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Friday
May022014

Taking Notes on Facebook.

Hi! Happy May! Just a quick note to let you know that this little blog now has a Facebook page. I´ll be posting notifications whenever there´s a new post and also plan on sharing some inspirational links from time to time. Come over and say hello!

Monday
Apr282014

One year with Ludwig.

Last Easter, we brought home little Ludwig. So it´s been a little over a year since our redhead joined us! Time flies. Here are a few recent pictures of him. 

I will admit that it´s been a bit of a roller coaster year what with all his health problems - his heart condition which necessitated a surgery and lately a limp that wouldn´t go away for months. Right now though, it seems that all is well (fingers crossed!). His heart has improved a lot since the surgery - which was to be expected, but is still a relief. The limp apparently was caused by a combination of a minor malposition of his spine and a lack of muscles (the latter being common with dogs suffering from a heart condition... not enough oxygen = no muscles). Anyway noone who meets him in real life would suspect any of these issues - he may lack muscles, but certainly not energy! 

All these troubles, combined with his bad car sickness, combined with our own laziness have led to a dog who hasn´t really been trained at all. It is *seriously* something we need to get started with. 

We were a bit (fine, very) concerned how our four cats would cope with a dog and the other way around, but this actually wasn´t a problem at all. Ludwig has quickly learned his lesson, namely that you don´t mess with a cat, and the cats have learned to tolerate the craziness that is Ludwig. Growing up with four feline siblings, I think Ludwig sometimes considers himself half a cat as well. You´ve never seen a dog so masterful at sneaking up! 

(In case you wonder, the picture shows none of our cats but one of our neighbor´s who has decided he wants to live on our deck. The cat, not the neighbor... that would be weird.)

What else? I think I´ve said this before, but we adore this dog to no end. He is a constant source of joy. It is impossible to be sad when there´s Ludwig nearby who is excited about everything and everyone. He may be sickly, he may be ill-behaved, but we wouldn´t trade him for any other dog. We love you, redhead! Here´s to many more years with you (just maybe minus the frequent vet visits... that would be nice).

Monday
Apr212014

Easter 2014. 

We had a lovely Easter weekend, but I kind of forgot to take pictures of any of the festivities. I don´t even have a proper picture of my naturally dyed eggs (I tried red cabbage for the first time this year, which makes this bluegreengrayish color that I obviously adore).

Anyway I did take pictures over the weekend, albeit of non-Eastery things. Above is the front of the house, where the tulips are beautiful right now.

I picked these wild flowers on a walk with Ludwig and love them on my kitchen counter. Anyone know what these are?

Lutz in a tree. 

Ludwig being cute. (When did he become so grown-up?)

Apple trees in full bloom.

Further proof of apple trees in full bloom.

Chicken house looking fine.

Hello chickens. Thank you for your delicious eggs.

Dicentra spectabilis and matching tulips that I don´t remember having planted.

The husband built a new bench. Yes he is taking orders. Also, a lot is happening in the walled garden already. Can´t wait for what May brings.

Wednesday
Apr162014

Lately in the library.

I´ve made a few changes to the library lately. Like, a picture wall! I´ve come to really like my blue chairs but I was struggling with the art on this side of the room. I used to think that the chairs are colorful enough so the art should be quiet. I think I was all wrong and more color is good in here. This wall is not finished quite yet; I want to expand it further and a few of the pictures are place holders, but I love the look already. 

Also: I am sure you admire the zebra painting on the upper right and the dragon on the upper left. The artist? 7 (or so) year old me. Aw, so talented!

On the other side of the room, I had one of my photographs blown up and last week I finally got around to framing it. I love it here. It´s the first thing you see when you enter the room and it makes me smile whenever I do so. I wish I had a wider shot of the arrangement but I am sure cute Lutz is making up for it. 

Last but not least, we finally replaced the window handles in the whole house. I am so so happy about this. Begone, white plastic handles that I hated from the very start. I do realize that this part of the picture is actually underexposed so you don´t see much of the handles, but they´ll get their own post eventually. Also in this picture: Pretty garden view and the next generation of sweet peas.

Tuesday
Apr082014

Spring is here.

It really is. Sunday was the first "barefoot in clogs in the garden" day of the season. Magical.
(Also, I still love the color of our chicken coop. Just saying.)

We´ve been working in the garden like maniacs. Among other projects we are re-inventing the vegetable garden - but more on that in another post. 

Last year in autumn I was so garden-tired that I couldn´t be bothered to plant spring bulbs. Which of course I do regret now. The ones that are there make me super happy. So I´ll set aside some money to do a big planting session this autumn and I am making myself accountable by mentioning it here... I can do this.

Speaking of I can do this, I spent two (!) whole days on my knees cleaning up this little path in front of our barn. Scraping out weeds out of these gaps = no fun. I put it off last year and it looked terribly neglected all summer long. But look how nice it is now! All the hard work paid off. Alas, it will look this nice for about two seconds before the weeds return. Oh well.

Look, tulips! And the little old handcart that I saved from the neighbor´s junk pile (by now, I have a reputation for hoarding junk in this village). Anyway it is perfect here. I´ll paint it a bright blue, yes? Ah, spring. I like you.