C’mon Spring!

I am totally ready for the weather to perk up (and warm up!). I finally started on some of the landscaping for the front of our house, and just a little more to go. I picked up a couple of cedar hedges and bushes at WalMart and now I just need to get the border edging and it’s complete, for now. I eventually want to add some flowers for colour but until the risk of frost is behind us, I am not planting anything that could die.

I also want to do a little rock garden around the cluster of trees we have out front (which will save me trying to mow around them) and will provide a sunny spot for my rose bushes and a few more bushes I will pick up at WalMart this week. Since there is a very good chance we are going to be moving again next year, I want to make sure our landscaping is well established – curb appeal is so important, especially around here where it will make our house stand out.

I haven’t had a chance to sew anything at all yet BUT I have a plan.  I am going to print off a few patterns/instructions at work this week and then this weekend I will try and get a project completed.  Hopefully I will have something to show off this weekend.

Mark your calendars:  Mark and I will both be heading into the field next week for 10 days in Meaford.  I am going to try and remember to bring my camera so that I can take a few pictures and “share” the experience.

Carla is having a blog give-away (hers are the best!!), if you are interested you can find more info HERE or click on the picture in the sidebar.

Carla’s Sunday Night Chit-chat has turned into my “Monday Night” chat….

Evan and Oma during her visit (21 Apr 12)

What are you…

Reading?

I just finished “The Magician’s Guild” by Trudi Canavan and I am waiting for the library to get me the next two in the series.  I put a hold through our local library but the books were “missing” so I have to wait for an inter-library loan.   Luckily, I found some books to buy at the library for 50 cents apiece (score!).  So I will be starting “Innocent Mage” by Karen Miller soon.

Watching?

The Voice:  Tonight is the vote for the “Final 4” so I may watch that, although I prefer to just PVR it and fast forward through the crap parts LOL.

Listening to?

Mark is watching “Scared Straight” because there is, quote,  “nothing else on”…. I may have to go in there and change the channel.  I did recently download “Payphone” by Maroon5 through iTunes.

Cooking/Baking?

Spaghetti & Meatballs!

Happy you accomplished this week?

Got the cedar hedges planted 🙂

Looking forward to next week? 

Mark and I are going into the field for a military exercise, guess I will cross my fingers and look forward to good weather 😉

Thankful for today?

Our nanny.  Evan has been sick and it sure does take the stress off knowing that he will be well taken care of while we work.

~Heidi~

April Showers

The weather was beautiful today and I spent it inside the house, hanging out with Evan, tidying up and just being a complete lazy ass.  The plan tomorrow is to get the lawn raked and take stock of the landscaping (or lack thereof).  Aside from a couple of trees that were here before the house was, there is nothing to our front lawn.  I would like to get a couple of cedars and plant them right by the porch and then maybe do a small hedge along the walkway.  *something*  The front is so blah.  I’ll take a picture, you’ll see….

It was Marks birthday this past Thursday, he has finally caught up to me (41).  We spent a quiet evening at home complete with a few presents and chocolate cake.  Mark’s got a funny look on his face because he *loves* those chips.  They are the “Blair’s Death Rain Habanero Chips”.  I think the other bag is “Blair’s Death Rain Buffalo Wings”, not as hot but very tasty.  Anyhow, back to the funny look on Mark’s face.  He loves those chips but he *knows* that he will suffer for it with the burning ring of fire.. ha ha ha….

I have decided to participate in a book reading challenge through Bookish Ardour.  It is a Dystopia Challenge and I have chosen the Contagion Level (15 books) which means that between now and the end of December I have to read at least 15 dystopian books, luckily there is some crossover allowed so Post-Apocalypse and Ecotopia are allowed as well.  If you have never read any books from the dystopian genre, here is some basic info:

The roots of the word dystopia–dys- and -topia–are from the Ancient Greek for “bad” and “place,” and so we use the term to describe an unfavorable society in which to live. “Dystopia” is not a synonym for “post-apocalyptic”; it is also not a synonym for a bleak, or darkly imagined future. In a dystopian story, society itself is typically the antagonist; it is society that is actively working against the protagonist’s aims and desires. This oppression frequently is enacted by a totalitarian or authoritarian government, resulting in the loss of civil liberties and untenable living conditions, caused by any number of circumstances, such as world overpopulation, laws controlling a person’s sexual or reproductive freedom, and living under constant surveillance.

The first book I read was called “Divergent”.   Here’s the Amazon book description:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Let’s be honest, this book will likely never win any literary awards but I must admit, I liked the story.  It was an easy read, the story was interesting and kept me entertained.  I didn’t mind that some parts of the story seemed a little implausible.  Bottom line, I’ll be buying the next book in the series and once it is available I will park my ass in a chair and just enjoy the story.

And finally, I am hoping to get some sewing done this weekend. I would *love* to make something for Mother’s Day, maybe a wallet or a mug-rug.  Guess I better take a look at what fabric I have on hand and go from there.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Heidi