Five things

Spring is in the air.

Laundry was hung out this weekend!

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I bought some fabulous new glasses – in several pastel colours to liven up my every day life.

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The garlic I planted in mid October has sprouted and is very happily growing.

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This cider is oh so delicious on a beautiful spring day!

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This trunk I got at the thrift store for 3.99$ and need to figure out a clever way to display it in all of it’s vintage glory.

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Lexxi also likes spring – as you can tell and the fish are moving about finally – it’s officially. Spring has sprung.

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Spring clean

This week I got bitten by the spring cleaning bug.
I spent the majority of this past weekend cleaning our bedroom, all the appliances, the dining area, island, cupboards and pantry. This weekend we are focusing on the spare room and the basement!

The problem with cleaning is once you start everything else looks filthy.

At least you feel like a weight has been lifted after everything has been scrubbed.

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Seedling progress

I planted some pumpkin seeds two Sundays ago and in past years they have taken about two weeks to sprout up.
This year I soaked them in water for 24 hours before planting them.

The difference in growth is quite noticeable. I’m also feeling like I planted them way too soon. I guess I need a bigger container….

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I also put some herbs that I planted earlier in a terrarium that my mom was throwing away. They were planted at the same time but they have not grown nearly as fast as those pumpkin sprouts.

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Also keeping with the spring feel I found some cute flowers with mini white ceramic pots on sale at the superstore for $2 each so they are happily on the windowsill.

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What do you think – are my pumpkins crazy or is this normal? And are you feeling the spring fever?!

Sprouts are emerging!

Today I had the morning off so I spent most of it catching up on laundry, tying up loose ends, running in to get some groceries and new vacuum cleaner part.

When I came home I took a peek at my little mini green houses where I had planted some seeds last week. Usually they take 7-10 days to sprout. It’s been about 5 and I can already see some fairly tall sprouts! Next week I’ll be planting some peppers, tomatoes and leeks.

My herb garden will hopefully be happy to live on my window sill indefinitely, while the others will be transplanted into bigger containers then eventually outside.

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Did I mention we still have snow … With more to come!

Egg follow up

Today I found this web site that talks about the different reasons that eggs are oddly shaped, soft shelled, no shell or discoloured. So I thought I would share the link as a follow up.

http://yellowbirchhobbyfarm.blogspot.ca/2014/02/weird-eggs-101-oddities-explained.html

On another unrelated note today is my day off and after a busy weekend of work I started working on an Easter garland, decorating for spring and sprucing up the house.

I love this time of year, things are ready to come back to life and we are all just waiting to shed the winter layers and get back to enjoying spending time outdoors.

While not entirely cohesive I also have included pictures of my garland start, Easter garland I bought at winners and beautiful mug

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End is near!

I have been told that pre soaking your seeds before you plant them is the best way to get results.
Mostly bigger seeds. Also they say you should file the edges of a pumpkin seed except for the point slightly so that the water can really soak in.
I didn’t know that when I set my seeds in water last night. But I’m hoping that at least just soaking them will help.

I do realize it’s early to plant seeds. But I haven’t had much luck with pumpkins. So this year I’m going to try something different. I still need to run out and get soil to plant them but I hauled out my planting trays and my seeds are soaking right now.

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This morning I was wandering around the yard looking at what is normally the vegetable garden that I have good luck keeping the dogs away from but now it’s just an extra place for them to run. I can’t wait for the snow to melt.

Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love winter. But it’s almost spring now and we have certainly had our share of winter this year.

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Itching for spring

I’ve been trying to stay on track; staying healthy, spending more quality time with Mike doing something besides watching tv and sleeping. Now that I’m working 5-6 nights a week getting home between 830-11pm most nights I miss most of the wind down time and supper time but we are still trying. We have started a puzzle – inspired by my parents we have begun a complicated 1000 piece puzzle.

We have taken a break from said puzzle as we almost killed each other working on it this weekend – and we have only just started it!

Also I’m in the mood for spring I’m itching to plant some seeds indoors and I’ve taken the dehydrator out of the pantry to make healthy snacks. Pineapple mostly. It reminds me of warmer months.

Where is spring anyway?

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