I finally found the first sign of spring in my neck of the woods; daffodils at the guest house. Everyone else is mowing grass and planting gardens, but not here in Michigan our season is behind by about a month. I normally have lilacs blooming and humming birds at the feeder by this time most years, but this year it’s still cold, very windy, and rainy. I hate to even curse myself by saying this, but I think I’m having allergy trouble this year, something I haven’t experienced since I was a kid. The news did say we will have the worst allergy season ever this year 🙁 I always thought my allergy problems stemmed from my Dad being a smoker while I was growing up, but maybe not. Right now I have the itchy eyes, scratch throat, aching ears, and a headache which I figure is from nasal pressure.
I have to tell you what else I found at the guest house. Apparently when we had the ice storm this winter and lost power it did a number on the place. Needless to say we have a huge insurance claim to turn in. With the power out for so long the pipes, toilets, water softener, and hot water heater all froze and when they thawed out it broke everything dumping water everywhere. With the water froze the well kept trying to come on and it burned up the pump. We have flooring ruined from all the water, insulation under the floors that is falling down and ductwork that it ripped down. The frost was so deep this year that it heaved the deck polls from the ground and the 20X12 deck will also need to be replaced, it pushed it up so far we couldn’t even open the front door. Looks like hubby is going to be busy for a while. My parents use our guest house for the summer and plan on coming back to Michigan at the end of this month so I’m hoping the adjuster gets out here this week so we can get started with all the repairs. There never seems to be a dull moment around our place.
The daffodils use to be part of the flower gardens when we live in what’s now the guest house. When the cabin was built I had no desire to keep up two big yards so I let a big portion of the yard become part of the field, and this also meant many of my flower gardens filled in with grass and weeds. It amazes me every year when I still find the flowers blooming amongst the country grass, I figured by now the weeds would have choked everything out but so far that hasn’t been the case. I was excited to find the daffodils blooming. I grabbed the garden nippers that I keep in my purse and cut a fistful for the front porch, along with a little greenery to support the flowers. They look much better in my galvanized bucket than they do out in the weeds. For now I’m enjoying the flowers before all our work begins on the guest house. I’m sure not looking forward to that, those type of repairs aren’t fun at all. I may just have to leave it all up to my hubby. Now that sounds like a better idea!