So, topping the Needs Doing list is the garden. I'm having to start from scratch in the front and back yards, so of COURSE I haven't done anything with either, but it's still over two weeks from our last frost date, so I'm not sweating that part. Yet. The house came with three large planters built into the significantly sloping deck, and I've gotten a little work done there. Behold!
Peas in the back half (with my very own string trellis-y set up, thankyouverymuch) and lettuce mix in the front -- which we may be able to start picking at in just a couple of weeks!
One of the two herb planters. So far, this one only has pansies, rosemary and lemon thyme (one of my absolute favorite plants in the world: low maintenance, edible, perennial and pretty. And it has the best scent EVER -- I pick off stragglers and rub them between my hands to release the oils; it's transporting, I tell you). I'm also going to put in some common thyme and probably nasturtiums, maybe lemon balm. I love how the yellows look so sunshiny together. The other planter just has chives and last year's straggly sage and some johnny-jump-ups. I started parsley and cilantro from seed for this first time, intending to put them in there, but they're so leggy and spidery-looking I don't see how they'll possibly be strong enough to grow outdoors. Eh. It was a $2 experiment. No big.
My lovely assistant.
And here are a couple things on my Why Are You Doing This? list:
A future bathmat. I figure I'm about one-fifth to one-quarter the way done. I'm no crocheter, and the incredibly simple pattern took me FOUR TRIES to get right because I sort of forgot to read the last line of the directions. Oops.
And a cute little nothing. The colors came out weird here; in reality, the flowers are a softer pink and the grassy bit on the bottom is more lime-y and less baby poop-y. I need to find a less bright green for the stems and leaves. The hoop is only about 4" in diameter, so this really is just a silly little thing. Fun to do, though, and good practice for the quilting I FULLY INTEND TO ATTEMPT THIS YEAR BY GOD.
Busy hands, peeps. They are my friends.