Category Archives: nature


Spring continues no matter what we humans are doing or not doing.

Our pear trees are filled with blossoms from top to bottom. It looks like my pear harvest will be a great one. So remember me in the fall if you want some.

pear tree

The apple trees are far from their full bloom.

The pear trees are in the background and the branch to the left is from one of the old apple trees. Its blossoms are just starting to open.

If all goes well, fall will mean a lot of fruit. And as I said I’m willing to share as long as you’re willing to pick.

The seasons will continue. Let’s hope that there are many, many people here to appreciate the changes and the bounty nature provides us.

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Winter Survivors

I just set out pots of geraniums that I saved from last year. All winter long these plants rested in the basement.

In their own time, without my help, two geraniums started showing signs of growth.

They are now getting green by the day, though they have a long way to go.

Others are not–I’m still giving this one a chance to have a rebirth.

I hope to see many more flowers as the weather warms.

I have faith that these geraniums will decorate my flower garden for months to come….at least I hope so.

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The rescue

It was time to take Sunny for a walk this morning. I hadn’t planned to go far. But ended up walking for 30 minutes.

Along the way, I noticed a few worms had wiggled onto the shoulder of the road. They were covered with bits of gravel and soon would die.

I picked up one and deposited it back in the grassy ditch, not where it would drown, but where it could clean itself of the gravel and not get smashed on the road.

During my walk, I rescued 6 worms. It’s nothing earthshaking, except for those worms.

There are so many others in our world today who are real rescuers. I honor them all.

Still, doing my part this morning made me feel useful, if only to a half-dozen worms.

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Spring Greening

There are a lot of flowers getting ready to grow and bloom on Sunnybook farm.


and roses

All the photos were taken here today on Sunnybook Farm.

The joke is the rose. It is growing here, too, but inside. A small rose plant I saved from last Mother’s Day.

I can’t wait to see actual roses blooming, along with poppies and tulips. It looks like it will take a while before that will happen.

Winter weather is predicted to return tomorrow night and into Monday. Let’s just hope that the amount of snow that falls will only be an inch and not ten inches.

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A bit of color

I’m trying to bring more of my regular life back. This has little to do with the virus, but more about living without Bob.

While raking and picking up branches, I came across a tiny bit of color.

Seeing this feather made me stop.

It’s from a bluejay, so it’s not one to collect. It’s one to admire. BTW: those are basswood seed pods, not rabbit droppings.

The blue of the feather was what caught my attention. There are a lot of bluejays here. They hung out at our feeder all winter long.

I keep the outside cats well fed so they don’t go after the birds that come to our feeder.

This feather was alone. It wasn’t found amongst a pile of feathers–I take that as a sign that a cat had not had a meal.

Feathers that can be collected are from birds that are hunted: turkey, duck, and geese. Bob often brought home a found turkey feather for me. The bigs ones were easier to find and pick up. I treasure the ones I have.

Just saying a bit of beauty can be found everywhere, even when one is breaking her back picking up branches after winter storms–the basswood tree is notorious for dropping branches along with leaves and seed pods.

I encourage you to look for the beauty that surrounds us. The big and the small. The sunsets and the feathers. Each is a treasure as are you.

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