when spring comes to january

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When the headlines are full of blizzards, juno and the word feet mixed with the word snow, I almost hate to talk about the weather. But, the weather. We pay our dues in the Northwest with enough gloom to make us notorious for it so when the sun shines in January, you talk about it. It’s been 60 here the last few days. 60 in January is some sort of miracle. And we did what any good Pacific Northwest dwellers do when the big ball of light shines. We got outside.

I’ve “hiked” (you can hardly call what we did hiking. it was glorified mountain walking) Evans Creek Preserve a few times in the summer but it was almost better in the winter. Very Twighlight-esc with moss stretching across every surface and tiny traces of wildlife at your feet. It was really a January morning at it’s finest.

**Remind me to look back at this when I’m complaining about the spring that hasn’t yet arrived in April.

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26/52 || lessons from the garden

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Finally! We are seeing some fruits of our labor (hehe!) in our backyard. The vegetable garden  is growing nicely but our potted strawberry plant is the real champ so far. Every year the garden is real labor of love. We don’t expect much out of it but we faithfully weed and water daily hoping that the five little plants we placed in the ground produce something. That’s why it’s SO EXCITING to walk out each morning and find there is a small tidbit you can dig your teeth into. M has been very good about waiting until each berry is ‘wed’ before plucking it off the branches and eating it. It’s a slow process, one little berry at a time but it’s been so gratifying for both her and I to be able to check our plant each day and see the tiny red fruit ready to become our afternoon treat. This one little pot has become such a good teacher in patience and tenderness.

I’m just thrilled!

Enjoy! Melissa

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DSC_2102Truth: I have a black thumb. There isn’t a hint of green sprouting from that thing. Most plants hate my guts and yet, every year around this time, we make trips to suburban heavens like Home Depot or Costco and pick up some plants for me to kill. Last weekend, I got my hands on a few hanging greens, some potted goods and we picked out vegetables for our little raised bed.

Those, I am not allowed to touch. The fear that I will kill them before they even have a chance to produce an ounce of anything edible is too much for Ky so he’s brought in a new gardening assistant. She comes with a load of Hello Kitty gear and stays focused for about two whole seconds but somehow, they got the job done.

Together, they managed to plant tomatoes, edamame, sweet peppers and a little flower that M insisted belonged next to the vegetables. Every year we each take our gardening roles. My job is to nag Ky several times a day making sure he’s watered the plants or checked to make sure rabbits and slugs didn’t devour the garden overnight and Ky’s job is to, well…water and check for pests. M’s role in the whole thing is to taste test. It’s what she is best at.

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Here’s to hoping I can update you with a bowl of harvested goodness in a few months.

Enjoy! Melissa

 

northwesterners

DSC_0869You know you live in the Pacific Northwest if:

||The first hopes of a sunny day any time between October and May send you running out of the house so fast you forget to brush your hair.

||You simultaneously wear sunglasses and a beanie. Or really, just the fact that you call it a beanie might be a sign.

||You allow your daughter to scoop ketchup with a carrot so that you can enjoy the elephants in peace. OK, not a Northwest thing at all. Just me.

||You spend one day in a t-shirt and the next ten in galoshes.

Enjoy! Melissa

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Date Day

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Just a note to self; selfies do not work with a large lens on your camera. But solid try on our parts! Instead of our usual late evening/ dinner date, we took off for the afternoon this past weekend. Maybe my new favorite date time. I know it’s not a romantic, candle burning night time setting but we got to enjoy the day together and still had some QT with M at dinner and before bed. Best of both worlds really! Is this what having a nanny would be like? Where do I find one of those. Joking. Kinda’.

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|| I mean really guys. That picture is from a major freeway. Ky was driving and I snapped a few shots out the window. I couldn’t help but think that we are lucky to have these views. Some people would drive hundreds of miles or hike up mountains to see the things I can see from my freeway. Plus, just look at that stadium. The game could have brought you to tears it was so boring but the people watching was top notch. You probably don’t care but I’m going to tell you about the ‘young lady’ sitting one row in front of us. Not only did we comment on the way she draped her legs over the seat in front of her while wearing a dress and removing her shoes {keep in mind, this is a baseball game, not a Vegas pool} but she proceeded to ‘hint’ at the gentlemen who were a good 30 years her senior in the seats next to her to buy her a beer. Such subtly in her hinting too. ‘Hey, I’m going to get a beer. Want one?’ ‘No Thanks’ Girl doesn’t move as her hint was clearly not caught. Try again. ‘What kind of beer is that you are drinking? Looks good.’ This time, caught, hook line and sinker. Said gentleman buys her a beer and not five minuets later off she went to never return to that seat. But, like I said, the people watching was awesome.

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|| Again, selfies do not work. But, whatever, I was in date day goofy blissdom.

Enjoy! Melissa

Weekend Snapshot || Round 5

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Still working on that collage wall. I bought this awesome print on PS I Adore You and couldn’t be happier with it. || Also for that wall, I have been going through old pictures to have some framed. Just 14 months ago my baby fit on our forearms. P.S. This was right before she pooped all down me during this photo session. Ahhh the memories caught on camera. || I wore dots today. If Kate can pull it off, then I shall wear it too. Oh and lets talk about how mad we should all be at her. Who looks that great, walks in heels and has not a strand of hair out of place 24 hours after birth? Super woman I tell ya’ || Why I think these candles make a suitable bouquet, I have no idea but there they lie all grouped together like they belong. || This guy gets a hair cut tomorrow. You can’t tell but he’s thanking me between pants under that heavy coat of fur. Sorry bud, should have made the appointment sooner. || And the pièce de résistance is this potted plant that was dead, dead, dead just a few weeks ago and is now flourishing. Lets just say that for once, this black thumb turned green. Miracles can happen folks!

Enjoy! Melissa

 

Ahoy Matey

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Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone how beautiful the PNW is in the summer. Really people, these are the months we live for around here. In February, I dream of these sun soaked days and remind myself that when they show up and I’ll never want leave. So, shhhh….let everyone else think that it ‘rains all the time’ here and keep the PNW the little secret that it is. And little will everyone know that it does get warm here and when it does, you get to do shockingly beautiful activities to beat it.

Our friends Bryan and Natalie  invited us out for M’s first time on the water. And, I was so excited because if her parents won the lotto, we would choose always to live on the water and would dine on cheese and crackers on our boat every evening. {A girls gotta’ dream right?} I’m thinking M must have the same dream because she was totally comfortable on the water from the moment she stepped onto the boat. She didn’t fuss when the ‘seas’ got rough, didn’t even mind her bulky life jacket and throughly enjoyed the cheese and crackers part {lets just say she is of the double dipper sorts}.

Enjoy! Melissa

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Reconnecting

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Wow oh Wow! Welcome to July! Summer is officially blasting down on the good ol’ Northwest {Not Kim and Kayne’s kid…the lush green area of the US that I call home}!  And here’s the thing. I wait and wait for summer and sun to finally arrive all year. I tell myself that these three {maybe four} months are the reason why we all fight through the rest of the year around here. That if all year was this beautiful, everyone would move here and the little secret that this place can be great would be ruined. Then, BAM it arrives, and I am not so gently reminded that NOBODY has air conditioning.

We all told ourselves that that expense wasn’t worth it for the small amount of time we would actually use it for the year.  Not true. And blah, blah we all got cheap. Next house, AC will be installed. That’s right, we are going to pony up. So I’m just telling you and writing it down so I can’t go back. So that I remember that my house was a cool 80 plus all weekend. And that I don’t forget that the only AC unit we have now lives in M’s room. So, she’s cool. I’m not.

And honestly, it’s a bit warm but for some reason I  just love it. It’s my favorite time of year. I’m such a fan of the heat, sun and sweaty greatness. Amazing things happen when the sun calls everyone outside. On Saturday, my neighborhood had a multi-family garage sale. We thought, eh’ we’ll throw some stuff out and see how it goes. Little did I know that garage sale folk are relentless. They will talk you down from three dollars to two, they will beat down your door an hour before the sale starts and they will circle the block after the sale ends to take the perfectly good, working BBQ you had listed for 10 dollars for free.

It was amazing to watch the people in my ‘hood browse by each others garages and introduce ourselves to people we have lived next to for three years and never officially met. We bonded over the heat, our yards in much need of water and our suburban lives. I’m not doing a good job of describing just how cool it was to finally bond with these people and then to take a walk late last night and be able to wave and have a quick chat with my fellow heat wave garage sale survivors. Amazing that it just took throwing our crap out on our lawns to bring us together.

Enjoy! Melissa

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Unmatched

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Spending our days outside completely and totally changes the mood in our house. I don’t know if it’s because I am an admitted sun seeker {and live in the northwest. total oxymoron.}  or if everyone is just happier when the sun is out and we get to breath in some fresh air. Probably a hybrid of both.

As we were splashing around in a baby pool yesterday with our sunnies on, I was reminded of the beauty of this place that I complain about 300 days a year. And I know {I know} that all the rain we get is what makes these nice days so special. It makes the trees so green, the air so clean and the day I get to put the lawn furniture out for the year unique. The sites of the Northwest on a nice day just unmatched.

Enjoy! Melissa

PS  {No Ky, I’m not going to stop whining unless every day turn this nice.But I promise, I will truly be grateful for the beauty of an outdoor lunch, our little suburban lawn to play in, smelling like sunblock and a baby in ridiculously cute sunglasses every chance I get.}

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