Monday, April 11, 2011

This, That and The Nemesis

I have learned an important lesson on my writing journey: it is much easier to find time to write when it is cold outside and all you want to do is stay in the house. When Spring Fever hits and you long to be outside, thoughts of writing fly out of your head.

That is where I find myself. We have been working out in our yard almost nonstop for the last few weeks. The winter brought us substantial freeze damage this year so we spent a lot of time cutting away dead foliage from sego palms and yuccas. Everyone says they will come back, but I'm not too sure. These were giant plants, in the ground for years. They have weathered every winter we've been in this house without a blink. Now this year they not merely dead, I fear they are most sincerely dead. But we shall see.

Our large tropical plants that were in pots did well in the greenhouse because we installed a heater this year. (Previously a light bulb had provided all the heat we needed.) But the small plants at the back of the greenhouse didn't fare as well; most of them were lost. The good thing about that is we got to replace them, so that meant shopping at the area nurseries for beautiful new plants, one of my favorite things. 

Here is a sample of some of the plants and trees that are in bloom in the back yard right now:


Lollipop variety of Gerbera Daisy

Yellow Gerbera Daisy
Italian Dogwood Bush

Teacup Rose


Climbing Yellow Rose

There are many more, but these examples are enough to show you why I just want to be outside with them all the time. My book lies as neglected as this blog, but I am resolved to do better. We have already had a 95° day and I am sure as soon as those are common, I will be back in the house, devoted to writing and air conditioning.

On another note, my beautiful friend Judy just celebrated two milestones. On February 2, she marked the one year anniversary of her bone marrow transplant for leukemia. Those of you who know anything about this procedure know that it is a grueling process and survivors are very lucky. Not only did Judy survive, she just celebrated her 70th birthday and is thriving. 

Judy and me at her 70th birthday party

Finally, The Nemesis has finally emerged. All winter long, Ruffles and Lucy were on "Squirrel Watch," waiting for the new babies to make their appearance. Last week they did:

Mama (or Daddy) watching over baby

Baby's first closeup

Squirrel Watch continues, waiting for the babies to come all the way out to play on the tree. This is when they sometimes fall off and the dogs can bark furiously and try to catch them. Fortunately, they never have caught one; I don't know what I'd do if they did. Hope you all are enjoying the Spring as much as I am. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. I don't blame you for wanting to be outside. The flowers are gorgeous, and the squirrels are TOO cute!

    Congratulations to your friend Judy.

  2. I don't blame you either! Lovely flowers. And, tell me about that Italian Dogwood Bush! I love it!