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Gabe built more raised beds for our garden this spring. Ironic, considering I’m supposed to be simplifying and scaling down this year in the garden because of the new baby. Still, I’m happy to have them and they look beautiful. We had dirt delivered (twenty cubic yards!) a few weeks ago and Sam and Eddie (but mostly Sam) fell in love with their “little” dirt pile. The kids spent so much time digging holes, shoveling dirt from one mound to another, and filling up and dumping wheelbarrows. Who knew that dirt could be so entertaining?

Alas, our raised beds had to be filled and the dirt pile is no more. Sniff.

Gabe finds it amusing when I take photos of him working outside. I mean…look at him. Wouldn’t you be taking photos of that? He’ll thank me when he’s old and decrepit. Correction: I’ll thank me when he’s old and decrepit. I love the face he’s making in the last photo. It’s half Burt Reynolds, half “Woman, what ARE you doing?

Our bees are thriving! The smaller, weak hive died (no surprise there) but our larger hive is so strong and lively. With the arrival of warmer weather and our apple trees in full blossom, you can’t help but hear the tiny constant hum of honey bees busy at work whenever you’re outside. Gabe thinks we’ll have honey by late summer…I can’t wait! We ordered some more bees and will start three more hives in the next few weeks, giving us a total of four hives. The bees from the strong hive seem very interested in the empty hive next to them. Perhaps they will start a new colony on their own? Wouldn’t that be wonderful!

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Joining Ginny and Nicole.

While I certainly have much more to share than a half-finished sock surrounded by random toys, I have found that my energy level has dropped significantly over the past two weeks and this is about the best I can do in terms of posting. I have been working steadily on these socks for Gabe but I haven’t found much time to knit during the day and it’s all I can do to stay up in the evenings till 9:00pm before dragging my sorry pregnant body to bed.

I have lots to share with everyone. Spring is here and the homestead is slowly waking up: bees are buzzing, apple blossoms are blooming, and sunrises are occurring earlier and earlier. I’ll post more over the next week or two; I feel like I need to get everyone caught up in our lives before the baby arrives and all I do is feed, burp, sleep, repeat.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

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Joining Ginny and Nicole.

Here it is: my finished Milo. I am so pleased with how it turned out. Despite the fact that I intended to knit the newborn size, the vest turned out to match the measurements of the 0-3 month size perfectly.  I didn’t even have to block it. I’m actually okay with this; the only reason I didn’t try to knit the 0-3 month size originally is because I thought I wouldn’t have enough yarn. Go figure. The vest is a lovely celery green color and I chose the owl cable motif that runs down the side. The yarn is Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed and it is incredibly soft and plush.

I cast on for a pair of simple knit two purl two rib socks for Gabe. I’ll post picks as they progress. Happy Wednesday, friends.

 

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