Happy Saturday! Our weekly ‘Three Things” post is where you’ll find a peek into my week and some things that are making me happy. And yes, it's usually more than 3 things, ha! I’m simply using 3 as a way to organize these weekly updates, though I’m known to throw in even a few more things – but we’ll call those ‘bonuses,’ okay? Let’s get started! (Note: the links I provide are often affiliate links, though not always.)
Three Things That Happened
A family "snow" trip to Odell Lake, minus the snow (those brown strips in the top right photo are ski runs...). Our extended family (15 of us this year) makes an annual trip to Odell Lake near the Willamette Pass every winter. It's usually a time to snow shoe, view the frozen beauty of a winter lake, and hang out just talking and playing games. This year? With a high of 67 degrees and only patches of snow from a storm a couple weeks ago, it was a spring-like trip where we were able to bask in the sunshine. You know what? I LOVED it. It was warm, peaceful, and so beautiful. Plus, we spent way more time outside, hiking and just talking as the kids played or tossed a football.
Surprised (yet again) by the garden. If you follow me on Instagram you saw this amazing sight when I did last Sunday after coming home from the mountains. It was so lovely outside I decided to get some more clean up done in the vegetable garden. I've been looking at this monster of a brassica - I didn't know exactly what kind thanks to our dog - for months since I planted it last spring. It just grew and grew without ever producing anything, so I assumed it was going to seed, like some seedlings do. But I waited to be sure - and then it was just too big to pull out (can you see the size of the stalk in the top left photo?) and I never seemed to have a shovel with me. As I walked around this giant to start working on Sunday, I was stopped in my tracks - literally - by this vibrant, perfect purple Graffiti Cauliflower head. Pretty much made my day. And it was yummy roasted the next day!
Sprouting seeds...finally. After all my best intentions, I didn't actually get any seeds started until a week and a half ago. Better late than never. And the first sprouts? They always make me smile. Oh, and in case you're wondering, I usually only place 2-3 seeds in each tray cell, except when the seeds are a couple years old, like these. Then I always hedge my bets by placing more. Obviously, these were still very viable, ha! You can read more about starting seeds here.
Three Things I'm Loving
Newman's Own Wintergreen Mints. Our whole family has loved these mints for years - and this is the best flavor in my opinion. Minty enough to do the job, but not so much as to clear your sinuses, know what I mean? They don't have the fake sugars of most mints or the weird additives - but they do have sugar, so we only have them occasionally (that's for any of you dentists out there!). The best price on these is through Amazon's subscribe and save program (about $1.69 each), but the regular Amazon price is not to shabby either compared to buying individual tins. And I've found the Wintergreen is not always stocked in stores - I don't know why - it is the best. 🙂
LikeThat Garden flower identification app. I just discovered this app a couple weeks ago and I really like it - it actually works for most things! I've found it does best with flowers, even though it says 'flowers and plants.' For example, I wanted to see if it could ID weeds (always a big question for me) so I experimented with dandelions. When I took a picture of just the green leaves, it brought up a lot of regular plants. But when I took one of a dandelion flower (yes, they're already up and blooming!) it was the number one choice. So I have hopes that it will help identify flowering weeds since it passed most of my tests for flowers. Love this! (Note: sorry to say this is only available for iPhones right now - hopefully they'll add Android soon!)
A favorite pair of slippers...courtesy of my daughter. Funny things happen with a teen daughter, fashion-wise. She found a vest she wanted on clearance online, but needed another item to meet a discount. I got a text to the tune of, "mom, don't you need these cute slippers you were looking for?" To which I said, not really - but go ahead anyway (I think they were $13) since it was helping her. Guess what? Favorite slippers I didn't know I needed! The thing about leopard (or cheetah, animal or whatever they may be called) print? They go with everything. Thank you, sweetie. 😉 (note: linking to a similar pair from Amazon, since the pair I got are gone)
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