It's a lovely sunny day in ashland and I'm trying not to be too antsy about when the baby will arrive. So today I've been thinking about the things that are making me happy right now.
I don't remember ever caring so much about scents until now. Rose geranium has become my official scent of pregnancy. I have a small plant right next to my bed. Lilacs and Mrs. Meyers cleaning products aren't too bad either.
+ feeding the birds
We've been getting a ton of colorful birds at our feeder recently. Lots of gold finches, house finches, stellar jays, black-headed grosbeaks, warblers - plus the chickadees and juncos that we see year round.
It's still a little early to stick some of the tender veggie starts in the ground but I've planted most of the fruits and vegetables in our garden bed. I always hope none of my neighbors can see my attempts at bending and kneeling but I've been enjoying my time in the garden anyway.
+ walking, swimming and yoga
Much to my surprise, moving my body still feels good.
Flowers from the farmers market, a newly thrifted bed spread - I love to rest my eyes on little upgrades like these.
My favorite snack right now. I've taken martha's advice and sprinkle a bit of ceyenne pepper and a squeeze of lime on them. Also delicious added to oatmeal for breakfast (without the ceyenne pepper and lime!).
+ sparkling water
We got a water carbonator a while ago and I use it daily.
As excited as I am for the baby to arrive there are things that I'll miss about being pregnant.
I know I should pace myself but my mind is definitely wandering towards spring these days. We've had mild weather recently and I've been paging through gardening books and making plans for my small plot. I've been noticing little green buds everywhere. I'm sure we still have more winter weather ahead but I can't help but be ready for spring.
When I first moved to Ashland I religiously went to the farmers market every tuesday morning. But over the summer my attendance became a little more spotty. I often felt too busy or I just plain forgot. Afterwards I'd kick myself for missing out on the great produce and community experience.
I recently discovered a new key to ensure my weekly visit. I've added a $5 bouquet and a $1 donut to my market routine and I've seriously been waking up on tuesdays thinking about those two items. It's easily the best $6 that I spend every week.
Well, we're not exactly self-sufficient yet, but I do enjoy our small harvests. Here is the bounty from yesterday. The garden experiment is off to a great start. We've gone through our first round of lettuces, arugula and basil. I've got some new seedlings taking over their former spots. The tomatoes and zucchini are just starting to ripen. I've already decided that next year's garden will be bigger.
The hens have been laying more eggs than I can eat so I've been leaving some in front of our house for neighbors to help themselves. It was funny to watch a jogger run down the street with a carton of eggs in his hands. I was thinking that his eggs would be pre-scrambled by the time he made it home.
Remember this? Well, here is a photo of the progress made in about a month. So far, so good with the vegetable garden. I can't wait to see what happens by next month!
On my walk back home from the library on Saturday I passed a lovely little hillside covered with bright red poppies. I had just finished climbing a very steep hill and only had the camera on my phone with me. I caught my breath and snapped a really quick picture.
When I finally made it home I was disappointed that the photo hadn't turned out at least a little bit better. The hillside looks really sweet in person. But one thing that I do like is how the jumble of small flowers reminds me a bit of a liberty of london print.