Spring is in the air

Today is the first day of spring and pink is such a great color.

Our azaleas started blooming about two weeks ago and they have been stunning this year. Normally the March winds blow off all the blooms but that did not happen this time so we have really gotten to enjoy them.

Happy Spring everyone.

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Life is good

Verbena is one of those old fashion flowers that still stands the test of time.

It comes back year after year sometimes prettier than the year before. I cut mine back a little bit in the early spring but I do not cut it back a lot.

The color purple is so soothing and very relaxing. A sense of calmness and peace washes over you and it makes you feel so free. I love this color.

Life is good!

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Mulberry thieves

The cedar waxwings are back and they are stealing our mulberries right off the trees.

They have a mask on like a bandit in disguise they are thieves I tell you.

Their diet is 70% fruit so this is why they are happy to see our mulberry trees.

This is the second year in a row that they have come in large groups and eat all day long for a few weeks until they strip the mulberry trees dry of all the fruit. We do not mind sharing the mulberries with the birds we just wish they would not eat them all.

We do not mind sharing the mulberries with the birds we just wish they would not eat them all.

Daisy is mad because she likes to eat the ones off the ground and as you can see they are eating those too.

They are some sleek looking birds that is for sure.

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The yellow – rumped warbler

These little birds are everywhere right now and this one stopped just long enough for a few quick poses on an overcast day.

When I get a glimpse of  yellow out of the corner of my eye I know it is these little birds.

Nature shares her beauty with us every day and we simply need to take the time to enjoy it.

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Azalea time | Manvel, Texas Photographer

In our part of Texas near the gulf coast, the winters are mild and springtime comes early.

Right now the Azaleas are starting to bloom. I planted Azaleas because they were my grandmother’s favorite she even told me what colors to get. It is hard to believe these plants are at least 35 years old.

They bloom their hearts out each and every year and never disappoint me. In March, we tend to have some windy days so sometimes it blows off their blooms. March is usually a rainy month so if the wind does not get the blooms the rain does.

We had a lot of wind and rain last week that destroyed the beauty of my blooms. These pictures were taken in years past.

Have you ever planted a flower or bush in your yard because of your grandmother or mother?

Springtime in Texas is my favorite time of year because the temperatures are perfect and everything is coming alive again.

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Allergy season is here

Allergy season is here it always hits right before the springtime when everything is coming back alive again.

In our part of Texas, it has been the oak, ash, mulberry and elm trees producing the most tree pollen.

I found a great site: Pollen.com you can put in your zip code and get the current levels of your area and see what is projected for the next few days. You can sign up for pollen alerts from this site. They seem to have a lot of good information on there.

I went years I did not have any allergies anymore and honestly, I thought I outgrew them.

I saw an allergist earlier this year who informed me by the age of 40 we no longer have allergies we are too old for them.

For the last 1- 1/2 weeks my eyes have been on fire like when you walk through smoke and they hurt. I have not been around any smoke. My nose has been running and my head is stuffy. If that is not allergies I am not sure what it is. I can not seem to be outside any longer than 10 – 15 minutes at a time this week.

By looking at this map on the link above I found some information look how much red there is in Texas near the Gulf Coast that is our area. Notice on the key on the map red means high pollen counts.

Today were at a 10.2 yesterday was a 10.3 well no wonder my eyes are bothering me.

Are you and allergy suffer over the age of 40?

Have you ever been told you are too old for allergies?

What do you do during allergy season?

I have tried Allegra it works on everything but the eyes. I have tried the moisturizing eye drops and Visine both and they help for a few minutes but that is about it.

Today I bought Walgreens brand of Flonase and some allergy eye drops my cousin Suzanne recommended Naphcon A. I have used the eye drops and they really did help I have not tried the Flonase yet.

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