Sunday, April 5, 2009

Garden Helpers

It's true, I have a lot of earth to contend with around here. The good news is, I've got excellent help.

We're continuing to work on clearing out last year's debris, so that everything is ready for planting. I'm totally winging it and learning as I go, which is frustrating and fun, all at the same time.

In a stroke of fabulous fortune, we found a woolly worm just as we were starting. He kept Calvin occupied for over an hour. Right away, he set off to make his friend a new home.

Charming place, huh? I'd live there, if I were a worm.

Look closely and you'll see him. He looks quite comfy!

Calvin has learned from the best: a home is made even homier when you add a flag.

Pruning back the rose bushes, I found this cocoon. I couldn't bear to cut it down, so one tall cane remains. I wonder what is in there? Do any of you happen to know about this sort of thing? I'm hoping it's not a lame-o moth. No offense to moths.

Ruby occupied herself for about 15 seconds with some sidewalk chalk.

Then she got mad at me for something and marched angrily toward the door. I don't remember what filled her with such contempt. I think I asked her to smile for the camera or something equally benign. Check out that lower lip!

She tried her best to ignore me and stay mad.

She tried.....She always tries.

But more and more (thank goodness!), she can't quite pull it off.


  1. LOL, Ruby! And I love that charming smile at the end. :)

    I'm thinking of trying my hand at small garden this summer. thinking...not knowing...we'll see. If so, I may need some good advice from you!

  2. step one: take ruby outside today.
    step two: have her smile.
    step three: watch all the snow melt.

    hahaha, what hilarious kids.

  3. Oh Shannan, I'm still laughing at the "Mad March" picture of Ruby; made all the more adorable by her froggie boots.

    What a great gardening crew you have working for ya!

  4. Shannon,
    I found your site about 2 weeks ago, but haven't commented yet. Your children ar4e adorable! Everytime you show a picture or talk about Ruby, I laugh. She reminds me of my oldest daughter...very independent. I love her spirit....never a dull moment, right? The pouty lip is precious!

  5. Oh my gosh! That face says it all. She's a spitfire isn't she?

    Girl you are so funny. I loved your comment on my blog today. Thanks for the smiles!

  6. Shannon - I found your blog from April Showers....she is too funny. I love reading your blog and I loved looking at all of your pictures. I think the same thing about what it would be like to live in those houses....I love just walking through those neighborhoods...I have never been to Charlotte but have been to Savannah several times and I love it! Thanks for sharing I can't wait to read more, Lisa