Well, spring has FINALLY sprung here! At least until the snow that's in Colorado and sleet that's in Iowa hits here! Here's how I know it's spring:
Our tree burst into flower yesterday. Seriously. This happened over about 2 days. There were no buds. Then there were. Then, they burst open. I love it when this happens. Let's hope for no hard rain or winds for a few days so it lasts a little while.
It was warm enough to sit out on our deck and have a beer last night. Soooooo what I needed! I also got some awesome new porch furniture (we needed it so badly) at Target. Remember that conference I spoke at last week (and I stopped at the Hen House on the way home)? Well, as a thank you for speaking, the group putting the conference on gave me a $50 gift certificate to Target. How nice! I bought two turquoise chairs for the deck. Awesome. (But then, Sweet Pea wanted the little pink one, so I got her that, too.)
Papa Pea was at a conference for the past couple of days in a really swanky hotel. In that hotel, he saw this book, and he got it for Sweet Pea. It's really cool. It has a fabric cover, beautiful drawings, two satin ribbon bookmarks...
Sweet Pea has been wanting to do a fairy garden. Over the winter, Michael's had a super sale on some fairy garden supplies. I got a few fairy garden supplies for Sweet Pea, and she set up her garden. Here is her little arrangement. (She's also using some of my old garden ornaments with it.) My little plant, there, barely made it back this spring. We'll see how it does....
We got our motorcycles out last weekend, too, and we went for a ride. Papa Pea has befriended some Amish folks. We rode out to their farm to say hello. Lee showed Papa Pea a buggy he's trying to sell. I know Papa Pea wanted it and wished we still had our horses. Papa Pea told Lee, "We call this an Amish buggy. What do you call it?" Lee said, "A buggy." Snort.
They have a very beautiful peacock and a couple of peahens. This was part of the purpose of our visit....Lee had promised some peacock eggs to Sweet Pea. We went out to see if they were laying yet. Nope. Not yet. I'll keep you posted on those. We might have some peacocks at our house in the near future. Can you believe it? I can't.
Since I've had a little down time, I've been out "bumming" a little. I was at Pier One the other day and saw this pillow. Isn't it pretty? It was hard for me to resist it. But I did. I did take photos for inspiration, however.
I also saw this and thought, "How cute! Wouldn't that be a fun thing to store fabric in?" And I loved the color. But $279 was wayyyy too steep for this, if you ask me. I could just hear Papa Pea...."You paid HOW MUCH for that little shelving unit? I could have built it out of good wood for you for $30!" So, I took the photo...Now I can just say, "Can you build me one of these, please?" :-)
I hadn't cut into these last Thursday yet, so I didn't know how they turned out. I took them to the party Thursday night and they were DELICIOUS! They were a hit and were gobbled up quickly. I posted the recipe link here if you are interested.
And, lest you think I drink too much, we also went out for dinner and a little celebration. I am moving into a leadership position at work. So, starting July 1, I will be working on a 12-month contract instead of an academic one. This may mean less time for sewing and blogging. Hopefully I'll be able to maintain a sense of balance.
As a follow up about my appointment at the eye doctor yesterday....indeed, my vision has gotten worse. I told the doctor I really did not want glasses, but the whole reading glasses thing isn't working so well for me anymore. Because my distance vision is great, my doctor proposed I put in one contact with correction for close up work. My mom had suggested this to me. I thought it was a little crazy and wasn't sure I could adapt to that. But it seems to be working out pretty well for me so far. I'm in a 2-week trial phase. We'll see how it goes. I'm quite pleased with the results so far, however! I am typing this without glasses, and I can actually see what I'm doing!