Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pretty Spring Pics, and a Raffle for Charity!

First of all, for the second year in a row, Ian and I are walking in Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Ian is so adorable (the camera loves this kid!), all I have to do is send his picture, and everyone gives money to his walk, but I am not so adorable, so I have to entice people other ways. Here's the deal: go to my website and donate to Autism Speaks, and if you give your name I will enter you in a raffle for the cute summery throw pillows and embroidered tote below, shipping paid in continental US.

Even if you're not able to make a donation right now, please visit our site and see our picture and message about why we're walking!

Now, on to some pics! Spring weather is finally here (although actually it's been cool the last few days), and I've been tending to the yard and watching things come up. For starters, my hostas are going wild already as usual.

The little hydrangea that I planted last year, that had turned into a pathetic little stick that I feared had died over the winter, has come back looking lovely and healthy and seems to be starting to grow some blooms.

Here is a picture of my beautiful red azalea bush as promised, although I have to confess the picture did not come out the way I had hoped---it looks much pinker than the brilliant red that it actually is.

Ian and I also planted some tomato, pepper, and herb seeds. Here, some of the herb mix we planted comes up in a pot. I think maybe these little seedlings are basil.

While we're waiting for other seeds and bulbs to come up, we have also planted some annuals in pots.

For some reason, I can't find any hooks to hang the hanging baskets up on. I'll have to keep looking. I still need to clean the pollen off the front porch from the tremendous swelling of tree pollen we got last month.

Here is our new windchime that I couldn't resist because it reminded me of my home state of Texas. I'll hang it up properly, along with the hanging baskets, once I find some hooks.

Ian got into the action, picking out and "planting" this pinwheel in the flower beds.

Although we do live in the 'burbs now, we are compensated by a few simple pleasures like the gorgeous sunsets we occasionally get from the front porch.

Finally, I wanted to take you inside to see my little bunnies. I took the rest of the Easter decorations down, but I love these little bunnies so much I thought I would leave them out until spring is officially over!


TinaTx said...

Your hostas and hydrangea look great! I lost my hostas (at the old house) to underground vermin but I'm hoping to get some planted here soon. I also had planted a hydrangea and it had quite a few blooms last year - I'm going to plant those here too - soon!
Stop back by - I posted pictures of my man!

TinaTx said...

Thanks for stopping by, Kathy!
My 'kids' are more than into theater - they both got degrees in theater and plan to 'make a living' at it! Scary thought on mom's part, but that is what they want to do. When baby boy was in high school and told me 'acting was not something he did, but who he was' I knew he was serious about it. At least he knows what he wants and is going for it - gotta give him credit for that!