Saturday, May 7, 2016

Spring Favorites

Spring broke through this week and it is lovely! It's hard to choose just five things when the weather is so gorgeous and all feels right in my world. Linking up with Susanne's Friday Fave Five.

1.  Our neighbor's lilacs -- yesterday I sat on our back patio and breathed in their fragrance while watching my grandkids.  I've mentioned before that our yard was stripped bare of all the old landscaping before we bought the house.  We've planted in the front and are just now getting to landscaping the backyard.  So, I'm all the more grateful for all of our neighbors and their well-established yards with trees and shrubs that I can enjoy over the backyard fence.

2.  Massage -- I was gifted a massage went on Wednesday after work.  It's been over a year since I've had one and I've decided to get a membership which means I'll get at least one a month.  It does so much for my health and well-being.

3.  Some time creating -- I finally got around to covering the seats on the bar stools in the kitchen.  One of those jobs that ended up taking less than an hour. The original fabric was a beige microfiber.  I think this is a lot more fun.

4.  This turquoise blue storage cart, from Ikea, is a birthday present from Dan.  Sooo happy to have this in my office.  My desk is a large table with one tiny drawer.  I can store all of my paper, notecards, pencils and art supplies right next to it on this pretty blue cart.

5.  I can't help it, but number 5 is yet another kid/grandkid photo.  With Luke and Miranda in Wisconsin now, I treasure the pictures they send, and Facetime has been a lifesaver;)

Sawyer and Luke

Lovely week.  Thank you, Susanne, for hostessing FFF.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Happy May Day

This picture has been going around on Facebook for the past couple days.  It expresses my sentiments so perfectly. It has been snowing that sleety, wet snow for days. And days and days.  There is hardly a dusting on the ground, but the result is almost the same as a full blown snowstorm.  We're stuck inside.

It's not all that unusual in these parts, where Spring is often just a suggestion rather than a real season. I'm trying to make the best of it, working on projects indoors.

Yesterday, Dan and I hauled a bookcase from the garage down to the basement.  The bookcase was  a find on the side of the road.  There are actually two of them, we just haven't figured out where to put the second one, because they are so tall that they only fit in the basement.   I spent the afternoon unpacking boxes of books that haven't seen the light of day at least since our move over two years ago.  I literally clapped my hands at the sight of my favorite volumes by Jan Karon and Anne Lindgbegh; texts from two years of Catholic Biblical School and my western women's history collection; books that belonged to my grandmother.  Now, they are all easily accessible.  I can run my fingers over their spines, pull a volume from the shelf to check a reference or just re-read a favorite passage.  

We set it up in my crafting area, next to the makeshift table that Dan made out of sawhorses and an old door.  It started out as a place to wrap Christmas presents, but I love that it's a huge wide surface, waist high, and it's become my hobby table.  Lucky for me that Dan has another set of sawhorses.

I am happy working there to the sound of the radio playing and the dryer humming; sipping a cup of tea, surrounded by my books.