This March and a Look Back

What a contrast we had here lately. Thursday afternoon reached a high of around 55 degrees. Daffodils, crocuses, bushes budding, trees leafing…..and all far, far too early.  I had enjoyed a walk in the afternoon with clear blue skies. I was transfixed for awhile watching and listening to a woodpecker high up in a neighbors’ tall tree.

I meandered down to my sons’ place to see the kids after school and my DIL and I sat out on the porch laughing at the antics of Merle, their young dog.

Merle was in his glory…he had two new toys in one day. Scotts’ dad had brought this large pink horse toy ball over and I’d brought a plush ball from the dollar store. Merle went back and forth between the two.

It was bright and sunny and warm, yet we were also discussing arrangements for the possibility of a school delay the next morning… surreal as it seemed in that lovely afternoon weather, we were to get snow that evening.

Sure enough the snow arrived…with no flash in the early morning, it all looks blue :)

Gusty winds and mini-blizzards followed throughout the day. I walked down to see everyone after school again….the kids are always so funny and wound up on Fridays, with no homework in sight and a fun weekend ahead. They were to go bowling later…

After that,  bitter cold settled in for the weekend and I decided to settle in too.

I had to get the camera out on Saturday morning. While just a few days prior the birds were splashing merrily in the bird bath after a rain, a pair of doves were visiting and one was just sitting quite contently on top of the iced up water. Another flew off to the crabapple tree since I was annoying her :)

There is that poor confused crabapple…just recently leafing out due to unusual early spring weather, then covered with snow, then basking in the sun in frigid temperatures wondering “what shall I do? what season is this?”

Since this winter has been so up and down in regards to the weather, I decided to look back to March of years past and see what was going on then :)  

I found things more interesting to me than the weather …

March 2013 : I did a very gloomy shot reflecting my perspective on having to work on taxes that year !

Working on Taxes

Towards the END of March I received a very sweet surprise from Judy of New England Garden and Thread. New Hampshire syrup…fresh from the shack where they’d participated in making this with their friends!

closeup syrup on spoon

Oh it was so good, and so different from the standard pancake syrup on the grocery store shelves.

In March of 2014 I found my little grandson doing the dishes…a favorite pasttime.

Brent doing dishes

I was enjoying my frequent blue jay visitor who expected a daily supply of peanuts when he stopped by.

What are you looking at

My Kanga kitty seemed to be just enjoying life in general one day…

Kanga Happy

March 2015 was quite cold and I’d done a post about our ONE spring day…and on that day I took the children to a local park.

I was also working on a series of Ancestry / Family Tree posts that winter…here is my grandfather Wilbert Zeiler building a house for me ; a replica of their house at the time. I was probably around 2 or 3 years old then.

Bup and the Weyman Road House Replica

Here is Charles Henry Zeiler, born Oct. 31 1817 in Prussia, a member of the Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Civil War:

Charles Henry Zeiler Civil War PA Volunteers

I was also finishing up some simple hand quilting on a baby quilt that March:


As to March 2016 I was working on several quilt projects that month…here’s just one :

1857 blocks thus far collage end of March

We were busy with Easter eggs. I laughed at this…I forgot about our ‘handmade’ garbage bag aprons :)

egg decorating group

It looks as if we tortured the dog, too.

merle with bunny ears edit

I had fun doing this post on March and a look back to earlier ones, and I hope that you enjoyed it. I should do this more often.  One last shot…from a post about the beautiful skies that we had on St. Patricks Day last year.

Cottonball Clouds

You might also enjoy : More Old Photos From the Early 1900’s   or  Thanksgivings Over the Years

Sharing at : Viewing Nature with Eileen / Savvy Southern Style

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29 Responses to This March and a Look Back

  1. Pam says:

    LOL….yep, temp was 70 yesterday here in Nashville and snow this morning. About an inch…..crazy weather! Great pics.

  2. Debby Ray says:

    Sounds like the same here too….supposed to get snow here in NC…redbuds and other flowering trees may be covered in snow tomorrow! I know it won’t stick around.

  3. Karen says:

    yup crazy weather – northeast Arkansas has been getting snow off and on all day – here rain off and on and stayed in the 30’s what will we get overnight – still maybe snow but the ground is so warm if it snows in the night it might melt as it hits the ground and leave me no evidence of it – we well see

  4. Margie Miller says:

    We have crazy weather here in southeast Kansas too. All last week it was either near or really in the 80’s. Today it was 39 degrees.

  5. Debi says:

    I enjoyed your look back at March. We are having crazy weather too. We are under a winter weather advisory until Wednesday and our temps are sub zero. Stay warm!

  6. Susan says:

    Hi Deb – Wacky weather here in NY too. We had a week of spring like weather and then snow, just like you. It’s going down to 8 degrees tonight and we’re expecting a nor’easter on tueday with another 12 – 15
    inches of snow. So much for the buds on the trees and daffs poking their heads thru the soil.
    Loved all the pics.

  7. JoAnn Bayne says:

    What a great post – lovely memories and fabulous photos. I think my favorite is the doll house – though the birds are right up there too. Happy weekend.

  8. Eileen says:

    Hello, I love your cute grand dog Merle. The dove are sweet and I love the Jay! Your grandchildren are adorable too. I heard there may be a big snow storm this week in Maryland this week. We are supposed to drive home from Florida next weekend. I hope the snow disappears. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

  9. barb says:

    what a great photo of your grandfather making you a doll house.
    Love your bird and snow photos
    fun family photos as always.

  10. It is cold this morning, we woke up to four inches of snow on the ground and still lightly coming down. This was after 72 degrees two days ago! I am very fearful for our local apple growers.

  11. Jill says:

    Yeap! Crazy March weather for us and our Canadian friends. It’s a concern for the critters and fruit trees. Your genealogy posts remind me that I need to do some work on mine. White garbage bags make a great apron for fun and messy crafts. I plan on filing that in my memory bank. Have a good week.

  12. Joyce says:

    I noticed tulip leaves poking up the other day – and tomorrow there will be 3″ of snow…our weather’s been as crazy as yours.
    How fun to look back at the past March months. You’ve got to do this again for other ones!
    LOL “Merle” – pure entertainment!

  13. Kim says:

    It’s fun to peek back! I am not looking forward to the snow in the forecast this week. Lots…ugh.

  14. Robin says:

    That dollhouse is wonderful. Do you still have it? I love the way the roof slopes down on each end and the way the entry goes farther down on one side than the other. I’ve seen so many old houses that look just like that.
    We’ve had a snowier winter than usual. But we are enjoying the upper 50’s now. My lilac is budding out and I’m sure it will snow again before it can bloom.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Robin the doll house was actually a replica of sorts of their own house at the time :) I loved it there…there was a creek at the far end of the property and he’d built a little fish pond closer to the house. When I was around 3 or 4 he built a cabinet for me for my dishes and when I grew up and married he built a large replica of the same one :)

  15. Those two little dots above Merle’s eyes are so cute! Yesterday, inexplicably, I was sitting right here and saw ice pelting down. Only lasted a short time. Weather sure is erratic lately.

  16. Nice trip down memory lane. Love Merle with the ears. Timely too. Our friends called this morning and came down for lunch bringing maple syrup from their 2017 sugaring. :-) Hope the storm this week comes and goes quickly and doesn’t leave us as much as they’re forecasting.

  17. Dewena says:

    I too wonder what happened to the replica of their darling house? It was beautiful!

    Now you have me wanting to look back at a particular month’s postings. Isn’t blogging wonderful for that very reason, if nothing else?

    It’s fun imagining what must have been going on in Merle’s mind when he had 2 new balls to play with. My dachshund Penelope who I lost in 2012, was obsessed with balls, no matter their size, and I could count on her staying busy for hours when she was given a new one.

  18. That’s a sweet trip down memory lane in your march madness post – your weather is very up and down which is better than all down!! Snow days on Friday, oh the excitement!!! Love the Merle pics, am missing my crazy poodle for sure.
    Wren x

  19. Debbie H says:

    Oh, how fun to see the little ones grow and change over time. And the constant weather differences are so common this year. We had no snow left until last night, when the nor’easter came upon us. Your photography particularly of nature is spectacular!

  20. Kyle says:

    Your photos past and present are beautiful. Love seeing your family photos

  21. Merle seemed to be having a great time. The weather in NE AL has been crazy, we have freezing weather through Wednesday. Trees have budded! Loved revisiting your past March posts , especially loved the pic of the blue-jay!

  22. Kate says:

    We didn’t get the snow, but we got the cold. It just doesn’t seem fair to have 80s one day and then it be freezing the next. Love your look back. Your bird photos are lovely.

  23. Debbie says:

    Wow, spring was certainly on the way down there, glad you didn’t get too much snow. Are you in the path of today’s blizzard, Deb? We are getting hammered up here. I’d say we have about 30 inches already and it’s still coming down like mad.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      I was wondering how much you would get, Debbie. THat’s awful! We were to get 4-8 inches but it moved or something…just howling winds and maybe an inch or so overall.

  24. Sweet Marie says:

    this post has so much good stuff. :) love the pup pics, he’s so darn cute! your kitty looks care free and so cute! your GS was doing dishes?! it seems when they’re young they really want to help. :) your dove pics are so pretty, especially the one in your crabapple tree..beautiful. it’s so nice to see a bluejay. we rarely see any here and we always had them visiting back in Florida. we put food out everyday for the birds and squirrels and I know bluejays love peanuts. we’re having crows visiting now and the problem with that is they eat the food so quickly. it’s must be nice to have all your grandkids close by. :)
    happy March to you!

  25. rue says:

    The weather has been really weird this year. It’s 80 today and it’ll be around 50 next week and to top everything, there’s a blizzard back east. Strange indeed.

    Loved the look back :)


  26. Susan says:

    Amazing what you forget in only a year. This year is a lot like a couple of years back, and then 2011, too, here in E. TN.

  27. Melanie says:

    Merle is so cute. You can tell he’s absolutely loving playing outside. I don’t blame him! Our weather is crazy here in northern IL, too. Last night we went out to dinner at a local place where we ate at exactly 3 weeks ago. We were saying how nuts it was that 3 weeks ago, they had the door to the patio standing open and that people were actually eating outside on the patio. Last night we had snow on the ground and it was about 20 degrees.

    Your bird pictures are so pretty. I especially love the one of the mourning dove eating the crabapple. And the quilt you showed – the baby quilt with all the purple – is one of my favorites. I just love those colors!

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