01 May, 2018

May, You Say?

It's May Day today! I don't have a May Pole to dance around but I feel as though I am running in circles. The obvious question would be: "where did April go?", it honestly slipped past in a blur. I am going to be better about keeping up with blog posts. Earlier last month we traveled to New England to celebrate my Dad's 90th birthday. It was a fun time together with family.
He celebrated the occasion with a giant jelly doughnut. The weather was dreary while we were there, snow sleet and freezing rain during the concluding days of our visit. I attended the MQX show in Manchester, NH while up north; took a hands-on class; "Hardcore Heirloom Feathers" from Deborah Poole, it was a terrific experience. I hope to get some practice time in soon, while I still retain some of what I learned. When we arrived back home it seemed as though spring had EXPLODED during our absence. (Photos top left and below)

We kept our two youngest grandchildren for a few days last week. They enjoyed working for their after school snack! The results were oh, so sweet. They are growing up too quickly-- that time passing theme again. Sigh.

We had fireplace doors custom made by a blacksmith in Vermont. Luckily we were able to save on shipping and pick them up while we visited. They fit like a glove. We have removed the gas log and will burn wood going forward. Mr. Goodneedle decided that it was silly not to use the resources that are abundant on our own lot for energy savings inside when the weather grows cooler. We are forever cleaning up dead, fallen trees on our lot; there's a never ending supply right outside our door.
The neighbor's pasture that is adjacent to our side lawn has been planted in red clover, it began blooming last week and is resplendent in its crimson glory right now, the morning sun brings it to life!
Because I am woefully behind on my "to do" list and I must be held accountable, I have the April "Be Attitudes" block fused and ready for edge stitching and details. I did get this under the presser foot while it was still April; so, technically, this counts as a check in the April column.
This was the early morning view out the front window this morning. You can see why we have decided to burn wood! 😉 There are three deer in this photo, can you find them all? I need to spray Liquid Fence (non-chemical deer deterrent) around my emerging Hosta and Day Lilies; used once a week for three weeks and monthly after that, it trains encourages the deer to stay away through the repulsive scent. Yuck. But, it works-- for the most part. (Clue: the third deer is behind the one on the right, you can see its bent neck just behind the head of the deer in the foreground.)

Really-- why aren't they rolling in Red Clover? 
Wishing you a lovely May Day today, 
what beauty lies just outside your door?
Life is Good!


LizA. said...

hhmmm, I must need more coffee this morning, I still only see 2 deer. That red clover is beautiful. It reminds me of the fields we passed in Germany last June filled with red poppies.

cityquilter grace said...

summer is outside my door...fellow residents have been complaining of cold for far too long and now they are happy...and as a new england transplant now a real southern gal, i welcome the warmth as well. and time passing? don't even GO there!

Needled Mom said...

It's nice to see spring has arrived. I'm sure you are more than ready for it.

Looks like it was well worth the work for those yummy treats.

A wood burning fire is the best.

Quiltdivajulie said...

How good to find your post here today!

Quilting Babcia said...

Your spring photos are gorgeous, as are your surroundings. Yes, the grandkids grow big far too quickly don't they? Happy Spring!

Teresa said...

Enjoyed the blog and seeing your beautiful home and landscape. So funny, I did not realize that people actually farm clover - I have a yard full of it I would love to be rid of. Its not the pretty kind though, with the red flowers. What do people do with red clover?

Janet O. said...

What a delightful post--your Dad's birthday, the grands making their after school snack, Spring busting out in your yard, the neighbor's field of red clover, the deer (I see all three), and you enjoying the clover. It made me smile throughout. Just a lot of "happy" in one place. :)

Tanya said...

Your dad looks great! And 90 is really something to celebrate!

jude's page said...

Yes, a wood fire is the best, if you have a supply of wood. Love your blossoming trees, what are they? I saw a few signs of spring emerging on our recent USA trip. I also can't believe it's May, and I have been and returned. Now to get to motivated to work again, as we head into our winter here in Australia.