Sunday, March 29, 2009

March vs. January

Is it really March 29? It really feels like January 29! My little weather center here in the kitchen that tells me the ambient temperature inside and out. It indicates that it is a toasty 70° inside and whhhaaat??? 31° outside. Huh? Yesterday it was 70° and sunny. This morning at 2:00 a.m. I was awakened by a howling fierce wind. “It” was coming. Round about 9:00 a.m. all was quiet and then it came, five inches in less than an hour. My poor little gnome didn’t know what to do with himself. His little built in solar lamp was completely snuffed out. What does one do to entice Spring to her realm??

I thought about the garden the other day... now I am glad it was just a thought.

Good thing that Jake got out yesterday and fertilized the lawn when it was 70° outside!!!

Come on Spring....

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Quail in the Garden

So this afternoon I was standing in the kitchen staring mindlessly in the backyard. My attention was drawn to the fence where a quail couple was taking a Sunday afternoon stroll. They were so beautiful. The male kept watch as the female pecked around the backyard looking for anything that resembled food. They will begin to nest soon. Last year I had this nest in the front yard! I have a pot that looks like it is overturned that sits out in the front planter. Mr. and Mrs. Quail decided that it was the right place to nest. I learned a lot about quail that year. I learned that once the babies are hatched they never return to the nest. They also are able to run the minute that they are born. I can't wait until Spring!