Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Today it was about 90 degrees.  I put my shorts and t-shirt on, and started working in the yard as soon as I dropped Noah off at school.  I was outside ALL day!  Oh how I loved it.  I must have had a gallon of tea to drink.
Here are some of the things that made me Happy-Happy-Happy today.
I "Bloomified" my wreath hanging on the mirror in the foyer.
I smile every time I walk past it.  I think this will be my seasonal wreath.  It has been fun to change it up.
I had lots of Bloomies left over after our boutique so I thought, why not.
My farm fresh eggs make me happy!  The girls are producing lots of eggs every day!
Walking out to the garden and finding my  hens dust bathing in the freshly turned soil!  For those not familiar with chickens, this is how they keep clean.  Go figure!!  It keeps them mite free, and after they burrow down into the soil, they get out and shake it all off, and fluff up those beautiful feathers of theirs.
It made me happy to fill all of my feeders today.  The birds are all singing, nesting and hungry!!
Although I haven't yet seen my Orioles, I know that they are coming soon.  So I have my Oriole sugar feeder, and orange and grape jelly feeders ready for them.
It makes me happy to see this jasmine bursting with flowers and fragrance.
It made me happy to hang all of my laundry on the line to dry today.  Sheets, towels, and blankets.  All fresh and clean!
And happy to see the blooming of this Bird Of Paradise.
And to see that my azaleas are finally coming back since having to have our house termited two years ago!
Happy to see the first Spring blooms on my Dad's roses.
 It made me happy to sit out on the front lawn and watch the hummers come to the feeders.
It was late afternoon, as I sat on the cool grass, in the shaded front yard, watching the new season reveal itself in every direction I looked.  From my pretty calico kitty, Maui, lurking in the front planter...
To the trees above, that had just begun to unfurl their new leaves.
Maui wanted some lovin' and stayed close.
She is such a pretty girl!!!
It made me happy to see my little grandson's face peering out the front window, calling, "Grandma....whatcha doing?"
Believe it or not, I didn't just sit on the grass and watch the birds today!  I have been working really hard in the yards to prepare for hosting Easter here at our house.  My last chore today had me working on the side of the house where our spa is.  I turned it on, thinking how nice it would be to have a good soak in it tonight.
But, after dinner, dishes, and my shower, I was too darned tired to even climb into it.  Maybe tomorrow.
Even though the same changes take place here every Spring, there is something so exciting about watching everything wake up after winter.  Fresh, new and full of promise.
One more thing that made me happy-happy-happy today was finding this sweet card in the mail from my good friend Ally.
I hope you had a "HAPPY" day too!
XO  Kris


TACIStudio said...

It looks like you have been having lots of fun outside. I can't wait till its warm here also, but I think we have a few months to go. Love the bird of paradise. It's my favorite it.

Grayseasailor said...

Your reasons for feeling happy today, increased my own happiness, Kris! Thanks for posting!!!
It got up to 67 degrees here today! No wonder I felt hot in my turtleneck and sweater :-)

priscilla said...

Love seeing all your blooms ! I can't beleive you already have roses :) Great chicken pics ! Your wreath looks cute !

Holly said...

So many reasons to be happy. Everything looks so fresh and pretty. Love that wreath!

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

Loved, loved, loved, seeing your world of Spring! All snow and white stuff here; and cold weather. It made me feel good just to be able to look at your beautiful yard. Thanks for sharing!

Dawn said...

Im so envious of your good weather. We had snow yesterday:( I am so ready to plant a garden and hang my clothes on the line. I enjoyed seeing spring happening around your place.

Debbie said...

Interesting fact about how chickens clean themselves...didn't know that, haha. My azalea is gorgeous right now too...just covered. We got to about 85 and that was warm enough for me! Glad you had such a good day Kris!

Anonymous said...

Ninety degrees there, snow flurries here. Doesn't seem fair, does it. It's only 24 right now. But when summer comes, it will with a vengeance and when it reaches 90 I will be hating it. It's not the heat, it's the awful humidity that comes with it here in the midwest.

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Kris, what a great post! Love all your bird feeders and the hummers are amazing. Your home looks so inviting, you do such a great job. So funny about the chickens, dirt to stay clean, who know!!!!!
You have been working hard, hope you are not to tired for the Jacuzzi tonight!
Oh and your flowers are so brilliant, love the jasmine and bird of Paradise.
Hi to your cutie Maui

Savvy Seasons said...

Hi Kris,
Your wreath and vignette are so pretty! Love the chickens, too! Spring has sprung in your neck of the woods, lucky! :)

Thanks for sharing! XO ~Liz

Mereknits said...

Your post today made me smile, so much to be happy and thankful for. I am hoping to get out in my yard this weekend and plant flowers. I think we are having the last cold spell today, high 54 degrees, I will be thankful we had some cool weather by the time the 90 degree days come and stay for months.
hugs to you Kris,

by Teresa said...

Kris, I just love how positive you are! It's a special person who sees all the happy things around them. So many people only see the bad. I hope to think I'm more like you.. happy! I love having my own eggs, too! Enjoy your day, I know you will. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Lynne said...

Hi Kris! Looks like Spring has just exploded around your house! Everything looks so pretty and your "happy" post is contagious! I have been working in the yard too, and am enjoying the sunshine.
Guess it's time to pull my shorts out from the back of the closet.
Have fun!

NanaNor's said...

Hi Kris, Oh how busy you've been. I remember getting the yard ready in March; now we have to wait til mid-May. Although it was 70 here today and I got out to trim our Crabapple tree-it is the wrong time of year but there are so many berries dropping and they can make Hunter sick-don't want to go through that again. Hope you got into the spa today.
Hugs, Noreen

Patty said...

I envy you working outside all day. We're getting closer here in the midwest - well, no, it was darn cold the last two days. The color of the eggs and the cat's eyes is so beautiful. The water looks so inviting, I just want to jump right in!

Gloria Baker said...

Imm happt you are happy Kris LOL
All look beauty, love your cat, love the flowers and the eggs just beautiful! Happy spring dear!
You know I wait by my autumn!!

Susanne said...

Yes indeed, you sure have been putting the time in out in your yard. And, look at all the pretty things you have blooming and growing. Those hens are really earning their keep, the eggs are fantastic, ya can't get any fresher than that. I just love the fact that you can walk outside and pick an orange or the avocados. We have nothing but cold weather here and expecting rain and snow by tomorrow evening. Of course, Ohio is the area on the US map with the coldest weather front right now. The buzzards are back though and that is one sure sign that spring is near. Isn't that just our luck, nasty old buzzards, now how lucky can we get. But on the brighter side, the robins have been back for awhile too and they are always one of the best signs that warmer weather is coming.
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

Joline said...

Love your little bloomies-they are so cute!

Spring is such an exciting time of year-I can't believe it already looks like summer in your yard, looks like paradise :)

Lindz said...

You have such a fun and amazing wonder you want to be out there all the time! Looks like a lot of work though!! :)

Linda said...

Hey Kris...Love all your bird feeders..
We get Orioles at the cottage, and I put orange halves around the yard...I usually hang them on the sides of the trees...but, I don;t have a big basket of oranges to work with, like you do!!! hahaha..
You are ready for Summer...we are STILL waiting for Spring...
Have a great weekend...
LOVE the chickens!!

Linda :o)

Linda said...

It has been really pretty out...we just finished a nice long walk...and now we're off to garden. I loved your post! I am waiting for the orioles too...I love when they are here! Have a great day!!

annielizabeth said...

What a pretty post! Hi Kris, Happy Spring and Happy St. Patty's day to you!

Kerri said...

You are right...spring is such an exciting new time. I cannot wait for our grass to turn green and for the leaves to appear again. Great pics. Such happy things in your post...always glad I stopped by.

RobynFromSimplyme said...

You have such a lovely home both inside and out.. And Maui is beautiful! :)

Debbie Kay said...

That post made me sooooo Happy!

Thanks for sharing all your joy Kris.



Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Spring is so invigorating, and your weather there is like summer already -- that must feel so good, Kris!

I am looking forward to spring here and watching my granddaughter during the day. I'm sure I'll be wishing I had a hot tub to soak in hope to get one some day in the future!

Val said...

Sweet Spring - there is nothing better.

Cheryl said...

This is one very happy have so many wonderful happy things around you.

DaCraftyLady Debb said...

Oh Happy those huge eggs...and all your pretty flowers....don't cha just love those warm sunny days... :) ~~ Debb

Jill said...

So jealous of your warm weather!! :-)
Love all the pictures you posted and that yellow rose is just gorgeous, they are my favorite! I hope you are having a wonderful week my friend!
Thanks for stopping by to visit me and leave a sweet comment, I always look forward to hearing from you!!


Pam said...

I am so jealous of you! It's been rainy and cold here... no playing outside for me yet. Your little Maui Kitty is STUNNING!

Deb~in~Denver said...

Always love seeing what you're up to! So jealous of your warm weather and flowers. We are under another winter storm watch. I'm SO ready for warmer weather! We had 3 woodpeckers on our light post, this morning. We've also seen quite a few robins....that has to be a good sign!

Take care!

Hanne said...

Oh I love spring too I just dont think we will get any this year. Check out the danish weather on my blog.....

Grammy Staffy said...

Thank you for sharing all of the nice things that make you happy. They make me happy just reading about them. I love all of the bird feeders that you have. I think I need to get some. Your happy list makes my heart smile. I just love the pic of your darling grandson peeking out of the window.

We are back from cold Utah and glad to be back in warm weather. Our daughter said that they got 3 inches of snow there today. I am a fair weather person. I guess it is good that I live in CA.

Have a great week. If you have a minute to drop by my blog I have some good news to share.
Hugs, Lura

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous pics! I can't wait until our hummers come back. Won't be until early May though, but I put up my feeders in April just to be sure. That kitty cat is GORGEOUS..what eyes!

Jann Olson said...

Just reading this made me happy, happy, happy! I could feel your happiness all over. We had snow over the weekend, but warming up again. Thinking I might get out into the garden tomorrow. I'm happy to have the upper 50's. lol!

Katie said...

I feel like I'm in a heavenly oasis when I come to visit your blog!!

Do you have plans for your upcoming birthday this weekend? Hope you have a Wonderful Celebration! ;)

May I order three head warmers? Do you have navy blue & emerald green yarns? I need a purple one, a fuchsia colored one & possibly a navy blue with emerald? The size you made my last one was perfect. It's one for me and two as gifts......let me know my total & if I can pop a check in the mail to you??