Friday, April 17, 2015

Cold nights here!

Here in the Upper Midwest, we are used to waiting for seasonal changes.
The daytime temperatures are on the rise, but the nights are still dipping below the freezing mark.
I don't have any flowers blooming here at the Lakehouse.
The local greenhouses aren't open until the end of the month.
Even though the geese are starting to couple up, this goose seems to still be searching for a mate.

Hopefully he will find one soon, because he's NOT in a very good mood!
I was looking around the gardens for some Grape Hyacinths, and this grumpy goose let me know he was in no mood for me to be getting any closer than 20 feet to him!

I went back to the porch, and finished cleaning it up, and getting it ready for the pots of perennials that grace the potting bench, and window boxes for the Spring, and Summer months.

So now we are waiting for the night time temps to catch up to the day time warmth.
The birds are still singing for mates.
The geese still honking for partners.
The frogs chirping for someone to get together with.
And the ducks quacking for other ducks.
It's a ZOO out there!!

Even Woody sits at the sun porch screen window in wait....not for a mate....he doesn't have the "parts". 
No, he's watching the Robins hopping around on the grass just a few feet from his face.
It's like the confessional booth at church. He can talk to the bird, but he can't touch it.
Woody can plead all he wants, but the bird just does whatever he is supposed to be doing.
  Head hanging low. Almost feeling ashamed, or a failure....Woody ends up slowly turning away from the sliding screen. Walking off to meditate, alone with his thoughts... 
Seems like we are all waiting for something here at the Lakehouse.
Have a happy weekend!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Springtime temps at last!!!

The long wait for warm Springtime temps is over for us here at the Lakehouse.
What a glorious weekend we've had!
Sunshine, and warm breezes blew in the weather we've been waiting for.

People have been outside all weekend.
Working in their yards, walking, and riding their bikes.
My friend, Jen, and I took an enjoyable ride this afternoon.

It won't be long, and the canals will be busy with boaters again.
We will be packing up, and heading out to the big lake for long afternoons of fun, and relaxation.

In the evenings, the canals will be full of boats lazily riding up, and down....soaking up the last hours of sunlight.
Enjoying every moment of Spring, and Summer with family and friends.

The Crappie are in the canals.
That means the fishermen are out in full force!
It's a joyful time of year here at the lake.
The frogs are waking from their Winter slumber.
They will be singing in the evening, and into the night.
As we are lulled to sleep by the gentle sounds of the frogs....we are assured of the sweet melodies of the Morning Doves as we greet each new day.....welcome Spring.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Just waiting for the warmth of Spring.

The ice has finally thawed off the canals, and the grass is just starting to green up here at the Lakehouse.  While waiting for the flowers to poke their heads through the dirt on the outside. I decided it was time to bring out the faux flowers on the inside of the house.
One of the first things to make an appearance was the fairy garden. I love the wired dragon flies. Their wings open and close, just like they are drying their wings while sitting on a water lily out on the water in the sun.

There are three dragon flies in the fairy garden.
Watching for intruders.

I added a few more tiny shells, and some sea glass this year.

More lavender was added, as well.

This nice sheet of birch was found in a shop last year.
I thought the fairies could use it to build something this summer.
We'll see what they come up with.

.......and look who I spotted hanging out on the sun porch this afternoon.
Do you suppose she's waiting for some sunshine, and warmer weather?

Her sister was also sitting nearby.
I think they are as anxious for the warmth of Spring to arrive as I am!!
It shouldn't be much longer.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

He is Risen!!

Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear Witness unto the Truth. Every one that is of the Truth heareth My voice. John 18:37.

But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre.  And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou?  She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou?  She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
Jesus saith unto her, Mary.
She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni: which is to say, Master.
Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not: For I am not yet ascended to my Father: But go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father, and my God, and your God. 
John 20:11-17.
He is risen!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring has returned to the Lakehouse.

The Robins have returned, and the Red winged Blackbirds are calling for mates.
Small flocks of Geese are flying north almost daily.
The ice in front of the dock has the familiar waffle pattern, a sure sign that Spring has arrived here at the Lakehouse.

We are still experiencing temperatures that fluctuate between freezing, and 60 degrees....but I am optimistic that will change soon.

It's crunch time for getting those last few projects finished on our winter "to do" list.
Since rain is in the forecast for tomorrow, I should be able to check one of the projects off.

But.....just in case it doesn't rain the entire day....I will take my new bike out for a ride....just for a little while.
Whatever the weather....have a Joyous Easter, and Happy Spring!!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

New kitchen sink.

One more project crossed off the to do list!
The kitchen sink.
I forgot to take a picture of the black acrylic sink that was in me, it was a scratched up mess!

The new one is porcelain, and large enough to bathe a baby in!
LOVE it!

Home Goods, and TJ Maxx carries the neat glass soap, and dish soap bottles that I really like.
The lavender dish soap is the best!

Hobby Lobby carries some nice decorative pieces, and I found the one we put on the front of the cupboard there.
I plan to fill in between the faux brick with mortar before warm project on the to do list.
We are crossing things off the list as we go.
Hopefully we will be finished before warm weather is here to stay.
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Gentle Thunder.

There are many reasons God saves you: to bring glory to Himself, to appease His justice, to demonstrate His sovereignty. But one of the sweetest reasons God saved you is because He is fond of you. He likes having you around. He thinks you are the best thing to come down the pike in quite a while....

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.  Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart...

Face it, friend, He's crazy about you.

(A Gentle Thunder by Max Lucado.)
I do not think it was coincidence that I picked up this book and turned to this page just before I started to write my post for today. 
Someone needed to hear this. I truly believe that.
I haven't read this little book for a long time!  I cannot believe I would just happen to turn to the page that says March 10th, either. 
For whoever He is speaking blessed. I know I was when I read it.