Sunday, May 31, 2015

"April Showers Bring May Flowers...."

Our backyard
 .....except we didn't get any April showers and we've hardly gotten any "May" showers, BUT we do have FLOWERS!  

We've got flowers everywhere and they're just the beginning.  

Now if I could just figure out how to grow potatoes...........


We've been busy and no, that's not an overstatement!
Napping?

We've got "projects, projects, and more projects" going on around the homestead than we've got time.  

Between working on filling up the woodshed and cleaning up the winter's mess, DannyLee's been working on his new recording studio.  He hopes to get his new songs recorded and available on-line sometime this summer.  Keep your fingers crossed!


Playing with the "kids"

Our "kids" are loving the outdoors and even Yoshi wants to come outside and play though Ari's idea of "playing" isn't exactly Yoshi's idea of fun.  Ya gotta luv 'em!

The days are so long now that it's never really getting dark.  I took this picture after 11:00 p.m. 

Taken on May 22, 2015 @ 11:38 p.m.


We've been enjoying some beautiful days with lots of sunshine!  Some days it seems like it's really, REALLY hot.  In fact, for us, it really is hot, but not as hot as our thermometer seems to think it is.........
May 22, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.



We're not actually silly enough to trust this stupid thermometer.  It's got a long history of trying to fool us!


May 31, 2015
So, this is what has taken up the biggest part of our time in May! 

That might explain why DannyLee appears to be dozing among the flowers in the picture up at the top of this post.  

While this is a shared effort, he's still the only "mauler" in this family!  I just don't get it!  


We've still got a long ways to go before we're ready for winter but this is a very good start!


So, to all our friends out there, wondering what we've been up to, now you know!
Who said, "I'm not the boss?"
Come to the 'Maul"!
Note added on June 1st, 2015:  The day after I posted this, it snowed..........
We were told Delta Junction (60 miles north of us) had 4 inches on the ground.  What's not to love about Alaska?!?!!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Harbingers of Spring 2015

Harbingers of Spring 2015
"Harbingers" is my word of the month.  It's one of those words that hang around on the edges of your mind.  You know what it means but when you try to think what it means, the meaning just sort of slips away from you.  This word jumped in front of me a few days ago while I was researching something on the internet.  

The word snagged on something in my brain and caused me to start looking for "harbingers".  My world is full of them.  Here's a list of some of the things that I started seeing:

1.  What says "spring" better than a robin hopping about your yard?

2.  What says "spring" louder than melting snow and mud?

3.  What says "spring" with a funnier sound than honking geese heading north overhead?

4.  What says "spring" happier than a woodshed that has more wood going in than coming out?

5.  What says "spring" with a promise when you see the rhubarb peeking their little red heads through the ground?  

6.  What says "spring" when what's falling from the sky is JUST wet!

Welcome to Springtime in Alaska!