Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tuesday Display Chain: Sprucing & Springing

It's Tuesday again....My beloved display chain is in play....but my offerings for this week's theme, "Sprucing & Springing," are pathetic.
 Unfortunately, here in Nod, there isn't a whole lot of either going on.
Not much "springing" because, although, like many of you, we have had unusually mild temperatures of late, you must keep in mind that we are, after all, in Nod.....Spring finds us very, very, slowly here.
Not much "sprucing" because I've been spending most of my time between nursing homes, hospitals, doctor offices, and ERs.....I'll try to provide an update soon.

But, here we go.

What's springing up:

Tulips (So far, The Cranky Crow 1: The Resident Tulip-eating Rabbit: 0)

Daffodils (NO!! They're not blooming yet - and this photo was taken this morning!)

Lily of the Valley (Gotta look close - they're there, I promise!!)

Rhodedendrum (lots of buds!)

 If you look close, there are buds on this Viburnum....and spruce trees in the background....hence, "sprucing & springing...." Ok...I know - boo, hiss - that's a real stretch.

Likewise, with our May tree....."Springing" in the foreground, and "sprucing" in the background....

When I ventured out to see what might be "springing" up, I saw something in the bushes around the pool, so thought I would do some "sprucing" and throw it away.  But it was part of this bird's home construction:

It's hard to tell from the photo, but the plastic is actually wound into the nest, making it part of it - but there is definitely more at the top.  Perhaps it's that bird's idea of retractable roofing?

Other than that, there's bunches of bunnies springing up as I spruce our nest for spring....And, of course, that means it's time for the ceremonial "changing of the rugs...."  (Yup, Traci, this is for you....)

I know, I know....a sorry display all around.  Promise I'll try to do better next week.  Thanks for your patience with me, and for the visit.....
I've visited one or two of the other chain gang's posts already and they're definitely more fun than mine - hope you'll go to Misi's at 1890 Gable House Musings to find the links to everyone else's posts.....


Anonymous said...

I was just going to email you and here you had put a post on!
Your photos look more like spring than we have in our neck of the woods! Your pansies look like brave little soldiers, standing bravly against the cold.I'm so sorry to say the painting you wanted is no longer available, I wish i had made prints because ifI had they would be on their way to you, stay warm and stay out of the ER! ( and nursing homes all but to visit loved ones )!!!

Penny said...

I, for you, thoroughly enjoyed your post about sprucing and springing, and although I may have let out a little groan, I was rather impressed with the pics of spruces in the background and budding trees springing up in the foreground.... Very clever!!
LOVE the bunny rug!!!

Penny said...

oooops... that should be... I, for one....

prims by olde lady morgan said...

Well.. Ms. cranky, I think it's a wonderful post!!! Spring is coming your way as well...though i don't like hearing there has been so many visits to doc's & such, so hope all is well in nod! OLM

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

Robin -- loved the post ! You are behind us here in the North East but that's OK --we're WAY ahead and the robins are anxious today with overnight temps at 15 degrees... Loved your pics and your rug. How beautiful -- thank you -- hang in there with the family needs -- love and time is important to those that need it.


Kim said...

Look at all your springing. We woke up to a real snow storm this morning (Seriousy) Ahh, March is a fickle witch.
Love the ceremonial changing of the rug :)

Lynn said...

The bird nest is soo sweet!! I love to find nests and look at what the birds used to make them with. We bought a huge bag of bird feed and set it on the front porch beside some of my old wooden boxes. When I went to open it and fill the bird feeders there was bird seed all over the porch in front of the bag. A squirrell or two had nibbled a hole in the bag and had been pulling out the sunflower seeds eating them and leaving the shells behind!! So funny!

jennifer768 said...

Robin I think you had a lovely post pertaining to Sprucing and Springing!So sweet to see the birdnest.Hope that your momma is feeling better.Hugs,Jen

BumbleBeeLane said...

Robin~ The wonderful rug made it all worth while..smile...Our flowers were starting to spring from early mild temps then last night we got frost.Oh and I'm going to try to post a few things to sell on blog tomorrow so you can go through some of my junk with me if you want..smile..Big Hugs!~Amy

Mugwump Woolies said...

How I wish I could sniff those Lily of the Valley when they come up...how I miss them! Your efforts are most impressive...everything looks great.
Love the rabbit rug!
I'm sorry to tell you, but I ate your piece of chocolate cake. Maybe next year.

Traci~Moon Gypsy said...

Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!The spring rug is hung!!!! You are a hoot Robin, but I feel so much better now :)

And quite the comedian with the springing foreground and sprucing background (made me laugh)

It looks like spring will arrive sooner or later there in Nod, be thankful, we got a horribly hard freeze last night and my flowers look pathetic. I knew things were happening way to early this year.

Oh, geesh almost forgot, I love the birdnest...I think it may be weather proofing with the plastic.


Audrey said...

wonderful signs of spring at your home...love the green grass. Mine still looks more like dried hay!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Robin ~
At least there is the promise of spring in Nodland.
Aging parent issues are so difficult!
Love the rug. M. Shaw, right?
Hugs :)

frontporchprims said...

It's coming, it's coming. You look alot like us, just barely budding. Hope everything is ok. Sounds like a crazy week. We are thinking about you and hoping all works out. -Steph-

Unknown said...

Wonderful signs of Spring!
Love the bunny rug.

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

I have been thinking about you my friend. I hope all is well! How are the classes going?

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Robin, Thanks for working so hard to find my blog..and finding it...and finding it...and finding it...;) Come back often!! Hope all is well with you and yours! Don't worry..Spring will come to your neck of the woods eventually.--big smiles--Jan

Christine said...

Too funny - loved the 'retractable roof' on the nest! You have lots springing up - but its odd what 'springs' to mind with a theme like this - I thought spruce trees too - even the Spruce GOOSE!! I know - I'm on a completely crazy wavelength! lol!

1890* said...

Nod has Pansies already! oh i wish we in NY had those darling fantasia like faces blooming
Love that Spruce in your spring bud shot LOL ..You never fail -I expected spring beauty & a good giggle from you friend- ;0)-
That weather proof nest is DARLING!...I want to know who is living there...please share if you find out
Thank you for sharing along

The Moonlit Stitch said...

Holy Crumbs, you have spring! Far ahead of us, but it is on its way. Hope your trips to the docs, etc. start winding down soon. Thinking 'bout ya - been there - hang in there buddy! ~*~Lisa

Lois--Huckleberry Lady said...

Well, I thought your post was just fine....sprucing and springing!!!! lol
I was out covering my daffodils and tulips the other night. Some took a beating, but others are "springing" back!!!
Take care,

Constance said...


I love that Bunny rug! I'm behind on many things and trying to catch this beautiful season before it slips away.
Take care,

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Gorgeous rug~ Greening up in Nod, girl it looks around your home like we usually look now, we are way to early~ I am liking your beds of rocks~ so pretty~ girl stand back & take a picture of everything~ I want to see more~the countryside back ground looks breathtaking~

My Colonial Home said...

Robin, you may not think you have much to add to this Tuesday's display chain but it certainly proved you wrong...very nice!
You have more going on there than I do here.
I'm always amazed at what birds will add to their nests...and plastic - well that's one smart planning ahead bird. Living in Wisconsin the weather changes on a dime.
Beautiful hooked rug.


Prims By The Water said...

Love the bunny rug Robin. Loved the spruces! Truly sprucing it up over ther in Nod! My poor flowers froze the other morning. So glad I was able to feature them in my montage Monday. Take care, Janice

Roberta said...

Wouldn't you have loved to see that bird flying by with that plastic? Your rabbit rug is beautiful! Love your springing photos. We usually visit the in-laws in Texas this time of year and enjoy seeing the progression of the season as we travel south so hold on, it's coming! ~Roberta

bettyj said...

enjoyed my visit. Spring will get there, rest assured. It always arrives.

The Rusty Thimble said...

LOL I see lots of things springing up !! Flowers and plants are good to post about.

I am late *SIGH* been so busy I decided to take some time to read.......gee I am real behind!!

Love the bunny rug
Hugs hope you are having a great weekend Robin


Vicki said...

What a fun visit to your home. That bird's nest fascinates me. How in the heck did they carry and weave that huge piece of plastic? Everything here is in bloom too. We have some major work to do in our yard. Usually the hard freeze helps us out but not this year! lol Thinking of you as you try to juggle so much. xoxo

Unknown said...

Catchin up here. Things are sprucing by you. Sorry to hear you are visiting all those places of ill. I hope everyone feels better asap. I think of you and miss your visits. I know I have been busy myself. Mowing grass! 84 right now here. Whew hot! Take care my friend. Hugs.

Debbie said...


the old white house said...

We have some little things springing up around here too, but what I really want is that bird for a contractor... I have an attic closet that needs a new ceiling and I think he/she could do a better job than the hubby and me! Happy Easter! t.xoxoxoox

Rhissanna said...

Oh my! The Rabbit Rug! I love this time of year. Rabbits everywhere!
I have to admire the bird, being thrifty and using what is around. A waterproof nest?

Oh! And I love love your blog header. The little girl looks so much like Alice Liddell, complete with rabbit. Wherever did you find it?