The weather was still a bit chilly when we arrived. Temperatures were in the mid 50's. But when we left Texas, the temperatures were approaching the mid 80's-low 90's so to me, this weather is just fine!
The plants in my landscaping were just beginning to bud out after we arrived. My poppies just popped out of the soil and will bloom shortly. We did loose a few azalea bushes due to the extremely long, cold winter Michigan just experienced. But I will visit one of the local nurseries very soon to replace the shrubs that didn't survive this winter.
But on a much sadder note . . . we lost our beloved Tyson last fall. When we returned to Texas in October, Tyson could barely walk. He was miserable and our only choice was to relieve him of his misery and put him to sleep. That was one of the most difficult things Harry and I ever had to do. He was with us for nearly 14 years and I loved him so very much. There is definitely an empty space here in Michigan without him.
I simply cannot believe the birds I have this year! It's incredible. It's worth a separate post but just quickly I have had red breasted grosbeaks (male and female), Baltimore AND bullock Orioles (male and female), gold finches, blue birds, red wing blackbirds and hummingbirds visiting my feeders. If you look closely at this blurry photo, you can see two male Red Breasted Grosbeaks and one female.
And here are two male Red Breasted Grosbeaks and one male Baltimore Oriole. They are so much fun to watch.
So I guess what I'm trying to say is: I am so very happy to be home here in Michigan! So please, stay tuned :)