Monday, March 31, 2014

weekend update and then some...

Considering that it's been almost two weeks since I've posted anything here, there's a lot that I could share. Two weekends in a row of enjoyable time spent first with dear friends from Everett and then with my folks from Seattle (who are considering a move this way), two Sundays in a row filled with the sweet fellowship of church friends, sunny days filled with spring chores outdoors, rainy days that brought downpours and hail, and all those lettuce starts I put out in the raised beds were destroyed. But all that rain has cleaned the air and raised the river level after a dryer than usual winter, and for that I am thankful.

Of course the rain has been anything but a blessing to those north of us in Oso recovering from that terrible landslide. Please join me in praying for those who lost loved ones and practically an entire community lost. So horrifically sad.

Awkwardly changing topics...

We enjoyed an impromptu Thanksgiving dinner recently to make room in the big freezer and to use up some pantry items. AnnaLynn and Christina had fun digging in the pantry for just what we needed. The sweet potatoes were delicious. :)



My primroses have made a successful comeback after being munched on by the local deer.



Daffodils bloom later here due to our elevation and microclimate. Our last frost date is late April/early May. The deciduous trees and shrubs are beginning to bud! Our raspberry canes have leaves, and our blueberries are ready to erupt in leaves and buds. The garden has been prepped for the growing season, so peas, spinach, and lettuces will be planted in the raised beds today, Lord willing.

Daniel performed two piano pieces last weekend (the same weekend my folks were here from Seattle) at the National Federation of Junior Festivals in Portland and received a "superior" rating from the adjudicator! Such an encouragement to keep up the daily practicing. This kid loves music and playing, and I couldn't be more proud of him. He's also a terrific uncle.  :) 


(sorry for the blur...had to share anyway!)

The baby is doing wonderful although her days of living here in our home are numbered as Jeff & Christina make plans to move into their own place late this spring or early summer. While we're excited for them, one does grow accustomed to the presence of having people in the home on a daily basis. It's not like they're moving away or anything, and we'll still see them on Sundays, of course. We'll miss them terribly when they do go as it's difficult to remember what life was like around here before they moved in almost two years ago...

Trying to get a new sourdough starter going and making water kefir and homemade buttermilk and yogurt are current kitchen projects.



We found a local source for raw milk for the kids; drinking raw milk always seems to help Daniel with his allergies and eczema that flair during the spring and summer growing seasons. Last year he was so bad that we had to put him on a nasal steroid spray which I'm hoping (and praying) to avoid this year by taking a preemptive approach.



Tomato seedlings are off to a great start, new lettuce has sprouted, and flower seedlings are growing. I love this time of year and all the hope and promise it brings. I'm looking forward to catching up with my blog reading after I tackle a rather thick stack of paper work... Happy Monday, everyone!

~Lisa

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12 comments:

  1. So good to hear from you, I just thought of you this morning! Two years can go quickly especially when you're having fun :)

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  2. I can see how they will be missed! It will be a big change for all involved! Many blessings here; Lord have mercy on those in that terrible landslide...

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  3. Praying that the raw milk helps Daniel and that there will not be a need for the steroids this year.

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    1. Indeed! Thankfully, he really likes raw milk! Thanks for your prayers. :)

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  4. I loved getting an update into your world Lisa, you've been missed.
    I lost a lot of my wee little plants too and am starting over, but that's okay, there's time.
    How is the water kefir? I have never tried yet, but have wanted to.

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    1. Aw, thanks, Tracey. :) So sorry about your plants; I've got new ones going already and am so eager to get out into the garden! Water kefir is light and refreshing; sort of like a soda depending on how long you ferment it. The longer the ferment, the less sugar remains. We flavor our water kefir with homemade vanilla extract so it tastes a little like a cream soda. :)

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  5. Lisa, time does go by so quickly, doesn't it! I have not started any seedlings yet. The temperatures change so fast. Best to wait, I think. Mmm Thanksgiving in March!

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    1. Thanksgiving in March... I know it sounds weird, but that's what happens when the freezer and pantry need to be cleaned out! :)

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  6. I love this post, it is fun to read about all your doings lately! It sounds like a nice couple weeks!

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    1. Nice indeed! Thanks for stopping by, Sarah. :) Hope all is well on your side of the Cascades!

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