I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth

Friday, March 15, 2013

Just one of those unusual spring days

It's overcast today but still no rain. As I said to a friend... The weather is so achingly beautiful, but the enjoyment of it is limited because we need rain so badly.
But, until Mother Nature does a one eighty, here were are.
Enjoying early summer weather in March.

The daffodils are exploding all over the garden.
The metal frog is trying to eat them before they bloom.
The Pear tree is a sudden snap, crackle and pop of white popcorn blossoms.
and the sound of bees are everywhere.

The chickens are small rototillers in the driveway garden,  nicely turning over the soil for me. I will only have to add compost before planting some annuals. Then, I will have to FENCE the whole area to keep those chicky doodles out... and the turkey... and the deer.  
Maybe I should just leave it this way. Let chicken nature take its course.

And then there's the Little Red Hen. She is still giving us attitude.
Look at her. She has always got this peeved look about her.
Some chickens, like people, are just born ornery.
She's a good "layer" though, so I guess I won't be makin' chicken soup anytime soon.
"But don't push your luck little lady. Leave Squeeky alone and stop attacking me when I come to feed you."

I'm trying to make curtains out of old bark cloth drape panels. I definitely have limits to my sewing abilities... but I keep trying.

I'm much better at baking.
My friend (Delta Dawn in Isleton) and my sister sent me home with some wonderful Meyer's lemons so...
"When life gives you lemons...", as the old saying goes, you make lemon chess pie.
This is the last piece. Guess the old Prospector liked it. I had my share too.
I also love to squeeze Meyer lemon juice on vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt. Try it. It's delicious. It forms a tart layer of juice that freezes on the ice cream and then, when you stir it a little, the whole cup of ice cream takes on a delicious infusion of lemon. It's really quite good and... it's good "lemon karma".

Well... have a good weekend and if you want some music to go with your Friday, go to :
This is my good friend Kerry and her "Song for Friday". You will find a wonderful post about being Irish, some absolutely beautiful photos and a lovely and different rendition of an old familiar song.

Peace and happiness from the California Foothills.


  1. The Pear tree is a
    sudden snap, crackle and pop
    of white popcorn blossoms.

    Maybe your Little Red Hen couldn't get any help baking her cake and that's why she's always angry!! Just sayin'.
    Your lemon pie looks wonderful and your idea of squeezing Meyer lemons on ice cream sounds fabulous!
    Have a wonderful rest of the day and "beware the ides". ~Dawn

  2. huh i am going to have to try that lemon juice trick on ice cream...ha....cool capture of the frog eating the flowers as well...smiles...eh, i guess if she is A good layer you might as well let her live a bit...lol

    have a great weekend....

  3. Spring is busting out here also. It has been in the 70's today and I got out and worked in the yard. Noticed that a couple of my azaleas are in bloom. your lemon pie looks so good. I can see why it is all gone. Have a blessed day. Happy St Patrick's Day to you this Sunday. Madeline

  4. Hello 'Connie way down south of the border'...your spring photos are a little ahead of ours here and have me itching for some of that sun. I'll trade ya a few days of rain for some of that yellow orb? That chicken looks like she was born with a rotten egg up her patootie! Thanks for the mention...glad you like the song...'tis a beautiful one.
    Happy St Paddy's day to you and yours.

  5. Oh, I love lemon stuff!!!! Our mom made an awesome lemon meringue pie!!!! Will try the lemon on my original tart yogurt from work!!! Yum!!!!!!

  6. I'm sighing a bit as I look at that sunshine. It's still very wet here and though we know that our evergreens require the water; it can be dreary sometimes. Your daffodils however, did serve to cheer my flagging, sun-deprived spirits! I must know...are you shooting your photos in RAW now? I feel that I could just reach out and touch those flowers!

  7. nice to see flowers popping up and blooming. not happening here yet. the pie looks so good! I love your comment that chickens, like some people, are just born ornery. too funny!

  8. Ummm, chicken soup for the soul, nice signs and spring, and that pie!

    I made a banana cream and a chocolate cream, they did not set well, but are tasty...I used to have a better handle on patience and baking- I am smelling my corn beef and cabbage and other fixings and want to go open the pot and nibble!

    Hope you are doing fine Mrs. C!

  9. Oh how I remember how nice the weather was at this time of year when we used to visit our son. I remember the silly wild turkeys out in his yard, too- they were a sight! It is cold and rainy here and I cannot wait til the days are sunny and warm again. Your pie looks luscious- I've never had a Meyer lemon before. :-)

  10. Squeeeeeeeekieeeeeeeeeee my love!


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