Happy February and Happy early Valentine's day!  Don't you just love the beautiful ornaments in the photo above?  They were lovingly handcrafted by a very creative Meg at Little Bit Of Life.  Thanks Meg - I love them!

This is the time of year when I start to get antsy for Spring.  The weather has remained oddly mild.  It's chilly today, but the temp's will be back in the 30's tomorrow.  {sigh} I've been perusing the tons of seed catalogs that continue to pile up in the mailbox.  Although I almost always order from the same 3 companies (Baker Creek Heirloom, Cooks Garden and Seeds of Change) I do enjoy looking at the photos and descriptions in each of the catalogs.

It's been a fairly relaxing weekend which I'm grateful for.  Right now I can hear the pellet stove lightly humming, keeping Oliver and Emerson toasty as they lay on their bed directly in front of it.  Funny, isn't it, how dogs love that intense heat?

We've been getting about 8 eggs a day from the girls in the coop.  They are very generous.  Today was the first day in a while I didn't let them stay outside all day.  It was just too cold.  I made sure to bring them bowls of warm pasta this morning when I broke the news.  That and 2 heads of lettuce helped ease the anger.

I have a Sunday morning ritual that I enjoy greatly {when it's not interrupted}.  Jay and I take turns on the weekends getting up early to let the dogs out.  He typically gets up Saturdays, takes them out, then they all come back to bed.  Sunday is my day.  I get up between 6 and 6:30, take them out, feed them breakfast, get the chickens up, then make myself a latte and sit in the quiet and read until Jay gets up.  It's really the only time I have all week to read and enjoy silence.  It's wonderful.  This morning was one of those mornings.  A few of you have shared that you're reading Joel Salatin's Folks, This Ain't Normal book  I am as well.  I had started it when I was reading Anna Lappe's Diet For a Hot Planet.  I'm not sure why, but I seem to have 2 books going at one time frequently.  Unless the book that I'm reading is unbelievably good.  That seems to be the only time I give it my full attention.

I whipped up a batch of Chocolate-Marshmallow Mousse for Jay for an early Valentine's day.  Super quick and super yummy!  {recipe is on my cooking blog here}  It will be the perfect way to end the day.  I'm hoping to get a couple of loaves of bread made tonight too.

Hoping you all had a wonderful weekend!!


Meg said...

Your tree is adorable! I am so glad you posted a picture. :)

Yay you're not sick this weekend! At least you have been having nice weather. I'm trying to stay away from the seed catalogs... we're not supposed to plant until April and I don't think I can wait that long, even without the temptation!

jillian said...

Oh the seed catalogs! I can't make up my mind...I want to plant everything! Even though I don't have time or room for everything...
That sounds like a really lovely weekend! Happy Valentines Day! :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hello!! I'm playing catch-up on your blog (again!!!) and will start by saying how much I love your 'Quotable Tuesday' card! How creative and what a good thought!!

I've been seeing a lot about freezing meals ahead of time. I've done it and like that it saves time and take a lot of thought out of what to make for dinner when I get home and it removes that urge to want to eat out.

Finally, the start to your day sounds like a perfect way to get it started--I hope it has been an enjoyable one!

SouthCoast Guy said...

Happy February to you as well!

Alla said...

What a cute tree! I too am getting antsy for spring. I hae seeds started bt I'm ready to dig in the real dirt. LOL. I chose you for the Versatile Blogger Award so stop by my blog and see the details.

daisy said...

Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a weekend. Your girls must be very happy, that's why they're giving back.
Enjoy your week!

Chris said...

thanks for telling me about the book-I read Diet for a Small Planet years ago and it was very influential on my eating habits. I had no idea her daughter was carrying the torch.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks for your wonderful comments. Alla - thank you very much for the award. Very sweet.