Sunday, March 27, 2011

Who's fooling who?

Remember the old commercial, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature."?  Well, there is some foolishness going on in my part of the country and I think that mother is responsible.

The sun is rising on another cold and snowy day in Dec.  (not really)

More like January. (Wrong again.)

Well, February then. (No, not February either.)  Would you believe these pictures were taken on March 27th, 2011. Soon to go down in history as the Battle of the Gods. 

The god of Winter is having a tug-of-war with the goddess of Spring.

And the poor little hyacinths are caught in the crossfire.

The hostas were fooled by several days of 70 degree weather.  They grew about 2 inches per day and were well above ground when they were buried by 4 inches of heavy wet snow.

The tulips are confused but hopefully they will get their wits back in time to show up for the REAL Spring.

The Magnolias are used to getting knocked off their branches by Mother Nature.  It could be wind, rain, or snow.  This year they snuck in quietly, had a glorious reign and were soon to be on their way.  Still they were cut short by a few days.

 They went from the above picture at 7 a.m to these brownish blobs by noon.  Sad, but they were spectacular for a week.

The forsythia bushes had a nice run too.  Can you see the little bits of yellow peeking out from under the snow?

However they seem to be smiling under all that snow.

 By mid afternoon most of the snow had melted with the temperature rising to 42 degrees.

The pear trees were only out for a few days before the snow hit.  Some streets were lined with them.  It was a fairy lane of white beauty.

It's hard to predict their outcome.  Maybe warmer temperatures could get them back on track but that's not the forcast I'm hearing.

The red buds were just beginning to dot the branches when the storm came through.

I just took a drive through the park and all seems normal there.  Maybe there is hope for a colorful Spring after all.

I came home to find my tulips out of the snow and

my hostas looking up for the sun.

Unfortunately the prediction is a repeat performance and another 4 inches for the day after tomorrow.  COME ON, nature.  What kind of a mother are you?

Sunday, March 6, 2011

A Single Chair

I stopped making excuses for my obsession with furniture a long time ago.  However, sometimes I pause as I unload yet one more piece, and ask myself..."Where are you going to use this."

Would this not be pretty in ANY color?

Such a cute little toe, so hard to resist.

It had so many pretty parts and just one...
not so pretty part.  But even that made me want to take it home and make it better.

Are you smitten yet?

I think I was at first glance but it took me two trips to Upscale Resale to succumb.
On the second visit when I saw that it was still there, I decided to ask for a better price.  This was to be the decision maker.

I guess you know how that negotiation went.

That's behind me now.  I'm committed.  So back to my question of "Where will I put this?"  I think I found my answer tonight.  We know how these things work out, don't we.  I had a few minutes to run down the list of my favorite blogs and randomly click on one.  Tonight my mouse landed on Things That Inspire.  The answer to my question of where to put this chair was answered so eloquently by this post.