A Long Time Coming

Sorry for being gone so long, and I’m really not “back” yet. Just not in the mood to write here for some reason. TT asked if I had any photos of flowers to show yet… well, I took these photos this morning, and the only flowers are on the forsythia bush at Peggy’s house across the street, which is in full bloom, but that’s about IT for flowers so far around here.



Before Paul cleaned it up:


Good old Forsythia!


So, It’s pretty barren and boring here still. As you can see, the front lawn has a long way to go before it’s back to normal… thanks to this:


Where the dogs could walk, the grass is all ruined. So we’ll just have to wait – for some rain and some sun to show up. But it sure is a long time coming this year — spring is.



“Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.”

~from JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte~

I think I could turn and live awhile with the animals…

They are so placid and self-contained,

I stand and look at them sometimes half the day long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,

They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,

They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,

Not one is dissatisfied… not one is demented with the mania of owning things,

Not one kneels to another nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,

Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.

~ [Walt Whitman, from “Leaves of Grass, No. 32”] ~

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13 Responses to A Long Time Coming

  1. Bex,
    Happy Birthday. I was not notified on FB! Hope you are having a nice day.

    Looks like things are coming along and spring has sprung….it just needs to spring a little more.

    I’m anxious to see your property leafed and flowered out!


  2. Christos G. Makrypoulias says:

    Please be sure to post pics from your birthday dinner! I’m still drooling over the ones from last year!


  3. Bex says:

    Good idea, Teri. I should dig up some old photos.

    Today I turn 67 (not until around 2 in the afternoon officially). To celebrate this milestone, Paul will be driving down to Dube’s Restaurant and picking up my order for supper… can you guess what it might contain? ( Hint: It is filed under the category of “sea-food – the naughty kind!”)

    And I’ve just put into the oven my own birthday cake, and I’ll fill you in on how that turned out tomorrow. I made up the recipe so not sure it will work… hope so! I’m leaving off the candles!!!


  4. TopsyTurvy says:

    Oh, no! Mean little rabbits, eating your spring that way!

    A few years ago when I was wishing for spring and thinking it’d never get here I looked at pics I’d taken of previous springs and found that all the really pretty flowers and growth didn’t come out until the 1st or 2nd week of May. Now every year I try to remind myself that it’ll be pretty here by the 1st or 2nd week of May – which is almost here! Yay!


  5. Bex says:

    Thanks all for writing back! I have been kind of in the doldrums lately (hey! where are “the doldrums” anyway? – is it spring there?).

    I should have mentioned that we did have a few crocuses, or croci, up a week or two ago, but we have a couple of resident rabbits who have holes out front and out back, and they come up every day and I fear they made a meal of those little tender and yummy flowers! Because one day they were there, and the next day they were gone – pfffft!


  6. Eric Mayer says:

    Last Friday we had some snow in the air but nothing that stuck. April tends to be a bleak month here and I’m always surprised that the greenery takes so long to get going once winter ends. You’d think I would have figured it out by now! Even the forsythia in this area seems to be delayed, or maybe I am just more impatient than usual given the brutal winter. Let’s hope that the summer is not extreme. Your whole yard will spring to life before you know it, like magic. That’s the way it seems to happen.


  7. sandy freel says:

    It will be wonderful before you know it …hang in there


  8. Bonnie says:

    We have had rain and now our blue bonnets are at the ugly stage. Must not pull them until seed is set. The rain battered the larkspur. The datura is blooming, but the weeds are so bad we will have very little grass in the back yard. Kills me to walk buy and not pull any.


  9. Annanotbob3 says:

    We’re well underway with tty u spring here but still only patchy Internet till weds. Glad you can at least see some spring yellow xxxx


  10. TopsyTurvy says:

    Thanks for the pics, Bex! I’m surprised about the lone forsythia. We have forsythia blooming here too but the daffodils and crocuses came out a bit before that.

    Our temps are supposed to go up starting tomorrow, so I’ll try to waft some warm air over in your direction. The weatherman is actually threatening low 70s here for the weekend!


  11. beanie says:

    That’s the nice thing about grass… it’s hard to kill!


  12. WendyNC says:

    Bex, I thought we were done with the chillier weather here–and have the pink toenails to prove it. However, after an initial burst of warm, we’re in the ping-pong temps, with more cool than otherwise. I remind myself that it will be hot plenty soon enough.


  13. Bex, I hope you get rain at night, sunshine during the day, and balmy temperatures! We still have two piles of snow around our house, where it was shoveled into huge banks. It won’t be long now though, before it will all disappear. I even saw a yellow crocus in the yard when I went for my walk this evening!


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