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Friday, January 30, 2009

Tulips On A Table Brighten A Disappointing Day

Tulips on a table brighten the day

We had an exciting moment the other evening. The forecast was for snow....It was going  to start snowing at midnight and snow all morning!  This was going to be the  snow of the season...and then we could get on with spring! 

I already had my snowshoes out, ready to go...I had big hopes!  Mr I Don't Garden went to bed with plans to sleep in and  stay home.   We were going to play all day! (all photos enlarge)

He was so disappointed to wake up to this~~~~


and not this
Winter 2008


I was disappointed, too.  Even though the  Garden of Benign Neglect looked

lovely with a dusting of white~~

The snow outlined the garden and  the browns disappeared.


Just a little snow makes  everything look brighter, fresher, cleaner. Rocks, plants and  the fish  seemed more vibrant to me. 


One of the  Gold Flare azaleas looks snug  in its new home by the dry creek.  I love the twisted brown stems and the buds against the snow.  It's ready to bloom this spring!  (and did you notice she's still wearing her tags~~ like Minnie Pearl's hat at the Grand Ole Opry.) 

It all melted rather quickly.

Mr I Don't Garden headed to work and the snowshoes went back into storage.

But wait, I just heard that there is  a 60% chance of snow on Monday!  Those  snow shoes still have a chance to get a  workout this winter!

My dear friends, I hope the weekend brings you perfect weather!

Gail

The trouble with weather forecasting is that it's right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it. ~Patrick Young

79 comments:

  1. Gail,

    Maybe you'll have your pretty snow soon! I can't wait to see photos of your azalea in bloom by your dry stream.

    H-O-W-D-Y! Love the Minnie Pearl comparison! LOL

    Cameron

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  2. Hi Gail, it is pretty when the garden is white, just an inch or two as long it covers the ugly and dull parts.
    Did you know and this is a fact that it is always a 50% chance that the weather tomorrow will be as today! It's true.

    Have a great weekend Gail and Mr I don't Garden.

    Tyra

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  3. Cameron,

    Do you think we have to be from around here to get that one! How are our foes/friends the deer? You have me thinking I need to plant flowers and shrubs that are not palatable to our dear deer!

    Have a good weekend.

    gail

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  4. Tyra,

    Good afternoon to you! The weather is too unpredictable here (as it is elsewhere I am sure)! Weather forecasters actually use our big interstate as a dividing line for all manner of weather fronts! I may have to pack up my snow shoes and head north! Have a great weekend.

    gail

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  5. Gail, that is just enough snow for me! I am hoping for a dusting this weekend but only a dusting please.

    Best wishes Sylvia (England)

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  6. Sylvia,

    Good afternoon! I know what you mean...I actually prefer a dusting, but when I heard snow was forecast, the little kid in me wanted to run and shout and play in it...another time!

    Take care and I am so glad you stopped by!

    gail

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  7. Good morning Gail, oh your azalea looks lovely, it is a nice size too! I had forgotten about your deer problem, azalea flowers and buds are their most favorite foods! Oh no! We did not get any snow from that last go around, but they are promising some for Monday night into Tues. and Wed., even for us southern TN folk. And Cameron beat me to the Hoooowdy! Ah'm jus' so glad to be here!
    Frances

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  8. A dusting of snow is like fairy dust and makes everything look new and fresh doesn't it? I hope you do get snow on Monday but keep it down there!

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  9. Well,
    I'm still jealous we haven't even gotten a flurry! We are way overdue for a good snow.--Randy

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  10. Frances,

    I was pleased that the azaleas look so good by the dry creek...They really have added a bit of structure to the flat area! I can keep momma deer and her baby away if I remember to keep the gates closed! There are three of them...One evening I chased them out and they ran around to the back gate which I hadn't noticed was open! They seem to be gone now!

    The snow would have insulated the plants a bit more from this freaky cold weather! I can whine and complain...but it is what it is!

    Gail

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  11. Layanee,

    I will have a stern talk with Mother Nature and plead your case and mine. Please MN...snow here, not there!

    I hope you have a delicious weekend without snow!

    Gail

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  12. Darn the luck Gail. I hope you get a snow day before winter is over. It would be a shame to not put those snowboots to work at least once per season.

    Ahhhh those tulips look wonderful. Maybe I will have to treat myself to some of that tulip sunshine today.

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  13. Ah it was disappointing! Although the school kids weren't they still got out. Monday to Tuesday looks promising though. After one more snow I'm ready to close up and call it a winter. Time for Spring! And more importantly warmer weather!

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  14. Randy,

    Hi...while I am chatting with Mother Nature about snow here...I'll ask her to send it your way, too! It really does pretty up the garden. Makes f.or some sweet photos! Have a good weekend!

    gail

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  15. Dave,

    Me, too. My garden buddy the garden coach says we are lucky that it is staying chilly. She believes the spring bloom will be better and not likely to get frozen like other years. Now that is a good trade off! I hope you all have a great weekend.

    I found seeds from the Salvia azurea...want a few!
    gail

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  16. Not quite right. Here is the proper quote:

    "How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E! I'm jes' so proud to be here!"

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  17. Wheeeee there's snow forecast for us on Monday too! I'm excited - can you tell?

    Have a great weekend :)

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  18. Lisa,

    Hi! Do treat yourself to tulips...Really bright ones that command attention. I usually get pink, but these are gorgeous!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    gail

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  19. Frances,

    Exactly so! One day, a very long time ago, I was getting my hair cut...when I noticed a woman sitting next to me who extremely tan with a weathered face all lit up with smiles. She was dressed in her white tennis outfit! Looking closely I realized it was Sarah Cannon, aka Minnie Pearl! I love the 'celebrity' encounters we have here!

    Thanks for clarifying her famous call!

    Gail

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  20. VP,

    Mother Nature must deliver! I do hope you get more than a bit of the white stuff!

    Have a good weekend, too!

    gail

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  21. Gail, your garden is lovey with just the dusting of snow.I know you were disappointed not to get more, hopefully soon.

    The tulips on your table are so pretty! I can't wait to see mine pop up this spring.

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  22. Well, I'm sure we could lend you some of our snow if you are that desperate for some. Mr. I-Don't-Garden would quickly become I-Have-to-Shovel though--we have heaps of it, as you've seen from my recent photos.

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  23. Delighted to hear I'm not the only one who enjoys winter fun in the snow. Gail, grab your snowshoes and Mr.I-Don't-Garden and head north ~ we have PLENTY to play in. You too Tyra ... perhaps fondue by the fire after!

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  24. Gail, the big talk here is that we are getting snow on Monday. Of course I won't believe it until I see it! I always say if the weather forecasters are predicting it, it won't happen. It's when they don't expect it, we get it!

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  25. Keep those snowshoes ready Gail. They may yet get that work out. We still have a dusting here but it should go fast today, the sun is finally out! The azaleas sure looks good.

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  26. Jodi,

    I would love just a tiny bit of your snow, please! Just a little...don't even think about sending us the kind of wind and weather you all have;-) We aren't made of hardy stock! The whining would not be pretty! it is so easy for we southern dwellers to romanticize a snowfall!

    I am pretty sure Mr I Don't Garden would morph into Mr I Don't Like This Snow rather quickly and we would be searching for someone to clean off the very long driveway!

    gail

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  27. Hi Gail - just hopping over with a quick answer for you from over at my place about verges...

    A verge is the wasteland at the side of most of our roads which I think you might call the kerb, though kerb has a more specific meaning over here as it is the edge between the pavement (sidewalk) and the road. You're right a YAWA is needed (with photos) and a vote on whether verges are out or in!

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  28. Joey,

    I was thinking the same thing...a trip north to play in the snow and then a delicious fireside dinner. I wonder if I can talk the Mrr into a fun long weekend some hwere!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    gail

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  29. Phillip,

    That is so true! I don't know why i got my hopes up...except the little kid in me wanted so badly to put those snowshoes on and tramp around the neighborhood! Aren't we too silly! I hope you have a Wonderful weekend...

    gail

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  30. VP,

    Thank you for such a quick answer! I think we call verges...shoulders. The curb is a concrete edge...specifically. Next to the curb is the Hell Strip...that no-man's land that technically belongs to the city and is very far away from the hose in case you want to pretty it up! In my neighborhood we don't have curbs or sidewalks.

    gail

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  31. Tina,

    I've put them away! I am going to wake up and be surprised on Monday or Tuesday to see snow and then rush to the TV to see if work is cancelled...really the telephone to see if clients have cancelled!

    I hope you have a great weekend I have heard it might get into the fifties!

    gail

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  32. Robin,

    They are lovely aren't they...Waiting for spring is not easy, but knowing that we have crocus, dafs and tulips to see does help a bit! So glad you stopped by for a visit...I do hope you have a sweet weekend.

    gail

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  33. Aw, so sorry about your disappointing snowfall Gail! If it was possible I'd be more than happy to box up some of ours and send it to you! I'm glad you have those beautiful tulips to brighten the day.

    With the frigid weather we've been having, I'm grateful for the snow cover, hoping it's providing some protection from the bitter wind chill readings.

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  34. Linda,

    That snow cover must be a blessing for you folks gardening zones 5 and colder! Is it my imagination or is it colder this year? I do remember thinking that you guys had a long wet winter in 2008. But I don't remember the frigid tmps went with it. Researchers say our memories aren't as accurate as we think they are!~~ I hope you have a good weekend.

    gail

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  35. Sorry you didn't get to give your snowshoes a work out. There is still hope. My husband constantly complains about the weather forecasters, he says the more technology they get the more they are wrong. What happened to watching nature to predict the incoming weather?

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  36. Debbie Garden Thyme with the Creative GardenerJanuary 30, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Gail
    I would be happy to send some of the 12 inches of snow that we got to your house. Enjoyed your blog.
    Debbie
    Garden Thyme with the Creative Gardener

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  37. Darla,

    I think your sweet husband who makes you happy with icicles is right...Does it bother you when they track a storm street buy street?

    Gail

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  38. Debbie,

    Just a little please! So glad you stopped by! I loved your post on butterflies! gail

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  39. I thought I was the only one that loves the big snow...it is disappointing when you are prepared to sled and all you get to do is get out your umbrella!

    Your garden looks just lovely, like its been dusted with powered sugar! Kim

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  40. Even though some things may be popping their heads out, Winter "aint" over yet! You may get a work out with those shoes any day now....

    Sunny skies here today and forecasted for the weekend too! Yippee...

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  41. Oh I love to see these snow photos!
    The tulips look lovely, Gail.

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  42. Tell Mr. I Don't Garden to be careful with those snowshoes! They may take him into unsafe conditions. ;-) (It's kinda' like a fellow with a new 4-wheel drive vehicle...) ha.

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  43. LOL @ Minnie Pearl's hat! Your garden looks enchanting, with or without the snow, but there IS something magical about a light dusting. I hope you get enough for just one day of outside fun. :)

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  44. Hi Gail - love that beautiful red tulip - they're great plants and have infact been putting a few more in the garden this year - a bit late but with the weather here being pretty cold I don't think this will matter - time will tell... do hope you get your forecasted snow... I love the snow but am still waiting for ours... have a good weekend - Miranda

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  45. Hi Gail - love that beautiful red tulip - they're great plants and have infact been putting a few more in the garden this year - a bit late but with the weather here being pretty cold I don't think this will matter - time will tell... do hope you get your forecasted snow... I love the snow but am still waiting for ours... have a good weekend - Miranda

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  46. Hi Gail.....The garden did look pretty though.....and did you really want lots of the white stuff??

    We are expecting snow on Sunday....I do not want it to arrive but I have a feeling it is going to....I will keep you posted......

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  47. I haven't been able to tell Nancy that we got our first snow yet. You can't count something that falls to the ground and disappears on contact. That is all that has happened here. No snow! I would like at least one good snow. Maybe on Mondy...oh, I hope, i hope!

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  48. I'll mail you my new snowpants if you get the dump you're expecting. We got more today, more scheduled tomorrow and again for Sunday....I'm not leaving the house until I can see the pavement.

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  49. LOL, I love that last quote!

    I would gladly ship some of our snow down to you:) Your garden does look lovely with its light covering of white. Although I don't have any azaleas, I do have several plants still sporting their tags as well; I'm hoping they last until spring, so I can file them safely away.

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  50. Your garden looks lovely with the dusting of snow on it Gail! We were suppose to get a few inches a couple of weeks ago and didn't even a flake. Actually I'm not terribly disappointed because it's only pretty until you have start shoveling it or driving in it. Us Virginians don't do snow well. lol (this area at least)

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  51. So let me see if I understand. If you got this snow, they your winter penance wousd be paid and spring would be right around the corner. With a puny showing, the big one is yet to come and as such, you can look head until it does. Is that how it is?

    I'm that way with January...perhaps I would with a snow if it were at all reliable here. January is very reliable; after 31 days from the first of the year, I see hope! I don't care what the weather does, I have more light to see.

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  52. I think there are lots of people who would gladly give you some of their snow, if only it worked that way Gail!! Include me in that list! I hope you get your snowshoe workout soon. Meanwhile, the tulips brightened my day too. A red cheery tulip is great for that! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  53. Hi Gail,
    I had to laugh at this post with its wistful wishes for snow... oh if I could only send you the piles of it we still have here, I'd be glad to. I'm excited that we'll reach the low 40's on Saturday with sun, so hoping we can melt some off!! We're fed up with the snow and ice this year, and besides, it's been too deep for poor little Hanna to get through with her short legs!

    Just occurred to us the other night that this is the first winter she's experienced, so we don't blame her. (We estimated from her spotty records that she was born in April, 2008.)

    May you get your snowy wishes, and please keep it away from us so you can enjoy it all by yourself! :-)

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  54. i am hoping for snow on monday too. it was so dreary the other day with little snow and lots of mucky rain. if it is going to stay so cold at least give us snow to play in, right?

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  55. After seeing what is happening in Kentucky on the news, I think I would settle for just a dusting.
    Your tulips are lovely and a day brightener.

    Jan
    Always Growing

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  56. I can't imagine being disappointed that there wasn't any snow to shovel. (The novelty has long ago worn off.) Don't feel too embarrased about the Minnie Pearl look, my woody plants have a tendancy towards that fashion as well.

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  57. If it's snow you want, you are welcome to come visit me!

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  58. Beautiful tulips - I always have some in the house after Christmas to remind me that Spring is coming.

    Hope you get your snow!

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  59. Dang it! No snow for your to sled upon. I'm sorry. Fingers are crossed for snow for YOU on Monday.~~Dee

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  60. Well I don't think anyone would define what we are having in Western New York as perfect weather, but it is not too extraordinary.

    I am surprised to be reading about snow in places like Oklahoma.

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  61. Gail you should be here in my world we have mountains of snow!! Nowhere to put it all after shovelling! I mean mountains!!

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  62. Love the dusting of snow. The azalea looks right at home by the beautiful "creek". I'm still envious of your fish.
    Hope you get the snow you want so you can use those snowshoes. That would be fun.

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  63. Gail, it's so true: Tulips can brighten ANY day!
    Katarina

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  64. Katarina,

    Don't they ever! I just brought home some sweet orange ones with a bit of yellow!

    gail

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  65. lola,

    Thank you...I like the fish, too! They add life to the dry creek...which was doing its job when we had all our winter rain last week. I do hope you are doing well?

    Gail

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  66. Ah well. I've learned never to anticipate snow, especially if it is forecast. The garden is lovely with its dusting of snow.

    I have another plant for you, perhaps -- Alabama Croton. Are you familiar with that one? And Snow-Wreath? (Neviusia alabamenesis).

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  67. I love the "Mr. I Don't Garden." Fits mine to a T. He doesn't even know what's outside to enjoy because he's stuck in a recliner in front of "the loud box" he refers to as his TV.
    Brenda

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  68. If you ever need a place where you can use your snowshoes, head on up over here. We have plenty of snow to give them workouts. I'd love a pair of cross country skis myself.

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  69. Hi Cinj, I was thinking about you this morning..your winters are real winters! I tried cross country but loved snow shoeing. it took no special skill and I mastered it. If you get the chance borrow snowshoes and give them a try...or cross country skis! gail

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  70. Sweetbay,

    Thank you...I like both of them and will see if the native nursery carries either. It was absolutely lovely today...hard to believe we are in for more freezing winter weather. How about you? Did it get warm?

    Gail

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  71. Brenda,

    My Mr I Don't Garden is watching the TV now...football, some big event!;-) Gives me time to catch up on blogging and visiting everyone! Aren't they funny and delightful. Gail

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  72. naturegirl,

    I can't imagine anymore what that much snow is like! No wonder it takes forever to melt...makes me really sppreciate this winter weather we have.

    Gail

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  73. EAL,

    No not extraordinary but it does seem like a long white winter! There was a time when we actually received a couple of snow 'event' but not lately! Keep warm.

    Gail

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  74. Dee,

    No snow, no sledding, no snowshoes and no ice...we were very lucky. Maybe Monday!

    Gail

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  75. Helen,
    I love tulips and plan to bring them home each week to brighten up the house and my mood!

    Gail

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  76. Monica,

    I just might have to make a trip up north to get a snow fix! My family would love me to visit St Louis! There snow is not constant...How are you?

    Gail

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  77. I heard we were supposed to get snow Monday too, but now it has changed to rain. Again. I would like to see some snow, but you know, more 50 degree weather would be fine with me too. Like the pics, it's more than we have seen here yet. :)

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  78. Gail .. hello there girl ! .. I have been so busy I feel like I have been away from everyone's blogs for months instead of days !
    I like thinking of the dusting of snow like the dusting of icing sugar on plants and trees to make them sweet : ) but yo know that is me all over right ? LOL
    You are so lucky to have such a nice space .. some privacy .. your garden looks like a little sanctuary for birds and animals and us ? : )
    We have had some higher temperatures and sun .. next snow session in a few more days .. and the groundhogs say at least 6 more weeks of winter ... I might expire on an over dose of fudge if I am not careful .. haha

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  79. Gail, it did warm up here beautifully for a couple of days. Then tonight -- we take the plunge again! But spring is not far off now..

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