February 14, 2009

Life is Good #2

We awoke this morning to find everything covered in a sparkling blanket of snow. Humidity was high yesterday and the fog moved in during the evening, causing the snow to cling perfectly to all the trees and shrubs as if they had been spray painted with that snow in a bottle stuff. It was a truly breath-taking winter wonderland world this morning....then, the sun came out and melted everything before I could get pictures!

It may be 30 degrees and snowing outside, but I'm feeling warm and toasty and thinking of spring and planting my gardens. And speaking of gardens, look what arrived this week.

O.K., so I mentioned earlier I may have gone a little bit overboard on my seed ordering, but I just couldn't help myself. This year, I ordered all of my seeds from Seeds Trust, mainly because they have a good variety of heirloom and high altitude seeds from which to choose. I really like the detailed instructions they give on the back of each seed envelope, which includes frost tolerance, culture details suggesting when to start seeds indoors, germination percentage and the normal soil/sun/water instructions. I can't wait to get started planting this year's crops!

Neal and I had our Valentine's Day lunch today at one of our new favorite Indian restaurants. The chai tea was delightful and the buffet offered more than our tummys could hold. Afterwards, we strolled a few doors down to a furniture store that was going out of business and browsed their offerings. Finding nothing we needed or had to have, we ventured on to a nearby library to search for some books. I went off in search of books on raising chickens and goats, renewable energy and barn building, and Neal set his sights on Volkswagen repair and building sheds and garages. As you can see below, we didn't leave the library empty-handed.

Back at the homestead, I whipped up a batch of liquid laundry detergent and tried a new recipe for homemade deodorant, consisting of nothing more than coconut oil, baking soda and cornstarch. I added a few drops of lavender essential oil and poured the deodorant into an empty store bought container and set it in the fridge to harden. So far so good. I'm anxious to see how effectively it will work and excited to think of the money we will save if it works to our satisfaction.

I just took a batch of dog cookies out of the oven, the washer and dryer are doing their thing and Neal and the dogs are watching a movie. I am steeping a nice cup of tea in my new mug with infuser that my honey gave me this morning and preparing to find myself a spot on the sofa to settle with my tea and my stack of books. Life is good.


Ian said...

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Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Sounds like life is good. I need to decide what to put in my garden squares this year. I'm also considering taking up the railroad ties and rebuilding the squares.

How did the homemade deodorant turn out? Sounds really interesting.

I love the mug!


Anonymous said...

oh, seeds!!! we need to get our butts in gear and start our garden process!!
love those black and white seed packets - pretty!

Lilla said...

Mary, the deodorant turned out really well. I can't believe how easy it was. I'll have to do a post one day soon about the homemade products I've tried so far.

Daune, I love those seed packets too. Something so simple and elegant about black and white, isn't there? Since our last frost date isn't until May 20, I plan to start most of my seeds indoors in the next week or two to give them plenty time to take root. You should have no problems putting things directly in the ground there in Texas!