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Colors of Spring

Duck's Nest

Duck's Nest
Originally uploaded by Red~Hope
We found this behind the Zebra Grass in the front Flowerbeds. Now I know why those ducks have been hanging around!!
So yesterday was unreal! It was around 80 and sunny.
And I hit the garden :-D
I got my fabric layed down, the strawberries weeded, and then Maddy and I went to Lowe's and got some Flowers for the backporch. All I need now is one more hanging basket for it, and the Porch is done. hehe
I got my "cold weather seeds" planted, but now I'm thinking about going to plant the other stuff too, as for the next 2 weeks it doesn't look like we'll go under 40... and then we're pretty much clear for Frost (beginning of May) 
I'm wondering when the flipping seed company is gonna ship me my Radishes, Bell Peppers, Onions, and Garlic.... grrr I knew I shouldn't have ordered from them again, last time they took forever too. Bastards!

I'll upload some pics later or tomorrow of this year's garden. It's supposed to start raining later on today, and then rain through Tuesday. Which means it's time to get the laundry caught up... and upload pics. lol

And speaking of orders I'm waiting on - I finally ordered an external hard drive. I found one on sale and ended up paying only $55!! For 350GB! Sweet! My C drive is flashing red, only got like 3 GB of memory left on it, and the backup drive has only 4GB left I believe. I need to get all my pictures and Videos off of the lappy. For one, cause that is 90% of my memory right there, lol, and for 2, JIC. ;-) 
Man I've been a horrible LJer lately.
How was everyone's Easter? Hopefully good!
Ours was very nice! The weather played nice and so we had a fantastic Egg hunt, and a lovely afternoon!
And now it's back to school.  Only another month of school. Only about another month at this school, since Ally will be switching in the Fall. I can't believe my kid has a school year under her belt. WTH?! Man I must be getting old..   

Maddy has been talking up a storm lately. She's popping out all sorts of new words left and right. No is still her favorite though. Much to my dismay, lol

Hmm what else... I know this post is kinda scattered, but hey deal with it, I have a dishwasher to unload and re-load with dinner dishes, and tonight Deadliest Catch is coming back, so that kitchen has to be tip top clean by 9 :-D DVR or no DVR, I have been anxiously awaiting tonight!!!! 
So, my Landscaper's Fabric came today!! WOOOOT 
Of course it's been raining all day. And it's supposed to rain tomorrow. FIGURES. However we got 70s and Sunny weather coming in Thursday and all through the weekend, so take a wild guess where I'll be. hehe GARDEN HERE I COME! And Flowerbeds prolly too. lol
Probably a good thing that it's supposed to rain tomorrow, I need to clean the house. The ENTIRE House. Although I got all the closets in the entire house cleaned. At least something. And the Utility room is semi clean.

That's about all that's new. I'm gonna sneak another slice of the cheese bread we made for dinner. hehe turned out fantastic.

Oh and real quick -

I went to change Maddy out of her convertible seat into a toddler - high back booster convertible seat, so she could reach toys easier... lol
Anywho, this seat I used to use as a backup with Winter. Not the prettiest seat -
Yea.... So not Maddy.
So, I decided to make a new cover for it yesterday -

I LOVE it! So nice and Spring like! I found it in the scrap fabric pile (there was only a yard of it left, and let me tell you, the armrests were tight!lol) as I was cleaning out my sewing closet, and Maddy grabbed it and ran off with it, and kept saying LOOK! Pretty!
So, ok, she likes it, let's put it to good use ;-)
I LOVE the look of it. Do have to say it. Makes me all warm and happy. Thinking of summer.......

I prolly won't be around much this week, I'll try and keep up with everyone's journals, but I might just have to play catch up next week. There's lots to do to get ready for Ally's Bday party, so I'm not sure how much spare time I'll get. PLUS I need to use that spare time to sew her up a fairy dress ;-) 

Interview with Ally

Stole this from a friend, it IS cute!!

This is a cute idea. Copy this note, ask your kid the questions and write them down exactly how they respond. Tag me back if you haven't done this, I'd love to hear the answers.

(I obviously asked her what *I* do and not what "mom" does... if the answers don't quite make sense)

1. What is something mom always says to you?
"Uhm.... No"

2. What makes mom happy?
"When I clean up my room"

3. What makes mom sad?
"Not cleaning up my room"

4. How does your mom make you laugh?
"Tickle me"

5. What was your mom like as a child?
"being funny "

6. How old is your mom?
"I don't know."

7. How tall is your mom?
"Not so big" 

8. What is her favorite thing to do?

9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
"clean.... a lot and wait for me to come back"

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
"Doing the hoola-hoop" 

11. What is your mom really good at?
"being a mom"

12. What is your mom not very good at?
"Uhm... building sandcastles"

13. What does your mom do for her job?
"She's our Mama"

14. What is your mom's favorite food?

15. What makes you proud of your mom?
"Uhm being my mom." (awe)

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
"Uhm Tom & Jerry" (huh?! I don't think she gets this lol)

17. What do you and your mom do together?
"Play Puzzles"

18. How are you and your mom the same?
"We act alike and have freckles" 

19. How are you and your mom different?
"I don't have a driver's license"

20. How do you know your mom loves you?
"Cause she says so."

21. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
"MawMaw and PawPaw's"

Hmm... What else what else?!

I got the seeds started today. Seems like I got a lot less than last year though...

I started 12 Cherry Tomato plants, 10 Reg Tomatoes, Hot Peppers, Long Peppers, Bell Peppers..
I also got Cucumber seeds, Carrot seeds, Cabbage seeds, Lettuce and Spinach... And of course my Strawberry patch, and we'll do Potatoes again too this year.
It seems the garden is empty . LOL 
I'm trying to figure out what else I could grow... Any suggestions? I'll prolly add on 2 things...

Circus has come to town... AGAIN

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned our neighbor Joe before... Last year he lost it and had all his episodes (much to the amusement of us, meaning the rest of us neighbors here)
Right now we're still dealing with the last of this storm. We stil have 20-30mph winds here.
Joe is out there sweeping his driveway and the street... with a dustpan and handbroom.
Either he's lost it again, lord knows what triggers it, or he just stopped taking his meds. He had to have been on some meds.
Either way I believe that a time of great amusement and entertainment lays ahead of the folk here in the dead end of this street. lol

Bragging Time!

Gather 'round! It's time for me to brag, I don't do it enough!

Ally read about 65% of tonight's bedtime story!!!! WOOOHOOOO She is getting really good with her reading! 
My plan is to get her mastered in Level 1 books by Spring. 100% on her own. :-D

Maddy learned 4 new words. Now, whenever she sees a camera she poses and goes - CHEEESEEEE 
She's FINALLY saying Papa. LOL That stinker! Jim's happy though!
Danke (German for Thank you) 
Okay. EVERYTHING's okay these days. LOL 
Conversations go something like - Maddy: What's that? Me- It's a Red Rose (ie) Maddy - Ooookaaayyyy .... What's that? ......

She also discovered here Belly Button which is just hilarious. She'll yank up her shirt and go Peekboo! And poke it. ROFL 

So my plan now is to have Ally reading Level 1... by June I'm gonna drill the German. Maddy will be exploding in her vocabulary by then, and Ally will have that reading thing under control, so we can concentrate on getting fluent. At that point I'll have one year before my aunt is coming to visit us. One year to get the kids and the husband fluent. Ok, the kids fluent, and the husband able to understand, and make himself understood... lol