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Spring has sprung!

I think spring is finally here!!!

 Today has turned out to be a beautiful day and this weekend is suppose to be even better!  I took a stroll around my yard to see what was coming up and what I could do this weekend.  The hyacinths were beginning to bloom before the cold and smell heavenly.  I really need to plant more this fall.  The lilacs are starting to leaf out and the forsythia is beginning to bloom.  I love seeing everything coming up; it is part of what makes Spring my favorite season.

My plans for this weekend aren’t very grand.  I need to do some trimming, pooper scoop the yard and do something behind the garage.  The area behind the garage usually ends up turning into a mess each year.  It’s where my compost bin is, but there is so much area it gets very weedy.  Eventually, I would like to put a little brick patio in there, but for now I think I will lay down some cardboard to keep the weeds from growing.  I am sure I will find a lot more to do once I am outside, but this sounds like a good beginning.


What is a Nor’Easter?

We had this discussion at work one day.  Living in the northeast part of the US, we hear the term Nor’easter every year.  None of us knew exactly what it was, but it always seemed to indicate a bad storm.   Basically, a Nor’easter is a cyclonic storm with winds blowing from the northeast that often brings heavy precipitation in the form of snow, rain or freezing rain (we had all 3 today!).    According to, the pressure at the center of the storm last night was almost equal to that of a category 2 hurricane.   It was definitely loud!

I’ve heard that this is going to be a rainy year.  “sigh”  Is this the beginning?

The Nor’easter

Well, the Nor’easter came through last night and today and we made out pretty well.  A lot of rain but very little snow, at least in my neighborhood.  Some of my co-workers said they received a a couple inches at their homes.   Any snow that was on the ground when I left my house this morning was melted by the time I got home.  The winds were blowing real hard during the night, I was almost afraid to look out my window to see what it looked like outside.  Remarkably, there was hardly any damage.  I always worry that heavy wind will blow down one of my fences and I will have to chase my dogs through the neighborhood, but luckily, they were fine.  The only thing that happened was the pole that sits on the one side of the yard by the fence.  The person who used to own our house had worked for the phone company, so all the posts for our fence are from telephone poles.  This pole by the fence was a 20 foot telephone pole.  It’s only purpose we could see was to hold a light for my next door neighbor.  Unfortunately, the winds made it break off at the base and I found it laying in my yard.  Fortunately, it didn’t have any electric connected to it and it fill in my yard instead of on the fence.  I always pictured growing something like Trumpet Vine up, oh well! On to the next idea.

Visions of Spring

Sometimes I think I am a little weird.  I get in the gardening mood around November- December.  Not a time you usually want to be outside playing in Northeast PA.  This past winter didn’t help because we had beautiful, unseasonably warm weather into January.  And now we are paying for it.  Usually in April, you can get outside and get things ready to begin planting in May.  Not this year.  While it is raining today (April showers), tomorrow and Tuesday they are calling for snow.  Only an inch or two, but who wants to be shoveling snow this time of year.  I guess the next few days will just have to be garden planning days.