bunnies, Dirty Dancing, gardening, healthy living, Hodgepodge, Ottawa Activities, Spring, Weight Watchers
Did you know Thursday marks the first day of spring?
As in TOMORROW!
I LOVE tomorrow! I mean, it’s only a day away and all that good stuff!
Given we’re still hitting the minus high teens Celsius up here this week when you factor in wind chills, it doesn’t really feel like it…
… but by this stage I’m taking any benchmarks, or signs, or, well ANYTHING that indicates the end of winter might be seriously nigh.
Joyce’s Hodgepodge this week over at From This Side of the Pond wants to know – among other things – about thoughts on Spring.
Given how freezingly (I SEE the red squiggle, but I’m MAKING that a word) cold this winter has been, I thought it gave me a great opportunity to help usher in and welcome the change of seasons here on the blog.
So with that said, let the homage begin:
1. Thursday marks the first day of spring…to celebrate would you rather plant a garden or go for a walk in the woods? Would either of those activities be possible on Thursday where you live?
Hmmm. First, given neither of these will be possible on Thursday where I live, let’s just enjoy a nice aspirational photo on this thought, shall we:
It’s a hard choice as I’d like to do both. But I’ve missed walks this winter. If I HAD to choose one, I’d go for a walk in the woods. I posted on last week’s Hodgepodge about Hogs Back, I’d like to spend time walking about there.
I also work right beside the Ottawa River. I’m looking forward to warmer weather so I can spend my lunch hours out walking along the bike paths by the river, and by the rock art exhibit at the Remic Rapids.
2. When did someone last spring something on you? (or when did you last spring something on someone?)
This question made me laugh because, well, this is my life. First off, I’m a parent of two kids under five, so between my kids springing never-ending rapid fire random demands at me (Let’s paint! Can we play Play Doh? Let’s go to the Train Museum! I want a bath? No! Let’s go outside! Can we get a dog?) or randomly doing odd things (ie: getting into my make-up and experimenting with the preschool goth look; creating “tape art” on the wall; or, collecting gravel for weeks and toting it around as a “jewel collection”); and the school or various programs sending home “notices” containing little notice (please send in a printed photo of your entire extended family TOMORROW that you are okay with us cutting up and destroying for a craft; “donate” $20 to random school drive X; dress your kid in random colour Y; please provide a plastic mug (which you don’t own) for hot chocolate, etc…) that keeps me on my toes.
My job is fairly reaction-oriented as well. I can plan ahead for some things. But last-minute requests? That’s just how we roll.
3. We often think of spring as a time for new beginnings. What’s something you’d like to start doing this spring?
I would like to re-start working on my garden this year. Both my flower garden and my vegetable garden. I did both quite well for the first three years we were in our home. And then, well: babies. Now that my eldest is four, I think she’d like to help with a vegetable garden, and I’d like to clean up our other ones which have really gone a bit wild over the last few years.
Here’s some garden shots from a few years back because yay Spring:
4. Where do you like to sit in a movie theatre? When did you last sit there, and what were you watching?
I like to sit in the centre of the theatre. As for what I saw last? It’s easily been over a year. I THINK I went to a special screening of Dirty Dancing at the Mayfair with a girlfriend because I’d never seen it on the big screen. And ooooh look! Here’s something else you can do in the Spring:
5. When you meet someone for the very first time, what do you want them to think about you?
That I’m smart and have my sh*t together. Some days I pull this off better than others.
6. March is frozen food month (yes, really!). Besides ice cream (gotta make you think a little) what’s your most often purchased frozen food item?
Chicken. By the box. From M&M Meat Shops. When it’s on sale. You need to keep your eyes PEELED for that flyer or email notice ….
7. What’s something you avoid?
I’ve mentioned a few times on this blog that last year I joined Weight Watchers (to lose the “baby” weight) and lost 30 pounds. Since that time (so for over a year now) I avoid former favourites as follows: McDonald’s (oh, Big Mac…), gummy candies of any sort (fuzzy peaches I miss you most) and bagels and cream cheese (because calorie-wise, you might as well just have the junk food). Except for the odd gummy candy around Halloween (and some old ones I found in a drawer recently … shhhhh) and the extra special treat bagel once in a VERY blue moon, I’ve stuck with it.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Enough about that – back to Spring! Here’s a random collage of photos from the first spring in our home back in 2008 when we discovered baby bunnies in our back yard. My husband was mowing the lawn and THANKFULLY stopped in time. We had to rescue one from a window well and I’m fairly certain he was then left by the others because one of them then grew up in our backyard and was around the neighbourhood for the next couple years. We called him (and every bunny we’ve since seen in the ‘hood) Stu.
Wanna join in the revelry and celebration of all things not freezing? Check out the other posts in this week’s Hodgepodge and add your own:
First, congratulations on your 30 pounds! Second, those baby bunnies are delightful and lovely.
I smiled when I saw you were my first comment! Thanks re: the weight loss (it’s gone up and down a few since then, but I’ve solidly kept over 20 off). As for the bunnies? Yeah, that was an extra fun summer when we found them back there 🙂
I’m with you on spring. At least the calendar is saying its coming, and now if only the weather would get with the program! Your photos reminded me I wanted to try planting some rose bushes this year. I’ve never grown roses, and I know they require some care, but I’d like to give it a try. Course I need the ground to thaw out first! Enjoy your day!
I have very little new rose growing advice given the bushes were there when I arrived and I’ve just had to learn how to prune and maintain. That said, I understand from my neighbour that I’ve done a good job as they’ve “perked up” a bit in recent years. In any event I wish you the best with it because I LOVE roses and think they are gorgeous. I adore clipping them from our garden and hope you will get to do the same in yours.
As for thawing out – yeah. We’ve got a good month+ to go here before we’re even raking up the remnants of last fall too… Sigh….
Cranberry Morning said:
Aw, we have rescued baby bunnies from the dreaded lawn mower too. Enjoyed your hodge podge today – and LOVE that header. 🙂
So glad to hear that almost mowing over bunnies isn’t just something that happened to us! I will let my husband know…. Thanks for the kind words on the post (it was just such a wonderful set of questions to run with on the Spring Theme ….). As for the header? Yeah, a bit serendipitous. I was surfing free digital images the night I wanted to start the blog and Theeradech Sanin’s desolate dolly just popped out and sorta spoke to me. I feel we’re friends now.
Pretty flowers. That’s a neat story about the bunnies!
Thank you on both fronts. As for the bunnies – I also have a series of “we got wild turkeys!” photos, but I didn’t think they’d do so well for the “cute factor”…. 😉 For a city mouse, I have a large assortment of animal life that makes it’s way through our yards…. I’m mostly thankful. And especially for the bunnies.
We were supposed to visit Ottawa today since my parents moved to a new apartment. They have a view of the Ottawa River and look forward to seeing spring flowers.
Your parents are very lucky! In high school/university I lifeguarded at the two Ottawa beaches on the river (Westboro and Brittania) and use to bike to work from my home in Alta Vista (took a good 40+ minutes). I love the paths/views along the Ottawa River Parkway. Such a lovely part of the City. We really are blessed with all the green space and waterways that surround Ottawa.
SPRING!!!! Bunnies, and flowers, and rain showers, and my garden coming back, and sunshine on my shoulders, and mojitos, and road trips, and fresh breezes gently blowing my hair back, and long walks, and having all my windows open (car and house), and the smell of fresh cut grass, and POSSIBLITIES, and eeeeeeeeeep!!!! This post just made me SO EXCITED!!!!
can ya tell? 😉
AND HOCKEY PLAYOFFS!!!!!! *fist pump*
LOVED! this comment. Went on a whole Mariah Carey-like fantasy voyage as I read it. Full 3-D surround aspirational imaging. Sigh. Possibly coming soon to a reality near me…
A Joyful Chaos ~ Mary Ann said:
Aww.. baby bunnies. So cute!
Huge congrats on your weight loss…way to go! Oh, my goodness…that baby bunny is so darn CUTE!
That baby bunny is so cute! We usually have a few rabbits that visit our yard and the kids are always so excited to see them. Congratulations on your weight loss, that is great! Nice to “meet” you today through the Hodgepodge 🙂
Tami Miller said:
Awwww, baby bunny melted my heart!
Having kids spring things on you is the best example ever!!! One must learn to be flexible when having young children. =)
Melanie at My Ottawa Life said:
Baby fuzzy sweet bunnies! Oh spring, hurry up and get here. I would choose a walk too, for sure, I miss just taking the dog out for a pee without freezing!
I do have the window open today though and can hear encouraging, melty dripping sounds…
M+M chicken – with you 100% on that one!