It has been cold, cold, cold here the last few days. And more of the same plus the possibility of sticking snow on Tuesday. March – in like a lion…… I am so ready for spring this year. My daffodils are coming up – no surprise there – but nothing else is budding out yet. Last year with the very mild winter everything came out way too early and when a not so late frost hit, a lot of the new growth died, never to be fully replaced. Add that to the last three years of moderate to severe drought, and I am hoping for some normal spring and summer weather for a change. Maybe the colder temperatures have killed off the tree scale, too. Aside from the damage to the trees, I really didn’t like walking under a shower of sticky insect poo to get down to the lake. It was that bad.
Yesterday Tom and Jerry, the male turkeys. made their way cautiously across the back yard at a somewhat leisurely pace. I haven’t seen much of them or the hens this winter. Ditto for the bucks. We have seen quite a few of the does and last year’s babies, but the bucks have been hiding out. Don’t know why.
The Canada geese have been moving about lately, but what I enjoy seeing are the transient ducks. We keep hoping some will stay for the summer, but no luck yet. Maybe we will put up some duck boxes on the other side of the lake. We have seen quite a few ring-necked ducks as well as the usual mallards this year.
I still feel like painting a bit so I have taken a small sculpture of herons I received as a gift many years ago and penciled it up. I will look at it tomorrow and see if I still like it the way it is. Sometimes the hardest thing for me is to start the inking. I get attached to the drawing and am “afraid” of ruining it.