This last week I was in NYC for the RWA national conference and got to have dinner with Laurie. I was so glad to finally meet her in person and find that I like her just as much as I do on-line- if not more. She’s a lot of fun and she seemed to think I’m okay, too. LOL! I hope someday to meet the rest of you folks that contribute to this blog.
It’s time for the quarterly picture of my poor ole pear tree. I say poor because we’re having a sort of drought here and the leaves are pitiful. We’ve had just a tad of rain in the last few months and everything is looking burned and sad.
I hope you’re all having a great summer wherever you are. For those of you in the USA, I hope your Fourth was full of fun, family and happiness. For those of you in the UK, even though the fourth of July is not a holiday for you, I hope you had a grand day as well.
Here’s the pear tree and also a pic of Laurie and me at RWA:
The quarterly pic of the pear tree
So, it’s April already. This year seems to be flying by way too fast for me. For some people in my family, it’s not passing as fast as they’d like – you see, I’m married to a CPA. Yep, some people think that stands for “Certified Public Accountant” but it really means “Considered Prisoner til April.” The spouse starts to work 60-70 hour weeks in the middle of Janury and it doesn’t stop til April 15. He’s a bear to be around, too. What a thing to face every year! Ugh. It’s horrid for him but it’s also rough on the rest of us. It’s like being a sports widow for me except the spouse is having zero fun. When the kids were small, it was much harder. It was all on me for the first four months of the year. So, we’re on the count down now. One more weekend to work and he’ll be back underfoot. LOL!
Flowering plant in bed
Here’s some pictures of spring in my yard. Of course, it’s been in the 70s until yesterday when we had a terrible storm. It’s now back in the high 30s at night and 50s in the day. But wait 5 days and it’ll be 80. We have roller coaster weather here on the Gulf Coast this time of year. We always have a cold spell near Good Friday and the rule is never plant the garden til after that! Happy April to you all!
Azaleas = South
The old saying of March coming in like a lion and going out as a lamb is working in it’s opposite house this year on the gulf coast of Florida. We have had some awesomely warm weather. The poor plants are totally confused. The Japanese Magnolia at my office has already bloomed and the petals are falling. (See my Wordless Wednesday post at my personal blog today for a better shot as the best shots wouldn’t load for some reason. http://jillianchantal.com/2011/03/02/wordless-wednesday-40/ )
On my way home on Monday afternoon, I noticed that a lot of pear trees were blooming as well. I said “wonder why my pear tree isn’t in bloom.”- I had left home at five a.m. as once a month I have to drive three hours one way for the day job – it was pitch dark when I left home. Imagine my delight when I got home to see my pear tree in bloom- early- drat it- As you may remember, I was going to post pictures once a quarter so you could see how it changes through the year- so, this will be a month early as I want to share the lovely white blooms.
I love March- both of my kids were born in this month- although they are different astrological signs and are opposites in personality, they do have a birthstone and their intelligence in common. I love the dickens out of both of them. They make my life sing. I sometimes believe my whole purpose here on this planet was to bring these two young men to life. I have great expectations for them both. One is in his last semester of architecture school and the other is in the 11th grade and is on the academic team- his coach calls him “the ace in the hole.”
Happy Spring from here in North West Florida! See ya in April!