March 2, 2012

March - A Look Ahead

Hello, March! I look forward to this month every year. Ever since moving from the Midwest to the South 35 years ago, March means spring. Glorious, sweet spring! The earth awakes from its slumber and changes its outfit for something more colorful. Ahhh… 

And with the advent of spring, we've been getting a few bad storms this past week in Tennessee. We’ve gotten through them okay. We have several daffodils blooming now at the cottage, and I hope to take a few photos of them as soon as it quits raining! Spring is here! Bradford pear trees are starting to bloom, and later will come the redbuds and dogwoods. As you can see, my blog got a spring decorating makeover too! 

We had one outside project planned last year, but we couldn’t get anybody to do the work. Such an incredible and funny thing in this bad economy! We finally have a company lined up to build a retaining wall for the front flowerbed on the left-hand side of the cottage. The project will start in a couple of weeks. And yes, I will be sure to document the event for you! 

This will be my last full month with the engineering consulting job. I’ll close up the laptop and quit editing/writing technical procedures in another five weeks. I will reclaim my retirement! My mental to-do list is growing. I’ve been putting things off and keeping tasks on the back burner for too long. I can almost reach out and grab the sweet freedom around the corner. 

I have two doctor appointments scheduled for this month: an annual physical and annual mammogram. The physical got done this morning, and the mammogram will be done next Friday. Speaking of health issues, my mom had a bit of a scare last month, but she is doing better now. Thank you for the prayers! Also, hubby is doing great with his bionic hip. We’ve been walking around the villa road (a big circle) regularly. I’m struggling to keep up with him sometimes! He’s still a bit sore. But it is amazing how well he is doing, especially since it hasn’t been quite 3 months since he had the surgery! 

If you are tired of seeing photos of Alaskan brown bears, you are not in luck. After a brief respite, the bear photos are coming back! I have a few personal favorites in the lineup, and some may end up being on your short list too. 

As a final bit of news, I just got informed from my blogging friend, Whitey of Skunk Hollow, that she saw my “weathered stone flag” photo in an advertisement this morning! It was used in a television ad for Senator Orrin Hatch and shown on Fox 13 in Salt Lake City! Gosh, I don’t know why I didn’t think about it being used for a political ad! ~thunk~ At least the photo is being used by the side that I usually support, LOL! Thanks, Whitey, for that eagle eye spotting and letting me know! The ad agency has offices in Las Vegas, Reno, Denver, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. So if you live in those areas, it might show up in other political ads! Please keep me posted!

P.S.  I found the ad!  I freely admit that I am squealing like a little kid here!


  1. how cool that your image is already being used!

    i mowed yard today and saw that our red bud and ornamental pear are both blooming. :)

  2. You're so busy busy! So glad to hear that your Mom is doing better and that your hubby's recovery is going well.
    That is SO cool about your photo. Just remember us little people when you go global. LOL!
    Sending big hugs to you my friend.

  3. I love that your image is being used and the context, too.

    I see a new header, which is so cool I don't know what it the black your interpretation of spring? Help me, I'm confused.

    So glad that everyone is vertical and doing well. Does your hubby say that it's been worth it all?

  4. Just watching the video now. That is SOOOO cool my friend. Your famous! YAY!!!

  5. Squeee! I'll squeal with you!! That is pretty awesome!!

  6. That is Fantastic Donna!!!! Great ad!!!!
    Worried about you two and all the tornados!!! Please keep your weather radio On!!!!!

  7. Way cool that it's already been spotted. Love the spring makeover

  8. Good to hear your mom is doing better. Way cool that your image is being used!!!

  9. {squeal} So excited for you! Spring is my favorite time of year!

    Im going to be trapped at work indoors during the best days of the year, while coworkers are out for health issues and spring break :(

    Congrats on retiring again!

  10. Great news that one annual is over for you and just one more to go. So happy to hear that your Mom and sweet husband are doing much better too. We will be looking forward to seeing the progress of your projects young lady! Happy weekend!

  11. You're definitely on a roll! Good going, girl.

    Now that your hubby is doing so well, and you with your knee I can tell you this. One of my friends from high school had to have 8 hip (not knee) replacements. I was with her in the rehab and couldn't believe how rough she'd had it. Infection after infection. Thank God she's finally doing better. If it comes to a time that I have to a "replacement" I'll stay away from the doctor and hospital that Bonnie went to.

    Your blog looks pretty! And, yes watch out for that weather, stay safe. We're getting high winds but no rain yet.


  12. Stumbled on your blog because of your name and am interested to read your post. Label me a new follower!!

  13. Hello There, Since I've been away from blogging for a week, I have alot of catching up to do. We had a wonderful trip to Arkansas --but it's great to visit with my blog friends. Hope things are going well with you.

    Congrats of having one of your images used in an ad.... NEAT!!!!

    We had a tornado in Cumberland County on Wed. night --but luckily, it wasn't near us. Too close for comfort though...

  14. That is awesome! And to think....I knew you when! How proud we all are! ♥ And happy to hear everyone is doing good...and that there are more bear photos! ♥

  15. Woohoo! great to see many are getting to enjoy your skills.


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