February 15, 2013
Well, I had a completely different post planned for you today, but the sun is shining bright, and I don't want to think of anything other than my growing indoor plants, my order of late winter/early spring seeds from the Seed Saver's Exchange, and playing outside in the dirt. It's funny how a little sunlight has completely changed my attitude and priorities. And since the days are starting to lengthen noticeably, I feel like I'm finally thawing from a long winter hibernation. It's not spring yet, but I can feel it coming.
I've been slowly adding to our houseplant collection. The more plants I manage to keep alive, the braver I am about bringing in new ones. I get pretty attached to them, and I'm constantly trying to figure out how much water they need, and where they might be happiest in the house in terms of sunlight. There are a couple plants I should probably give away soon because they're not good for nibbling cats, but I need to find good homes first. Some of these plants have been passed down to us, and are many, many years old.
Outside, we have plans to turn an old dog house left from the previous owners into a small chicken coop. I doubt we'll be able to do chickens this year- there's just so much more that needs to be done before we're ready for that. In the meantime, we've got a vegetable garden to prepare for, a fence to put up, and a bathroom to remodel.
It may seem a little early, but I couldn't help myself. I went ahead and planted some small peas on our front porch last weekend. Whenever I push seeds down into the dirt, I find myself skeptical about whether they'll ever come back up again, but plants continue to amaze me by actually growing. I guess some things never get old.
Anyway, you may have noticed that every photo in this post is from my Instagram feed. For awhile, I quit using my DSLR almost completely because it was so much more convenient for me to whip out my phone. I love it for that reason - it's always there when I need it in a pinch. As a result, I've been able to capture so much more than I would have otherwise. Definitely a worthwhile purchase if you're like me, and you don't like to lug your big camera around with you everywhere you go.
Speaking of Instagram, I changed my username to awoodennest, and I think it's going to stick. Come find me there if you're on and say hello.