Spring Into Spring

As we spring into spring around here, we begin the season of birthdays.  Lili celebrated her 6th birthday last week and today our middle son celebrates his 31st birthday!!  Yes, I’m old enough to have a 32-year-old and young enough to have a 6-year-old and 3-year-old  🙂

Spring is also a time for renewal and this year we are renewing our garden.  We had a garden for several years after moving into our house, but caring for our oldest son who has autism and a seizure disorder, made gardening a challenge.  It got to the point that we had more weeds than vegetables and I may have been able to deal with that if I didn’t have to look next door and see the neighbors immaculate garden.  Okay, even with the neighbor’s garden I couldn’t deal with the weeds, so we gave it up and it went back to grass.  A couple of years ago we put in a couple raised beds, but it didn’t work out very well, so this year we decided to reestablish our garden.  I really didn’t want to purchase a tiller and go thru trying to till up all the grass, so we started putting down layers of newspaper to kill off the grass and brought in some clean soil.  I laid cardboard in between the beds and as hubby mows the grass, we dump the clippings on top of the cardboard.  Hubby also built two raised beds so the girls could have their own little garden areas and then he built two strawberry towers.  Between getting everything set up and all the rain we’ve had, we’ve been a bit slow getting things planted, but we’re beginning to spring into spring – Finally!!!!

The strawberries are doing very well in the strawberry towers and the garden is being planted slowly but surely.
The strawberries are doing very well in the strawberry towers and the garden is being planted slowly but surely.

Some of the things I love most about spring are the flowers and smells that permeate the air.  In our yard the lilacs and Wisteria are providing amazing scents.  The Wisteria is far from my husband’s favorite trees in the yard.  It takes over everything and will attack you when mowing.  However, when in bloom, it’s beautiful.

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My Wisteria tree.

As I look around our yard and at our garden, I dream of the day we’ll have the bigger garden, more strawberry towers, blueberry and raspberry bushes, goats, chickens, a horse or two (if Lili has her way) and nothing but our home and landscape in photos.

They’re Here, They’re Here

This morning we woke up to 4 beautiful butterflies in our butterfly tent.  About 30 minutes later we watched the 5th butterfly emerge.  It was so exciting to watch.  We have spent quite a bit of time this morning watching them spread their wings while hanging from the side of the tent.  Then one-by-one they have each begun to flutter around the tent and have even enjoyed some nectar from the flowers we placed in the bottom of the tent for them.  Who knew it would such fun watching caterpillars turn into chrysalids and then into butterflies.  I’m quite sure we’ll be ordering more caterpillars in the future so we can watch the metamorphosis all over again.

I’m beginning to wonder who is going to enjoy this homeschooling thing more – me or the girls?  🙂

Caterpillar Update *Updated*

*Not sure what happened, but most of my post did not post.  Hopefully it will work this time.*

For those who missed my post about our caterpillars, you can read it here.

For those who did read the post about our caterpillars, I’m quite sure you have been anxiously waiting to read an update 🙂

On May 11th all 5 caterpillars crawled to the top of their jar home, attached themselves to the top and began the process of turning from caterpillars to chrysalids.

 

 

Within two days we no longer had caterpillars.  Instead, we had 5 little chrysalids.

I moved them to their new home.

And sometime in the next 1-4 days, we hope to have beautiful butterflies.

 

Stay tuned for more exciting news from the World of Weeks 🙂

 

Growing Babies

I’m sure all of you have been waiting for an update on our baby birds.

There were 4 eggs and 3 baby birds appeared.  As of today, we are down to two baby birds.  I have no idea where the third baby bird is and honestly, I’m not sure that I want to know.

The babies have gotten so big now that there is no longer room for momma robin.  However, she regularly checks in and feeds them which has been fun to watch.

Here are the most recent photos.