Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Quit whining!

Purple crocus in full bloom
Ok, here in the Midwest, we talk about weather.  And by now you know I've been kind of whiny lately about this long winter.

Well, I'm happy to report that I found Spring in Southern Indiana.  I take this as a good sign that Spring is soon headed to central Indiana.  But then again maybe I spoke too soon...

Mike and I spent a great weekend at my mom's in Southern Indiana where there are actually flowers in bloom.

Daffodil standing tall

Hyacinth ready to bloom

We had a great visit with mom, cooking meals, handling some chores and making time for crafts.    On Friday night we cooked a tasty shrimp stir fry, and my brother Gary and his wife Peggy joined us (after the I.U. basketball game, of course). 

Mom working on cross stitch with basketball game on TV
And we watched basketball this first weekend of the NCAA tournament:  I.U., Butler, Illinois, Ohio State and Iowa State to name a few favorites.  Now I remember how much Indiana loves its' basketball!

Mike fixing exhaust fan

Mike and mom working in kitchen

Mike preparing template

And my sister Pam had this idea of making a topiary.  Of course she didn't have time to tackle this project during her last visit, and so Mom and I took on the challenge.  We were pleased with the end product, but it definitely wasn't easy to get there.  Even Mike got in on the action (not by choice, mind you)...

Mom with that wicked hot glue gun!

Smiling because its' done!

Same purple crocus in snow

And after a couple of days enjoying the beautiful Spring weather, winter returned.  Southern Indiana only got a dusting, but we arrived home to 5-6 inches of snow!  Seriously?!

Drive back to Indy
Front yard

Fenced in beauty
And though I complain about winter, the skies this time of year are amazing...
Cotton candy clouds

And as the latest snow begins to melt, I anxiously the upcoming days and the lovely forecast of 50 degree days!

Have a super week!


  1. Beautiful photos. I also enjoy the insights into life in the Midwest, a place we haven't yet been, though we will eventually!

    My favorite post thus far was the charming one on Mike's salsa canning extravaganza some time back. He appears to be a great guy. :-)

    1. Thanks for your comments! I really enjoy the photography, almost as much as the writing. And Mike is a great guy! As I always tell him "life with you IS NOT dull".

      Also I would recommend checking out this blog, Early Retirement Journey. Great stories of travel and managing costs in retirement.