Thursday, April 28, 2011

Spring? Is that you?

We keep getting tricked into thinking it is spring, only to have to break out the winter coats yet again. This week, we had so many rain storms that there was very limited opportunity to enjoy warmer temperatures. I scampered around the yard cutting as many daffodils as I could before they were gone. I love daffodils and am thrilled that we have so many at Green Acres. Seriously. So many. I think I have cut close to 100 now with all the different vases I have filled and you really can't tell that I even made a dent in the gardens. Here are some encouraging sights we found in our yard:
These daffodils grow right outside the kitchen window. It has been fun to see them beginning to shoot up through the snow!

Apple tree starting to bud!!

We don't know what this tree is called, but it has these beautiful white flowers!

Of course, now that spring is here we have to get ourselves in gear and prepare for planting! We have apple trees, raspberry bushes and grape vines that Mister has already pruned and prepared for harvest. I hope that we plant a few tomatoes, some sweet potatoes, zucchini, and yellow squash. I have a creamy pasta recipe with zucchini and yellow squash that I can't wait to try!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

We Said Goodbye to the Book

It was getting really out of hand. Mister would open my car door, walk around to his side of the car and get in, and in that small amount of time I had already scrolled through the entirety of my newsfeed and commented on a posting. Mister would put gas in the car and I would update my status. Mister would get up from the breakfast table to pour more apple juice and I would quickly see if I had any notifications.

So that is why Mister, who is not a give-it-up-for-lent type of person, suggested we give up the Book for about forty days and nights.

I wrote a goodbye book status and deleted the app from my phone's home screen. I felt like the goodbye was rushed, as we made the decision pretty late in the day on "Fat Tuesday" but I had to let my peeps know I would be gone. I didn't want anyone to get offended if I didn't respond in two seconds.

It was difficult when co-workers would converse about a picture posted (in this case, an adorable new puppy that I desperately wanted to see too!!!) or a relationship status change (I hate being the last to know!) but after the forty days were over, was it really that bad?

We decided that it wasn't that bad after all, and resolved to spend less time on the Book. Without the Book, we read actual news, talked to each other more, and had to use our own brains to remember birthdays, due dates, and other items. It was very strange, and yet, peacefully quiet. There is a lot of information in my newsfeed that just feels like "noise" to me. And not a noise that I find uplifting. In fact, two days out, I resent my Facebook profile, as it has now become an item on my to-do list that I feel like I must tend to promptly.

Summer is coming soon, and with summer comes planting, weeding, and then enjoying our garden. It's going to be a lot of work, and I don't think I'll want to use my dirty fingers to be checking the Book for updates...

Monday, April 25, 2011

Little Girl Dreams

My little girl dream is to be Carrie Bradshaw. I'd love to live in the big city, own hundreds of pairs of beautiful shoes, take long lunches with my girlfriends, and have a truly exotic job as a writer.

Instead, I live in the country side of a suburb, own maybe sixteen pairs of shoes (including my moccasin slippers), have a regular sized lunch break and my work writing consists of emails and to-do lists.

This blog is my attempt at being Carrie Bradshaw. With newspapers going out of style like my gaucho pants, this is an easier way to get my voice out there. I'll write about life, love, and laughter, but mostly I'll write about how a suburban prep like me lives day to day at this home we call Green Acres.