I wrote in my last post that I was feeling good...well that was then, and now, the sleep deprivation that inevitably befalls new mothers has set in...my mind is in a fog much of the time, and my baby girl is keeping me quite busy, which is why I have been absent from this space for so long.
It's more than worth it, of course...just look at that adorable face!
Although I'm mostly happily occupied with the wee one, I do find time now and then to think about my plans for spring and summer. I tried to be realistic and not bite off more than I can chew this year, but I am always trying to learn new skills and find new ways to be self-sufficient. It's just the way we live, now.
I believe I have mentioned that my main gardening project for this year is to grow an herb garden, with a mixture of culinary and medicinal herbs. I'm going to just buy the culinary herbs, since I have limited space and really only room for one plant of each variety. But I wanted to try growing the medicinal plants from seed. So far all I have done is plant some lavendar and yarrow in the window next to our back door. The yarrow came up about two days, and much to my surprise, the lavendar followed about a day later (those are the little green specks in the background).
I was surprised because I had read online that lavender germinates slowly, taking up to 30 days. But these sprouts appeared in about 3-4 days. My seed packet from Horizon Herbs also stated that lavender has a low germination rate--only 5 seeds might sprout out of a pack of 100. So of course I planted the full pack, and now it looks like every single seed sprouted. I guess I'll have a lot of extra plants to give away this year, if even a third of those little sprouts survive.
I meant to plant some chamomile and calendula today, but as it's already getting late it looks like I won't get around to it until tomorrow.
One thing we have firmly planned for this summer is to pick a lot more berries than we did last year. It seemed last summer that we were picking a ridiculous amount, and yet our jam has reached pathetically low levels, and it's only April! We have only 1 jar each of blueberry, grape jelly, strawberry, and apple butter, looking all lonely on the pantry shelf.
And the raspberry and cherry jams have been gone for a while. I finally broke down this past week and bought a jar of raspberry jam at the store. It just didn't feel right! This year I'll be sure to make a lot more jam, and freeze a lot more berries as well, since Jasper adores frozen blueberries for a snack every morning.
I can't wait for the local strawberries to be in season!
Another thing I'm looking forward to is starting to sew my own clothes--when I have the time! I recently purchased the book Sew What! Skirts, and the Homestead Blessings DVD on The Art of Sewing, both of which contain easy to understand instructions on making a long tiered skirt. I love wearing long skirts, and my husband loves it when I wear them too. Besides, I really need new clothes...not only has my regular wardrobe gotten very shabby over the years, as I never wanted to spend money on clothes, but my post-baby body fits into almost nothing in my closet anyway. So a few long skirts with an elastic waist are just what I need. I just have to get the fabric, which means finding time to make it to the fabric store or the thrift store...it's definitely on my to do list.
We're also just about to redecorate our dingy looking livingroom, which is pretty exciting since I have loathed the colour of paint in there since we moved in to this house 5 years ago--but perhaps that merits a post of its own. :)
Well, those are the things on my mind lately...with spring in the air I am itching to do so many things, but of course I have to spend most of my time with the baby...which is not so bad at all!