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Ode to January…

It’s that time of year.  The weather is cold and uninspiring.  I clean the house, look for new crafts to do, do research on future projects.  All of this is just a way to avoid what really needs done.  2 things demand my time at this time of year.  They are taxes and Girl Scout cookie sales….  Both bring on headaches for sure!

Girl Scout cookie sales are unavoidable if you have a girl scout so I am stuck with it.  I will keep a smile on my face and be a motivator to my daughter with her goal of 600 boxes (last year she just barely sold 300).

Taxes – UGH!  Last year my dear hubby started his own business.  So for us that means we (I) have more work to do.  Thank God for Quicken to keep everything organized.  Tomorrow is no school so I plan on getting started on getting all the numbers together.  I may need a glass of wine hard cider by the time I am done.

By April, Girl Scout cookie sales will be done, taxes will be filed, winter will be over and spring will be here.  Focus on that! Spring, chickens, sunshine and new growth. Also, April is closer to summer vacation and when you work in a school as I do, Summer vacation is a glorious time!

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Spring Break

Ah, summer is over and spring is upon us!  Daffodils by the front porch accenting the new red leaves on the roses.  Pink and purple hyacinths stand tall in front of the yard saying look here, the roses are getting new leaves and the columbines are greening up again!  Peony sprouts are popping up to show they are getting ready to perform and the tulips are doing their typical, big leaves with no flowers except on one.  Off the carport the fresh fan like leaves of the lily’s grab your eye and the shop is accented with first time red, blue and white anemones and crying out please don’t step on me!

Kids are out of school for the week and we went to see family.  Lots of visiting, kids playing in snow and good food.  Watched my mom get baptized as well. 🙂 Eric got in a fender bender when we were up their but the van was in the shop to get fixed the day after we got back and I’ve got a Mazda 6 to drive for now.  Today is a lazy day and I have yet to decide whether or not to get dressed.  Probably should since I have to venture out of the house to take Luke to track practice.

I am dying to work in my garden but i still haven’t gotten it tilled up so I’m getting nervous that I will have to plant in my flower bed again.  This year I have about 10 things to plant and I need to get some of my seeds started inside soon-peas!  If I can’t get my husband to borrow the rototiller I will have to plant in my flower bed again.  I would dig out the area by hand but it is extremely compacted and I need to till down about 8 inches and mix my compost in to sweeten up the soil!