Hello lovely friends!
Things have been very beautiful here this spring and I'm so glad, as we've had to navigate some stressful events. In addition to the impact of the current events, two of our pets had to have major surgeries in the past month. They're both doing fine now, but who'd've thought!?!
In the meantime, I've had a constant little bouquet of wildflowers on my desk, with a lovely candle burning during office hours. I've taken daily walks to listen to the wood frogs, the warblers and the rain in the woods. We have a flock of rose-breasted grossbeaks at the feeders as I write this and yesterday we had two orioles as well. The hummingbirds are back and I think the red-headed woodpecker is staying this year. A wren built her nest in the lid of our large propane tank. We scared each other to death when I lifted the lid to check the gas levels.
We've done our first mowings and the mulch is all down. I have new bench under one of the redbud trees near the creek and we think it's heavy enough to withstand the inevitable flooding that happens at least once a year. We have the base of a new footbridge in place over the creek and just need to make the final adjustments before we nail the crossboards on. The old one is still there, crooked and leaning up on the tree where the last flood pushed it. I'm trying to decide what to do with it when the new bridge is up. The girls built it themselves when they were just old enough to hold a hammer and though it's mossy and rotted in places, it reminds me of the many times we sat on the bridge and tossed flowers in the creek to see whose would get to the big rock first, and where we sat and watched the dragonflies, and where we rescued a duck from an over-zealous snapping turtle. Will I take the time to remember those days if the bridge is no longer there to remind me?
The peas are up in the vegetable garden and we have unwrapped the fig tree. I am excited for things to bloom and fruit. And I'm excited to see what things in my world catch my eye and end up in a painting, like the daffs and muscari in the piece above. [I see more florals in my studio this year...]
Sending you delicious memories and exciting things to look forward to in your world.