Birthday Goodness

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Birthday Goodness via cottagemagpie.com

Last week was my birthday. I love this time of year. Not just because it’s my birthday, of course, but also because everything seems to be bursting forth outside. The big cherry tree on our street always blooms about now. It always seems like it’s blooming just for me.

I’ve been continuing to fuss with the front room art wall above my new-to-me couch. This poor wall has been patched and re-patched so many times from all the various art wall attempts it’s a wonder it doesn’t just fall down. So many holes!! This last time I was absolutely, positively certain that I had it just right, and then the next day realized that the arrangement was way too high. And cluttered. And, well, I’m doing it over again.

Here it is, the bottom half moved down. Still working on the top half–painting frames, that sort of thing. I’m stuck on a color for one of the frames, so that might take awhile. [Read more…]


Welcome Spring, aka Purging All of the Things

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Welcome Spring, aka Purging All of the Things via cottagemagpie.com

Can you feel Spring coming? I can. I can smell it in the air. I can smell the dampness of the soil thawing and things starting to grow. There are crocuses and daffodils starting to emerge in the garden, and I can start to envision what it will be like when all the roses start blooming in early summer.

There’s something about Spring that just makes you want to Spring clean, doesn’t it? When I was a kid my Mom always wanted to do Spring cleaning in April or so, which never made sense to me. By April I just want to go out out out out out outside. For me, the urge to declutter and clean comes right now — the end of January, through February. It just feels like a natural thing, to sweep out the house and be ready for warmer weather. [Read more…]


Yet More Snow!!!

Snow Out Front Door

Snow Covered Street

I know that for all of you in snow country, we PNWers seem like big babies with the snow we’re having. But while this is business as usual for a lot of you, it’s completely, totally and utterly bizarre for us. I mean, sure, we get snow every year or so, for a day or so. But we’re on, what, our 9th straight day of snow? And it’s still snowing! It’s a couple of feet deep now.

My driveway is buried. That’s an SUV bumper, there.

Snow Covered Dining Area

My backyard dining area is buried.

Snow Covered Shed

My shed is buried.

Snow Covered Veg Garden

My veg garden is buried. Take note, there are foot high raised beds in there. Under there.

Madness, shear madness! My last set of photos of the snow were pretty, and I don’t want to sound ungrateful, but honestly, I’m kinda ready for it to be gone. Maybe more than kinda. Where’s my garden!???

Happy Holidays!

~Angela :-)


Snow!

Snow on Garden Gate

Snowy Garden Art

You’ve probably heard that we’re having unusual amounts of cold and snowy weather here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s been snowstorm after snowstorm for, what, 8 days now? I know for a lot of you out there, this is business as usual. But for us, it’s completely and utterly astounding.

Snow Covered Trees

When I woke up yesterday morning, the snow had fallen so heavy and thick it covered everything and flocked all the trees. I’ve never seen anything like it.

Snow On Garden Tuteur

Usually if we get a bad storm, (which we only do every few years), we get ice. Not this. It’s beautiful.

Sunrise Over Snowy Arbor<

I got up early because I wanted to get pictures before anyone else came out. Lucky for me, this time of year the sun rises late and doesn't peek over the neighboring trees until 9:00 a.m. or so.

Snowy Kwanzan Cherry Over Street

Sunshine this time of year is also unusual. Normally it’s just grey and rainy for months on end. So to see both is such a treat.

Snowy Street in Sunlight

Honestly, unless I move to some other part of the country, I may never see scenes like this again. And also, honestly, as beautiful as it is, this morning I was ready to have it melt and go back to my year-round gardening.

Snowing On My Street

Except guess what it’s doing today? Again? That’s right. Unbelievable!

Supposedly it’ll all be gone by Christmas. Which is a little ironic. But in the meantime, my son and I invented some new lyrics for a familiar winter-time song:

The weather outside is frightful,
but the cookies so delightful
As long as we’ve got some dough,
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
Well the cookies are nice and warm,
Fresh and gooey and hot,
I could go outside and play
but then again, maybe not!

And so on…

The sugar kicks in at this point, and we get a little random with the lyrics, but you get the idea.

Happy Holidays!

~Angela :-)


Signs of Spring

Peach Primroses

It’s official! Spring is in the air here in the Pacific Northwest! The daffodils are blooming. The primroses are fluffy. But the most telling? The rain has changed from winter’s misty grey drizzle to the powerful Spring deluge. I love listening to it, especially now that it’s just (barely) warm enough to open the windows in the afternoon.

I’m always excited this time of year, waiting for those summer gardens. I love Spring. I love Fall, too. I don’t know if I could choose one over the other. And I’m partial to Summer as well, though I could live without the dog days of July and August. When winter comes, I’m usually well finished with sunshine and looking forward to the holidays, cozy fires and cocoa. So I guess I love them all. I don’t think I could pick just one.
But at the moment, I’m really excited about Spring!

What about you? Do you have a favorite season?

~Angela :-)