Biding Our Time

April 1, 2013 · 0 comments

barbecue baked pie // Wayward Spark

The weather this past weekend was pretty incredible. Western Oregon always gets a few early spring days that feel more like summer when every last sun-starved person makes an effort to get outside to bask in the glory. Saturday and Sunday were perfect and very much appreciated.

I haven’t left the homestead since we got back from California on Thursday night. I’m waiting on Ms. Minnie to have her kids, but so far, nothing’s happening. Her official due date is tomorrow, and even though she kidded four days early last year, it looks like she’s holding out ’til the bitter end this time around. I’d love to see those kids, but really I don’t mind being at home catching up for a few days, especially after the craziness of Southern California.

It seems like every year around this time, this feeling sets in where I just want to stay home all day every day. There’s so much going on here in the spring, and I get energized and motivated by the extra daylight hours and nicer weather. I weeded all the thistles out of the greenhouse yesterday, and then I baked a pie because we hadn’t had one in a good long while. (Frozen blueberries + past-prime storage apples. It wasn’t my best effort, but we are enjoying it anyway). We’ve been taking walks down to the pond and collecting lots of chicken eggs.

kale raab // Wayward Spark

The overwintered kale is going crazy. I picked this bridal bouquet of kale raab this morning and then ate the whole bunch sauteed with two leeks, some brown rice, and parmesan cheese. That might not have been my smartest move today, but it sure tasted good.

red flowering currant

In the time we were gone, the grass and the red flowering currants went crazy. The currants are in full bloom now, and the hummingbirds are out in full force guzzling nectar.

rhubarb // Wayward Spark

And the rhubarb is up! It’s only about 6-8 inches tall, but it grows pretty darn fast this time of year, so it won’t be long before we’ll have more than we can eat ourselves.

From the looks of my Instagram feed, it seems like most of the country has been experiencing more spring-like and less winter-like weather. I hope you’ve been enjoying it as much as we have!

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