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HAPPY SPRING from this Sandwich Generation granny nanny! My senior mom and I are really enjoying some gorgeous spring days, while they last. Since you never know how well the weather will be in March, we're having fun with our existing plants but not yet planting anything of our own yet. Our personal "harbinger of spring," the forsythia bush in front is blooming grandly and looks gorgeous against the clouds and sky.
Sweet yellow and cream daffodils, planted by a past owner or tenant, are blooming in the far back.
And the bush that was coated in ice last winter? It looks to be sprouting some sweet flower buds as well.
My senior mom has started getting organized for gardening. She's been cleaning her pots, organizing her garden wagons – both the utility garden wagon with the metal sides…
and the smaller, deeper plastic-sided garden wagon, both of which she LOVES!
I enjoyed surprising her with sunflower seeds in several varieties. We are planning on having fun with the Sunflower House again this year, but with some changes. We might try for two houses again. We want to use more varieties of Sunflowers, besides our favorite – the Mammoth Sunflower. And we're probably going to plant more in the interior. The grandkids loved the wonder of it, but due to the humidity and bugginess of our area, they didn't spend a lot of time in it. So we thought we'd make it more dramatic for those fun, but occasional visits. Might even entice them to spend more time in there. 🙂
I'm even thinking of planting some gorgeous Mr. Lincoln roses so I can have the real thing instead of these cute, odor-less faux roses. 🙂
And, of course, I enjoyed taking tons of pictures of all these with my easy to use digital camera. Would you believe it, I got the shot of the daffodils (above) by holding the camera down low by my knees while kneeling and pointing upwards. I couldn't see what I was doing, of course, but with that wonderful image viewer, I could check it right afterwards. It only took me about three tries to get a photo I liked. Holding it like that was awkward, and my hands were very unsteady, but thanks to the image stabilization feature in my Canon Powershot camera, it came out quite nice.
Next up, came the easy to use Picnik.com to fix the lighting for me and sharpen it a bit. I love it when those two fave tools make the photos taken by this baby boomer granny nanny look pretty good! 🙂 That's wonderful for saving and savoring all of your sweet family memories! And speaking of fave tools, be sure to pop over to Sweet Shot Tuesday, with great ideas and encouragement – it's another of my fave "tools" for all of us in the Sandwich Generation, dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren. And don't forget to visit Rednesday for fun REDS to brighten our busy days! Very fun!