It’s time for funky

“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.”

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Spring is finally here. We have color in the yard. I’ve been waiting.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy!

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Beauteous. My father called them “weeds.”

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The first of many to bloom. See that hedge back there? All Rhodies.

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Our beautiful Vinca

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Oops…how did that get in here?! (To be truthful, winter was SO long this year…I’ll take any color.)

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Began with cleaning up my greenhouse. Those weeds below are GONE!

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And look what I found. Hundreds of them, on both sides. They come inside and even though the door is open–in fact, there is no door–they can’t get out (or choose not to).

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Signs of activity, then and now. The favorite tree for Woodpeckers.

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Yep, part of my trail. It was worse.

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Aging green houses, and part of my coveted trail.

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Guess who with her favorite tree?

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Only ONE of our green houses took a hit in Portland’s recent wind storm. One.

And, the best for last. Can you tell what this is?

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These were just the ticket, the boost I needed, to get back outside. They are parked safely inside the kitchen door, ready for me at a moment’s notice. They bring out the funky in me. It’s been a very long winter, but I’m ready to get my fingers dirty.

If you can’t find me, I’ll be out back. 😉

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”

~ Robin Williams

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  24 comments for “It’s time for funky

  1. May 2, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Spring is a wonderful time of regeneration.. I hope you’re feeling revived and regenerated too Karen! Great to see you back on the blog.. xx

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    • May 4, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Thanks, Wendy. I am here, just not posting daily. When it’s sunny…I’m toast here. 😉

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      • May 4, 2017 at 3:06 pm

        I’ve been a bit ‘lapse’ with posting recently.. not for the want of trying it’s just that I’m trying to get the new ‘self hosted’ up and running properly.. I’m glad your back though Karen even if you are ‘toast’!! xx

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        • May 6, 2017 at 11:27 am

          Yep, a bit absent. It’s been sunny. 🙂 Hope it’s going well. 🙂


  2. Amy
    April 13, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Great photos—just starting to be spring here in MA.

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    • April 13, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks, Amy. I’m itchin’ to get my fingers dirty. Truly. It’s been a very long and nasty winter here. Not our usual. Was great to finally get outside again. Have a great weekend. 🙂

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  3. April 13, 2017 at 8:55 am

    wonderful gallery. I specially like the quote from Rainer Maria Rilke, he’s my favorite poet and I always look for poems or quotes.

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    • April 13, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you, and me, too: I love Rilke. Your photos and jewelry are beautiful. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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    • April 14, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      P.S. I don’t often come across many people who know who Rilke is, so I must ask: Which is your favorite Rilke poem? 🙂

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      • April 14, 2017 at 9:37 pm

        I don’t really have a favorite, I love his poems about flowers, nature and feelings. I just bought seven books with poems by him, but didn’t find the time yet to read them. I usually look in the internet for English translations as my mother tongue is German. I found a very capable translator by this called James Burnham who sent several poems he translated to me. Regards Mitza

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        • April 19, 2017 at 1:01 pm

          He was one of the very best. My daughter and I love the f0llowing: “The only journey is the one within.” RMRilke 🙂

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          • April 19, 2017 at 10:06 pm

            That’s wonderful. Everything he wrote was somehow enchanted. Have a nice day, regards Mitza

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  4. April 13, 2017 at 6:53 am

    There’s nothing quite so cheerful as the colors of Spring!

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  5. April 12, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Well looky here!! I’ve been wondering about you, girl. Thought maybe you gave this up. Beautiful pictures. Isn’t it crazy how much we miss the simple colors of yellow, purple, and pink in the middle of winter? Spring is such a welcome sight. I’m excited to eat Rolos and imagine that you are growing some nice vegetable in your green house.

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    • April 13, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      Yep, I’m here. Kind of where you were a while back….no words. Lots of reflecting. Old Man Winter won’t let go here and we’ve seen all kinds of wintry weather long past its normal time. My trail is a swamp. 😦 But, those clogs! Are they not the best? When I saw them I knew they were mine. 🙂 I have spinach, lettuce, thyme, basil, and two flats of wild flowers coming up. Can’t wait for more. Will share photos soon. ❤ Thanks for stopping by. How are YOU?

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      • April 13, 2017 at 4:56 pm

        No words is good sometimes. The resting and nesting thing. I am so excited that you have all those plants coming up. Sounds like you’ve had a long winter. It’s been gray and cold here, finally got some sun and 70’s. Halleluia. Yes, those clogs rock! Now I want some. Bet they are fun for puddle jumping. I am doing pretty good. This house is a total disaster. I am sorting stuff and packing. We have carpet guy coming next Thursday and my folks are going to help us paint next weekend. We got our lake cabin listed with the realtor 2 weeks ago, man getting that ready was a ton of work! Whew all this talk about moving makes me want to take a nap!!!

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        • April 14, 2017 at 2:08 pm

          That’s exactly what I’ve been doing: resting and nexting–perhaps too much. 😉 Yes, I see that you are about to move. I know how exhausting that can be…hang in there. Moving is the perfect excuse for the house to be a “disaster,” and you should milk that as long as you can….hee hee. On the other hand, I’m quite sure (rumor, not personal experience) that a bag (or two) of Rolos will perk you right up! 🙂 ❤

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