We squeezed in a little free time this past weekend to hike a trail not far from our house. I love these woods because they are full of very tall pine trees which are fun to walk through.
It was great to be in the woods, soaking up fresh air, listening to the crunch under our hiking boots, and searching for treasures, from squirrel nests high up in the trees to lichen and moss on fallen tree trunks to pine cones and tracks on the trail.
Hope you found time to get some fresh air over the weekend too!
I spent a couple days last week helping at the greenhouse where my mom works. They had 20,000 Easter lilies that needed to be planted in 2 days. Yes, 20,000!
Put a handful of soil into the container, place the lily bulb in the container with the tip facing up, fill with soil, place five containers into a flat and move to a palette. Repeat!
There were 10 of us planting non-stop, along with two other people helping replenish our supplies and moving the palettes of lilies into the coolers.
After we finished planting 20,000 Easter lilies, we planted spring tulips and daffodils for a few hours.
On breaks, I wandered around the greenhouse, admiring all they do, especially the fresh-cut room full of lovelies.
It was an exhausting couple days, so it took me a day to recover. And then I was ready to plant more bulbs in our own yard, this time daffodils and anemones.
We’ve enjoyed some beautiful fall days lately so we’ve been tending to our gardens and soaking up as much sunshine and fresh air as possible.
What a fulfilling weekend!
I went to the local botanical gardens on Friday afternoon to soak up some fresh air and see what’s new for fall.
The sugar maple tree is always the one of the first to turn colors around here, and it offers quite a show with its vibrant yellows and oranges.
There’s such a wonderful variety of colors and textures in the planters throughout the botanical gardens.
I love this hanging basket that lives in a shady spot throughout the growing seasons. Definitely want to try this in spring on our front porch, which faces north and doesn’t get any direct sunlight.
I was happy to spot my first wooly bear caterpillar of the season!I was also surprised to see a few butterflies still hanging around, like this red admiral. I saw a couple monarch butterflies and a variegated frittilary butterfly too.
It was such a treat to visit the botanical gardens in fall. My next visit probably won’t be until December to check out what their gardeners have done to the grounds for the holiday season.
It was a great fall weekend full of cool weather, a fire in the fireplace, soup for lunch, football games and raking leaves.
Many of the leaves on our trees that change to yellow in autumn are changing and falling.
Raking is always hard work but it’s a great excuse to get outside when the temps are cool.
Soon the oranges and reds will take over the landscapes.
Hope you were able to get out into the wild and enjoy this fall season!
Spring is my favorite season because everything comes back to life revealing so many cheerful pops of color. More and more signs of spring are popping up after our 6-day marathon of clouds, cold and rain finally moved on.
There are buds on the trees and birds gathering for their nests and combing the grass for bugs and seeds.
I was finally able to dig in the dirt, plant a few cool-weather annuals, and make our first trip to the garden center. Very relaxing and energizing!
Hope you are enjoying spring too!
April showers bring May flowers. We are certainly having a lot of April showers lately, so I’m hoping we see lots of flowers in May. We are ever so slowly seeing signs of spring with bits of green here and there.
Most of our bulbs – tulips and crocus – have been eaten by the rabbits this spring, except for this lonely daffodil. We have some other daffodil clusters that are a bit behind so I’m looking forward to seeing their pops of yellow soon. It’s been a couple years since we planted new bulbs, so planting more will be high on my list for fall chores.
Last weekend I noticed some of the buds on our trees are starting to open and show some of that spring green color I love so much. Looking forward to find more signs of spring over the next week.
Yay, it’s the weekend! Time to reflect on things that made me happy this past week, and share a new weekend postcard featuring one of my recent photos.
Here are five highlights from my week:
- We had a great time celebrating my husband’s birthday and visiting the zoo.
- We finally had our first warm sunny day which gave us a chance to play in the dirt (i.e. Spring cleaning in our gardens). I was excited to find some crocus bulbs blooming.
- Spring weather has finally arrived – I haven’t had to wear socks or a coat all week.
- We’ve been catching up on our Oscar movie-watching lately. Last week we watched The Wolf of Wall Street – what a crazy story full of debauchery! (We’ve also seen American Hustle, Gravity, and Blue Jasmine.)
- I hit the road with my mom for a weekend visit to see my sister and her family.
Enjoy your weekend!
This past weekend we went to the zoo for the first time in a few years. There were huge crowds of people, so it was a bit challenging to navigate around the zoo exhibits, but it was still fun. Some of the animals were still inside since our weather is just starting to warm little by little.
The jaguar was very attentive to the zookeepers across the way who were cleaning the cheetah exhibit.
The snow leopard was snoozing in the warm sun.
The elephants were just hanging out.
These little golden lion tamarins were so adorable and curious.
This cute little monkey lived with his family of eight.
The peacocks are always wandering around the grounds.
This meerkat posed for me 😉
It was a great chance to experiment with my new telephoto lens so I could practice taking super close-up pictures.
TGIF! A few highlights from the week:
- I received great news of more freelance illustration projects coming my way, perhaps a new collection of licensed art each month.
- I illustrated a new map that I really love and entered into a design contest. (did you vote yet?!)
- We had a great visit with my dad last weekend. We spent the day at his upholstery shop, helping him with a new computer set-up.
- All of our snow has finally melted, and our brown matted grass is slowly starting to perk up.
- We finished our taxes.
Birthdays are always better when they land on a Friday. Happy Birthday to my husband Dave! The first thing I remember about meeting him was his great laugh! He does love making people laugh. Dave also loves Las Vegas, donuts, cats, Coke, pizza, carbs, movies, video games, Journey, Rush, 80s music, taking things apart to figure out how they work, science, space, chocolate chip cookies, the beach, and so much more. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, he’s obsessed with napkins too. Everyone has their quirks. I do admire him for his individuality, confidence and convictions. I count my lucky stars everyday we’re together.
We’re going to a swanky place for dinner to celebrate, and then we’re going to the Zoo this weekend for some adventure. Happy Friday to you. Enjoy your weekend!