Spring is Here Theoretically…

This has been the coldest/wettest spring anyone around here can remember. Normally it’s well into the 80s by now. Instead we have the 50s with rain. We did have tons of wildflowers, which have already died back. I’m a little worried about what all this extra plant growth will mean once wildfire season hits.

My garden hasn’t been doing as well as I would like. The potatoes I planted ‘after the danger of frost has passed’ are doing so terribly I might have to pull them out and replant once it finally warms up. At least this gives me more of a chance to enjoy my handknit socks and favorite sweaters.

Spring has Arrived

Spring had finally arrived at my house. I’ve seen the first lizards of Spring and the baby rattlesnakes are presumably off in the wildflowers somewhere. They might not have the romance of robins, but I’ll take what I can get. Plus the really fat lizard that lives near my patio made it through the winter and I’m happy to see him.

My flowers are starting to bloom, including my daughter’s rose bush and her brand new anemone. Red is her favorite color and she just fell in love at the garden center. She received 2 watering cans and a pair of bright red wellies for her birthday so she’s been ‘helping’ me outside.

My darling husband built me this new garden bed. Our eventual plan is to have 4, but I think one is plenty for now. It’s now filled with compost and I’ve planted 3 tomato plants and a border of marigolds. In the past I’ve had a tendency to spread myself too thin, so this year I’m focusing on tomatoes only.

He also bought me this Spanish Lavender for my birthday. I’m hoping this one proves hardier than the lavenders I’ve tried in the past. My English Lavender went from looking a little off to breaking apart in about 3 days last fall.

I’ve started seeing ladybugs in the garden every morning and I’m so excited! Last year I didn’t see a single one and I’m hopeful they are a sign of better garden health. I even found one in the house yesterday morning.

In addition to the bed I have 2 tomatoes in pots this year. I saved seeds from a tomato for the first time last year and I wasn’t sure if I did it right or how many germinations I could expect. So I played it safe and was rewarded with 11 little plants. I’ve been giving them away, but I still have 2 left.

Fat Quarter Napkins

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As part of my efforts to make my home a little more green I recently made these fat quarter napkins. Since I do laundry more or less continuously it won’t be any extra work to wash these. I was also sick of spending money on disposable ones. I decided to make them with a variety of prints so it will be easy to add more as they wear out or I have leftover fabric. I got the pattern out of this book. The only real change I made is mine are slightly smaller since some of my quarters were undersized and some were not cut straight and required trimming. So far they have gotten rave reviews.

Easter Eggs

My daughter will be 3 this Easter and old enough to hunt for eggs, but what kind? She’s not ready to dye real eggs (and I’m a little nervous about that anyways, ever since my grandparents found a particularly well-hidden egg about 6 months after Easter.)

Plastic eggs full of candy are fun, until you start finding the plastic shards a sugar-high toddler has spread all over the house. In the end I decided to knit some eggs. I used this free pattern and made 6 adorable eggs. I used leftover yarn from my sock yarn stash so the whole project didn’t cost me anything but time.

Happy Easter!

Our ‘Working’ Dog

Several years ago I finally convinced my husband that we were ready for a dog. We had gone into a pet store during an animal adoption event and I fell in love with this ridiculous big eared creature. Lucy is my vicious guard beast, a fearsome lizard hunter, and cuddle monster extraordinaire. She also adores my daughter and considers her security to be her number one job. She weighs about 20lbs and stands just over 12 inches high.

I’m kidding about the working part. She’s super lazy.

Around Our Property

Last year we bought just over 2 acres in rural San Bernardino County, CA. It has certainly been an adjustment and we are still trying to figure out what to do with all this space. I’m sure we’ll manage to fill it up eventually. Right now I’m just enjoying the wildlife that stops by and not hearing every sneeze my neighbors make.

We have several joshua trees.
Having rented so long means a lot of container gardening.
One of the large trees on the property.
My daughter’s rose bush has started waking up.
The shed my husband built and is so very proud of.
More containers on the rickey movable garden shelves. I’m looking forward to putting up something more permanent.
The wet winter we’ve had means buds on the joshua trees.
The south facing view.

Where I’m Going

Over the years I’ve had some pretty uncomfortable living situations. The place with mold and the one where the floor was rotting out from under us were particularly dire. I’ve lived with holes in the walls, annoying neighbors, and tiny outdoor spaces. For years I’ve dreamed about the perfect home. Not just a house, but a home. Books about finding or building a place to call your own were among my favorites as a child and through all the rentals and temporary places I held onto the dream of creating my own home someday.

This past year my tiny family and I have finally been able to buy a place of our own. Since I’ve spent so long dreaming about this home it’s not surprising that I have a lot of ideas about what I want this place to be. I want a garden, full of flowers and food. I need handcrafted beauty all around me. I want my kitchen to be full of healthy and delicious foods. I want all this to be as sustainable and green as possible. This blog is to document my efforts to reach these goals and to some extent hold me accountable. Feel free to join me.