Sunday, April 17, 2016

I heard the church bells from afar


It's a beautiful spring day here in Maryland and I've spent most of it outside working on the area at the back side of the house. One of the bushes was damaged in a snowstorm and needed serious cutting back. There's also mulching going on and I just had to take a break. Just a few years ago, I needed much less breaks. I could have had the whole side of the house done by now. 


So much has happened since I last wrote in February . . . and I'm so glad that Spring has finally arrived. My Outback was totaled in an auto accident late that month but luckily I ended up ok. I had to buy another car and went again with Subaru, because it kept me alive. This time, I bought a Forester and I like it fine. 

Here's a few photos from my phone. I haven't had the big camera out much at all lately.



The dogwood tree at the back side of the house is finally in bloom.




And I planted some pansies in containers.



They're happy flowers.




My beautiful George.

The day I had the accident, I was heading home to take him to the vet. He'd not been right and my son had texted me to make an appointment because he was concerned about the dog.

It turned out that he'd probably eaten something bad outside which wreaked havoc on his digestive system. After some meds, he recovered quickly, which was a good thing.



He loves the weekends when I'm home.

I can tell, you know.



He's not in love with my son's cat, though. 





I made a pie last weekend while staying at a friend's house in NJ.
It was to celebrate the season premier of my favorite TV show ~ Outlander. 

My TV hasn't worked for over two weeks and looks like it's probably going to be at least another week until things get straightened out. I've been a DirecTV customer for nearly 20 years but my internet is through Comcast. So I decided to delete DTV and go with Comcast TV. Unfortunately, the line outside is damaged somewhere and it seems to be taking them forever to fix it. So I went to NJ to watch my favorite show. That pie crust was fun to make and I used my new pie bird and it turned out delicious. Here's the link to my favorite apple pie recipe:




And on that note, I bid you adieu.
I've got to get back to work.

Thanks for stopping by to visit!


The post title came from the first words of a song I like by City and Colour.
You can listen to it here: 

39 comments:

Judy Strickland said...

Love the pie bird!

Michelle said...

So glad you weren't hurt in that accident! Probably a good thing George wasn't with you, if you're like most of us and don't have safety-rated restraint for him in your car.

Tessa said...

I am so glad you are ok, and that you wrote a blog post!
wishing you beautiful days!
kind regards Tessa

Karen Ann said...

I make that pie whenever the occasion calls for an apple pie.. it's delicious and I always think of you when I make it.

Glad all is relatively OK in your world - hope you get your TV back soon! That just sounds not right, that time frame... sheesh!



Country Gal said...

Oh I am glad you are both ok . Lovely photos . Yes Papa and I were our side all weekend to cleaning up gardens and what not setting up patio furniture cutting grass and puttering as it was sunny and 72F . Glad your doing well and enjoying this spring we are finally having . Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

The Furry Gnome said...

Hello! So nice to hear from you! Glad it wasn't more serious.

tj said...

...So glad to hear you're okay! And I thought you drove a copper colored Honda? Or am I just so behind the times? I'm certain it's the latter. lol/smh

...You kno', I was just thinking the same thing the other day regarding how much I used to get done compared to now. I can't go all day from sunrise to sunset like I once did, but hey, I'm still alive and that's all that really matters. ;o)

...Beautiful photos as always! And you're still as pretty as ever! And of course, George is one handsome fella'! Things don't change much here, I like that.

...Enjoy the Sringtime! :o)

...Take care dear and peace & blessings to you.

thotlady said...

I love pansies. And of course I love George. I am glad he is okay. Oh and I love Outlander, but I don't get Starz, so might have to wait until it comes out on DVD.

donna baker said...

Glad to hear from you. We're on stomach meds too as my weenies always find something nasty outside to eat. Love the pie and Outlander and glad you accident was not bad.

Devon said...

Nice to hear from you! Outlander is my sister's favorite show as well... she has been trying to get me to read the book series for decades! Glad to hear you are doing well, sometimes it is very peaceful when the TV is on the fritz!

Everytime you post the pie recipe, I think I must make it... yours always look so wonderful. Beautiful crust~ Have a lovely week!

Debbie From Illinois said...

Kate, so happy your car protected you and that you are ok. George looks great, glad he feels better!

It was great to read your update, yay for Spring!

Daryl said...

nice to see you! had to google the forester, its a nice car, i miss your element

i read a website called Go Fug Yourself .. its fun and they are recapping Outlander ... boy oh boy have they (the tv show) strayed from the books ...

Linda Kay said...

Good to see you back, and good luck with the yard work. Do take as many rests as you need. It will still be there when you get back to it!

Nellie said...

I'm glad to hear you weren't injured in the accident! Good to hear that George is fine, too! Happy spring to you!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Glad you were OK after that accident - and that George too was soon well again. It is nice to hear from you again after such a long break.

Kerri Farley said...

Glad you weren't hurt in the accident! We just traded in our Forester - 244,000 miles - 15 years old :) They last forever!

Candace Porth said...

So glad that both you and George are okay, how scary!

Hilary said...

good to see you !! Isn't it crazy how we don't take our cameras out anymore.....I'm the same way.

JMCD said...

Glad to hear from you. Missed you and George :)

becky up the hill said...

Relieved to hear from you. I am so sorry about your accident. Take care and hope your tv sorts itself out. I need to check out that show.

R.M. said...

A relief to finally hear from you! Glad to know you are OK - Subaru is solid in safety. Love the pics, now on to better weather and good times. Driving to NJ to see Outlander is not crazy. At. All. xoxo

DesertHen said...

Sorry to hear about the accident and glad you are okay! I love your apple pie recipe and make it several times a year! Apple pie is my favorite and I can eat the whole pie on my own...seriously! I have just started reading/watching Outlander! Oh my! Glad George is well. Pansies make me happy!

Donna S. said...

Good to hear from you!! Glad you were okay! Take care & enjoy Spring!

Stella said...

Miss reading your blog more often. Hope all is well with you. Have a great Summer. Best to you. Stella

Gail said...

Your photos are good. Phones have come so far. I don't have one. When this computer dies, I will be out of touch.

Have a blessed summer. Wishing you many smiling days and happy moments.

Mary Rutledge said...

Kate, I'm trying to catch with blogging again. I enjoyed yours as much as ever and am glad you're ok.
Hello to George!

A Scattering said...

Missing your posts, Kate. Elaine

WPgirl said...

Hope you and George are having a good summer.
Lynda in Michigan.

sue said...

Miss your blog. Hoping you are okay. Bloggers don't realize how frightening it is for their blogger friends when they just disappear.

Emma Young said...

I keep checking in and not seeing any posts. Just hope you had a very good summer and that you get a chance soon to let us know how you and George are doing.

DesertHen said...

I hope you and George are well and have had a good summer? I miss your beautiful photos!

Steph Schmidt said...

You are missed! Hope you and George are having an amazing year and that you are just saving up for many posts to come.
Steph

Tin Rooster Farm said...

I've been off the blogging circuit for a while. I'm officially Following you, so I can keep up with all the news here again. Much love, Carolynn (Tin Rooster Farm)

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Bluebird49 said...

Happy New Year, Kate! I miss your posts with your beautiful photos of birds and George! After all you shared with everyone for long, you're certainly entitled to a break, or to live your life without another word or photo. I still miss you.
Just hoping you're okay, and hoping you might get back into "having us over" to the manor house again one day. Hope you are well!
Trudy in VA

A Scattering said...

Missing you and George. Hope you are both well and happy :-)

Cloudia said...

miss YOU!

Swift said...

Following your blog and I just love every picture you've taken.