Even though I didn't get my whole list done yesterday (see previous post), I got a LOT done and felt really good about my day. I like the feeling of being physically worn out by the end of a day: lets me know I was productive!
I just now remembered: I saw the first skunk of the year on the winter driveway the other night. I HOPE the dogs don't have a run-in with one this year!
There was SO much melting yesterday, and the yard in front of the garage is about 1/3 mud now instead of snow. Once it is free of snow, I'll change the winter's snow tires for the regular ones. The late snowstorm at the beginning of this past week was actually a good thing because I wouldn't have gotten that final layer of ice off the winter driveway as early if I hadn't needed to go out and plow. As a result, that 4 1/2 mile stretch of road is free of snow now (at least, the narrow track that my car fits through is down to muddy dirt).
Check out this illustration of yesterday's melting. These pictures were taken 8 hours apart:
|11:30 AM - My lilac bush and a white pine just off the slate walking path leading from the side door.|
|7:30 PM - And, LOOK: the first of the slate walk (to the right of the lilac bush) surfaced yesterday!! Compare the two images of the white pine, in particular: in the morning, the bottom boughs were still encased in snow!|
Random: while I'm uploading these pictures this morning, I'm also pulling ClipArt from the Web for signs advertising my Easter cards . . . and check this out:
|Ummmm, yeah . . . this is EXACTLY what I think of when I think of Easter! What the . . . ??!!|
|Here's the messy end of the kitchen (yesterday) waiting for me to clean it up and put away all the groceries that have been sitting around for well over a week.|
Do any of y'all have a comfy chair in your kitchen? Honestly, I NEVER would have thought to introduce one to the space had it not been for a little house right down on the lake that my folks rented the summer we moved from the homestead and into town (before they'd rented the place in town). (Clarification: the rental is NOT the house / property they own now just outside of town.) That was the summer before my senior year of high school.
This old, little ramshackled house had THE COMFIEST, most adorable (red gingham, if memory serves), tiny Lay-Z-Boy-esque upholstered chair nestled into a corner of the kitchen. After we moved from there (and STILL, to this DAY!), Mom and I talked about breaking in to steal that chair! (Actually, she did contact the owners to ask to buy the chair but they said, "Nope!") Since that time (eek, 23 years ago!!!), I think both Mama Pea and I have always yearned for a kitchen large enough to accommodate a comfortable chair. After all, WHERE does everyone congregate? The kitchen! And, every single time I've entertained here at the Swamp River Ridge house, there's always someone rocking away in that chair and chatting while I finish up meal preparations. I hope Mom's planning on including a comfy chair in her new kitchen design (I'll bet she is)!
A couple of other seasonal "firsts" before I forget: I saw the first pussy willows of the season yesterday (they bloomed a bit earlier down by the temperate big lake), and, this morning, I hear red-winged blackbirds! Their trill is my FAVORITE summertime sound!
|A slightly distorted, but effective, view from the southwest end of the deck looking back at the sunroom.|
|After all that hard, sweaty work, I cracked a beer and sat down to survey my domain! :)|