Friday, April 1, 2022

Spring Snippets

When the tulips and grape hyacinths join the fall planted pansies . . .

When redbud trees slowly begin to dot the landscape with their beautiful flowers. . .

When the winter chill begins to fade away and the sun shines a little brighter, the turtles are content to take it all in.

Mister Robin is busy searching for an earthworm or two, which can only mean one thing...

Spring Has Sprung!!


Watching Mister Robin enjoying the spring sunshine prompted me to go home and create a little display with one of my vintage children's books.

Which led to adding a few Spring related items to the table in my entryway.  It won't be long until Mr. and Mrs. Robin begin building their nests.  I haven't seen any yet, but we have been watching Mr. and Mrs. Squirrel running up and down the trees and hopping into their nests.  Quite the acrobats they are providing good entertainment for us while we enjoy the fresh air on the patio.

When we're not being entertained by the squirrel families, the garden beckons.  Lettuce, arugula and parsley seeds were planted a few weeks ago and will soon be making their way into spring salads.

This week we went to the first farmer's market of the season.
The opening event included live music and a few food trucks.
While enjoying the music and eating our dinner, we were joined by some of the resident roosters.  One hopped up on the bench we were sitting on to get a closer look at our dinner offerings.  That was an unexpected surprise, but provided a good laugh : D.
We did enjoy a breakfast of farm fresh eggs and toast with homemade raspberry jam this morning courtesy of the farmer's market.

While I am reveling in the joys of spring here, I realize that it is slow to come in many areas and the waiting can be a challenge.  Just when you see the first sign of spring a snowstorm hits.  Ugh!

I am here to offer a bit of encouragement.

Perhaps where you live winter seems like it will never end.
Like the little boy in this vintage storybook you may be tired of it.
If that is you, I hope that seeing spring's return, as it is happening here in the southeast United States, will offer hope for what's yet to come in your area.  It may not happen as soon as we might like, but it's on it's way.  NO FOOLING :).

A little bouquet of spring cheer from me to you.

Happy April ~ Happy Spring!!


  1. Sweet post! Your childhood storybook is a great addition to your spring vignette. Glad that your have blooms and birds and that you share.

  2. Thank you for such a lovely post full of April cheer!! Your Spring flowers are gorgeous. As soon as we get a few sunny days in a row I think ours will also bloom.
    That children's book is delightful and makes a great addition to your vignette. I like the old style of children's books so much better than Super heroes and such.

  3. So many lovely signs of spring. I do love to see turtles basking. I no longer like to hear cock-a-doodle-doos because we have many neighbors with chickens and roosters and they crow all the ding dong day and night. I'm a light sleeper anyways, so all the crowing back and forth at all hours is so irritating. :/ My boys are in CO and NY and are getting that back and forth weather -- warm one day, winter the next. It's gotten to 90 F here so the a/c is on and it will only get hotter. Enjoying the flowers in my neighborhood as long as they last. Take care. Happy April.

  4. What a lovely post, Kim. I enjoyed reading the excerpts from your vintage story book. And I really like what you did with the table in your entry. Clean and fresh! Hooray for spring! She's well on her way here.

  5. You took beautiful photos, thank you :-)) very much.
    My garden isn't quite ready yet, I've planted the first pansies... but the frost has come, as expected, also with snow, but the pansies tolerate that :-))
    We've already had the most wonderful spring weather for 2 - 3 weeks... it was simply wonderful... yes, spring is coming back :-)) Definitely.
    Your childhood book is very beautiful... and I am fascinated by the turtles.
    Hug Viola

  6. You are absolutely right, it seems like winter will never end here in northeast IL! We got a coating of snow overnight and there's been flurries on and off all day. It is gloomy, gray, windy and cold. I've been wearing my winter coat for seven months now and I'm sick of it. I am keeping Thursday in the back of my will finally be sunny and 68. And Sat will be 81! Lots of rain in the forecast though. Can't wait until sunshine and warmth are the norm here!

    Your spring flowers are so lovely and give me hope. :-)

  7. Hi Kim! The chickens are lovely! Your house and grounds always look picture perfect!


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