Monday, April 23, 2018

Loving April

Happy Monday!

I just love how green everything is right now. I have been such a sporadic blogger. At the beginning of April, Ben and Megan came and stayed with us. I knew that they would be on the road and that I would be grand childrenless in California. So I kept busy with them. I baked cookies and just had a nice time with them until they hit the road again. They are out of California now. Making their way to the rest of the county. The vlog is here 

Ron and I have been busy. We got the flowerbeds all cleaned and prettied up. They were terrible. We have been making mulch out of our yard trimmings and chicken manure and we had the nicest stuff to put in our flowerbeds. We have two more other mulch mountains in the pasture and its lovely stuff. It smells like a forest floor. We decided to move all of his Bonsai trees to the flowerbeds. That way they will be a little more protected. Some of the Japanese Maples, love sun, but its the hot wind that gets to them, so hopefully they will be more protected this year. So that is why we keep things in pots to move. So he can cut them down to look miniature.

Here is the back yard. I have all of the porches cleaned and ready to be the outside family rooms now. I do love these porches.

I just love how it looks from each of the porches. Each place has its own feel to it. I guess that is why on the original house plans each place had a name. This is the entry porch.

This is pretty too, but we rarely sit here. Except when there is a wedding. Then everyone sits here. Isn't that funny?

Of course, my favorite, The Quiet Porch. I just cleaned it yesterday and I am going to fix it up as soon as something comes to me. It really is quiet and because its off of the office, where I am right now, the door is open and I listen to the sound of the wind chimes and the sound of the meadowlarks out in the pasture.

My tree roses are out here too and the butterfly bush. I love to sit here quietly and and watch all of the moths, butterflies and hummingbirds come and take drinks of nectar and never notice me sitting quietly. My Hydrangeas are starting to get flowers. Just little things yet, but it is spring.

Speaking of spring. This was the garden area in my back yard. These weeds just went crazy this year. Lots of lovely nettles. Best tea if you need iron. Did I dry it? No, I felt really wasteful too, when I was chopping weeds. I do enjoy chopping weeds by the way, its a good thing because we have them in abundance. I meant to show you a before and after, but because we have been busy with the flowerbeds, we still don't have it planted yet.

After as of today, soon to be planted.
Ron took the tractor and broke it up and here it sits. Today is a clean house day or I would be out here getting it all leveled and raked. I do love this time of year and all of the fun things to do. My other projects are so different. I have too many going on, but I don't want to overwhelm you with all of my projects. I will be sharing them all.

I hope you have a lovely Monday.
I hope your day is filled with wonderful things. Hopefully spring is showing up for you.

Dreaming of April
Praying for her to arrive in all her finery
I'm dreaming of April
Maybe she'll linger this time
Turning to smile at me
These clouds of grey march in endless procession
I'm waking every day
Dreaming of April.

---Out of the Grey, Christine Dente.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April Post

I haven't written a post for April. I thought I should write one in case you thought maybe I was gone for good. I am not, its just that Ben and Megan are still here and it seems there just isn't enough time in the day to blog too. Plus I really don't have a lot to share. I feel pretty boring. Ron and I decided to do another month of Whole 30. We never really changed much from January. So I didn't go through that withdrawal from sugar or flour like last time. This is week two. It surprises me how fast time goes. There isn't such a hard learning curve and I like the food. Though at first eating all of the fat was really hard for me. I am loosing weight for the first time in 10 years so that has been nice.

 Its going to be 89-94 depending on what weather site you look at today. Then we go back into the 60s and snow will be down to 2000 feet by Friday. Don't you love April?
I am going to be a grandma again. It will be grand baby number 10. Kessie and Ryan are expecting their sixth. I am pretty excited to have a new baby around  again. There is just something wonderful about new babies.

Just lots of family things going on in my world. Nice things. I found out yesterday that guy next door is going to put in a giant building next door. It solves my gardening problem. I was wondering if I would put in a big garden this year. When I found that out it solved every thing for me. I will just do a small one in my yard.
I just don't like being out there with all of the heavy equipment.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.
Next time I post, hopefully I will have something to show you.
Blessings to you all,

I wonder what spendthrift chose to spill
Such a bright gold under my windowsill!
Is it fair gold?
 Does it glitter still?
Bless me!
 It’s a daffodil!
—Celia Thaxter