Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spring has Arrived in the Ozarks

Finally,everything decided it was time. Forsythia, Dutchman's Breeches, and Bloodroot all were blooming. Spring peepers have been announcing it, but until I see the blossoms on the county roadside, it isn't official.

Tomorrow I'll try to get some pictures.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Hell Freezes Over

Some people I know liken where I live to hell. It's closer to heaven to me, but for the fun of it I'm going with the hell analogy.

Today is the first day of spring, or at least I think it is. I haven't checked a calendar to make sure. All week we had the most beautiful weather, whetting my appetite for the weekend. I couldn't wait to get off and planned to get some outdoor work done.

That was before I found out what was in store for us. This morning has been overcast and chilly. Now it is raining, but at least not freezing yet. Tonight we should expect the white stuff to come down, and more than a light dusting's worth. A possible 10" could accumulate. What?? How can that happen after a week like the one we just had, with another one just like it scheduled to begin on Monday?

It seems unfair to work next week after this. Sooner or later, I guess the weekend will be good for outdoor fun. For now, I'll just clean house and write.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Nothing much

I don't really have anything to blog about tonight, just wanted to swap out my title picture for the aster one I took a few years ago. Just found it recently, hiding among some other files where it didn't belong.

There have been a few more signs that Spring is not far away. The roosters have started crowing regularly again, and sparring among each other. They're trying to establish dominance to see who gets to escort the main group of hens around. The battle was between the barred rock and the golden-laced wyandotte. The barred rock won and now the wyandotte has to settle for a few of the less desirable hens, I guess. I'm not sure what criteria roosters use to judge the girls, but maybe the ones who lay the most eggs are most desired.

The hens have started laying again. That was the other sign that Spring is near. Oh, and the skunks have been coming out of the woodworks, another signal.