Wednesday, April 13, 2016

"March"ing through the end of Winter ;)

As life has it, I'm a little behind on posting my monthly update, but hey oh here we go.  :) 
I always think of March as "the brown month" as even though it seems like a "springy" month, here in the North East, it's still winter.   No signs of green at all except for our shirts on St. Patrick's Day. 
I also want to apologize for the photos as I took mostly all of them with my iPhone instead of using my good camera.  I have been a little unmotivated to do any photography this past winter so I've been finding my phone much more convenient. :)  


The cows  have seemed quite happy with the lack of snow we've had.  They are so cute as they skip around with each other.  My uncle has a few separate pens that only the little ones can fit through and often times I see many of the calves all snuggled together taking their naps. 


The bulls reside in a separate pasture anxiously awaiting the time when they rejoin the herd for breeding season. 


The robins have migrated back and are everywhere! I love going outside now and hearing so many different birds again.  Quite a few stay here for the winter, but it's nice to see the other ones come back. 


My sister and I celebrated our birthday this month and we ended up having a wonderful day getting massages, having brunch and then meeting some friends out for dinner at this really cool place that has a ton of different specialty beers and cider.  My husband and I NEVER go out (our own fault!) and it's so nice to sit in a restaurant, drink some booze and talk to adults.  I had the best time!! 



These were my tester flights...all delicious!  


The following day was my actual birthday, so I made everyone go on a quick hike to our favorite waterfalls.  Unfortunately it was very icy and Pumpkin Pie and Hubby had a pretty scary fall so we decided not to risk going too much closer to the falls. 


So we went home and watched Star Wars.  The original one. :) 


This winter, I've tried to make a commitment to read one novel a month.  I used to read constantly!  I always had a book going and one lined up as soon as I finished, but I've gotten so out of it these past few years.  I think once I got an iPad and discovered blogs, they took over my normal "for-fun" reading. 



 This book I had gotten a couple of Christmas's ago, and I have always been a Brady fan so picked it up and read it pretty quickly.  I was shocked by how honest she was about the struggles she had to overcome!  Maureen McCormick had a very difficult life after her stint on The Brady Bunch and I thought it was a good, easy read, that at times I couldn't put down.  I really enjoyed it, even though it sort of distorted my image of Marcia Brady.  I love behind-the-scenes things anyway though, so it was bittersweet. :) 


Another craft I've gotten into this winter is cross-stitch!  I used to do these all the time when I was younger so when I came across some cute photos on Instagram of some Care Bear cross-stitch, I knew I had to get some of these pattern books.  When I googled it on eBay I found some others that I couldn't resist! 


Here is the first one I did, which is Twink from Rainbow Brite.  This is Pumpkin Pie's favorite sprite so he will hang in the girls room. :)  I had forgotten how relaxing and therapeutic cross-stitch was! 



Another guilty please I indulged in while I was cross-stitching in the evening was watching Season One of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.  My brother got me the DVD set for Christmas and I used to LOVE this show.  I loved the fact that it was set in the 1840s, had a western feel and is so wholesome. This is just what my brain needs right now at the end of the day, lol.  Now that I am a nurse, I can understand and appreciate the medical aspect of Jane Seymour's character as well! 
Plus, I am just as much in love with Sully as I was when I was 14 so that also makes it fun (swoon)! 



Here's the 2nd cross-stitch project I started and finished. 



I'm a month behind.  


I also received this gorgeous paint by numbers kit for my birthday which I hope to get into soon! 


By mid-March, it was still pretty brown out, but things were starting to grow! 





In mid-March, I did my first "mail day" video if you are interested in seeing some doll/toy related treats I got for myself for my birthday!


Easter was a lovely day and the girls had such a great time coloring eggs.  They were absolutely thrilled to get candy and it was one of the simplest Easter baskets they've every gotten, yet they were completely delighted just the same. :) SCORE.
It's always so fun to dress up little girls in their Easter dresses (at least it is for me!)





Feeling the warmth of the sun is priceless! 






On our Easter Sunday walk, we came across this perfect "mud heart".  Ever since my Dad passed away in 2012, I have associated "hearts in nature" to be a sign that he is close-by. :)


On that note, things are starting to perk up and come to life around here! I hope I have more flowers and blossoms to show you in my next monthly post.
Thanks for sharing in some of our family's adventures this past month.  Love to you all. 

xo Farrah :) 


23 comments:

  1. Seems like it was a busy month for you and your family Farrah. I enjoyed reading this post and viewing your photos, it makes a nice change from dolls and I'm pleased to learn a little more about you.
    I will look forward to seeing some beautiful spring flowers in your next monthly post.:)
    Hugs,
    X

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    1. Thanks, Xanadu! Things must be cooling down in your next of the woods and hopefully you are able to see some pretty fall colors. I'm glad you enjoyed the post! I always wonder if people are interested in this side of blogging. :)
      Hugs back

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  2. Happy belated birthday. I'm sure you got lots of lovely presents as well as the great treats you got for yourself. Enjoy the rest of spring.

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    1. Thank you, Carrickters! It's supposed to warm up this week and I'm really looking foward to that. :)

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  3. It looks like springtime is coming your way! We had a little taste of spring a couple of weeks ago, but we have had snow on and off for that last couple of weeks. Luckily, it melted away quickly, but we still have frost every morning. I am hoping we are done with that now and that spring will come and stay awhile! We had a Japanese student here with us Easter week so we colored eggs and did an Easter Egg hunt for her. I had put together a little Easter basket for her complete with chocolate bunny and a small stuffed bunny and she was thrilled! The pictures you took with your iPhone are very nice, btw!

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    1. Thanks, Phyllis! We had our biggest snowstorm of the year on April 4th, lol. I can't complain at all as it's been the most mildest winter of my life! How nice to have been able to share Easter morning with your Japanese student. I bet she will remember that experience for many years. :)

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  4. Looks like you had a busy (and productive!) month! And camera phone or no, your area (and your kids) is so photogenic, that it's always brilliant to see these glimpses of what's happening in your world. :)

    Love those 80s cross-stitch kits - they look like fun!

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    1. Thank you so much, JS! Aren't those cross-stithes great? I found one more as well (the Care Bear Cousins) and I just couldn't resist, haha. I'm glad you enjoyed the post! Nothing too exciting around here, but good just the same. :)

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  5. Enjoying reading your post. The pictures are great. I see why you call it brown March. Happy belated birthday. I usually buy what I like for my birthday. Like your choices.

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    1. Hi simsgrl,
      Thanks so much for the nice comment and birthday wishes. Yeah, my husband is not a shopper AT ALL, so I've been buying my own birthday and Christmas gifts for a while! ;)

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  6. Gorgeous pictures as always! Your cross stitching is beautiful! Farrah, you are so very talented! I grinned as I saw the Dr. Quinn Medical Woman. I loved that show when I was younger! I used to stay up super late and watch it on TV in my room :P

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    1. Hi Halo,
      It's great to hear from you! I'm glad you enjoyed the cross-stitch as I made a lot of mistakes, but I'm glad you can't really tell. :) Nice to hear that there is another Dr. Quinn fan!! Wasn't it just such a feel-good show?? I love it. :)

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  7. I really like your rainbow-shaded eggs, and it looks like you had an enjoyable birthday. I've forgotten, do you have a twin, or are you just born in the same month?

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    1. Thanks Barb! Yup, I have a twin. :)

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    2. My "twin" sister and I were born on the same day, two years apart. Through several weird occurrences, we also ended up getting married on the same day, eighteen years apart.

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    3. Wow, that is pretty cool!! :)

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  8. Great photos as always! The snow has finally melted here and I think spring has officially arrived at last. Ah, cross stitch--I've lost track of how many pieces I did many years ago, but it is very therapeutic. I will warn you, it's addictive! I always loved watching how the pattern came together as you worked on it.

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    1. Thank you, Flo! So happy for spring every year..it's nice to see color again. I know what you mean about the addiction of cross-stitch, I can feel it already! I've taken a break so I can finish up the blankets I've been crocheting for the girls, but cant' wait to get back into it!

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  9. Hello from Spain: Happy belated birthday. Fabulous pics. Lovely family .. We keep in touch

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    1. Hi Marta, thank you very much :) xo. We keep in touch!

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  10. Hey Farrah Lily! I have some sad news. The Top Model competition that my dolls will be having might be postponed. It's because my aunt doesn't have enough money to bring me to Singapore, where I will film the show. It takes about 15000 Pesos(about $330- the cost of 3 AG dolls) for me, my parents, my sister, and my aunt to fly to Singapore. I am very sorry for any disappointment this may cause.

    P.S. Does anyone have a spare HFHG Lauryce doll? I have been looking for Lauryce all around but I couldn't seem to find her anywhere!! There's absolutely no Lauryces on Ebay, there is only one Lauryce Doll on Amazon, which costs $124- which is about 6000 Pesos- too expensive! Can anyone help me? I really need to get Lauryce for my little sister's birthday!

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    1. Sorry to hear of your news, Joanne...keep thinking positive! As for Lauryce, I just checked eBay now and saw 1..one for Buy it Now $36. Just keep checking every day.

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    2. Um, Farrah, the Lauryce doll you're telling me about is in USED condition. It means to say, that Lauryce doll has lots of scratches and missing parts. I need a NEW-IN-BOX Lauryce! My local stores still sell HFHG Dolls, but they only carry the first six dolls. My sister will feel upset and shocked if I give her a Lauryce doll which is very abused and damaged!

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