Monday, April 27, 2009

It's SPRING!!!!

Well it finally feels like Spring here as well as looking the part. We went from temperatures in the 40s (and lower) to the 80s yesterday and today. The birds are singing, bees are buzzing, the flowering quince is rich in buds, there are periwinkles (I think that's what they are) all across my yard and a few dandelions. I'm pretty happy to be out of my three layers of warm clothes and to have my thermostat all the way off. Yippee!

On Thursday, the people from Delaware Opportunities came back and looked at my kitchen. I can't believe that now, besides fixing my entrance and giving me a walk-in shower, they are going to revamp my kitchen as well. As it is at the moment, everything is pretty tall for a sitting person and the cabinets are too high for me even standing. Even standing on a step ladder. Anyway, they're going to move my dishwasher (which I almost never use) over to the wall where they're moving the washing machine too and then put in a new lower sink and counter and put STORAGE under the cabinets so I'll have reachable storage! Wow! Maybe I'll be able to be a bit neater! They're also going to put in a big tall built-in shelf where there are three shelves coming off the wall (literally in the case of one of them) right now... and they may put some other low shelf space where I feed the cats and have their food and my coffee pot and stuff... all at a level that will be easy for me to reach. How cool is that!

Well, between that last sentence and this one, I took a shower and came back listening to the people on CNN talking about Swine Flu. I really ought to stop putting CNN on. It just makes me cranky. They had people calling/writing in questions and one person in California wanted to know about closing the border to those pesky sick people who come in to American hospitals. Well in defense of the CNN folks, they said they thought that was pretty unimaginable give the fact that this potential pandemic isn't that serious at the moment. What nobody said - which seems kind of like a no brainer to me - is wouldn't you WANT people to be treated? Not just because treating sick people is an inherently moral thing to do, but because TREATING them means that if they do have Swine Flu, they won't be spreading it to hundreds of other people.

Guess I'll leave off here and just post some Spring pictures for all the things I didn't particiate in - skywatch, shadow shot... Sigh. Hope your day wherever you are is as beautiful as the day we are having here.


Lady Euphoria Deathwatch said...

Hi Raven,

They look like violets to me. Which, by the way, are my favorite flower. The hastas are doing nicely too. Forsythia, robin and dare I say Daylilies coming up.

You are surrounded with spring. Enjoy it and stop watching the telly. You can't fix the world's troubles so let them lay. You have roses to smell girlfriend.

Watch the clouds and see what they can tell you for a change of pace.

I love your word. Dream up some more for me. But leave the pigs out of it for a few days please.

You have a good day in your new kitchen.

Hugs, Euphoria

Raven said...

Hi Lady Euphoria Deathwatch - thanks for all your kind words and for letting me know the name of my mystery plant. Never heard of hastas before and have wondered what that plant is.

Alas the new kitchen is a ways off yet, but I am enjoying dreaming about it.

Akelamalu said...

It's definitely spring in your garden. I have lots of Hostas in my garden - it's amazing how many different types of leaves there are in the same family of plant!

Fabulous news about your shower and kitchen. :)

DawnTreader said...

Congratulations on getting your entrance, shower and kitchen fixed!

We have beautiful and warm spring weather here, too, pretty much the same nuances of green and the same kind of flowers. And the same news on TV...!

Raven said...

Akelamalu - I think the hastas are just fascinating... there's a phoenix from the ashes quality about them. The cover themselves in their dead leaves for winter and then come rising out of that dried up mound come Spring. It's so miraculous to watch them evolve.

Rev. Melissa Dean-Pardo, Hedge Witch of Lakewood said...

Beautiful photos! Spring feels great, doesn't it?

I, too, have been following the premature over-reactions in response to the swine flu. It's perfectly fine to suggest good hygiene, hand washing, etc. but... closing the border to prevent the "infected" people from coming? Looks to me like that country's drug trade is far more dangerous to Americans than a pig flu. But then again, I suppose it's too early to tell.

Thanks again for the nature pics!

Deborah Godin said...

Love you spring pictures! And I agree, the cable news just fans the flames of panic if we let it!

Travis Cody said...

Huzzah for spring! And huzzah for a kitchen make over! That's worth a virtual cartwheel or two.

Linda Murphy said...

Congrats on the revamping of the kitchen and shower! Something nice to look forward to.

My favorite photo is the robin. He looks quite charming!

quilly said...

It looks like Spring has finally sprung there. Great pictures.

Even better news about the house revamp. I hope the time it takes to do the remodeling won't be too inconvenient or make you too crazy.

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Unknown said...

Excellent points on the swine flu thing. It's really grating on my nerves. The media love this. Another way to instill fear among the populace and get reactionary. Oh, then someone has to be blamed - why not the Mexicans for "starting" it. Ugh.