I think I can finally say that spring has arrived. I transplanted a few bunches of snowdrops from our old house last spring, and I'm so glad that I did. They're the cheeriest little green and white party under the maple tree outside the kitchen window. Current-me always gives past-me a high five for planning ahead. We have some crocuses up, too, and Adam and I saw one of our bees busy at work in one of them this morning. We cheered her on. (Why do bees make a humming sound? Because they don't know the words.)
Spring things are underway. I've started getting a spot ready for a little herb garden not far from the snowdrops. The chickens are out every day, going a bit further afield when they feel brave. One or more of them has been eating eggs, so we're collecting them as often as we can take a walk down to the barn. I'm also working on a chicken succession plan, which I've decided will not involve chicks this year. The interior renovations are finally, finally finished! The last things to be completed were cupboards and closets and bookshelves. Which means that now, everything can make its way to its proper home. So I've been working away at that, and purging as I go. And today, I went through the winter coats, snowpants, hats, mittens, etc. Purging is one of my all-time favourite things. I haven't read the book yet, but I'm sure I'll agree with Marie Kondo on just about everything. I just put a hold on her book The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up at the library. I just know how much calmer and more settled and competent I feel when my surroundings are in order.
The sun is starting to set, so the chickens need to be tucked in, and the cat fed. Adam's tucking the boys in (the oldest is almost done the Harry Potter series, so he wants to keep reading long past his bedtime) and I think I'm going to get a batch of bread started tonight, to bake tomorrow. And I'm working on a post to share the recipe, so that will be coming up soon.
Speaking of recipes, if you want the most delicious, perfect spring time salad to impress someone (even if it's yourself) make this asparagus salad. Some friends brought it over last week, and it was so very, very delicious. As in, I keep thinking about it and will probably make it this week. They used shaved parmesan in place of the fancy cheese in the recipe.