“It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.”
- Lucille Ball
Spring has finally arrived here in northern Virginia, and I have been impatient for her arrival. Today I took some time for a walk along the paths behind our home. There is an abundance of wildflowers blooming, and I wanted to capture a few of them with my camera.
Single row of hairs on chickweed stem
These are the gifts of nature. How many times do we pass them by without a second glance?
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”
- Henry Matisse
Today I am grateful I took the time to see them.
Our CSA farm offers baby chicks each spring. The great part is, we can keep them for a while, and return them to the farm. Since we are living in a townhouse that does not allow chickens, we will keep our foster babies for only a few weeks to experience and enjoy their miraculous transformation from tiny baby to nearly adult chickens.
They are so precious, as they chirp, eat, poop and sleep. Some things all babies have in common eh?
They each have their own distinctive personalities – some bold and confident, some shy and timid. And they cry pitifully if they are separated. The girls have chosen names for them of course, and we each have our favorites. They are: Captain, Tiger, Cookie, and Sunshine.
I took them outside for a few minutes this afternoon, although it is still pretty chilly here. It was fun watching them express their innate ‘chickenness’ as they scratched, pecked at imaginary bugs, and chased each other for the imagined ‘morsels’ they had found. I have forgotten how wonderful it is to sit and observe the wonders of nature.
It is a learning experience for the children as they learn about caring for these little creatures. It is a learning experience for Carl and I as we consider our future homestead that will surely include some of these lovely animals.
Last year I started teaching myself to sew and have enjoyed the frustration and satisfaction that comes along with learning a new skill. Last fall I started on my first clothing from a pattern project – a wrap skirt for myself. But I have had neither the time nor the mental energy to work on completing this challenging (for me) project. So being in the mood for some sewing gratification, I decided to learn to make the simple zipper pouch.
There are dozens of online tutorials for making zipper pouches; two of my favorites can be found at sosewsomething and designmom.com.
The first one I made for myself (in yellow), the second one for Sita. Sita’s turned out much neater. Hmm, I keep thinking of who else I know that could use a simple zippered pouch, or what else I might need more pouches for…
Like the near-instant gratification of knitting a hat, these zipper pouches really are simple and fun!
What are you crafting?
The neighborhood kids are enjoying their spring break from school this week, and we have had frequent visitors. Sita wanted everyone to try her Green Smoothie.
Everyone thought it was great and all requested second helpings please…
There were some funny looks on their faces when they realized they were drinking a smoothie made with spinach!
I’m just happy to share something healthy, all natural and delicious.
Kids’ Green Smoothie Recipe:
6 ounces of organic fruit juice
Handful of spinach
Handful of frozen fruit (we used mango)
2 Tablespoons Chia seeds (added fiber, calcium, phosphorus, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and creaminess)
2 cups of ice
Blend until creamy!
I have wanted to try making skin lotion for some time now, and I thought this would be a fun and educational mother-daughter project for Sita and I.
The recipe we used came from Renee at FIMBY. It was simple to make and turned out lovely. I used it last night and today and my skin feels so silky and the scent is light. I’m sure we will be making more, and experimenting with other essential oils.
I love seeing the pride and joy Sita feels in making something homemade, and we are making a list of friends and families to share this special lotion with.
Most of our supplies came from Mountain Rose Herbs.
I highly recommend giving it a try, you will be glad you did!
Do any of you have good lotion recipes to share?