Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Has Sprung

It's Spring! Woohoo!

Of course, we've been entertaining summer-like temperatures the last couple of weeks, so I think Spring will come and go in a matter of weeks and then it'll be Summer. Which I also love. But I am dreading our first summer here.

We went to a St. Patrick's Day party last weekend and met some new neighbors. (I've decided Becca here must meet bestie-Becca in Oregon. The two of them are nutz-o for sports!) Actually, almost everyone here is nutz-o for sports. And with University of North Carolina and Duke University so close by, March Madness is truly mad around here.

Anyhow, the party. Learned of a good pest control service nearby that I think we're going to need to do. Scoob had been spraying the perimeter of the house himself each month, and so far the spiders seem to be under control. I say seem, because if they've nested in the house they haven't hatched yet. But we've also seen the random cockroach, mosquitoes are making an appearance (apparently they live in the lawn), and we've seen a few wasps trying to build nests.

So rather than buy, handle, and store all the chemicals we'd need to do battle effectively, I think we're going to hire a service. Let's face it, we'd be responding to whatever pest problem came up next, whereas a service already knows the pests, knows what to look for, and where to look for it.

The wild dogwood off the back porch opened up last weekend.

It'll be leafed out before I know it.

These beautiful pink-blossomed trees are growing wild all over the area.

More bluebird activity at the mailbox—nest building has officially begun!


  1. I was thinking March Madness must be pretty crazy by you. Will your wild dogwood flowers stay that color? We have pink and white dogwood in our neighborhood.

  2. The dogwoods finished opening up and they're white. I have a Kousa dogwood in the front landscaping, but it has no bloom activity yet.