Sunday, April 19, 2009

Where have I been?

Two weeks without a new post begs the question. I am sorry to say that I need to take an open-ended hiatus from my blogs. My mother had a stroke on April 3rd, thus there has been no time to think about blogging. She is currently in a rehabilitation facility, but there are still many unknowns and many decisions to make.

I have LOVED blogging. I didn't know what to expect when I first started, but I have found that sharing my thoughts (both personal and professional) plus photos has actually brought me much happiness. So it is only because my time is needed elsewhere for the foreseeable future that I am putting all of my blogs "on hold".

Wherever you may be, enjoy the new life that comes with spring! I'll be back just as soon as I can be. :-)

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

Monday, April 6, 2009

What is a *four letter word* in April?

If you guessed *SNOW*, then you are correct. Not much of a prize if you guessed correctly, but here are a few photos from this morning. A little bit more is on the way for today, but then the week will gradually warm up and get back to normal (the "50's").

You'll notice there is no photo of my one blooming primrose, because it is buried, however, the pansies on the front porch were protected enough that they are still waving their beautiful faces!

(Photo: Street scene - no school for the kids today - they are already on the sledding hill in the neighborhood park)

(Photo: Branches and buds covered with snow and ice, nearly touching the sidewalk)

(Photo: Path through our neighborhood woods, not many dog-walkers out yet this morning - we were the first on many of the paths. We had a couple of huge snow clumps fall on us while walking through the woods - good thing I had a scarf tightly wrapped around my neck to keep it from going down my back!)

(Photo: Shrubs and buds covered with ice and snow)

(Photo: Three robins walking along the plowed path in the park, looking for anything to eat in the dirt)

(Photo: Deck beds filled with snow, not compost and dirt yet)

(Photo: Michigan in April - flower pots turned over only to fill up with snow!)

(Photo: new cold frame is really cold today!)

(Photo: Hemlock bending but not breaking with snow and ice)

(Photo: Saving the best for last - now this is what I call a "bad hair day"!)

As I have said in a previous post, our snowfall was not much (other parts of the state received much more), and it won't last long. Onward and upward to real spring!

Diana Dyer, MS, RD