Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sure Signs of Spring

I can't help it. I really do think Spring is here to stay! Sure, we'll probably get another cold snap or two, but there are just too many signs to ignore. The boys see them to, as evidenced by the increase in noseprints on the windows!

The back yard has seen a lot of action. Our exotic midwest "wildlife" has returned:

Grey Squirrels

American Robins

And one of my favorites, the Spring Peepers. These teeny little froggies start peeping (they are aptly named) at dusk every night. Their song is one of my all-time favorite sounds (right up there with Brutus' snorting, or rustling palm fronds in Hawaii). Thanks to the magic of the iphone, here are a few seconds of peeping from nearby my house for you all to enjoy:

The warm temperatures have also brought some more "domestic" visitors out of hibernation. I just had to get my favorite lawn ornament out, Gus the golfing toad.

Hey - it's Gus! Where ya been buddy?

And golfballs are already finding their way into my yard (often followed by the golfer who launched them).

Out in the front yard, the flowers are growing by leaps and bounds. Crocuses, daffodils, and tulips all up, some starting to bloom! All of them must look like salad to Brutus.

All these blooms, and they just go to waste. Why just smell 'em and not eat 'em? Silly humans, I just don't get them....

Just one little nibble. Come on, mom.... Pleeease?

Fine. Then no more posing.

Nope, not looking.

And finally, one of the most anticipated awakenings: Big Earl is out of storage and has rumbled to life!

He has a tune-up appointment next week, but then will be ready to hit the road for a summer full of adventure. They boys just can't wait! We can't let Flat Brutus have ALL the traveling fun, after all!

Let's go! What are we waiting for? There's a whole country out there to explore!!


Oreo said...

yah i seell the same signs here too. It has to be around the corner, and WOW Big Earl!! Thats cool!! When is the first road trip scheduled???


Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Norwood would CROAK if he sees this post.
Big Earl's back... to be followed sooon by my pontoon boat.

Unknown said...

OMD I loved the Peepers and the video and I can't believe what you guys will be doing this summer. Woof Woof I hope it's the best ever

The Musketeers said...

We have no sign of spring at all, as we do not have spring. All we have now is sign of rain. oh man ! There goes our walkies !

Unknown said...

If you wait till there are more flowers, I bet mom wouldn't notice if you ate one!!

Sam said...

I think we might have those little peeper frogs, too. Every so often when I'm driving home on the road that cuts through the woods, I hear that PEEP PEEP sound. It's way too loud for it to be coming from bugs, so I always thought it was frogs.

I can't wait to hear about your summer Earlventure. Marge says that Brutus should swing by this way to see her.

kissa-bull said...

oh sweet brutus we cant wait to hear about your cross country adventure
please to tell ush if you'll be stopping in texas
their quite a few of ush blog woggies here
i awarded you an award on my bloggy ck it out when you get a chance
pibble sugars and wee wags
the pittie pack

Kari in Alaska said...

Big Earl and nose prints? those are sure signs of spring :) Can't wait to read about the adventures this summer!

Anonymous said...

Good job ignoring mom and the flashy beast, Brutus! I guess that'll show her! I very much like that first picture of you looking out the window. And I can't wait to hear all about your traveling adventures!

Wiggles & Wags,

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

So where is Big Earl going to take you this year, Brutus? As long as Flat Brutus is off traveling, you may as well hit the road too.

Great signs of spring everywhere here too - we see lots of fat robins, and some flowers popping up, and lots of mud:(

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

houndstooth said...

Brutus, you sound like you have lots of plans now that Spring is here! Me too!


Smushie Ranch said...

Brutus! I can't help but get all excited to see Big Earl. That means you're coming to California, right??! Mabye your mom could drop you off and let you live here with me? Or I could go with you, I don't take up too much room.


the teacher's pets said...

Hi Brutus,
I had no idea you had such a lovely yard! You are a lucky boy to be able to travel in Big Earl! I can't wait to see pictures of your favorite destinations!

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

We heard those peepers last night for the first time this year.

The Rocky Creek Scotties

Bijou said...

Thanks for sharing the peepers with us. We haven't heard any yet this Spring. I have noticed some other signs of Spring though so I agree, Winter must be over. YAY!


Two French Bulldogs said... confirmed it, spring is here to stay. Pack your bags we can't wait to see you on your road trip. It looks like you are working are looking buff. BOL
Benny & Lily

1000 Goldens said...

Oh Brutus, your little legs all stretched to see out of the window is so cute :) We're glad you are enjoying Spring!

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With Khattledog said...

Most excellent signs of Spring!


Sally Ann and Andy said...

Wow, your bus is huge. Tour well and enjoy spring.
Sally Ann

Lorenza said...

Sure all those are good signs of Spring!
The little froggies are awesome!
I am sure you all are going to have a great time traveling on Big Earl!
Kisses and hugs


We sent you a comment but mommy must have done something wrong of course, cause we don't see it!

Please don't eat the flowers cause they will give you dogarhia!

Riley and Star.

Mollie Jo and Bobo said...

Oh wow...Spring has sprung! We can't wait to see what adventures you have with Big Earl.

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo

Molly the Airedale said...

We're serenaded every single evening and all night by those peepers! Mom loves their sound too!
We can't wait to see where big Earl is headed this summer!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Dexter said...

I like your little muscle butt in the first photo. No wonder you can jump so high.


Cocorue said...

oooh Brutus, we can't wait for big Earl to ferry you around the country......that will be so pawsome!

whenever you pass by any ocean, do give a wave as i have big eyes and will be looking out for you on my binoculars too!

chikisses and do keep safe and look after your hoomans too

The Adventures of the LLB Gang said...

Woo Hoo!! Squirrels, robins AND Big Earl!!

Spring is so springing!


Oskar said...

We're getting our little motor home all ready to go too, I can't wait!