The Garden Begins

Gardening season is upon us.  My seedlings are still growing (or trying their best to), and aren't quite ready to go into the ground yet.  But last weekend the men got busy tilling, amending, and tilling the garden again.  The black plastic was put down around the already-ready-to-harvest oregano and chives.  Now everything is ready to plant.  Grow seedlings, grow!


Simple Mornings


I love how the morning sunshine bathes the downstairs hall in gentle light in the springtime.  Sometimes I ponder the idea of hanging a picture on that wall, but quickly reject the idea.  I love the simplicity of it all.  Simple is good.

Sabbath Rest

Lilac season!

"Come, Thou fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above,
Praise the mount!  I'm fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love..."

--Robert Robertson, 1758

New Shop!

After months and months of hard work, today I opened my second Etsy shop!  It’s called Jiggety Pig (click here to go straight to it).


It’s devoted to marketing bags, and below is a glimpse at just a few of them that you’ll find there.  All the hard work was not mine alone.  It was quite the family affair. Many thanks to Technohubby (who sweetly and patiently keeps my accounting straight and built my photo backdrop), Colette who offered me style critiques and design help, Felicity who offers me encouragement and shares enthusiasm, Walter who makes it look like I actually know how to do anything on the computer (it’s really all him), and Max who patiently forks over the laptop so I can work.





Inside, Outside

Colette had her wisdom teeth out yesterday.  Today has been spent indoors doing comforting nursing tasks…glasses of ginger ale delivered, bowls of applesauce given, hushing the house while she slept, and arranging a little kitchen station of salt water swishing fixings.  Not a fun time, poor sweetie.


But outside, the weather was glorious!  And the guys set up the table on the deck for the season!


Roses

Last week I did a day of volunteer work with Max’s co-op.  I was folding tables and chairs, while someone else was clearing out the church’s refrigerator.  She was about to toss out multiple bouquets of roses and asked me if I wanted to take some home.  I didn’t ask why they were being tossed.  Why ask, when you’re offered roses, right?  I chose the white ones, and nearly a week later, they still look beautiful on the entry table.


Notice how someone always has to quietly get into the picture.

Mother's Day


I hope you all had a lovely Mother’s Day!  We did!  After church, we posed for a picture on the deck.  Then we had grilled burgers and potato salad for dinner.  And German Chocolate Cake Gelato for dessert!  Technohubby and I made phone calls to our own dear, sweet, much appreciated moms.  A fine day was had by all!



Baking Tip

Here’s an unexpectedly clever kitchen tool.  It’s a Parmesan cheese shaker.  But it’s far more useful for evenly shaking out flour on your countertop when you need to roll pastry, biscuit, or cookie dough.


It eliminates flour piling too high in places and having none in another.


Any basic kitchen shop, or even perhaps the grocery store, should sell them.

Picnic Time

Picnic season will be just around the corner here in New Hampshire.  The weather is gorgeous now, but the black flies are a deterrent (yea…a plague!) to any picnic plans.  But with picnics on my mind and a 30% off sale tag on this set of horn-handled silverware, I leaped at the chance to bring these home from the antique store!  Can’t wait to use them!


Among the Daffodils


Last week I ran into a friend who lives nearby, and she invited our family to come over and pick daffodils in her small apple orchard.  “Bring the kids.  Bring the grandkids.  Bring a camera,” she said.  No need to ask me twice!  She is one of the best gardeners in town (as well as one of the sweetest people) and her gardens are just gorgeous at every season of the year.  So, today Felicity, Theo, Melissa, and I headed over to pick some daffodils.

The little boy and the big red barn.


Looking up from the orchard at my friend’s house, which was built in the early 1800′s.


Sweetness everywhere!


Like a typical boy, Theo had minimal interest in the flowers, but loved the stick he found and went around whacking at things.


The first apple blossoms I’ve seen this season!


Felicity spotted a small snake and called Theo to see.  She touched it with Theo's stick and it slithered away.  Just a harmless garter snake.


Examining the many different varieties of daffodils.





We’re hoping to go back on Mother’s Day and take more pictures!






Simple Goodness

Simple food is pretty food!  For a quick and easy dinner: cook some cavattapi pasta, sauté your choice of fresh vegetables (red and yellow bell peppers, red onion, and asparagus shown here) in a little bit of olive oil until just tender, grill some chicken sausages and slice, add vegetables and sausage to pasta, and toss all with about one cup of pesto.  Serve with a big green salad.  Yum!


Spring Walk

Last Sunday, Technohubby and I took a nice, long walk since it was such a beautiful spring day!  At the time, the trees looked like this…almost leaf-less, but just with leaf buds starting…but with the bout of very warm weather we’ve had this week, leaves are popping at an astounding rate!



Wow!  We spotted some impressive woodpecker work along the way!  That upper hole is about a foot long!


The fiddleheads are here!  Soon the forest floor will be lushly covered with them!


I love this pretty meadow!  I love it when it has fresh, green grass.  I love it when its tall grass is ready for haying.  I love it when the trees around it are adorned in autumn colors.  And I love it when it’s blanketed in white for the winter.


For those of you who’ve never visited New England in the winter or early spring but only in the lush green of summer, you might be shocked at the view through the woods.  It’s always surprising to see all the fallen trees that are hidden from view at other times, the result of ice storms, wind storms, simple rotting, and more.


A quintessential New England view…beautiful field, stone wall, colonial house.  I never tire of these scenes!

We saw this interesting sight…a tree that has grown around the cable that’s attached to it.


An old, shingled barn and the beautiful forsythia in a profuse display of yellow.


An historic, New England home.  Oftentimes, when you see a home here with two front doors, it means that it used to be used as a tavern, with one door for the tavern business and the other for the tavern owner’s family residence.  But, I heard that that is not the case with this one.


A well-built stone wall is a thing of beauty.


The view down at our town.


Walking homeward.


Blooming

The daffodils and forsythia are in full-bloom!  They are such a bright, cheerful pop of color after a long, white winter and a cold, drab start to spring.  Their vividness makes me smile!


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