Archive for March, 2010

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THINGS I’M THANKFUL FOR!

March 4, 2010

SPRING!

I saw these daffodils poking out of the soil underneath my apple tree.

Here’s another one.

YEAH!  Spring is on its way.  I’m so excited.  I’m on the look out for my tulips but they are hit our miss becuase of the rabbits around here.

This is blooming in my kitchen.

WORK!

I started a new job this week.  I’m very excited about that too. 

The search was long and stressful.  Trying to work interviews around my current job was hard.  Here’s to starting this spring on a positive note.

Last thing, Meeshie could not be more excited about going back to daycare and seeing all of her friends.  While I was job searching and working we had to pull her out.  I took her to school, I picked her up. 

I asked her if she is going to miss that.

No mom I just hope that my friends at daycare still remember me and still want me as their friend.

You saw some of them over Christmas break and at church and birthday parties.

But not at daycare.  Do you think they still want to be my friend?

In the last few months, I wish that was the least of my problems.

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Ice Skating

March 2, 2010

Meeshie wanted to go ice skating so I took her today.  She had an outing with her girl scout troop.  Since she was about 3, she’s always asked about ice skating.  I’m not sure why. 

She’s been roller skating before and hasn’t really enjoyed it.  She’s not very coordinated.  She gets that from me.

 

Here she is waiting for the rest of the troop.  Look at how excited she is.

Here she is trying to work her way around the ice.  She never let go of the wall.  Except once, but she fell.  I didn’t take a picture of that.  I was too distracted.

Here she is trying to determine how to get back to the bench so she can sit down.  Quickly!

Here she is with her feet moving farther and farther apart.  She did not fall at this point.

She’s had enough at this point.  She falls and then we get off the ice.

I on the other hand had fun.  I haven’t been on ice skates since high school.  It was part of our gym class.  I took it not because I thought it would be fun or that I would be good at it.  I took it so that I didn’t have to change into that horrible gym suit.  I was no Peggy Fleming but I had fun.

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Wind Flowers

March 1, 2010

Anemone-De Caen

I bought these bulbs yesterday. They are Anemone de Caen.  According to the package I can plant them in April and they will bloom in early summer.  They are supposed to be a good flower to cut and will last in a vase for about 5 days.

They caught my eye because I thought they were poppies.   According to a google search, the Anemone is also known as the ‘windflower’.  They grow up to 12 inches high and they need to be planted in partial sun to full shade.  I have a Japanese maple outside of my kitchen window that I have planted day lilies under but they struggle there.  Partly because of the lack of sun, maple is full and one of my favorite trees and partly because my hubby hits the lilies with the lawnmower every week.

I also found this information about the bulbs or corms.

Anemone blanda
These bulbs are hardy in zones 5 to 9, where they should be planted in fall for spring bloom. They will grow in full sun to
shade, and they naturalize easily. They should be kept moist throughout their growing season. They are adaptable to a variety of soil types. Soak the tubers in water for eight to ten hours before planting. Plant two inches apart and about three inches deep.

Anemone coronaria
These bulbs are hardy in zones 7 to 10, where they will naturalize easily. They do best in light shade in these warm areas. They should be planted in well-drained, humus-rich soil, and are adaptable to a wide range of pH levels and soil types. Soak the tubers for about twelve hours before planting. Plant two or three inches deep and about eight inches apart.

In colder areas, de Caen anemones can be planted in spring after danger of frost is past. They prefer full sun in colder areas. The tubers can be lifted and dried in the fall.

These are fast-growing flowers, so a sequence of plantings will result in all-summer bloom. Plant in April for June and July flowering and plant in June for September flowering.

I am concerned about pulling them out in the fall, I had dahlias once and you have to remove the bulbs in the fall and I never did.  How could I do that to this beautiful flower? 

Fidalgo Julie - Novelty Dahlia, orange and red

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Empires

March 1, 2010

I love these cookies. 

They are a cookie that everyone in my family looks forward to having at Christmas.  My brother thinks they taste like pop tarts.  I try to give my sister a few extra when I see her on Christmas Eve.  They are the only cut out cookie that I make.  Not because I don’t like to make cut out cookies, but because they are just be default the only ones I make.

I usually wait until the last possible moment to put the glaze on them because they get soggy.  I suppose that makes them taste better, but that can be a deterrent when you try to pick it up and it is crumbling in your hands.

I’ve made it as an ornanment too.  Here it is as a felt cookie. 

I think it’s my favorite felt cookie that I’ve made so far.  It makes a great ornament.

Here’s the recipe.

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