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Happy First Day Of Spring!!

Hahaha flowers like that don’t bloom this time of year here in the Midwest. I just really like this photo (I took it during our family vacation in Florida last July). There are a bunch of daffodils popping up around my neighborhood though, and some of them have started to bloom!

Anyway, we are starting to get some spring-like weather in my part of Kansas. The air is starting to warm up and it rained pretty much all day yesterday. That’s typical spring time weather. We really needed it though. Things were really dry here. Haha and I was pretty excited about that because I love rainy days and think that running in the rain is a lot of fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ And yesterday’s 3 miler did not disappoint! I got soaked pretty fast. I also got frostnip on my legs because it was in the low 40’s when I ran. I probably should have put on my wind pants over my running tights. They’re usually pretty good at keeping me relatively dry. But oh well, it really wasn’t that bad and the redness, itchiness, and irritation that came with that was all gone by this morning. That was still totally worth all the fun I had in the rain yesterday.

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This morning’s run was nowhere near as fun though. I actually procrastinated doing it by making myself an actual decent breakfast. Who does that?!? Me apparently…

Usually in the morning I can’t be bothered to make anything exciting for breakfast. Sometimes I throw a few frozen, whole wheat waffles in the toaster and then slather them with peanut butter and honey. Other days I’ll just grab a piece of fruit and a cheese stick. Or on really lazy day’s I’ll just eat a Honey Stinger waffle along with my coffee. But I knew running wasn’t going to be very exciting today, so I took a little bit of extra time with my breakfast. I toasted some bread, spread some avocado on it, topped that with sliced, cherry tomatoes, and then fried an egg to go on that as well. Hahaha I know that doesn’t sound too difficult, but in the morning I never feel like putting that much effort into what I’m eating. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I did eventually go out and get my run done, though. My 5k training plan called for 2 easy miles followed by a couple of strides, but those 2 miles sure didn’t feel easy… It actually seems to me that most of the “easy” runs I do don’t actually feel easy. They tend to feel more like I’m running through cold molasses. Oh well, I still did it though! Well, the 2 miles. I kinda sorta skipped the strides. I just wasn’t feeling it enough to do those.

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But on the bright side, running seems to be going a lot better this week than it did last week! I know it’s only Tuesday, but I’m thinking the rest of the week is going to go pretty well. But maybe I’m only saying that because tomorrow is a rest day and then for Thursday my training plan calls for 30 minutes of cross training, so I wont actually have to run again until Friday. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But still, I’m a lot happier about running this week than I was last week, so at least that’s something. ๐Ÿ™‚

But anyway, now that spring is here I really need to start thinking about what I want to plant in my garden and I’m going to have to start tilling and preparing my soil here before too long. So far I know I’m definitely going to be growing my staples; tomatoes, banana peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, and watermelon. I actually want to grow my vine plants on some kind of structure this year to help make weeding and harvesting a little bit easier. I’ve got a few ideas for that and Luke and I will be starting work on those soon. I also really wish I could get root vegetables to grow a little easier here, but they never do well because the soil here is so full of clay. A lot needs to be done to remedy that…Or you can do raised beds filled with good quality soil but those are kind of expensive to make. Maybe one day though. But for now we’re planning on sticking with plants that we know do well here.

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A small harvest from last summer. That watermelon was sooooo good!! Haha I’m on a mission to grow several really good watermelons this year! It seems like each year I’ve grown them I’ve gotten bigger, better melons. And usually a few more than the year before. So I guess I must be learning something! And hopefully if that trend keeps up, I should end up with 5 or 6 really good watermelons this year! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now with the addition of our 5 chickens, we should end up getting a pretty decent amount of food from our backyard this year! I’m so freaking excited about having fresh eggs! I can’t wait for my chickens to start laying!! They’ve still got a while to go before they get to that point though. They are doing very well and growing bigger and getting more feathers every day! And as it starts getting even warmer they’re going to be able to spend a little bit more time outside. So far they’ve only been out twice for about 10-15 minutes at a time, just to make sure they didn’t get too cold. But in maybe two or three weeks, as long as it’s warm enough, we’ll be able to move them outside permanently. Haha I have a feeling we wont get that lucky though, it’s probably still going to be pretty chilly in April. If they were fully grown the cold wouldn’t be much of an issue, but when they’re young it’s very important that they’re kept warm.

Oh man, between my garden, the chickens, training for my 5k in May, training for my half marathon in November, the dogs, rabbits, and all of my other critters, plus another vacation we’re going to be going on with Luke’s family, I’m going to be crazy busy this spring and summer! It should be fun though! And besides, I’d much rather be busy than bored. ๐Ÿ˜‰

That’s all I’ve got for today! But what about you?

What are you looking forward to this spring? Any exciting plans?

Do you grow a garden? What’s you’re favorite thing to grow?

Does your city allow you to keep chickens? Would you if you could?ย (Technically my city doesn’t allow you to do it without a permit, but when have I ever let rules stop me?!? Luckily my neighbors are cool with it though, so it should be fine. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

ย I hope you’ve had a terrific Tuesday!

~Ashley

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Yard Work Extravaganza!

Luke and I have been very busy bees the last few days. It rained pretty much all week last week, so the grass was super tall, there are weeds everywhere, the landscaping was a mess, there were little sapling trees growing all around the house and in our fence. Basically our front and backyards were just huge, gross messes and something really needed to be done about it. So yesterday I decided to get a jump on it, since its still early in the season it’s not too hot and there aren’t a crazy amount of bugs out it seemed like the ideal time to start all of this stuff.

So, while Luke was at work I totally weeded out the the front landscaping. That took me about two hours and by the time I was done my poor little hands were sore, red, and scratched up. Totally worth it though! The front of the house looks fantastic now! I also spent some time pulling out/digging up/chopping down a bunch of the little sapling trees that were everywhere. I couldn’t get all of them, but I got the ones that I could. And unfortunate I had to dig out one of our rose bushes. One of those little trees grew right in the middle of it and killed it. Luckily it wasn’t our really big, really pretty rose bush, but it still sucks that it died…

When Luke got home from work I picked up trash and sticks from the front yard and then he mowed it. Haha he’s very very particular about how the grass looks and he won’t let me mow it. And in all fairness, I’ve only ever really mowed a really big yard with a tractor or a zero turn lawn mower, so i’m not exactly good at mowing with a push mower haha. Anyways, once we finished that we took a trip to Home Depot. We desperately needed a hatchet to finish cutting down the tree saplings, and pruning shears to trim down our bushes. Those are getting hardcore out of hand…We also got some flowers for the front landscaping. We got some more lily bulbs to go with the lilies that are already out there, mint seeds (it helps keep pests away so I figured the front landscaping was a good place for it), and some African daisies (at least I think that’s what they are called). They are super duper pretty. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Seriously, how pretty are these guys?!

When we got home from the hardware store, Luke cut down the rest of the saplings while I planted and watered the flowers and mint. While we were doing that one of our neighbors came over and started talking to us, so Luke finished with the trees, and then we just kinda hung out on the front porch talking and whatnot (by then it was about 6:30 pm). So we talked for a while, and eventually my brother in law, my neighbors wife and his daughter and nieces ended up joining us. So we all hung out, talked, and had a few beers while the kids ran around the yard. It was a good time. ๐Ÿ™‚ Around 10:30 pm the kids needed to go to bed and so did we so we all said goodnight and were off to bed.

So I’m starting to learn that beer before bedtime just doesn’t really work for me. It’s super duper hard for me to fall asleep after drinking, even if it’s just a few beers. So I had a lot of trouble falling asleep last night which really sucked and when I finally did I didn’t really sleep well. When I woke up this morning I was sore everywhere. My legs, arms, back, butt. And to top it all off I was super tired and had a splitting headache. Fun times.

Anyway, I was supposed to do an easy run today, but the second I woke up I knew that wasn’t going to happen. Eh running would probably have been a bad idea anyway. I don’t want to feel like total shit for my long run tomorrow, so I figured it was a better idea to take today off and hopefully feel good during tomorrows run. I couldn’t take today completely off from everything though. There was still a bunch of yard work and garden stuff that needed to be done.

So around 10 am I headed outside to start weeding the side of the house since I didn’t get to that yesterday. Took me about 2 and 1/2 hours to finish just one side. Once I got that done I headed inside for a bit to eat lunch and to give my hands a bit of a break. Just a short one though. I still had bushes to prune and the other side of the house to weed. 

So I pruned my bushes and started weeding the other side of the house. While was weeding Luke started trimming some more bushes. These guys were super unruly and I saved them especially for him. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Once I was done weeding I started carrying all of the branches he had trimmed to the wood pile. That involved a climb over a fence and a trek across the backyard, but it was kinda fun. ๐Ÿ˜

Once we had finished up with all of that, Luke decided that he wanted red mulch in the landscape. So we waited an hour for his brother to get home, went to Menards, and bought 25 bags of red mulch. It took some work to get it all in the back of our SUV, and my poor brother in law was squished in the back with it all, but it all fit! So we went home, spread that all out where we wanted in and now here we are! 

This is just the front, but it looks really good!


Now then, I’m in desperate need of a shower and food, so I’m going to go take care of that! 

Happy Saturday!

~Ashley