We have been hiking a few times in the past week or so, and have been watching closely for changes that should prove to us that spring is really here. A few small flowers have come out to demonstrate that they indeed survived the winter.
|Flowers along the trail|
|Maddy and Wendy walking through a tree|
|Moss covered rocks|
Our gardens have been coming along nicely, with many flowers blooming from the bulbs planted last fall.
|White/pink ground cover|
|A few hyacinth came up in various colours|
|In the front yard. The deer don't like daffodils or hyacinth.|
This weekend our niece, her husband, and their 1 yr-old daughter came to visit. It has been a long time since we had a toddler in the house - it took me quite a while to figure out how to set up the baby gate. Seems like the piano was a big hit!
On arriving home, I took a look to see what the problem was. Sure enough, he was right - I did need to look at it. On getting ready to mow the lawn yesterday, he could easily have started it. That wasn't the issue. His problem was a little bigger.... it was attached. Really attached.
Apparently, Parker put the lawnmower away after using it earlier in the week, but he did not realize that the engine was somewhat hot. This normally would not pose a significant problem, except for the fact that the mower sits right beside the shop vac that we keep in the garage. You guessed it! The shop vac melted itself into the engine. It took me a few minutes and some considerable force to extricate the poor vacuum hose from the lawnmower. In the end, most of it came off (hey, what's the problem with a little extra smoke?). The vacuum hose itself, however, is toast...err... I mean melted...
|Melted vacuum on the lawnmower|
|First trillium of the season!|