Gardening Photo Fun & Holidays + Sneak Peek @ Stained Glass Jell-O

Before I get started, I apologize for not posting last night. In the early evening I found out that a friend of mine had passed away on Tuesday morning. In May of last year I had moved to Iowa and stayed there for a few months. “Bear” hosted karaoke at a few of the local pubs and was an amazing person. He and his wife helped me feel at home and like I belonged. He will be greatly missed by many people, and I know that he’s singing in Heaven. It was fun to be around him, and it was fun to watch him sing. So, last night I went out on a last minute whim to be among the people of the karaoke tribe. I sang “Cabaret” for my friend:

No use in sitting alone in your room, come hear the music play!

Life is a Cabaret old chum, come to the Cabaret!

Start by admitting from cradle to tomb, it isn’t that long a stay!

Life is a Cabaret old chum, come to the Cabaret!

Come taste the wine!

Come hear the band!

Come blow your horn!

Start celebrating!

Right this way, your table’s waiting!

Cheers, Bear – they must have had a table in the sky already picked out for you.

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been cleaning up the yard and gardening as well as spending time in the kitchen. Spring and Autumn are my favorite seasons. I love the new flowers, the rain, and sunshine of Spring. I love to play in the dirt, and tend the garden, and plant new flowers. I’m crazy about rain – it’s soothing – and I’m one of those people that will go for walks in the rain, or just go stand outside while it’s raining. Strangest rain-induced Rachie Adventure so far is when I decided to go outside and shave my legs in the rain. It was warm, and I went marching outside in my swimsuit with a bucket, a washcloth, fruity shave cream, and my pink razor. I danced around in the rain to get wet and sat under the patio umbrella to shave my legs. It was the most pleasant and relaxing leg-shaving I’ve ever had. If only I could magically conjure up these weather conditions every time I need to shave my legs!

I’ve been germinating several seedlings over the past week, and I’ve been stalling posting about them because I’ve been wanting to wait for sprouts to take pictures to show you. Just wait, they’ll sprout tomorrow I’m sure because I’ve given them an introduction now. Until I have seedlings to show you I’ll share some of the pictures I took out in the yard today. I have a very active imagination, so I created a mischievous little sprite named “Thimble-Nip” to think about while I was gardening. Sometimes my imagination runs off without me, and then I have to chase after it with a butterfly net. “Thimble-Nip” asked to borrow the camera several times, but declined to pose for any pictures himself. He has agreed to letting me try to paint a portrait in the near future though – perhaps it will include his little snail friends, Wiggly and Stumpy.

“Alyssum”

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“Freesia”

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“Wiggly the Snail”

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“Stumpy the Snail”

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I’m hoping to somehow find the time to write Thimble-Nip stories. I’m planning on doodling some sketches of him tomorrow at the very least.

My dad passed away 7 and a half years ago, and we haven’t really celebrated holidays properly since then. We managed an amazing St. Patrick’s Day this year, and yesterday we baked hot cross buns for Good Friday (I will have to post about them eventually); but tomorrow is Easter, and I’m not sure what we are going to do. We’ve decided that we are going to create new traditions for ourselves for major holidays. I don’t want to scrap the egg-dying tradition because I sincerely hope to have my own children someday, and I will want to dye eggs with them; but, I still need to come up with something new. I’ve got a few ideas, but we’ll just have to see what we actually end up doing tomorrow. I’ll take pictures and share whatever we come up with!

Oh, and I had this gorgeous “stained glass Jell-O” put together – then I botched the last step and it got all ugly. I will remake it so the final piece looks nicer and post the recipe. May I just say, it may have lost it’s pretty edge, but it’s still very delicious. Here’s a picture from before I spaced out and messed it up.

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I’ve started following several blogs lately, and I’m hoping to read everyone’s posts in more detail soon. I was gifted with the Liebster award yesterday from Reality In Progress, and I will have to make sure and thank them properly in an upcoming post.

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All in all I greatly appreciate the wonderful feedback and interactions with the wonderful folks of the blogging community. I’m very grateful you’ve taken the time to say “hi” and welcome me so warmly. This is where my inner dork is going to take over and I’m going to end this post in the immortal words of Mr. Elvis Presley:

Thank you, thank you very much! 

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