Signs of Life

Guess where I am right now?  Oh… just OUTSIDE!  Hey, this is a big deal, up until just the other day, we’ve been buried under snow here it seems like for freaking ever!  But not anymore, it’s an absolutely gorgeous morning and I’m writing this from the patio.  I’m really distracted at the moment though because  I can hear a Goldfinch singing somewhere close by and I’m trying to see where it is.  I’ve got my camera armed and ready in case it comes this way.  I adore Goldfinches, they’re so bright and cute, and sing such a sweet little melody.  I’m hearing a literal symphony of various bird songs right now actually, and it’s beautiful!  There’s one I can’t identify, so I’ll have to set out on a mission later to find out what kind of bird it is.  I’ve been an avid bird watcher for many years so it’s surprising and interesting to me that I come across one near my own backyard that I don’t recognize the song of.

I can also hear my kitty singing a sad lament just inside the back door.  She’s used to me having my morning coffee and writing in my room where she can be near me.  Poor thing sounds really distressed.  With no claws, she’s strictly an indoor cat, but I do have a little leash that I could put on her so she could come out here with me some mornings.  I’ll have to look into that for the future, it’s hard to concentrate with her in there crying.

Look at this cute picture I took of her the other day.  She looked so adorable laying there napping, I just had to take her picture.  But I accidentally woke her.  Oops.  😉


Imagine this sweet little creature crying by the door and you’d have a hard time concentrating too.  She’s sooo cute.  ♥


Okay, so now if I can get passed all of these distractions.

Wait, just one more, my coffee cup is empty…

Yesterday morning I came outside to have my coffee as well and it was so wonderful.  Of course, first I had to drag one of the big heavy wrought iron patio chairs out of storage from the garage so I’d have somewhere to sit, but after that I just sat out here and relished being outdoors after being cooped up inside for so many months.  I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m so very thankful for my five senses, every one of them is in complete overdrive right now and I’m loving it!

After I’d finished my coffee I set out on an adventure to investigate for signs of life around here.  I mean in the way of the green and growing things.  It’s really something how much a person can miss the color green.  My gardeners heart has been longing for it for quite some time now, and it’s such a relief to finally find some.

This may not look like much of a big deal to anyone else, but it is to me.  Look… GREEN GRASS!


Yes, I took a picture of it, and I’m sure I looked pretty silly crawling around on the ground doing so too.  😉  I know I may sound a bit overly excited (about grass, of all things), but maybe if we approached more of these simple things in life with more of a sense of wonder, we just might find ourselves being happier people.  I know it’s that way for me.


I also found a few other little ‘lifes’ poking out from the ground.

Such as these Lily of the Valley that my Grandma planted next to this house over 70 years ago…


These too, may not look like much right now, and they were so small it was hard to photograph them, but once they fill in, they’ll completely smother one half of the side of the house, and omygosh it’s so gorgeous!


Lily of the Valley have always been one of my favorite flowers, with their delicate little white bells and their amazing fragrance, but these particular ones are even more precious to me because my Grandma planted them.  I never knew her, she died when I was just a few months old, but a part of her still remains in these lovely flowers she planted all those years ago.  I’m sure she never imagined that her Granddaughter and even her Great Granddaughter (my Daughter) would be here in the future enjoying them.  ♥

Just goes to show… we never know all the ways in which our lives may touch future generations, do we?   We can only hope to leave something beautiful behind…

I never knew when I put in the flower bed here for my Mom on a Mother’s Day over 15 years ago that I would be back living here one day and enjoying it as my own right along with her.  As I sat here yesterday I was acutely aware of that fact.  It’s quite an amazing thing to be able to look back and see how certain things we did in the past can become a part of our future.  The “seeds” we sow and the things we “plant” as we go along our way in life truly are important in the grand scheme of it all.

Sounds like maybe some of the “Signs of Life” I discovered yesterday were more than just the green and growing things I found ay?  I like when that happens.  😀

One of the other green things I found coming back to life were the Sedum that I planted for my mom in that flower bed all those years ago.  They too were still so tiny that I had a hard time getting a decent picture, but I bet with the gorgeous weather this weekend they’ll be shooting up much more here really soon.



And I also found some random bulbs that I don’t remember what they are sprouting up, it’ll be a fun surprise to find out.



Well, with my coffee now drained, I find my laptop battery is too, so I guess that’s all for now.  It’s really amazing what nice weather can do to lift ones spirits and it’s so wonderful to see all these signs of life around me.

I’m excited to be able to start planting soon.


~Gardening is my therapy~


12 responses to “Signs of Life

  1. I’m experiencing every sensual aspect of Spring as well. I’ve also been listening to the birds sing and noticing how many varieties there are in the yard. I haven’t seen the rabbits but they have left traces, one being little digging holes & some roots dug at (or maybe its the squirrels). My indoor plants are getting some mid afternoon sun now. The warmth of the sun is a joyful experience all its own. I hope to be grilling soon too. I can’t wait to see pictures of your garden as it starts to bloom. Do you have any bird houses or feeders out?


    • It’s so wonderful to finally have good weather here isn’t it?! Glad to hear you are enjoying it too, Cher! I smelled a waft of someone grilling yesterday and it smelled amazing, made my mouth water. I don’t have any bird houses and only have just the one suet feeder out there, I was looking around for places to put more feeders yesterday, but I’m not really seeing any suitable places, so I’ll probably just have the hummingbird and oriole feeders out there again, hopefully I get some this year. 😀


  2. Love it, thank you!!!!!


  3. Wonderful news Julie! Outside – it is beyond belief! It makes Spring all the more wonderful when you have had to wait so long for it. Lovely to see this post and know that you are getting out into the garden. You are so right, gardening really is the best therapy. Enjoy! Much love xx


    • It really is so wonderful to be able to be outdoors again, I’m totally in my element right now being out there amongst all the living things, it’s so renewing and I’m feeling so thankful. Coffee on the patio again for me this morning! 😀 Much love to you too, Ruth, ♥ hope you are doing well.xx


  4. Indeed spring has arrived. The wisteria is within days of blooming and the birds have been looking at the bird house to see if it is suitable for raising a family. It is all warm enough to watch this from the porch swing…


    • Oh, wisteria in bloom must be so beautiful! I’m a bit envious of you there, it doesn’t grow here. How wonderful to sit out on the porch swing and watch the birds, enjoy yourself Charlie! 🙂


  5. I’ve said it before, Julie, I LOVE your pictures! Happy Spring time!


    • I’ve said it before too, Yaz, I’m so glad you liked them! And I sincerely am, I enjoy taking them so much and it really means a lot to know that others like them too, so thank you for telling me, I appreciate it! 🙂 Yay, spring has finally sprung here, a happy springtime to you too Yaz!


  6. It’s always fun to see those spring bulbs come up every year–I never get tired of seeing that!


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