Weekend Happenings

Wow, that weekend flew by.  And I mean flew.

A little work in the yard & garden was accomplished….but very little.

Mostly, I was inside, sewing up a special Easter treat for one of my nieces!

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I used Simplicity 1900 (find the pattern here: http://www.simplicity.com/p-7473-doll-and-clothes.aspx) , and it went together pretty easily–the legs and arms made me want to scream out in frustration, but only because they’re so teeny and fiddly–ugh!

The fabric for the dress is a Japanese print that I bought before I even HAD nieces.  But I bought such small yardages of it (it was crazy expensive), I had never found a project small enough to use it in.  Until now.  🙂  I couldn’t be happier with it–so pretty, and perfect for an Easter dress.

Another one is in the works for the other niece.

The garden is growing.  Slowly.  (I’m an impatient gardener)

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The sage bloomed.  I know I should cut the flowers, to keep the sage growing, but I hate to cut them–the bees love them.

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Speaking of bees–after many, many, many attempts–I managed to capture (in a photo) one of my bumble bee buddies!  They hover around me the whole time I’m outside, yet when I try to snap a picture, suddenly they have an urgent meeting to attend.

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The roses are exploding!

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And, I did the taxes.  I always wait until pretty much the last minute.

Hope your weekend was lovely and felt longer than mine!

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Over the Weekend

The weekend saw a stomach virus take down the Mr.  I’ve managed to avoid it so far (*knocks on wood*), and was able to get some work done in the garden and yard.  Weekends are pretty much devoted to that right now–I’m determined to be a good Southern gal with a kick-ass garden and beautiful yard.  😉

Things are getting greener and greener everyday around here, and it’s so amazing to see little plants popping up all over the place.

I’m fascinated with the garden, and love this time of year.  Everything is new and bright and vibrant.  And the heat isn’t trying to kill me yet.

The first rose of the season is rather bashful:

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An explosion of roses is imminent:

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The sage is about to bloom:

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The veggie garden, as it looks today.  We’ll be adding more boxes outside the fenced area, and I plan to do some raised beds along the fence, too (assuming I can get the Mr to build them).  It looks brown and sad right now due to the mulch we’re using this year in place of the weed barrier we’ve gone with in previous years (and that I think caused the soil to get too hot).  I can’t wait until you see more green than brown!

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Peppers in pots.

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Tomatoes and wee seedlings that you can barely see.

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Tomatoes–mostly from store-bought plants this year, but I have one from seed at the end of the row (too tiny to see right now):

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Hello Mr. Collards!

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Wee zucchini:

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Sugar snow peas, not quite tall enough to climb the trellis:

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And arugula on the other side–I’m hoping the snow peas will shade the arugula so we can enjoy it for a little longer this year–it’s our favorite green:

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I hope gardening posts aren’t excruciatingly dull for you all.  It’s kind of what I’m obsessed with most at the moment, so be prepared for more.  I’ll try to keep it to one post a week. 😉

Spring

Spring has started to show it’s face around these parts in bursts and bright colors.

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The azaleas have exploded in a hot pink fury of petals.

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The bees are in heaven.

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We have 5 regular big, fat, bumble bees that visit.

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They hover around me anytime I’m in the garden.

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Like they want to play.

I talk with them, and they buzz and zoom and dive.

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I’m so glad they finally have some flowers to revel in!

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A Pinterest thread led me to try growing some veg from cuttings that would normally go into the compost.

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My kitchen window is bursting with wee romaine lettuces.

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Scallions, too–which grow so fast!

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I have plans to try the romaine in some potting soil next–perhaps a window box on the inside of the kitchen window?

It will be too, too hot for those dainty leaves all too soon outside.

Seedlings are emerging in the garden–I hope to snap some pics this weekend.

We’re back from an impromptu visit to SC.  Two 12-hour drives within 4 days!  A “Frozen” themed birthday party for an amazing 8-year-old.  Much fun was had, and not a single picture did I manage to take.  *sigh*

Spring

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As I headed out the door, this beauty greeted me with a big ol’ “Good Morning!”.

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A visit to my grandfather is like a visit to the Farmer’s Market–but free!

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When I came back home, these beauties had literally woken up in the time I was gone.

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Oh, Spring–why can’t you stay longer?  In just a month, I’ll be lamenting the heat and unrelenting sun.   But, I do plan to soak in as much of this gorgeous weather as possible while it’s here.

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