Spring has Sprung!

Aren't they gorgeous?!

What an amazingly glorious awesome day it is today!  The weather is perfect, everything is turning green, and the birds are all chirpy and happy.  I’m sitting out on the front porch and life is good.

My daughter and I made out first trip of the spring to our local Farmer’s Market this morning.  Not a lot there yet, but I scored a bunch of beautiful freesias and some local grass-fed lamp chops for grilling tonight.

I got my new double azalea potted, some herbs re-potted, and weeded my little garden spot.  Do you remember when I got so excited because it was like 80 degrees and I knew it was too early to plant but I planted stuff anyway because everyone said it was going to stay mild and then it snowed and then I had to replant everything because nothing came up?  Well guess what?  It has now come up.  All of it.  Both plantings.  I guess the first seeds were sulking because they got cold or something.  Kinda makes me giggle.  It’s all just a big jumble of stuff now because when I planted the second time, I just sorta threw the lettuce seeds in (I think the technical term is “broadcasting”) and sprinkled dirt on top and watered it.  No rows for this gal!  Way too in the box!  Anyway, later that night we had a monsoon and my planter box kinda came apart on one side and some of the dirt came out and now it isn’t level anymore, and most of the lettuce seeds sorta drifted over to one side of the box as the tide went out.  But I’m just a little bit afraid to plant any more lettuce on the other side, just in case the seeds are messing with me again.  (Apparently, I have some deep “seeded” issues…)

I think I just may be a little giddy from the amazing aroma of these freesias on the table beside me. 🙂

So, that’s a piece of my life today.  Happy Spring!

Thankful Thursday #10: The Miracle of Rain

Today I am thankful for the amazing amount of rain that we have gotten in the last week or so.  I have heard that we are officially out of “drought conditions” here in my neck of the woods.  Everything looks green and lush and the air even smells better.  We still need more to refill the farm stock ponds and the lakes, but we are on our way.  Thank you Father, for the miracle of rain!  Cleansing, refreshing, restoring rain!

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New Year, New You: February Update

As I write this, I am sitting on my front porch watching the sun set.  What a gorgeous day it has been!  I am so grateful for warmth and sunshine!  Had the doors open and the cats loved being able to run in and out all day.  Since it’s almost mid-March I thought I’d give you a recap of new things for February.  Better late than never, right?  🙂

English: A tape measure. Deutsch: Massband

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The big change, of course, has been restarting my T-Tapp routine.  You can read more about my T-Tapp journey here.  Total inches lost for February was…drumroll please…14 1/2!  I have to say that I am somewhat disappointed in myself though.  I only actually worked out 6 times for the whole month.  🙁  Imagine what it could have been…sigh…But this is a new month!  I will do better!

The other major change in Feb. was the decision to not use the microwave anymore.  Most of the time it hasn’t been an issue, but I do miss the convenience of the spur of the moment baked potato!  I really hate heating up my oven to bake one potato.  I am looking at replacing the microwave with a toaster oven/convection oven.  It would be about the same size as my microwave, but much smaller than my oven, so I wouldn’t mind baking just one potato as much.  Of course, I could always bake more than one and then shred or cube them to freeze for other meals liked Loaded Baked Potato Soup or breakfast items like hash browns or fried potatoes.  Hhhhmmmm…definately something to think about.

That just about sums up the month of February.  If I remember anything else, I’ll add them to the March re-cap that will be coming up in about 3 weeks…You know, they say that the older you get the faster time flies by.  While I’m not really sure who “they” are and why I should believe anything “they” tell me, I can’t help but wonder what it’s going to be like in another 20 years…