Um, how is it already May? I really can’t believe it. April just flew by, and the “April Showers bring May Flowers” saying was so true this month. (And it’s still pouring as I’m typing this.) I can’t believe all the rescheduling and moving around we’ve had to do with the rain. It even rained at the very end of our Limited Edition Client Event. And if you missed this client event, we will be having another one soon! Make sure you’re on the e-mail list so you are up to date on all of the fun events coming soon!
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One of my goals for April included working in the garden. And this year, I’ve had such a big helper. He really wanted a watering can and had so much fun running back and forth to get water to help me while we planted. We have gotten a little bit done, but we still need to work on our pots. I planted these Iris bulbs several years ago when I wanted to have at least one thing blooming in our yard at all times. You can see the peonies right in front of my Irises will be blooming soon, and then it will be hydrangea season (yay! my favorite!) The purple Irises are called Queen Dorothy, and why I ordered them. My grandma Dorothy (this post is mostly about her) was a gardener and just loved plants. I loved that her sunroom was just full of plants at all times.
I love gardening. If you have seen our yard, you know that it is super small so not a lot of room for flowers, but I manage to cram a few in. One year I managed to plant 200 tulip bulbs. I have no idea where I put all of them, but they were gorgeous in the spring. One year I was digging and a ton of baby snakes just ran out of one of the bushes (scary!) so now I am a little bit more terrified when I’m outside planting.
This book has been by far one of the best gifts I’ve ever been given. When I was ten years old, my grandmother passed away on Christmas Day. (Harrison being born on this day is just so special to me.) Even though I was ten, I still have such dear memories with her. I know how deeply I was loved by her – so many memories of her taking us to feed the ducks, the Moravian love feast on Christmas Eve, Sunday lunches at her house, listening to her record player, all kinds of yummy Christmas food, her and Paw Paw singing hymns in the car…I was blessed that she lived only a few minutes away, and when she was sick, my dad took my brother and I to see her every morning before school. That year I was really into wearing hats to school. Not just any hats, like super fancy dress up hats that you would buy in the accessory section at Belks. My grandmother bought me a few that year, and I wore them every single day to school.
When I got married, I got this gift – something she had made for me when she was sick. A collection of all of her recipes, whether hand written or articles from newspapers. There was no google then, and she wanted to make sure I had all the information I needed to be able to cook..not just any recipes, but her recipes. (yes, I’m crying as I’m typing) Sine she wouldn’t be here to teach me, she knew I would have them.The love and thought that was put into this book is such a treasure. There are some funny newspaper articles, some recipes a friend had scribbled down at a party and given to her, and ones written in her own handwriting. I feel so blessed to have these and that she loved me enough to take the time to compile them.
Goals for May:
1. Bake three or more of Grandma’s recipes for my boys.
2. Plan and schedule more date nights. I loved that we got an evening out in April to go running, see a movie, and dinner.
3. Pick out which books I’m going to read this month. I’m still looking for a great fiction book. If anyone has any recommendations, let me know!
4. Finish article for the Vend Raleigh blog
5. Plant some pretty flowers in our pots in the garden with Owen.