More than that, when I remember how ugly the landscape was when we moved in, I am amazed at how all my hard work is starting to pay off.
The garden is mostly planted. I still have a couple of starts to plant in containers, but most of the big stuff is in. The plants are so small in May. It's hard to believe that by the end of summer they will have almost grown together.
This year I planted mostly tomatoes. I planted 11 plants. Six are heirloom varieties for eating and the rest are for canning. I can hardly wait to dig into a plate of vine ripened heirlooms.
I'm also planting summer squash, bush cucumbers, butternut and acorn squash. Yum.
I started some of my plants from seed with mixed results. The veggies did well, the flowers not so much. I don't know what I did wrong but they never got very big or well rooted. I think it was a lack of good lighting. Oh well, I'll do some research and try again next year.
They keep my little, cement gnome company.
They also speak to a fun project I am putting together for the summer. I've decided to hold a free, weekly yoga class for my neighborhood. It's going to be an outdoor class in my backyard. It's just my way to try to boost community spirit and "minister" to my friends and neighbors. I'm excited and nervous about it. I'm kind of putting myself out there in a way I haven't before. I hope it is well received.
These succulents decorate the patio/deck area.
And finally, the lilacs are bursting out all over. I have the windows open as much as I can so the scent can perfume the whole house.
I love them so much I tuck them into every possible nook and cranny.
I always stay in student housing when I'm there. It's fun to check out the old stomping grounds. Surprisingly, it hasn't changed all that much since I was a co-ed. Here's my old dorm, Merrill Hall. Mostly good memories there.
Everyone came up for Mother's Day weekend. It's always a lot of chaos but always worth it. I wouldn't trade this for anything in the world.
And then there's this. Boy, does this ever bring back memories of all the hours I spent sitting on the sidelines cheering on my own sons. I'm so lucky to live close enough to have the chance to now cheer on Mason, as well. I can't believe he's old enough to be playing soccer. It seems like only yesterday I was writing this.
I haven't done much quilting lately...too busy. I'm getting back to it though. I've got a quilt on the quilting machine and I spent today sewing my block of the month. Hopefully, I'll have pictures to post soon.
Until then you'll find me outside enjoying the beautiful spring weather. I hope you will be too.