Every day now for the past several days, I’ve told myself that I would sit down, force myself to concentrate… I told me that I WOULD get a lot of reading and posting done…yes indeed…I was quite stern when I spoke to myself! Ah…but the Spring Self that is Me right now, merely giggled and ran away outside to play with the chickies and wiggle her toes in the mud as she planted more seeds…
I DID make good on my order to myself to make sure to sit down and get lots of reading done…but uh…instead of reading hundreds of blogs which is what I really meant to do, I sat outside on a bench in the sunshine & read the entire Little House On The Prairie series of books from beginning to end. I’ve not read them in since I was a kid and it was great fun reconnecting with Laura Ingalls…she always was one of my heroes and hey, whattya know…she couldn’t ever sit still and was constantly wandering off to find adventure and trouble, too!
The whole week was not one of leisure, in spite of the stolen hours of playing on the prairie…Spring Cleaning has been happening still on a large and mostly outdoor scale. Fencing has been repaired, replaced, painted & a new yard section exists where the dogs can’t trample a garden. Hundreds of veggies and wildflowers have been seeded both indoors and out…more and more sprouts peek up every day…cilantro, dill, Forget-Me-Nots, Pansies, cherry tomatoes, garlic…sproing, sproing, sproing! and new little green heads appear all the time now! My hands are happy hands right now for having helped birth so much new life along this spring!
Radley & Boo, the chicks, are growing by leaps and bounds…literally. They need several hours of outdoor playtime every day now. Like all babies, they require lots of supervision, cleaning, feeding and soothing but that’s okay because they’ll be grown & moving outside before I know it! These moments are precious, dontcha know?! Steve always thought I was a bit off in the head when I’d talk about the way the hens I had as a kid would kick back and sit on my lap for chats all the time…until yesterday when he sat down to watch the chicks with me and they both made a perch on his leg and dozed off for naps. Did I have the camera on hand..? Pffft! Of course not!
Aside from all of the outdoor fun, I have finally been able to fling the doors and windows wide open…which means that I was also able to finally start to work refinishing and painting the gorgeous old door I salvaged for $20 over the winter. It had the most gorgeous carved flowers and for months now, I’ve had to look at them plain and bland and WHITE…all the while, I’ve plotted the colors to use and waited impatiently to splash some color on the poor old door. I was less than an hour from being done with the project on Thursday when hubby wanders in and makes some off-the-cuff comment about how it would look neater if I framed the flowers in and gave it all the appearance of stained glass.
Crap. I wanted to hurry through the project but he was right…frickinfrackinfuckinRAWR! So…the ‘few little flowers’ I originally was going paint have morphed into a project requiring that I paint the ENTIRE door. Since the door was old and worn, none of the lines are sanded smooth anymore but my eye demands perfectly straight and unwarbled lines so I’m now 48 hours into working on it and hopefully can have it done by tonight or tomorrow morning depending on how long my hands hold out. I am naming this door, “Steve’s Revenge” and figure his idea for how to improve the door is revenge for all of the cockamamie ideas for projects that I’ve hit him with and the work I’ve caused him over the years!
So now I’m off to frolic, paint and cluck around the yard with the chickies. Tomorrow starts a whole new week and maybe, just maybe, I can be stern enough with myself to sit down and catch up on all of the posts and news that I’ve missed…but no promises shall be made because I know if a good patch of sunshine calls me, I will have no choice but to answer!
Have a beeeeeeautiful Spring Sunday!