I spent some time on Monday freshening up the seasonal-learning table for the littles. Those baskets filled with new art supplies, they inspired me to beautify that space - that and a wonderful new curriculum I started with Gregory this spring. (Well, not exactly new, but new to him.) When I had everything just so, I stepped back and thought aloud to Emily. We need a little play set for this season's table, I told her - the myrrhbearers at the empty Tomb, perhaps? That was at lunch. By dinner I found her working on the finishing touches. Those figures - two myrrhbearing women and an angel - are drying overnight, their finishing coats just a bit tacky still. Ella and Gregory keep eyeing them, asking when they'll be ready. I think it's going to be a favorite toy. (And we've been talking, Emily and I. Lots of talking about an Etsy shop, a place for her to sell her handmade creations. I'll keep you posted.)
Speaking of creative outlets - the garden. That garlic I planted last fall! Seeing it just makes me smile. It survived some pretty severe ice storms this winter - hardy little plants indeed. And they're getting close, so close that I'm starting to read the leaves, waiting for that bit of browning (but not too much!) to tell me it's time to harvest. I'm almost certain that I planted enough to braid a good bit for hanging in the pantry. I'm sure it won't last long though, not in this kitchen. In the meantime we spent Earth Day in the kitchen garden transitioning some vegetable beds into herb beds. Still burned out after the plague that hit our garden in 2013, I'm not up for dealing with those Texas-sized pests this year. But I do have plans for herb gardening, three big herb beds - culinary, medicinal, and tea gardens. Most of the culinary herbs went in ground today - rosemary, basil, oregano, sage, dill, thyme, cilantro... We also got a bit of lavender planted, some lemon balm too. We seeded calendula. It was a good start and I'm hoping that very soon I'll be using homegrown ingredients in those homespun remedies of mine. Fingers crossed.
(If you haven't heard, Typepad's been having all kinds of trouble this week. At one point the content of this blog disappeared. A bit unsettling, but things seems to be working out. I think the comments are still wonky though. So if I miss your sweet words in the comment box today, you'll send some good thoughts my way, won't you? xo)