On All Things Spring

I don’t know about you but I am ready for spring and spring break.  Virtual school has been tough this year and my son and I are ready for a break. Not yet sure what we will do, but having some down time will be most appreciated.  Perhaps time to sleep in, time to see some family and friends (I hope), and time to spend the day reading or on a fun hobby.

Spring is a lovely time of year with the trees budding, the birds chirping a lot, the day being longer, and nature coming back to life. I enjoy how it looks and feel positive. I like the sun and days being longer.  But on the other hand, my allergies always kick in. They have done that today for me and it hasn’t been exactly the day I planned to have.

The seasonable allergy meds help, the hot drinks help, the soup helps, and so does rest. I have found I have to take time to rest, relax, and perhaps take a nap in order to get better. Every year, I have a flareup — at least once in the spring and once in the fall.  I have been taking medication that does help but still, the pollen, trees, grass, etc. still seem to get me.  Sheesh.

Spring is a great time to walk where I live. There is often a chill in the air. Or there is just enough warmth to be comfortable, but not yet humid. So, I am trying to do that a lot. I joined a virtual running/walking group and have walked 12 1/2 miles so far. I still have a long way to go to meet my goal but this amount is big for me.  I haven’t exercised as much as I should and am trying to change that.

Also in the spring is one of my favorite times — Holy Week and Easter. It is a time to reflect on what our faith is all about. It is a time to be reminded of life after death. It is a time to remember my son’s late father/my late husband. Well, we think of him all the time, just Easter was a big family time with egg hunts, early services, breakfast, special music, and dressing up. This year will be different but we will still enjoy it.

After nature and many animals are dormant, spring is the time that life blossoms and blooms again. I went on a walk last week on one of our first warm days. I developed a major case of spring fever. It was nice to be outside when it was sunny and warm. The sky was clear blue with no clouds and it was beautiful.

Here are a few quotes about spring:

  • “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'” — Robin Williams
  • “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” — Margaret Atwood
  • “Exciting spring smells waft through wide open windows.” — David J. Beard
  • “Spring translates earth’s happiness into colorful flowers.” — Terri Guillemets
  • “Spring is here! I’m so excited I wet my plants.” — Internet meme
  • “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four-and-twenty hours.” — Mark Twain

Perfect Spring Day!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Tuesday.  This afternoon is the perfect spring day.  I was able to enjoy it during my walk to and from school.

I walked by myself to go pick up Ian and enjoyed the sights and sounds.  On the way back home, I enjoyed listening to him talk about his day.  These moments are so very special.

I took this photo last spring and still think it is lovely.

Our perfect spring day:

  • The sky is a deep blue
  • The sun is out and shining
  • The wind is blowing
  • A slight chill is in the air
  • In the sun, it is warm and toasty
  • In the shade, there is a hint of cool
  • No humidity
  • The wind is blowing
  • The flowers are blooming
  • The trees are budding
  • Birds are chirping
  • Dogs are barking in their excitement of seeing us
  • The grass is growing
  • The mulch is being placed in yards
  • The neighborhood bunnies are hopping around
  • Kids are riding their bicycles
  • Neighbors are walking

I love the spring and life beginning yet again.  It is lovely.  This is one of the benefits of living in a state with four seasons.  I feel so very blessed.

The only thing I don’t like is that my allergies often act up.  So, I regularly take allergy medication and still enjoy our walks.  I hope to continue to do so.

A few quotes on spring:

  • Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”  ~ Robin Williams
  • In Spring, everything is full of promise… The child sporting upon the lawn, and the season, sympathize together, and nature rejoices in her virgin loveliness. ~ Charles Lanman
  • No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~ Proverb
  • In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. ~ Margaret Atwood

May you have a wonderful spring day.

Lovely Spring Flowers

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Monday!  Hope you had a great Easter and fun weekend. Ours was great and included a great church service, wonderful foods, fun Easter Egg hunts, and many special times with friends and family.

Yesterday and today, I took several photos of dogwoods and a variety of lovely spring flowers.  Despite the pollen, I love this time of year with all of the beauty of nature.  It is great seeing plants, flowers, and trees come back to life. Grams loved flowers of all kinds.  Grams, these are in your honor!


Spring Break Adventures

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Monday!!  Last week we were on Spring Break and what fun we had!

This picture is from a Homeschool Convention that we attended at the end of the week.  My husband’s family business is educational consulting.  His dad started this ministry many years ago.  Right across from our booth was the Lego Education booth and Ian was so “in his element.”  He loved it!

The ladies at this booth were so nice and great with the kids, including Ian.  They had workshops which he attended each day to build stories with Lego elements. They had teams of kids work on the story in three parts and then share their ideas.  It was fun to see their creativity and minds at work.  It was also nice to see the kids working together in a project.  Most of them hadn’t met each other before.

We met some really nice people at this convention.   We saw large families with very well-behaved kids.  The largest was one with 12 kids who had written books on sibling relations.  We saw another family with four girls — all wearing matching outfits.

And, we saw some people just starting in homeschooling and some who have been at it a while. The variety of people was fascinating — some Menonite families, some others with just a few children, and we also saw a few people we’d seen last year.

Last March I wrote about another convention that we’d attended.  That was posted on March 18 and the link is at the bottom of this posting, if you’d like to read that as well.

One of the Duggar family members was there with his wife and kids.  He spoke during a session and had a booth with a time for people to meet him and have him sign a book or other item.  That had a very long line.

We had some time on the first day to walk around the very large and lovely Opryland Hotel.  We went to a shop selling moonshine jelly, some funny aprons and magnets, and Moon Pies.  We also saw the river, lovely plants, and some statues of standing horses.

While we were at dinner on Friday night, one of Ian’s front teeth came out.  This was his third tooth to lose.  He was thrilled that the tooth fairy came to visit.  “I wonder how she found me Mommy? She must have snuck into our hotel room,” he said.  “Yes, she did Ian,” I told him.

The next morning he tried drinking milk through a straw through the new space in his mouth.  It was fun to see.  Now, his second top middle tooth is loose.  Should be soon on that one too.

We came back on Sunday morning and had a nice drive and lazy afternoon.  It was great and Ian was very ready to go back to school.  I drove him this morning and he was ready to see his teacher and all of his friends.

The first half of the week, we had fun at home and relaxed.  There was time to play, color and draw, and read together.  Each day, Ian would talk about how many days were left of his break.  It was fun to spend all day with him again.

This morning we are back to our normal routine.  It was good and is a lovely day.  Hope you have a great one! I wonder what new adventures there will be this week?  It should be fun to find out!!

Last year’s blog on the convention is located at https://patticates247.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/convention-adventure/.

With Spring Comes Change

springWith spring, comes new life and changes for me as well.

I have pain in my lower back, am overweight and stressed out and am getting no exercise or activity.  I realize that it is time for some major changes.

My diet needs to change, I need to exercise each day for both my heart and to lose weight, and I need to get away from the stressors and stressful people in my life.

I wanted to put this out there so I would in fact make these changes.

I appreciate your comments, suggestions, and support.   Who is with me?

I will keep you posted through blogs and the 90 Days of Exercise Page.

I wonder if I can truly make these changes and have them stick this time.  I am going to do my best to do just that!!

Yeah Spring!

I don’t know about you but I am beyond ready for spring!

I love when the weather starts to warm up and the trees again begin to bud.  The starkness of winter changes to the beauty and newness of spring.

Mother Nature this week didn’t quite cooperate with this change in season.  I have posted a few photos of the spring snow that I took this week.

The trees without leaves are beautiful to me with the snow and light of the rising sun.  What do you think?


Each season has its own beauty.  These pictures capture that well, I think.

I had fun wandering around the yard the morning that the snow had fallen.  I took many pictures and these are just a few of them.

My photography skills are still being developed.  I do enjoy the practice.  Not only did I get some exercise, I also got to see the beauty of nature.

By afternoon, the snow was all melted, so it was a very short-lived system.  But, we did get to enjoy the beauty of the white snow blanket.

I wonder if we’ll have more snow before spring truly begins.  I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Happy Spring!!

Hope you are enjoying this first day of Spring!

Although it feels like summer and the pollen is driving me crazy, I do have to say that I really do like Spring.

Seeing new life spring out of trees and plants that were dormant over the winter is really nice.  And, hearing the birds chirp in the morning, having more light at the end of the day, and seeing the animals again is great as well.

And, I love the chance to walk around our neighborhood and play in the yard or dig out the weeds.

Here are a few quotes about spring:

  • “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”  ~Margaret Atwood (On Sunday, Ian and I did smell like dirt and had it everywhere — what fun!)
  • “Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!””  ~Robin Williams
  • “Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”… “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…” — by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
  • “Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?” – Nelti Blanchan

I wonder if we can enjoy the wonder of spring as we move into the next week.  I hope so!

Happy Monday

Hi and hope you are having a great Monday!

Why is that Monday’s always seem to get a bad rap?  I guess because it’s the first day of the school and work weeks.

Maybe some weeks we’d rather be at home than have to get out and get back into that routine again.  Who knows?

I try to look at Monday as the start of another week of possibilities.  We can learn new things at work or school, can try new recipes for dinner, or plan all of the activities for the upcoming week.  We can also have fun with our friends and family!

Today is the last day of winter so that is something to celebrate.  Spring begins tomorrow!  Yeah! New life and beautiful colors are back on the plants and trees!

My allergies, however, do not like all of the flowers that are blooming, the trees that are budding and the grass and weeds that are growing like crazy.

Yesterday, Ian and I worked in the yard pulling weeds.  We got quite a few out of the flower beds but there are still more to pull another day.  I will have to get the spray to help kill some of them.  Then we’ll have to do the pulling again next week, and the next.

This week, however, actually feels more like summer where I live.  Not that I am complaining, mind you.  But I am not quite prepared for that heat of summer yet.

Last week was strange in that places in Kansas, Michigan, Illinois, and Tennessee were warmer than California.  That is backwards from what you’d expect.

And, many records were broken with high temperatures.  With that, though came lots of thunderstorms and some tornadoes.

You never know what mother nature has in store.  All we can do is appreciate each day as it comes since we have no idea about tomorrow.

I wonder if we can make the most of our Monday and enjoy it?  I know I am going to try to do just that!  Have a good one.