New Growth

June 2, 2016 § 2 Comments

Mr. E has planted a small garden again. This year we’re getting, among other things, potatos. And not just accidental potatos either; these guys are planned.

Early Potato Sprouts

The photo above was taken three weeks ago or so. Since, they’ve definitely spurted:

Potato Sprouts Growing

The last week of May turned out to be quite hot, but so far everything in the garden is doing fine.

Volunteer Strawberry

May 24, 2016 § Leave a comment

Last year, Mr. E planted strawberries. We didn’t get any โ€“ critters got to them before us โ€“ but the plants are blossoming again. There’s even one that’s somehow gotten outside the patch:

Volunteer Strawberry

This one was among the first to have flowers; the rest have caught up in the last day or two. Here’s hoping we’ll get to enjoy some this year!

Short April Recap

May 9, 2016 § Leave a comment

End of April was busy. We had a houseguest from home for three weeks…

Finn Visit

…and, correspondingly, a lot of laundry. One day I ran out of drying rack space. Since it was sunny, I hung the two pairs of still-damp wool socks on the curtain rail to finish drying:

Socks Drying Sunny Window

Well, why not! ๐Ÿ™‚

Apart from visits to area attractions, there was also out-of-state training, movies and eating out. We also played board and card games. And Mr. E got fantastic non-job-related news, plus a promising job-related lead. Life is good in that sense.

The weather has been surprisingly uneven, though. We had cool, even cold days for April (see the wool socks above!). Then the temps swung in the other direction and it was marvelously warm and sunny. Flowers have been out for weeks already, but the grass took time coming. Here are a few clumps of dandelions on a dry patch of the lawn.

Dandelions Dry Patch Mashup

I’ve never been terribly fond of dandelions, but this spring they were very welcome โ€“ that dry patch has been looking so desolate. Plenty of rain showers at the end of April and early May did the trick, though; it’s much greener now. (But it’s colder again, brr. This past weekend we were 10 degrees F / about 6 degrees C below average for early May.)

How was your April?

Takatalvi

April 4, 2016 § Leave a comment

Ha! Just after saying we’re not likely to get snow anymore, the forecast changed into…

April 2016 Snow Forecast

…snow yesterday, snow today and some night frosts ahead. Last week it was so nice and spring-like: budding leaves, first flowers and spring birds. Yesterday, it was still the same โ€“ except with a layer of snow. Here’s a view from yesterday morning:

April 2016 takatalvi

In Finland, we call this kind of return of winter takatalvi. Word-for-word it translates back winter or maybe after winter. The concept doesn’t seem to exist in English, so I can’t translate it any better.

Well, after today, it really, truly seems to be it for the winter. Let’s hope. ๐Ÿ™‚

Last Views of Winter

March 28, 2016 § 1 Comment

Two winter views, now that the snow’s all gone and we’re not likely to get any more. Funny window reflections on the snow:

Reflections on Snow

Fireplace earning its keep:

Fire Feb 2016

The weather’s been unusually warm. In sunny spots, a few wild flowers are already blossoming โ€“ I’ve seen dandylions and coltsfeet (voikukkia ja leskenlehtiรค) and tiny little white ones I can’t identify. There are some small leaf buds on various trees and bushes, too.

Yay, spring!

Sick, Sick, Sick

March 17, 2016 § Leave a comment

I’ve been sick for two weeks today. I’ve done a lot of reading on the sofa.

Huopatossut Jan 2012

Nothing but a persistent flu โ€“ clearly not a bad once, since I’ve not had to stay in bed โ€“ but it’s getting tiresome to be sick and tired all the time. Ohwell, at least it should be out of the way for this season.

Various Bits of Yard Work

May 15, 2015 § 2 Comments

The weather was unseasonally gorgeous and warm last week. We spent a lot of time outdoors and got a lot accomplished. I moved a bush that suffered from melting snow and ice from the roof:

Bush Move Mashup

The poor bush had quite a few broken branches. Some I cut off, but most of them I splinted with sticks and strips of fabric:

Splinting Mashup

They seem to be doing well; there are new leaves coming in beyond the breaks in each branch. Yay!

Mr. E dug a new vegetable patch and prepared the two existing ones. In the photo below, the left side will be potatoes and the right one already had cucumber seeds planted…

Potato Cuke Patches 2015

…and by the deck we will hopefully get some melons…

Melon Patch 2015

…everything fertilized by authentic bull dumpings from a local farm:

Our Own BS

In addition, we’ve raked, pruned and weeded, sawed off a dead branch, removed another that had fallen on its own but gotten stuck, taken down an awkwardly placed young pine and partly undone a small stone wall to relocate it Somewhere Else(TM).

I still want to dig up and relocate some wild plants that I want to keep but not where they set themselves up. Yesterday would’ve been a good day otherwise, but it was 86 F / 30 C after lunch, which was way too hot this early in the season for me, and I suspect for the transplantees as well.

The flowers have really come out, too. The flowering pears bear a white cloud each, there are both white and purple violets here and there in the grass, and a few other wild flowers have found their way in again. Bees and bumblebees buzz around, and birds are singing. Ah, I love spring!

We also have blossoms indoors: I updated my wreath form with spring colors…

Spring Wreath 2015

…and the saintpaulia is blooming!

Saintpaulia Blossoming 2015

Even with tree and grass pollen making my life miserable, spring is the time of the year I love most. ๐Ÿ™‚

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