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April showers bring May flowers. In this year’s case, it is more like April and May showers, though this coming week finally sounds like we will have more sun than rain. The trees are budding and filling in, while the grass has turned a vibrant green and is growing. Mowing has been challenging though the last two weeks due to so much rain. I was able to find a couple of dry opportunities to shop for flowers, something I look forward to each spring. These are now planted, happily flourishing as they get established for the season. I caught a couple deer checking out some pansies set on a table in the back yard. They seemed to appreciate the flowers as well and surprisingly remain there uneaten.
Putting in a garden is next. The plan is to put up the fence next week. This is a necessary step in order to keep the deer out of the garden area. I already bought some tomato plants, concerned about waiting too long since we wanted a specific type that we want to use to make tomato paste and sauce with. There is nothing better than making these homemade and canning it to use through those cold winter months. We used up our supply and I have to say, I miss it as much as Bret does. Basil is the others thing I want to plant in large quantity to make homemade pesto. You need a lot of basil to make not so much pesto. I like to freeze this to use through the winter as well, besides just enjoying it. Miscellaneous other things will be planted but just a plant or two to offer us a good variety of homegrown vegetables. Sugar snap peas will likely need to be included. The last time we grew those, none of them even made it into the house. Bret and I both just kept eating them right off the vine. It doesn’t get fresher than that.
Morel mushroom season is here. Bret and his Mon found some last week. This was a tasty addition to our dinner one evening. Since it cooled off and now is warming up again, Bret thinks we may still have opportunity to find more. We had hoped to find enough to take with us for Mother’s Day to share with everyone, but unfortunately the timing of that did not work out this year.
Bret, his Mom, I and the girls (Shirley and Betty) all went up north Sunday to spend Mother’s Day with both our families. It was great being able to get together with everyone. Bret and the girls surprised me with some beautiful “magnificent” roses that are supposed to last up to six months. I love roses, so being able to enjoy them for that long would be amazing.
In another week, we will have some family coming to stay with us for several days leading into Memorial Day. We are all looking forward to this and hope the weather cooperates as there are a number of outdoor activities we would like to enjoy together. Either way, it will be quality time spent with each other.