So, what have I been doing????? Well, I've been gardening a little bit. My Ecchinacea are beginning to bloom, and I am pleased to see so many whites this year! I worked hard at letting my solitary white blooms go to seed last year, and I think it paid off!
I'm also pleased to find a number of Cleome plants coming back from several years ago. I wonder why that has happened? Could it be the wet summer we enjoyed in '09, the fish emulsion that I religiously doused everywhere last year (thanks Michael!), or just happenstance? I love Cleome, so they are most welcome here!
I'm doing a lot of reading these days.....and painting! My Mom gave me this marvelous book for my birthday, and I am reading and studying it....and doing the exercises!
Most of you don't need this sort of 'work' but I definitely do! So, as I paint my color wheels, I occasionally glance out the window at the lake and the bird feeders. Our hummers are back, a little late this year and nobody seems to know why, and our family of catbirds has also returned. I love to hear them sing...and I love to watch them eat the Mahonia berries and the suet that C makes weekly. Here's my view from my perch where I paint
So, you see: it is indeed a good life!
Thanks for bearing with me during my fallow blogging time....and know that your comments are always appreciated. I miss reading your blogs and hope to be back up and 'running' amongst you very soon!