Weekend Update 3/29/2014

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After a gorgeous 70-degree day on Thursday, I thought that perhaps maybe the spring-like weather would decide to stick around. No such luck. Yesterday, as we stepped out of the house to go to the Annual Spring Garden Party at Community Forklift the thermometer read 30 degrees. Luckily, it had warmed up to 32 degrees by the time we arrived. Despite the cold weather, it was a lot of fun. We got some free pallets to bring home (I have a bunch of ideas about how I want to use them) and we found some really good deals on a few things we needed. (Fence post anchors, a garden edger, and a long-handled bulb digger– very grown-up purchases!) Despite the cold weather the sun was blazing and I managed to come home with my first sunburn of the season. Later on, it snowed. I stayed inside the rest of the day under a warm blanket with my Kindle while hubby watched basketball. We had a delicious splurge dinner, Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs. My friend made it this week and since I’ve been slacking on my meal-planning duties I penciled it in for last night after she suggested it. (And then made the plan for next week!) We adapted the recipe to be gluten-free and dairy-free and it turned out really tasty. Even though we halved the recipe it’s probably more olive oil and garlic than we normally consume in a week; definitely a splurge but it hit the spot and was comforting after being outside on such a cold day.

I can’t tell you how ready I am for spring gardening. On Thursday, we found a few areas in the garden where winter-sown seeds were starting to sprout. Another area with small plants; Arugula, I think, but I will have to check my map. Mesclun blend in a pot in my mini-greenhouse. I’m thinking that I’m going to pre-sprout some snow peas today and plant them this week now that the soil is no longer frozen and the weather forecast for the next 10 days is much more spring-like. I think the soil has dried out enough that if I pre-sprout the peas they won’t rot like they did last fall. As you can see the daffodils are out in full force. Their fragrance is intoxicatingly sweet and Ranger can’t resist sniffing each one.

This week: hopefully a lot of sunshine. Taking photos of jewelry for the shop. Tying up loose ends on works-in-progress so that I can start fresh projects. Getting ready for Easter. Writing up my February & March (combined) book report to share. More practicing with my new camera. Sketching ideas. Planning the gardens. Spring cleaning.

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