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Happy Easter 2017!

Happy Easter!

After church, the kids made out well in the egg hunt.

Which was good since I didn’t make Easter baskets this year. Instead opting for a big surprise…

We visited a farm…

Hey! Wrong holiday!

That’s more like it!!!

And we are now the proud owners of seven baby chicks!

“Specky”

Specky is a Speckled Sussex. She reminds me of a hawk but we couldn’t think of any hawk-ish names.

“Cleo”

Cleo is Black Lace Silver Wyandotte. We also have Goldie, a Red Sexlink, two Salmon Faverolles (Leslie and Peep) and two Austrolorps (April and Buffy). I am loving all of these unique names of chicken breeds!! The Spy mandated a “Chicken Naming Lockdown” Hahahah and we weren’t allowed to do anything until we named them all; ha!

Here’s their setup while they are little and Smoochie will be building the coop ASAP!

We’ve moved the seedlings outside to harden off (they were where the chicks now are). And in other garden news…

We finally figured out what kind of trees these are:

Bradford Pear: the non-native trash tree of St. Louis. In fact, in a quick search I found a very entertaining and informative post (the writer’s annual “Bashing of the Bradford”!) that called them “evil”, “despicable” and asserted that it is “negligent” to plant them. I’m convinced and they will be going bye-bye. We would like to replace them with fruit trees (someone gave them to us and we thought they were fruit trees). Pretty white flowers yes, but…

If you want to save the world, cut down your Bradford pear trees.

Ha! Back to the chicks…

GAaaaahhh they are so cute!

The kids were just slightly excited about all of this!

In keeping with the chicken theme, we also decorated eggs this year (which for some reason we have rarely done).

And it’s Easter so of course we can’t forget our bunnies!

Hahahha

No bunnies were harmed in the making of this photo…

Or this one! Ha! She just likes to chase them. They don’t seem to mind too much.

Dogwood

Happy Easter to you all!! Thanks for visiting!

Happy 2017!

WOWZA

WOWZA

Wowza; that beach is gorgeous; and is my sister and her husband’s FRONT YARD!!!  Islands in the gulf; paradise!!! Hoping to visit in 2017!

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Globe

Globe

Garden Sledding

Garden Sledding

Hairdo

Hairdo

Hairdo

Hairdo

Wood ear mushroom

Wood ear mushroom

Playing with toys ("Lila" the horse)

Playing with toys (“Lila” the horse)

Firepit

Firepit

Firepit

Firepit

Figs

Figs

Dining room

Dining room

Table

Table

Track

Track

Dexie

Dexie

Nightstand; just finished Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway: strongly recommend!

Nightstand; just finished Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway: strongly recommend!

Couch

Couch

Lamp

Lamp

Dining room and man cave door

Dining room and man cave door

Just another day

Just another day

At Forest School!

At Forest School!

Purple fog

Purple fog

Window/Fog

Window/Fog

Dusk in the woods

Dusk in the woods

Unicorn Icycle

Unicorn Icycle

Fallen tree

Fallen tree

Driveway

Driveway

Waffles mmmmm

Waffles mmmmm

Wood ear mushroom

Wood ear mushroom

Trail

Trail

Matching lights

Matching lights

Moss

Moss

Terrarium

Terrarium

Woods

Woods

Icicle

Icicle

Dry Creek Bed

Dry Creek Bed

Orchid

Orchid

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Happy new year to all! I am praying for adventures and good health; no really specific resolutions in mind this year. How about you?

Spy Garden Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Little Airplants

Little Air Plants

Christmas Betta

Christmas Betta

Little Bunny Farmer

Little Bunny Farmer

Christmas glassware haha

Christmas glassware haha

Rudolph

Rudolph

Frozen rose and Christmas lights

Frozen rose and Christmas lights

Front Porch

Front Porch

Pool

Pool

Christmas Black Ice

Christmas Black Ice

Sledding on ice

Sledding on ice

Headless Dexie

Headless Dexie

Moss

Moss

Christmas cards and crafts

Christmas cards and crafts

Bunnies come in for a drink when their water is frozen; in this picture they are looking quite rat-ish; so consider this an homage to those rats in the Nutcracker Ballet. HAHhaha

Bunnies come in for a drink when their water is frozen; in this picture they are looking quite rat-ish; so consider this an homage to those rats in the Nutcracker Ballet. HAHhaha

Orchid blooming! (I got it last January so pretty proud that I kept it alive and it bloomed again!)

Orchid blooming! (I got it last January so pretty proud that I kept it alive and it bloomed again!)

Black and white orchid

Black and white orchid

Lighted Tractor at Sunset

Lighted Tractor at Sunset (near Spy Garden)

"I'm cooling. Come cool with me."

“I’m cooling. Come cool with me.”

Dexie's toy in the garden

Dexie’s toy in the garden

Back yard sledding

Back yard sledding

Kohlrabi is very hardy

Kohlrabi is very hardy

Woods

Woods

Sledding in the woods

Sledding in the woods

Tasty snow!

Tasty snow!

Beading

Beading

Bun Bun

Bun Bun (and Puff Puff and Butkus)

Bunny Condos

Bunny Condos

Moocha making some upgrades to the bunny conods

Moocha making some upgrades to the bunny conods

Hay

Hay

Hay

Hay

Snow Gear

Snow Gear

Frozen Rose

Frozen Rose

Weed

A Weed in the Garden

Sunset

Sunset

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The newlyweds are moving to Florida!!!

The newlyweds are moving to Florida!!!

Even though we are sad to see you leave St. Louis; we are looking forward to having a new Florida beach to visit; soon!!!

Christmasy lamp

Christmasy lamp

Cozy town

Cozy town

Blankets to protect the white couch!!

Blankets to protect the white couch!!

Christmas kids

Christmas kids

The kids did a great job with the Christmas service

The kids did a great job with the Christmas service

After the service

After the service

Tablecloth paper (with knives, fork and spoon print)

Tablecloth paper (with knife, fork and spoon print)

Dexie admiring the decor

Dexie admiring the decor

5:30 AM !

Up at 5:30 AM !

Hahah

A Very Early Christmas!

Horsey

Horsey

Lite Brite!

Lite Brite!

Trampoline!

Trampoline!

Setting up the trampoline

Setting up the trampoline

Weeeee!

Weeeee!

Christmas Card

Christmas Card

Besties

Besties

Cozy

Cozy

Christmas steaks

Christmas steaks

Christmas Couch Burning

Christmas Couch Burning

Christmas Couch Burning

Christmas Couch Burning

Out with the old! haha

Out with the old! haha

Moss

Moss

Christmas Day

Christmas Day

A very Merry Christmas to all! And a happy, healthy, hygge and koselig 2017!! What’s that you say?

Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special. Whether it’s making coffee a verb by creating a ritual of making it then lingering over a cup to a cosy evening in with friends to the simple act of lighting a candle with every meal. Hygge is being aware of a good moment whether it’s simple or special.

Some refer to hygge as an “art of creating intimacy” (either with yourself, friends and your home). While there’s no one English word to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of hygge such as cosiness, charm, happiness, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness. (source: Hygge House/Alex Beauchamp)

Hygge definitely describes our Christmas this year and Spy Garden in general; and since I am part Scandenavian (Norwegian) it is just a perfect descriptor. Which also brings us to koselig.

There is an important concept one needs to understand and embrace when living in Norway: being “koselig”. Most English speakers translate it by “cosy” but that term doesn’t even begin to cover everything that “koselig” can express. This concept is difficult to translate to those who do not live here, but basically anything can (and should) be koselig: a house, a conversation, a dinner, a person. It defines something/someone /an atmosphere that makes you feel a sense of warmth very deep inside in a way that all things should be: simple and comforting. And just for the fun ask a Norwegian what is his/her definition of koselig and you will realise it is not only hard to translate but also hard to explain for them. Then ask what is the difference between “hyggelig” and “koselig” and you might have lit an evening-long discussion. (source: Lorelou Desjardins, A Frog in the Fjord)

Cozy days and nights to you and your families this holiday season! Only a few more days until 2017!

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