March 2021 The Feeling of Spring is on it’s way

During the middle of February, our region got an ice-fall followed by a snowfall. Fortunately, it wasn’t dreadful, our region caught the edge of the artic blast that devastated so much of the country. The snow left long before the bitter temperatures did.

While the ground was covered in ice/snow, Spring seemed just a fairytale in a time far far away and the gardening season even further. It was out of our reach except in our memory, daydreams and picture books.
We’ve got Yukon gold potato sets, onions sets and a several packs of seeds on the ready to plant as soon as the weather breaks and last frost is a memory.
As I looked out across the snow covered yard to our garden spot, I longed for the gardening season to begin. Even though we’ve shrunk our garden to a small more manageable spot, it’s still a joy and relaxing to get out a work in. Plus the delicious veggies, oh yes.

As I was tidying up my potato bin, I found a sweet potato that apparently read my mind about missing gardening and felt sorry for me. It decided to break free of the plastic microwavable bag and grow.
Well, cool, I’ve been wanting to start a sweet potato vine, I just didn’t think the pre-treated microwave ready bagged ones would grow. Guess I was wrong.
I fixed it a small jar of water and set it in the window to see if it would grow further. In the above photo, except for the toothpicks, is how it was straight out of the potato bin. It was giving it a wonderful effort to grow.
I had my doubts that it was going to do anything for the first week and a half, then it surprised me with roots and lovely little green leaves. Feels like a bit of Spring in my home. 😀
It looks as if, I might get 2 or 3 slips (vines) to plant in the garden. If I can keep the vines alive, Hopefully, they’ll grow a sweet potato or two for us to have for dinner this Summer. ;D

My daffodils are blooming. They are such a cheerful spot of color against the gray and browns that dominate the landscape.
I was going to skip mentioning the folk lore of ‘snow lays once on daffodils’… however… I went surfing and from a quick look, the lore is disappearing off the net. There are fewer mentions of it now, so I feel I should go ahead and give it this quick mention lest it is forgotten.
There’s an old saying that’s been passed down, in many southern families, for oodles of generations, that says,
‘snow lays once on daffodils’.
Without fail, even if it’s just a dusting or light snow, every year, the saying holds true.
I never was clear on if the snow has to be after they bloom, so whenever it snows and the stems are up, I take photos and hope for the best.

As an added thought here:
I feel like we all need to keep some of the fun lores going, if for no other reason than to give newer and future generations a much needed chuckle for the day.

Do you have any pleasant or fun lore that you and your family pass down through the generations?

I wish you all a week of Sunshine and Smiles.

 

 


 

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Random 5 for Friday: Daffodils and Snow – Needlepoint – embroidery pattern – twitter – Valentine’s Day

1)February 7th, it snowed. My daffodils were budding, so since they were budding, I’ve decided to count it as fulfilling the snow-daffodil ‘saying’ for the year.

Thankfully the snow melted quickly.
February 9th, my mini daffodils started blooming.

2)I’ve been working on my ‘Classic Impressions Needlepoint‘. I’ve made progress, it’s not really noticeable progress because I’m working on little details. Needleworkers will understand that sometimes a lot of detail work doesn’t always look like a lot of progress. So, I’ll update when it shows progress.

3)Not sure what to make of this curious looking embroidery pattern: ‘Mushroom Girl’
https://www.dmc.com/us/mushroom-girl-pattern-9004892.html
It’s not a naughty photo. If you get a chance, click the link above.

4) I have a question for twitter users:
My blog has been linked with my twitter account since I opened it. I’ve gotten only a couple hits from twitter over the years.
Here’s my question: do you think twitter is an asset to your blog or a useful extension of your blog?

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Happy Valentine’s Day 2020!

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend
of warm smiles and sunshine.

 

 


 

Random 5 For Friday

I’ve a new knitting loom project in the works. I hope to get it finished soon. Here’s a sneak peak.

I bought a sunflower mat and butterfly flowers from the fundraiser my niece’s sorority was having. I wish it was warm enough to get these darlings growing, but that’ll be a couple months from now.

The freezing snap we had this past weekend bit our pear tree blossoms and made them start turning brown. The pear trees are usually so pretty with their dainty white blooms, but this year, they’re sad looking.

It’s warmed up a smidge here, it’s a dreary, rainy 42°. We’ve had so much rain that even the daffodils look sad.

 Earlier this week we had internet trouble. We bought a new router and thought that would fix the issues. Well, it did for about 24 hours then the issues returned worse than before.
I picked up our home phone to call internet support and was met with a shrill squelch and loud static. I checked our other house phone lines and they were dead.
I thanked the good Lord above for my handy-dandy mobile phone and then called the phone company and reported the issues.
They sent out a service guy and he discovered that our phone trouble was caused by line issues down-the-road-a-ways. It took 3 service people a few hours to fix the landline.
Our phone works great and the internet is faster than ever… Yep, you guessed it, we didn’t need a new router. However, since our other router was 4 years old, we decided to keep the new one. We’ll hang on to the old one for back-up.

I hope you all have a weekend free of cold and internet issues.

 

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Snow once on daffodils

There’s an old saying, in our neck-of-the-woods, that says, ‘snow lays at least once on daffodils’
Well, for this year, so far, the only precipitation that might be considered snowy was a few hours of the tiniest little ice beads that fell 3-4-2019 during the night. I went out early and took photos of the daffodils. The ice balls are hard to see in most of the photos.
I’ve decided to claim this as the ‘one snow on daffodils’ and be done with it for the year. :;
Are there any old-wives-tales like this for your region?

I hope you all have a sunshine filled rest of the week.

 

 

 


 

Blooming Mini Daffodils


My mini daffodils are blooming. They’re a fun sign of Spring. I was hoping to get a pretty picture of them in the sunshine. Unfortunately, the rain has set in and the sun is hidden behind a canopy of gray clouds. Fortunately, daffodils are bright yellow and they show fairly well in a photo anyway.
I could have picked a few, brought them inside, and tried to take some better photos. I just didn’t have the heart to pick them. To me, they’re out there trying so hard to cheer up the winter world. I leave them to grow and bloom and glow with hope for warmer days to come.

Here’s wishing you all warm temps and signs of Spring.

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Wednesday Winter Sprouts

The temperatures has been in the 50°s and high 60°s here lately. The daffodils, lilies and rose are trying to make their yearly debue. Unfortunately, the temperatures are rumored farecast to start dropping and the new growth will probably be bit back. Fortunately, the temperatures will warm up again soon and the new growth will began again.

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Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday!

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Spring Signs

0-buttersI went for a walk to see the signs of spring during our oddly warm days. I was surprised to see a buttefly. The weather has been gorgeous. The trees and flowers are budding and growing.
We could still have some freezing weather this winter. It’s a long time until last frost.
My mini-daffodils are blooming and there is an old saying about ‘snow falling on daffodils once’… but since mine aren’t the classic kind, they may not count. Meanwhile, we’ll enjoy the pleasant weather while it’s here.0-dafi

Wishing you all a pleasant week.

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2016 Gardening Update 2

belpepersedlingsWhile out seed shopping, my husband saw a pack of mixed colors of bell peppers. One of the colors is purple and since we’ve never seen a purple pepper, he bought the pack of peppers. The pepper seeds are all mixed up and we can’t be sure which pepper colors is which, so my husband bought a 72 pellet tray for me to start them in. Almost all the seeds have sprouted. We’re going to have a huge pepper patch (and there’s no guarantee that we’ll have a purple pepper since there’s 30 seeds left over.lol)
The seedlings won’t be ready for transplanting for a couple weeks or so. I hope they continue to grow and most of them will survive transplanting. Now what to do with all the peppers. lol

IMG_7767aI bought a tray of small daffodils to plant for next Spring. I’ve never seen any daffodil blooms so small. I hope they survive and bloom pretty next Spring.IMG_7767b

Our radishes and onions are growing pretty well in the big garden. It’s hard to get a good photo of them at this stage of their growth, but I tried anyhow.
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IMG_7894My husband has the garden tilled up and waiting for the right time and weather for planting. We’re supposed to get some rain, so He’ll have to till it again before we plant.

wasptrapOn a bit of a crafty note, I made a wasp trap out of a cola bottle, duct tape and put some Hawaiian punch in it. I’m happy to report that it works. I plan to set several of these up and hang a few to try and keep the wasp population under control around our home.

Wishing you all Happy Spring Gardening!gardening

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