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lizziebelle: (fox)
Yesterday was the first really springlike day we've had in a while. After a cold, wet, snowy/sleety/rainy weekend, it was most welcome. After supper, I went for a walk along the river, where the water was as high as I'd ever seen it. The moon peeked through the bare branches, where buds are starting to swell.

spring moon

The woods were full of starlings and red-winged blackbirds, all singing as the sun sank into the west. It was a glorious symphony.

I saw what I thought at first was a beaver swimming in the river, but when it climbed out of the water, I saw its long narrow tail and recognized it as a muskrat.

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I know there are beavers around too, because I see the evidence of their teeth on the trees.

While I was busy trying to capture the muskrat, I totally missed the great blue heron until it took off and flew away. What a gorgeous creature! One of my favorites. I'm glad to see he's back this year.

Today we're back to rain, so no forays in search of the peepers my friends have been telling me they've been hearing. Perhaps tomorrow. I crossed over the river on my way home, and it's even higher than yesterday. I'm very glad I don't live closer to it!

So I see that more people are abandoning LJ because of the new TOS. I have no immediate plans to go anywhere, and I'm sad to be losing even more folks here. I do have a mirrored Dreamwidth journal, but this is still my primary residence, for now. I'm loathe to give it up, after all the wonderful folks I've met here. I hope you don't all leave, but if you do, please let me know where I can find you elsewhere on the interwebs (if we haven't already connected).
lizziebelle: (fox)
Yesterday was just stellar. Warm, sunny, and breezy. The trees have finally leafed out, making the world green again. I walked downtown, leaving early for my class at the library so I could enjoy being outside after a long week in the trenches. I stopped at the little park by the pond, where I found what turned out to be bluebells!

bluebells!

Just a tiny patch, but after envy of my British friends posting lovely photos of them, I was glad to find some here. I found out this past week that someone in my hometown planted a patch of bluebells near the river; I don't know if they were there when I lived in Geneseo, but if they were I wasn't aware of it. As I am now about 400 miles away, I can't just pop over to see them.

mystery bird and other adventures )

This morning is deliciously cool and green and sunny. Just delightful.
lizziebelle: (artsy me)
finally lilacs

I have (again) been a bad LJer. Sorry about that. Life has been a bit trying lately, for various reasons. 8 days straight of gloomy, drizzly skies didn't help. But! The sun came out yesterday afternoon, and today was glorious. There have been good things, too. I am slowly crawling out of the hole into the light.

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Pink trees and fiddleheads make my heart happy.

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I'm trying not to let brain chemistry make me into a hermit. Nice weather helps. Hello, May. Nice to see you.

my heart bleeds for you
lizziebelle: (fox)
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Yesterday was a glorious day for a walk. Warm but not too much so, and sunny with a little breeze. Perfect spring weather. The daffodils in front of the UU church were happy. Tiny leaves are popping out, and I even saw some trees in flower.

Down at the park, things are greening by the river, and some kayakers paddled by as I stood on the bank.

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Violets lined the parking lot, and dotted the grass along the path.

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I recently discovered a new cheese & gourmet shop downtown, and it's a delightful place. It's just a little hole-in-the-wall, but the proprietor is very nice (and she really knows her cheese!) and the selection is large. I tried a German triple-creme with mushrooms, and it was delicious. I'll definitely be back. I'm so glad to see all the new businesses downtown; a lot of places have opened in the four years I've lived here. We have a brewery, a martini & tapas bar, an ice cream place with a speakeasy in the back (really!), a flatbread pizza joint, and a new dress shop to name a few. Just the opposite of Westfield, where I used to live. It was sad to see all the empty storefronts there, and it's a much bigger town. I'm also glad to see that the new shopping plaza just outside of town hasn't hindered downtown at all. Maybe it even helps; who knows? It would be nice if folks who came to the plaza to shop decide to check out downtown as well. I like supporting local businesses.

My mom is home from the rehab place, and doing much better. That's a relief. She's going to have a visiting nurse for a while, and one of her neighbors has a daughter who does housecleaning, so mom is hiring her to help out. She's doing her exercises and her breathing exercises, and is determined to get and stay well. This makes me happy.

I brought the grill back up to the deck, and maybe I'll be motivated to light it up tonight. That sounds like the perfect end to a lovely weekend.
lizziebelle: (fox)
Bit by bit, we're finally getting some spring. I took a walk along the river today, and found more signs of winter's demise and spring's arrival.

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The turtles were out in force, lining every log sticking out of the water.

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Even the skunk cabbage is a welcome sight.

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Not a lot of flowers yet, but the bees are happy with the dandelions.

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I had the windows open today, and it felt wonderful. I am very happy that winter is in the past. Hard to believe that Beltane is only two weeks away! Before long, we'll have apple blossoms and lilacs. Ahhhhh, spring.
lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)
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Spring is still breaking out all over. The hot weather retreated, and it's been lovely out. I've been trying to get out walking every day, despite pulling something in my leg that's left my sciatic nerve irritated. Getting older is so much fun (not).

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lilacs!

May. 17th, 2015 12:14 pm
lizziebelle: (fox)
I wanted to see (and smell!) the lilacs at the Arnold Arboretum before they were gone, so on Friday I headed over there, joined by my friend W, who lives not far from me. It wasn't the sunniest of days, but it was pretty nice, and the lilacs were amazing as always.

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I can still smell them... )

It was a fun excursion. I don't miss living in the city, but I do miss being near the Arboretum.
lizziebelle: (fox)
It's no secret that spring is my favorite season. New life arising from the earth, where just weeks ago it was covered in ice and snow. After a late start, spring has exploded here in New England with some very warm weather the past few days.

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spring! )

I've spent much of the past few weeks helping my mom get moved into senior housing. It was overwhelming for her at first, especially since the new apartment is a lot smaller, but once we got started, it got easier for her. We got rid of a lot of stuff (some of which I acquired, I'm not sure how that happened), made a plan, and got it all done. She had a lot of help from my niece, and friends from church, who are a lot closer than I am. Now that she's there and getting settled, I think she's happy about it. It's a cute place, and she even has a little plot in front for gardening. It was a good move.

Yesterday, I took her to Target to get a new microwave and a toaster oven since she couldn't carry them down from the car. I helped her set them up, too. Today, she called me to thank me again because she was so tickled with them. I couldn't afford to get her something nice for Mother's Day, so I'm glad I was at least able to help her by being strong. *g*

When I got home, my apartment was 87 degrees, so I gave in and brought my a/c unit up from the basement and installed it. It's way too early to be this hot! So I did a lot of lugging yesterday. Thank goodness it cooled off this afternoon. I'd much rather have the windows open.

I need to get over to the Arboretum soon, while the lilacs are in bloom. I just adore lilacs.

I love spring!
lizziebelle: (fox)
Slowly but surely, spring is breaking out in New England. We've even had some warm weather, though not for the past couple of days. But no snow! Some of my friends and relatives in NY and PA have gotten snow, but not us, knock wood.



spring! )

We are way behind where we usually are. We're not even close to having apple blossoms, and I remember years when I was afraid they wouldn't last until Beltane, which is this Friday. I'm planning to go to Mount Auburn after the traditional maypole and brunch, and I hope I get to see some flowers!
lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)
The weather has continued to be lovely, which is making me happy. After the winter we had, we deserve a nice spring.

I went over to Danforth Falls today for some woods & water therapy. The water is still quite high from all the snowmelt, and the falls were very energetic.



I walked all the way up to the pond, which is the source of the stream, and surprised a snake, which slid into the water at my approach. But then he slid onto a downed tree limb, and I got several nice pictures of him. I looked him up when I got home, and found out he was a Northern water snake. He was about a foot long.





I don't remember seeing one of these before, so that was cool.

One of the things I love about this place is all the big boulders scattered around the stream. This one is really big, larger than a car:



It's been nice enough to sit out on the deck, which also makes me happy. In the nice weather, I have a whole extra room to enjoy. My apartment is so small, it's very nice to have the deck.

I must go down and rake out the garden this week. I'm waiting for the local nursery to open for the season so I can get some flowers for my window boxes. I'm so looking forward to flowers!

springing

Apr. 13th, 2015 08:01 pm
lizziebelle: (artsy me)
It is finally spring here in New England! I found crocuses coming up along the bike trail the other day:



Yesterday, I went to the wildlife refuge, where the ice is finally gone.



critters and more )

Yay, spring!
lizziebelle: (fox)


Spring continues to unfold, albeit more slowly than usual. Trees are finally leafing out, new flowers appear, grass is finally green and lush. The weather continues to resist staying nice for long, but we do get periods of pleasant weather for a day or two at a time.

Yesterday started out rainy and miserable, but ended up being quite spectacular, which was fortunate as it was graduation day for my niece. I can't believe my little Willow is a college graduate! Today, she's off to Germany to perform with her choir. Quite the exciting weekend for her!

I had to miss Plantapalooza yesterday because of this, but [livejournal.com profile] firespirit1 procured some tomato plants for me, which I picked up at her house today. She also gave me some tarragon from her garden, and now both reside in pots on my deck. I shall have to learn to cook with tarragon now! I've never used it before, that I recall. People have been giving me suggestions on Facebook. What's you're favorite tarragon recipe?

As I was weeding the garden, my neighbor cut me some more lilacs to bring inside. They're so wonderful! A couple of violas popped up in the garden, which I transplanted into my window box. I also found a volunteer violet, and the lily of the valley is starting to bloom. My woodruff came back, and is flowering. This is why I love spring: flowers everywhere! And green, green where it was grey and brown. Life returns in abundance. Windows are open, chasing out the stuffiness of winter. It won't be long before it gets hot and sticky, so I am enjoying every second of spring.
lizziebelle: (fox)

crisp, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Yesterday was another spectacular Saturday here in the frozen north, and as I was debating where I wanted to go to enjoy the day, the Arnold Arboretum popped into my head. I love that place, but it's an hour drive and I really didn't want to drive that far. But I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to go more, so I hopped in the car and made the trek into Boston.

I'm oh so glad I did! flowers! wildlife! )



Just before I left, I posted on Facebook where I was heading and invited folks to meet me there if they so desired. [livejournal.com profile] bettyw answered the call, but I didn't get her message until I had walked all the way through the park and back, so we met up at the visitor center and went to JP Licks for ice cream. I can't even remember the last time I was there, so that was a fun treat.

By then it had started clouding up and getting windy anyway, so I was glad I got there when I did so I could enjoy the sunshine along with hundreds of other people out enjoying the bounty that is the Arboretum.

In a month and a half there will be lilacs there, and I intend to go back and enjoy them thoroughly. Any and all are welcome to join me, so locals let me know if you want to join the expedition!

This taste of spring was just what I needed. It's been such a long winter.

lizziebelle: (fox)

Visitor center, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Yesterday was a perfectly lovely day, especially for early March. It got into the mid fifties, with bright sunshine, and I just had to get outside. I went over to the Assabet River Wildlife Sanctuary, which I hadn't been to since late summer. Lots of others had the same idea, but very few of them ventured out into the woods so the solitude and quiet was very nice.

a few pictures )



It's not quite as warm today, but I still needed to get outside, so I took a walk down to the river where, although the paths are still covered in snow, I found evidence of winter's passing.



There is light at the end of the tunnel.

spring rain

May. 9th, 2013 08:16 pm
lizziebelle: (tree lady)

stars, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

It's been raining on & off for a couple of days, which we've really needed. It's been a dry spring. Suddenly, everything is green.

I love how the wet dandelion poufs look like fireworks. These were in my driveway.

My phone takes wonderful pictures! One of the reasons I wanted it. :)

glorious

Apr. 29th, 2013 09:03 pm
lizziebelle: (fox)

apple blossom time!, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

The wonderful spring weather is continuing, and I am loving it. This is my favorite time of year. I've been walking at lunch and after supper every day, watching the trees blossom and leaf out. It's such a relief after the long, hard winter we had.

In two days it will be Beltane, and I'm looking forward to the annual maypole-on-the-Charles in Harvard Square. How wonderful that I can just ask for the day off and get it, without any hassle! I hope it's not cloudy, so I can get some nice sunrise shots of the bridge.

My tax refund came (and quickly, too!), and I'm going to finally cave in and get an iPhone. I've wanted one since they came out, and Virgin has a decent monthly no-contract plan, which saves me over $1,000 even with the phone being more expensive to start. So yeah, I'm going to be one of those people snapping pix with my phone and posting them to Instagram and Facebook all the time. *g*

But seriously, I'm fascinated with iPhone-tography. I've seen some pretty amazing pix taken with them, and I have a little practice with apps from the iPad, so I should pick it up pretty quickly.

And then there's that cool TARDIS iPhone cover on Amazon, where I have a gift card just waiting to be spent...

lizziebelle: (ganesha)

in bloom, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Ended what was probably the most bizarre week ever over at L's yesterday evening, with friends, food, and cocktails on a warm spring night, celebrating the end of the saga in Boston and Watertown with great tunes and dancing on the porch. Gosh, I love my friends. What a relief. I am so glad they took him alive; I was afraid it would end with suicide-by-cop. I hope we find out why this happened, and that they don't mess it up.

After waking up far too early this morning, I actually took a nap. I really needed that. Acted like a slug for a bit more, then walked up to the library to get a couple DVDs (season 1 of The Wild Wild West (!) and The Avengers) and marveled at the leaves and flowers bursting out all over. I talked gardening with my next-door neighbor, and have the windows open. It is finally, gloriously spring. And tomorrow I'm going plant shopping at Seven Arrows Herb Farm with [livejournal.com profile] sea_dark_wine.

Aaaaahhhhhhhhh.

lizziebelle: (beer good)

yellow dots, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

We keep going back and forth between almost spring and winter again. Today it was barely above freezing, with cold rain and sleet. I took this shot of pussy willows yesterday, when it was more tolerable.

We had eight (eight!) new people start this week, and yesterday they had each of them sit with one of us to see how we work. I had two different guys sit with me for an hour or so each, and later one of the gals asked to sit with me because she'd heard I was good with the script. A compliment, yes, but didn't you know I finally got hold of someone to pitch to just after she got up to go to the ladies room! She got back in time to hear the end, but didn't get to hear me do the actually spiel. Oh, well.

But yeah, they all wanted to ask me questions, because I had a great week last week and I'm the star (so far) this month. So I'm finally the popular girl. *g*

lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)

pussy willow, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I've been walking on my lunch break, even though it's been cold & windy the past couple of days. Today I was rewarded with a pussy willow sighting near my office. I love pussy willows - a sure sign of spring around the corner!

I also went for a walk after supper, along the river. I found skunk cabbage emerging from the muck, and spotted a great blue heron on the way back home. I wonder if it's the same one I saw last summer, farther down the river by the library?

I've been having a pretty good week at work: 2 sales each day so far! That's pretty darned good. One was a company I've bought things from in the past. Of course, I told her that! I'll have to make sure I go there next time I need something they sell.

I need to have a good month. March was disappointing, for our whole company. The weather really worked against us.

Oh, and yay! I'll get to go home at noon on Friday!

lizziebelle: (fox)

witch hazel, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Even though it feels like winter has been endless, I saw signs today that it will end. Melting snow, green things poking out of the ground, and these witch hazel blossoms brightening up the park. I took a nice long walk today, and it felt good to be moving. This winter had made me a slug, with the sidewalks and paths covered in snow and ice much of the time. Maybe by next weekend, I'll be able to get out into the woods! That would make me very happy.

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