Monday, April 1, 2013

Catching Up


I hope you had a wonderful Easter!  

We've been quite busy during the past couple weeks with projects, more projects and of course our day to day routines.  The trees are all budding now and it's just beautiful... I've found myself running outside in between rain (and snow) showers to bring in some of the blossoms to enjoy.


One of the things about blogging that I am most thankful for is that it has taught me to stop and take in the beauty of the smallest things.  Just two years ago I know I would have been too preoccupied to spend more than a fleeting moment observing the first blossoms of a new season.  Now I find myself not only noticing, but looking...

With a little fresh water, the buds bloom practically overnight and stay beautiful for at least a week. 


Our chicken house now is in its final stages and while it rained over the weekend, Justus installed new flooring in our kitchen (so exciting).   


My favorite part of the chicken house so far is the huge door Justus built.  It has certainly entertained the girls while I spend a little time here and there working on getting it all painted!


Saturday while we were working outside, I commented to Justus how grateful I was to be outside... I didn't hear noise from the cars driving down the road... all I could hear was the melody of the birds singing and my heart felt full with thankfulness as I took in the beauty of all the spring blooms and our two darling girls chasing each other around the yard.

    I'm sorry I don't have anything special to share today, but I thought it was about time I got back to my blog after a little unplanned break (smile).  I've missed talking to you all!  I hope you have a great week.

29 comments:

  1. I love that chicken house door so much!!!! And the little girl sitting in front of it too! ~ Mom ~

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  2. What gorgeous, gorgeous pictures. Your little girl is so very beautiful....she makes my heart smile-xo Diana

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  3. Why do you say sorry you don't have anything special? This post was most definitely special. You gave us lovely images and wonderful descriptions about enjoying the outdoors. Lovely!
    xoxo
    Lisa
    Leeshideaway.blogspot.com

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  4. Beautiful blossoms. I think winter can be very hard on us and we decide what our blossom will look like in the spring by how we handle the winter challenges. You have obviously channelled all your winter challenges into a beautiful display of flowers.

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  5. There's nothing I enjoy more than inhaling the outdoors and soaking in the many gifts that are there for the taking.

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  6. Gorgeous blooms, great chicken coop, cutie pie girlie, fabulous old chippy cupboard...a lovely post as usual!!!

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  7. Girl, that door is fabulous! I so agree about appreciating the little things more now that I am blogging. Details are much more important to me now. My family laughed at how many photos I took before, during and after of our Easter table.


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  8. Glad all is well ! I think we are all ready to get outside !!!! Hope you have a great week !

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  9. I think your post is very special! So nice to share the things you're grateful for. I agree with you about blogging -- it has changed me in ways I didn't expect. I've tried recipes I'd wanted to try for a long time, and even a few crafts (I'm not crafty at all). And I enjoy the photography part of it so much. I always admire your photographs too -- they're lovely!

    I can't wait to see your chicken coop and its inhabitants soon.
    Claudia

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  10. It is amazing how we can go outside in the springtime and soak up the fresh air. I love to listen to the birds chirp and soak up the sunshine. Your right, having a blog does make you look at things differently.

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  11. Writing has always been a way to take me deeper into experience, and with blogging, photography has added a new element to that. A camera has helped me see differently, and writing helps me think deeply. I told Cane just this week that I knew I was spending for too long on our most recent post, but that it was therapy for me. :-)

    Love your blossoms. We've had an explosion of them in the last week, and they are so beautiful. I've noticed that I'm waking to birdsong, now, too. Isn't spring wonderful?

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  12. Beautiful blooming buds! Spring is finally here :) LOVE the sneak peak of the chicken house- looks like your flock will be quite spoiled :)

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  13. OHHHH that chicken coop is so awesome! I would love to have that door on my house. :o) I hope the chickens appreciate it! As always I went through this post very slowly and so enjoyed your pictures. I'm not just saying this either...but you really have a gift. Your pics are amazing. We have no buds or blooms outside yet but hopefully soon! Enjoy the rest of your week ~ Ann

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  14. Thank you for the spring visual. Spring is slow to happen in Michigan and we are all very anxious for it to come. Those are going to be some happy chickens living in that custom home! Can't wait to see your husbands handy work done on the kitchen floor. Enjoy your lovely weather.

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  15. Nothing special? You just made my morning so much better. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Great images, the blooms are so pretty and make me hopeful for warmer weather her in NJ. Your little girl is so cute with that big smile. Thanks for sharing.

    Cynthia

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  17. Those blooms are so pretty! Nothing is blooming yet here, but I can't wait for everything to explode :) I look forward to seeing more of the chicken coop - it looks great so far!

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  18. Such pretty photos! I cannot wait for spring to finally arrive here later this week. I'll bet you all will have so much fun with chickens! Have a great week. ~ Jamie

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  19. so glad you have flowers, andrea! your baby girl is so cute!

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  20. No spring here yet in Western Pa BUT! I have a flower garden nonetheless...stop over and see my post today...about a vintage Grandmothers Flower Garden Quilt / so exited about it :)

    So ....This chicken coop does not look like a coop nor even a chicken house !

    From the size of the door it appears as if it is going to be a chicken mansion!

    The little princess looks ready to chase peeps! :)

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  21. I think you DO have something special to share :):) I love the sweet buds and flowers you brought in and the chicken house looks like so much fun. My girlfriend has chickens and they produce unbelievable eggs. They also have unique personalities. I did a post on her farm house a while back and shared the chicken coop and some of her farm animals.. so much fun!

    xxleslie

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  22. Breaks are often a good thing, but I for one am happy to have you back to blogging. I adore your spring blooms. I tell myself each spring to plan something that I can use to force blooms during early spring but it never seems to happen. Maybe this will be my year. Your photos are beautiful by the way.

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  23. What a wonderful blog! Great pictures! Your salad looks so from the last post delicious! Love, Carmen

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  24. Well it is just perfect. I think what you shared is just wonderful. I adore any post you share about your life. I too enjoyed some much needed outdoor time at the ranch.

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  25. What you shared today is special...every post of yours is so special...I love to read the joys of others...in the simple things..those are the best of things...and the best of days!...Glad you have enjoyed the outdoors!

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  26. Can't wait to see the coop all finished, we start ours as soon as the snow finally melts C:

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  27. This is definetly something special! We're talking about emotions and the beauty of a simple common life....aren't we? What's more special than this? :)
    Hugs from Rome
    Manu

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  28. The blossoms are a great idea to bring nature inside your home and the door looks great.

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