I have been so excited that it's finally spring - I think I have what my Mama used to call "spring fever." I'm thrilled to be outside even though I can hardly breathe for the pollen. I'm terribly allergic to mold, which hides on the leaves and branches of everything in the yard, but I planted herbs anyway. I know, I know...we won't be home this summer to enjoy them, but the house sitters will. I love the fragrance when the breeze blows, and there's nearly always a breeze off the lake. I've got lots of Rosemary because my yard seems to be perfect for it. I use it in the flower beds and the window boxes and in the herb garden. One of the Lavender bushes, which is truly pitiful looking, has a hundred blooms on it! The Lemon Balm and the Chives always come back up and the Lamb's Ears do too (didn't know that was an herb, did you?). And the Parsley, which is really not supposed to, has spread even outside the herb bed. I've added two kinds of Basil, Cilantro, Oregano, Marjarom, and more Thyme (I had one kind that isn't doing well but is still there). I also planted one Rhubarb plant (not an herb but I wanted to try it) and it already has a new leaf! I'm not finished with the humus I'm spreading on top of the bed to fill in the dips and holes and to make it look a little neater but I will be soon - early next week.
One day this week my small sewing group took a "road trip" to a couple of quilt shops that are about 100 miles away. It was a gorgeous day and we loved the drive! I had called ahead to let both shop owners know there would be 6 of us coming so they wouldn't be surprised and both of them fixed lunch for us! Now that's hospitality. :) Of course, it's also good business because we lingered both places talking about their upcoming classes and we all spent a goodly amount of money. The word will spread among our guild members too which will be good for the economy!
I've tried to walk every day just to be out in the beautiful weather. My goal is 2 miles/45 minutes and yesterday I made it all the way. Today, on my third round (each round is .7 mile) the pit bulls were out so I had to come back home. Not sure what I'm going to do about those dogs but something definitely needs to happen for the safety of all of us who walk the neighborhood.
We're only two lessons away from finishing year four of Disciple, a four year Methodist Bible study class. I'm feeling nostalgic because I will miss all those who have journeyed with us this year and also for all of the four years. But I'm excited to be finishing this goal I set several years back. We're studying Revelations now and I've learned several things about myself...number one being I don't really care what happens in the end times except that God wins. And I have no intention of worrying about when it might happen or what my place will be in that event will be because I know whatever happens I'll be on the right side.
I've done a little sewing, but not a lot. I made this Book Keeper for my Kindle (the pattern is from Moda Bake Shop) out of antique feed sacks.
And this is the Lazy Star quilt top I made for a wedding present but haven't finished.
The 12 pounds I'd lost a couple of weeks ago is still gone but I seem to have reached a stalemate right now. That could be because in the middle of a terribly stressful day this week I ate like a million sugar wafer cookies. :( And I've got a couple of weekend events coming up that will likely derail me as well. There's no avoiding overeating (at least for me) when you're away from home for a couple of days at a time.
Last weekend I spent a couple of days with some high school girlfriends. Sigh. I miss them already. There's just something about old friends that is restful for the soul. I'm lucky that several of us still get together. We've been meeting at my house in the fall for a couple of years and now we've added spring to the schedule. This year we met in Little Rock and next year is Lynchburg, Virginia.
If you've read this far and I haven't bored you to death - I'm glad you're here. I'm not blogging as much lately as I once was and not commenting as much either, but I am reading everyone I promise. Time slips away from me as I try to finish up things in preparation for our mission trip. But I promise to be better and to carry you all with me when I go. Six more weeks till departure for south Louisiana - heat, humidity and hurricanes!