A mass of daffodils bloomed in the front yard by the light post and a few tulips popped up under the bushes to offer a bright pop of color.
Hooks: In the backyard, I moved the bird feeders to the left of the deck and added watering plates to the shepherd's hooks. We used to keep the feeders near the dining room window so the cats could watch 'em, but it turns out that drew critters (who have eaten their way into the air conditioning units). Needless to say, we now have to fork out $15,000 to replace the air conditioners and add a new furnace upstairs. Much UGH.
Plants: I cleaned up the front garden, removing last year's pile of dead leaves from beneath the bushes near the door and the tree at the end of the driveway. Then, I raked in a bag of compost, sowed some wildflowers and topped with mulch.
We've had issues with critters (likely chipmunks and voles) creating massive mazes of tunnels underneath our yard. This has resulted in dips, browned grass and holes everywhere -- a common problem in New Hampshire. Since I prefer not to use pesticides, I decided to give whirligigs a try. I recently read an article that said staking whirligigs throughout your garden can help because the wind causes a vibration in the ground that the critters don't like. Not sure if it'll work, but seems like an easy and inexpensive thing to try.
In the basement, the peppers and the lavender and the johnny be good seedlings are growing well. The tomatoes and the geraniums, not so much. I planted the latter in a different type of seedling container, the kind you can add directly to a pot later and it'll decompose organically, and I think they just dried out too fast. Won't be using those again.