WIP Wednesday – a bit of everything

Before & after. I am a lazy gardener, should have done this last fall. Getting the beds ready.Instagram has captured what I have worked on this week.  I finally cleared out my garden beds. After a not-so-successful garden last year (the weeds won), I left everything there over the winter. I figure it gives a little bit back to the soil. This year, with the sole exception of green beans, we’re going to try and have a flower garden. This will give the soil a break from our usual attempts of general vegetables. Our house came landscaped, which is great and all, but I miss seeing the blooms.  Hopefully this will also attract butterflies!

My Morning Coffee is coming along! On to the sleeves! #knittingThe body of my Morning Coffee sweater is done and I love it! I have started a sleeve and it is slowly but surely moving along.  Speaking of coffee, I tried a coffee “recipe” I saw online – this particular blogger raved about coffee + coconut milk + cocoa powder, so I gave it a try. And I will not be doing that again – ugh! I will stick with my cream and sugar.

Working on my #frostedpumpkin #springtimesapler - I'm slow & behind but it makes me happy! @heyporkchopThe weather has taken such a nice turn over the last week or so, we’ve been getting outside just about every day! Yesterday I was so tired at the end I didn’t even want to pick up my knitting, or crochet! Shocking! Thankfully I have another craft in the works. I think I mentioned being bit by the cross stitch bug – I have the Woodland Sampler and the Springtime Sampler, both from the Frosted Pumpkin. I am behind on both, and I am not fast at it, but I really enjoy it. One little stitch at a time.

I haven’t been reading much, a few fluff magazines is about it, but I am expecting a few books to arrive soon to help with my toy box project! I also really need to get moving on a few custom-request items, so hopefully I will have some fun to show on Friday!

Garden WIPs

My knitting WIPs are either all under wraps or uninteresting blobs for the moment, so I’m going to blog about my garden. I consider myself quite lucky to have grown up with a dad who likes to garden. Starting seeds inside in the winter, weeding and dead-heading in the summer, eating cherry tomatoes right off the plant and the smell of good soil make up a good portion of my memories. Dad would let me look through the seed catalogs and make lists of what I would like to grow in the garden – and would gently let me know that some things just don’t grow too well in our rocky New England soil / short growing season. We would try different things though – peanuts didn’t grow at all. Now that I have my own home and yard, I feel like I have to have a garden! It’s not a quick hobby, but it can be so satisfying (unless you find that the deer and bunnies think you’ve laid out a special salad bar for them). I love that now the Lorax is into it as well – this year she helped weed, plant seeds, water and look for bad bugs. I was very late in getting my plants outside this year (like, fourth of July!), so my harvest is a bit behind schedule but it’s coming! I remembered to finally bring my camera outside to document the perpetual work in progress.

Green Tomatoes
Tomatoes are doing alright this year.

Cucumber Leaf
Cucumber vines are stretching out and grabbing on to whatever they can (mainly the sunflowers and tomatoes)

Daddy Long Legs
One of a handful of daddy long-legs (it’s not a spider!) that patrol the garden.

One Hard Working Ladybug
One of two hard working ladybugs that I found walking on the sunflower stems – it’s a red ladybug – not an imposter.

Fuzzy Yellow Caterpillar
A fuzzy yellow caterpillar – one of several. I think it’s a moth larva… but not positive which one – I’m googling.

A Girl and Her Green Beans
A girl and her green beans – I harvest and she eats half of them before we even get into the house! Same as last year.

And what is it about sunflowers that make them so interesting to photograph?
All Wrapped UP
Sunflower Backside

Back Up The Roller Coaster

It’s all good and perfectly normal (and according to others who have commented) I can expect more of the same when it comes to Lorelai and her mood / actions / whatnot. I don’t want my blog to become a place of all venting or whining. Here’s what happened the rest of yesterday.

After she got up from her “rest” (I don’t think she slept at all, but quiet time is good for everyone) we went outside to play for a bit. One of her new favorite activities is picking the cherry tomatoes:
Picking tomatoes
My tomato plants are all kinds of crazy – they have fallen over and just are everywhere, in all shades of green and brown. Anyway, she’s very particular – she holds the bag, she picks the tomatoes – and she was pretty good about only picking the red ones…. Maybe we should hit up Bishop’s Pick Your Own?

After we picked tomatoes I went to pick a few green beans. I handed them to her and told her to put them in the bag as well. I turned my back to grab a few more beans and I hear CRUNCH!

Silly little rabbit. 🙂
Yep, that's right

Little rabbit.

Now it’s quiet

It’s been a busy weekend here. After the fun adventures of waiting in traffic on Friday and going to the ultrasound appointment (by the way – we didn’t find out the sex of the baby. We’re having a baby!) we went out to a great restaurant – Cafe Goodfellas – so delicious! Scarface was playing while we were there – i want to watch Goodfellas now! On saturday we got the garden started (marigolds, carrots, garden beans, sunflowers, zinnia, poppies) and then had company over.

Today we finished the garden (already started tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, and planted seeds for cucumbers, cosmos, marigolds, corn, nasturtium) and I’m pooped. Kinda feel like working on the sock, but I don’t know how much more I can push my fingers 🙂

In my blog-reading, I’ve come across a great site: 5 Minutes for Mom – they’ve got some great prizes coming up to win… It may be a little early for some of the items, but an ice cream maker? Dude! I’m already in love with my sno-cone machine.