Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spring Has Arrived Early! :-)

It has been so warm this March! I remember last year it was still looking like Winter, so I am very happy it has been so nice. Everything is blooming and getting beautiful and green again. :-)
My "Bleeding Heart" plant is already flowering, thanks to all the lovely rain we have had.

Bleeding Heart flowers...

With all of this nice weather, came bugs and also the need to let the cooling breezes into the house and get some cross ventilation. So, we bought a pretty Victorian/Farmhouse style screen door for the back entrance onto the deck. I love it!!! Ben and the boys (hehe) did a great job installing it while a was out a couple Saturdays ago. :-)

Our baby cherry tree has a few flowers this year. :-)
Hopefully this trellis will have fragrant honeysuckle climbing all over it this Summer! I ordered some along with other plants, from an online nursery. They will probably arrive in April.
From our backyard, looking towards the neighbor's yard. It starts on the other side of the creek....
The boys like to help bring the trash bins back up. :-) It's so cute.

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Reading Room

We use our "formal dining room" as a reading room. :-) It is where I have my desk and (new pink) laptop, a bookshelf and now a little seating area.
I recently added words from a wonderful old hymn to the wall above the window. I love having inspirational words scattered in our house here and there. ;-)
I had been looking for a while for a nice upholstered chair to put into this room, to replace the rocking chair that just wasn't working in here. It kept banging the banister behind it, and leaving white marks.
I found the perfect chair at Homegoods! I saw it the minute I entered the store, and bought it right away. It was a good price, too, a lot less than others I had been looking at.But since it is more reddish than the usual pinks in our house, it began to dictate the things that could be near it. Ha The floral lamp shade on the white wicker lamp had to give way to this new tan lamp shade.
(You can see the old lamp shade in the pic below.)
As you can see, the boys love to read on the new chair, and it is where I sit for the songs and sounds part of our kindergarten each day. ;-)
I put an extra dining chair in here as the new chair's companion. ;-)