Friday, April 20, 2007

Fifteen Things...

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" ~ Robin Williams

Thought I'd try the Friday Fifteen today, just for grins!

Fifteen Things I Discovered Outside Yesterday

Yesterday was our first sunny day in a long time... and spring is beginning to do it's thing (finally), so I thought I'd take a stroll around the estate grounds. Here's what I found:

1. I have giant crocus plants blooming in my "purple" garden and I don't remember planting them there.

2. The deer ate all my tulips. Again. You think I'd learn.

3. We have a chipmunk living inside an old gas tank my DH threw out back last summer. The intention was to let whatever fumes evaporate, and then take it to the dump. I'm guessing all the fumes have evaporated, but I feel a little guilty about taking someone's house. I'll have to give it some thought. Perhaps we could relocate it somewhere a little less obvious?

4. My neighbor's dogs poop in my yard more than my own dogs do.

5. I lost my two boxwood bushes and my scotch broom (again -- this is the fourth year I've tried to grow scotch broom, and the fourth year that it's died. You think I'd learn).

6. The birds made an unholy mess of sunflower shells under their feeders over the winter.

7. The birds don't like the unshelled (aka "Mess Free") bird food I just bought for them -- they land on the feeder, check it out, then fly to the feeder that has the last of the shelled sunflower seeds and eat. Little buggers.

8. My daffodils have buds on them. I can't wait to have some color outside. Finally. Spring comes late to the northeast.

9. My neighbors at the end of the cul-de-sac are already riding their *&^% dirtbikes around down there and kicking up mud and rocks all over the place. I don't understand how people can be utterly inconsiderate of others who have to live in the same space.

10. The squirrels love to sit in my froggy feeder and eat their pumpkin seeds (my plan this year is to feed the squirrels and chipmunks and hope this will keep them out of my garden where they go take ONE bite out of each tomato).

11. Even at 3 a.m. this morning, it was still warm enough to stand in the doorway while my dog did her business.

12. I am utterly out of shape. I walked about half a mile yesterday and my hips ached. Maybe that's just being forty...

13. Despite the beautiful weather yesterday, no one was outside in it! People are so weird out here...

14. Fresh air smells amazing. Today, all the windows will be opened in the house -- it's going to be 60 degrees!

15. I really, really, really love the spring. It's the best possible way to follow up a miserable season like winter.
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jenn in holland said...

What a great list of things you saw! It sounds divine to me... the squirrels and the deer and the everything. I ablsolutely love your 15th point and completely agree!
Welcome Spring!

anno said...

A very lovely list! I enjoyed your observation about the preference of your birds for unshelled seeds. Naturally.

Sorry about the tulips. We have similar woes here, and I've completely given up on even trying until I'm certain to be relentlessly vigilant about applying Liquid Fence... and even then it will likely be just a futile exercise.

Melissa said...

What a nice list. Thanks for sharing and bringing spring to life this morning.

Tori Lennox said...

We ran out of regular bird seed the other day and our little finches and sparrows were trying to eat the sunflower seeds we have in another feeder. And now that we have regular seed again, they're still trying to eat the sunflower seeds. I guess they developed a taste for them while they waited for the regular food. :)

Angelika said...

Part of the fun of eating sunflower seeds is shelling them! The birds must agree, LOL.

david santos said...

Hello, Marrianne!
Thanks for you work and have a good weekend.

Carol Ann Erhardt said...

You make me wish I could have been outside enjoying the beautiful sunshine today instead of cooped inside my cave of an office, where there are no windows. I did get out to enjoy an hour over lunch though. Thanks for sharing!

Carol Ann

groovyoldlady said...

Happy SPRING!!! I rode my bike today in shorts and a t-shirt. WOOt!!!!!