Spring Is Here For Now


 Decoy daff

Things are slowly getting back to the normal abnormal with the hooligans. With temperatures in the eighties, bumble bees are out and Blackie has worn herself out chasing them, and Patches has been busy chasing the shadows. Blackie has reminded me of Gomer Pyle sticking to Andy like glue after Andy saved his life.  Every time I turn around I’m tripping over her.  She was like that after her surgery and was getting where she wasn’t so clingy, now she’s like Velcro again.  

 apricot whirl daff

She had a something dead smell and I thought she might have gangrene under all that thick fur.  Trying to check a wiggle worm energizer bunny Blackie is just about impossible, so while she was eating, which is the only time she is still, I took the scissors to her back end.  Apparently the dead smell was from either the snake or the rat she killed as I didn’t find any infection.  Patches is still not doing her Trigger impersonation at feeding time yet. She really looks awful now with her back half cropped like these kids that wear their hair pointy and spiked  all over their head.  If you remember one of the hooligan’s New Year’s resolutions was for Patches to stop doing her Trigger jumping, but we didn’t imagine that a shooting would make it happen.  

Buff belle daff

The weather here has been warmer than normal all winter. The last official day of winter we have record temperatures predicted.  We did have a brief snow storm in February that caused unexpected delays getting across the Tennessee River.  The saucer magnolias, star magnolias and daffodils are finishing up their bloom cycles. Dogwoods, flowering almond and silverbells are starting to open.  Iris should be blooming shortly.  We had a warm winter like this in 2007 and had snow and a hard freeze in April which killed corn, strawberries and blueberries and fruit on the trees. I hope this year won’t be a repeat of that year. 

 Anemone Lord Lieutenant

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