Spring Magic

I didn’t mean to disappear last week! I think you all know that I’ve been in something of a funk and I decided to try pushing the reset button by giving myself a break. I’m not sure if it helped but it was wonderful to just enjoy the spring weather we’ve been having. To get back into the blogging groove, I’m sharing a few things that I’m loving about spring right now. It’s short and sweet – just like spring!

Spring flowers

The tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths have passed, but I’ve been patiently waiting for the star of spring: lilacs. Lilac is my favorite scent and the season is painfully short. Last year I was sick with a cold and full of congestion and completely missed out – I was so bummed! But fingers crossed that I stay well and can enjoy the lilacs this year!

We also have asparagus up! I’ve wanted to grow asparagus since I read about it in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and it was one of the first things we planted when we first moved in. Our patch has never been as prodigious as Kingsolver describes in her book, but I’m still optimistic for the future.

We haven’t planted anything in the garden yet and I think it’s going to be a small one this year. That’s okay — we have a lot going on right now and I don’t want to feel overwhelmed by outside chores. Luckily our local farm does a CSA that works like a debit card, which gives us a ton of flexibility and 20% off of everything. We love going out there and picking out some goodies for lunch on really hot days!


My Merlin app has been busy the last few weeks. It’s migration season and I am capturing audio of so many new birds right now, especially warblers. We went on several long walks last week near the river and discovered bank swallows. It was so fun to watch them swoop over the river to skim up bugs and back into their nests in the bank. The Conservation Center is a protected habitat for them and I had no idea until our most recent walk.

One day we’ll actually go on some sort of trip and a whole new world of birds will be opened up to us. Until then, we will focus on what’s in our own backyard – I recorded 15 birds in just 2 minutes this morning. Springtime birding is the best!

The Weather

Last week was sunny and perfect. We spent as much time outside as possible and the kids were happy as clams. The weekend didn’t disappoint either! I spent a nice chunk of Mother’s Day in a gravity chair under my Patchwork Swoon quilt and reading a book – it was splendid! We’re expecting more sunshine this week so I’m hoping for more long walks and reading time in the lawn chair.

I hope your weekend was wonderful, too. I hope to be back on Wednesday with an update on my reading life. Until then – take good care!


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  1. I think anytime you disappear from the blog because you’re out enjoying your life is a good time! We had rain on Saturday but a gorgeous day yesterday, and I enjoyed an early walk and time getting the garden started. It’s a shame we couldn’t get a do-over on the less-than-great day!


  2. Steve got me a couple of humming bird feeders, so I got them up yesterday and have hopes of seeing hummingbirds soon!

    It sounds like the perfect Mother’s day! 🙂 And I am in agreement with you… spring and birds are just the best! XO


  3. Spring is glorious in northern New England. But she doesn’t stay long, does she? Summer is always nipping at her heels, encouraging her to hurry on her way. On another subject…I just finished reading “Willodeen,” which you featured in a previous post. Wonderful book, wonderful writing. Thanks for the recommendation.


    1. I’m SO glad that you enjoyed Willodeen. It’s one of my favorite readalouds of all time. Katherine Applegate is wonderful! And you’re right about how quickly spring moves. I’m enjoying this cooler week so much!

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  4. Lilacs are my favorite of all the spring blooms. My tree only had a middling performance- but I was told recently that I need to prune it in order to have a better bloom next year. Do you trim yours?


    1. Hi Autumn! I always try to deadhead my lilac each year to make sure I get more blooms the next. Is that considered pruning? I’m not sure. I don’t ever prune the branches, but that might help keep it shorter and fuller? I’d be interested in knowing how other people care for their lilacs!


  5. Oh my goodness I love lilacs too! One of my favorite things about going for walks these days is passing through a big patch of lilac-aromatic air! My Merlin app is so fun — I only discovered it recently, but it is such a joy to learn about all the birds around me.


    1. Lilacs are just amazing! And I started using the Merlin app last year and I now have 100 birds on my life list! It’s so much fun 🙂


  6. Reading outside in a comfy chair is literally the best. I have a hammock chair that I read in but never seem to get quite enough time in it. I’m glad you are enjoying the warm weather!


    1. A hammock chair sounds delightful! And you’re right about it being the best!! I only got away with it last weekend because it was Mother’s Day but that’s okay. I’ll take it!


  7. I agree, lilac season doesn’t last long enough. I’m glad you are enjoying the flowers and birds of Spring. Sometimes it is good to get away from the screens and just be. Take whatever time you need.


  8. Your lilac looks lovely and I can almost get a hint of the scent through the screen – LOL. The lilac outside my office window has already gone by:( But, we have been harvesting asparagus too. Mostly I’ve been using it raw in salads (so delish) and I used some on open face grilled cheese sandwiches (adding a nice crunch to that). Your Mother’s Day sounds perfect. Glad you enjoyed and glad you took your needed break.


  9. what a happy list! (and wonderful to see a new post from you) … we don’t have lilacs here, so please enjoy that smell – however briefly! – for me … and are you reading Edna Ferber’s So Big with Fiction Matters this month? there’s asparagus! (and so many more vegetables)


    1. You might have just sold me on squeezing in So Big in June 😉 I wasn’t planning to read it but now I just might! I’m going to trim some lilac today — I wish I could send you some!


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