I'm back from my unintended blog hiatus. It seems like I've gotten behind or dropped the ball on a lot the last month or so. Now it's time to get motivated and play catch-up!
The birds who've nested on my balcony now have their babies! They must have hatched while I was at my mom's. I haven't been able to get a good look at them yet, so I don't know how many there are or anything. I tried to be discreet while hanging over them up on my stepladder with my camera, but that didn't really work out. So, I hurried it up and got back inside. I'll continue to spy on them through the blinds, though, and hopefully I'll get a better peek at the babies!
My mom called today to say she needs me to come and house-sit and take care of her dogs later this week for a few days. So, now I need to unpack from being there last weekend and get packed up again. I don't mind because it's very relaxing staying at her house, and it's nice being close to my grandmama. Alex will be very happy because he loves my mom's dogs. The only downside is that she lives in the middle of nowhere, so I'll have to find ways to entertain myself. I plan to do some knitting and watch a movie or 10, and most exciting of all. . . read the new Sookie Stackhouse book!
That's right! Sookie Stackhouse book #9 came out today! I was going to rush out and get it and devour it all tonight, but now I'm going to hold out so I can read it while I'm at my mom's.
Ooohh - speaking of books, I joined a foodie book club. I've missed their first book, but for April we're reading A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg, which I've seen and wanted to read, but never got around to it. Ashley at (never home)maker put the whole foodie book club together. It's going to be exciting!! I've always wanted to be in a book club (reach for the stars, Courtney!). So, I'll be posting my review of the book on the last Friday of the month. And then on the first of the month, there will be links to everyone else's reviews.
This sweet little birdie has made one of my flower boxes into her nest! How cool is that? I love getting to see here out there, and I can't wait until her little babies hatch! I'm going to get some birdseed to put out there for her. It doesn't seem to bother her if I open the door or the window, but we're trying not to disturb her so we don't upset her or scare her off (I want to be a good neighbor!). I'm just so happy she's decided to make my balcony her home for a little while.
My bedroom walls! I've been on the search for a color to replace the unfortunate smurf-esque shade that is currently gracing my walls. I wanted something more vibrant. After much deliberation and thought - I'm just going to go all out and paint it bright green. I've chosen Benjamin Moore "Baby Fern" - the shade that's used on the walls in the bottom right picture. I can't wait! (I wonder if brighter walls will help me get up on time in the mornings?)
ps - I just learned how to use Mosaic Maker and I can already feel an obsession coming on!
We had the nicest weather today we've had since last summer. It was such a beautiful day. Windows were opened, jackets came off, and I was wishing I could be outside. I am always so excited and grateful when the first days of spring finally arrive. After the winter, the sun seems brighter and even though the air is damp and cool, there's the promise of warmth to come. It feels lovely to say "Farewell, Old Man Winter!"
image - ComunicaTI
There are two happy campers here tonight. I am happy because my class was cancelled, so I'll get to catch up on my knitting and relax. And Alex is happy because he had leftover rice and chicken broth mixed in with his dog food this evening!
image - kevindooley
A while ago (in the midst of the 800 snowstorms we've had), I began doing research to find pick-your-own farms around here. I am going to learn to put up this spring, and I wanted to figure out where I was going to get all the stuff I will put up. During my research, I came across Miller Farms Market, located just outside Fredericksburg. They sell all sorts of local produce, eggs, milk, cheese, flour, ice cream. I was determined to make a trek out that way as soon as the weather finally ended its onslaught. This past Saturday was the big day. It was my grandmama, me and my sister. We at breakfast at Bob Evan's and then headed out to find the market.
Well, it was so much more than I expected. There was a huge selection of meat and cheeses and different preserves. They also have an additional space that's devoted to crafts and things. There were spices, washcloths, quilts, soaps - even handmade rolling pins (I want to get one of these on my next visit!) It was a fun visit - so much to look at and admire. The girl who was working in the store was very friendly and helpful. I can't wait to go back in the spring when they have fresh fruits and vegetables. They also have a potting shed which you can use to pot the plants you purchase there (a big plus for those of us who live in apartments). My grandmama really liked it, too. I'm sure we'll be making the trip out there again soon!
We got totally lost after leaving the market. My grandmama decided we were going to take backroads to get to wherever we were going, and we basically did a driving tour of Civil War battlefields. We drove all over the place and then ended back where we started - ha! But we made it - and it was sooo worth the trip!
#1: I am looking forward to work tomorrow. A testament to the fact that I am ready to not be stuck inside.
#2: I watched Doubt last night with Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman. What. An. Awesome. Movie. The ending blew me away. I love that the protagonist was so imperfect. I highly recommend this movie - it's full of twists and turns.
#3: I am starting to research canning equipment. I am soooo excited about learning to put up. I'll only be using the water bath method, so no need to fool with a pressure cooker. I've already roped my grandmama into picking peaches with me this summer.
#4: Rhonda Jean wrote such a great post today as part of her Simple Living series. I learn so much from her! She keeps me motivated, along with a few other blog ladies.
#5: Did I mention I am done with being stuck inside?
I'll be writing a big food post tomorrow, so stay tuned. . .