Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bits & Bobbs….


neil diamond 2015





I apologize for the lengthy absence. We have had a lot going on here, so blogging had to take a back seat. 

I'm back now, though!

Here's a few pictures for you. For Christmas, my husband bought us tickets to see Neil Diamond in Boston. The concert was this past Monday. We drove to Portland and then took the train into Boston. What a fun trip! Oh, how I love Neil Diamond! He was actually the only thing I had written on my life list. I should probably think of a few more things now.

Our son came down from the old farm to borrow a couple shovels for the grand kids. I think they were making forts. Since they only live next door, they sat on the back of the truck. I remember how much fun that was when I was a child. 

Today I made a homemade peach pie. My husband's favorite. We'll have it later with a cup of tea. I must say, it looks quite delicious!
We both gave up sugar, wheat, dairy, corn, soy and caffeine for a month, so I bet it will be mighty tasty on our taste buds. (smile)
 I think spring is actually going to come after all...what do you think? I am seeing a lot of melting these days. I was able to hang some clothes on the line this past week, although I did have to do a bit of shoveling under the line. I hung our bedsheets out, and just melted into them that night. I love the smell of line dried sheets! Do you line dry your sheets and clothes? I prefer hanging jeans and towels out when their is a nice wind so they don't get too stiff. My husband always give me a funny look when they can stand on their own. (giggle)

Spring is also mud season. Oh! The dreaded mud! If you have a dog, then you know just how horrible mud season is. I have to stop Hollie on the rug as she enters so that I can wipe her feet off. Just one more spring chore for me. I love the smell of it, though. I know what you're thinking....that is a bit weird, but I think for me, it is the smell of spring. If they could just bottle it up and make it into a candle scent I would be a happy woman!

Spring is also list time for me. I start making all kinds of lists of things that need to be done on the outside of the house or in the yard. Do you do that? We still haven't done any landscaping, so that is one of the things at the top of our list. I have been working on designing our flower beds, and I think I have them figured out. That though, is the easy part. We have ordered a few seed packets of things like lovage, chives, broom corn, and gourds. I have so many other things to get, but that is what I have so far. 

We also need to move our garden spot, so that is actually number one on our list to do. Last years spot just wasn't big enough and expanding it isn't an option, as there is just too much ledge in that area. I wish we would have done it last fall so that it could have wintered over to kill the weeds, but oh well. Live and learn, right? 

So much to do! I hope we have plenty of great summer weather with just the right amount of rain this year. I can wish right?? (smile)

What are your spring plans? I'd love to hear about them.

Thank you for stopping by our little red saltbox. I do enjoy your company!



  1. I have my to do list hanging on the fridge,one was to paint the porch ceiling,but we had a couple nice days and the porch had plastic on the screened part so it was warm enough to do it a couple weeks ago,so that one is marked off.I did get the chicken coop cleaned,that was a whole days job,but now it smells so nice and I`m sure the chickens are a lot happier. Wanted to get that done before I let the broodies start hatching babies.So all the silkie broodies have eggs and in 21 days I will have babies.Already have 20 in the house that I hatched in the bator,I can hear the chirping as I write this,thought I had some of them sold today but the person needed to wait for awhile. Can`t wait for the smell of dirt,I so want to get in my flower beds.I love spring, till the black flies comes. I keep looking at my clothes line to,wont be long till I can get out there and hang my sheets,I do dry my towels as my husband hates stiff towels,I don't mind. I know what you mean about the mud and dogs,at least Holly is short haired,My Tilley is long haired even her feet,she has to stay on the porch most of the day to get dried off,she seems to thing she needs to lay in the dirt driveway which is mud till it dries up.

  2. You are a busy lady! I want chickens, but I need the coop first. LOL! This may have to wait a bit. Like you, I just want to plant myself in the middle of my flower gardens and smell the dirt. It has been such a long winter. I think they get longer the older I get.
    I'm sure it feels good to know you have knocked one thing off your list. That's a pretty big thing too! I have tons to get done here, and my list just keeps growing. I just take it one day at a time and try not to let it overwhelm me. Sometimes that is easier said then done, though.
    Many blessings and hugs to you!

  3. Hi Julie.. I did post a comment on this post but for some reason that day it did not take.. I just wanted to tell you that I dearly love your fireplace.. So .... prim but yet more my style in the old fashioned Kings Landing style, if you know what I mean.. Ours is more modern although i still love it but I love love yours.. grin.. xoxoxo

  4. Thank you so much! I know that you and I both share a love for the same place...Kings Landing. That was our inspiration for the fireplace. Will you be planning a visit there with your keepers?? If you do, our keepers would love to meet everyone there. Fun!

    Our power went out for a while this morning, but the cook stove was nice and cozy. It gave me time to sit and enjoy a cup of tea, and a slice of rosemary bread toasted on the top of the stove. Simple pleasures!
    Blessings on this stormy day!

  5. I know this is a bit late in coming but I'm catching up on my blog reading while I sit around taking care of my sick kids today. Anyway, there is a candle store in Weston MO that sells dirt scented candles! They have grass scented ones to! So you aren't the only one who likes the scent of mud! We are building a salt box on our land and I love looking at your blog for inspiration. We also do the keepers books as a homeschooling family. Blessings to you!


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