Last night we were enjoying a summery dinner on our patio. I looked out to our sunny yard and realized it was raining. Our umbrella was keeping us dry, and the sun was shining, but the rain was falling all around us. The shower quickly passed and gave way to this stunning rainbow. The crazy thing is I had just been listening to Isreal Kamakawiwo'ole's Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I figure it's going to be a lucky week.
I've been obessing over finding the perfect way to display my house number ever since we painted last year. So, of course, I turned to my favorite design resource Remodelista, and voila! There it was...the porcelain enamel house number plate of my dreams. This classic design is made by Danish company Ramsign and they ship worldwide, so ciao for now, as I'm off to purchase this little gem. They've got my number!
Well, we finally did it. We put the rooster down. He was such a nasty bugger that it's hard to say I miss him. As you know, the decision did not come easy. Of course, we knew his endless attacks were all based on his natural instincts to protect his girls. But as he got bigger, his attacks were just too aggressive, and I worried about my daughter and her friends, since they're much smaller than me. I must confess, things are so much nicer without Sylvester. It's quieter, and once again, the daily trip to the coop for eggs is a pleasure. I must also confess, that he was quite tasty too. Yes, my husband cleaned him and he was roasted. We also made chicken soup. Nothing has gone to waste. The hens seem to be getting along fine, too. The only thing my husband noted is that things seem a little messier without Sylvester ruling the roost. I had to chuckle at that. I wondered if it was just my husband projecting his own bias there. He's always had a distorted sense that he's tidier than me. I digress. The point is, this chicken thing has it's ups and downs, but for the most part, we love it!
I had to share this picture of one of my azalea bushes. It has absolutely exploded with blossoms. She didn't look so hot last year, but many of you may recall my post about the back-breaking work of putting composted manure into my all gardens last spring. Yes, I moaned and groaned about the labor at the time, but look at the results. Very satisfying.
My daughter recently informed me that she's going to make it her mission to find the world's best pie. So I told her she should start with rhubarb pie. After all, it's in season and they do call it the "pie plant". When she made this strawberry rhubarb pie we were all quite pleased. I'd say she's well on her way to not only finding the world's best pie--but she may be the maker.
Last week I wrote about my love of lilacs. Well, I should have mentioned the wonderful lilac scented home care products that we carry, which will fill your home this fresh spring scent.These environmentally friendly products, by Sweet Grass Farm, include lilac dish soap, linen spray, furniture wax and more. You'll love doing the laundry with the Farmhouse Lilac Laundry Powder and Softener. Your mood will improve when you tackle spring cleaning with the Farmhouse products, and your home will smell heavenly.
We just got these adorable Vintage Style Milk Can Lamps in at Farmhouse Wares. The vintage style milk labels and earthy burlap lamp shades give this set tons of farm fresh charm--perfect for your farmhouse decor. Brighten a guest bedroom, a country summer cottage or your farm kitchen with this set of two.
I'm simply in love with lilacs. I love how they fill the air with the sweetest scent. I love how a vintage vase filled with their blooms can turn any home into a country retreat. I love how they remind me of my Grandmother and the hot May days we would spend making lilac necklaces together. If your feeling the love as much as I am, then consider a trip to the annual Lilac Festival of Rochester, NY, May 14-23. The host park has over 500 varieties of lilacs and 1200 bushes. That's 10 days of lilac bliss, and it's free.