Just a few random thoughts…
April is Earth Month, and Earth Day is April 22nd, so here at Live Renewed, that is definitely something to celebrate! Actually is was one year ago that I decided to take this blog in a more focused direction – towards being Frugally Green. It has been a great year and I am so, so thankful for all of you, my readers, who have followed along with me on this journey! If you are newer to Live Renewed, I recently set up a Frugally Green Fundamentals page. It has some posts that I think are pretty basic and foundational to being frugally green, check it out if you have a minute or two.
Along with April comes spring, and I am getting very antsy to get some outside projects started! My hubs spent the weekend and this week reseeding our front yard. We kind of didn’t water it last year, so all the grass was dead. I was trying to convince him to plant ground cover that wouldn’t need to be watered or mowed, or turn our front yard into a big garden, since he had the whole thing tilled up. I don’t think he was too excited about either of my ideas. 🙂 Well, at least I tried!
There are so many great green things that you can do when the weather is warm, here are some of my outside projects that I would love to tackle (well in actuality it will probably be mostly my wonderful hubby!) outside in the next month.
*Set up a clothesline for line drying our clothes
*Make a rain barrel to catch rain water to use for watering plants, our garden and maybe even our grass
*Make boxes for our square-foot garden and start planting
The other outside project I want to work on this summer is composting. A friend and I are going to a composting workshop in May (which I’m super excited about – does that make me weird?), so I’ll probably wait until then to start on that one.
Speaking of outside, we have had BEAUTIFUL weather the past two days and we have been enjoying every minute of it that we can. I love to watch Kaelyn just exploring outside, looking at leaves and bugs and flowers, just running and laughing and singing and enjoying God’s creation. Brenden is really enjoying being outside too. Of course, he loves to put EVERYTHING in his mouth, but he also likes to crawl towards balls, swing and go down the slide with his sister. Being outside just makes me so happy, and it tires the kids out so they take great naps – which makes me happy too. 🙂
Also, today we walked over to the Farmer’s Market – we are so blessed that we live within walking distance, it’s such a great resource for real and local food! I picked up some purple potatoes (I wonder what Jer will think when I serve those!), free range eggs, and some spices and fair-trade, organic chai tea. Then we headed over to a little local grocery store that I found out carries 100% grass-fed, organic, creamline whole milk from Indianapolis (that’s pretty local!) and picked up a couple of bottles. It’s a little pricey, but I have read such good stuff about grass-fed, fresh milk I just had to try it out.
So, all in all, a very good day today – warm weather, a walk, getting local whole foods, and day-dreaming about warm weather projects to come. I just love this time of year and the neweness and energy that it brings! Happy April 1st!
Top picture by redstamp.