Memories of April in New Hampshire

Every now and then I look back at my life in New Hampshire through the many photos I took while living there.
Since Spring is upon us (in Florida it’s hard to tell) I decided to share some April photography and memories.

yellow forsythia flowers

In April the forsythia begins to bloom and the bright yellow flowers are a wonderful sight after a dull and colorless winter. I had planted a forsythia bush up near the road in my front yard in New Hampshire. I thought it was far enough back from the road to survive the snow-plowing in winter, but I was wrong. This big branch was broken off so I cut it and brought it inside to enjoy the flowers.

cat drinks out of forsythia water
Skittle, being Skittle

Skittle, the cat enjoys drinking water from all sorts of places. And once she discovered the vase of water holding the branch, she just had to partake!

The Lenton Rose will be full of flowers by April. It blooms before the snow is gone. I really enjoyed this little flowering bush.

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Lenton Rose

The coreopsis is popping through the ground and so are the thick red stems of the peony. I love peonies. They remind me of my grandmother, so I had a lot of them planted in my yard in the north. I had white, red, and pink. One of the reds was more like an open flower, but I can’t recall the name of it.
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And of course the hydrangeas were coming to life. It’s always thrilling to check out the gardens in Spring. Each day more green is showing and it was always fun to watch the progress as the perennials came back to their beautiful showy state.

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Hydrangea in Spring

The first photo is my house taken about three months before I moved. I couldn’t afford to live in New England, but it’s where my heart is.
I miss it and always will.

Happy Easter

It’s Easter 2017 and I have worked online most of the day. We have no special food to eat, just leftover chicken from yesterday. It’s not a big deal here. I know what Easter is all about and I used to spend the morning at church, the afternoon eating, and the evening cleaning up. I hid Easter baskets, and worked hard leading up to this day. I know that Jesus rose from the dead and it’s a wonderful thing, but I just don’t celebrate as I used to.

And it’s nice. Hope you had a nice day.

Spring Home Fixes For the Handy Woman, Part 2, Replacing a Screen

Here I will continue with my handy-screen-shot-2017-01-31-at-4-10-05-pmwoman Spring fixes list.  If you missed the first article, you can read it here.

When I lived in the northeastern United States the spring season couldn’t come soon enough.  Watching all that snow melt away meant the flowers would be growing soon and the sun would be up higher and longer.  It also meant the Black Flies would keep me indoors throughout the month of May.  I’d prefer to be outside getting my gardens ready, but once the weather warms up it’s a good time to clean the windows, and clean the screens too if they need it.  If screens can easily be removed, take them outside on a nice warm day and spray them with the hose.

Some window and door screens may need to be replaced.  If you have naughty cats that like to climb up the screen door (yes), or generally tear at them for no good reason (yes again).

Go to the local hardware store and buy some animal strength screen, (or regular screen if you have good kitties, or no kitties), and a roll of spline.  Spline is that black stuff that holds the screen in the frame.  Also a spline tool which will be needed to hold the new screen in place once the old stuff is removed.  To get the old screen out, you will need a screwdriver.

I have done this, but with help from my son.  It may be tough to do alone.  But after watching this You Tube video, I’ll bet you can do it alone if you have to.  This is not a super expensive fix, but it will take a little time and effort.  First you must take the door off the hinge, or the window screen out of the window.  Pay attention to how you do that so putting it back will be easy.

FYI, when I replaced my back door screen with animal strength screen my naughty cat would climb up to the TOP OF THE DOOR using the screen, and it didn’t damage the screen at all…. It’s totally worth it.  The screen is darker than normal screen, but I didn’t mind it at all.

When the weather warms up it’s a good time to get some indoor painting done.  With my daughter’s help I painted my bedroom, bathroom, stairs and hallway.  My next article is about painting a whole room, or doing some touch ups.

Getting Ready to Grow It

"Grow It" Gardening Postage Stamps
“Grow It” Gardening Postage Stamps

After the super mild winter (thank you God!) we are already seeing signs of Spring here in the northeastern US. That mean getting ready to grow our veggies. Many people will be starting their seedlings soon, if they haven’t already. I believe most people wait until April since our last frost date is June 1st. Of course after having temperatures of 60 and even 70 in early March, gardeners will be chomping at the bit to get the ground planted.

It’s going to be tough to wait if this fabulous weather sticks around for long. Already I see my tulips poking up from the ground. Last week I noticed that the Lenton Rose has lots pink buds down among the leaves!

Usually the ground is still covered in snow at this time of year. But the ground was barely ever totally covered in snow.   That is very unusual.  So the plants are most likely ahead of themselves with the soil soft and moist instead of frozen solid.

I will not be able to do much gardening this year because I am selling my house. I can’t move until at least June, so that will give me time to see most of the perennials bloom (Peonies!) before I have to say good-bye to the yard I have worked on for the past five years. And there are never guarantees that a house will sell quickly, but I am hoping the good price I am asking will mean a quick sale.

I’ll miss my northern yard, but I’ll have pictures to remind me of the fun I’ve had watching my hydrangeas bloom each year.  And I will still blog about gardening, but it will be from the south, where gardening is a bit different.

But I will still be thinking of gardening, and creating garden related products for my DustyFarmPaper store at Zazzle. The garden peppers postage stamp up top is one of the new products. And have you heard that the price of postage will actually drop soon? I don’t’ know about you, but I still use snail mail quite a bit. I will be making more vegetable themed stamps and other products too. In fact I have begun a collection just for gardeners.

Once I get settled into a new place in Florida, I will be writing more, but until then I have the fun job of packing to keep me busy.  Thanks for reading!