Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Happy 25th Anniversary to Us!

Wedding Day - May 20, 1990
 Wow! 25 years together has just flown by, and we feel so fortunate to have found each other. Soul mates forever;-)

January 2015 - 24 years and 8 months later!

Sharing a love for nature photography
Always on the lookout for the wonders of the world.

Having fun and being silly together.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Patio Veggie Planter Box

Drew is the best hubby in the world. I don't know of any other man who could possibly put up with all my neuroses. He will do anything to keep me happy, and that includes helping me out in the gardens. 

Since we have fenced in the backyard for the Greyhounds, we have lost our vegetable garden space. That didn't concern me much as my knees have gotten so bad over the last 3 years. But, this year, I decided that I couldn't bear to lose out yet again to eating home grown, fresh garden veggies. So, we bought a City Pickers Patio Garden Kit. My mother had something similar for quite a few years and was very pleased with the results.

Drew adds plant food
Today, we decided to assemble it and plant seeds. Drew had to admit that the height of the garden kit is perfect. He used two plastic saw horses as the base for the kit, and it is incredibly sturdy. 
Planting mix gets mounded up

I am sooo excited to eventually see the fruits of our labor, so to speak! I planted 2 rows of cucumbers, one on each outside row, and then lettuce, arugula, and parsley in the middle. 

Black plastic covers the soil to keep it warm
Holes are cut for the seeds

I may have been a bit too enthusiastic with my plan. 

Eight cucumber plants might just take over the planter! Ummm...they are supposed to be short stemmed, but I cannot figure out how I am going to keep them from falling out of the planter!

I may have to stabilize them 
with some supports eventually. But, then again, I am getting way ahead of myself;-) Let the growing season begin!
(Click on any photo for a larger view.)

The seeds

Fractured feelings and the rebirth of springtime

Azalea coming into bloom gladdens my heart.
Wow, there are days like today, when I feel as though I am drifting... It seems so surreal, and I cannot wait for the work day to be over. The emotional pain I feel, and the emptiness in my gut are so difficult to address as I work with kids in the classroom. When I finally arrive home, I am extremely drained and wander aimlessly through our property trying to find something to smile at...something to lighten my soul. And, there is always a burst of happiness, a little light, and then the darkness threatens to snuff out the flame. Such is the roller coaster I am riding after the death of my dear sister...
Wild blueberry gives me hope of sweet fruits

Begonia is so bright and cheery
My good friend, Lynne, had some wonderful words to impart through a letter she wrote to me. She said, "I was so saddened to read your blog and find that your sister had passed away. These losses leave us with few words that can bring any comfort. I suppose it is age that makes us suddenly aware of how precious life is. Every day brings more loss but I hope you find solace in your garden. I know that is where I go when I need peace. It is reassuring to see how nature constantly renews itself. Someday, we will all drift with the stars. I take some comfort in that..."
Solomon's Seal is incredibly elegant,
and is a feast for my eyes.

I find that I need my garden. I need nature. I need to see life renewing itself. This constant provides me with an anchor that I know will always be there when I require comfort. Thank you, Mother Nature, for giving me solace each day. Although I weep with deep sadness, I also find time to smile and give you a high five for all the wonders you impart to this world...

Lilac has me jumping for joy as this is
the first time it has ever blossomed
in the 10 years since I planted it!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Spring Peepers accompanied by the famous American Toad Backup Singers

If you want to be blown off your feet, go down to a pond and ponder... Last night, I needed hearing protection as I recorded the current amphibian population at Caesar pond. Even though the toads were harmonizing and trilling their fool heads off, I could barely hear them over the cacophony of sound that the peepers were making. It was quite exhilarating.

Okay, if you want to know the truth, I was jumping up and down, and dancing around, as the peeps, toads, ducks, and barred owls voiced their pleasure at the arrival of warmth during this spring season in Maine.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

I was photographing some tulips, in front of one of our hummingbird feeders, when a pair of hummers got a bit territorial with each other. They were flying all around me, chittering like crazy, whilst asserting their dominance over one another as to who "owned" the feeder. I guess the female won, because she is the one who settled down to feed just a few feet from me. FUN! (Click on the photo for a larger view.)

Indigo Bunting

This blue beauty came to the stump to feed on sunflower seeds this afternoon. Again, Drew was at the kitchen window at just the right time to photograph him. The Indigo Buntings migrate through, and only stay around for one or two days at most, so capturing photos of them is difficult at best. (Click on the photo for a larger view.)