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“Look between your ears!”

A quote from the television show Cheers that tickled my whole family the night we watched it together. I can still make my brother laugh if I lob the declaration at him.

But it is true. I have a quote on my Pinterest page that says “The mountains are calling and I must go” and that’s exactly what I was thinking about this morning. When the snow fell, it was beautiful to me. I longed for a moment by the fire, looking out upon wide open spaces blanketed in white. It would be more comforting than watching my neighbor pause his shoveling activity to dig around the depths of his snowpants to scratch his rear.

There is a small patch of woods – half a lot – that I can see from my window if I arrange myself on the sofa just right. I find peace with a bit of tunnel vision. While I love my neighbors, I do believe I’m a country girl at heart.

View from the sofa

View from the sofa

Another snowy day, not very long ago, as Silverback and I drove through the country around sunset, we saw snowmobiles zipping around an open field and a family huddled around an open fire. It was a moment that still hangs between us, the envy nearly tangible, spoken words not necessary to express the way we both felt. We longed to be that family, to play in the snow with our girls, take turns zipping around the drifts, and warm ourselves by the fire. Simple enough, right? Peace, quiet, a great view, and hot chocolate with marshmallows roasted over a fire.

(I think I need a vacation)

Until then, I hope everyone in the northeast stays safe and warm and enjoys a little family time during the school delay.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe were planning to start our seeds the other day and I was about to go dumpster diving for containers when I got “Monday-ed.”  By that I mean that somehow dinner got ruined (don’t buy discount tortellini, okay?) and we had to order delivery. (Note to self: be more prepared for last-minute menu changes) As a bonus, Pizza Hut puts their wings in these nifty metal trays perfect for lots of things! Yes. I save them. Don’t judge.

So here we are creating masterpieces with dirt. I sprung for the Jiffy Mix because we had so much luck with it in the past. The girls had marigold seeds they collected last year and a gift of Lilly seeds from Pookah’s friend (thanks!). While they were busy planting those, I worked on Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kohlrabi. It’s easy. Just put water and seeds in the starter mix. Detailed instructions here.

Pookah & Tootsie starting flower seeds

Pookah & Tootsie starting flower seeds

We put a single seed type into each container and then wrap with a plastic bag to keep the moisture in. Pookah wants to remind you how important it is to label each container. Then place them in a warm spot where you will remember to check them daily. Guess where we keep ours.

Always place them where you will remember to check daily for signs of germination

Always place them where you will remember to check daily for signs of germination

You can see the condensation beginning already. That moisture is not going anywhere. And now we wait…

Actually, we have some cleaning up to do. We made a fabulous mess.

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Native Violets

 

Tulips

 

Kitty enjoying the perennial garden

Cherry blossoms and bright blue sky

 

A closer look

 

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It’s National Poetry Month.  Here is a reminder that change is good:

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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Or “How to Love your Trash”

Here’s a bright idea for repurposing containers.  We trimmed styro coffee cups to fit under a cake dome and planted all our herbs in them – otherwise known as the “Whoopie Pie Project.”  This way, as each one germinates, it can be removed from the dome. (more…)

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Many of you have been wondering what is happening in the Frisbie house.  After a long vacation from writing during the extended holiday season, I’m back and ready to blah blah blog!  We visited friends and family, ate shamefully decadent food, enjoyed the snowfalls, and now we are slowly getting back into a regular routine. (more…)

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Wondering why I haven’t posted anything in a while?  Here’s a little peak at the newest addition to Mrs. Frisbie’s House.  Baby Bugga Bugga is finally here and Pookah couldn’t be happier to be a big sister.

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