Sunday, March 23, 2014

I'm Still Here!



Winter is fighting to keep a toehold on our landscape as long as it can. There's still a good six inches of ice-covered snow on the yard, though where a path was shoveled and wherever a tree is growing, the snow has receded, baring patches of wet earth and last year's dead grasses. A last (one hopes!) winter storm is due Tuesday over Wednesday and then temperatures will soar into the 60s.

Snowdrops are blooming on the south side of the house and the first of the daffodil leaves are emerging at the end of the drain spout. Once the snow has disappeared the bluebells will bloom in profusion, followed by tulips, hyacinth, and masses of daffodils. I can get drunk on flowers just by walking out my front door. Along the roadsides the leafless coltsfoot will appear and soon the meadows will be dotted with dandelions. The air will be sweet and warm and I will be out of doors from dawn till dusk!

I am still caring for the granddaughters three days a week. The Bean is 3-1/2, in pre-school and can point out all the continents on the big map pinned to the dining room wall, count to twenty, and write her name legibly. She sings when she plays and makes up scenarios for her dolls in which she changes voices. Baby Lily is now a toddler, learning to string words together to make sentences and is constantly on the move. The only time she sits quietly is when she is tired and wants to read. She loves books, just like her Nini. To be such an intimate part of their growing up is a gift I open every day.

My blogging and reading of blogs has taken a back seat and for that I am sorry. A multitude of errands and sheer weariness often keep me away from the computer when I'm here at the cottage. I know you are all out there living and writing about your lives and I miss the contact. But, summer is coming, and school vacations for both grands and my daughter. I shall catch up with you all then!

10 comments:

Brian Miller said...

ah what a gift definitely to be a part of their growing up...and how important to have all generations in the lives of our kids...we each have something to teach them...hope you get a little rest along the way...ha...they will wear you out....supposed to snow here on tuesday...maybe the last gasp of winter....

Tabor said...

Blogging is strictly voluntary. Do not understand why people feel that they cannot take breaks now and again. My daffodils are up and fat with pending blooms!!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Hi Pauline, It's such a treat to spend time with the kids, even when they wear you out.
Don't worry about blogging, we'll be here when you have time.
xo jj

Barbara Shallue said...

Don't worry about us! Enjoy this time with those precious babies. Do sneak us a photo of those bluebells when they bloom, though....

Hilary said...

Oh Pauline, don't apologize for spending time with those wonderful grandkidlets. Enjoy the spring-like weather. I'm envious of that. Just enjoy.

Marc Leavitt said...

Hi Pauline:

We're a little behind you here in NJ (250 miles behind), but this has been the winter that was. I went through Basic Training at Fort Dix (NJ) in 1962-63 during a winter just like the one we've had, and I've lived to tell about it.

Why don't you use your present situation (granchildren, weather, busy, tired) for a new poem?

Regards,

Marc

Star said...

I think you do wonders with your grand-daughters. I have had to cut back on my duties in that direction because it was all getting too much. Take care and don't overdo it.
The snowdrops are lovely aren't they.

Michael Manning said...

No worries. The cool thing about blogging is that it will always be here to catch up!

Reya Mellicker said...

Apologies are never necessary here!

Pauline said...

Thank you all - will return to posting soon, I hope!