April 14, 2015 § Leave a comment
April 8, 2015 § 2 Comments
Construction for a new house (for a new owner) has begun on our neighboring lot. One definite benefit for us is the removal of a tree that has worried us for years.
There was a large, dying tree just beyond the borders of our lot. One of the trunks already came down a few years ago, and we thought it would only be a matter of time before a storm brought the whole tree down, and if we were unlucky, it would fall on our house. Fortunately, man got there first.
For a few days, a team worked on clearing the lot for the diggers to get in. I just happened to look out the window in time on one of the felling days, grabbed my camera and saved the monumental event for prosperity.
Now it’s finally gone!
April 2, 2015 § Leave a comment
I love spring. The last of the roof snow and ice, here still dripping off…
…is gone. Buh-bye! I’m still moving ladybugs away from underfoot. This little one found a safe spot on the curtains:
One of my poinsettias (that keep on giving) is very confused and is putting out a few red leaves:
I’m just happy they’re both still alive. They have, after all, survived three(!) Christmases in my not-at-all-green-thumb-care.
March 25, 2015 § 2 Comments
A friend has taken an offer on a temporary 2-year project out of state. I found this motivational poster online, courtesy of Vanessa Morsse, and framed it for her as a small going-away gift:
Thanks for sharing, Vanessa!
March 19, 2015 § Leave a comment
It’s been a month since these snow-filled scenes…
…and the warmer weather has really done a number on the snow banks. Below are the same locations at the beginning of this week:
The difference is astonishing! Apart from the driveway, the roof is also free of snow and ice (apart from a small area on the northern side). Last week we had quite a scare when a huge ice sheet came thundering down the length of the east side of the house:
The sheet is about a foot (30 cm) wide and looks quite thick, plus there was a whole load of snow and ice chunks that fell at the same time. Fortunately no-one was near to get hurt.
Indoors, the house has been a bit of an obstacle course: I’m dodging ladybugs woken up by the warm weather. Some of the poor things still look groggy (or whatever the bug equivalent is). Those I usually lift into safety onto a sunny window sill. I want as many ladybugs as possible to make it, to act as natural aphid control.
We also had several leaks due to the melting, unfortunately. For a while, our ice chopper and hatchet and one of the shovels lived by the back door with our rubber boots in case they were needed for a mad dash to hack at ice. (Bad ice! Destroooooy!)
Our plans for spring break and summer are on hold till we know how much damage there is and where and what it takes to take care of it. Ohwell.
I’m so happy to have longer, warmer days with more sun. Yay, spring! :)
March 17, 2015 § Leave a comment
Wall art and paintings have been on my mind lately. This photo combines DIY painting with my favorites, white and blue:
Although there’s a little too much teal to my liking, I do concede that shades that are too similar make the whole look flat. Adding a small amount of something different makes a stronger, more lived-in, more interesting combination.
March 13, 2015 § Leave a comment
I love the combination of blue and white and palest of pale wood (in the topmost baskets) in this photo styled by Twig Hutchinson:
Found via Desire to Inspire. The blue is a hint dark, perhaps, but the greyish shade is just what I prefer. Very nice!