Monday, February 17, 2014

A heat wave...

It was a heat wave this weekend.  We got up to 51 degrees on Sunday.  Ella knew as soon as I poured my coffee that we were headed to the porch.  It was wonderful.  I looked through my gardening catalogs and tried to envision what could be under the snow.  As you can see in front is a new addition to my garden.  I have forever wanted an old tool box for a planter.  I found the perfect one in an antique shop.  Of course the poor shopkeeper was using it for a display of old spice containers.  It took him a while to get it taken down.  It is perfect for keeping Ella's pinecones from falling off of the front.  I can't wait to fill it with flowers.



 Don't be fooled by my warm sunny porch.  There is still plenty of snow out there.  We seem to be getting 3 or more inches every night, despite the fact that the weatherman never mentioned it.  
 I tried to get into the greenhouse, but there is too much ice in front.  I just opened the top door and filled my nose with the scent of warm earth.  It will do for another week, but sooner or later I need get in there.  
 Every year I am in charge of making dinner rolls for the officer's banquet.  I enjoy spending the day making bread.  I make a super big batch, so there is plenty for people to take home and a few for us to bring back.  There is something so fulfilling about making bread.  Sorry, no photos of the finished product.   Just know it was a successful day of bread making.

 I was not as successful in my annual bird count.  I didn't have any sunflower seeds.  This made a big impact on my count.  I think last year I had about 20-30 chickadees.  This year I had a whopping 2.  My two white breasted nuthatches made sure they were counted.  I also have at least one downy woodpecker every year.  I did finally get some seeds today.  Not in time for the count, but I'm sure the birds don't mind.


We hit the 50's, so I have high hopes that spring is around the corner.  I hope others had a more successful bird count. 

12 comments:

  1. Woohoo! Spring is coming!!!!!!

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  2. Oh, 51! That would be lovely. We're supposed to get to 37 by midweek, which will be nice. I only hope the snow doesn't all melt at once, though. That would be a problem. I love your bird feeder, I think its the cutest one I've ever seen. I can't get to my greenhouse either, too much snow. But I bet you enjoyed your time on the porch!

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  3. Now that is a heatwave:) Oh the smell of earth I miss it too. Love the planter tool box. Oh your porch still looks inviting and with the heatwave it would be a nice place to park for me:) Hug B

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  4. I'm jealous-- we're hitting 35 today.... 35 ABOVE zero for a change.

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  5. Saw flocks of ducks on Sunday, a sure sign. I dug a trench yesterday to redirect the thaw in my drive, it is already 33 today.

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  6. Spring never skips her turn! It will be there...we have some this week and I'm gonna enjoy all the sunshine I can, XOXO

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  7. Sounds like spring is on it's way to you WOOHOO ! We are getting a lot of sunshine now and the temps are warming up more snow is melting more each day . Oh home made bread YUMMY ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good week !

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  8. Your biscuit making looks great so I am certain they must be the best in the county !
    How great for you to get some porch sitting weather ~ despite the snow .

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  9. Baking bread sounds like a lovely way to spend a snowy day! Just thinking about the scent of warm earth makes me dream about spring.

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  10. This: "There is something so fulfilling about making bread." Yes!!

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  11. I am so glad you had a heat wave. Your bread was wonderful. I love your tool box.
    I think it will look so pretty on your porch filled with flowers.
    I am so glad you got to have a warm day. Good things are coming.

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