Coffee Date Friday

Coffee Date {#53}

Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

Hello on this beautiful spring day!  I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and a great start to spring break (if your break hits this week like ours does).

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that we had a nice weekend with my parents. They were down for their monthly visit and it was sunny and warm the whole time they were here. We played outside, went to the park, hiked, rode bikes, and ate out since we didn’t feel at all like cooking. Spring weekends are just so much more pleasant than winter ones!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that Albert and I finished watching the series Parenthood last night. We were a few months behind everyone else who kept up along the way, but now we’ve seen all the tear-jerking episodes too. Love that show.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that, right on schedule, the warmer spring weather has triggered my urge for spring cleaning, both the physical and metaphysical. For the first time in about 6 years I’ve reached springtime without being pregnant or having an infant in the house and it is doing wonders for my psyche. There are so many things that I love to do that I just haven’t had the time or mental energy for since J was born.

Top on my list this year: gardening. I love working in the garden and made some feeble attempts at it when we moved into this house. I love working in the dirt and sun and seeing green things growing under my feet. But after a difficult pregnancy with Baby J and last year spent adjusting to life with 3 kiddos, it’s been a solid 3+ years since I’ve spent any real time in the garden.

With Baby J at 18+ months old, we’re finally at the point where we can all enjoy being outside together and don’t have to be hovering over the little guy to keep him from hurting himself. So this is the year that I will get my vegetable garden!  I spent part of yesterday planning and plotting how to do it and I think we have a workable plan:

It won’t require too much hardscaping and will really clean up our backyard. And if I can get my three beds built and planted this year, we could have a pretty nice yield! Not to mention that the kids will love working on it.

We’re not traveling at all this summer, so it’s a good time to focus close to home. A Kansas or Missouri lake is the closest we’ll get to a “beach” this year!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I swapped out my seasonal clothes over the weekend and realized that my wardrobe is sorely lacking in summer tops. I lost a lot of baby weight since the beginning of last summer and I cleaned out in the fall. Looks like tank tops are moving to the top of my sewing queue!

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?

4 thoughts on “Coffee Date {#53}

  1. Glad you’ve got better weather and are planning time outside. We’re going stir crazy with builders in knocking our lounge/diner about, replacing floors and the fireplace and sorting out the rather interesting electrics. We’re stuck in the playroom while I try to contain the toddler who would far rather investigate what the builders are up to! I’m hoping they’ll be finished by the time our Easter holiday starts and I can’t escape to playgroup. It’ll all be worth it in the end!

  2. I would love to have a garden. But alas we need a house first. I really look forward to reading about how it comes together and what gorgeous things you will grow.

    1. A house is definitely more conducive to a garden! I’m terrible at indoor container gardening — bring a plant in my house and I will kill it in nothing flat but I’m actually pretty good with outdoor plants. I have high hopes for the summer — now to get those beds constructed!

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