Monday, April 4, 2011

This and That

Yesterday was a lazy day around here, not so good with all the work that needs to be done, but I guess I needed to rest. I visited some new blogs, and on one I felt instantly at home. The blog belongs to Arkansas Patti and I want to welcome her  to my blog as well. I also want to welcome Annette, who is a new follower that I may not have welcomed properly at the time. I spent time this morning reading her blog, which is about horses, chickens, and country life. Annette has another blog called that looks new and will be about her garden. I know you will enjoy visiting these three blogs.

I've enjoyed the first two days of the A to Z challenge and I'm already beginning to regret that I didn't sign up to participate. I'm sure they will do it again next year, it's so much fun. If you are interested in reading some of the posts, the challenge is to write on a subject from A to Z  for each day, except Sundays, during the month of April. The participants usually have a link to all the people who take part in the challenge. You can get started by checking the list of blogs that I follow in my sidebar. For example, one that I'm reading with interest is Manzanita's Her theme  for the challenge is her passion for Flamenco. Today's letter is C, and I'm pretty sure I know what she will write about.

This morning, I went outside to see if I could find something to take pictures of for this post. Last night, as we were having dinner, I watched three young rabbits frolicking up on the hillside and I saw a covey of California Quail tripping by outside our window. This morning I saw a fence lizard and a couple of ground squirrels that all disappeared before I could take any photos. So I focused on the budding trees in the yard. Unfortunately, I lost a couple of trees last year when it was so cold on and off in April and May. (We had the last snow on May 23rd.) I only have a few trees left and the lilac bush above. There were buds on the tree and plenty of buds and even leaves beginning to open on the lilac bush.

But our rosemary plant is in full bloom and so pretty, I think.

Finally, thanks for all your comments about the flowers in my front yard. I tried to find out what they are called, but couldn't find them in the book I have. The main thing, though, is to enjoy them and I'm glad you did.

Have a great day, everyone.


  1. When things are blooming--and when they're not--the pictures you take of then are always beautiful. Have a peaceful day.

  2. Thanks for the pics of your world - I especially like the first one.

    ... wasn't it John Lennon who said something like 'Time that you enjoy wasting is not wasted' ... so don't feel bad about spending some time being lazy ... :)

  3. Beautiful desert flowers... a comfortable sigh!

  4. you deserve a day of rest (or several!) you've had a lot of change in your life recently w/ your hubby coming home to stay and with his illness.


  5. Thanks for your words of wisdom, OneStonedCrow. And there will be more flowers to come here. The desert mountains are turning yellow with spring flowers as I write this.

  6. i've never grown rosemary so no idea it was this lovely! but i'm pretty happy to see any color other than white or brown right now. ;o)

  7. I understand about the lazy days. When there's so much to do, you feel guilty but sometimes one needs a physical and mental break. I have rosemary in my herb garden. Mine looks much like that but not yet, maybe in a month!

  8. So nice to see that spring does come!

  9. I love spring time when everything begins to bloom. It is so fresh and new.

  10. Hi Inger,
    It's pleasant to watch Spring happening to the flowers and the trees. Sorry that you lost a couple trees, I would think, there, that it's hard to get them established. A lot of the time, I just sit and look out my window and watch Spring, unfolding, right before my eyes!
    Today is my lazy day, I can't seem to get motivated with the skies so gray.

  11. A beautiful rosemary bush! I love ours, they are so easy to grow and smell so wonderful...and best of all, the deer won't nibble on them!

  12. I adore these photos and can't believe the beauty you are surrounded by everyday! It must be so lovely!!!


  13. Ok, now I want rosemary! I'm off to do a little research and see if one would survive here.

  14. The A to Z Linky list will be open for a few more days so there is still time to join up for this year. But you'll have to join us next year for sure!

    Contrary to my usual practice of subscribing to comments, to save time during challenge I will not be doing so during April. If you want to respond to my comment , please email me directly from your email notification for the comment.
    Tossing It Out
    Twitter hashtag: #atozchallenge

  15. Those lilacs are pretty hardy. We've got some old ones in the windbreak that have to be around 50-60 years old. I imagine they have seen some rough winters over the years.

    Things are really starting to come along in the desert canyon. :)

  16. How sweet are you to welcome newcomers to your blog. I've always loved that about people! Such sweethearts!!!

    I love your blog... C for Canyon Living, wonderful pictures!!!!

    I'm stopping in to welcome you to the A to Z blogging challenge. I'm a co-host, should you need anything just let us know. I do hope you'll stop by my neck of the woods to say hellO! We're also on twitter (I'm @jenunedited and I'm at #atozchallenge)!

  17. enjoyed your A, B,

  18. Inger,
    Did you ever see so many people sign up on a blogfest? Last I looked there were over 1200. It's a lot of fun and I know you'll enjoy it. Thanks for mentioning my blog. I had to take time out to watch Dancing With The Stars and tomorrow too. My favorite TV show. See ya tomorrow.
    Love, Manzi


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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