Tuesday, June 5, 2012

To everything...there is a season...

To say that I've been on a bit of a hiatus might be an understatement.  I don't have any great excuse or anything.  All I can honestly say - is that it's just life.  I've been living it. :)  Blogging is just one of those things that will have to take a back burner from time to time I guess.

So what have you all been up to???

I just got home from work and working out and have to make dinner now.  So I'm just poppin in and let you know that I'm still alive.  That I still love you. <3  And that, no, I haven't forgotten about this space.  Things on the crafty front have been relatively quiet.  I want to try to kick that back into a higher gear soon too.  But it's summer my lovelies!!!  A time for running, playing, gardening and generally being outside soaking up sunshine and doing happy things...away from a computer screen. :)

My trail run on Thursday... <3
For now - I'll just leave you with a few of my favorite shots from this weekend's activities.  It was a really nice weekend actually.  I hope yours was equally wonderful.  Talk to you soon!

Cooper - tolerating the newest addition. :)  I'll share more photos of him later...
My carrot babies.  Comin up strong.  A little too strong...I have to thin them out again already.
This is one of many shots I took of a 1920s commercial tanker truck we "met".  It belongs to an adorable old gentleman who actually lives in our neighborhood.  This picture represents taking mini adventures and making new friends. :)
Antiquing at a flea market and then at the Lamb's Tail on a gorgeous Sunday morning.
A pair of adorable goats at the Lamb's Tail.  Ooohhhh how I wish I wish I wish I had some goats. Someday...
Our fantastic finds. :)  
Gilligan tryin to catch some shut eye & Moe with appropriate expression on his fuzzy little face given that Gilligan is catching said shut eye in Moe's "spot".  

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Updates...and growing love

I was hoping to get some stuff done this weekend....but it's still super frosty here at night so gardening is on hold... :(  And regular domestic matters are kinda taking priority over getting anything fun or creative accomplished... :(  So I'm kinda feeling a little bit "rutty" lately.

On a positive note, health and fitness goals are still on track. :)  I'm meeting with a trainer Wednesday to get a little bit of an actual plan going.  I'm ready to take everything to the next level, but am not really sure where to begin.  So I'm excited for that.

So no updates or anything today really.  But I do have a beautiful bit of poetry I'd like to share with you that I read this morning on block-a-day.  (Love! her blog.)

The light of the soul throws sparks,
can send up flares, build signal fires,
causes proper matters to catch fire.

To display the lantern of the soul in shadowy times like these,
to be fierce and to show mercy toward others, both,
are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.

~Clarissa Pinkola Estes

This piece speaks to me in so many ways.  Ever since I was very young I felt that our souls were such powerful, powerful things...and yet, at the same time, so very fragile.  Maybe it was the overwhelming love I had for Jewel growing up and her influence on me at a very impressionable point in my life.  <3  But I do feel  that each one of us has so much potential for love and kindness and beauty...or not.  And unfortunately, it's the "not" that we seem to see more of lately.  I feel like we're experiencing a terrible disconnect in our lives today and that we need so desperately to grow love wherever and whenever we can.  But that no one seems to know, realize or care that that's the case.  For me, I see it in everything from people not waving to me on my runs through the neighborhood (are they too cool? too busy? am I invisible??) to the "me first" attitude that I've experienced first hand on more than one occasion this week (the details on where and with whom I'll leave out...).

All you can do, though, is work on yourself.  I'm glad I opened my blog reader this morning and that these were the first words I saw...I am far from perfect and am so grateful when a beautiful reminder like that falls into my lap.  From a kinda rough week, I was instantly drawn back to center and experienced a great little meditation moment dwelling on those words.  So - many thanks to Lily for sharing.

As for me, I will continue to wave at my neighbors.  We're all just people.  A smile from a stranger always brightens my day, so smile I will. :)  I'll continue to try, and try harder, to extend kindnesses to others and think of the effect my words and actions will have on others before I speak and act.  If it's not our job to make the world a better place - whose is it?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Dirrty Dirrty!

So our dirt was delivered last week and this past weekend we were able to get all of it moved into the garden beds!  Woohooo!  First we had to lay mesh down and attach it to the walls so no pesky critters can creep in and snatch my veggies.

Moving the dirt was one heck of a job.  I'm a seriously lucky girl to have two strong men folk in my life who like to help me do stuff like this. <3

I swear I did help (even though, again, the pictures do not show any evidence of it), but the boys did most of the work.  Shoveling dirt is no joke.  I definitely got a good extra work out in that day. :)

Next step - fencing.  Lots of fencing.  And maybe getting a few good buckets of some super rich compost to act as fertilizer and food for my new babies once they're ready to go in.  So excited. :)  And so much more research to do!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Professor Nerdus Owlus

I just wanted to share with you the finished pics of my Professor Nerdus Owlus plush.

He's the latest custom order I had been working on.  And he actually went out to his new home about a week ago, but I wanted to make sure he arrived home before I shared final pics with everyone. :)

And here's his little bio that I whipped up to go along with him:

Prof. Owlus is a slow and steady kinda guy.  He’s been around a while.  Seen his share of things.  He knows that the most important things in life come to those with patience and determination.  He also believes that a good education and knowledge gained from world experiences trump pretty much all else when it comes to being an interesting and well-rounded sorta person – er, owl.  And yeah, he does his own taxes, plays chess and enjoys a nice cognac at the end of a hard day, sure.  But what he really likes is playing a rousing game of Clue with his grandkids and going out late-night on the weekends to watch the stars with Mrs. Owlus.  Sometimes they stay up all night and get pastries at the local breakfast cafĂ©.  He may be entering his golden years, but you can bet your bum he’ll still teach you a thing or two about how the good life should be lived.

Do you love him?  I do. :)  

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Garden Plans

Our dirt was delivered yesterday. :)  A great big pile of composty organic goodness.  It takes a certain kinda person to get excited about dirt. Haha!  But it's going to be a lot of work getting it from point A (the spot where it was dumped because our yard is too soft still so the truck wouldn't drive to the beds) to point B (the beds).  More pics on that later hopefully.  :)

But for now, I wanted to share my grand plan for the garden layout.  Let me just start this by saying - I really have no idea what I'm doing.  I've done (and am still doing) a bunch of research, trying to learn about each kind of plant and its needs and spacing and stuff like that.  But I'm so open to suggestion and tips - so bring 'em on!! :)

Here's what I whipped up the other day:

Click pic to make it bigger...
And here's a close up of my handy dandy little veggie key: (remember in school when you'd have to do assignments making maps or graphs or something and you had to make a key and color code everything and put all the little details in?  I loved those assignments.) :)

Sadly, you see "sweet potatoes" have been crossed off my list. :(  I don't think Michigan is an ideal place for growing sweet potatoes.  As much as I friggin love them.  From what I'm reading online, they need a long, warm growing season - which we don't really have.  I'm gonna talk to a few actual people though - at the greenhouses and such - and see what their experience is with them.  Maybe I can still do them.  We'll see.

That big blank space in the back on the right is still open.  Jon thinks we should just plant more tomatoes.  I kinda agree.  We eat the crap out of tomatoes in the summer.  And I really want to learn to can this year - so tomatoes would be a good (easy!) option for that last space.

I'm so excited about all of this.  Pretty soon, I'll get to show you this!!:

Ok, maybe not quite.  After all this prep and time and $$$, I'm just hoping I don't mess the whole thing up.  Haha!  A couple months of solid, healthy veggie production...heck, how 'bout just not killing all my plants before they produce....that's all I'm hoping for.  :)  I think I can do it.

What about you?  How does your garden grow?  Are you planning it out yet?