A Slight Sign of Spring

Winter in our area has been very brutal on us. It has dragged on and on, hammered us with frigid temperatures, high winds, and lots of the white stuff. My shovel needs a break already!

SpringBulbs

I noticed that some of our early Spring bulbs are popping up through the snow already. Silly bulbs. These bulbs need to get their act together, because every year they pop up too early and get stunned by the cold. Their growth is inhibited and they never seem to make it.

PinkRainBoots

The time has been changing slowly too, as it is staying lighter outside longer, which is driving me nuts right now, as I always based when to start dinner by what it looked like outside. I now have to watch the clock to get dinner on the table at the right time. These are all signs that Spring is getting closer, and it will be happily welcomed here.

GardeninMarch

I always feel bad for our garden in the winter. It looks so sad all covered in snow. It wants to produce veggies and feed us. It is such a happy place in the Summer and we visit it often. The dogs even love heading into the garden with me as they walk around our raised garden bed sniffing all the leaves. Our strawberry patch is all covered in snow right now, just waiting to be uncovered and start growing again. I need to build a strawberry patch frame this year to keep out the birds and the chippies from eating all of our berries. I think I might make it out of PVC pipe and netting so the frame is light in weight.

StrawberryPatch

 

Backyardmelting

We have lots of things planned to get accomplished this year in the yard & garden.

  • Build a wood table for outdoor dining.
  • Create an outdoor rug – I have seen cute ideas for outdoor rugs all over the place which are made from a painters drop cloth. They have these at Home Depot which I can stencil on.
  • Build a new garden fence – This is a must as I was not happy with the current fence we have used, so I want to build a new one.
  • Purchase a few colorful Adarondack chairs to add some color to the backyard
  • We bought an awesome red ceramic garden fountain to beautify the yard
  • In the Spring time, I always work hard to fix all the burned out pee spots in the yard from the dogs and all that is fixed with a little dirt and grass seed. The way to get a plush lawn is to seed, seed, seed every week. I do this all Summer long and the grass is so plush!
  • Spring time is a great time to sharpen all of your garden tools, and check your lawn equipment (replace mower blades, re-string weedeater reel, sharpen your lawn edger blade, get your gas cans refilled, and your 2-cycle stocked up)

Bella

Since the temps are warming up a bit for us this week, the dogs and I were able to take a few walks, do zoomies in the yard, and enjoy some outdoor time. I always enjoy watching them sniffing everything in sight and you can hear their “sniffers” in full gear! Then, it’s nap time when they head back in.

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I made some adorable wood bunnies for Easter, painted them in a pastel pink and tied on a pink tulle bow. Nothing screams Easter like a pink bunny!

Bunny

We hope to say goodbye to Winter real soon, as we are ready to welcome & say hello to Spring, new growth, and accomplishing lots of projects this year!

Pledge For Pets White Banner

Hello April

HELLO APRIL

4-3-13 Current TempsApril has finally arrived.  We should have flowers blooming and the weather should have improved by now.  Yesterday, as I worked on finishing re-potting all of our seedlings, I watched the snow flurries cover the ground.  It all melted, but just watching it snow made me sick.  It was 28 degrees this morning.  The dogs doo doo’s were steamy as they sat there piled up on the ground. This is definitely not flip flop season yet.  One can only hope.

I’m working on finishing up a craft project that I will be sharing with you soon, and I hope you will enjoy it.  I have Spring on my mind.  Warmer weather in my thoughts.  And flip flops that are dying to be worn.  Here’s a sneak peak of my project.  Can you figure out what it is?

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This will be Bella’s first full summer with us, as we adopted her last year in September.  She will soon have fun romping in the sun with Nikita in the backyard as they love playing with each other.  They each whine for the other when one is outside.  The sit side by side at the front windows to patrol the neighborhood.  If one barks at something, the other chimes in.  When the neighbors arrive home, they run through the house to the back windows to bark “hello” to them.  Nikita loves heading outside with Mommy and always is ready to lend a hand when I’m working in the yard.  She loves rolling all around in the grass and chasing birdies.

NIKITA TONGUE

BELLA SILHOUETTE

Dreaming of nicer weather.  Dinners out on the patio.  Fire pit nights.  Cooking on the grill.  Not wearing a coat, hat & gloves.  Ah, Summer, here I come!

APRIL 2 2013 SNOW

SEEDLINGS 4-2-13

NIKITA PLAYING WITH CARDBOARD

BELLA ON LANDING

NIKITA CLOSEUP

NIKITA OUTSIDE

 

Mother Nature Can Be Cruel

Nikita playing in the snow
picasion Nikita playing in the snow

Well, it’s supposed to be Spring around here, but Mother Nature has a different plan for us.  Instead of watching all the Spring bulbs popping out of the ground, which they are, and watching them start to bloom, they are covered up under a pile of snow. One year ago around this time, we had temps in the 80’s, which normally does not happen and our trees bloomed early because they were confused.  So, one year later, instead of our weather getting warmer as the days of the calendar pass us by, we are still dealing with shoveling snow and low temps.

Our poor little Spring blooms that have peeked out of the ground, are stunned by the cold and the blanket of snow that covers them, and will probably not bloom this year. The dogs, however, are still enjoying the snow on the ground.  They run and play, eat the snow (hopefully not the yellow snow), and love digging in the snow piles.  It is hard to get them to come back inside after enjoying a romp in the white stuff.

But, while inside, I still need to constantly watch our little puppy Bella, as what you need to do for any pup.  When Bella disappears, that usually means trouble.  I always think the best, but when I go investigate on what she is up to, most of the time she is being sneaky and up to something.  I usually do a toy head count and know which one is gone from the toy box, and then I find her…. laying so innocently in the other room ripping apart a toy and yanking the stuffing out.  I have seen my fair share of “stuffing” in poop piles, and have had enough of that sight, but as to why they do this still is a mystery to me.

BELLA IM INNOCENT

Pet Hospital Patient

Our “Pet Hospital” which resides on top of the fridge is always jammed packed with patients who need bandaged and sewed, and although I try my best, sometimes a “limb” needs to be surgically removed.  Oh, those poor toys that sit in the toy box missing an arm or a leg, a eye has been sewn shut, and they start to look like Franken-Toys with all the battle scars across their chest.  Poor poor toys, you sure have been through a lot, but you still hang in there, and have high fears the next time you are yanked out of the toy box wondering if “this” will be the day that we have to put you down.  Bella is always innocent.  She gives me that “it wasn’t me” look, and always points the finger at Nikita.  We know better.  Nikita hasn’t ripped up a toy in a long time, so we know who the culprit is that is doing all the damage to their poor toys.  The Pet Hospital is always open for business.

The time it took me to write this post… another toy lost its life!  RIP orange ball.  For sure, more stuffing will be found later today in a steaming pile of poo.
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Spring in Disguise

Guess Who?

Well, yesterday I was talking about April Showers, but they turned into snow instead!  Spring is definitely in disguise and I am sure all of the cute little flower buds that started to peek through the mulch have been damaged from all the snow.  I love the snow personally, but I think that Mother Nature is playing a dirty little trick on me, because one day I go outside to green grass and warmer temperatures, then yesterday, I was in the backyard watching the snow pile up on my nose.  I even tried catching it in the air before it hit the ground. (now that was fun & Mommy was laughing at me)  Mommy and I were glad that Daddy was able to get home ok with all the snow that came down.

We all watched American Idol again last night (we are hooked) and we loved the tribute of Elton John songs that all the contestants sang.  We DO have our favorites, but we’re not going to tell you who.  We also heard that two of the idols are now dating – it’s Casey & Haley!  Aw, how cute is that?  Good luck to you both!  Going to watch Idol tonight because they are cutting “two” tonight.  I already feel like I know who the two are, but it is all up to America & their votes as who stays & who goes.  We’ll see tonight at 8:00pm!

Happy Idol Day to you – Nikita

Signs of Spring!

Signs of Spring!

The Days of Running Around Outside are Coming…

When I was outside today, I noticed something popping up through the snow, hmmmm, is this something to chew on? Perhaps, but I kinda got hollered at when I tried to do just that.  Heck, I wasn’t eating the yellow snow and this was something that I have not seen before, so I had to go check it out.  Mommy told me that it is the first signs of Spring!  Well, that means that I will soon be able to run around outside in the warm sun on the nice green grass, chase all the leaves that I LOVE, eat sticks & mulch, get dirty and track it all back into the house, and listen to all of the other doggies in the neighborhood barking (of course, I bark right back), I get to play with the neighbors doggies – Lola & Angel too!  I will also get to see more often my Uncle Denis & Aunt Becky.  I go crazy when I see them as they mess with me all the time when I am outside.  (Remember that Uncle Denis & Aunt Becky got me that really neat red ring chew toy for Christmas?  I love that thing)  I will get to go for more walks and will get to visit Lisa & Maggie who work across the street from us in the medical building.  I love visiting them!    There are so many fun things to look forward to that I can’t list them all, but I do look forward to them!  But most of all, I will get to spend all of my time with Daddy & Mommy and sit with them on the front porch in the evenings drinking coffee & watching my furry friends walk by.  Gotta love those nights!  

DOGGIE GEAR SOON TO BE RELEASED:
Hey, I almost forgot to mention to all of you, that I will soon be releasing my first “Doggie Gear” Item!  This is exciting news!  I will most definitely write about it in my upcoming blog posts.  It will be something that any & all dog owners will want to get!  So, keep watching my blog to see what it is! 

Until later – Nikita