1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Happy Spring, MaryJane!

    • MaryJane says:

      YES! Happy Spring dearest Winnie. A friend gave me “Finding Winnie.” I read it to my girls last weekend. It’s a lovely book.

      • Winnie Nielsen says:

        Wow , this is a new book to me. Love the name! Does the story remind you of me? I am going to look it up on Amazon to learn more. Who knew?

        • MaryJane says:

          I think the name or the context threw you. The Caldecott Medal went to “Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear,” illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick. The book tells the real-life story of a World War I veterinarian who rescued a bear and named it Winnie, who eventually became the inspiration for the fictional Winnie-the-Pooh.

  2. Lovely evocative photo of the moon in daylight!

  3. Bonnie ellis says:

    Did you ever look at the moon when you we little and think it was magic? What a beautiful photo Mary Jane.

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Ohhhh my, the sweetest face ever!! Is that baby new? How is my Daisy coming along? I believe she is due next month or so.

    • MaryJane says:

      That’s Sweet William (Miss Daisy’s last calf). Sadly, Miss Daisy miscarried sometime around the end of December. She was carrying a heifer. She’s still giving me plenty of milk so I’ll wait until August to breed her again. Next up is Lacy Lou, who is due in August.

  2. Mary Lou Bender says:

    Your beautiful picture reminded me of a little poem I came across more than 50 yrs ago:
    “We reached the gate in silence, there’s nothing between us now
    For I was just a farmer’s boy, and you, a jersey cow.”

  3. Karlyne says:

    My faith in the beauty of the world has just been restored. Thank you, Sweet William!

  4. laureen Shelton says:

    Love them cow eyes!

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spring details

We always say, “It’s the little things that count.”


As we huddle here in the final stretch of winter, I find myself dreaming of details,

the little things that make spring so special.

So, as thoughts will do, mine hopped around until they landed on this idea:

A “can-you-guess” sort of quiz that gives you a close-up glimpse of the coming season’s lovely little things.

Scroll through the images and their multiple-choice identities, below, and give ‘em a guess. Some are more obvious than others, but all are dream-worthy. The answers are at the end.


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  1. Garlic blossom
  2. Lily bud
  3. Moth’s nose


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  1. Thumbelina’s crown
  2. Hibiscus
  3. Poppy


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  1. Fish skin
  2. Butterfly wing
  3. Bird feather


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  1. Grains of sand
  2. Semiprecious gems
  3. Bits of plastic


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  1. Leaf
  2. Katydid wing
  3. Rice paper


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  1. Bee wings
  2. Fairy wings
  3. Dragonfly wings


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  1. Sand
  2. Coral
  3. Starfish


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  1. Currant tomatoes
  2. Red currants
  3. Salmon eggs


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  1. Sunflower
  2. Bumblebee
  3. Fern bud


Photo by Nick Fedele via Flickr

  1. Starfruit seeds
  2. Lemon candy
  3. Hibiscus pollen


Photo by Justus Thane via Flickr

  1. Vintage wood curio shelf
  2. Empty sunflower seed pod
  3. Honeycomb

12. And here’s one to help you appreciate the miniscule marvels of today (hint, hint):

Photo by Alexey Kljatov via Flickr

  1. Flake of mica
  2. Shard of glass
  3. Snowflake



  1. Garlic blossom
  2. Poppy
  3. Butterfly wing
  4. Grains of sand
  5. Katydid wing
  6. Dragonfly wings
  7. Starfish
  8. Red currants
  9. Sunflower
  10. Hibiscus pollen
  11. Honeycomb
  12. Snowflake



  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This was fun. I missed #4, #2, and #12. The last one is really tricky with those micro stems curling off the edges. Thanks for a great Morning Science class today at MJF. Always a favorite of mine!

  2. CJ Armstrong says:

    Beautiful! I wasn’t sure about the butterfly wing or hibiscus pollen. The others I did get correct!
    Thanks for this post!

  3. Yay, got em all right ! Yes, as they say : ” God is in the details “

  4. Krista says:

    Wow! That was a fun little challenge. I only missed numbers 4 and 5. I did guess on some, especially the hibiscus pollen, but I seemed to have guessed right. Thanks for this fun little game to get into the spirit of the season and appreciate the small things that make up spring.

  5. I missed on the Katydid wing (thought it was a leaf because a copy of this is one of my screen saver free images) and the snowflake (thought it was mica flake). Otherwise, I think I’m a pretty good observer of nature (or maybe just intuitive??). Either way, I’ll accept the result. milka

  6. Bonnie ellis says:

    What a fun way to learn. In my button club, we would have to identify various clothing buttons on a card. We learned a lot about what they we made of, when made and what garment they may have been sewn on.

  7. Sarah Hall says:

    Loved this. I missed #5 but definately was guessing on the pollen!

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