Monday, March 17

My Garden, Blogging T-shirts and Other News

I'm excited. Can you see them? They're there in the photo. Do you know what they are? If you guessed tulips sprouting up through the soil in my southern Ontario flower garden, you are correct. This is a sign that spring is on the way. Officially it will be here Thursday, but the weatherman is saying we will still be seeing snow into April. That is not what I wanted to hear, but these little sprouts give me hope that he is wrong.

The other thing that is sprouting in my garden is hyacinths. No, there weren't any snowdrops, but I may have missed them. They may have bloomed beneath the piles of snow we had here and still have in some places. We are lucky to live on the north side of the street. We have tulips blooms because the sun shines on our property all afternoon. Our neighbors on the south side of the street have lots of snow in their yard and it won't be gone for a while. They have shade in their side yard most of the day at this time of year. Hope you enjoyed the photo. I couldn't get a good one of the hyacinth sprouts. They are barely peeking through the soil, but they are there.
Denise at Samaritan Women is a very talented person. She has an artistic flare that is incredible. Denise had a contest for a slogan for a T-shirt that could be distributed to bloggers. She has announced the winner over a Sew the Word and is offering the T-shirts for sale at a very reasonable price. Be sure to drop over and take a look. The T-shirts come in a variety of colors that will be a hit this spring.
Mama Bear at Bears in Exile is recruiting people to take part in a Circle Journal. The idea is that a group of Internet friends will agree to journal for two weeks and include stickers, newspaper clippings, photos and other embellishments to tell a bit about their lives and what is happening in their part of the country. When the two weeks are up, you will mail the journal on to the next person on the list. This will continue until everyone has taken their turn, then the Circle Journal will make the rounds once again so everyone can see what the others did. Some of my blogging buddies are already taking part and I hope some others will as well. This is going to be a LOT of fun. Run over to Bears in Exile and sign up now.

Awards are always fun. Today I received the two below from Storyteller at Small Reflections. Thank you so much Storyteller. You made my day.
I would like to pass the Excellent Award to the following:

Tammy at Family Doin's

Lady Di at Kitty Justice

I always enjoy visiting your blogs and hearing what is happening in your neck of the woods. Congratulations!
I would like to present the above award to everyone on my blogroll. Enjoy and Happy Easter.

The graphic above is one of my Easter postcards. Feel free to take a copy if you'd like. I have dozens of these vintage cards and I enjoy looking through them each year around Easter. There are so many beautiful images.

Enjoy your week and be sure to take a little time for yourself. I'm always urging my readers to do a kind deed for someone and today I'd like you to do it for yourself and then post to let me know what you did. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. Storyteller was giveing the same egg award away on here site.Congrats for getting that BIG E award! I truely hope that you had a Great Day today.

  2. Mary,
    Thank you for stopping by and leaving your kind words on my blog. I am very blessed to have the sons I have and I think I may be having a delayed "empty nest" feeling..I don't know.
    I love seeing brand new flowers popping up through the earth at the onset of spring. Enjoy your little tulips and have a blessed week.


  3. Mary, thank you so much for the lovely award I will treasure it.

    You are so lucky to have flowers coming up. I need to get out and see if the ground is warm enough to allow my Iris's, tulips, and crocus bulbs to start appearing.

    God bless.

  4. Oh wow, look at your tulips starting to come out of the ground! Mine are still buried under lots of snow. I still have about 2 feet of snow on my flowerbeds. We're supposed to get a snowstorm, freezing rain and then rain tomorrow...should be interesting! Congratulations on the award, dear friend and thank you for the Happy Easter award you've passed on to all of us:-) I love your vintage postcards...just beautiful!! xox

  5. Hi, Mary. Congrats on your awards, and thank you for the ones you're passing on to your readers.

    All my bulbs are up and my daffodils and paperwhites are blooming away. We may still get some snow and freezing weather yet but it should be brief. I hope we don't get a late freeze this year like we did last year. It froze all the fruit and nut blooms and the early garden plants.

    Have a great week, Mary. ;o)

    Love and hugs,


  6. Mary,
    Thank you so much for the award!

    I finally found my birthday card, too! I kept looking and looking on the side bar and missed it. Thank you so much!

    Willow who has had a truly wonderful birthday.

  7. Congrats on your award sweetie. Thanks for the award that you passed on to everyone. I love tulips, they are lovely.

  8. What an adorable gift from you....I grabbed it and will add it to my blog.

    TULIPS!!!! I love them, please do keep us posted on their growth, they're so pretty, and truly a sign of the world and it's rebirth this time of year!!!! [too bad about the neighbors on the other side with snow and all still...hehehehehe]

    I walked around our yard the other day snapping photos of our flowers in bloom now, maybe I should add them to a blog entry soon.

    Happy, happy day to you dear Mary.

  9. Hi Mary,

    I see the tulips in the picture. Congratulations on the new award. I will stop by your vintage shop, and take a peek. Love the vintage postcard, and will take a copy. Thank you. Have a great day!



  10. Hello, Mary
    I am planning on getting out for some photos of the garden very soon because I want to show what a transformation it has later on.

    Since it is 11:30 and I am still in my pjs, I guess I've already done something special for myself today. Time for some more coffee. I'll get dressed after lunch. Sometimes I just like hanging out with myself like this.
    I saved copies of the photos you said we could have. I'd also like to have the one of Jesus coming from the tomb on your sidebar.
    I promise to get started on the journal "directly".
    Mama Bear

  11. I’m happy that your tulips are beginning to sprout. It doesn’t get cold enough where I live to grow tulips, but I do love them. I’m sure your garden will look lovely very soon.

    It warms my heart to know that I ‘made your day’ … that you enjoyed receiving and passing along the awards I shared recently.

    Thank you for sharing the lovely Easter postcard and the cute graphic in your sidebar.

    Hugs and blessings,

  12. Hi Mary,love your posts they are great.Hope this day is being good to you,storms out our way and lots of rain.
    Be Blessed

  13. I love all the Easter things....Mary

  14. Love your picture of the tulips, I did the same thing awhile back on my blog, also seen my first Robin!! I was so happy!! Spring is in the air:)

  15. You have such a lovely blog, always nice to visit. I am so green with envy, you have tulips and I have nada,lol. Best to you, Barbara

  16. WOW! You have a great place here! So much going on-I will have to return again to check it all out! I too received the E for Excellence Award from a fellow blogger! Awards are awesome. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed your visit at Deb's place. Come on back anytime!


  17. Mary,

    I meant to tell you in my earlier post that I love your banner! It's beautiful! Thank you for sharing your Happy Easter Eggs and Vintage Easter postcard. They are very pretty!


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