Spring is Here

Flowering Cherry Tree


Evidence of Spring

We've had the strangest week of weather with an inch or two of slushy messy snow on Monday and then yesterday (Thursday) it was in the 70s.  Despite the snow, spring is nearly here!  Evidence of spring; exhibit #1: The cherry trees are getting ready to blossom.

Cherry trees


Garden, Garden, Snake, Garden, Lila

This past weekend I decided it didn't make sense to have a trellis in the strawberry bed and I'd rather have it one of the other beds so I pulled it out and it has a new home alongside its newly built twin.

Two trellises


No Mistakes In It Yet

"Marilla, isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"
~ Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

I thought of this passage in one of my all time favorite books as I did some serious garden reconfiguration this past week.  We spent some money and a whole lot of time but these are one time costs and labors and I think it will pay off in years to come.  Behold, my new layout with raised beds and no mistakes in it yet.

New Garden Layout


A Delicate Flower

When Lila was 2.5 months old she developed eczema from head to toe.  It wasn't awful, no cracking or seeping, but little red bumps all over and poor little birdie was always trying to scratch her head.  This wasn't really a surprise since her dad and I both have eczema and luckily some Hydrocortisone ointment and Eucerin Aquaphor got it under control.  She also had some mysteriously swollen lymph nodes on the back of her head and our pediatrician said the eczema and swollen nodes combined could be a sign of allergies.  She suggested we go slowly with introducing foods to Lila when the time came. 

When Lila was 6 months old, we gave her some rice cereal mixed with my milk.  She was pretty sure we were trying to poison her.

Poisonous Rice Cereal