 houses, I think) and some house finches kept trying to build a nest under the porch eaves. We put bricks in the corners to discourage them as they built under the porch last year and it was a mess. Not only that but the nest was right outside the kitchen door and the poor mama bird was constantly getting scared and flying off the nest. We have a glass storm door and any movement in the kitchen would startle her off the nest.
So, life goes on out here in the country. The wild turkeys are out in force and I'm sure the coyotes are mating also, if they haven't already given birth.
Oh, I have to tell you what happened the other night. It was about 2 am when I heard a huge thud from the front part of the house (the bedroom is in the back). I jumped up to see what it was and saw a huge Canada goose sitting in the side yard just out from the kitchen. It would alternately sit or stand and wobble a bit but didn't move more than an inch or so and didn't try to fly away. I watched it for about half an hour or so but finally went back to bed. It was gone the next morning. I wonder if it somehow flew into the side of the house and knocked itself silly for a while! Fortunately, nothing got it that I could tell as there were no feathers scattered about the next morning. My DH who has always been a light sleeper and says he can hear a gnat peeing on a cotton ball at 100 feet slept through the whole incident! Maybe we should go get his ears checked!