Yesterday we helped David and Melanie at their new house. They are in the process of moving in. Tom mowed lawn and trimmed shrubs. I helped scrub the kitchen and put things away. That Melanie is one trusting sweetheart, letting me unpack her kitchen boxes! Mel's mom cleaned out the garage -- hosed it down ceiling to floor! Grandma, sister, cousins and friends. What a productive day it turned out to be, and fun too.
I teased on facebook this week that Betsy's Day Care was open. I had three little girls, and one not-yet-trained puppy, keeping me company on Friday. It was all kinds of fun. But you know -- our house is stocked with mostly little boy toys from a bygone era. It turns out that girls who left their Barbies and Polly Pockets home are quite happy to play with Matchbox cars and a Fisher Price Little People Garage at my house.
|Two sisters and my little neighbor who is my regular Friday charge. Aren't they just adorable?|
|The cute-as-can-be pup loves to run in the grass and then come in the house to tinkle on the floor. |
It's okay, she doesn't hold much water and I'm sure she'll get the hang of it sooner or later.
People are busy. Teachers are winding down their school year. Farmers are readying fields for planting. Homeowners are mowing lawns and beautifying yards, porches, decks. When the weather is inclement there's the indoor spring cleaning to be tackled. We're opening the pool. It's all ready, just needs heated up. We've got to put a little heat to that sparkly-clear cold water. (Give us a day or two and then come on over.) My friends with little kids or grandkids are off to t-ball and little league practices and games. Ah yes, it's a busy time of year.
Flowers are busy growing, blooming, and dying back to allow the next variety to grow and bloom. It's so nice that they take turns. Is there anything prettier than spring flowers? A vase of daffodils graced my table every day for the past three weeks. They're not as long lived when cut, but there's a plethora of them. I'm sure the dear little things were glad to bring their bright countenance inside just to make me happy, even if it did shorten their lifespan a bit.
These flowers are all spent now. The Tulips still in bloom are on the way out. They'll make room for the Dahlias. Oh, but alongside the fence are the Narcissus. They look like Daffodils, but I'm guessing they get their name from a character trait. They bloom after their cousins...standing proud all by themselves...too narcissistic to share their bloom time with anything else that might overshadow them. No need to fear, little flowers, you are all beautiful, and very much appreciated, in your own time.
Trees are budding and will be in full leaf quick as a wink. Birds flit about gathering bits of this and that building nests. And bees buzz around terrifying little children. (I'm not scared of bees anymore. I outgrew that back in my 50's -- last year.)