Sunday, April 29, 2018


The snow is slowly melting.  I don't have much activity in my gardens.  It looks like everything survived, except perhaps the hydrangea I planted last year.  I am happy to see the peonies my mom gave me last fall made it through the winter.  There isn't much to do yet, but I did get my birdhouses stained and installed.  I certainly enjoyed the warm weather and sunshine.  The wild pasque flowers are just starting their spring display.

 Spring is finally here!  I enjoy watching the gardens wake up in the spring.  I hope your weather is as wonderful.

Sunday, April 22, 2018


The weather was super warm, the sun was shining, and I was busy.  
 I started quite a few of my seeds.  I tried some new things; strawberry spinach, artichokes, cabbage, califlower, and cutting celery.  I planted more lettuce and peas in the greenhouse.  A few weeks ago I started some lettuce, bok choy, and spinach.  Most of it came up. I think some of my seeds are past their prime, as I notice one the of lettuce strains didn't germinate.  The strawberry bed is ready for the plants I ordered.  I also planted some potatoes.  They should do fine since the ones I put in the worm bin won't stop trying to grow.
 Today I heard my first frog.  It is somewhere in this mud puddle.  I could have kissed it.  Not because I'm looking for prince charming (I already found him), but to celebrate spring is finally here.

 My husband is working on a large wood project in the barn.  This means scrap lumber.  I made three bird houses out of leftover wood.  Two chickadee houses and one robin house.  I took down my bumblebee/chipmunk house and put up the little house I made last year. They need stained, but I'm happy with the results.  For scraps they turned out pretty good. 
It was a busy weekend.  I was overjoyed to get out and enjoy the sunshine. The greenhouse was in the 100 degree range.  It was like a sauna.  Hopefully, I will get some tenants in my new housing development.  How many bird houses do you have?  Are you planting anything new in your vegetable garden?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

That's all I've got...

The big blizzard missed us.  We didn't get 18 inches of snow or driving winds.  Four inches and cold weather.  My thoughts go out to the ranchers, as I know the prairie was hit much harder.  Not the best weather for calving.  All we have going on are the tom turkeys are strutting.  That is it.  That is all I've got.  Just waiting impatiently for warmer weather.  

I hope April is more productive for the rest of you.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Stay focused...

We received more snow.  There isn't an end in immediate site.  I have decided to just focus on projects and not even think about gardening.  I did peak into the greenhouse while shoveling.  I see my seeds are up, but there is too much ice and snow to get in.  I just have to stay focused on the inside. Have I mentioned how difficult this is?  

 I bottled some Prairie Chokecherry and Red Letter Raspberry Wine.  I have made a batch of wine every month.  A friend gave me a ton of chokecherries.  I am very thankful for that, as I don't have much luck with chokecherries here.  They get half the wine.  She must like it because she gave me gallons of berries this year.
 I have been making energy bites to take to work.  This week I tried apricot/coconut.  It was pretty simple:

1 c. apricots
2 c. unsweetened coconut shredded
1 t. vanilla
5 T. honey

I blended everything, except the honey, in the blender.  Then I added the honey and rolled them into balls.  They will go in the refrigerator and, hopefully, I will remember to take some to work in the morning. 
My husband and I try to make Sunday's special.  Ella and I go for a hike (or snowshoeing).  Then my husband makes a wonderful meal on his smoker/grill.  I had a spa day today.  I soaked in an epsom salt bubble bath.  I even used a clay mask.  Then if it is snowing, which it has every Sunday for the past few weeks, we take a nap.  I work on some projects and do some yoga.  It is very restorative.  Today I refilled my spa supplies.  I made a sugar scrub out of sugar, olive oil, and lemon juice.  Then a hot oil hair care with 1 cup of honey and 4 T. olive oil. 
 Making a picnic blanket quilt was also on the Saturday agenda.  The blue blocks were leftover from another quilt project.  That was a project where I definitely miscalculated the number of blocks I needed.  I used up the leftover blues along with some yellow scraps I had lying around.  I still have enough material to line the inside of the picnic basket.  That will be next weekend's project.   
 Ella and I got out to stretch our legs.  We got 8 inches of light and fluffy on Friday, but that became hard and crusty by Sunday.
 As you can see, there is more snow in our future.  
I am working hard to stay positive.  I am thankful that my husband and I make Sunday's a special time for us.  I am grateful that I live in a place where I can take my dog snowshoeing for a mile out, off leash, without worrying about a car or other people disrupting our peace.  I appreciate that on weekends good friends text, e-mail, or call.  Life is good, despite the never ending snow.  What is your Sunday routine?

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Spring is NOT in the air...

More snow this weekend.  We probably got another 8 inches altogether.  Just another weekend birdwatching.  I tried to work on a picnic blanket, but ran out of material.  Shoveling and birdwatching that was the agenda.
 This is a very dapper blue jay.  
 A crow hung around all day.
 I love this Junco.  While all the others are gray, he is has a dusky orange undertone.
 The first robin of the year.  Poor fellow is in for a rough few months.  We still have a long way to go before we see earth.
 This redpoll looks about as happy as I am.
 I am very pleased with my crossbill photo.  I have had tons of them this spring.
The crow finally got so brave he landed on the deck.

It looked like a winter wonderland while snowshoeing today.  My body thinks it is November.  All I want to do is eat, sleep, and quilt.  We are supposed to get another week of snow.  

I was very thankful last week that the weather was decent and a friend of mine was able to visit.  We have worked together for about four years helping students get green cards.  We e-mail each other, call, and have even worked together via an internet video chat.  We have never actually met.  I was lucky enough to finally meet her face to face last week.  She came to the hills on vacation with a friend of hers.  They came up for supper and a few games of pool.  It was a great time.  The only bummer was she is an avid birdwatcher and all the birds you see above went into hiding when she came.  I'm pretty disappointed about that.  Still, it did not deter us from getting to know each other outside of work.  We had a great time.  I am lucky to know such wonderful person.   

Another week has come and gone.  I get frustrated with the snow, but looking back through my past blogs last year was the only time we didn't have snow at the beginning of April.  Ella thought the snow was grand for snowshoeing.  

We didn't do much for Easter.  My husband made a fabulous dinner.  We had a good weekend despite it being to cold to do anything.   I hope the rest of you out there have better weather and had a great Easter.