Living in a place that we can get up to 6 months of winter weather you sure appreciate green when it comes. But when outside doesn't want to cooperate ( like today...it snowed again) with your need for green... then you make it happen inside. My hubby was pruning the fruit trees on the homestead and picked me some desert plum branches to force. I learned a new trick this year. Put one tablespoon of bleach in the water and it will prevent any bacteria growth and you will have nice clear water in your vase as it buds. Earlier this week after we finished our dinner I noticed the neat shadow play that was happening on the wall. I really wished I was able to catch it better but I loved how the branches and the shadow was leaning into each other.
The time to enjoy a bit of green and shadow play was such a sweet simple pleasure after a long winter.
>> Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The last three Sunday's my hubby and I have participated in some local Seedy Sunday Sales. We sold our seed from our small joint family seed business. I really enjoy these get together's. It is a neat way to meet people out in our local community and surrounding areas. There are a lot of neat people that we have been blessed in friendship with. One friend we have made through these sales the last couple of years has blessed us with new seed to try out and grow and save. I am really excited with the bean seeds given last year, tomato seeds he gave us this year and a tomato variety he wants to share next year. We are so blessed by this friend.
On the way home from the seed sale we had the pleasant surprise of getting to see some of the local wild turkeys. We wondered where they were sense we hadn't seen them in a while but they made their appearance on Sunday. In the picture down below is at lake level and there is hardly any snow down there unlike us further up the mountain. Snow is melting more and more each day and it won't be too long before we start digging in the garden.
>> Saturday, March 12, 2011
This morning I awoke to the joy of sunlight shining through my bedroom window. I have been blessed this morning with several sites that winter is leaving and spring is breaking forth. For instance ...earlier sunrises, birds returning and chirping, a squirrel scampering up and down on a ladder hanging off our woodshed, sunlight creating a diamond sparkle on the snow. I am feeling very cheerful and encouraged by God's amazing beauty in His creation. I find every winter I tend to not be able to get up as early as I would like but I am doing better now that the sun is rising sooner so I rise sooner. I look forward to this time because it is easier for me to have my quiet time. The treat of a quiet house, a cup of warm tea, a time to reflect and spend with the Lord.
some goals for my spring break....
- finish cleaning out the future bathroom
- Make perogies ( and write a tutorial)
- make cottage cheese for the first time
- give the house a extra clean as much as I can (so I can take pics of my home to share)
- some knitting *grin*
- Make some lesson plans
Those are my great aspirations and we will see what reality will be. *grin*
>> Thursday, March 10, 2011
A Tray of Leeks
I am so excited that I am starting to finally see signs of spring here. I have to admit to those who don't know this about me but I am not a natural lover of gardening. My hubby the gardener and he has slowly lured me into helping him. I do enjoy certain parts of the garden more than others. For example after planting and waiting and then the plants just... break forth out of the ground is such a simple pleasure of mine. It to me is a sign of hope and new life. New life coming forth is such a pure joy, if it be a new born baby, or animal, or plant. I loved the verse in the creation account in Genesis that mentions that God planted a garden. He didn't speak it to be but it said He planted it. That just shows the loving and caring side in our creator that I think is missed ohhh too often. I didn't catch that till I was in my 30's and I went to a woman's breakfast at church and a sweet lady who was the speaker drew our attention to that. Isn't our Lord so amazing. I hope that you take a moment sometime this spring and stand and be amazed at our Lord's creation and know that it didn't just evolve but was a gift from our creator who thought out every detail as a gift for us.
>> Wednesday, March 9, 2011
A peak out my dinning room window today.
This time a year I have to work real hard not to be discontent and feel the grass is greener on the other side. (literally, lol) It is that time of the year of transition time between winter and spring. We are seeing glimpses of spring but we are still getting snow. I am drooling over pictures on blog posts that show trees in bloom and life. Yes, it will happen here too...soon. Till then I will cozy up to my knitting and sit by the fire and patiently wait and daydream for spring.
Here is a peak into my knitting bag of goodies. I am using up odds and ends in my yarn stash and making hot pads that I will make a quilt front and then put on a binding. The moss stitch gives the thickness so I don't have to use batting or a backing. It is all in one, neat eh? I am hoping during spring break I can get some quilt fronts made and then assemble them. I used chunky 100% wool or cotton for this. That is important because if you use acrylic it will probably melt when used, I know b/c I used my hubby's aunts and that happened, not a good thing.
>> Tuesday, March 8, 2011
The last two Saturday's I have been working on de-cuttering and clearing out all the STUFF for the future bathroom. I have talked about this in the past but now it is GOING to happen. This time trying to clean it out I made a rule with myself. When I take something out to sort through and if it doesn't pertain to the future bathroom it cannot go back in. This has been really working. ((happy dance)) I have a bit more to go and with spring break at the end of this week I know I will make it happen. We have a claw foot tub and a shell pedestal sink are just waiting to go in. I still have to get a toilet and tile for behind and under the tub area but it is getting close.
UP TO DATE as of Saturday March 5th
I have a bit more to go but there is a light at the end of the tunnel and a carrot dangling to get there. I am determined to soak a couple of hours in my light lavender painted tub.
Here is the shell sink I found at a second hand store...score!!!
And my tub. It is hard to see but it is a pale lavender colour on the outside and white on the inside.