spring is springing up everywhere around here, it always comes on so fast, like an ambush. most of us are still waiting for a proper winter, so the blooms are surprising. these photos are of the purple plum in our front yard and it smells heavenly. i can't show much of any other kind of blooming happening in our yard. jane "the destructo-puppy" has pretty well made sure that the already lame beds we had planted around the house are now just muddy holes where shrubs USED to be, and ripped, torn and dragged landscape fabric with remnants of mulch trailed alongside. but we love her ANYWAY!
it's not even officially spring yet, but this past week has been downright summer-y. i'm not complaining. today's forecast is 83 and sunny! the air just smells different, and the kids outside in bare feet is such a treat. however, we all have been dragging in the ticks, so drastic measures will need to be taken on that front. the beginning of tick season is always such a bummer. the dog & cats need frontline; we humans need 'off'. it's a hazard of living in the woodsy country, and i guess it's a price we're willing to pay. it's days like this that make me feel so genuinely grateful to live RIGHT where we live. and isn't THAT a good feeling??