Asian Pear Tree

asparagus is here!



azalea ready to bloom

Asian pear tree

elderberry bush

Jack and Cait


I've been MIA.  We've both been dealing with severe sinus infections.  It's been a banner week around here.  Well, actually, a banner year so far.  My husband brought home sickly germs 3 times in the past 5 months and I've brought sickly germs home twice now.  We've passed around more illness this year than usually happens over the course of 2 or 3 years combined so we've decided we're officially done with illness for the next few years.  And we shook on it, so we're good.

Saturday was supposed to be a bit of a wash out but instead it was a beautiful day!  It rained Friday into Saturday which was perfect, bringing tons of new asparagus spears to the surface, and then we enjoyed sunshine and upper 70's/low 80's during the day.  Today is another amazing day and I plan to spend some time in the garden later.

Although the dogs have enjoyed my time with them on the couch this week, I think they miss walking in the park.  I do too.  We're expecting showers on and off all week so we'll plan to walk between showers.  After all, Oliver will melt if he gets wet.  True story.  At least in his mind.

The ticks are thick already.  It stinks.  We have to do tick checks after almost every trip outdoors and poor Emerson almost always has one or two clinging on to him.  What we've found is they are primarily along one of our property borders because the neighbor's property on the other side of the stone wall has a strip of trees right by the wall.  Of course the chickens have no interest in staying on that side of the property so trying to get them to help out isn't quite working.  They would much rather check on my newly planted seeds in the garden and nibble on any bitty seedlings that may be popping up.

I was pleasantly surprised to walk around the front yard yesterday and discover my azalea bush is just about in bloom.  I focused on that rather than on how bad my flower beds need to be weeded.  The flowers are so much more of a pleasant focus.  We actually have two azalea bushes.  The one in bloom almost died.  Twice.

When we lived in our condo my husband started working at a client's home who wanted a new front porch.  After explaining the plants that would need to be moved, they told J to just get rid of this tiny little azalea bush.  Well that couldn't happen!  So J decided he would bring it home.  It was the middle of summer {read as "hot and humid"} and he took the little stick and root ball and plopped it in a bucket.  It was a Friday and he promptly forgot it in the passenger seat of his work van all weekend.  He remembered it sometime on Sunday and asked me if I thought it would still be alive.  Um, doubt it.  Monday he brought home a dry stick with a small handful of equally dry roots.  I figured I'd give it a go and planted it.  Lo and behold it eventually grew.  Then I moved it.  It wasn't happy.  It looked dead that entire year.  I told it if there's no new growth the following year then it would be replaced.  The next year it had new growth.  Then we moved it again, this time to Cobble Hill, and now it's happy and about 4 feet tall.

On the menu this week:  Homemade Pizza and Grilled Chicken Wings, Chicken and Sausage Rigatoni with Vodka Sauce and Grilled Asparagus spears, Grilled Burgers and Home Fries, Pork Chops with our favorite Strawberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Risotto, Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Homemade Mac and Cheese, and Seared Halibut Steaks with Lime-Cilantro-Chipotle Sauce and Rice.

Hoping you are having a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's!!

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~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Sorry that you're feeling under the weather, and I hope those sickly germs are gone and I hope those ticks stay away too! We've not had any yet, but I know our time will come sooner rather than later.

Glad your azalea is doing well, a reminder to bloom where we're planted!

PS: Delicious menu for the coming week, what time should I be there for dinner! :-)!!!

September Violets said...

I haven't had so much as a cold this winter! It's been great, but I do know how you feel to be hit several times with germs. It's so nice to see things blooming again, isn't it! I can't get over the green haze spreading from tree to tree this week. I've never been so happy to see spring as after this winter. Your little Emerson is adorable with the shades ;) Wendy x

daisy g said...

Oh, that asparagus looks fantastic! I hope to grow that when we move.

That azalea bush will not succumb! Hooray!

Feel better, friend. I have a constant sinus issue myself and it ain't fun. Been steaming my face with eucalyptus essential oils to see if it helps.

Liz said...

We have had to start daily tick checks too! I hate to think about doing this all summer. I hope you and your hubby get rid of all of those sick germs for a long time!!

Anonymous said...

I love the photo of the kitties! Our two girls are enjoying the sunshine and still becoming better friends. And they are almost done potty training!

Happy spring! Those 70/80 degree days are a treat! We are loving them here in Seattle too!