First off, thank you all so much for your input regarding appliances, it was a huge help! It sounds like the consensus is to go with white, and I think I’ve found the ones that I want (more on that later). I saw an ad for Heartland Appliances recently that said “Stainless steel belongs in your cutlery drawer”, so I’m taking that as a sign. I’ve even found a line of pressure canners that can be used on ceramic cooktops in case we decide to go that route.
The weather has been downright warm here the last several days, and I’m finding myself with a bad case of spring fever. It’s so bad that I’ve actually been walking around with butterflies in my stomach, like something really exciting is going to happen. This happens to me every year, and it probably explains why most of the big things in my life happen in March when I’m totally abuzz. I never realize how much these dark winter days (which I love, don’t get me wrong!) affect me until spring arrives and I turn into a totally different (giddy) creature.
Part of the excitement might have something to do with our house actually looking like a house:
This photo cracks me up. It looks like I managed to catch a tiny cat walking on the fence, but it’s actually the neighbor’s border collie picking up the stick that I’d just thrown for her – perspective is everything!My husband and I have been doing the weekly site cleanup instead of paying one of our contractor’s guys to it, and it also ensures that as much is being reused and recycled as possible. We pulled nails from our plywood concrete forms for one of our soon-to-be neighbors to use, and we’re going to use the left over 2 x 4’s to frame in our basement walls. The plastic that comes wrapped around the pallets of wood has been recycled, as have the leftover bits of rebar and metal strapping. Any wood scraps are being sorted and saved for later building projects (the future garden shed and/or chicken coop) , with anything too small being earmarked for the wood stove. Our contractor said that the other house he’s currently working on has had three skids worth of garbage hauled away already, but so far we haven’t even needed one, and they’re nearly finished! I’m hoping we can avoid getting one altogether.With this warm spell, the ground has started to thaw, and I spent a good portion of our clean-up day planting bulbs. Most of them were wildflowers which I planted on the edge of the wooded areas where they will naturalize over the coming years. My garden fever has been so bad that I’ve already been to my favorite nursery (even though I have nowhere to plant anything yet), and I’ve even started a few seeds (just sweet onions so far).I’m not the only one who’s been enjoying the sunshine. While we were out the other day, we saw three eagles riding the air currents over the park we were picnicking at, and when we got home later that day, we heard this guy calling from a tree behind the house (my daughter took this great photo):
I think there’s more rain in the forecast, but I’ve had a taste of spring now and there’s no going back. The cherry trees will be blooming soon, and then it’ll be game over. I can almost feel the dirt under my nails!