I've been absent since I've felt I haven't had much of interest to say. No pictures, no out-of-the-ordinary excitement to share. So what has been going on?
Well, so far it's been a busy week full of "usual" stuff. Our weather has not been spring-like, that's for sure. We had snow all day yesterday but with the thermometer reading 33 degrees and up to a few degrees higher, we had no accumulation. More of the same is forecast for today.
This past weekend I ventured out into the garden to see if either the rhubarb or chives were poking up under my blanket of winter mulch. Nope. How can the little greenies be expected to make it up through ground that is still frozen solid?
We made a trip to the The Big City on Tuesday of this week for supplies. If I'm not mistaken, it was our first trip since last October. On such excursions, we use our credit card which we always pay off each month. The charges on the next billing are going to be so astronomical, I don't think I'll even have the courage to open the envelope.
I've finished going through the pantry and freezers to determine how I did on putting food by last fall. Results? I can definitely cut down on how much I plant of nearly everything this gardening season. Either we're consuming less on a regular basis or I've finally gotten to the point where I'm planting too darn much. Not a bad situation to have to rectify.
Speaking of the garden, I'm about halfway done with the master plan for this coming season. Good thing I can cut down on space needed for veggies because I've got those 200 new strawberry plants coming that I need to fit into the field garden. Strawberries were the only thing we didn't have an adequate supply of over winter. One more year now and that won't happen again. Hopefully. Or my strawberry lovin' husband will NOT be happy with me.
We've been seeing a lot of wildlife activity. Just this morning right after dawn we saw the biggest, healthiest-looking fox come trotting up our driveway, take a hard left back into the wood working area and then disappear behind the big storage building. He looked to be on a mission. Wonder if he could have been a she taking breakfast home to her youngun's?
We've been seeing one or two wolves a week recently. These are bona fide timber wolves and not the brush wolves, or coyotes, also in the area. They are beautiful animals and we realize they have every right to live here, but when they do become too plentiful, there is always the problem with them attacking livestock and pets. I'm not real keen on encountering them up close and personal either.
A lovely surprise came in the mail this week from a beautiful blogging friend in South Carolina who is fast becoming an expert quilter. I now have a very pretty, spring motif mug rug beside me on my desk this morning. So bright and cheerful!
Time to get some breakfast on the table. We had French toast with homemade blueberry sauce yesterday morning. Today I think it will be poached eggs on slices of hearty, heavy, moist, dark bread that magically arrived late yesterday afternoon from a sweet gal in our area who turns out the BEST bread.
Have a great end to your week and a good, good weekend, y'all!
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