From Winter to Summer While Looking for Spring

By: WeatherWise , 5:36 AM GMT on April 03, 2014

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The weather here went from winter to summer 82 yesterday or higher and today close to 90....I know at one point was 89. I had to pull out the sun tan lotions and short sleeves today and run the air in the car.

I have been chasing spring like crazy finding tiny signs all around. The lawns still are not green unless you count wild onions. It won't be long though.







Today, I went over to the Riverwalk chasing wood ducks after both Briarcraft and Backwardguy posted their wood duck shots, but had no luck. However I did find the swallows and of all things a mushrat diving for freshwater clams. That was quite interesting.











I got a train shot as I was leaving the Riverwalk.





I had dinner after getting home and then decided to take a late walk almost too late. It was way too dark by the time I got back home. However I got a bunch of moon shots. The moon is a sliver right now. One of my moon shots just went blue so that is super exciting.





I am loving seeing all of the pretty flowers and babies beginning to show up on WU. Check out the cute little girl with the baby chicks posted by KittenEileen.

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42. ozgalah
1:56 AM GMT on April 28, 2014
Hi WeatherWise love all your photos hope you had a great weekend too! I've been busy for the last week and haven't been able to post (my H has been on holiday) so we have been doing a lot of walking) but hope to catch up more over the next few days!
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41. bawlf
12:49 PM GMT on April 24, 2014
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3. bawlf
12:52 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
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Good morning WeatherWise. Actually, I used my own "wolf whistle," it is quite loud. The coyotes in our area are fairly numerous and, as a rule, do not usually bother us. This particular one must have been an extrovert as he/she seemed to be very interested in us! Have you notice that this new version of Weather Underground will sometimes exit out of a blog entry while it's being composed? That is what happened to me yesterday morning. I guess we have to be careful to "save" as we compose!

I see you live in Danville VA, known as 'The River City.' We live 15 minutes West of Edmonton, AB Canada also known as 'The River City.' The mighty North Saskatchewan River flows through Edmonton cutting a large river valley through the centre, with many parks and walking, biking, cross-country skiing and nature trails along it's banks.

See here for a photo here for rabbits in our backyard yesterday evening. The white dots are mid-spring snowflakes!

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4:42 AM GMT on April 09, 2014
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39. WeatherWise
1:49 AM GMT on April 09, 2014
Hi Bug! Glad you had no severe weather. We had a strange sky today just before sunset and after. All of these great big clouds came rolling in for some reason. There is no rain on radar so why this great big blanket of clouds by the time dark came?

Bug, it is so great to have Uncle Google, isn't it? YOu can find out just about anything. Interesting as to where bumblebees go in the winter - The queens hibernate but all of the males and workers die off before cold weather. That is quite surprising. So perhaps that was 3 queens chasing each other around the crabapple bush?


Hi Sandi He is used to hilly countryside, but probably not 2 weeks nonstop of it. So am sure it will be a challenge but he is excited to do it. Not sure which direction - somehow I was thinking he was starting from East and heading west but really don't remember. I look forrward to seeing more photos of your lovely garden. Yest the wide show was where he was hiking Sunday. YOur photo of the West side of the country, more steep hills... Cumbria and now the East of the country, more rolling hills ... Yorkshire are both beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Hi GardenGrrl, I did not know you had tornadoes close by last Thursday. That is scary when they get that close to you.

Hi YelloworangeRose, Good to see you today. Sandi's photos were lovely. You are an early bird getting up at 3 in the morning. I think we do like cheerful colors of spring. Enjoy your flowers and share some photos with us. That is so wonderful that your mother at 85 still has her own veggies planted in containers. I bet she does instruct her helper to water them everyday as she watches. Thanks for sharing and have a good week!

Hello Plapman! Thanks for stopping by to wish me a good morning. We had a pretty day and was quite a busy day for me. Just getting around to adding to the blog.
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38. plapman
2:44 PM GMT on April 08, 2014
Good morning Weather.
Sunny and warm here today.
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37. YelloworangeRose
12:40 PM GMT on April 08, 2014
HI Squizz very nice photo! reminds me of our farm . Do I see rice field in the middle??

HI garden nice to meet you. We had tornado in the south too.

HI Weather, today I woke up 3 am my time i wanted to listen to the early Morning birds chirping outside. So far, No rain yet today but there was some tornado that hit the south. Damaged roofs but good thing no casualties. I am glad I found bloggers here who posts flowers and birds I have always loved them flowers. My mama laughs at me because every morning I take pictures of the flowers and hear me talk to them. I told her the photo is to remember them by once they are gone to give way for the new bloom. Now my mama at 85 has her own veggies planted in containers. She instruct her helper to water them everyday while she watch. gee im so talkative. You guys have a nice day. *_*
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36. GardenGrrl
10:13 AM GMT on April 08, 2014
Good Morning, we had minor tornados and lots of hail just north of us last Thursday. Only by about five miles (hail), tornados 15-30 miles away. Did not know until someone showed me a video they took on their phone of the hail coming down at their house.

Really wasn't much in the news which is odd. Or maybe I have been neglecting to read the news. Oh well.
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35. sandiquiz
9:17 AM GMT on April 08, 2014
If your son is used to hilly countryside, it will be easy for him!

If he begins on the West and walks east, which is the way most folks go, the final stretch that comes over the York moors to the coast is wonderful!

Thanks for the kind works about my garden. It is only tiny, by the States gardens, but it is my own little piece of heaven. I am right alongside trees, so have lots of privacy.

I will post you a couple of photos on my blog if you like.

Talking of photos - is that wide view photo where your son walked last weekend?

If so, he could be walking in the UK :)

This is photo of the West side of the country, more steep hills... Cumbria.



And now the East of the country, more rolling hills ... Yorkshire



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34. palmettobug53
1:25 AM GMT on April 08, 2014
WW, I was seeing some of the tornado damage on the news this evening.

We haven't seen any severe weather here. It's been raining since around 5:00 and nothing very heavy. Just moderate rain for a while, then it'll slack off. Thirty minutes or so later, it'll get a little heavier, then ease off again.

Sandi, your question about where bumblebees go in the winter sent me back to Uncle Google. The queens hibernate but all of the males and workers die off before cold weather. I found that surprising, as I somehow thought they all hibernated. I checked several different sites and, sure enough, they all seemed to say the same thing. I guess the first ones we see in late winter/early spring are the queens foraging until they produce enough offspring that they no longer have to do anything but remain in the nest to produce eggs.

Where do bumblebees go in winter?
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33. WeatherWise
1:07 AM GMT on April 08, 2014
Record daily rainfall at Danville today.

A total of 1.61 inches of rain fell at Danville Virginia today... which sets a new daily maximum rainfall record for this date. The old record was 1.35 inches from 1956. Records forDanville date back to 1948.

Hi YelloworangeRose I agree that Sandi's flowere are quite lovely. You should visit her blog and look out her window into her garden - it is like a dream.

I surely hope you do not get too much rain today and tomorrow. I pray the typhoon misses your place or weakens and does not do damage. You are right sometimes the weaker ones just dump so much rain causing flooding. You take care and be careful driving back and forth from work.

Bug you are right, most likely if the Pileated Woodpeckers are around they will even call out to you. They make a sound like NO OTHER and a SOUND you will never forget! Did you ever watch the pileated woodpecker youtube I posted. It was done in movie digest mode accidentally so you can hear me snapping and zooming as did not realize was being captured on video. However that morning was so wild with the pileated woodpeckers calling out wildly and flying all about I just had to post it unedited.




Sandi, that is a neat story about the guy sweetening up the bumblebee until it finally ate out of his hand. Yes, no matter how small the insect or bird or animal you get attached to - you feel so lost when it goes away and leaves you forever. I am not sure if you have been following Biskitten with her snowowl photo ops or not. She knows she will leave her area soon for the north - Canada - and is already knowing how lost she is going to be and many other photographers from the area. I know how it hit me like a ton of bricks when my pileated babies fledged never to visit my area again. Thank goodness about that same time the bluebirds came to my new bluebird box. Then that baby fledged and left me. It always knocks you for a loop.

Sandi, I wasn't sure if you had seen that my son was making the Coast to Coast Walk across England. He lives in the mountain area of VA and is used to rugged hiking and biking and I think he has studied the terrain he will be walking. He told me he was going to have some LONG and Rough days. He is excited to make the trip so I am going to be happy for him and try not to worry - You all will just have to hold my hand while he is gone. Thanks, I probably will have some questions. He sent me a beautiful photo where he was hiking this past weekend. I should upload it to photobucket and so I an share it on the blog.

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32. WeatherWise
12:29 AM GMT on April 08, 2014
At Least 13 Injured After Tornado Tears Through Beaufort & Hyde Counties



Tornado hits in Eastern North Carolina - I have many friends and relatives in NC.
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31. WeatherWise
12:24 AM GMT on April 08, 2014
Just found out they had tornados in Eastern North Carolina today!





WNCT
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30. sandiquiz
8:28 PM GMT on April 07, 2014
So glad to hear, Bug!!
Yes, the bumble bees are much more docile. An old neighbour of mine years ago used to sit out for his morning coffee, each day at the same time, and always took a sugar cube out with him. A fat bumble bee always came by to sit on use sugar cube. After a week or so he transferred the sugar cube to his hand and the been settled down to munch on the sugar whilst the old guy stroked him. This went on for three months and then the bee just stopped coming. The old guy was devastated ....but would you believe, the bee came back the following summer! So where do they go in the winter?

Shirley, sorry, I thought I had commented about your son coming over to the Uk. It is quite hilly in the north of the country, so he will be very fit once he has completed it. The countryside is beautiful up there, so he should really enjoy it.

If there is anything he needs to know, or you need to know, just ask :-)
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29. palmettobug53
8:09 PM GMT on April 07, 2014
LOL.. Yes, the weeds, not the bumblebees!

I'll keep my eyes peeled for the Pileated but I truly doubt it is nesting nearby. I'd hear the hammering, for one thing. Not just for nest building but when they're searching for insects underneath bark. That's how I spotted my first one. I thought the neighbor was outside, building something again.

As for the bumblebees? They are pretty easy going. Much less aggressive than honey bees, wasps or the dreaded Yellow Jacket. I've actually gotten them to land on my hand before. They're so soft. Not that I'd recommend it if you're allergic but you try doing that with a regular bee or wasp!

Their stingers do not detach, so they can repeatedly sting. I think one would have to be really P.O.'d to do that, though.

Bumblebee
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28. YelloworangeRose
7:53 PM GMT on April 07, 2014
HI sandi you have lovely flowers in your garden thank you for sharing.

Hi WeatherWise we are expecting rain today and tomorrow. A typhoon is going to pass by our place tomorrow. Though not a fierce one but may bring lots of rain.
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27. WeatherWise
6:38 PM GMT on April 07, 2014
Hi Plapman! Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you and Abbey had a good walk and saw lots of nature while out and about! Do you take your camera along, too? If so snap a few photos to share with me. Have a wonderful afternoon!
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26. WeatherWise
6:31 PM GMT on April 07, 2014
Hi Ozgalah, Thanks for taking a look at my nature photos. I look forward to seeing your photos from your walk around your garden. Your puppy's naptime and your free time sounds like your few moments in peace. WOW! YOu are in Autumn? Where are you located? It is Spring in VA and hopefully everything will be GREEN! I do love Autumn too with the changing of leaves and fall temps.


Yes, nose is much better and thinking of taking an umbrella and going for a walk. Quite interesting though I had lunch today with same lunch friend as last Monday. Seems she had something quite similar last Tuesday and Wednesday and interesting that mine started perhaps Thursday! So perhaps it wasn't allergies after all so that is why I feel might be okay for me to head out even with all of the pollen. Hopefully the rain has washed a bit of it away - Do you think?



Hi Sandi Oh, I am talking of mini breaks away from WU. I will be away so far as blogging and commenting when I go out to visit my daughter. I may upload a few photos on days I get to go out for my daily walk. Mostly though, while there, I devote every moment with my two little granddaughters 8 and 9 years old.


RE: Sandi But there are two types of folk who back away... those who have a short break and come back with renewed interest and those who go for good.... don't be the second type!


I love the flowers in your garden in the morning rain! They are all beautiful in their own dainty little way. My favorite is the King of Hearts or has other names as well. I bought two or three or more of those last year. I so hope they have survived the winter. Time will tell. Love your collage. The collages here on the blog inspired me to try a collage again. I was happy to see the newer software allowed me to use many photos whereas the older one limited how many photos I could snap into one collage.


Did you see my note about my one of my sons taking the Coast to Coast Path across England?



Hi Bug You might be surprised. I did not have a clue that they were nesting close by in my neighborhood - like not in my yard but in the woods right beside of WU user, endofstreet's yard. The nest was actually in a very strong tall tree right on the creek - really, really tall but the nest was fairly low.

I was just lucky to spot the pileated woodpecker while he was making the cavity. He did not seem to be bothered by me watching at all. From that day forward I checked for them everyday. I did not see him again until about 15 days later and again about 15 days later. Of course, after the eggs were laid, I saw them often trading places and after the babies I saw them daily if I hung around long enough. It was a shock after the babies fledged and they were gone.


The bumblebees do not usually bother me at all as they are interested in the pollen on the flowers not me. However this week they were flying around and around as if someone had upset them. An upset bee is a very different bee from a contented bee happily flitting about from flower to flower.

Do you have any photos of your spiderwort planted in your yard? There are quite few weeds in my lawn, especially in the spring. When hot weather comes, they pretty much die out and have mostly green grass after that. Yes, my yardman just mows over the weeds and grass alike. Of course the weeds pop right back up the next day or so.


Funny, Sandi! I am thinking she meant the weeds re:Hubby just mows over them> .... Hope you mean the weeds and not the bumblebees!
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25. plapman
3:55 PM GMT on April 07, 2014
Good Morning.
I'm just getting ready to go for my daily walk with Abbey.
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24. WeatherWise
2:23 PM GMT on April 07, 2014

As you can see from my local radar, we are having quite the rainy day today!

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23. WeatherWise
2:02 PM GMT on April 07, 2014
Local Radar

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22. sandiquiz
1:45 PM GMT on April 07, 2014
BUG - Hubby just mows over them .... Hope you mean the weeds and not the bumblebees! lol
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21. palmettobug53
1:38 PM GMT on April 07, 2014
WW, I really don't think that Pileated has a nest in the neighborhood. They prefer nesting cavities in dead trees, so a wooded area is needed. Most suburbanites take down their dead trees. There are suitable areas nearby but they're not accessible to the public. I think it was just visiting and checking out possible food sources.

I like my bumblebees. I've got spiderwort planted in the yard and the bumblebees love them. There is a downside to spiderwort - they will spread and start popping up in your lawn. If you want a pristine lawn, don't plant any. We've got more weeds than lawn, so we don't care all that much. Hubby just mows over them.
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20. sandiquiz
12:57 PM GMT on April 07, 2014
Oh, we all know what you mean about needing to back away from WU occasionally. But there are two types of folk who back away... those who have a short break and come back with renewed interest and those who go for good.... don't be the second type!


Thought you might like to see the flowers in my garden this morning, in the rain!

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19. ozgalah
5:33 AM GMT on April 07, 2014
Hi WW thank you for your comments on my blog! Love all your photos, I have just been round my garden with the camera and hopefully if they are any good I will put some on WU later. I am making the most of the puppy being asleep in the dog run with our big dogs but I will have to get him in soon and peace will be over!!! We are in Autumn and the leaves are beginning to turn, it is also a much better temperature to do things.
I hope you have managed to control your drippy nose!
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18. WeatherWise
4:08 AM GMT on April 07, 2014
Hi Bug! Thanks for info on the bumblebees! Is funny how you think you know something based on a memory from your childhood only to find out you are so wrong. For some reason I always thought bumblebees nested in a little hole bcause they used to go in and out of this hole in a board under a shelter by the barn. Now, that can't be the case can it if they nest in burrows in the ground.

I read the same thing you said - Bumblebee nests may be found within tunnels in the ground made by other animals, or in tussock grass as opposed to Carpenter Bees that burrow into wood.

So perhaps what I thought as a child was a bumble bee maybe it was a carpenter bee. Who knows? Just something I never really had given much thought until saw those three bumblebees racing around that crabapple bush the other day. Thanks for stopping by to help me out.

Hi BriarCraft, Good idea to measure plus I should have a fairly good idea by the size of that styrofoam cone that fitted in their almost perfect. I have two wrappers in my toolbag _ I am thinking the one that fitted into the brass urn was 2 7/8 by 5 7/8 and the one that fitted into the empty hole almost perfectly was 3 7/8 by 8 7/8. So probably looking for one about that size is what should do. I will go over to Hobby Lobby one day and pick up another of the larger styrofoam cones and will use that to look for right size container, maybe. Plus will be good to have the extra cone in my toolbag in case the other one blows away or something.

Yes, BriarCraft, spring is here in more ways than one. I have the drippy nose to prove it too. I guess all the pollen in the air must have gotten to me. I have run through quite a few boxes of tissues this weekend. Actually no walk on Saturday but was probably because I took a roadtrip and had lunch with my son and then went out to my other son's and played with the grandkids a little while. So really did not work in a walk. Today, just didn't figure a walk was going to do me that much good. Hopefully by tomorrow I can at least get a short walk in. I miss my walks plus I miss my nature shots.

Oh, I met a new blogger today - not a new blogger but new to me. YelloworangeRose was over on WhiteWabbit's blog. I invited her to visit my blog and she did! I think I am about to cross over to this side as I was spending most of my time on WU on the photo side. I find myself spending more and more time on the blogging side recently. Of course, bottom line is I am spending WAY too much time on WU, period! Sometimes I just have to back away for bit. I bet you know what I mean.
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17. BriarCraft
12:22 AM GMT on April 07, 2014
Hi BriarCraft, The disposable plastic drinking glass sounds like a good idea. Perhaps I should tell my nephew about that as he is in the process of trying to get another one. Wish I knew exactly what kind you were talking about, I would get it myself.

There is no one size fits all, as some brass cemetary vases are cone-shaped and others are flat-bottomed. The best thing I can suggest is next time you go to the cemetary, take a ruler and notepad with you. Then you can make note of the measurements and go shopping. If you don't find what you need at the grocery store, try a party supply store.



It appears spring is busting out all over in your neighborhood. About time! It's showing signs of imminent arrival here. Just look at all those colorful photos!
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16. palmettobug53
11:59 PM GMT on April 06, 2014
WW, bumblebees nest in small burrows in the ground. I had one build a burrow in a hanging basket on my front porch one summer. Where it went for the winter, I have no idea. A hanging basket would be too cold.
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15. WeatherWise
9:06 PM GMT on April 06, 2014


HI, Calpoppy, thanks for stopping by! You are right! It will be a wonderful trek and way to see England! He does plan to take photos along the way and find a place on the net to post them either along the way or when he returns. I am sure I will still worry though even though I know how wonderful it is. Mothers never stop worrying. (My mother before she died still referred to my older brothers as her boys.)

Hope you are having a wonderful day!

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14. calpoppy
8:18 PM GMT on April 06, 2014
What a wonderful way for your son to see the UK! I hope he is a photo buff like you so maybe we will see some pics of his walk!

Have a great Sunday, WW!
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13. WeatherWise
8:10 PM GMT on April 06, 2014
Hi YelloworangeRose! Thanks for hopping right over here and for your kind comments. Mostly my photos are all about my daily walk. Please visit often! Thanks, YelloworangeRose!

Hi Sandi! I am SO excited to hear that you have done part of the Coast to Coast! My son had mentioned that he got his passport and planned to travel and on our last bit of time together he had told me about the Coast to Coast Path and how he planned to do it! I had even done a search on the net for it. It had sort of gone from my mind since then. This weekend we had lunch together and he shared the book for a moment with me Coast to Coast Path. I have been searching a bit more today and reading some more about it. He is quite excited about the trip. And, of course, I am the typical mother already worrying while he will be having the adventure of his life. I would be interested in hearing more about your part of the trek on Lyke Wake Walk. Thank you so much for sharing with me!
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12. sandiquiz
7:59 PM GMT on April 06, 2014
Hi Shirley,
Yes, I have heard of the Coast to Coast path. In fact it was made famous by Alfred Wainwright, the Lake District walker who climbed all the peaks and then wrote about them.
I haven't done the whole Coast to Coast, but have done part of it, known as the Lyke Wake Walk
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11. YelloworangeRose
7:57 PM GMT on April 06, 2014


HI, Weatherwise you have a very nice blog and I love the photo's too especially the moon. It reminds me of a phrase "where are you I am sitting on the moon and i am missing you.". I do miss people a lot.  I am very much interested in gardening especially flowers and i take photo of each flower blooms and my mama wonders why i do. I tell her -  to keep a memory of them.. they do not stay long you know and their pictures will remind me i had a wonderful feeling while they were around., my way of saying "thanks for the memories" , then when i am bored, or sad or not feeling good, i look at them pictures and it reminds me it is okey not all good things last but their memory does and for every good memory gone, another good one comes around. It is why I love them flowers  .. they are worth the wait. Have a good day! I will put your blog to my favorites and promise to visit often.

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10. WeatherWise
9:08 PM GMT on April 05, 2014
Plapman and Sandi, Thanks for stopping by and leaving your warm comments. I am dealing with stuffy drippy nose - so far that is all it is. Except, this am, I took an over the counter med and not sure whether it was from driving to the mountains or whether it was the meds. My nose completely stopped up so I could not breathe or hardly swallow. I drank a lot of water, tried cough drops and also wet a tissue and held it on my nose to breathe. I was beginning to think emergencey room on the road. I stopped at one of the food/gas/quickstop type plazas. I checked for meds and they had 12 hour nasal spray. That really helped and I enjoyed my day. One son treated me to lunch and then I went out to visit my younger son. So a great family day. Now the nose is trying to be all sneezy and weepy again. I know it has not been 12 hours yet. I suspect it is all the pollen I have been soaking in while I called myself soaking in spring. The Bradford Pears, the Pines and yes all of those pretty little flowers too are loaded with pollen. I may have to change my walking pattern to the mall until the pollen dies down a bit.

Hi Plapman, Great idea to share the daily trivia. I did not know if you were waiting for us to add on to your story as to what might happen next. Our tulips come a bit later, too.

Quoting 8. plapman:
Good morning.
That's all there was to the story.
With Environment Canada's permission I'm using their daily trivia of the day stories.
When the tulips flower I'll get the camera out.


Hi Sandi, I am sorry that I do not know the names of wildflowers at all....They were so tiny I could hardly get a photo that showed the real effect of just how tiny they were. I was so surprised to see them - I just wanted to share.

Sandi, I wanted to ask you if you have ever heard of the Coast to Coast Path?

Glad you got finished up on Flickr. I have yet to use Flickr but here good things about it.


Quoting 9. sandiquiz:
Hi Shirley,

The first four days of each month mean I am tied up in Flickr with my group, sending mails and counting votes. But the results were posted last night, so I am back!

I love the blossom shots , and that magnolia is magnificent.
The little blue flowers you called violets we would call "bird's eye flower" - to me violets are slightly different.

English violets :)



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9. sandiquiz
3:13 PM GMT on April 05, 2014
Hi Shirley,

The first four days of each month mean I am tied up in Flickr with my group, sending mails and counting votes. But the results were posted last night, so I am back!

I love the blossom shots , and that magnolia is magnificent.
The little blue flowers you called violets we would call "bird's eye flower" - to me violets are slightly different.

English violets :)



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8. plapman
2:46 PM GMT on April 05, 2014
Good morning.
That's all there was to the story.
With Environment Canada's permission I'm using their daily trivia of the day stories.
When the tulips flower I'll get the camera out.
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7. WeatherWise
1:20 AM GMT on April 05, 2014
Lots of wildflowers and weeds in bloom today! Found very tiny violets popping up.




Anyone remember the song, I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover? As a little girl somehow I got this notion that's where good grades came from. On report card day, I would be outside searching for a four-leaf clover. Back in the Day! I found just such clover today.

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6. WeatherWise
8:22 PM GMT on April 04, 2014
Thanks, Plapman! I hope your daffodils and tulips have beautiful blossoms. Perhaps you will take a photo to share!



This is a crabapple bush at the end of my street. I did not tarry there today as at least three bumblebees were zooming all over the place including too close to me. They definitely were not gathering pollen today. Perhaps they just arrived on the scene. I am not sure about bumblebees as to where they stay in winter? Does anyone know?
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5. plapman
7:46 PM GMT on April 04, 2014
Good day.============================================== ==

I planted a couple of daffodils last fall, I hope the come up this year.
My tulips are just starting show above the ground.
have a good day.
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4. WeatherWise
7:20 PM GMT on April 04, 2014
From last blog, I promised that I owed you. Thank you for being patient.

Hi Proserpina, Thanks for the pretty spring flowers and happy spring wishes - so pretty as usual. You definitely have a talent for getting those flower shots! BIG congratulations for your WORLD VIEW! I was so shocked when I opened WORLD VIEW. I was checking to see if a new photo of CameraDiva was a WORLD VIEW. I had not checked World View Photos in forever! And there you were, top WORLD VIEW Photo! How exciting! YEAH!


Quoting 4. Proserpina:
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Hi BriarCraft, The disposable plastic drinking glass sounds like a good idea. Perhaps I should tell my nephew about that as he is in the process of trying to get another one. Wish I knew exactly what kind you were talking about, I would get it myself.

YOU ARE RIGHT ON TARGET with the manhole covers, too. We had these beautiful manhole covers installed in my city in line with the historic theme only to be stolen by thieves. Last article in newspaper stated that 45 had been stolen. So ridiculous.

Yes, it is spring for sure - almost summer temps this week even. I am loving the spring blossoms, green onions, a bit of green grass appearing here and there, lots of weeds and dandelions, I noticed patches of clover today.

I think the pollen is catching up with me....drippy nose and sneezy every now and then and am sure sore throat will be next. I am sure it is probably allergies. I have not taken any meds as yet but probably should. I think I have some over the counter stuff around here for just in case events that never happened.


Quoting 8. BriarCraft:
The brass vases have been stolen from many cemeteries all over. Darned addicts steal those and copper wiring and even manhole covers to sell to recyclers for drug money. My family now buy a certain size disposable plastic drinking glass that fits where the vases used to go for my brother and grandparents. Such a shame!

But spring has finally arrived for you! And look at all the pretty flower photos you've been taking!



Hi Barb. Thanks for sharing the the neat bird poster from your little birdhouse. Sounds like such a neat place to visit. Makes me want to go right out and find a neat little place to visit like that. It is interesting to see how your birds are so different from ours.


Quoting 9. barbamz:


Hey Shirley, here is a photo of the information panel of the little bird house ("Zoo" is an exaggeration, lol). Maybe you recognize some of the species?






Hi Bug, Yes, it was such a shock when I walked up and finally figured out what had happened. It is in a different town about 35 or so miles away and I had not heard about the thefts. If I had read or heard, it would have taken a bit of the shock out of it for me.

I am so excited that you saw your pileated woodpecker1 I hope you can spot its nest. That was one of the most exciting times in my life - my venture with the pileated woodpeckers nest in the woods but yet close enough I could zoom and get photos and the fact that they did not seem to mind me being there at all. I felt just like Granny Red-Belllied Woodpecker checking on them daily. I could hardly wait to get down there and put in lots of extra walks just so I could see them one more time.


Quoting 10. palmettobug53:
What an awful thing to find, when you went to the cemetery.

I'll bet it was kids, thinking stealing the urns would be a fun prank to pull.

Do you remember me telling you about the one time I saw a Pileated in the pine tree in my front yard?

That was a good 25 or more years ago. I'd never seen one before and have never seen one since. Until yesterday. I stepped outside to take some things to the recycling bin. Hubby pointed up in the tree. I looked. Before I realized what I was doing, I hollered out, "OH! IT'S A PILEATED!!!" And with that, off he went. Dang. Me and my big mouth.





Hi Whitewabbit, Thanks for sharing. You and BriarCraft know exactly how I felt. Yes, you just never know what they are up to whether scrap metal or whether on EBAY. Quite disturbing though.


Quoting 11. whitewabit:
How sad for it to have happened there too ..

My Fathers brass flower urn was stolen along with a number of others several years ago and I had to have it replaced as did other people who were effected ..

they must be being stolen because of the value of the brass in it ..





Hi Datapilot,Thanks, it is sad that folks have to do such things. You are right about the copper wire from the poles and just recently a guy was caught up on top of a building stealing the wiring from an air conditioner I am thinking.

Thank you for checking out my over the river evening photo. No, I did nothing special...I just point and shoot with a Canon Power Shot all in fun. I was just surprised at the view as this little restaurant is not anything special at all. They were in a little spot up in an old Kroger strip mall. Kroger closed so not a lot a traffic and they managed to get this spot out on the bypass - The only restaurant anywhere on that road. What a view! I am thinking in the other direction it might be a great shot to get a sunset shot!


Quoting 12. DataPilot:


WeatherWise, I am so, so sorry that your brother's urn went missing. What a sad discovery.

Unfortunately, Briar's and Whitewabit's suspicion (theft for scrap metal) is mine as well. It's unbelievable what drug addicts will do to get money. Theft of brass urns - heck, metal of any type - has become super common around here.

We have iffy cell reception at our home, and still rely on a land line. Aside the recent ice storm, all other times (too many to count) that our land line has gone dead has been due to thieves stealing the copper phone wire. They literally rip it off of the telephone poles and out of the ground. They've even scaled razor-topped fences to steal ground wires out of electric substations! Anyone desperate enough to risk electrocution for a few dollars' worth of metal obviously has scrambled brains.

On a cheerier note, I have to say that your evening photo taken over the river is lovely. Did you do anything special to capture the image in such low lighting?
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3. WeatherWise
2:03 PM GMT on April 03, 2014
Hi Sandi! Thanks for dropping by and you are first! Yes we had summer temps yesterday and the day before. Is 59 with a promise of 76 today. Thank you for the Congrats and comment on my moon shot!

Hope you are having a wonderful day!





Everyone's collage photos inspired me to pull out my Photo Creations software and create a collage of some of my recent spring photos - several of which I have not even posted yet.
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2. sandiquiz
6:42 AM GMT on April 03, 2014
Wow, almost 90! That is summer here!! In fact, we call 80 summer.

Love the moon shot....so much detail. Congrats on the AC.

BTW - FIRST...You don't count:-) lol
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1. WeatherWise
5:39 AM GMT on April 03, 2014
From my last blog entry, I owe you! Sorry! Hi Plapman, Pros, Sandi, BriarCraft, Barb, Bug, Whitewabit, & DataPilot, Thanks for stopping by and leaving such cheerful notes with great wishes for spring, April white rabbits, and just sweet comments. I am behind again with my blog and yes, once again is in the wee hours. I will catch up later.
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