"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

Hello Friends!

Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Spring Sprang Sprung










It has been a long winter. We've had some warm days, but winter is hanging on. Tonight will be in the twenties. I haven't planted anything and for that I am glad. Also glad I haven't brought out all my citrus from the storage closet where they overwinter.

I did make it to the garden center though. Looking for a tall species of phlox. They didn't have the right color that is already growing in my garden. Problem is, at the moment, there is actually room to plant more than a seed and before too long everything will have grown so large nothing else will fit. There was so much to look at here and though it is expensive, I still go there. Some of my favorite garden items and decorations came from Southwest Gardens and Nursery. I have to stop myself from buying more. I have enough. I loved the white pottery and of course, the little finches.

The wind is howling. Last week I lost some roof shingles from terrible winds. I don't know who I'll find that will do such a small job. The roof is high pitched, tall and at the angle it is, I don't think anyone would attempt it but a roofer. I don't have a handyman and they probably wouldn't attempt it either. 

Winter hasn't been for naught. I did write a novel this year and will start a second draft soon. Publishing is so much different today than it was thirty years ago. Back then, no one would have self-published a book and yet, nowadays it is commonplace. Problem with that, the author has to do all the work. I am not a technological wonder and I am an introvert, so I don't think I'll be going that route. It is my last chance at the dream and I chose to go there. We'll see what happens. 

I still have problems commenting and even as anon the captcha thing makes me identify buses etc., about twenty times. It makes it too hard to try. I've even noticed some differences in posting. It has been too long. Happy spring to all!

12 comments:

  1. Happy Spring to you too Donna. And good luck with the novel.

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  2. Some lovely finds, It sleeted and snowed a bit here yesterday, but no evidence today as it climbed above freezing. I have been putting off a self published novel myself and have a few other ideas similar I am working on.

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  3. It is so good to see you back. It looks, up there, as if I have been to the nursery, except my nursery, across the street, is not that stocked out yet. Have a lovely week, and keep us up to date. Thanks! :-)

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  4. A very happy Spring to you. Autumn has finally arrived here (and is more than welcome). And I am about to start planting bulbs for a spring display...

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  5. we've missed you. sorry you are still having so much trouble. it's been really windy here too. nurseries are fun places. I always spend too much.

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  6. Lovely to read a post from you, Donna! Wonderful news about a forthcoming book.
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  7. That store would surely mean trouble for me. I find more and more I shop on line as shopping with 0/2 tank is a royal pain. So happy about your novel. You go Girl! (even though I've told you that before it bears repeating)

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  8. Missed you so much - glad you are OK and weathered the storms. A book! How marvelous Donna - autobiography, novel, or what? Will be waiting to hear more about this.

    Finches? How come mine are plain and mostly brown?

    Hang in there - and hopefully the checking buses/zebra crossings will soon pass! Still don't get why bloggers don't just moderate their comments to prevent using that Captcha thingy for security. I now only use Chrome, Safari is hopeless - and the commenting has become less evil recently.

    Hugs for springtime - Mary

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  9. I love and miss all of you. I do still read, but have been very busy with my novel. Writing is all encompassing for me and winter has provided a lot of quiet and downtime. I'm thinking of getting a new laptop with Word to use just for writing, so maybe Microsoft and Windows will make blogging easier. We'll see.

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  10. Wonderful to see a post from you Donna, I have missed news from your corner. Those spring time gardening itches just have to be scratched and a trip or two to my local nurseries usually takes care of it. It’s a pity you don’t live close as I have about eight color varieties of tall phlox. Those Lady Gouldian finches are beautiful, we used to keep a small breeding flock in our outside aviary.

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    1. Doc, I've missed you too and I'm glad your new computer is up and running. What I love about you is you are a renaissance man -- you do it all. Yes, I've got the spring madness, except I haven't wanted to do the cleaning part yet. My two little weenie girls are old like me and I don't think they are going to be with me much longer. They're my kids and my life revolves around them. Take care in your part of the world.

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  11. Hi Donna and so good to see you back ..... doesn't Spring make everything so much better ?!!! Such lovely images and so colourful. I am in awe that you have written a book ..... such an achievement. Don't leave blogging so long next time, we all miss you. XXXX

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