April 5, 2013
The snow has finally melted from all but a few stubborn shady patches in the yard. One or two low branches of the big blue spruce are held tightly frozen in the ice left where the plow piled snow. Snowdrops snuggle up nearby, seeming to bloom in sympathy with the plight of the trapped spruce.
The Easter Egg Hunt was a success; most of the grandchildren wore boots since the Easter Bunny ignored Grandma's rules and hid some eggs over the hill and through the snow to the woods.
Daffodils are budding, chives are five inches high, catmint is making an appearance along with yarrow, foxglove, sorrel and ants ... already!
At dawn today, a skunk was calmly munching sunflower seeds by the rock bench under the bird feeder when I lit the outside light. She was beautiful - and dangerous; best viewed through the glass, but an exquisite subject for my Day 5 Poem on NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month's 30 Poems in 30 Days yearly challenge). Entitled Skunk, it is composed in the suggested "Cinquain" form. To read it, click the NaPoWriMo button at the top of this page.
I'm off to stain the framework for the new rescue trellis where we will reattach the vine ripped from the house in one of our winter storms.
March 27, 2013
Hidden Hollow Journal will resume here as soon as I complete the new look on the blog. Let me know if you like/can read the dark background - It's spring! Well I'm not a pastel type, so charcoal suits me; and matches our current weather. Our back yard is still half covered with snow. I hope it melts for the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday!