Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Whale Watching...



There have been some grey whales in the Puget Sound so on Sunday we ventured to the water in the hopes of seeing them. No luck but we did have fun.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dirt

Today I turned this...

into this...


I know the orange temporary fence is very very ugly. However, if I want my dogs to not dig in a dirt wonderland I have to set this up.

There is something so meditative about working with dirt. Having a radio outside would have been entertaining. I am glad I didn't though. It was nice just being outside with my thoughts, the occasional question from my children, the dogs wanting me to throw the ball and my worms.

I can't even begin to tell you how many worms we have in our garden. I checked a square foot of space just a a few inches down and found more than a handful of huge worms. I love worms I always have. They are so helpful! Look at this dirt.



The dirt is so healthy and amazing. Late last summer we had a load of dirt dumped for the front garden and for potting plants. We took the excess and laid it out where we wanted our garden to be this year. In the fall I took a bunch of cardboard boxes (you can see them to the side of the garden) and laid them out over what we had cleared out. I basically only had to weed a little bit around the edges and turn the earth. Thankfully I kept this ugly plastic garden edger. Eventually I will line it with bricks or larger stones and concrete pieces. I am always finding those around our yard.

So this summer we will be enjoying sweet corn, sweet carrots, green onion, spinach, green beans, cucumber. I also potted rosemary, chives, basil, oregano, and cilantro. Tomorrow the tomatoes, pepperoncinis, cantelope, watermelon, peppers, and pumpkins get put in start containers. Then I need to find a place to put my sunflowers.

The next installment will be my chicken coop. Until then remember to thank God for the worms.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My Turn!

Yesterday and today have been my turn for dying. I had to dye up some more Eric Northman for the Bloodlust series. This color way has been very popular at my Etsy shop. Either a lot of people like red and black together or it is named after a hunky Scandinavian vampire.
Plum Pudding
I hate wasting dye and this was the result of using up the excess from when the kids were doing theirs. This will be Patriotess.

I did a few more colors today which are drying and I still have two more kilo cones of the 3ply sock to skein up and two BFL sock weight kilo cones. THAT will be fun.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Look what the kids cooked up...

The kids have been asking me every time they see me dye yarn if they can dye some. I got a good amount of yarn in last week to stock up my Etsy shop so I figured why not. I told each child to choose 4 colors and mixed them up, put them into ketchup squirters and let them have at it. I have to say it was hard for me to not lead them into the artistic direction I wanted.

Here is Riley's work. She wants to call hers Rainbow.



Here is Jake's yarn. He wants this to be called Rockstar.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I used to care less about St. Patrick's day. Sure I would wear green and when I was an adult I would go out with friends or hit a bar but it was always a Hallmark holiday to me. Then I met Paul. I met my husband 9 years ago today. So now St. Patrick's day will always hold a special spot in my heart. Today is now a thank you Jesus day. :)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Cove to Clover

I ran my first ever 5K today. I drug my husband along with me. I am sure he will thank me later. I must disclose that I did not run the whole race it was very much a walk / jog sort of thing for me.


Here we are at the start. What a beautiful place. This is The Cove right on the Puget Sound.


Here I am getting psyched up for the race. I am actually very nervous here and I do things like this to calm down. I know it is weird.


This is the lineup waiting for the race to start. Can you see the signs in the distance? If you happen to run a 5-6 minute mile you go to the front. Notice how far away from those signs we are?


My parents brought the kids to the finish line to cheer us on. I cried. I am such a sap. However, this was a big accomplishment in my weight loss process. I am proud. I ran in according to my cell phone clock 54 minutes so I hit under an hour and I wasn't last. Those were my two goals.


The best part is the beer afterward.