March 31st

Friday, March 31st, 2017

I think they’re starting to get used to me.

Every year, we have the same pair of swans that nest behind our house. Within the last few days they’ve been keeping other large waterfowl off of the pond, trumpeting and shaking out their wings when other Swan pairs fly over. When they start getting territorial like that, that usually means she’s getting ready to lay her eggs. They also aren’t as shy – I walked right up to them and they only looked at me curiously then went back to feeding. Here’s hoping they have a large brood this spring!

March 29th

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

I love these boys so much!

It is the best day of spring – the day where we officially “open” the outdoor arena. Our stipulations for opening? The ground is no longer frozen, and the moisture level is workable.

Why is this the best day of spring? Because th boys run and run and run. They kick up their heels, rear, buck, race. They shake out their manes and act like foals again. Spring fever isn’t just a human thing, the horses feel it too. When we walked past the indoor arena out the sliding door, they had a spring in their step. They love being able to stretch their legs and play.

Being able to watch so much unrestrained joy in an animal so large? Best. Day.

March 28th

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

This bun was a happy bun this morning.

Since this trip was planned in under 12 hours, we kind of had to leave him hanging with a sitter (Thanks Steph!). When we came in the door today, he ran to meet us. After we all got settled back in, Paul and I thought the house seemed quiet – and we couldn’t see Burke. Immediately suspicious, we started searching, and found him like this. Basking in the sun, totally relaxed. Oh my heart!

March 27th

Monday, March 27th, 2017

When your day starts out like this, it’s a good day.

We drove Grandma up to the main office this morning, and while we were waiting for her to finish her business, this Osprey flew over the car with a fish in his grip. I rushed for my camera, and was over the moon excited when he circled back to perch in the tree above us and enjoy his catch.

This quick trip down here has not been for the lack of wildlife. On the golf course later we came across a blue heron perched in a tree, and at our hotel tonight on our way to the hot tub, we turned a corner and came face to face with a raccoon wandering our hotel’s outdoor hallways. Paul and I had a good laugh over the raccoon – as surprising as it was, it was a comical way to end our trip. The best part? Paul called down to the front desk to let them know about the raccoon and that doors going into the building were open so he could potentially wander in, and the lady who answered the phone was completely unphased. Maybe he had a room rented?

March 26th

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

I’m not a reptile person.

That being said, I was entranced by the geckos that seemed to be EVERYWHERE. Maybe it was their small size, or their reaction to run away from me, but they became a game for me. Hide-and-seek, Where’s Waldo, etc. When Paul and I took some time to sit by the pool today, Paul nudged me awake and pointed out this little guy sitting on the fence watching us. (Yes, I brought my camera to the pool. Yes, I got weird looks.) He was such a gentleman; he sat and humored me while I sat in my swimsuit poolside giggling over this quirky little creature.

March 25th

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Remember how I said I was terrified of Sandhill Cranes? I guess you just have to know the right guy for the job.

My grandma lives in a gated retirement community in central Florida. I haven’t visited her down there in at least 7 years, so I did not remember the amount of wildlife their park has. Alligators, Egrets, Osprey, and Sandhill Cranes all call the park home, and because they are used to living among people, they are willing to hang around and humor me while I photograph them. One of the pairs of Cranes had a baby, and when he walked into the light one morning, I had to photograph him.

March 24th

Friday March 24th, 2017

Sunny Orlando.

Paul and I hopped on an early flight to Orlando this morning to come down and help my grandma with some health-related issues, and the people and the weather are so starkly different from home. It’s amazing how culture changes so drastically while still being a part of the same country.

March 22nd

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

This sweet old dog.

She just turned ten, and while she’s moving a little slower than she used to, her mind is still sharp. And in ten years, she’s NAILED the puppy dog guilt act. We’re farm sitting for my parents, and leaving this dog at the end of the day after doing evening chores has become a process. Lots and lots of snuggles. Followed by her whining and lots of guilt shaming eye contact. She knows I’m a softie. I think I got in and out of the truck to leave about three times tonight 🙄

March 21st

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

These little sprouts make me so happy!

Last year was our first spring in our house. One of our first projects was to make a large raised flower box to surround the base of our porch, and I loved filling it with flowers and nurturing them all summer. So this spring when all of the seeds and seed starters appeared at Menards, I filled my cart.

I finally planted the seeds that need an indoor start about a week ago, and it’s so satisfying to see them start to emerge!