Easter always marks the true beginning of spring for me. I will plant my vegetables this week. I put up the first hummingbird feeder yesterday. I’ve seen several butterflies in the yard. The worst is over.
My class planted sunflower seeds in little cups this week. When the green sprouts are about two inches tall they will take their little treasures home and transplant them somewhere at home. Next year about three of my students will tell me all about harvesting their sunflowers. The rest will forget or neglect or even kill theirs. Such is life…
We ordered caterpillars again this year. So we now have seven little chrysalises hanging in the butterfly house in our room. I need to take pictures of them today. Each day one little boy comes to my desk and asks, “How many more days is it ‘til the butterflies?” Sometimes the best lessons are learned through patience and anticipation.
I put out the hummingbird feeder and now I will wait patiently. It is always a thrill to see the first hummer. I don’t know why, but the sight of those little creatures always brings me joy. We had about forty at our old house. Last year we only counted a few here, but I still enjoyed them.
Gary took some photos of the flowers downtown. The wildflower bed is just beginning to show color. If the city crew reads our sign and doesn’t mow it this year, we may regain our hold on that corner. The grass really came back in abundance after they mowed. However, we scraped again and I’m hoping that by next year we will have an established wildflower bed with very little grass. “Next year”…do you hear me? I haven’t even seen this year’s bed in full bloom and I’m already talking about next year being better. Gardeners are strange people.
One of my students has a sun burn. That’s my signal that homework season is over. My students are now playing t-ball, and soccer, staying in the yard ‘til dark, running around the neighborhood, riding their bicycles, and generally exhausting themselves each night. Not only do they not want to do homework, but I already have a few that are falling asleep in class. The last few weeks of school are difficult for everyone.
I’ll leave you with some flower photos. Oh, and Gary took one of the truck. He has been taking photos and I’ve been “processing” them. I’m beginning to understand some of the basics of this digital stuff! Photoshop Elements is user friendly and has lots of online helps. I just can’t seem to read more than one little tip at a time and keep it in my old brain. Read, learn, use, remember…repeat.