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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!
Lovely shot of the daffodils. I look forward to more when the seeds sprout.
Oh I just can’t wait for our weather to warm up so I can get diggin’ in my garden! Enjoy!
It’s so tempting to start cleaning up the gardens and doing lots of other things outside, but I know for a fact that it can snow here in May! So I guess I’ll try to be patient, and continue to plan/dream about my gardens!
I love how bushes that were covered in ice, emerge in spring, strong and carrying on! Perseverance and endurance…something that every sandwich generation needs plenty of?
The roses may be fake, but they are still pretty. Certainly made for a bright red sharing. love the real ones too.
Love the idea of a sunflower house. I’ll have to come back and check it out this summer.
I so want to get out in the yard and get it ready to plant. I was able to do a little last week but, they are warning us of ice and snow storms tonight and tomorrow.
Wow, you all are ready to start bloomin all over! Isn’t that Powershot great! I just got mine a few says ago and LOVE IT!
we are so excited for spring here also and have been enjoying the weather! I cant wait to garden and your pictures are making me wish i could!!
Thanks, Deb! My senior mom and I love her gardening projects and I will definitely keep that easy to use digital camera of mine snapping away throughout the season! 🙂
Hi Paula, We thought we had it made in the shade this past weekend – temps in the 70s and 80s. NOW – it’s barely 40! So my senior mom is headed back to the gardening magazines – and thrilled her latest Birds and Blooms just appeared in the mailbox. 🙂
Hi Courtney! Oyyyyy – that was Tuesday. Now it’s Thursday, cloudy, and back in the 40s. So my senior mom has headed back to her gardening magazines. 🙂 But it is officially SPRING, so SOON… 🙂
Oh, Melody, that easy to use digital camera of mine is “the bomb” as my grandkids might say. It makes me look SO much better at taking pix than I really am. 🙂 You will just keep loving it even MORE!!! 🙂
It was so fun, Janelle. My senior mom and I are already planning on it being a part of this year’s gardening projects, along with her fun plans to create a butterfly garden. So we’ll have the tenancious bees and the decorative butterflies and her sitting in the middle with the hugest smile on her face! 🙂 Can’t wait! 🙂
Yup, we are back in the 40s! A 30 degree drop since Tuesday. I’ll tell you, the weather is never boring! But my senior mom is thrilled as one of her gardening magazines, Birds and Bloom, just showed up. 🙂 Hope you have some fun ones too 🙂
Hi LaVoice – Thank you – and I’m with you. The real ones are DIVINE – and wonderful gifts from God. 🙂
WOW, Carol! In May! And here I thought 40 degrees was bad! (Course I am back in my Cuddl Duds long johns 🙂 Does that count! My senior mom just got one of her favorite gardening magazines, Birds and Blooms, and they’re online. Maybe that would be fun too 🙂
Amen, Ocean Soul, AMEN! 🙂 🙂 🙂