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I am noticing spots of color popping up here and there on our weekend drives and around our own yard. Daffodils and forsythia have been the first to arrive; so sunny they almost shout “spring is here!” There are many other promising shoots showing up as well! We found out that we have a pear tree which will have blossoms soon along with a lovely white cherry blossom tree. I noticed the giant fuzzy bumblebees are out working overtime, so I cannot wait to see the results of their hard work!

The koi fish have unfrozen and come back to life in the little pond we have. I’ve been researching them and almost gave them all away until I found out the importance they play in the balance of the pond…. so I’m only giving half of them away!! The real chore will be to spring clean the pond – this involves rubber gloves, draining the fishy water and pressure washing the basin and stones. I am sure to blog about that experience! Keeping it positive… I truly do love how the previous owners built it as a creek tumbling down into the pond. It is so peaceful. I look forward to getting water plants and flowers for the area.

We are putting in a fence for our pool (required) but are extending it so that our shepherd Bailey has some room to run off leash.  This will allow me to plant a greater variety  of flowers without the deer eating them. I have more research to do and maybe finding a local garden club!

Spring continues to show signs of color and warming trends! The Northeast seasons are definitely to be experienced and enjoyed!



Yesterday the twig was brown and bare;
To-day the glint of green is there;
Tomorrow will be leaflets spare;
I know no thing so wondrous fair,
No miracle so strangely rare.
I wonder what will next be there!
~L.H. Bailey


Bear Encounter

It was a beautiful day today in the high 70’s and clear skies. Everyone is coming out of hibernation from the winter… even me. I had come home from errands and John pulled in the same time, so we decided to take the dog on a walk up toward the reservoir. Nothing eventful during the walk, until after dinner when Bailey started growling so John got up to see … well the neighborhood bear came out of hibernation too!

People were pulled over taking pictures of the bear in our neighbor’s yard and we pulled out our camera too…. Floridians remember?   He disappeared for awhile and then reappeared with the neighbors garbage can and was having a nice smorgasbord in their yard! I remember Isabelle told me of the “neighborhood bear” and to not put out your garbage until the morning of pick up!

Spring has brought many new creatures out and about  in the New Jersey wilderness. I think Ill be watching my step a little more.


Backyard View

my environment

It seems my environment changes from day to day for my first winter in the northeast since I was a kid in PA.

Last week there was a beautiful morning snowfall. It was the kind of snow that falls peacefully.

I went into photoshop and added a little glow filter to enhance the feeling of peacefulness.

— Kim