Author Archives: maryannniemczura

Spring Cleanup

The weather finally cooperated for our spring cleanup.  Or almost.  Last day of April. Chilly winds prevail.  Snow in the forecast tonight. Spring weather in Upstate New York! Three new Swiss Stone Pine trees grace the side property where a … Continue reading

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Ode to Tulips

Sing of my colors!  Plant me in gardens! Admire my beauty!  Chefs use me as culinary decoration adorning food such as salads. They prepare a vinaigrette, sauces, and dips with tulips. The petal color determines the flavor of the tulips. … Continue reading

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Change

Changes in our lives can make us happy or sad. Love change?  Despise change?  Indifferent to change? It forever alters our lives for better or for worse.  Do you flip flop on change?  Set in your ways? Can’t teach an … Continue reading

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Fit as a Fiddle

Maintaining good physical health is important to our family.  We try to eat a nutritious diet and include exercise and hydration. We consider mental health part of our well-being.  During the Easter season, our daughter invited us to join her … Continue reading

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Mother Nature’s Sense of Humor

 Mother Nature provided us an April Fool’s joke. Spring snow. That is Upstate New York. Our daffodils shivered in the cold, windy garden. Tis’ Easter season with ladies wearing their finery and Easter bonnets of all colors decorated with flowers. … Continue reading

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A Precious Gift

From my parents I received a special gift in Massachusetts and later in Colorado: piano lessons.  Expectations were to to practice one hour of daily. Our parents knew that music would last a lifetime and be food for the soul. … Continue reading

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Let’s Fan Out, Fellas!

  Look at the grub in the neighbor’s yard! Let’s fan out and investigate! Cracked corn! Yummy! Strutting about with fanned tail feathers, Tom turkey replies:  look at me! Let’s go! The hens heed the gobbling.  With a great fanfare … Continue reading

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A Sight to Behold!

During the winter we are mainly housebound. Naturally, the first warm day which was only above freezing but sunny, the lake park beckoned us for a walk.  My husband’s voice declared in utter amazement that he had never seen such … Continue reading

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Winter, Spring, or Winter?

Winds howl.  Buds appear. Snow on the ground. Eternal struggle ensues. Winter, spring, or winter? Stunning skies entertain. Vivid pinks and purples. Mail carrier squishes on wet lawns.  Leftover snow piles up next to road and walkways. Under the raised … Continue reading

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Hi, Guys!

 What kept you?  I’ve been waiting and watching.  Ever on the lookout. So glad you returned home.  Let me sing to you of my happiness. Let me call for the others and tell them you have returned. Thank you for … Continue reading

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