Saturday, April 19, 2014


I decided to try to discipline myself recently, I do not know why I think this might work for me when it never worked for my mom and she is much tougher than I am!  I am going to try anyway.  The impetus for this was me trying to find my sewing machine under the stack of 'current' projects.  I realized I am sort of ADD about my projects, I start something and then I see something else and think ooh, I want to see if I can do that, so I start it to see if I can and voila(!), another 'current' project is born!  For the next few weeks then I am not allowed to start anything new, I can only make lists, when I have finished all the projects currently underway, I can then start something new if I want.  (this does not include the long term stuff like the quilt - but it does include all the currently begun crocheting and sewing)  I hope I am slightly more successful at this than the weight loss or exercise programs.  (sigh)  If nothing else at least it got me to inventory the 'in progress' works and making a list of them automatically made it more organized...yes?

It has been beautiful here this week and we have been out in the yard enjoying the weather, I know it could freeze still, but it sure feels like this may be the real thing and winter may actually be over!  (knock on wood)
So here is a little of the recent week activities.

 The cherry tree is loaded with blossoms and you could hear the bees going to town on the pollinating, the hum was just a little unnerving for those of us even mildly allergic to them.

 This is my new best friend taking a break from tilling the front planter, I can't help it I just am thrilled at the ease of getting the ground ready with this guy - Hubby is almost jealous!

 Rhubarb, Columbines, Lavender, and Salvia enjoying the sun and the mulching.

Today the apple tree started humming as well and the blossoms are about 3/4's open, the pink undersides and the while petals are so pretty!

Happy Easter to all!   Wishing you all a blessed day!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Slow Living Monthly 9

Fair warning - I am really excited about spring!  I also detest hot weather, so - just so we are all on the same page here I am behaving in a slightly nutso (it's a technical term) manner.  Totally jazzed about spring and the garden and sort of dreading the advent of the warm season, getting out my capris and complaining about having to paint the toenails.  Sort of a schizo kind of thing.  The good news is that when the heat really hits I just settle in to full time grousing and moaning so the multiple personality thing goes away and it's just full time Flying Monkeys! (that may not actually qualify as good news...)

Here goes the look back at March - (And yes I am late!)

Nourish - They opened a Trader Joe's in Boise (about 20 miles away)!  This was my favorite store in California and I told my Mom that the only things I missed about CA was the family and Trader Joe's.  I have been now twice and we are eating the lettuce and avocados and cucumbers that are so welcome in the warmer weather, and are so fresh and tasty and clean from TJ's.  (I do actually miss really good Mexican food and roadside fruit stands, but not enough to move back to 'Cali' as my kids call it) TJ's also has all kinds of different cheeses and a lot of the goods are organic and they do fair is just a wonderful store and my life is a little because it is there.  (And that probably says something really sad about my quality of life!)

Rototilling Hubby

Prepare - We are continuing to ready the garden for planting and clean up the area so the detritus from the long winter is just about gone.  Garden is cultivated - the new electric rototiller is my new best friend - compost bucket is dumped into the area it is getting tilled into and the new part of the garden is completely dug out.  This summer we will plant 1000 square feet of garden in the back!  (be still my heart - this is a long time dream!)

Reduce  - I'm going for reuse this month or maybe just save from the trash bin.  I am now the proud owner of a whole pile of yarn from my Grandmothers closet that may be a much as 30 or 40 years old.  Grateful to my Mother for thinking of me and being willing to send it on.  I will have much fun with this largess and it will save quite a bit of money for me.  If you can get your hobby down in cost it is a win - win!

Green - We are now using a lot of those containers we rinsed and set aside over the winter months.  this year we will not buy any containers for seed growing and we will set back the ones that are still in good condition to use again.  Old milk cartons become scoops and creamer bottles are great for taking liquids (dressings) to potlucks.  I think this year we have finally begun to really use the things we've been saving (and then tossing) for years.

Grow - I have peas!!!  This is not as disgusting as it may sound.  My peas (plant when it is still cold) are here and there peeking through the dirt and I am thrilled.  The first sprouts of the season always send me into paroxysms of excitement.  (around September - I start grumbling about how many  zucchini are still there!)  Hubby is going to try iceberg lettuce this year and his seedlings are coming up as well.
those little leaves are lettuce!

Create - I decided to move out of my comfort zone with my crochet patterns this month and I am very pleased with the results so far.  I am doing a throw that is very textured, the picture is just once through the pattern and that will be done 9 more times.  All but two of the rows in the pattern are new stitches for me so I feel like I really stretched  on this project.
crocheted panel

Discover - I have an obsession with genealogy and this month I have worked on a branch of the family tree that could, I suppose, be called a 'side' branch, but is in actuality one of those wonderful loops that we find in the people that live in pioneering times.  I have had such a good time discovering the connection between the relative I knew in my family and the relative in a cousins family.  I was able to get back to the 1600's in America and find the ancestor who started the family and then the place where the family branched and they lost track of how they were related.  What fun!!!  (really, you have no idea - it makes me feel like Sherlock Holmes or something!)

Enhance - I am once again taking photos for a website called "Find a".  This is an awesome tool for family historians and I have gotten some new photo requests for my area and will be taking more cemetery/headstone photos and posting them online.  The public can then look for a headstone of a relative or ancestor and it is just really fun.  Spring and newly dry roads have me planning trips to some pioneer cemeteries.

Enjoy - I am enjoying open windows! After a long winter of closed up house it is so nice to smell fresh air and cut grass and damp dirt!  There simply isn't an air freshener that can beat them.  I may even lemon oil the furniture and get another good smell in the mix.

Happy April!

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Like Christmas in April!

My mother is in Missouri taking care of her mother (my 101 1/2 year old grandmother) and one of the things she is trying to get done is to clean out some of her 'stuff' in the closets.  Grandma is and has always been a pack rat!  In her defense though she never had a lot of money and learned to make do with what she had.  She just never threw a lot away so she'd 'have' when the need came along!  One of my favorite 'Grandma to the rescue' stories was from my cousin's wedding and she had ordered a veil and when it came in she was just in tears - it didn't look like she had pictured it, so Grandma said well let me see what I can do with it and brought back the perfect veil, just like she had wanted, when we asked her how she fixed it she just smiled and said "old bleach bottle"!  She was just like that, I grew up thinking there wasn't much she couldn't do.

Last year Mom had found a bag of yarn in Grandmas upstairs closet and sent it to me as I was learning to crochet and she thought I'd get some use out of it.  We decided to call it 'vintage' yarn rather than just old yarn!  Well she was cleaning out another closet and found another couple of bags of yarn and it came in the mail today!  This is so much fun - most of this will get made into the beanies for the cancer treatment center who always need more hats!  I think there is enough in each skein left to make a beanie and a grannie square and then I will put together a wild mismatched throw of granny squares to make me think of grandma and her saving ways.  She really did teach us all to think outside the box before it became a buzzword!

Doesn't this just look like hours of fun!!?

Hubby just laughed - he knows Grandma and thinks there may be another bag of yarn around somewhere!!!

 So I will spend the rest of my afternoon listening to music and winding up balls of yarn.  Life is good!!