May 7, 2013

Homelife

Spring is pretty. But spring can also a capricious, willful little sprite. Or a troll? Two weeks ago, it would be sunny one minute and then two minutes would pass and a hailstorm would descend. One day it was 71 degrees, and four days later it was 54. Then another few days pass by, and it's downright summery. I had been trying, unsuccessfully, to plant veggie-type things in my vegetable garden for weeks now, and this weekend we finally got the veggie bed prepared. For the past month, at least every other day, I was spending many minutes in deep thought debating whether or not to take the flannel sheets off of the beds. (they're OFF! last year they weren't put away until June.)

Here is what I'm planting this year, because I know you really want to know: lettuces (all kinds!), sweet onions, potatoes, peas, zucchini, and tomatoes. I have to wait for June though on the zucchini and tomatoes, because it doesn't get warm enough until then. I hope slugs don't eat all of my lettuces. I might also grow radishes because that sounds so Peter-Rabbit-y. Flower-wise, I'm going to plant a new hydrangea, some new daisies, and sweet peas. Oh, I also got some new thyme, because I can't seem to keep my outdoor thyme alive, and it's my ABSOLUTEST favorite herb to cook with. Have a boring dish? Add some thyme!

Here is what we've been doing: Andrew and I decided that we have been experiencing a Very Serious case of Too Much Time Spent in the House-itis. So we sent the little missy over to grandma's and we met some friends and had amazing deep dish pizza. Also we went to a bookstore, because that's we always do on date nights. And I took pictures of flowers. We do the same things when we go out that we do at home! Look at books, take pictures, and obsess over food.

Speaking of food, I made this banana bread. I threw some unsweetened shredded coconut on the top. It was awesome, but less sweet than the banana bread I normally make. I put jam and cream cheese on it one day, and almond butter the next, and happy breakfast! Super great.

Miss J has been having a great many Twirling Interludes. And having the grandest time reading the 'Mrs. Piggle Wiggle' books with us. I lost my copy of 'Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's Farm', so I had to buy another copy of that one. If you have a kiddo aged 7-10, and they haven't read Mrs. Piggle Wiggle...you should rectify that. Julia really likes the stories 'The Heedless Breaker' and 'Thought-You-Saiders' from 'Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's Magic'. My personal favorite tales from the series are 'The Waddle-I-Doers' and 'The Never Want to Go to Bedders'. All of the stories touch on common childhood behaviors (tattling, picky eating, whispering and gossiping, rude manners), which are then given the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle treatment. (the Heedless Breaker receives a magical powder that makes her move very sloooooooowly, until she learns to be more careful.)

Except for the one I lost, we're reading the books that used to be mine, chocolate smudges on the pages and all. At least I hope they're chocolate smudges, and not mold.

23 comments:

  1. Chocolate smudges or mold; they are still very precious, dear Melissa!

    I like reading your words: funny and poignant all rolled into one. You made me smile about your date night as it sounds pretty much like ours would be. May I ask how long you two have been together for? I met Mickaël ten years ago. Oh no, wait! I was already expecting Tristan this time ten years ago after having met Mickaël three months before. Cough, splutter, Stephanie retreats back into her shell. Happy days :-)

    Love to you and the little Miss,

    Stephanie

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    1. Oh golly, I have to go back into the far reaches of time to figure this out....we've been together for something like 12 years....I honestly can't remember now, ha. I have several friends whose baby also came along for the ride to the wedding! More fun for all! :) tee hee.

      xoxoxoxo sweet Stephanie!

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  2. Your neighborhood is so full of colors! Beautiful trees and flowers make the best landscaping!

    Congrats on planting so many different veggies. Please show your garden one day!

    Ah some time alone is what we all need once in a while. I think kids too do appreciate the time away :P

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    1. Actually that's not my neighborhood ~ just some random street I thought was pretty! It's actually pretty far from where I live :)

      I'll totally show my garden...when something is growing in it! Whenever we call our kiddo when she's at her grandma's house, she's like, gotta go mom, i'm busy doing x,y, z...:)

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  3. All your flower pictures are so pretty! And that pizza looks sooooo good. I haven't decided if I'll plant anything this year. It's been COLD here for the past week. (And, um, I'm not complaining.) Today is supposed to be in the 70s, with a chance of thunderstorms, which is normal spring. Then I guess it's supposed to get cold again. As soon as it's cold again, Big Sis has requested that I make lentil soup! As picky as the girls are, I cannot believe they remember how much they liked the lentil soup I made last year. Wigs me out! I still haven't read any of the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books. Sigh.

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    1. I was just saying that a good thunderstorm would be fun :) ~ but we don't get a lot of those, it seems like. Lentil soup? I'm looking a good recipe! Maybe you will share! :)

      You guys are going to FREAK OUT at the awesomeness of Mrs. Piggle Wiggle....

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  4. Your garden plans sounds fun! And we loved one of the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle Books--can't remember which one it was--had the parrot that insulted everyone--she loved that one the best. :)

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    1. gotta be honest: here's how our gardening plans work ~ I sit around and wonder and drag my feet about doing stuff in the garden, until my mom-in-law comes to visit, and then she does most everything for me b/c she's awesome like that.

      Oh yeah the parrot story! that was about the rude girl, i adore that one!!

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  5. I love this post. Great picture! And good for you for battling that home-itis!

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    1. we're all such natural homebodies.....sometimes we gotta get ourselves UP and OUT of the house! :)

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  6. I've never ever read any Mrs. Piggle Wiggle... am I less of a book blogger to you now? Think my boys would enjoy too? I'll have to give it a shot.

    My poor garden is going to the back burner for me... being super preg and all. It's all landing on Trapper and he's already busy with other stuff... we'll see what happens. We have planted sweet corn and beans... but the rest is waiting waiting waiting. And I don't think I'll be much help with the battle against the weeds this year either. Oh well.

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    1. darling robyn! never would I think such a thing :)

      all the more fun for you to have now with your kiddos! I think your boys would like them very much, at least half of the stories feature boys as the main character having the behavioral issue in question :). there are lots of brother and sister stories as well. they are just the FUNNEST!

      you know, we're pretty new to this whole veggie planting gig, and we're pretty haphazard about it all. occasional gardening! there's only so much time in a day! sometimes there's like, dinner to be made, or TV to be watched :) xoxoxo

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    2. yes... there is always TV to be watched. (I would make the winky face here but... you know, there's just a lot of truth to that!) :) We went out and saw Iron Man 3 last night btw, LOVED IT! Being entertained is just so great.

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  7. Mrs PiggleWiggle!!! I can't wait for her to come round. Love your flower pictures- I went to Seattle this weekend and it was gorgeous and all spring-timey, my husband said it poured here in Hawaii the whole time I was gone. I loved feeling that newness of the season, I've missed it.

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    1. I sometimes forget that Hawaii's rainy season can last, off and on, from December thru May :) Saw some gardenias recently as a nursery...I miss having gardenias around!

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  8. LOVE Mrs. Piggle Wiggle!! I think The Waddle I Doers and The Quarrellers are my favs (the role reversal of parent to child is priceless). My daughter especially loves The Radish Cure and the Heedless Breaker. And the fact that they are illustrated by genius illustrator Hilary Knight (who also brought Eloise to glorious life) is the icing on the cake:)

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    1. THE RADISH CURE!!! love that one too. OH I LOVE THEM ALL.

      Nothing but love. And yes, I can't imagine these stories without Knight's art (although the one with pix by Maurice Sendak is great too!), much like I'm hard pressed to imagine most Roald Dahl books without Quentin Blake illustrations :)

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  9. Everything looks just beautiful and lovely up your way :D I know what you mean about spring...it's been an odd one! We literally had a day in the 80s and then gray rainy and cold in the 40s the next few days. Just starting to warm up again....what is this, Washington!?! ;)
    Hope you guys are having a great spring! Summer will be here soon!~

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    1. This back and forth weather stuff.. it just flips me out! how can it change so drastically? Andrew and I were looking at some weather maps of the midwest a couple wks ago, it was showing this WALL of cold moving right smack against the normal weather. So bizarre!

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  10. Your blog and photography makes me want to move into your house. Everything looks so pretty (even your laundry) and fun and pretty and cool and pretty. I know, sounds strange. But I get this warm, summery feeling when I read your blog and see your pics. Thank you for that!!!

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    1. You are the SWEETEST!!!! Seriously, sometimes I feel like running this blog and not seeing $ from it, is just effort I should be utilizing elsewhere. But I keep going because I think the good books of the world need to be shared. And I like sharing PINK stuff, and Hello Kitty stuff. :)

      So basically, I really appreciate your words of encouragement, so so much.

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  11. This is such a beautiful post! The blossoming tree is just gorgeous and so the sidewalk photo...simply stunning!!! So glad you and Andrew had a fun night out! It sounds very typical to our date night. And that slice of pizza looks fabulous! I look forward to seeing photos of your garden soon!

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    1. Thank you Julia!! If anything grows whatsoever in our garden plot, I'll be sure and report back. I'm cautiously optimistic. I don't have the greenest thumb in the world, so we'll see....:)

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