Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Rain and Other Stuff...

I'm sitting in my family room listening to the rainfall, one of my favorite sounds. The sky looks grey, but our grass is beginning to green up in spots. I can see the bird feeder in our back yard is empty, but there are no complaints right now. The birds have all taken shelter for the moment.

Just before the rain began, I finished the Netflix series, Alias Grace. It's a dark, but intriguing story. It was well acted and kept me interested, as any good story can do.

A while back, I got some allergy tests done. I'm allergic to so many trees and grasses, but the weirdest thing was the foods. Rye, sesame seeds, and carrots of all things. I now have more empathy for friends who've battled allergies. Label reading has become very important. In trying to switch to a healthier diet a couple months back, I'd actually increased my intake of carrots and rye. Whole grain breads, soups with veggies, salads, etc. I'd broken out in a strange rash, was short of breath all the time, had stomach issues. After less than two weeks of eliminating those three food items, every symptom began to improve. Who would have ever guessed!

This afternoon, I realized Easter is only a little over a week away. It used to be a big day of going to church, all the family gathered for dinner after, and Easter egg hunts in the back yard. My how time changes things. I'm not able to get out to church anymore. The dinners with our extended family no longer happen. And Easter eggs... well, I just don't have the energy for that. We'll have a nice dinner with our two sons, probably watch the F1 race, I'll have a nap, and maybe we'll watch a movie in the evening. Perhaps I'll put a ribbon in my hair, not quite an Easter bonnet, but it should do just fine

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring Is Here...

Winter seemed long this year. It wasn't because of terrible weather, because our winter was actually rather mild compared to last year. The days just seemed to stretch on, with nothing too exciting happening, so I'm happy to welcome spring.

We've already started a project in our front garden. By we, I mean my husband is doing the actual work, I'm just acting as creative consultant. Haha! The first part of the project was to remove dozens of irises, a huge holly bush, and a large tree stump we'd been using for a birdhouse perch. The plan is to extend our patio area by moving our fence and eventually fill it in with pavers. There will be some comfortable seating and a few planters filled with flowers and possibly some herbs. This is on the east facing side of our home and will be shaded and cool, a perfect place to spend time outside during the hot summer evenings. I'll try to remember to take some photos as we progress, and share them with you.

Until then, here's hoping all is well in your little corner of the world!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Bowl Sunday Ramblings...

It's Super Bowl Sunday. Later we'll be watching the game and having a serve yourself taco/nacho bar. It will just be the four of us, so I wanted to keep it simple.

I started my morning with a Hallmark movie. Now I'm passively watching Kitten Bowl V while I do other things. I've never seen it before. It's cute and promotes adopting shelter animals.

Our weather has been oddly warm this winter. I'm wondering if we'll get a nasty winter blast before spring officially arrives. There are plants already coming up in my flower beds and I worry about things budding too early and then falling victim to a late winter freeze.

I've been sorting through some of my art and craft supplies. There are way too many since I rarely do these type of projects anymore. I need to decide if I still have an inner artist or if it's time to pass some of this on to other crafty folks.

While sorting, I found a couple of vintage valentines and decided to put them on display above our fireplace.

I know I have more tucked away in boxes. I'm hoping to find them all and give them a dedicated storage box, so I can enjoy displaying them each year.

That's all for today. It's nearly time to get ready for Super Bowl LII!