I have a lot of favorite weekends when the weather warms up. This one is fun because our small town hosts a festival, complete with a 5K and a carnival and a parade. It's one of the few weekends each year that I think it's OK to complain about the traffic. But being a So Cal native, it's really nothing. Maybe 12-15 cars waiting at the light. Pretty easy in comparison.
The best of all? It's planting weekend. I always plant a little earlier than a lot of people around here because our first year here, a long-time resident told me she planted on Blossom Festival Weekend for her whole life, and now I do it. The weather forecast looks just fine, so it's a go!
How nice to think of getting out in the sun, watering plants and weeding. Well, the weeding doesn't sound so great, but it's the price we pay, right?
The sun is shining and life feels happy. The garden is calling my name!
Everyday I take a little tour around my house to see what's popping up! And each day I find something new.
Each spring I swear that spring is my favorite season, but then summer comes with it's sunshine-y days and fall comes with perfect weather and beautiful leaves, and I know I love each one the same...but in it's own way.
Spring is great because it's all about newness.
It's a great reminder that a little bit of winter coming into your life only means that good things are ahead. I know that to be true in my yard, as well as in my heart. Hard times bring beauty...even if it is a new kind of beauty that you never expected.
One of the best things lately is just being able to get outside. In shorts and a t-shirt. Is anyone besides me ready to burn of their sweatshirts? I am seriously disappointed when I have to wear one these days. My arms are enjoying being out of hiding!
Of course, I can't forget my cat. She is a full-on housecat, but for about 3 minutes each day she ventures 10 feet from the front door and pretends to be wild. And then she comes right back in to sleep the day away.
Ah, the life of a cat.
I hope sign of spring are popping up where you are!
I am so excited! This weekend was "gettin' the garden ready" time!
Since it has been quite a while since I have gone all out and planted an actual garden in my garden space, it was a complete mess. I don't even know how many wheelbarrow loads of junk I carried out! And the weeds...
If the weeds from the last few years that accumulated there are any indication of the plants that will grow there, I am going to have quite the crop!
That said, I need to do some work on preventing weeds and I would love any advice you have to give!
Now that it is all cleaned out, I am surprised at how much space I have to work with. And the dirt is so soft and fluffy. Do I need to say that I am quite happy with that?
What about you? Did you do anything excited this weekend? Please share!
OK, I have to admit that this one is a challenge for me. I am not a winter-lover. Being from Southern California, I am very content with temps around 85 to 90 degrees---as it should be, if you ask me. But since I now live in Colorado, it gets a lot colder and I complain a lot.
This is my effort to be thankful.
Here goes. Ten things I like about winter:
1. The frost. I love when it covers trees and makes them look like giant snowflakes.
2. Coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. It keeps me warm.
3. Fires in the woodstove.
4. Sweaters and scarves and gloves and boots.
5. More time inside to sew. It's warm in here, so why leave?
6. Bubble baths. Another effort to be warm.
7. No bugs.
8. No sweating.
9. No lawn care needed.
10. Counting down to spring.
I love spring. And summer. And fall.
And I am pretty sure they are just around the corner.
Yes, my friends and I made 47 quarts of pickles yesterday!
Crazy, I know!
We split the the jars between us so I came home with 20. It's the perfect number to get our family through the whole year. I don't actually water-bath mine since we like them crisp (like Claussen), so we have a refrigerator in the garage pretty much devoted to pickles.
The pickle-fridge is now stocked!
This is the first of this year's canning adventures. Next up is tomato soup, veggie soup and salsa. The soups are especially nice to eat in the middle of winter when fresh produce is in short supply.
I love that fall is coming, but it's sad to say goodbye to summer. It's been a fun one, but I sure look forward to leaves changing colors and cooler days. Fresh-picked apples are something to look forward to also!
There were 4 of us, 3 boxes of cucumbers, 3 gallons of vinegar, bunches of garlic and peppers, and a giant bundle of dill.
Once we found the momentum, things progressed quickly.
We split them up and now we wait for them to get tasty.
In reality, we will open one today, just to check.
And it's gonna be oh-so-good!
***Here is my recipe in case you are interested. I don't water-bath my jars. I simply put everything in the jar and then place it in the fridge. This keeps the pickles crisp. They keep for one full year.
You can't beat the taste of a tomato fresh from the garden! It's so fun to see tons of tomatoes getting ready to ripen, and ready to be eaten!
This week has been super hectic! I have been buried under piles of fabric. My sale was a huge success and now I just need to get it all packaged and shipped. This is my way of saying "see you next week!" when life slows down to a more managable pace.
On thing I must tell you is that my oldest daughter and her hubs are moving back to Colorado this weekend. They will live a couple of hours from us, which feels like next door to me. Her stint on a Marine base in California was too far for this mommy! Can't wait to see my girl and her guy!