One: it's daffodil time and I've been buying a few bunches every time I shop. They smell wonderful. I love having them in the house, looking cheerful and bright. I put them all over, a few on the table, a few on the counter, a few on the coffee table in the living room so you see them as you come in the front door.
Two: there's a mama dove in the juniper on the side of the house where we keep our trash cans. We think this is her second egg. There were shells on the ground under the tree a few weeks ago. Then we saw this egg and noticed she was back to sitting on the nest. We're trying so hard not to disturb her. We put out the trash on tiptoe.
Three: I'm enjoying our new paint so much. This is the back porch (the sliding doors go into the breakfast nook). It looks so clean and fresh. Now I just want to replace that old, dated light fixture. In my excitement about the paint, I was inspired to buy a new patio umbrella. We haven't used it yet, but it's bigger and sturdier than the old one and I'm really excited to have our first meal of the season on the patio, hopefully soon.
Four: our rosemary is blooming more than it ever has. I'm so pleased! We have two large rosemary plants along the front walk. I don't know if we did anything differently, but it's been on a steady course of improvement for the past few years and it's better than ever this year. I might even try cooking with it more now. It's completely edible, I was just afraid to remove any when the plants weren't as robust. I've been eating a piece here and there when I'm out there. We all do.
Five: the new chickens are growing like crazy! Oh my goodness. We think they'll be able to go out to the coop by this coming weekend. They're still very sweet and funny. They're also becoming noisier and more rambunctious all the time. We love having them in the house but they're just about ready for the real hen life.
Six: I'm making very slow progress on an amigurumi crochet project, the Dutch Rabbit stuffed toy by Kati Galusz. I love the look of this toy so much, and Dutch rabbits are my favorite kind, so I bought this pattern in the hopes of making one or two (potentially as Easter gifts for my children). I'm finding it so difficult, though - like really agonizingly so. The feet were easy; I could make those little front feet all day long. The head, though - holy moly. So hard. I've made the head three times so far and it's always wrong. I don't think it's the pattern, for what it's worth. My amigurumi skills are pretty rudimentary. I plan to keep trying, but these are some tough bunnies!
Seven: a bit more promising is this sewing pattern, the Sailor Top by Fancy Tiger Crafts. I've never really sewn a garment for myself, aside from some stretchy-waist skirts, so I'm looking forward to trying this top. I really want some tops that aren't t-shirts, much as I love those. Pattern-wise, I also have my eye on designs from 100 Acts of Sewing. For now, I just need to find fabric for the Sailor Top. I spent some time at Jo-Ann over the weekend and was disappointed. I really want something light, like cotton voile, or maybe double-gauze, but there wasn't much to choose from. I'll probably order something online. I'm pretty excited to make something for myself!
Thanks for your lovely comments lately. I was in total spring-break mode last week and wasn't keeping up with blogs, but I hope you're doing well. The weather went back to normal springtime patterns here, but it was gorgeous for a couple of weeks. You'll be proud to know that I resisted buying annual plants FOUR different times! Some neighbors down the street made up beautiful urns full of geraniums and other annuals for their yard and every time I pass by, I cringe a little thinking about all the plants I've killed by putting them in too early. I hope theirs make it but I'm jaded now, I can't help it. My big rosebush has buds now, and my tulips are about to bloom, and my little ivy houseplant is going like gangbusters, so I'm satisfied. And just think of all the money I'm saving on annuals by not buying them twice! These are the things I tell myself as I stroll past the carts of geraniums at Lowe's...and the edible herbs in the vestibule at Trader Joe's...and the impatiens beckoning from the sidewalk at Smith's...