I ended up taking the whole weekend off from my finishing routine. I needed some fun time. I made some mug rug pieces from cobblestone blocks and pieced a lot of the short strips in the bin into patchwork for the future. I have no idea what I will use them for but I had fun.
Neither of my forsythia bushes are pretty shapes because I whacked them back over the last couple years. They are blooming though. This one is outside my kitchen window and is the bush the birds sit on to get out of the wind in the winter.
The redbud trees are just starting to show pink. I hope we don't get a late freeze. With 5 days in a row in the 80s it has been like summer. Next weekend is supposed to go down to the low 50s which is still above the average temperature for this time. I went out and dug out volunteer raspberry bushes and pruned a couple bushes. I pick up a few branches every time I'm out. There are so many small ones in the back yard and garden. This old body is out of shape so it isn't much fun. I need a yard boy.
Thanks everyone for trying to identify the bird from yesterday. After I had a few clues I looked it up in a bird book but I was still not sure. A couple birders told me it is a Cooper's Hawk and probably only a couple years old. It looked a lot like a falcon in the books but one reader said the falcon has a darker head and I saw that when I did the research. Another reader said it might be a sharp shinned hawk and the link she sent had a photo that looked a lot like it. I didn't realize there were so many different kinds of hawks. All I know is that I don't want it eating lunch in my yard and leaving the feathers for me to pick up.