During one of the dry spells yesterday, I got outside to fill the bird feeders. I didn't notice any new blooming things, but I did notice a few things poking their heads above ground. The Bleeding Heart is coming up.
It seems to tolerate even the worst winters pretty well. It has always grown among the branches of a Dwarf Japanese Maple tree, but we lost that tree this winter. A big branch fell from a tree beside it, smashing the main trunk. Now there's a big gap of space where the tree has always been. We'll replace it within the next month or so.
Also, I was happy to see that at least five of the six echinacea plants grown from seeds last year are coming back. That was a big surprise.
If you remember from last year, they were very slow-growing, and I didn't get any flowers until late in the season. This year, I'm hoping for a good performance from them. Also, I noticed the cherry trees are beginning to bud out. It will probably be another couple of weeks before they bloom. Some sunshine would definitely help. Don't even talk to me about the weeds that need pulling. Really, the sun can't come out soon enough.
Block 6 of It's Raining Cats and Dogs is off to a good start. It took a little over an hour yesterday to fuse down all the pieces.
Today is a grocery shopping day, but I'm hoping to get it all top-stitched today. There are also some detail lines to be stitched in by machine. I'll use a hot fix nailhead for the eye of the dog and the doorknob, and then this one will be finished. After that I'll get to work on the next row of Hobo quilt blocks.
Just now I started the remaining two loaves of bread dough rising. Hopefully, I'll get a better looking loaf by giving them more time. On the other hand, the yeast might be done in. We'll just see, won't we?