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Garden 2019 In The Ground

I’ve been really antsy to get the garden planted. But….

Weather.

Exhaustion.

Children.

Technically I’m not too far behind because the rule of thumb is Mother’s Day for planting. The idea is that the danger of plant killing frost will be behind us at that point. I love the theory, and I’ve also had to re-plant on more than one occasion due to plant killing frost post Mother’s Day.

So it’s still somewhat a gamble.

The growing season in Colorado, at this higher elevation, is much shorter than what I’m used to having lived in Nebraska. That was the reason for the greenhouse (or one of the reasons). In theory I should have been able to plant inside the greenhouse weeks ago…but I just couldn’t get it done.

The last couple days, despite running on very little sleep, the little man allowed me a few hours to get my hands in the dirt and the planting has begun!!

Garden 2019 is scaled back again this year, but probably the biggest change in my gardening world is that I gave up a sizeable piece of garden real estate for the kiddos.

You know you’ve arrived at parenthood when….

Honestly, dragging their toy house and slide all over when we needed to water and mow was getting to be a literal drag. And their various toys needed a better home than scattered across the lawn.

In my continued attempts to be a realist, I know that I just don’t have the time, energy and stamina to keep up the large size garden that I typically have. Truth is, I struggled before two…and then three…kiddos.

But — I can’t give it up entirely either.

My mouth waters with the thought of home canned green beans. My mind swirls with visions of stocked pantry shelves containing home grown and preserved pickles, tomatoes, tomato juice, tomato sauce…and the list goes on and on.

Plus, what I have planted will put me to task even in its scaled back state.

I didn’t start seedlings this year. There just wasn’t time or brain power with an infant in the mix. So the bulk of my garden was purchased in plant form this year. A few things went in the ground as seeds – because there just really isn’t another way.

So, here’s what’s on tap this summer (my hand-written list and map, straight outta my planning journal):

list of plants for this gardening season as well as a planting map for location of all plants.

The planting will continue over the next handful of days (maybe weeks pending weather and child cooperation). I’m curious though…how are your gardens coming along?

-H

Spring Cleaning Bedrooms Plan

How are you coming along with your Spring Cleaning? Did you knock out those bathrooms that we chatted about last week in this post? Bathrooms are my second least favorite to <spring> clean. That’s why I try to tackle them first. Let’s move on to an area that isn’t as terrible and then we’ll circle back to my least favorite…the kitchen! I share with you today my plan for Spring Cleaning Bedrooms!

Again, our houses aren’t all the same and you may need to add or delete from my spring cleaning bedrooms plan to fit your needs. This is really meant to get your wheels turning so you can devise your own plan. And, hopefully, help motivate you to action!

A couple notes:
I do not address bedroom closets as part of this round of cleaning – that comes another time.
If you have carpets (as I do) the Spring is a great time to consider a deep shampoo clean. A warm day when windows can be thrown open make for perfect opportunity. This task is on my list for another time as well.

Today the spring clean bedroom plan focuses on just those four walls surrounding the space you sleep in. And trust me, it’s more than enough work for one day – or week – or two weeks – depending on how many bedrooms make up your house!

Spring Clean Bedroom Supplies Needed:

  • Glass cleaner
  • All purpose cleaner (a concentrated formula, without bleach, for the bedrooms is my preference)
  • Mr Clean magic eraser
  • Rags (either disposable or those that can be washed and re-used. Old cut-up t-shirts, wash cloths or small towels darner my collection)
  • Small bucket for water/cleaning solution
  • Furniture polish
  • Paper towels
  • Broom
  • Basket for items not belonging in bedroom
  • Trash bag
  • Step-stool
  • Washing Machine/Detergent/White Vinegar
  • Kitchen Sink/Hot Water/Dish Soap
  • Iron/Ironing Board
    Tips/Tricks: I like to keep my most commonly used Spring Cleaning items in a tote so they are mostly gathered anytime I start a new room. 

Spring Cleaning Bedroom Plan of Attack

  1. Start by taking down the curtains and strip bed down to the bare mattress (i.e. sheets, blankets, mattress pad covers, etc.). Also remove globes from light fixture.
  2. Fire up the washing machine with the above items (double check that your curtains and duvet covers can be washed at home vs dry cleaned). You may need to do several loads pending the size and colors of the items involved.
  3. Fill small bucket with warm water and all purpose cleaner.
  4. Fill kitchen sink with hot, soapy water and allow globes from light fixture to soak.
  5. Run broom across all 90 degree angles in room (i.e. where walls meet ceiling, corners of walls) to knock down any cobwebs
  6. Using a dry rag, knock down gathered dust from ceiling fan.
  7. Using a damp rag, wipe down ceiling fan blades. Hit the light fixture and any décor that can be wiped down while you’re at it. Don’t forget the tops of door jams, window trim, and baseboards. Set bucket and rags aside when done.
    Tips/Tricks: Work from ceiling to floor with dust removal so you aren’t dirtying areas already cleaned.
  8. Address any lingering marks on walls with a Mr Clean Magic Eraser.
  9. Plug in vacuum and using attachment with brush, vacuum off blinds and lampshades.
    Tips/Tricks: our blinds are fabric, if yours aren’t you will want to give them a wipe down with a wet rag.
  10. Use glass cleaner to wash any windows and mirrors.
  11. Return to laundry room and hang curtains outside to dry (or toss into dryer). Start another load, if needed.
  12. Stop by kitchen sink and wash light fixture globes. Set aside to dry.
  13. Vacuum carpet, including under bed and any other furniture that doesn’t sit flush with the floor.
    Tips/Tricks: if your bedrooms allow for re-arranging of furniture, this is an excellent time to do so, vacuuming all areas of carpet as you go
  14. Polish furniture with furniture polish and clean rag
  15. Iron curtains and duvet cover (if needed)
  16. Re-hang curtains and make bed with freshly laundered linens
  17. Return light fixture globes to light fixture.
  18. Gather cleaning supplies and put away in their storage spot. Run trash outside (if you had any).
    Tips/Tricks: rags that I will be laundering gather in a basket once they have dried in the laundry room and once I complete all Spring cleaning I wash one load – with bleach. Yes, that’s a LOT of rags. 
  19. Address items in “other room” basket.
    Tips/Tricks: I put away items that belong somewhere else IF that ‘somewhere else’ is where the item actually lives. If it doesn’t yet have a permanent home I leave it in the basket until a permanent home can be created — otherwise clutter is created elsewhere in the house and the item(s) are likely to end up back in that basket as I’m Spring Cleaning through the house

Fewer steps than the bathrooms and bedrooms should go quicker with exception of waiting around for laundry to get finished. With this in mind, keep track of the laundry and rotate as immediately as you can to shorten the process as much as possible.

Who is ready to get to work on those bedrooms this upcoming week (or weekend, or whatever)?

Keep me posted on your progress!

Oh! And one more reminder! May Day is right around the corner. If you’re looking for a weekend project with the kiddos – May Day Baskets are where it’s at!!

 

Bedroom Photo Credit: Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Spring 2017

Flowers

Spring is quite possibly my favorite time of the year. While I don’t appreciate the finicky weather that Colorado brings our way in the Spring (seriously, the forecast for today is sunny and eighty degrees and by Friday we are in the path of snow!), I do so love watching everything come back to life.

It renews my energy. It beckons me outdoors. The labors of love that leave me with sore muscles, perhaps the first sunburn of the season, and eventually evidence of the fruits of this labor when our kitchen is filled with delicious veggies from the garden and vases of freshly cut flowers begin to pop up all over the house.

Friends, it has been quite some time since a new post has hit my blog. Seems I write this same sort of post periodically – after I’ve gone MIA in the blog world. Here’s the ugly truth about why: allocation of too much time to things that don’t really matter. It’s a tough pill to swallow when one sits back and realizes that the best of them, both time and energy, has been given to an obligation; leaving little to nothing left over for the things that truly fuel their soul. When you fall into a rut with life…work, eat, sleep, repeat.

If you find yourself in this same situation, I encourage you to allow the newness of Spring to help you turn that around. Set better boundaries. Save some of what’s your best for whatever energizes your life and fuels your soul. I know I’m going to….

Hope to see you back here at the blog in the days that come as I share what’s going on in the garden and the kitchen, tidbits about my favorite things and stuff that blows my hair back with inspiration.

-H