March 21, 2012


Today was my grandmother's birthday. It cropped her out of a photo with her sisters sitting on the old stone steps of Aunt Fannie's farm house. I miss her and her sisters. I have such fond memories of them.

We would go to Grandmom's house on her birthday. We would walk over to the train station and pass the magnolia trees along the way. Sometimes they would be in bloom and sometimes they wouldn't. It would depend on how cold March was. This year, the magnolia's bloomed a week before her birthday. They are in full bloom now along with the plum, pear, and cherry trees.

The pollen is getting to me. I had trouble singing at rehersal last night. I hope I will be able to sing in the concert on Sat. and Sun. without coughing when I hit the high notes. It is very warm. The overnight temp. was 54 degrees. That normally is the high for this time of year. It has been way up in the 70's almost 80 degrees. It makes it hot as there are not leaves on the trees. The water must still be cold as there has been a heavy fog in the mornings. It takes awhile to burn off.

Yesterday was not a good day. I woke up feeling nausous I believe from the pollen. I weeded my iris garden but did not do any painting. I have more weeding to do as well as more staining of my deck and front steps where I added the addition. I need to get some mulch, alot of it as I have the area of my new sidewalk to do. Home depot has it on sale. I wish I had a pickup truck to haul it home. I also need some stone for the perimeter of the house and the area where the outdoor faucet is. I have lots of outdoor work to do. I need to plant grass seed where the new topsoil was put around the concrete work. It is dry now but when it rains, it will be a mud hole. The forsythia is blooming so it will be time to apply the crab grass killer soon and I need to spray for ants today. I should have done that a couple days ago when my neighbors had ants. I saw some in the bathroom yesterday. I don't know what they were doing in there. I haven't seen any in the kitchen so I better get spraying before I do.

News from the Vorlon Wife.

Posted by tedkarol at March 21, 2012 7:03 AM

Hi Karol, Because this lovely weather has come upon us so much earlier than most years, our bodies and minds aren't there yet. Don't feel you need to do everything in a day or two. Mother Nature will give us the time to get it all done in due time. Mother Nature has really surprised this spring, and we aren't ready in our heads yet. Each spring brings with it those chores that were covered with snow just a very short time ago. And, now they're staring us right in the face and tauting us with guilt. Knowing you and your high energy level, you will get it all taken care of sooner than most people. But, as the old saying goes "be sure to stop and smell the roses along the way."

It truly is nearly unbelievable to see flowers in their lovely blooms in March and all the trees are budding out so quickly. I'm praying that a drastic weather change won't come and take all this away from us. We're loving this a LOT.

Sure hoping you're feeling better and that your voice will hold out so you can sing the high notes. I wish I was able to see you in concert. Ruth

Posted by: Ruth at March 21, 2012 1:06 PM

I used to think my cough that lasted for weeks was due to a cold. I am now thinking I have allergies.

I've been mowing grass at the church here in Austin. 11 acres! In some places they only mowed once last year due to the drought. However, its rained and rained this year. Thistles as high as the mower. Some patches take three passes to knock them down.

Hope you feel better today.

Posted by: Phyllis East at March 22, 2012 8:46 AM
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