Monday, April 21, 2008

I'm a Country Girl

At least this week I am. This is what I see when I stand on the front porch. Soon, with the coming of the leaves, the view will close in a bit. The house is at the top of a hill surrounded on all sides by woods. The house has a protected, almost nestled feel. The Kansas winds aren't quite as harsh up here like they are in the valley where my parent's house is. It was very hazy today so I couldn't get very good pictures of the property. Maybe tomorrow we'll be able to take a tour.

My hubby and I spent the weekend in the country and spent some time with my folks. Steve was able to run in the woods, I worked around the yard mowing and weeding and getting things back in shape. I must have hauled 7 or 8 cartloads of debris. We cleaned out the garage and even had time to do some fishing in the pond. I caught three bass. Steve caught one. I do love to fish! There was a pair of Canadian geese on the pond guarding their nest. They kept a watchful eye on the dogs, but no confrontations. Fudge got in a swim and some good digging and sniffing. I had a small snake encounter...I do hate snakes. I know they were terrified of this giant enthusiastic gardener with the bright orange polka dot gloves. I do try to remember that!

Except for an overzealous whippoorwill, it is so quiet here. I actually have had three full nights of sleep. I'm hoping for even more!

Steve left on Sunday and went back to the city. I'm staying for the week to continue the work and help my mom. Fudge stayed with me, of course. I don't know how much sewing I'll get done, because there is so much work that needs to be done around here. The good thing is the weather so far has been perfect. Warm and sunny...I actually got a sunburn yesterday. Got to watch that! I only used sunscreen on my face. I burned my arms, neck and the back of my legs. Back to the sunscreen routine!!!
Spring is definitely here! The red buds are just ready to burst, everything is green and blooms are emerging everywhere. I think the bleeding hearts grew about six inches overnight! Look what's starting to bloom...

Last night I sat on the back porch with a cup of tea, listened to music and enjoyed the full moon. Not a bad way to spend an evening.
I brought a bit of sewing with me and I hope to get some machine quilting done this week since I have access to my mom's Bernina. Woohoo!!! There is so much to do outside, we'll see if that happens.

It's interesting to spend some time alone...without cable and my sewing room...oops don't want to get all philosophical on you. I think I'll go out and enjoy a beautiful Kansas spring evening. A storm is brewing...

17 comments:

Rose said...

I wish I could join you in the fishing...I really used to spend a fair bit of time fishing. But due to the fact that I have to drive about 30 minutes to get any place with good fishing, I don't do near as much as I used to.

And I would dearly love to have whippoorwills to listen to...I grew up hearing them every night. And I don't think I have heard one in years.

country mouse said...

Oh would I love to have that view!!! Sounds like you are having a wonderful time. Enjoy the rest of your week :cD

driftwood said...

hope you enjoy your week, it sounds lovely there

Penny said...

Everyone needs a break like that from time to time. Enjoy.

Mama Koch said...

Isn't Spring in the country just marvelous?! Enjoy your time with the folks.

apple cyder said...

such a nice spot. have a great week with your parents.

purple and paisley said...

thank you for the sharing the gorgeous pics...and have a wonderful restful peaceful week...

upstateLisa said...

the photos of the blooms are beautiful!!! have fun! enjoy the peace!

Thriftin and Craftin said...

Thank you for the sweet birthday wish! I appreciate it. I'm jealous of all that country space you're enjoying. So beautiful. Have you seen On Golden Pond? My dad's favorite movie. Holds a special place in my heart. Your post reminds me of that movie, and all their wide open space. Have a great day.

ROZ said...

Thanks for you comment on my blog. How nice to enjoy the country. Peaceful.

Exuberant Color said...

Our redbuds only have the tiniest bit of pink showing. I think it will be another 2 weeks before they are in full bloom.

Kate said...

Gorgeous view! Have a great week.

Sara said...

Love the views! My bleeding heart is just starting to get some blooms on it! One of my favorite plants!

Stephanie said...

What a lovely time to be in the country. Hope the weather stays beautiful and you accomplish all you want.

amandajean said...

enjoy your time in the country!

magikquilter said...

This is perfect timing for you...lots of hard physical work, beautiful surrounds and a snake just so you don't get too comfortable and think the world is totally perfect!

Lovely post Jacquie and very atmospheric, especially with the photos, you are blessed to live amidst such beauty.

nicolette said...

Your country looks so wonderful, the view, I love view. Living in the big city means having a city-block view.
Enjoy your time in the countryside!