Sweet anticipation.

Last week, I wandered over to the snowy side of our valley for a hike under the pines.

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In addition to the familiar muted crunch of my footsteps in the fresh snow, I heard something glorious: the chitter-chatter of happy birds in the canopy above me. Their song reminded me that while Old Man Winter continues to make surprise appearances, the sweetness of warm spring days is coming. Here are a few things that I’m eagerly anticipating for the season.

Al fresco dining. Green trails and daily hikes in the sun. The yard coming back to life. The first appearance of the ground squirrels that torture Cholula.

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Flowers everywhere– in my home, on the hillside, in my garden. Pedicured toes, warm weather shoes, and a happy reunion with my dresses. Dog diving!

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The first road trip of the season. Camping in Betty!

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Simply, more of life lived outdoors.

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What are you anticipating for springtime? Share with me!

One year ago: The finale from last year’s springtime escape to Southern Utah and Colorado.


  1. Tomatoes from our yard, warm and sweet as they explode like dying stars in our mouths! Frisbee. Hiking. Catching giant moths and lightning bugs at night. Alligators sunning on the shore of our creek. Birds, birds, BIRDS (we are at 132 for our annual count!). Fall is my favorite season, but spring is a close second.

    Love the shadowy ears looking at the varmint. Your pictures are delightful of course. Loving that camera?

    1. I’m SO jealous that tomatoes are ready for you in Spring! We can’t even think about planting until after Father’s Day, and even then, it’s a gamble.
      Alligators. That one word made me realize how different our outdoorsy lives really are!!
      Confession: I haven’t used my camera hardly at all since the last camera-focused post. I need to take a class! Maybe Kauai will be a good practice ground.

      1. Okay. For realz. Get your manual and read it cover to cover, and take all the pictures around your house while you learn. Become one with that hunk of plastic and metal before you get there. You do NOT want to be learning how to use your new camera while in paradise!! You will miss many shots that way. You already have the eye — train your thumbs and fingers to work in tandem. Shooting with your newbie will soon (in a day?) become second nature.

        Don’t wait to take a class. Seize the moment. Happy shooting!

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