(Forsythia branches delivered to my door today by a sweet, sweet friend.)
I just happened to open my eyes up to the state of my house, and this is what I saw in the living room. I realize it's probably not that bad, it's mostly just books and super heroes. It's a rainy, windy day so we've been cooped up in the house all day. Today was our last day of homeschool co-op, but, sadly, we missed it because Lily developed a stomach virus of some sort. So we've been in the house all day, doing school and laundry (and maybe an attempted nap thrown in there too) and the house has suffered for it. We should be used to being cooped up, after all we just came out of the longest winter ever, but we've been having such nice sunny warm days the last week or so that the kids have gotten quite comfortable with spending their days outdoors as much as possible.
Yesterday was GORGEOUS. We spent almost the entire day outside working in the gardens. I put Ian and Lily to work aerating and breaking up the soil, picking out rocks (a gazillion rocks that magically appeared atop all of the topsoil over the winter months.) I have seven raised beds, and I managed to get all seven of them cleaned up, fertilized with organic food and composted. I ripped out a couple of herb plants that weren't fairing very well to free up some much coveted real estate. And then I planted three rows of various lettuces, a row of arugula, and two rows of radishes in one of the beds. I'll soon be adding carrots, green onions, and some herbs as well. Then in a couple more weeks, more veggies, herbs, and flowers will go in once the weather permits.
One thing I really appreciate when it comes to gardening is my garden journal. It's nothing fancy. Just an affordable, spiral-ring, art journal that I purchased last spring. I have been so thankful for it this spring as I am trying to decide which seeds to purchase, where to plant them, what was successful in our ground, what was not. I am elated I decided to take the time to record these things last spring and summer, and I am happily recording them all over again this year because I know what a blessing it is to have a record of everything. I'm telling you, if you garden, start a garden journal. You don't need anything fancy-schmancy, just a unruled notebook and a pencil. This is my post on garden dreaming and scheming from last spring.
The start of this year's plans...
And I am SO elated to be able to say that I've been feeling so much better since yesterday. I woke up yesterday morning feeling pretty sick. I even went back to bed for another 45 minutes after my initial wake-up and swallowing down three ibuprofen. But once I was up and out in the warm weather, digging in the dirt, my headache calmed down and I started to feel normal again. I don't know if it's because my new allergy meds are finally kicking in or because of the acupuncture on Wednesday, or maybe because of both, but I am SO happy.
(My adorable nephews watching Pap dig out some old shrubs.)
And, of course, I have fit in some time for my yarn and hooks. Crocheting and now knitting sit right up there with gardening when it comes to the relaxation factor for me. I'm working on something for a friend and then I also recently finished the red cowl and just added it to my Etsy shop.
Have a great weekend!