Sunny Sunday, 4-14-24

It was the perfect day – 72 degrees and no wind! After church I decided to start on the porch. I’m ready for the power washer next.

Reader photos:

Vintage Country Threads fabric on the back!

So remember Points of Interest last winter? Now we’re going to do outdoor and spring points of interest. How do your flower beds look? Yard? Outdoor patios? Lawn????? We all start over every spring unless you live in such a warm climate that you don’t need to winterize. Here’s my porch while I was cleaning it today – wish I had thought to take this picture before I moved out two huge wood boxes!

The outdoor covers are still on – maybe tomorrow we can do that.

I will take a couple more pictures tomorrow of some very messy areas that require clean up. We’ll do this again mid summer when everything is at its best. You in?

Signing off…..

37 thoughts on “Sunny Sunday, 4-14-24

  1. Arrowhead Gramma

    We had snow showers off and on all day in the 30’s. This is the fourth weekend in a row with snow related weather here in the SoCal mountains. Enjoy your blue skies and sunny days.

  2. Diane, Squeak, & Buddy in Central Ohio

    Sounds like a fun idea, Mary. My husband is the gardener and I am the admirerer—LOL. Is that a word?
    We worked on the Shibumi today. When it is finished I will send a picture. It has two huge fabrics that are 6 to 7 yards long. Interesting project. 77* here today. Wind and storms coming.

  3. Susan K in Iowa(Texas)

    We drove up to Iowa today. The temps in Texas, Oklahoma, and Iowa where our boys are were all the same this morning at 71 degrees. Not often that happens.
    Back in Texas “The Great Aloe Migration” is taking place. That is what my sisters call the moving of aloes from greenhouses to the yard. I’ve got half of them moved.
    I love the enjoyment of summer but the prepping for winter and prepping for spring are always chores I dread. The best part is that they are done during the mostly pleasant temps (not too hot and not too cold)

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan – I aim for May 1 – Mothers Day to move them out. I will need help this year – Sam to the rescue!

  4. Diane in Colorado

    Ahhhh. Porch season! I always enjoy seeing the transformation of your porch space!

  5. Jeanie S, Central IL

    Your porch is great; it is wonderful you have that lovely place to enjoy.
    Our high was 84 today; that is just not right! We are also to have storms on Tuesday-crazy spring weather.
    A couple years ago we ordered six phlox plants, 3 pink and 3 periwinkle. I about gave up on them, as they were quite pathetic. The three periwinkle look great this year; we are down to two pink, but I am hopeful they hang in there. Clearly, there are no green thumbs at our house.
    Thanks, Mary 🥰

  6. Kris in WI

    I am so guilty of “porch envy!” I’ll just have to enjoy yours and everyone else’s, I guess. (smiling).
    The amaryllis are lovely. Are they planted outside? Where? And spring note paper. How cool!
    I would send a picture of my front “garden”, but I don’t have a cell phone and can’t work my husband’s fancy cameras. And… not everyone enjoys dandelions like I do! There are a few violets tucked in here and there, the hosta is emerging, and there are still a few lilies that come up. So, pardon the weeds, we’re feeding the bees! Kris

  7. Kim from Wi

    Your porch is the perfect place to spend the summer months. I don’t envy you all the work getting it ready or closing it up. We have a small concrete patio that we spend early mornings on. It only holds 2 chairs and a small table. I have a flower planter outside that I shall plant Zinnia seeds in. The butterflies and bees love those flowers. I look forward to seeing everyone’s posts and how does their garden/flowerpots grow.

  8. Shirley Andersen Smith

    Ok Mary,
    I will take some pics of the lawn bags etc sitting at street for pick up end of month. I have to get the whole yard done by then. So far, front back raked, leaves, picked up also catmint trimmed and put in those bags. Photos tomorrow.
    Shirley from central Oregon

  9. Carolyn in NE Illinois

    I live in an apartment and have a balcony. I’ve always had planters with various flowers, etc. Last season the squirrels destroyed them and have been using the balcony as their personal playground ever since. Maybe I’ll try fake plants this season LOL

  10. Carolyn Boutilier

    Mary , I see you received Super Women Heroes. Even here in the valley people were following Caitlin.We both had the same weather today. Wonderful to be outside. I made up the nectar for the hummingbirds and the feeder is hanging off the deck. I set it so we can watch them from inside the house. The tomatoes seeds I started the plants were getting large so I pottered them into a larger pot. Not safe to set outside just yet. I put them on the deck for now and if we get a freeze I can bring them inside. Usually about the second week of May it safe to put the plants in the ground. Carolyn b Shenandoah Valley VA

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carolyn – yes, I got it and loved it!! I hung it with my other CC clippings. Thank you – she continues to entertain me and many others, doesn’t she?

  11. Martha W in WY

    Since spring is this warm, I hate to think about what our summer temperatures will be. I admire the fact that you have a porch. So many people have enclosed theirs so they actually have another room. I don’t have a porch or patio. With all the wind we get things just blow away if not tied or nailed down. HA!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Martha – in the middle of the winter I long to have my porch glassed in but the following spring I just know it couldn’t feel the same to just open those windows – so I don’t consider it any more. I’m looking for some shelves of some kind to put out there – I might have to go shopping!!!

  12. Jan Swanda

    I love pictures of your activities – reminds me of the two summers when my friend, Carol & I came to your retreats in the hayloft of your barn. So much fun!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jan – I wish we could do that again but I couldn’t go up and down those steps 20 times a day.

  13. Kathy in western NY

    Love to see outdoor spaces your readers enjoy. We like watching birds flutter around our feeder so we all have our favorite spots to bring spring into our lives. I’m even happy seeing a picnic table at this time of year knowing good meals are going to be shared at one. We’re going to be warm tomorrow so will get outside again.
    The wool bowlies Moe made are so cute. Lucky her to have some of your vintage fabric but at least it is being used and not sitting in a stash like my one piece is. Good idea to use for backing of a pillow.

  14. Donna Jo

    Love Moe’s appliqué pillows especially the skates. I love the look of appliqué and took several classes but I stink at it. Thanks for the new hummingbird photo. Enjoy your big screened in porch Mary. Great place to have some “ice tea” after working outside.☺️ Dan made some homemade beer. I bought him a kit years ago and he finally had time to use it since he retired. It was a lot of work for only 7 bottles but he said he will do it again. I am not a beer drinker but he said it’s good beer.

    1. Pat in AZ

      Donna Jo, my husband decided he was going to make wine. Neither of us drink wine but sure, why not? Along the way something got turned around (directions? Who needs directions?) and it ended being about 200 proof. Best moonshine out there!

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna Jo – making beer. I can’t think of a bigger waste of time, haha! Give me a Busch Light only. People have given us craft beer as a gift and we can’t stand it – I could easily quit drinking beer if it were my only choice. Isn’t making beer a lot of work? Even with a kit? Isn’t retirement great – having time to do things!

      1. Donna Jo

        Mary it was a lot of work brewing that beer but he enjoyed it. Yes retirement has been wonderful! All my neighbor ladies told me it was going to be awful when my husband retired! He was going to be under my feet and in my way!☺️ It’s been great; especially since he long arms!

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Donna Jo – I side with the neighbor ladies – need I say more? 😠

    3. Moe in NE IL

      Donna Jo, my mother told the story that during prohibition her father would send her to the store for a cake of yeast, but she would eat it by the time she got home so needed another nickel to go again. He would make his beer in the bath tub!

      Thanks for the compliment on my bowl fillers, it’s a Karen Yaffe pattern. I like easy hand projects for when I’m on the go.

      1. Donna Jo

        Moe I love the smell of yeast but can’t imagine eating it! Your grandpa must have made a huge amount of beer! Dan’s beer all fit in a gallon jug to brew. Your bowl fillers are tiny then! I thought they were pillows; so cute!

  15. Vicki Ibarra

    The hummingbirds have really grown. Love the outdoor pictures. I think your idea of showing spring/summer outdoor points of interest sounds like we will see a variety of color, vegetation, and treasures.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Vicki – yes, I hope so! I know I’m interested and I know you will be, too.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Vicki – the picture of the hummingbirds was actually last week but I forgot to post it so I’ll bet they’ve flown the coop by now.

  16. NancyTD

    My flower gardens are a mess—working on them. Iris didn’t bloom last year because they are too thick. Digging them up and thinning them out. Doubt they will bloom this year. Weeds are growing very well!
    We had 3 deer in my vegetable garden last night. Nothing planted yet. Hope that isn’t a sign they will be back to eat everything I plant!
    Your chicks look good. Heard on the news that eggs could be $5 a dozen soon because another outbreak of bird flu. You will have gold!
    Lucky to have a covered porch even though it is a lot of work. Soon you can sit and enjoy a tea!!!
    I’m going to work outside today. Rain and possible thunderstorms for the next two days. Then back to chilly temps again.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      NancyTD – I’m going to try to plant the peas today because it’s going to rain and turn cool – just what peas love!

  17. Linda in So CA

    The hummingbirds are still in the nest & flapping their wings. I think they will leave the nest later this week. It is cold, wet & rainy – not good flying weather! Will take more pictures before they leave. They are well fed & there’s quite a mess to clean up. Lots of flowers blooming & the orange tree is in full bloom.

    1. Vicki Ibarra

      I would love to see your blooming flowers and trees. We are still early spring where I live. Daffodils are blooming and perennials are poking through the ground. But not much color yet.

  18. Jan Hebert

    Oh my goodness, that hummingbird nest! I must have missed the first photos. We haven’t seen any yet in our area of New England but they’re on their way, I’m sure! I’ve always wished I could find their nest – we usually have at least one male guarding the feeder. He stays quite close so I’m pretty sure his nest is nearby. We have an enclosed breezeway between the garage and the house. I’ve always wished it was a bit bigger but it is what it is. Probably 10 by 11. Just big enough for the vintage metal based, glass topped table with it’s four chairs and the two bigger chairs that match. We got that set at a yard sale years and years ago! I’ve got a really big glass doored cabinet out there that has my wool stash in it that I would like to move somewhere – question is, where?! Thinking more and more about moving my sewing room from upstairs in the small bedroom that it’s in down to the basement where there is plenty of room. It’s a walkout so plenty of natural light but it will take a lot of work. There’s hardly any electric outlets down there and no heat but there is a flue in the base of the chimney that could be used someday…just takes $$$! Beautiful day today, going to do more weeding and day dreaming about nice weather to come. Enjoy your week, everyone! Jan in MA

  19. Launa

    Lucky me when a Hummingbird had a nest in a little Bottle Brush tree right outside my big kitchen window. Mother wasn’t frightened by us! Two hatched 🐣 while we watched!

    41o up here. Haven’t seen Hummers here yet, but they are attracted by red clothing.

    Snow on ground is still melting and the pond is thawing more!


  20. Carolyn in GA

    In my neck of the woods, SW of the Atlanta Airport about 18 miles, it is green all over, in full bloom and the wisteria growing in the forests has been spectacular, the azaleas are absolutely in full bloom and today’s temp. is 80 deg. My garden is up and doing its thing; okra, green beans, spinach, carrots, onions, tomatoes, peppers , radishes, sunflowers, and the marigolds to keep the bugs away. It is amazing how you can almost see things growing when the temperature rises. HAPPY SPRING!

  21. Tina W in Oregon

    Everyone’s yards and weather are so different. It’s fun to read about what it’s like in different areas. It’s still too cold to plant much outside here yet. Our daffodils are about gone but the tulips are putting on a show right now. Today has been really windy all day long. Can’t do much outside so have to stay in and sew. Oh darn! 😉

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