Harbingers of Spring at our house

It’s spring at last. The air is almost too sweet to be believed.  Fruit trees burst into blossom overnight, as if they’ve been holding it all in for just this moment.  Here are a few sweet signs of spring at our place.

We have a weeping cherry tree in our back yard.  It's full of honeybees today, hungry for pollen.

We have a weeping cherry tree in our back yard. It’s full of honeybees today, hungry for pollen.

 

 

 

 

Little Mack wants to impress me, so he climbs up into the tree full of blossoms.  “Look up here, Mom!  Take my picture!”

Then he hears the buzzing . . .

But then he hears the buzzing of the honeybees all around him . . .

"This tree is full of bees! MOM! Get me down!"

“MOM!  There are bees in here! GET–ME—OUT–of  here!”

Here Hoppy inspects the clean new digs.

Here Hoppy inspects the clean new digs.

I clean out several months’ worth of chicken . . . er . . . used bedding and Amalia helps me spread it on the garden.  Just in time . . .

My dad does me this favor every spring, of tilling up my garden until it's smooth and stirred and ready for planting

My dad does me the favor every spring of tilling up my garden until it’s smooth and stirred and ready for planting.  The chicken bedding makes a nice addition to the soil.

My dad does me the favor every spring of tilling up my gardens until they are smooth and stirred and ready for planting. The chicken, er, bedding makes a nice addition to the soil.  As would compost, if I had some ready . . . . alas . . . .

Remember the little mother Babes?  Here she is in a nesting box, and next to her is her daughter "Puff" who is laying eggs, now, too.

Mama taught her baby well.

Remember the little mother hen Babes?  (She’s on the right.)  Here she is in a nesting box, and next to her is her daughter “Puff” who is laying eggs now, too.

I've always thought the hens laid better when the coop was tidy.

I’ve always thought the hens laid better when the coop was tidy.

Amalia and Timothy are going to the Spring Formal, which includes a masquerade ball, with their friends. They’ve been busy working on masks all week. Well, Amalia has.  April and May are full of recitals, formals, graduations, receptions, and birthdays.  So many parties. It’s a busy time.

It’s such a lovely sight–lovely young ladies helping each other get everything just so.

 

The wind is a bit of a problem.

The wind is a bit of a problem.  It nearly always is out here on the prairie.

Oh, just perfect!

Oh, just perfect!

Here are Amalia and Timothy--don't they clean up nice, for country kids?

Here are Amalia and Timothy–don’t they clean up nice, for country kids?

Here's the entire group:  Amalia, Timothy, Olivia, Timothy, and Hannah.  Precious.

Here’s the entire group: Amalia, Timothy, Olivia, Timothy, and Hannah. Precious.

So these are a few harbingers of spring at our house.  Is it springtime where you are?  If so, what are the signs of the season that grab at your heart?

22 thoughts on “Harbingers of Spring at our house

  1. Chef William

    Today it actually got to 84 degrees, and I was out trimming some branches from the trees that are next to the driveway. I need to do that when the wife is not around, she gets so upset when she sees me on a ladder. I also fired up the B-B-Q and cooked some dark meat turkey for my chihuahua. He’s the only dog on the block that has his own chef. I went to Mexico last July for the month and when I returned, he would no longer eat “dog” food. Then when I read what the dog food companies put into that canned stuff, I decided I could cook for him. I also fired up both lawn mowers and took one for a little run on the lawn. The other one ran for a minute then stopped and I could not get it started again. There is a little work ahead of me on that one. And I spent an hour setting under a tree keeping my dog company. Chihuahua’s need lots of hugs. When I’m having tea in the morning he jumps up on my lap. If I would let him, he would stay there all day.
    I also put a fan in one of our bedroom windows. I won’t turn on the air conditioner until the wife needs it or company is coming.
    The daughter that is a Marine, will be here at the end of the month with her husband and their little boy. We’re looking forward to that because she is stationed on the Nevada/California boarder and he works in Afghanistan so we don’t see them often.
    And now it is time for me to get a good book and head for the bedroom.

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Chef, you have one pampered little pup! He probably eats better than I do! Is winter making one last appearance in Wisconsin this week?

  2. Cher

    Hi Amy, Gosh I felt like that last week, had gardeners back and knees was so excited, its been like winter again for the past 4 days, horrible wet and miserable ad freezing, have a new puppy too and she loves to be out there, but not in the rain – but hey ho the sun is trying to come back now!

    The Kids look great! Oh can I borrow your Dad please? In fact if he could stay a while? ……. haha
    Great post as always 🙂
    Cher x

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Cher,
      Unfortunately winter is returning here for a few days, too, and with a vengeance–such a strange spring!

  3. Rachel Lavern

    Love your photos (especially the first three).

    For the last four days, it feels as though Spring zipped right by us and we are now in summer. Experiencing temperatures in the 90s and air conditioning running full blast.

  4. Jean Buschke

    Thank you for the peek into your world! Love it…The trees in my backyard budded out yesterday. All I can say is..WELCOME!

    And I love your picture. Black and white is my favorite 🙂 And I really like your layout. My site is a work in progres. I have been stuck but as determined to get it where I want it to be. Your site is a fabulous example. Thanks!

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Thank you Jean! I appreciate your compliments. My site is a work in progress, too, and I’ve been floundering about, as I figure out all this blogging stuff. It’s fun and I’ve learned a lot!

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