Wednesday, April 8, 2015

This and That; Birds and Blueberry Muffins

I'm suffering a bit these past few days from "the grass is always greener on the other side" syndrome mixed with home sickness. My little sister is off on a mission trip to Guatemala again. I consider that beautiful country my second home. This will be her fourth time there; she's caught up to me now and while I'm extremely happy for her, and right now is not my season for travel (believe me I prayed about it), I am missing it tremendously and trying my hardest to not be jealous (while failing a bit).

May I just say thank the good Lord for the great outdoors. These past ten days in a row the little guy and I have spent around nine hours enjoying outside. It's truly been wonderful digging in the dirt, raking leaves, pulling weeds, trimming bushes... oh, the list goes on! My yard really isn't all that tremendously big either. Anyhow, we've been doing whatever just to be out there. It's fun too, me getting to day dream while I un-bury tulips and hyacinth that are popping up from the grass that's grown around them, about what I might do in our yard this year.
Today I finally managed to snap a photo of our noble woodpecker friend.I know he's a bit difficult to spot in it. I think the reason I'm so fascinated by this little guy is that last year is the first time I ever recall seeing a woodpecker in real life. He's got a red crown and he loves to peck at the wooden power line pole in the corner of our backyard.

 This tree is in the neighbors yard and it's the first time I've ever seen him on it and the closest we've ever been able to get to him. This encounter was grand in and of itself because that sad little tree still has several old brown, very dried out leaves on it that that somehow managed to hold on through the long harsh winter. Anyhow, as he was tap, tap, tapping away on the tired little old tree the dead leaves were rattling, making a very tinny sound. It was really quite an odd sound and very lovely.

In other news on the April in Alaska front, we've made it through chapter 8 of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The little guy seems quite interested. I baked two loaves of white bread yesterday (a recipe I'd yet to try). They turned out wonderful. My best loaves yet. Little Abe and I walked to a friend's house last evening and gave them a loaf of bread. I've just now pulled blueberry muffins out of the oven. I haven't started sewing anything yet but I've gotten the fabric out and picked which ones I'll be using for my nephews small quilt. I've been on facebook much too much but I've not been watching much TV. I think I'd have considerably more spunk if I weren't fighting this glum mood but at least I'm working at my goals for the month AND spending a great deal of time outside which was possibly the biggest part of the plan.

I've honestly not calculated a daily spend yet this month which is insane because I generally do calculate it daily. But I have been keeping track of my spending. My no spend days might be shot at this point. I have picked up little things here and there all month so far, which also means I'm spending more than I should be. I'll get to that soon though. I must. In the mean time little Abe and I are going to sit down to some hot blueberry muffins now. I hope everyone has been enjoying April thus far!

Also Happy Birthday to my little sis who's in Guatemala at this very moment!


  1. Oh, blueberry muffins - yum!!! You just have the winter blah's - getting outdoors more will help so much!!! Of course, I'm not really one to talk - since baseball season started I pretty much have the TV on 24/7 (although I do anyways for the noise, know what I mean)

  2. It sounds as though you have managed to seize the day - your last post sounded as though getting going was a problem.